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PM Imran Khan, Jacinda Ardern named among Time’s 100 most influential people of 2019


April 18, 2019

Prime Minister Imran Khan has been named among the ‘100 Most Influential People‘ of 2019 by Time magazine. The list, unveiled on Wednesday, has chosen the “influential people” under four categories: leaders, pioneers, artists, icons and titans. Journalist Ahmed Rashid wrote the following regarding Prime Minister Khan for Time‘s 100 most influential people issue. “Pakistan is at a critical crossroads, and the man in charge …

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Trump vetoes bill to end US support for Saudi-led Yemen war


April 18, 2019

President Donald Trump on Tuesday vetoed a resolution from Congress directing him to end US support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen, the second such move of his presidency. The resolution was a harsh bipartisan rebuke to Trump that took the historic step of curtailing a president’s war-making powers — a step he condemned in a statement announcing his veto. …

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Peace talks in trouble as Taliban slam Afghan guest list


April 18, 2019

An upcoming conference between Afghan representatives and the Afghan Taliban appeared to be in trouble on Wednesday even before it begins, with the militants deriding Kabul’s plan to send 250 delegates — several of whom have already dropped out. President Ashraf Ghani’s administration had announced Tuesday a list of people from all walks of Afghan life, including some from the government, that …

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India votes in second phase of mammoth general election


April 18, 2019

Voters across swathes of southern India began queuing up early on Thursday in the second phase of a mammoth, staggered general election in which opposition parties are trying to stop Prime Minister Narendra Modi from winning a second term. More than 155 million people are eligible to vote in the second phase, which covers 95 parliament constituencies in 12 states …

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Lebanon eyes austerity package to slash deficit


April 18, 2019

BEIRUT: Lebanon is set to impose austerity measures to combat its bulging fiscal deficit, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said on Wed­nesday, warning of an economic “catastrophe” if public spending keeps rising. “As a government, we are required to issue the most austere budget in Lebanon’s history because our financial position doesn’t allow us to increase spending,” Hariri told reporters after …

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France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire


April 18, 2019

PARIS: France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration challenge. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said the contest would decide whether the monument should have a new spire at all and if so, whether it …

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Erdogan’s party loses Istanbul after 25 years


April 18, 2019

ISTANBUL: Turkey’s main opposition candidate was declared Istanbul’s mayor on Wednesday after election recounts were finally completed, despite an appeal still pending by President Tayyip Erdogan’s AK Party to re-run the vote in the country’s largest city. The final result of the March 31 local elections showed a narrow victory for the secularist opposition Republican Peoples Party (CHP) in Turkey’s …

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Held Kashmir waits for vote amid security shutdowns


April 18, 2019

SRINAGAR: Security forces shut down roads and stepped up patrols on Wednesday in India-held Kashmir, a day before voters in the disputed region go to the polls. Tens of thousands of security forces have poured into the region ahead of Thursday’s vote. Tensions have skyrocketed in the Himalayan region since a February suicide attack that killed at least 40 Indian …

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UNSC urges Taliban to call off spring offensive


April 18, 2019

WASHINGTON: The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the Taliban’s spring offensive, saying the move will “only result in more unnecessary suffering and destruction for the Afghan people”. The Taliban launched their annual offensive on the battlefield on April 12, days before the scheduled resumption of talks in Doha, Qatar. Also read: Taliban say they are not looking to rule Afghanistan …

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India’s Supreme Court considers call to open mosques to women


April 17, 2019

India’s Supreme Court agreed on Tuesday to consider a petition from a Muslim couple to allow women into mosques, seeking to overturn a centuries-old practice that largely bars women from the places of worship. Women are not allowed inside most mosques in India, although a few have separate entrances for women to go into segregated areas. The petitioners, Yasmeen Peerzade …

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