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Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court reinstates sacked parliament

Colombo: Sri Lanka´s Supreme Court on Tuesday overruled President Maithripala Sirisena´s dissolution of parliament and ordered a halt to preparations for snap elections next year. The Indian Ocean island has been gripped by a constitutional crisis since Sirisena sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with former strongman president Mahinda Rajapakse. Wickremesinghe´s party led the petitions...

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Donald Trump says CNN’s Acosta ‘a rude, terrible person’ over question about immigrants

WASHINGTON: A visibly angry President Donald Trump branded CNN's White House correspondent Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible person" and an "enemy of the people" in a testy exchange on national television Wednesday the day after America's midterm elections. Trump laid into the CNN star — the latest in a long history of fiery run-ins between the pair — after Acosta...

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Saudi King Salman supports son MbS on public tour despite Khashoggi crisis

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has embarked on a domestic tour this week with his favourite son, demonstrating his support for his chosen heir despite the crisis spawned by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Roads were lined with Saudi flags and images of the king and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when they arrived in the central...

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Trump mocks losing Republican candidates for shunning him during campaigns

WASHINGTON: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Republicans who avoided campaigning with him before congressional elections and who were not elected during their races, referencing a list of candidates by name. “Those are some of the people who decided for their own reason not to embrace - whether it’s me or what we stand for,” Trump told reporters. “They...

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Democrats seize Congress in set back To Trump

Democrats seized control of the lower house of Congress in midterm elections Tuesday, dealing a stern rebuke to Donald Trump almost two years into his polarizing, rollercoaster presidency. Fox and NBC television networks called the result in the US House of Representatives, while confirming expectations that Trumps Republicans will retain control of the Senate. The result upends the balance of...

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US Congress midterm elections poised for verdict on Donald Trump’s America

Donald Trump completed a whirlwind final push to stop Democrats from breaking his Republicans' stranglehold on the US Congress in bitter midterm elections Tuesday. Hitting three states in one day, with a final late rally in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Trump hammered home his boast that "the Republican agenda is the American dream." However, after an election campaign marred by extremist...

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US diplomat Alice Wells to visit Islamabad on Tuesday

ISLAMABAD: Alice Wells, United States' Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, will arrive in Islamabad on Tuesday, the Foreign Office of Pakistan said. The US envoy will hold meeting with senior officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a spokesman for the Foreign office, Dr Mohammad Faisal, said on Twitter. US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary...

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Khashoggi killing: Sons ask Saudis to return his body

WASHINGTON: The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told CNN in an interview aired Sunday. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom´s consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October 2, a murder Turkey´s president said was ordered from "the...

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Iran will ‘proudly bypass’ US sanctions: Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic "will proudly bypass sanctions" by the United States that took effect on Monday targeting the country´s oil and financial sectors. "I announce that we will proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions because it´s against international regulations," Rouhani said in a televised speech. "We are in a situation of economic war, confronting...

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Utah mayor, deployed to Afghanistan, killed in attack

The mayor of a Utah city was killed in the Afghan capital Kabul on Saturday in an apparent insider attack, the state’s lieutenant governor said. The death of Brent Taylor, mayor of North Ogden and a member of the Utah National Guard, was confirmed by Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox, who posted a tribute on Facebook. “I hate this,” Cox...

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Bahrain opposition leader Sheikh Ali Salman gets life in jail over Qatar spy case

DUBAI: Bahrain's appeals court sentenced the head of the country's Shia opposition movement to jail for life Sunday over charges of spying for rival Gulf state Qatar, a judicial source said. Sheikh Ali Salman, who headed the now-outlawed Al-Wefaq movement, had been acquitted by the high criminal court in June, a verdict the public prosecution appealed. The latest ruling on...

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Donald Trump has ‘disgraced’ US prestige: Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Saturday said that United States President Donald Trump has "disgraced" US prestige and would be the ultimate loser from renewing sanctions on the Islamic republic. "This new US president has disgraced the remnant of America's prestige and that of liberal democracy. America's hard power, that is to say their economic and military power,...

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U.S. armed forces member killed in Afghanistan insider attack: NATO

KABUL: A member of the U.S. armed forces was killed and another was wounded on Saturday in an apparent insider attack in the Afghan capital Kabul, the NATO-led Resolute Support mission said. The attack is the latest in a series of “green-on-blue” attacks in which members of the Afghan forces have killed U.S. or coalition advisers this year and follows...

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US details new sanctions in ‘maximum pressure’ hit to cripple Iran’s economy

WASHINGTON: The United States will add 700 individuals and entities to its Iran blacklist and push the worldwide SWIFT banking network to cut Tehran off when it reimposes sanctions Monday in a "maximum pressure" effort to cripple the country's economy. US officials said Friday they were determined to force Tehran to give up its nuclear activities and what the US...

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Khashoggi’s body was ‘dissolved’ after murder: Erdogan advisor

ANKARA: The body of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "dissolved" after he was murdered and dismembered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a month ago, an advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday. The claim echoed what a Turkish official had told the Washington Post -- for which Khashoggi was a contributor -- that authorities are investigating a theory...

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Pompeo says ‘handful more weeks’ before US responds to Khashoggi killing

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday it would be a “handful more weeks” before the United States had enough evidence to impose sanctions in response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Pompeo, in an interview with KMOX radio in St. Louis, said President Donald Trump had made it clear...

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Donald Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military

President Donald Trump on Thursday warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally. Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks "viciously and violently" at Mexican police. "We're not...

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