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New India-Pakistan Tensions After Accusation Of Soldier Mutilation

INDIA TIMES, HINDUSTAN TIMES (India)

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NEW DELHI - India lashed out at Pakistan after two Indian soldiers were killed in a firefight in the disputed region of Kashmir, and reports spread that one of the soldier's body had been mutilated.

India's Foreign Ministry issued a statement about the incident that used the terms “barbaric and inhuman mutilation,” reports the Indian newspaper The Hindustan Times.

The Pakistani daily Dawn reports that Islambad responded to the incident by calling India's allegations "baseless and unfounded." For yet another time, the two Asian neighbors are clashing over actions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the mountaineous region both stake territorial claim to.

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The disputed territory of Kashmir, from Wikipedia

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A Writer's Advice For How To Read The Words Of Politics

Colombia's reformist president has promised to tackle endemic violence, economic exclusion, pollution and corruption in the country. So what's new with a politician's promises?

Image of Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaking during a press conference in Buenos Aires on Jan 14, 2023

Colombian President Gustavo Petro, speaks during a press conference in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) Summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 24, 2023.

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Héctor Abad Faciolince

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BOGOTÁ — Don't concentrate on his words, I was once advised, but look at what he's doing. I heard the words so long ago I cannot recall who said them. The point is, what's the use of a husband who vows never to beat his wife in January and leaves her with a bruised face in February?

Words are a strange thing, and in literal terms, we must distrust their meaning. As I never hit anyone, I have never declared that I wouldn't. It never occurred to me to say it. Strangely, there is more power and truth in a simple declaration like "I love her" than in the more emphatic "I love her so much." A verbal addition here just shrinks the "sense" of love.

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