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Pakistan hopes to ‘repair’ US ties with PM Khan’s visit

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan expressed hopes Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan's maiden trip to the White House later this month would help repair its acrimonious relationship with Washington as the US seeks its help in ending the war in Afghanistan. Observers believe that the nearly 18-year conflict will be the major focus of talks between Khan and President Donald Trump when...

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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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Julian Assange arrested by UK police and removed from Ecuador embassy

Wiki Leaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Officers executed a warrant for the 47-year-old’s arrest on Thursday morning after the Ecuadorian government withdrew his asylum. Mr Assange took refuge in the Knightsbridge embassy seven years ago to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he faced sexual assault allegations. Those accusations have...

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir resigns after massive protest

KHARTOUM: Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has stepped down and consultations are under way to form a transitional council to run the country, government sources and a provincial minister said on Thursday. The minister of production and economic resources in North Darfur, Adel Mahjoub Hussein, told the Dubai-based al-Hadath TV that “there are consultations to form a military council to take...

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Shutdown observed in Kashmir against Indian elections

SRINAGAR: A complete shutdown is being observed in Indian occupied Kashmir on Thursday against the first phase of Indian election as well as brutal measures against the Kashmiri people and their leadership. The call for strike was given by the Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Gillani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik. The JRL in a statement said, “The...

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India’s giant election gets underway with voting in first of seven phases

GHAZIABAD: Indians began voting on Thursday in the first phase of a mammoth general election, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi gunning for a second term having campaigned strongly on his national security record following a flare up in tensions with Pakistan. Security for the polls was increased after seven people were killed in attacks in occupied Kashmir, the country’s only...

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New Zealand votes to amend gun laws after Christchurch attack with overwhelming majority

Lawmakers in New Zealand voted almost unanimously on Wednesday to change gun laws, less than a month after its worst peacetime mass shooting, in which 50 people were killed in attacks on two mosques in Christchurch. Parliament passed the gun reform bill, the first substantial changes to New Zealand's gun laws in decades, by 119 to 1. It must now...

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Benjamin Netanyahu elected for the fifth time as Israeli PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won the Israeli national election, securing a record fifth term in office despite running neck-and-neck with his challenger Benny Gantz, the country's three main television channels said on Wednesday. With 97 per cent of the votes counted, neither of the candidates' parties had captured a ruling majority, but Netanyahu was clearly in a strong position...

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Narendra Modi rides nationalist fervour to retain edge in Indian elections beginning tomorrow

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is rallying his nationalist base ahead of the world's biggest election, which starts on Thursday, but has become tighter than anticipated just months ago, because of falling incomes for farmers and a lack of jobs. Nearly 900 million people are eligible to vote in an election spread over seven phases into next month to allow...

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Iran president Rouhani slams US as ‘leader of world terrorism’

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday that the United States was the real “leader of world terrorism” after Washington blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a “foreign terrorist organisation”. “Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?” Rouhani asked in a speech broadcast live by state television. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Iran's national nuclear technology day in Tehran, Rouhani...

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Israel votes with Benjamin Netanyahu’s future at stake

JERUSALEM: Israelis began voting Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's long right-wing tenure despite corruption allegations or to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics. The vote is expected to be close and likely lead to frantic negotiations to form a coalition government once results are in, with opinion...

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Iran decries ‘illegal’ US designation of elite Guards

DUBAI: Iran warned on Monday that Washington’s designation of its elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization could endanger peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond, state TV reported. Tehran also took retaliatory action by naming the United States Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization and the US government as a sponsor of terror. “This...

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US designates elite Iranian force as terrorist organization

WASHINGTON/DUBAI: US President Donald Trump on Monday branded Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization, an unprecedented step that raises the specter of retaliation from Tehran in an increasingly tense Middle East. It is the first time the United States has formally labeled another country’s military a terrorist group. “The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of...

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Modi’s BJP vows to deprive IoK of special rights

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will scrap a decades-old law providing special rights to the residents of the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK), according to the party’s election manifesto released on Monday. “We believe that Article 35A is an obstacle in the development of the state,” the party’s manifesto said of the law that prevents non-residents from buying...

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