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Five sentenced to death over Khashoggi murder

Riyadh: Five people have been sentenced to death over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but two top figures investigated over the killing have been exonerated, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said Monday. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was murdered in October last year in what Riyadh called a “rogue” operation, tipping the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises …

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2 dead, over 65,000 affected by SL heavy rains

Colombo: Two people were killed and over 65,000 affected by days of heavy rains and strong winds across Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre said in a statement on Monday. Over 17,000 people were evacuated to safer shelters while over 1,500 houses were partially or fully damaged in over 13 districts, Xinhua news agency reported. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on Monday …

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US soldier is killed in Afghanistan; Taliban claim attack

Kabul: An American service member was killed in combat Monday in Afghanistan, the US military said, without providing further details, while the Taliban claimed they were behind a roadside bombing in northern Kunduz province that killed the US soldier. The latest fatality brings the number of US deaths in Afghanistan this year to 20. There have also been three non-combat …

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Riot police break up Hong Kong rally for China’s Uighurs

Hong Kong: Hong Kong riot police broke up a solidarity rally for China’s Uighurs on Sunday — with one officer drawing a pistol — as the city’s pro-democracy movement likened their plight to that of the oppressed Muslim minority. The initially peaceful rally descended into chaos when a small group of protesters removed a Chinese flag from a nearby government …

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Ashraf Ghani tops Afghan presidential elections

Kabul: Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has led the preliminary results of the September presidential election by 50.64 per cent, Afghan Independent Election Commission (IEC) announced on Sunday. Announcing the long-awaited results, Chairperson of IEC Hawa Alam Nuristani told reporters that Ghani was followed by presidential hopeful and government’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah who secured 39.52 per cent of the …

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Romanians honour victims of 1989 revolution

Bucharest: Romanians on Sunday honoured some 1,200 people who died in the December 1989 revolution which put an end to 40 years of communist rule. On December 25, 1989 dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was executed after protests that kicked off on December 16 snowballed into a full-blown uprising. The Ceausescu regime, which had maintained a firm grip on Romanian society and …

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Australian PM says sorry for Hawaii holiday during crisis

Sydney: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has apologised for going on holiday while the country struggled with a mounting wildfire crisis. Morrison cut short his trip to Hawaii as criticism of him increased, the BBC reported. One person was found dead on Saturday, and wildfires were raging in three states. Since September, Australia’s bushfire emergency has killed at least nine …

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6 killed, 13 injured in Las Vegas apartment building fire

Las Vegas: A fire in a three-story apartment building in downtown Las Vegas where residents were apparently using their stoves for heat killed six people and forced some residents to jump from upper-floor windows to escape the heavy smoke before dawn Saturday, authorities said. Investigators reported that the fire started around a first-floor unit’s stove and that residents had told …

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India-US counter-terrorism relationship has deepened: US official

New York: The India-US relationship on counterterrorism, “especially cross border terror emanating from the territory under Pakistan’s control” has deepened, according to a senior US State Department official. “We consistently speak to India and work closely together with India on issues related to counterterrorism; it’s, again, I think one of the key areas in which our relationship has deepened,” the …

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US diplomat’s wife charged over UK teen’s death

London: A US diplomat’s wife has been charged with causing the death of a British teenager by dangerous driving, the victim’s family spokesman said. Harry Charles, 19, was killed when a car that Anne Sacoolas, 42 was allegedly driving crashed into his motorbike outside RAF Croughton in Northamptonshire on August 27, metro.co.uk reported.  She was granted diplomatic immunity after the …

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