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No easy escape for jogger who crossed US-Canada border accidentally

CANADA: A 19-year-old teenager realized that there is no easy escape for accidentally crossing the US-border after she’s been held for two weeks regarding the matter. Cedella Roman, a french citizen, was jogging alongside a Canadian beach where she was captured on security cameras monitoring the area and seized by US border patrol agents, accusing her of crossing illegally into …

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India suffers two major diplomatic setbacks in a week

LONDON: Indian media has started pointing towards a “global conspiracy” after the country suffered two big diplomatic setbacks last week when the United Nations Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) called for an international investigation into abuses in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) and America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) labelled the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Bajrang Dal as “militant religious outfits”. The News has …

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Joanne Wagner appointed as US Consul General in Karachi

KARACHI: Joanne Wagne, United States Senior Foreign Service career member on Friday took charge of position as the United States Consul General in Karachi. Recently, she served in Washington DC with the Board of Examiners, helping to select the next generation of US diplomats. Previously, she was the US Assistance Coordinator in Kyiv, Ukraine, where she was responsible for coordinating US …

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Xi says China must lead way in reform of global governance

BEIJING: China must lead the way in reforming global governance, the foreign ministry on Saturday cited President Xi Jinping as saying, as Beijing looks to increase its world influence. China has sought a greater say in global organisations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and United Nations, in line with its growing economic and diplomatic clout. Since …

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Blast rocks Zimbabwe president’s rally, injuries reported

BULAWAYO: Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa survived a blast at a ruling ZANU-PF party rally Saturday, his spokesman said, adding that he had been taken to safety after the incident. An AFP correspondent at the scene reported multiple injuries but could not immediately give a precise toll. Images broadcast on Zimbabwean TV showed scenes of chaos and medics fighting to save …

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Saudi Arabia’s jailed trailblazers

DUBAI: Saudi authorities have in the past two months detained at least 16 people, including several identified as women’s rights activists, on accusations of treason. The crackdown comes even as the kingdom breaks with long-held restrictions on women’s lives, preparing to lift the world’s only ban on female motorists on Sunday. That was a goal some of the detainees had championed …

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Tens of thousands march in London for second Brexit vote

LONDON: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in London on Saturday calling for a second vote on Britain´s departure from the European Union. The anti-Brexit campaigners marched on parliament to mark the second anniversary of the Brexit referendum, demanding a “people´s vote” on whether to approve the final deal Prime Minister Theresa May strikes with the EU, if an agreement …

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Taliban kill 16 Afghan soldiers, kidnap 43 workers after ceasefire ends

KABUL: Taliban militants killed at least 16 Afghan police and two civilians in western Badghis province after their three-day ceasefire for the Eidul Fitr holiday ended at the weekend, officials said on Friday. The Taliban, fighting to reimpose strict Islamic law after their 2001 ouster, resumed their campaign on Thursday after rejecting President Ashraf Ghani’s request to extend their ceasefire …

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‘Invest wisely’ in migrants’ home countries, says Pope Francis

Pope Francis, who has put the plight of migrants in Europe at the heart of his concerns, said Thursday it was time “to invest wisely to give them work and education” in their countries of origin, in particular in Africa. “The problem of wars is difficult to solve, as is the problem of the persecution of Christians in the Middle …

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Passengers sue Boeing Airlines after fatal Southwest flight

MANHATTAN: Eight passengers who were aboard the Southwest Airlines flight that made an emergency landing in Philadelphia after an engine failed have filed a lawsuit against Boeing Co., the airline and engine manufacturers. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, alleges Boeing negligently failed to assure the 737 and engine were reasonably safe and failed …

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