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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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‘ISIS bride’ Shamima Begum appeals to return to UK

PTI London Shamima Begum, the British-born woman who left the country as a teenager to join the Islamic State group in Syria, on Tuesday launched an appeal against the UK government’s move to revoke her citizenship on security grounds and prevent her from returning to London. Begum, who was 15 years old when she secretly fled her home in east …

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Armed forces will give befitting reply till Pak stops infiltration: Rajnath

PTI Leh The Indian Army had given a befitting reply to Pakistan on attempts to infiltrate and such actions would continue if the neighbouring country did not stop infiltration, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday. He said this during a function held here for the inauguration of the 1,400-foot-long Col Chewang Rinchen bridge over the Shyok river in eastern …

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British PM denied new Brexit deal vote

AFP London British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was dealt a fresh blow on Monday when the speaker of parliament denied him a second shot at getting his Brexit deal passed just 10 days before the deadline. House of Commons speaker John Bercow — a colourful figure who has played a starring role in the Brexit drama — said Johnson was …

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UK, India police shut down Kolkata call centres in major online fraud probe

PTI London British Police service on Monday said it had shut down two sophisticated criminal call centres in Kolkata, instrumental in defrauding thousands of victims in the UK alone, with the cooperation of Indian police. The call centres were raided by 50 officers from the Cyber Division of Kolkata Police last week as part of a worldwide four-year operation conducted …

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Canada votes in election that could see Trudeau lose power

AP Toronto Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced the threat of being knocked from power after one term as the nation held parliamentary elections on Monday. The 47-year-old Trudeau channelled the star power of his father, the liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, when he won in 2015 but a combination of scandal and high expectations have damaged …

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