India sidesteps Trump mediation offer over China border showdown May 29, 2020 0 600 12345 AFPNew DelhiIndia Thursday sidestepped US President Donald Trump’s offers to mediate the country’s border showdown with China, saying it was already engaged with Beijing to “resolve this issue”.Trump’s offer on Wednesday came after Indian defense sources said hundreds of Chinese troops had moved into a disputed zone along their 3,500 kilometre-long frontier.“We are engaged with the Chinese side to peacefully resolve this issue,” External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava told reporters during a weekly media briefing when asked about Trump’s tweet.“Our troops have taken a very responsible approach towards border management,” Srivastava added.“India is committed to the objective of maintenance of peace and tranquility in the border areas with China... At the same time, we remain firm in our resolve to ensuring India’s sovereignty and national security.”Last year Trump offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over their Kashmir dispute, but it was tersely rejected by India.While blaming each other for the flare-up, India and China -- the world’s two most populous countries and nuclear-armed neighbours -- have stressed the need to negotiate a settlement to the latest dispute along their tortuous border.Alice Wells, the top US State Department official for South Asia, said last week that China was seeking to upset the regional balance and had to be “resisted”. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Philippines eases capital’s strict virus lockdown May 29, 2020 0 2441 Conservative ex-Tehran mayor Ghalibaf elected Iran speaker May 29, 2020 0 568 Afghan forces killed in first ‘Taliban attack’ since end of ceasefire May 29, 2020 0 646 Iran dismisses ‘desperate’ US move to end nuclear waivers Tehran Tehran on Thursday dismissed the impact of what it called Washington’s “desperate attempt” to end sanction waivers for nations that remain in the Iran nuclear accord. The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said .. Crashed Pakistani jet’s cockpit voice recorder found AFP Islamabad Investigators scouring the site of a crashed Pakistani airliner found the jet’s cockpit voice recorder Thursday and hope it will answer why pilots had failed at an initial landing attempt. The Pakistan .. India’s Supreme Court orders relief to ease migrant worker crisis New Delhi India’s Supreme Court on Thursday issued a series of orders to alleviate a looming humanitarian crisis among millions of migrant workers stranded in cities as the country enters a third month of coronavirus .. Rwanda court sentences ex-mayor to life for role in genocide AFP Kigali Rwanda’s High Court on Thursday sentenced a former mayor to life in prison for his role in the country’s 1994 genocide, which included leading attacks that resulted in the deaths of around 25,000 ethnic Tutsis .. Jordan to allow weekly prayers at mosques, churches from next week Amman Jordan will open mosques and churches for weekly prayers from next week, the government said on Thursday, as the kingdom gradually lifts restrictions imposed to stem the spread of the coronavirus. Muslims will be .. Gunmen kill dozens in northwest Nigeria attacks AFP Kano Gunmen on motorcycles killed dozens of people in a string of attacks on villages in the restive northwest of Nigeria, as the authorities struggle to curb the violence. Gangs of armed criminals -- known locally as .. Turkey to reopen restaurants in easing of virus lockdown Istanbul Turkey will allow restaurants and cafes to reopen on Monday and lift inter-city travel restrictions in a further loosening of its coronavirus lockdown, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Thursday. ..