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Indian PM Modi’s BJP loses key state elections


December 12, 2018

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suffered an embarrassing defeat in three state elections in its stronghold just months before national elections. According to results announced Wednesday by the Election Commission, the opposition Congress party was a clear winner in Chhattisgarh state, and fell one seat short of a majority in both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. …

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May tours Europe in desperate bid to save Brexit deal


December 11, 2018

LONDON: Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May launched a tour of European capitals on Tuesday in a desperate bid to salvage her Brexit deal, a day after delaying a parliamentary vote on the text to avoid a crushing defeat. May held talks in The Hague with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte before heading to Berlin to meet Chancellor Angela Merkel …

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Pakistan-origin Sajid Javid among contenders to replace UK PM Theresa May


December 11, 2018

LONDON: With British Prime Minister Theresa May badly weakened by her decision to delay a key Brexit vote she would have lost, potential leadership contenders for the Conservative Party are waiting to pounce. If she falls, any Conservative MP elected by the party as leader would automatically become prime minister. Here are the main names mooted by the British media: …

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Trump calls hush money a ‘simple transaction’


December 11, 2018

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump on Monday defended hush money payments repo­rted by his former lawyer, responding a day after Dem­o­cratic lawmakers said the US president could face impea­chment and jail time if the transactions are pro­ven to violate campaign finance laws. Trump said on Twitter that Democrats were wrongly targeting “a simple private transaction.” Court filings last week drew renewed attention …

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Attack by Kashmiri fighters leaves 3 Indian police dead


December 11, 2018

Armed Kashmiris fighting against Indian rule in occupied Kashmir attacked a police post on Tuesday, killing three officers and injuring another, Indian police said. The fighters opened gunfire at the post in the southern Shopian area, police said. Three policemen were killed on the spot and another was critically wounded in the attack. The fighters took away four automatic rifles …

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UN proposes Yemeni rebels share control of key port with government


December 11, 2018

RIMBO (Sweden): The UN has asked Yemen’s Ho­u­thi rebels to withdraw from Hodeida as part of a ceasefire deal placing the flashpoint port city under joint control, according to a document seen by AFP on Monday. The document, verified by sources in both the government and rebel delegations at UN-brokered talks in Sweden, stipulates that the Saudi-led military coalition fighting …

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Macron raises minimum wage to appease protesters


December 11, 2018

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Monday a 100-euro ($113) per month increase in the minimum wage from next year in a major concession to “yellow vest” protesters who have roiled the country. The minimum wage was set at 1,498 euros per month pre-tax in 2018 and 1,185 euros after tax. Macron also rolled back most of an unpopular …

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British PM delays crucial Brexit vote


December 11, 2018

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday postponed a parliamentary vote on her Brexit deal to avoid a crushing defeat, saying she would return to the EU for further talks in a perceived sign of weakness that sent the pound plunging. In an emergency statement to the House of Commons, May conceded the agreement she struck with the EU …

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Rally held to condemn abuses in held-Kashmir


December 11, 2018

MUZAFFARABAD: Peo­ple from different walks of life held a protest demonstration on Monday to draw the international community’s attention to human rights violations in India-held Kashmir (IHK). The demonstration was held under the aegis of the International Forum for Justice and Human Rights (IFJHR), a Srinagar-based organisation, to commemorate the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the …

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Four killed in attack on Afghan security forces in Kabul


December 11, 2018

At least four people were killed and another six injured after a suicide bomber targeted a convoy of security forces in Kabul early on Tuesday, officials said, in the latest bloody Taliban-claimed attack in the Afghan capital. The blast took place in Paghman district in western Kabul as the convoy was returning from an overnight operation, interior ministry spokesman Najib …

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