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Austrian conservatives bring far right into government

VIENNA: Austria is set to become the only western European country with a far-right party in government after the anti-immigration Freedom Party and Sebastian Kurz’s conservatives struck a coalition deal they plan to present on Saturday. Kurz, who is just 31, and Freedom Party (FPO) leader Heinz-Christian Strache announced their deal on Friday night, handing the far right a share …

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Fatah calls for protests against US VP Jerusalem visit

RAMALLAH (AFP) – The Fatah faction of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday called for demonstrations next week when US Vice President Mike Pence visits Jerusalem, after Washington s policy shift on the holy city. Breaking with decades with US policy, President Donald Trump announced on December 6 his decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel s capital and that he …

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Peru’s Congress prepares to oust President Kuczynski

LIMA: President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s chances of surviving the political crisis gripping Peru faded on Friday after Congress passed a motion to start “presidential vacancy” procedures with enough votes to unseat him within a week. The opposition-controlled Congress voted 93-17 on Friday to seek his removal from office over graft allegations, which he denies. Eighty-seven votes will be needed to …

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Three dead, 77,000 flee as storm pounds Philippines

TACLOBAN: At least three people were killed and tens of thousands were driven from their homes by floods as Tropical Storm Kai-Tak pounded the eastern Philippines on Saturday, cutting off power and triggering landslides, officials said. Kai-Tak, packing gusts of up to 110 kilometres an hour, hit the country’s third-largest island Samar in the afternoon and tore through a region …

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Israeli troops kill four Palestinians, wound 160 in protests over Jerusalem

GAZA: Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded 150 others with live fire on Friday, medical officials said, as protests over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital entered the second week. Most of the casualties were on the Gaza Strip border, where thousands of Palestinians gathered to protest against Israeli soldiers beyond the fortified fence. …

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Modi eats 5 mushrooms a day, each costs Rs 80,000: Alpesh Thakor

(Web Desk) – Gujarat Congress OBC leader Alpesh Thakor claimed on Tuesday that the Prime Minister Modi was a dark-skinned person but became fair after he started eating imported mushrooms worth Rs. 4,00,000. Speaking at a rally in Gujarat, Thakor said that someone had told him that Mr. Modi eats five mushrooms a day which are imported from Taiwan with …

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NET NEUTRALITY IS DEAD — WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

Yesterday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai successfully led a vote to repeal the Open Internet Order, effectively killing net neutrality rules. The full order hasn’t been released, but advocacy groups are already preparing for the fight to defend a neutral internet once Title II is repealed. Passing net neutrality protections in 2015 was relatively straightforward, but getting those protections back requires …

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Trump criticises FBI and says no pardon for Flynn ‘yet’

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Friday lashed out at the FBI inquiry into possible collusion between Moscow and his campaign, and refused to rule out pardoning former aide Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Russia. Trump said it was too early to discuss any pardon for his ex-national security advisor – which would prompt …

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‘Congratulations’: EU moves to Brexit phase two but warns will be tough

BRUSSELS: The European Union agreed on Friday to move Brexit talks onto trade and a transition pact but some leaders cautioned that the final year of divorce negotiations before Britain’s exit could be fraught with peril. EU leaders, who had offered British Prime Minister Theresa May a rare summit round of applause over dinner in Brussels the night before, took …

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