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Sudan’s Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

AFP Khartoum Sudan’s military rulers have transferred ousted president Omar al-Bashir to prison, a family source said Wednesday, as demonstrators keep up their sit-in outside the army complex calling for a swift transfer to civilian government. Following the dramatic end to Bashir’s rule of three decades last week, he was moved late Tuesday “to Kober prison in Khartoum”, the source ... Read More »

Indonesia’s ‘everyman’ leader on track to beat firebrand ex-general

AFP Jakarta Indonesia’s Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world’s third-biggest democracy with pollsters giving him a wide lead over rival Prabowo Subianto, a firebrand ex-general, hours after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island archipelago. While official results are not due until next month, a series of so-called “quick counts” by pollsters showed Widodo holding ... Read More »

China firm on the issue of listing Azhar

PTI Beijing China on Wednesday dismissed reports that the US, UK and France have served it an ultimatum until April 23 to lift its “technical hold” on designating Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist but claimed that the vexed issue is “moving towards settlement”. After the Pulwama attack, a fresh proposal to designate — Azhar under the ... Read More »

Notre Dame will be closed up to 6 years

AP Paris Notre Dame’s rector says he will close the burned-out Paris cathedral for up to six years. Bishop Patrick Chauvet acknowledged that the famed monument would close down for “five to six years” as he spoke with local business owners Wednesday, two days after a blaze torched the roof of the cathedral and brought down its spire. Chauvet said ... Read More »

UN owes India $38 mn for peacekeeping operations, highest to any country

United Nations: The United Nations owes India $38 million, the highest it has to pay to any country, for the peacekeeping operations as of March 2019, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said as he voiced concern over the world body’s deteriorating financial health. Read More »

Paris: French investigators interviewed construction workers involved in renovation work at the Notre-Dame cathedral on Tuesday as they sought to identify the source of a devastating blaze at the monument that has sent shockwaves through France and the world. Read More »

Fear of army action as Sudan protesters toughen stand

Khartoum: Sudanese protesters have hardened their stand, demanding a transitional military council be scrapped and immediately replaced with civilian rule as Tuesday they refused to end a days-long sit-in outside army headquarters. Read More »

Ex-Republican Governor’s presidential bid

Washington: Bill Weld, the former governor of the US state of Massachusetts, has announced that he was officially entering the 2020 presidential race, becoming the first Republican to challenge President Donald Trump who he thinks “mocks the law”. Read More »

Finland eyes left-right coalition to keep populists out

AFP Helsinki Finns can expect a broad, ineffective coalition government for the next four years as the Social Democrats, who narrowly won weekend elections, focus on keeping the surging anti-immigration populists out, analysts said. The polls were closely watched to see how the nationalists would do ahead of European Parliament elections in May when many believe they and the eurosceptic ... Read More »

China hails Pak’s action to fight terrorism

PTI Beijing China on Monday hailed its all-weather ally Pakistan for  announcing new guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions targeting proscribed individuals and entities operating in the country and urged the international community to back Islamabad’s “great efforts” in combatting terrorism. Amid intense global pressure to rein in terror outfits, Pakistan on Friday launched guidelines for implementing the UNSC sanctions ... Read More »