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S Korea’s ex-president Park given eight more years in prison

By   /  July 20, 2018  /  World  /  Comments Off on S Korea’s ex-president Park given eight more years in prison

Seoul, July 20 (PTI/AFP): Disgraced former South Korean president Park Geun-hye was convicted of charges including illegally receiving funds from the country’s spy agency today and given eight more years in prison, on top of her current term. Park, the South’s first female president, was impeached last year after huge street protests over a sprawling […]

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Flood warnings issued as storm intensifies in Philippines

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Manila, July 20 (IANS): Philippines was on alert on Friday as tropical storm Ampil intensified, leading to fears of heavy rainfall, extensive flooding and landslides, according to the country’s meteorological agency. Several provinces including Zambales, Metro Manila, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite and Bataan were flooded on Friday as a result of heavy downpour on Thursday night, […]

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Macron under fire as security aide detained in assault inquiry

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Paris, July 20 (PTI/AFP): French President Emmanuel Macron, trying to curb what has become the most damaging scandal of his presidency, today fired a top security aide who has been taken into custody after videos emerged showing him strike a young man during a demonstration in Paris in May. The Elysee Palace said that Alexandre […]

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Putin, Trump talked about referendum for eastern Ukraine — Russia envoy

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Moscow, July 20 (PTI/AP): Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump discussed the possibility of a referendum in separatist-leaning eastern Ukraine during their Helsinki summit, Russia’s ambassador to the US said today. Ambassador Anatoly Antonov revealed the discussions amid confusion and concern in the US about what the two world leaders actually agreed […]

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Trump attacks EU for fining Google ahead of Juncker visit

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Washington, July 20 (IANS): US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union (EU), saying Europe’s latest fining of US tech-giant Google showed that the bloc “truly” has “taken advantage of the US”. “The European Union just slapped a Five Billion Dollar fine on one of our great companies, Google,” Trump tweeted. “They truly […]

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Malaysia to publish final report on missing MH370 flight on July 30

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Kuala Lumpur, July 20 (IANS): Malaysia’s Transport Minister Anthony Loke announced on Friday that the final report on the investigation into Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, which went missing in March 2014 with 239 people on board, will be made public on July 30. “Every word recorded by the investigation team will be tabled in this […]

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Trump ‘ready’ to intensify trade war with China

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Washington, July 20 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has said he is ready to intensify his trade war with China by slapping tariffs on all imports worth $500 billion. “I’m ready to go to 500,” he told CNBC’s Joe Kernen in a “Squawk Box” interview broadcasted on Friday. The reference was to the dollar amount […]

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China on ‘wrong side’ of religious freedom, says Pompeo

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Washington, July 20 (PTI): China is on the “wrong side” on the issue of religious freedom, a fundamental human right, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said stressing that America was opposed to “religious intolerance” in any country whether it is an ally or not. At the State Department’s three-day conference next week on […]

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Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

By   /  July 19, 2018  /  Top News, World  /  Comments Off on Israel adopts controversial Jewish nation-state law

Jerusalem, July 19 (PTI/AFP): Israel’s parliament today adopted a law defining the country as the nation state of the Jewish people, provoking fears it could lead to blatant discrimination against Arab citizens. Arab lawmakers and Palestinians called the law “racist” and said it legalised “apartheid” following a tumultuous debate in parliament. Others said it neglects […]

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Migrants don’t have ‘unfettered right’ to go where they wish — UN

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Geneva, July 19 (IANS/AKI): Nations must rescue migrants and people in need of protection, but those who they save do not have “the unfettered right” to choose their host country, the UN refugee agency UNHCR stated on Thursday. “While states have obligations to save lives and afford protection to refugees, people who are rescued do […]

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