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Edith Windsor, marriage equality pioneer, dead at 88

NEW YORK: Edith Windsor, the lady who fought for the same-sex marriage nationwide, died in Manhattan today. She was 88.

Windsor moved the bill in the Supreme Court in 2010, challenging the Defense of Marriage Act. Her bill struck down parts of a federal law in 2013 that banned same-sex marriage.

Her wife, Judith Kasen-Windsor, confirmed her death but did not specify her cause of death.

“I lost my beloved spouse Edie, and the world lost a tiny but tough as nails fighter for freedom, justice and equality. Edie was the light of my life,” Kasen-Windsor said in a statement.

“She will always be the light for the LGBTQ community which she loved so much and which loved her right back,” she added.

According to an LGBTQ activist, Windsor was 81 when she sued the federal government following the death of her first spouse, Thea Spyer. They legally married in Canada in 2007 after being together for more than 40 years.

“Windsor said the marriage law meant she faced a huge estate tax bill she wouldn’t have to pay if the law didn’t discriminate against same-gender couples,” the activist said.

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Pak Envoy tells UNGA that India is the mother of terrorism in SA

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NEW YORK: Responding to the allegations leveled against Pakistan by Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj apropos terrorism, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN Maleeha Lodhi has said that India itself was the mother of terrorism in South Asia.

Maleeha Lodhi was addressing the UNGA here yesterday. She maintained that India was using terrorism as a state policy.

It is pertinent to mention here that Shushma Swaraj in her address to UNGA has stated: “Pakistan is recognized only as the pre-eminent export factory for terror.”

In an effort to add some substance to her rhetoric Maleeha Lodhi referred to the Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav who she said had confessed of committing terrorism in Pakistan.

Focusing on the topic of Kashmir she said India had illegally occupied the area that is not its part. Ambassador Lodhi held that Indian refusal to implement UN resolutions on Kashmir was an act of aggression. 

 

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Pak-Afghan relationship not defined by India

PESHAWAR: Afghan Consul General to Pakistan Abdul Wahid Pohan has said that Indian interest does not affect Pak-Afghan relationship.

While speaking at an event organised to mark the Afghan International Culture Day here today, Pohan rejected the impression that Kabul’s growing ties with New Delhi were harmful to Islamabad.

“Afghanistan has the right to maintain good diplomatic relations with other countries including India,” he said, adding that wherever Pak-Afghan relations come under discussion, everyone blames India.

The CG further went on to say that Afghanistan also has other neighbours including Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, but it has had a strong love and affiliation with the people of Pakistan for decades.

“The Pak-Afghan relationship is stronger than bonds with other countries and I hope that the relationship will further improve in future,” he added.

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Russia says Trump, Kim Jong-un behaving like ‘kindergarten kids’

MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that the behaviour US President Donald Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un were showing resembled a “kindergarten fight between children.”

“We have to calm down the hot heads and understand that we do need pauses, that we do need some contacts,” Lavrov said in a press conference after his address to the General Assembly on Friday.

His remarks came after an escalating war of words between Trump and Kim ratcheted up a notch on Friday as the US president dubbed North Korea’s leader a “madman,” a day after DPRK hinted it may explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.

The two leaders launched the verbal clash after Washington announced tougher sanctions aimed at curbing North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program.

Trump, in his speech, nicknamed Kim “Rocket Man” and declared him to be on a “suicide mission.”

“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesn’t mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before!” Trump posted on his official Twitter account.

A day after Trump’s statement, Kim took aim at Trump, branding him “mentally deranged” and a “dotard”.

“Trump insulted me and my country in front of the eyes of the world and made the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”, Kim said in an interview.

“I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

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