Nine killed in Indian Kashmir gun battles May 04, 2020 0 88 12345 AFPSrinagarFive security personnel and four suspected militants have been killed in two gun battles in Indian-administered Kashmir, officials said on Sunday. Tensions are high in the restive Himalayan region contested with nuclear rival Pakistan after New Delhi scrapped Kashmir’s semi-autonomous status in early August, with flashes of violence reported regularly. Four army personnel, including two officers, a counterinsurgency policeman and two militants died after a firefight in the village of Changimul near the Line of Control that divides the disputed territory, said army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia.They had entered a home to “to evacuate the civilians” but came under “heavy fire” from militants inside the building, Kalia added in the statement.It was unclear why the men had entered the house, with a police officer, who asked to remain anonymous, telling AFP they had “walked into an ambush”.On Saturday, two suspected militants were killed by security forces in a brief shootout in the Pulwama area of the southern Kashmir valley, police said. At least 54 militants have been killed in Kashmir this year, including more than 30 since the start of the lockdown from late March, according to an AFP tally. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES North and South Korea exchange gunfire at border: Seoul May 04, 2020 0 626 Russia sees record rise as virus cases surge past 130,000 May 04, 2020 0 385 Rohingya refugees relocated to controversial Bangladesh island after weeks at sea May 04, 2020 0 102 Philippines temporarily bars incoming international passenger flights DPA Manila The Philippines on Sunday temporarily barred all incoming international passenger flights to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country and to free up quarantine facilities amid a surge in returning .. Journalist faces Malaysian police grilling for migrant coverage DPA Kuala Lumpur Malaysia’s communications and multimedia minister said on Sunday that he will ask officials not to “act against” a journalist facing police action for an article reporting on the arrests of hundreds .. Some Thai businesses reopen as public warned not to ‘let guard down’ DPA Bangkok Thailand partially reopened for business on Sunday, with people allowed to return to restaurants, markets, parks and sports clubs, as the government eased measures against the novel coronavirus, but also .. Nearly 100,000 evacuated after Uzbekistan dam bursts Tashkent Nearly 100,000 people have been displaced in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan after an Uzbek dam burst, flooding thousands of homes and destroying agricultural fields. The wall of the Sardoba reservoir dam in .. South Korea to ease social distancing rules AFP Seoul South Korea said Sunday it will loosen social distancing rules this week to allow gatherings and events to take place after the number of new coronavirus cases dropped significantly in recent days. The country .. India’s military salutes virus workers with rose petals, flypasts New Delhi Helicopters showered masked health workers with rose petals and jets roared across the skies Sunday as India’s military paid tribute to frontline workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. In one of the first .. Hong Kong to give all 7.4 million citizens reusable masks DPA Hong Kong Hong Kong’s government will distribute reusable face masks to all 7.4 million citizens next week as the territory prepares to lift a first round of coronavirus-related restrictions. The planned handouts ..