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Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

London, May 23 (PTI/AFP): Voters in Brexit-bound Britain cast on ballots Thursday at the start of 28-nation EU elections in which eurosceptic, anti-immigration forces have vowed to create a political earthquake that will shake the Brussels establishment. With Prime Minister Theresa May’s resignation appearing imminent after she postponed a forlorn attempt to push her divorce […]

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Over 250 arrested in Indonesia following protests

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Over 250 arrested in Indonesia following protests

Jakarta, May 23 (IANS): At least 257 people were arrested following deadly protests in the Indonesian capital against the re-election of President Joko Widodo for a second five-year term, police said on Thursday. At least six people were killed died and more than 200 have been wounded since the riots started on Tuesday night, reports […]

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May faces pressure after Leadsom resigns

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on May faces pressure after Leadsom resigns

London, May 23 (IANS): Theresa May is continuing to face pressure from her own MPs to resign after one of her senior ministers quit the cabinet. The Leader of the House, Andrea Leadsom, stepped down on Wednesday night over the PM’s Brexit policy, the BBC reported. Several cabinet ministers have also said that the PM […]

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Sri Lankan Parliament approves committee to investigate Easter bombings

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Sri Lankan Parliament approves committee to investigate Easter bombings

Colombo, May 23 (PTI): The Sri Lankan Parliament has unanimously approved the formation of a select committee to look into the factors that led to the Easter Sunday bombings and come up with possible measures to avoid such attacks in future, according to a media report. Nine suicide bombers, including a woman, carried out a […]

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US, China harden their stands on Huawei as tech war intensifies

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on US, China harden their stands on Huawei as tech war intensifies

Washington, May 23 (PTI/AFP): The United States and China hardened their stances over Huawei on Thursday as Washington brushed aside claims of “bullying” and accused the Chinese tech giant of misrepresenting its ties to the Beijing government. The world’s top two economies stepped up their rhetoric following President Donald Trump’s decision to blacklist the smartphone […]

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Egypt to release Al-Jazeera journalist after 2 years

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Egypt to release Al-Jazeera journalist after 2 years

Cairo, May 23 (IANS): A court in Cairo on Thursday ordered release of an Al-Jazeera journalist, arrested more than two years ago on charges of spreading “false news”. Mahmoud Hussein’s daughter Zahra Mahmoud Hussein said the court freed her father on precautionary measures, Efe news reported. “The court ordered his release on Tuesday, but the […]

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Iran says no talks with US ‘under any circumstances’

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Iran says no talks with US ‘under any circumstances’

Tehran, May 23 (PTI/AFP): Iran will not hold talks with the US “under any circumstances” while the rights of the Islamic republic are not respected, said an official quoted Thursday by state media. “We have said clearly… as long as the rights of our nation are not satisfied, as long as words don’t change into […]

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Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Deadly new air strikes as Syria army battles jihadists

Kafr Aweid (Syria), May 23 (PTI/AFP): Syrian government aircraft bombed several towns in northwestern Syria on Thursday killing eight civilians as troops and militia battled jihadists on the ground, a monitor said. The new bombardment of the largely jihadist-controlled region of Idlib followed strikes on Tuesday night and Wednesday that killed 23 civilians, 12 of […]

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‘American Taliban’ Lindh to be released as Afghan war still boils

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on ‘American Taliban’ Lindh to be released as Afghan war still boils

Washington, May 23 (PTI/AFP): John Walker Lindh, the US Muslim convert who came to be known as the “American Taliban” after being captured while fighting in Afghanistan in 2001, was released from prison Thursday after serving 17 years, US media reported. CNN and The Washington Post reported his early morning release from the federal high […]

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Sri Lanka president pardons firebrand Buddhist monk who led anti-Muslim campaign

By   /  May 23, 2019  /  World  /  Comments Off on Sri Lanka president pardons firebrand Buddhist monk who led anti-Muslim campaign

Colombo, May 23 (PTI): Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has pardoned a firebrand Buddhist monk, Galagodatte Gnanasara, who is accused of inciting violence against minority Muslims and convicted of contempt of court. President Sirisena granted pardon to Gnanasara days after releasing 762 other convicts to mark Vesak, also known as ‘Buddha Jayanti’. “He will be […]

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