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Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not credible: UK

London: Britain on Sunday said Saudi Arabia’s account of the death of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside its Istanbul consulate was not credible and the culprits must be “held to account”. Please like & share: Read More »

Dozens of casualties as explosions rock chaotic Afghan elections

AFP   KABUL Explosions rocked polling centres across Kabul on Saturday, causing dozens of casualties, as the long-delayed legislative election dissolved into chaos with many voting locations remaining closed due to technical glitches and lack of staff. At least three people were killed and more than 30 wounded, acting health ministry spokesman Mohibullah Zeer said, hours after the Taliban warned ... Read More »

FATF dissatisfied over Pak’s efforts to combat terror financing

PTI   ISLAMABAD Expressing dissatisfaction over Pakistan’s efforts to combat terror financing, a delegation of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has asked the country to take robust steps to strengthen its legal framework if it wants to avoid being blacklisted by the anti-money laundering watchdog, according to a media report on Saturday. Currently placed on the FATF’s ‘grey list’, ... Read More »

Assange sues Ecuador for ‘violating his rights’

IANS   QUITO WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange is launching legal action against Ecuador, accusing its government of violating his “fundamental rights and freedoms”. In a statement, WikiLeaks said on Friday Ecuador had “threatened to remove his protection and cut off his access to the outside world”, CNN reported. The WikiLeaks statement added that the Embassy had refused journalists and human ... Read More »

UN relief agencies: Sulawesi devastation ‘beyond imagination’

UNI UNITED NATIONS The UN refugee agency (UNHCR) has said that more emergency shelter supplies and relief for thousands of victims of Indonesia’s recent earthquake and tsunami is set to arrive on the island of Sulawesi in the coming days. The disaster have killed more than 2,000 people, displaced 80,000 and destroyed nearly 70,000 houses. Around 680 individuals remain unaccounted ... Read More »

UN seeks immediate action to avoid another war in Gaza

IANS   UNITED NATIONS The United Nations envoy for the Middle East, Nickolay Mladenov, has demanded that Palestine and Israel take immediate action to reduce current tensions in the area and avoid another armed conflict in Gaza. “We remain on the brink of another potentially devastating conflict, a conflict that nobody claims to want, but a conflict that needs much ... Read More »

Saudis may blame intelligence official for Khashoggi killing: Post

IANS   ISTANBUL The rulers of Saudi Arabia are considering blaming a top intelligence official close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, ‘The Washington Post’ reported. The plan to assign blame to Major General Ahmed al-Assiri, a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince, would be an extraordinary recognition of the magnitude of international ... Read More »

Oxford appeal to young wordsmiths to help decode modern slang

PTI   NEW DELHI With an aim to record all distinctive words – old and new, formal and informal – that shape the language, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) has launched the youth slang word appeal. OED said it wants to hear about the unique words and expressions that children and young people use and if one doesn’t understand these, ... Read More »

Polls postponed in Kandahar after top officials’ assassination

IANS   KABUL The Afghan government on Friday delayed October 20 parliamentary elections by one week in Kandahar province after the provincial police chief and intelligence chief were assassinated by the Taliban. A spokesman for President Ashraf Ghani announced that the National Security Council decided in a special meeting that Saturday’s polls would be suspended as recommended by provincial leaders ... Read More »