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Merkel’s conservatives quarrel over party’s course

BERLIN (Web Desk) German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) argued on Sunday over whether they should return to a more conservative agenda once she steps down as party chair as contenders to succeed her gear up for the leadership race. Support for their Social Democrats (SPD) coalition partner meanwhile hit …

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Suu Kyi’s party slapped down in by-election

YANGON (Web Desk) The party of Myanmar’s embattled head of state Aung San Suu Kyi said on Sunday they were defeated in six constituencies in a national by-election, showing uneven support for her government after a string of controversies. Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy (NLD) swept to power …

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Afghan govt’s control over territories reaches record low

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The Afghan government has lost control over a record number of districts this year, although Taliban too have lost some areas, says an official US report sent to Congress this week. The report — that covers the period between July 1 and Sept 30, 2018, — identifies a …

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Two women killed, several injured in Florida yoga class shooting

Talla­has­see (Web Desk)  Two women were killed when a gunman opened fire in a Florida yoga studio before class members fought back and the attacker killed himself, police said on Saturday. The women, identified as Nancy Van Vessem, 61, and Maura Binkley, 21, were shot and killed on Friday afternoon when …

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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election next year

KABUL (Web Desk) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced on Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country’s top job ahead of the ballot. Mr Ghani, who was elected in a controversial poll in 2014, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as …

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Norway Summons Saudi Ambassador Over Khashoggi Case

Oslo (Web Desk) Norway summoned the Saudi ambassador on Thursday over the death of The Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, the Norwegian Foreign Minister, Ine Eriksen Soereide, announced on Friday. The development came days after the Saudi prosecutor-general acknowledged that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi had been plotted in advance. …

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Russia vows to continue oil trade with Iran despite US sanctions

Moscow (Web Desk) Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak says his country will help Iran counter fresh US sanctions due to come into effect late this week, saying Moscow will continue trading Tehran’s crude in defiance of Washington. “We believe we should look for mechanisms that would allow us to continue …

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Palestinians slam ‘provocative’ Brazil embassy move to Jerusalem

AFP (Web Desk) A senior Palestinian official on Friday condemned Brazilian far-right President-elect Jair Bolsonaro’s announcement that he would move his country’s Israel embassy to Jerusalem. “These are provocative and illegal steps that will only destabilise security and stability in the region,” Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s …

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Sri Lanka court orders arrest of military chief

COLOMBO (Web Desk) A Sri Lankan court on Friday ordered the arrest the country’s top military officer over the abduction and murder of 11 people during the Tamil civil war. Colombo Fort magistrate Ranga Dissanayake reprimanded police investigators for failing to act on a previous order to detain Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. …

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