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Conservatives win Austria election as far-right tumbles


September 30, 2019

VIENNA: Austrian conservatives won the most seats in snap elections Sunday, putting their 33-year-old leader Sebastian Kurz on track to retake power but forcing him into tough coalition negotiations after a corruption scandal sent his far-right former allies tumbling. Kurz´s People´s Party (OeVP) won 37 percent, up almost six percentage points from the last election two years ago, but not …

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Crop ban after French chemical plant fire


September 30, 2019

LILLE: Authorities in northern France where a massive fire this week ravaged a chemicals factory in the city of Rouen on Sunday banned the harvesting of crops and sale of produce of animal origin from the region, as a precautionary measure. Soot spewed out by the blaze over some agricultural areas was “liable to present a public health risk that …

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Attacks, fraud fears dampen turnout in Afghan election


September 30, 2019

KABUL: Turnout in Afghanistan´s presidential election appeared likely Sunday to hit a record low because of the threat of attacks, a muted campaign and concerns over fraud. Afghans voted Saturday in the first round of a presidential race that will decide whether President Ashraf Ghani will win a second five-year term. About 9.6 million Afghans in the war-torn nation — …

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Trump: I want to meet my accuser


September 30, 2019

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Sunday he wants and deserves to meet the anonymous whistleblower at the center of the fast-moving scandal that has triggered an impeachment probe against him. The whistleblower, who could testify soon before Congress, fears for their safety if their identity is revealed, according to a lawyers´ letter released by CBS News. Battling the …

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Canada´s Trudeau says will grow deficit to fund vote pledges


September 30, 2019

MONTREAL: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday unveiled his financial policy ahead of elections next month, saying that if he retains power he will run a larger deficit to pay for campaign pledges. Trudeau, leader of the Liberal Party, is locked in a close race to secure a second term against the Conservatives, led by rookie Andrew Scheer. According …

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Robert De Niro calls Trump a ‘gangster’


September 30, 2019

NEW YORK: The legendary Hollywood actor Robert De Niro has compared Donald Trump to a “gangster” and said he is “unfit” to be president. The megastar  made  this remarks during an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter that Mr Trump is “crazy”, before responding bluntly when asked how he deals with criticism from the president’s backers at Fox News. De Niro, …

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Saudi crown prince MBS says war with Iran would gut world economy


September 30, 2019

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia´s crown prince said in an interview aired Sunday that war with Iran would devastate the global economy and he prefers a non-military solution to tensions with his regional rival. “If the world does not take a strong and firm action to deter Iran, we will see further escalations that will threaten world interests,” Prince Mohammed bin Salman …

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Factory fire kills 19 in east China: official


September 30, 2019

BEIJING: A factory fire has killed 19 people in east China, local authorities said Monday, in the latest deadly incident to hit the country´s industrial sector. The fire broke out on Sunday at a factory in Ninghai county, eastern Zhejiang province, said the local government on its official Twitter-like Weibo account. The incident, which is under investigation, occurred at a …

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Digital Youth Summit ’19: Educating Pakistani youth on tech-based entrepreneurship


September 30, 2019

PESHAWAR: Digital Youth Summit ’19 (DYS), Pakistan’s premier tech conference aimed at strengthening, enhancing and propelling the technology-based entrepreneurship culture in the country, kicked off in Peshawar on Saturday. The two-day distinct conference, featuring eminent start-up owners, influencers and speakers from all around the world, is centred around the vision of imparting knowledge and creating awareness regarding the prospects of …

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Lahore to first time host World Fashion Convention


September 30, 2019

LAHORE: Pakistan Readymade Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (PRGMEA) in collaboration with International Apparel Federation (IAF) will host 35th World Fashion Convention for the first time in Lahore in November 2019. Talking to the media here Sunday, the IAF Regional President and PRGMEA Chief Coordinator Ijaz Khokhar said that mega fashion show expected to attract delegates from over 45 countries, …

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