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Firebrand Sri Lanka monk jailed for intimidation

COLOMBO – A firebrand Buddhist monk was sentenced to six months in jail by a Sri Lankan court Thursday for intimidating a woman whose cartoonist husband has been missing since his abduction by the military. The court in Homagama, near the capital Colombo, also fined Galagodaatte Gnanasara 1,500 rupees ($10) and ordered him to pay 50,000 rupees in compensation to …

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Trump approves disaster aid for Hawaii´s volcano-stricken Big Island

HONOLULU: U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday approved federal emergency housing aid and other relief for victims of the six-week-old Kilauea Volcano eruption on Hawaii´s Big Island, where hundreds of homes have been destroyed, state officials said. The approval came a day after Governor David Ige formally requested assistance for an estimated 2,800 residents who have lost their homes to …

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Afghan president touts ceasefire with Taliban in Eid address

Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on Friday touted a three-day ceasefire with the Taliban in an address to the nation heralding the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the end of the Ramadan holy month, when devout Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. The ceasefire took effect at midnight on Thursday and lasts through the three-day holiday. Ghani is using …

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In pictures: Eid around the world

Eid is being celebrated around with much zeal and fervour. Let’s take a glance at how the world is celebrating the Muslim festival after the holy month of Ramazan. Somali Muslims take part in Eid al-Fitr prayer which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan at the football pitch of the Jamacadaha stadium in Mogadishu, on June 15, …

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Dutch may soon pay workers using pedal-power

AMSTERDAM: Dutch employees using pedal power to get to work may soon be reimbursed for their efforts, as the Netherlands look at ways to fight ever-growing congestion on its busy roads and highways. “Let’s get out of our cars and onto our bikes,” Dutch deputy infrastructure minister Stientje van Veldhoven said this week, as she announced new measures to push …

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Iran warns N Korea: Trump could cancel deal before getting home

LONDON: Iran warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday against trusting US President Donald Trump, saying he could cancel their denuclearization agreement within hours. Tehran cited its own experience in offering the advice to Kim a month after Washington withdrew from a similar deal with Iran. Trump and Kim pledged at a meeting in Singapore on Tuesday to …

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Another man commits suicide in Masjid al Haram

Another man committed suicide in Makkah’s Masjid al Haram, the second such incident in the holy month of Ramazan, Daily Jang reported on Friday. Quoting Saudi media, the leading Urdu language daily said an Asian man threw himself from one of  floors of the mosque and fell in  Mataf, an area close to holy Ka’aba. Another man was also injured in the …

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Thousands throng funeral of slain editor in India-held Kashmir

Thousands of mourners gathered on Friday for the funeral of a veteran journalist shot dead by unidentified gunmen on a motorbike outside his office in the main city of India-held Kashmir. Shujaat Bukhari, a leading journalist and editor of the English-language daily Rising Kashmir, was leaving his office in Srinagar on Thursday evening when three assailants roared up and fired several shots from …

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Germany arrests Tunisian man over ‘toxic substances’

FRANKFURT AM MAIN – German police have arrested a Tunisian man after discovering “toxic substances” at his flat in Cologne, officials said Wednesday, with prosecutors not ruling out a possible terror motive. The man was detained Tuesday night after officers raided his flat and came across “unknown substances” that are currently being analysed by specialists, Cologne police said in a …

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Taliban renew call for direct talks with US

WASHINGTON: Afghan Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada, has renewed his call for direct talks with the United States to end the war in Afghanistan. “If the American officials truly believe in a peaceful end to the Afghan imbroglio then they must directly present themselves to the negotiation table,” he said in an Eidul Fitr message, posted on the official Taliban website Alemarah on …

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