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‘Malaysia, India should resolve differences amicably’

PTI Kuala Lumpur Malaysia should resolve its differences with India “amicably” as it is important for the country’s economy, top Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim has said, amidst strained diplomatic and trade relations between the two nations over Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s controversial statement on Kashmir. Raising the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly last month, Mohamad alleged that India …

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Defiant Imran vows not to resign

PTI Islamabad A defiant Imran Khan has vowed not to step down as Pakistan Prime Minister despite the Opposition mounting pressure on him and dismissed the next week’s planned mega sit-in as agenda-driven, saying it has sent a wave of joy in India. The Azadi March in Islamabad on October 31 will be led by Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) chief Fazlur Rehman. …

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Official: US troops from Syria to leave Iraq in 4 weeks

AP Baghdad US troops withdrawing from northeastern Syria to Iraq are “transiting” and will leave the country within four weeks, Iraq’s defense minister said Wednesday. Najah al-Shammari made the remarks to The Associated Press following a meeting in Baghdad with visiting US Defence Secretary Mark Esper, who arrived as Iraqi leaders chafed over reports the US may want to increase …

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Israel’s Netanyahu again fails to form govt

PTI Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government following an inconclusive repeat parliamentary election last month, opening the door for his main rival Benny Gantz to get a chance to become the country’s next leader. President Reuven Rivlin said he would give Gantz, the former army chief, the mandate to try to become the prime …

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Boris eyes general election after pausing Brexit Bill

PTI London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing to push for a general election if the European Union (EU) offers a three-month extension to the October 31 Brexit deadline, after MPs rejected his fast-track timetable for the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill in the UK Parliament. Following a dramatic night in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Johnson …

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French police detain man threatening to make museum ‘hell’

AFP Saint-Raphael Police in southern France on Wednesday detained a man who had broken into a museum overnight and threatened to turn it into “hell”, provoking a four-hour standoff, authorities said. The man was seized “without resistance and without violence” in the gardens of the archeology museum in the Mediterranean town of Saint-Raphael shortly after 11:00 am (0900 GMT), the …

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Pope calls for dialogue and end to Chile violence

AFP Vatican City Pope Francis launched an appeal Wednesday for dialogue and an end to violent protests in Chile over economic inequality which have swept the country and claimed 15 lives. “I am following what is happening in Chile with concern,” he said during a weekly general audience on Saint Peter’s Square. “I hope that by putting an end to …

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EU observers to monitor Lanka presidential poll

PTI Colombo A team of highly experienced observers from the European Union will be monitoring Sri Lanka’s November 16 presidential election, which is expected to be a tight contest between former defense secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa and the ruling party leader Sajith Premadasa. “It is a great privilege to have been given this opportunity to lead this sixth EU EOM to …

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Trudeau’s Liberals win Canada vote, will form minority govt

AGENCIES Ottawa Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party held onto power in a nail-biter of a Canadian general election on Monday, but as a weakened minority government. Television projections declared the Liberals winners or leading in 157 of the nation’s 338 electoral districts, versus 121 for his main rival Andrew Scheer and the Conservatives, after polling stations across six time …

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US library removes memorial featuring portrait of slain militant

PTI New York A library in the US state of Connecticut has removed a memorial that featured a portrait of slain militant Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, with the top Indian diplomat in New York welcoming the “wise decision” taken by it not to allow a divisive agenda to create rift within the Sikh community. The memorial to the Sikhs killed in …

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