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Indian chief justice accused of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: A former female staff member of the Supreme Court of India has accused Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment and terminating her when she refused his advances, Scroll reported. The 35-year-old woman who used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday alleging...

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Indian chief justice accused of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: A former female staff member of the Supreme Court of India has accused Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi of sexual harassment and terminating her when she refused his advances, Scroll reported. The 35-year-old woman who used to work as a junior court assistant at the Supreme Court of India wrote to 22 judges of the court on Friday alleging...

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Off-duty journalist shot dead during Northern Ireland riot

BELFAST: An off-duty journalist was killed after shots were fired during rioting in the Northern Irish city of Londonderry overnight, an attack that shocked the province and police said was likely the work of nationalist militants. Rioting erupted in the Irish nationalist Creggan area of the city late on Thursday following a raid by police, who said they were trying...

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Barr releases Mueller’s report – and feels the heat

WASHINGTON: Attorney General William Barr could have buried Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report deep in the recesses of the US Justice Department and simply told the public that President Donald Trump would not face criminal prosecution. “These reports are not supposed to be made public,” he said at a news conference on Thursday morning. By releasing a redacted version...

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Indian Minister after much embarrassment admits no causalities in Balakot strike

RAWALPINDI: Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Thursday that no Pakistani soldier and citizen died in Balakot airspace violation by India, contradicting earlier claims of 300 casualties. Indian media quoted Swaraj as saying, "we had told the international community that the armed forces were instructed not to harm any Pakistani citizen or its soldier during the strike, our...

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India’s richest man backs candidate from main opposition party

MUMBAI: India’s wealthiest man and its richest banker are backing a politician of Congress, the main opposition party, in general elections, a rare public endorsement by two of the country’s most influential businessmen. Results in the seven-phase general election, which began on April 11, are due on May 23. Mumbai, the financial capital, goes to the polls on April 29....

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IoK dominates as India’s mega vote enters second round

Voters cast ballots in restive Indian-occupied Kashmir Thursday, where authorities deployed tens of thousands of security forces as the second round of the country´s enormous national election kicked off. Troops, paramilitaries and police have poured into Srinagar, one of 95 constituencies taking part in the latest vote. IoK surged into Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s campaign after a February suicide bomb...

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PM Imran to visit China from April 25 to 28: FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday said Prime Minister Imran Khan will visit China from April 25 to 28. "On the invitation of President Xi Jinping, Prime Minister Imran Khan is visiting China from April 25 to 28 to attend the 2nd Belt and Road Forum in Beijing. The forum will be inaugurated by President Xi Jinping on April 26,"...

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Afghan delegates set to meet Taliban in Doha

Afghanistan published on Tuesday a lengthy list of delegates who will meet with the Taliban in Doha this week, including government officials, in what could become the highest-level dialogue between the sworn enemies in years. A massive roster published by the presidential palace comprises 250 names, including President Ashraf Ghani's chief of staff, Abdul Salam Rahimi, as well as his...

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Fire devastates Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris

PARIS: Notre-Dame Cathedral went up in flames on Monday in a roaring blaze that devastated the Parisian landmark, one of France’s most visited places. Flames burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and quickly engulfed the spire, which collapsed. A huge plume of smoke wafted across the city and ash fell over a large area. “Everything is collapsing,” a...

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Hopeful of resuming Pak-India dialogues after elections: Sohail Mehmood

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan's outgoing high commissioner to India, Sohail Mahmood said on Sunday hopeful of "re-engagement" of Pakistan-India dialogues after the elections as communication and dialogues are the only way of resolving reservations between both nations. In an interview to The Times of India, the Commissioner said diplomacy and dialogues are indispensable as communication between the countries will help laying...

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Nepal plane hits parked helicopter while taking off, killing three

KATHMANDU: A small plane operated by a private airline in Nepal hit a parked helicopter on Sunday while preparing to take off in a mountainous area near Mount Everest, killing three people including a co-pilot, an airport official said. The Twin Otter aircraft crashed into the helicopter at Tenzing Hillary Airport at Lukla, known as the gateway to the world’s...

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Setback for Ruling Party: Congress accuses BJP government over money laundering scam

New-Delhi: On Saturday, Indian National Congress (INC) leader Kapil Sibal alleged that the current BJP-led government was involved in a money laundering scam during the 2016 demonetisation drive, Hindustan Times reported. Sibal, speaking a press conference that was blanked out by Indian media channels, said there was a “sting operation” during which old currency notes were exchanged post-demonetisation for a...

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BJP president vows to throw illegal immigrants into Bay of Bengal

NEW DELHI: The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling Hindu nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw them into the Bay of Bengal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah referred to such illegal immigrants as “termites”, a description he also...

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Taliban Shadow governor of Helmand killed in Afghan airstrike

According to Afghan Media report, Sharafuddin Taqi, a senior leader of the Afghan Taliban and their shadow governor for the southern Helmand province, was killed in an airstrike on Saturday. Taqi succumbed to injuries, said the report which he sustained in an airstrike conducted in Musa Qala district on April 1. The provincial government's media office in a statement confirmed...

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Joy turns to anger for Sudan protesters

KHARTOUM: Jubilation in Khartoum that Sudan's era of iron-fisted rule by Omar al-Bashir was ending Thursday quickly soured when protesters realised the old regime had no plans to go. "Change will not happen with Bashir's entire regime hoodwinking Sudanese civilians through a military coup," tweeted Alaa Salah, who has become an icon of the protest movement after a video of...

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Tsunami alert: Earthquake of magnitude 7 strikes south of Indonesia

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s geophysics agency said a tsunami is possible after a strong earthquake struck Friday east of Sulawesi island. The US Geological Survey said the quake, which was centered at a depth of 17 kilometers (10.5 miles), had a magnitude of 6.8. https://twitter.com/markclayburneWx/status/1116685360157925379 The epicenter of the quake is far from the central Sulawesi city of Palu, which was devastated...

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