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Libyan players in Italy for fresh bid to resolve crisis


November 13, 2018

PALERMO: Libya’s key political players meet with global leaders in Italy on Monday in the latest bid by major powers to kickstart a long-stalled political process and trigger elections. A summit in Paris in May had seen the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and eastern Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar agree to hold national polls on December 10, but that …

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UK says Brexit deal ‘almost within touching distance’


November 13, 2018

Prime Minister Theresa May’s deputy says Britain and the European Union are “almost within touching distance” of a Brexit deal after another late-night negotiating session. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington says it’s “possible but not at all definite” that the two sides can reach agreement this week. Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time …

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Driver found guilty of murdering six in Australia car rampage


November 13, 2018

A driver who deliberately mowed down shoppers in the heart of Australia’s second-largest city, killing six people and injuring 27, was found guilty of murder by a jury on Tuesday. James Gargasoulas, 28, pleaded not guilty to the January 2017 rampage on Melbourne’s Bourke Street, which police determined was not terror-related. Bourke street, a popular shopping and restaurant area, was the …

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Ghani confident about reaching peace deal


November 13, 2018

WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday voiced confidence on reaching a peace deal to end the Taliban insurgency. “I feel that it is now not a question of if, but when,” Mr Ghani said of a peace agreement in a wide-ranging appearance by video at Johns Hopkins University, where he was formerly a professor. “All wars have to end …

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Gulf economy recovering but faces oil volatility: IMF


November 13, 2018

Economic growth in the energy-rich Gulf will recover in 2018 from a contraction last year but remains vulnerable to volatility in crude oil prices, the IMF forecast on Tuesday. The global lender predicted that an overall energy price recovery from 2015-2016 lows would spur the economies of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council to grow by 2.4 per cent in 2018 …

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Deadliest California wildfire claims 42 lives


November 13, 2018

At least 42 people were confirmed dead in the wildfire that turned the Northern California town of Paradise and outlying areas into hell on earth, making it the deadliest blaze in state history. The death toll made this blaze the deadliest single fire on record, surpassing the toll from a 1933 blaze in Griffith Park in Los Angeles that killed …

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‘We don’t need their prize’: Myanmar defiant as Amnesty pulls Suu Kyi award


November 13, 2018

Myanmar authorities and citizens leapt to the defence of Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday after Amnesty International stripped her of its top award over indifference to atrocities committed against Rohingya Muslims, doubling down on support for the civilian leader in the face of global ire. Suu Kyi’s international reputation as a rights icon is in pieces and Amnesty’s move …

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Senior Karachi journalist abducted by Pakistani law enforcement agencies


November 12, 2018

Senior Karachi journalist abducted by Pakistani law enforcement agencies A senior journalist was allegedly abducted  by law enforcement agencies from his home in Karachi pakistan on Saturday, according to media organisations. Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry, a senior journalist associated with Urdu-language daily Nai Baat, was ‘detained’ by security personnel following a raid on his residence on Saturday morning. His whereabouts are …

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Trump-style nationalism comes under fire at WWI commemorations in Paris


November 12, 2018

World leaders gathered in Paris on Sunday to mark 100 years since the end of World War I, with French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UN chief Antonio Guterres each warning that rising nationalism again poses a threat to peace. US President Donald Trump — who prides himself on being called a nationalist — was among around …

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Khaleda Zia’s party to challenge Hasina in election


November 12, 2018

DHAKA: Bangladesh’s main opposition party announced on Sunday it would not boycott next month’s general election and would challenge Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the polls, despite its leader being in jail. The Bangladesh Nationalist Party said it would contest the December 23 election but has expressed fears it will not be democratic and has threatened protests. The BNP boycotted …

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