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As PM, Johnson vows to launch review of ‘sin taxes’

LONDON: Boris Johnson, frontrunner to become Britain’s next prime minister, will launch a review into the so-called sin taxes on products high in salt, fat and sugar if he wins the contest for leader, he will say on Wednesday. Britain’s sugar tax on soft drinks came into force in April …

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Total solar eclipse 2019: Sky show hits South America

  BUENOS AIRES: Thousands of skywatchers gathered in South America on Tuesday to witness a rare solar eclipse. Beginning in the Pacific, the 6,000-mile long band of darkness carved its way across areas of both Chile and Argentina. The eclipse also made its way across several of the world’s most …

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Six dead, 18 missing after dam breach in India

MUMBAI: Heavy monsoon rains caused the breach of a small dam in western India, washing away dozens of homes and killing at least six people, with 18 missing, a government official said on Wednesday. Seasonal rains have crippled India’s financial center of Mumbai this week, disrupting rail and air traffic …

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Majority of voters back Trump’s decision not to strike Iran: Poll

WASHINGTON: A new opinion poll shows that a vast majority of American voters oppose a military conflict with Iran and express support for US President Donald Trump’s decision last month not to launch a military strike against the Islamic Republic. The Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, released to The Hill newspaper on …

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APS attack survivor Ahmed Nawaz bags Diana award

LONDON: Valient boy Ahmed Nawaz, a survivor of 2014 APS attack, continues to make Pakistan proud as he bags Diana Award in London for his campaign related to the education of youth. As per details, the award ceremony was held at the British Parliament. Ahmed is first Pakistani to receive …

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Hong Kong protests: China says protesters ‘trample rule of law’

BEIJING: China has accused protesters who vandalised Hong Kong’s parliament on Monday of “serious illegal actions” that “trample on the rule of law”. A group of activists occupied the Legislative Council (LegCo) building for several hours after breaking away from a peaceful protest. Hundreds of police used tear gas to …

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Indonesian police arrest leader of network with ties to al-Qaeda

JAKARTA: Indonesian police have arrested the leader of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant network linked to al-Qaeda, authorities said on Tuesday, on suspicion of recruiting members and sending them to Syria to train with extremist groups. Counter-terrorism police also arrested at least four other suspects linked to Para Wijayanto, who experts …

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Giant Beijing airport set to open on eve of China’s 70th birthday

BEIJING: Beijing is set to open an eye-catching multi-billion dollar airport resembling a massive shining starfish, to accommodate soaring air traffic in China and celebrate the Communist government’s 70th anniversary in power. Work on the Beijing Daxing International Airport officially ended on schedule Sunday, ready for a September 30 inauguration …

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Heavy rains batter India’s Mumbai, disrupting air, rail traffic

MUMBAI: Heavy rains battered India’s financial capital Mumbai on Monday causing disruption to the commuter train network, snarling traffic on water-logged streets and delaying flights from the country’s second-busiest airport. The city, home to India’s two biggest stock exchanges and the headquarters of several major companies, has been hit by …

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