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Tsunami warning lifted after strong quake hits off Indonesia

AFP Jakarta A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, triggering a tsunami warning and sending panicked residents fleeing from their homes. The quake struck at a relatively shallow depth of 17 kilometres off the east coast of Sulawesi island, the USGS said, where a 7.5-magnitude quake-tsunami around the city of Palu killed …

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China suspends website for black hole copyright

IANS Beijing Chinese authorities have suspended the website of the country’s largest stock images provider after it was found to have put its copyright mark on the first ever photo taken of a black hole, state-owned China Daily newspaper reported on Friday. Visual China Group (VCG) has been alleged to have published with its watermark the black hole photo soon …

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South Korea overturns abortion ban after 66 yrs

IANS Seoul South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday as “unconstitutional” a 66-year-old law that made abortion a crime punishable by up to two years in prison, calling for its amendment in a landmark decision that signals a major change in various aspects of society. The nine-justice panel made the ruling in a 7-2 vote, in response to a 2017 …

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Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government

AFP Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance. The results from Tuesday’s vote came despite corruption allegations against the 69-year-old premier and kept him on course to become Israel’s longest-serving Prime Minister later this year. The allegations …

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Sudan Army topples veteran leader Bashir

AFP Khartoum Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir was ousted by the army on Thursday, brought down by months of anti-government protests against his three decades of iron-fisted rule. “I announce as minister of defence the toppling of the regime and detaining its chief in a secure place,” Defence Minister Awad Ibnouf said in a sombre televised address to the nation. A …

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UK govt must apologise for Jallianwala Bagh massacre: Pak

PTI Lahore Pakistan on Thursday endorsed the demand that the UK government must apologise for the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre and the famine of Bengal ahead of the 100th anniversary of the mass killing. While endorsing the demand for apology from the British government over the Jallianwala Bagh massacre on twitter, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also said the UK must …

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Netanyahu appears headed toward 5th term as PM

AP Jerusalem Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to be headed toward a historic fifth term as Israel’s Prime Minister on Wednesday, with close-to-complete unofficial election results giving his right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties a solid majority in Parliament. The outcome affirmed Israel’s continued tilt to the right and further dimmed hopes of a negotiated solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. …

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‘Better chance of peace with India if BJP wins’

PTI Islamabad Pakistan’s Premier Imran Khan has said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections. India will go to elections in seven phases beginning from Thursday. “Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)….Wins, some kind of settlement in …

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‘Jallianwala Bagh tragedy shameful scar’

PTI London Theresa May on Wednesday described the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar as a “shameful scar” on British Indian history, as the British Prime Minister marked the 100th anniversary of the tragic incident but she stopped short of a formal apology. At the start of May’s weekly PM’s Questions in the House of Commons she fell short of a …

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UN stops printing press releases, goes paperless

IANS United Nations The United Nations has announced that it has started going partially paperless by stopping printing of press releases. “Starting today, the News and Media Division of the Department of Global Communications (DGC) will no longer print hard copies of press releases,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric said at a news briefing on Tuesday. “This is …

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