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Trump ignores critics, to unveil Israel-Palestinian peace plan

AFP Washington President Donald Trump on Tuesday will ignore accusations — led by the Palestinians themselves — of pro-Israeli bias and unveil what he says is a peace plan capable of solving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Long held secret, the plan will finally be aired jointly by Trump and visiting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House. Given that it …

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Big Ben won’t chime on Brexit day

IANS London The Big Ben will not chime on the day the UK is set to exit the European Union (EU), after efforts failed to persuade the House of Commons to allow the famous bell to ring on Friday night. ‘Stand Up 4 Brexit’ organisers and Conservative MP Mark Francois, admitted on Monday that they had failed to get the …

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Netanyahu withdraws immunity from prosecution request

PTI Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday announced that he was withdrawing his request for parliamentary immunity in the three graft cases against him to stop the “dirty game” over the issue, paving the way for legal proceedings against him to go forward. The Israeli leader made his decision public through a Facebook Post from Washington, where he …

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Pakistan arrests 4 boys for temple vandalism

PTI Karachi Four boys have been arrested in Pakistan for their alleged involvement in vandalising a temple in Sindh province with a Hindu minister seeking blasphemy charges against the minors, a media report said on Tuesday. The boys, aged 15, 13, 13 and 12, have confessed to the crime and said that they carried out the act to steal money …

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Defense resumes in key impeachment week

Washington: President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial enters a pivotal week as his defense team resumes its case and senators face a critical vote on whether to hear witnesses or proceed directly to a vote that is widely expected to end in his acquittal.  The articles of impeachment charge Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.  Those decisions on …

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Difficult to assess number of Indians stuck in Wuhan

Beijing: India is finding it hard to assess the exact number of Indians stranded in central China’s Wuhan city which has been placed under a lockdown, following the outbreak of the contagious novel coronavirus. The death toll in China due to the 2019-nCoV has increased to 80 and around 3,000 people have tested positive for the virus, and some 6,000 …

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Pak anti-terrorism court sentences 2 JuD members

Lahore: An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan on Monday sentenced two members of the outlawed Jamaat-ud-Dawah (JuD) to 15 days in jail in terror financing case. “The Anti-Terrorism Court Lahore convicted JuD members – Haji Iqbal and Muhammad Haris – in terror financing case registered by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA),” a court official said. The court sentenced them to “15 …

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Temple vandalised in Pak’s Sindh province

Karachi: Four unidentified persons vandalised a temple in a village in Pakistan’s Sindh province following which a case was registered against them, according to a media report on Monday. The Mata Deval Bhittani temple in a village near Thar’s Chhachro town in Sindh province was vandalised by four men on Sunday night, Dawn newspaper reported. A first information report (FIR) …

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Emotional final week for British MEPs

Brussels: Some will walk away with bitter regret. Others will march off with their flag held high. But British MEPs of every stripe face an emotional final week in Brussels.  Those who believed in the European project were defeated by what they see as the “blatant lies” of the eurosceptics.  Those who came to Brussels to undermine the European Union …

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‘Coronavirus’ ability to spread getting stronger’

Beijing: Scientists in China are ramping up efforts to develop a vaccine against the deadly coronavirus as the death toll on Sunday rose sharply to 56 and the number of people infected with the SARS-like virus expected to reach 3,000, prompting authorities to expand travel lockdown to contain the epidemic. The mayor of Hubei province’s capital Wuhan, a city of …

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