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British PM says she will resign before next election


December 13, 2018

LONDON: Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to win a vote of no confidence triggered by angry Brexit supporters in her Conservative Party on Wednesday, but said she would step down as leader before the next election in four years. Less than four months before the United Kingdom is due to leave the European Union on March 29, Britain’s exit is …

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Michael Cohen Sentenced to 3 Years After Implicating Trump in Hush-Money Scandal


December 12, 2018

Michael D. Cohen, the former lawyer for President Trump, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday morning for his role in a hush-money scandal that could threaten Mr. Trump’s presidency by implicating him in a scheme to buy the silence of two women who said they had affairs with him. The sentencing in federal court in Manhattan capped …

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Huawei executive gets bail in case rattling China ties


December 12, 2018

A Canadian court granted bail on Tuesday to a top Chinese telecom company executive wanted in the United States in a case that has rattled relations between China and the North American allies. The conditional release of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, came hours after the detention of a former Canadian diplomat in Beijing further stoked tensions. …

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Armed police detain man outside British parliament


December 12, 2018

Armed police detained a man on the grounds of the British parliament on Tuesday, at almost exactly the same spot where an attack occurred last year, an AFP photographer saw. London’s Metropolitan Police did not immediately respond to a request for information about the incident, while parliamentary authorities said police were handling it. The BBC cited police saying the incident was not terror-related. In …

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India names its new central bank chief


December 12, 2018

MUMBAI: India’s government named an ally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the country’s new central bank chief on Tuesday, a day after his predecessor quit following a dispute about government’s interference. Shaktikanta Das has been appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for three years, a government statement said. The 63-year-old is a former senior finance ministry …

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Albanian students revolt over tuition costs


December 12, 2018

TIRANA: Thousands of Albanian university students took to Tirana’s streets on Tuesday for their biggest show of strength yet in a protest movement demanding lower tuition fees and more investment in public education. The protests, which kicked off last week, are the biggest mobilisation of university students since demonstrations in 1990 against the former communist regime, according to local media. …

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100 injured in BD poll campaign violence


December 12, 2018

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s election campaign turned violent on Tuesday with scores injured at political rallies across the country, as police fired pellet guns into crowds and stick-wielding mobs attacked rival candidates. Police said clashes broke out in at least seven major towns on just the second day of campaigning, injuring nearly 100 people who turned out to cheer the two major …

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Yemeni govt, rebels name 15,000 prisoners for swap


December 12, 2018

RIMBO: Yemen’s government and rival rebels agreed on Tuesday on a mass prisoner swap, exchanging more than 15,000 names, but warned that talks this week were unlikely to yield a truce. Nearly four years into a war that has pushed 14 million Yemenis to the brink of mass starvation, the Saudi-backed government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels, linked to Riyadh’s …

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EU’s Brexit message to May: clarify, reassure, but not renegotiate


December 12, 2018

BRUSSELS: “Clarify?” — yes. “Reassure?” — sure. “Renegotiate?” — no. The European Union reacted in unison on Tuesday to news that British Prime Minister Theresa May was coming to demand changes to the Brexit deal the sides agreed just two weeks ago after 18 months of painstaking talks. “There is no room whatsoever for renegotiation,” said Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the …

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Taliban attack on security team near Kabul kills 12


December 12, 2018

KABUL: The death toll from a suicide bombing targeting a security forces convoy outside Kabul early on Tuesday jumped to 12, officials said, with eight civilians killed in the latest Taliban-claimed attack near the Afghan capital. The officials said it was a suicide attack on an operational team from the National Directorate for Security, but he gave no further details. …

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