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Trump is a ‘clown’ who will betray Iranians, says Iran’s supreme leader

TEHRAN: As he addressed Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said President Donald Trump is a "clown" who only pretends to support the Iranian people. Khamenei said Trump will "push a poisonous dagger" into the nation's back. He said the outpouring of grief at the funeral for Iran's top general,...

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Indian Supreme Court refuses to halt implementation of citizenship law

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court turned down a plea on Wednesday to stop the implementation of a new citizenship law based on religion that has set off violent protests in the country, but said it would hold hearings next month on the sweeping measure. The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) makes it easier for non-Muslims from the neighbouring countries of Afghanistan,...

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Lt Gen Manoj Mukund Naravane appointed as Indian army chief

The Indian government on Monday approved the appointment of Lieutenant General Manoj Mukund Naravane as the next chief of army staff (COAS), reported the The Hindu. Lt Gen Naravane, who is currently the vice chief of Indian army, will take over as India’s 28th COAS from incumbent General Bipin Rawat whose term ends on December 31. Army officials, told The Hindu that Lt...

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Protests erupt in universities across India over controversial citizenship law

Protests have engulfed university campuses across India against the police crackdown at Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi after the Sunday evening violence over a controversial citizenship law, reported NDTV. Indian media reported of clashes at the Aligarh Muslim University between police and students after their solidarity march was stopped. By midnight, the students of Hyderabad's Maulana Azad Urdu University and...

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Five dead in protests against Indian citizenship law

GUWAHATI: Five people died, including three after being shot by police, following violent protests in northeast India over a contentious citizenship law, with authorities maintaining internet bans and curfews in some regions. Tension remained high at the epicentre of the unrest in Assam state's biggest city, Guwahati, with a fresh demonstration expected on Sunday over the legislation even as some...

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China delays planned tariffs on US goods

SHANGHAI: China has suspended additional tariffs on some US goods that were meant to be implemented on December 15, the State Council’s customs tariff commission said on Sunday, after the world’s two largest economies agreed a “phase one” trade deal on Friday. The deal, rumors and leaks over which have gyrated world markets for months, reduces some US tariffs in...

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UK, US warn on travel to North East India after clashes on anti-Muslim law

GUWAHATI: Washington and London on Saturday issued travel warnings for northeast India as opponents of a new citizenship law geared up for more protests, following days of clashes that saw two people killed and dozens injured. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB) — approved this week — allows for the fast-tracking of applications from religious minorities from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh,...

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Nine Afghan forces killed in Taliban insider attack: official

GHAZNI: The Taliban have killed nine Afghan soldiers in an insider attack in central Afghanistan, the military said on Saturday, underscoring the dangers Afghan forces face from within their own ranks. The Afghan National Army troops "were martyred by Taliban terrorists in Qarabagh district of Ghazni province" on Friday night, the Afghan defence ministry said on Twitter. Defence ministry spokesman...

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Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party wins majority in UK Election

LONDON: United Kingdom's (UK) Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to take Britain out of the European Union (EU) in matter of weeks. For Johnson, whose 20-week tenure in power has been marked by chaotic scenes in parliament and stark division on the streets over Britain’s tortuous departure from the EU,...

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Britain votes in ‘Brexit election’

Britain goes to the polls on Thursday to determine the immediate future of Brexit, in a vote described as the most important in a generation. More than 4,000 polling venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including a windmill, several pubs, a hair salon and a chip shop, open their doors at 0700 GMT for a day of voting...

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Modi’s India passes religiously discriminatory citizenship bill amid global outcry

NEW DELHI: The lower house of the Indian legislature passed controversial legislation early Tuesday that will grant citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries, but not Muslims, amid raucous scenes in parliament and protests in the northeast of the country. The Citizenship Amendment Bill provides that Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis, and Christians fleeing persecution in Muslim-majority Afghanistan, Bangladesh and...

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World’s youngest Prime Minister Sanna Marin to take charge in Finland

HELSINKI: Sanna Marin, 34, has been named the next prime minister of Finland after the former transportation minister was elected by her party --Social Democrats -- to the post of the PM on Sunday. Sanna Marin is expected to take the oath of her office this week. At 34, Marin becomes one of the world's youngest state leaders, ahead of...

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At least 43 killed in New Delhi factory fire

NEW DELHI: At least 43 people have died in a factory fire in India's capital New Delhi, with the toll expected to rise, police told AFP. The blaze broke out in the early hours in the city's old quarter, whose narrow and congested lanes are lined with many small manufacturing and storage units. "We... have since rescued at least 50...

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US resumes talks with Taliban in Doha: US source

DOHA: Washington resumed talks with the Taliban in Qatar Saturday, a US source said, three months after President Donald Trump abruptly halted diplomatic efforts that could end America´s longest war. In September, the United States and the Taliban had appeared on the verge of signing a deal that would have seen Washington begin withdrawing thousands of troops in return for...

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Indian police shoot dead suspects in rape-murder

NEW DELHI: Indian police on Friday shot dead four detained gang-rape and murder suspects as they were re-enacting their alleged crime, prompting outrage but also wild celebrations. The men, who had been in custody for a week, were shot early Friday morning as they tried to escape during the re-enactment in the southern city of Hyderabad, police said. "They were...

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India’s Muslims split in response to Babri Masjid verdict

India's largest Muslim political groups are divided over how to respond to a Supreme Court ruling that favours Hindu's right to a disputed site 27 years after Hindu nationalist mobs tore down a 16th century mosque, an event that unleashed torrents of religious-motivated violence. The sharp split illustrates growing unease among India's Muslims, who are struggling to find a political voice as...

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Two killed in Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor base shooting

LOS ANGELES: A US sailor fatally shot two people and wounded a third at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Hawaii on Wednesday before committing suicide, an official said. The two people killed were Department of Defense civilian employees, while a third civilian was wounded but "in stable condition at (an) area hospital," the official told AFP. A statement issued...

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