Israel’s Netanyahu fights for record fifth term

JERUSALEM: Israel voted in its second election in five months on Tuesday that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's term as the country's longest-serving prime minister despite corruption allegations against him. The stakes could not be much higher for the 69-year-old right-wing leader who, as in April polls, faces a strong challenge from ex-military chief Benny Gantz...

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Bombing at Afghan president’s rally claims 24 lives

KABUL: A blast killed 24 people and injured 31 others near an election rally held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a health official said. “Women and children are among them and most of the victims seems to be the civilians. Ambulances are still operating, and the number of casualties may rise,” said Dr Abdul...

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Justice Faez Isa’s request for new bench to be referred to chief justice

ISLAMABAD: A seven-member Supreme Court bench on Tuesday decided to send the matter of forming a new bench to hear the presidential reference against Justice Qazi Faez Isa to the chief justice. This was decided after Justices Ijazul Ahsan and Sardar Tariq Masood decided to recuse themselves from the seven-member bench — headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial and comprising...

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PM Khan telephones Saudi crown prince to condemn attack on oil facilities

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday night phoned Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman to condemn the attack on the Kingdom's oil facilities, Radio Pakistan reported. The premier, during the conversation with MBS, vowed to support Saudi Arabia against any terrorist attack and reiterated that Pakistan will stand by Saudi Arabia in case of any threat to the sanctity...

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Trump blames Iran for Saudi oil attacks but says he does not want war

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said that it looks like Iran is behind the attacks on oil plants in Saudi Arabia but stressed he did not want to go to war, as the attacks sent oil prices soaring and raised fears of a new Middle East conflict. A day after saying the United States was “locked and loaded” to...

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