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Sri Lanka president suspends parliament amid crisis

COLOMBO (Web Desk) Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena on Saturday suspended parliament, deepening political turmoil after he sacked the country’s prime minister.Parliamentary officials said the president had suspended all meetings of the 225-member house until November 16.Ranil Wickremesinghe, who was sacked by the president late Friday, had earlier called for …

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Kashmiris observe Black Day to mark illegal Indian occupation

SERINAGAR (Web Desk) Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and the world over are observing Black Day today (Saturday) to mark the illegal occupation of the valley by Indian forces.On October 27th, 1947 Indian troops invaded Kashmir and occupied the region, a violation of the Partition …

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Khashoggi murder ‘must concern us all’: Jim Mattis

MANAMA (Web Desk) US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that incidents like the killing of a Saudi journalist undermined Middle Eastern stability and that the United States would take additional measures against those responsible.The killing of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national and Washington Post columnist, has sparked outrage …

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Irish singer Sinead O’Connor converts to Islam

LONDON (Web Desk) Outspoken Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has announced she has converted to Islam and changed her name to Shuhada.Having adopted the name Magda Davitt last year, the 51-year-old is now called Shuhada Davitt.She also changed her Twitter avatar to a black-and-white image of the Nike Swoosh logo and …

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Trump, offering no evidence, suggests Twitter biased against him

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump on Friday accused Twitter Inc of targeting his account on the social media network but did not offer any evidence, and suggested that the company’s actions could be a sign of bias.Twitter has deleted millions of suspicious accounts after it and other social …

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FBI arrests man suspected in spree of parcel bombs

MIAMI (Web Desk) Federal authorities arrested a man in Florida on Friday in connection with at least a dozen parcel bombs sent to high-profile critics of the United States President Donald Trump, officials said, days ahead of congressional elections.The man was taken into custody in the Miami area, a U.S. …

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Russia warns against attempts to escalate Syria crisis

NEW YORK (Web Desk) During a Security Council session on the situation in the Middle East, Nebenzya said that it’s impossible to impose the constitutional committees with conditions that contradict the Syrians’ will, and that there are no basis to set arbitrary dates for forming this committee,He hoped that de …

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UK military to open up all roles to women

LONDON (Web Desk) Women will soon be able to apply for any role in the British military, including in previously off-limits elite units like the famed SAS, the government announced on Thursday.Calling the move “historic”, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said women already serving in the army would be able to …

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EU court rejects Austrian’s plea over blasphemy

BERLIN (Web Desk) The European Court of Human Rights has rejected a plea by an Austrian woman that her conviction for blaspheming the Holy Prophet (PBUH) breached her freedom of speech.The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled on Thursday that Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the …

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Indian police raid Amnesty office over ‘foreign fund violations’

NEW DELHI (Web Desk) Amnesty International on Friday accused the Indian government of seeking to “instill fear” among rights groups after police raided one of its offices over alleged violations of foreign funding rules.Enforcement Directorate investigators searched the Amnesty office in the southern city of Bangalore for several hours on …

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