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France deploys radar system in Saudi Arabia to ‘reassure’ Riyadh


January 18, 2020

PARIS: France has deployed a radar system on the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia to beef up its ally’s defences after missile attacks on the kingdom’s oil infrastructure in September, French officials said. Paris has blamed Iran for carrying out the drone and missile attack, which crippled the world’s biggest oil processing facility in Saudi Arabia, and had promised to …

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Bangladesh to house 100,000 Rohingya in once-submerged island


January 18, 2020

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi island regularly submerged by monsoon rains is ready to house 100,000 Rohingya refugees, but no date has been announced to relocate people from the crowded and squalid camps where they’ve lived for years, officials said on Thursday. Flood protection embankments, houses, hospitals and mosques have been built on Bhasan Char, or floating island, in the Bay of …

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A jury has been selected for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial


January 18, 2020

A jury of seven men and five women was selected Friday for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial after an arduous, two-week process in which scores of people were dismissed because they had already made up their minds about the disgraced Hollywood mogul. Opening statements are expected Wednesday in the case against the 67-year-old executive who has come to be seen as …

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Dershowitz, Starr join Trump’s defence team in impeachment trial


January 18, 2020

WASHINGTON: Ken Starr, who was at the center of Bill Clinton’s impeachment in the 1990s, and America’s biggest celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz were announced on Friday to be joining President Donald Trump’s Senate impeachment defence. The administration has yet to unveil the full team but confirmed that White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be lead lawyer, backed by Trump’s personal …

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UK blacklists entire Hezbollah movement


January 18, 2020

LONDON: Britain’s fin­ance ministry on Friday said it had added Lebanon’s entire Hezbollah movement to its list of terrorist groups subject to asset freezing. The ministry previously only targeted the organisation’s military wing but has now listed the whole group after the government designated it a terrorist organisation last March. The change requires any individual or institution in Britain with …

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No automatic deportation for EU nationals after Brexit


January 18, 2020

LONDON: Britain will not automatically deport European Union citizens who have not applied for the right to remain in the country after Brexit, European Parliament Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt said on Friday. Verhofstadt, who met with British ministers including Brexit minister Stephen Barclay on Thursday, said he had been reassured there would be a grace period for those who have …

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China and Myanmar ‘stand together’ despite Rohingya backlash


January 18, 2020

China and Myanmar are set to ink mammoth infrastructure deals following a meeting on Saturday between President Xi Jinping and fallen rights icon Aung San Suu Kyi, who pledged to stand with Beijing “till the end of the world”. The Chinese leader’s two-day state visit to Myanmar’s purpose-built capital comes as Western investors cast a wide berth around the country …

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Afghan Taliban see deal with US by end of month


January 18, 2020

PESHAWAR: The Afghan Taliban on Friday said they had agreed to reduce ‘military operations’ to provide safe environment for the withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan and talks with the Americans were centered on fixing a date for signing the agreement. “We have agreed to scale down military operations in days leading up to the signing of the peace agreement …

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To defuse palm row, Davos diplomacy likely between India, Malaysia


January 18, 2020

Trade ministers from India and Malaysia are likely to meet on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos next week amid a palm oil spat between the two countries, a Malaysian government spokesman told Reuters on Friday. Hindu-majority India has repeatedly objected to Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad speaking out against its recent policies which critics say discriminate against Muslims. …

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Parliament backs Putin’s pick for PM after ‘January Revolution’


January 17, 2020

MOSCOW: The Russian parliament overwhelmingly backed President Vladimir Putin’s surprise choice for prime minister on Thursday after what one daily called a “January revolution”, a major political overhaul that some say could set Putin up as leader for life. The State Duma, the lower house of parliament, gave its backing to Mikhail Mishu­stin, a 53-year-old with almost no political profile, …

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