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PM Khan congratulates Narendra Modi on election victory

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday congratulated incumbent Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his re-election as premier for a second consecutive term. In a tweet, PM said I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look[ing] forward to working with him for peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia, he added. https://twitter.com/ImranKhanPTI/status/1131526476828893184 Modi,...

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Flash floods kill at least 50 in Indonesia’s Papua province

JAKARTA: Flash floods in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua have killed at least 50 people and badly injured dozens of others and damaged a small plane at the region’s main airport, authorities said on Sunday. The town of Sentani near the provincial capital Jayapura was hit by flash floods triggered by torrential rain on Saturday, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo...

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Donald Trump dismisses white nationalism threat after Christchurch terrorism

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday dismissed concerns that the massacre by an apparent white supremacist in New Zealand indicates a dangerous trend. Trump was asked if the killing of at least 49 people in two mosques in Christchurch by a man claiming that white people are being overwhelmed in their historic homelands demonstrates a rising problem around the...

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‘Our gun laws will change’, pledges New Zealand PM after Christchurch massacre

CHRISTCHURCH: The man suspected of murdering 49 people in two New Zealand mosques had a small arsenal of semi-automatic weapons and a valid gun licence, the country's prime minister said Saturday, as she vowed legal reforms. "The offender was in possession of a gun licence. I'm advised that this was acquired in November of 2017," said Jacinda Ardern. "I can...

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Christchurch terrorist charged with murder post-NZ shootings, no bail requested

CHRISTCHURCH: The white supremacist terrorist who launched a gun attack in mosques in New Zealand appeared in a local court early Saturday morning on murder charges. The right-wing extremist, identified as 28-year-old Australian Brenton Harrison Tarrant, was to be remanded in custody after his appearance at the Christchurch District Court, with no bail requested. He was charged with murder in a...

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U.S. to impose visa bans on International Criminal Court personnel

WASHINGTON: The United States will impose visa restrictions on people responsible for any International Criminal Court probe, a move aimed at preventing the court from pursuing the United States and its allies on Afghanistan, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday. The Trump administration in September said that if the court launched a probe of war crimes in Afghanistan,...

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US denounces New Zealand mosque attack as ‘vicious act of hate’

US President Donald Trump condemned the “horrible massacre” at two mosques in New Zealand on Friday, a deadly attack that killed 49 people in what the White House called a “vicious act of hate.” The massacre during Friday prayers wounded more than 40 others in the country’s worst-ever mass shooting, which Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned as terrorism. “My warmest...

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Terrorist who attacked New Zealand mosque published racist manifesto, livestreamed shooting

CHRISTCHURCH: An Australian gunman involved in attacks on New Zealand mosques Friday that left at least 49 people dead published a racist manifesto on Twitter beforehand then livestreamed his rampage, according to an AFP online analysis. According to a report in news.com.au, the attacker identified himself as Brenton Tarrant on Twitter. The report said the 28-year-old is from New South Wales...

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40 dead, 20 badly hurt in New Zealand mosque attacks: PM Ardern

CHRISTCHURCH: Forty people were killed and 20 more were seriously injured in armed assaults on two Christchurch mosques Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," she said. "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned." "Two explosive devices attached to suspect...

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Newzealand Mosque attacker a ‘terrorist’: Australian PM

The gunman who killed numerous worshippers in a New Zealand mosque on Friday was a right-wing extremist with Australian citizenship, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. Morrison said the shooting in Christchurch was carried out by "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist" who was an Australian-born citizen. I'm horrified by the reports I’m following of the serious shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand....

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US grounds Boeing 737 MAX amid growing safety concerns

The ban on the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft became worldwide on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump joined Canada and other countries in grounding the aircraft amid mounting global fears for the jets´ airworthiness. US authorities said new evidence showed similarities between Sunday´s deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 and a fatal accident in Indonesia in...

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French chickens suspected of slaying a fox at a farm

Chickens in a poultry farm in northwest France are suspected of killing a fox who tried to sneak into their coop. The young predator is thought to have entered the henhouse at an agricultural school at dusk last week and become trapped inside by light-controlled automatic hatch doors that close when the sun goes down. Students at Le Gros Chene...

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Afghan soldiers dead due to U.S. air strikes

KABUL: At least five Afghan soldiers were killed and 10 injured in air strikes conducted by U.S. forces in the southern Afghan province of Uruzgan on Wednesday, Afghan officials said, in an apparent case of friendly fire. The Defence Ministry said in a statement giving the casualty numbers the Afghan soldiers had been patrolling a checkpoint. “This attack was caused...

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Nine dead in Brazil school shooting, including five children

SAO PAULO: At least nine people were killed at a Brazil grade school, where two young people were seen entering the building and firing weapons early on Wednesday, according to the Globo TV network. Among the dead were five school children, one adult who worked at the building, one person who was standing just outside the school and the two...

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Modi tags 29 Bollywood stars in pre-election blitz

Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched an early-morning Twitter blitz on Wednesday calling directly on Bollywood and sports stars and others to urge Indians to vote in the country's upcoming mammoth elections. In 29 rapid-fire tweets, Modi tagged cricketers Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal, asking them to inspire others to exercise their franchise...

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Britain and Brexit in chaos: parliament rejects May’s EU deal again

LONDON:  Britain’s parliament rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal to quit the European Union for a second time on Tuesday, deepening the country’s worst political crisis for generations, 17 days before the planned departure date. MPs voted against May’s amended Brexit deal by 391 to 242 as her last-minute talks with EU chiefs on Monday to assuage her critics’ concerns...

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U.S., Taliban talks end for now with no Afghan peace deal

DOHA: U.S. and Taliban negotiators wrapped up their longest round of consecutive peace talks on Tuesday with progress made but no agreement on when foreign troops might withdraw, multiple sources said. The 16 days of talks, in which the United States also sought assurances that Taliban insurgents will not use Afghanistan to stage attacks, are expected to resume in late...

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