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Netanyahu becomes first serving Israel PM facing criminal charges

Jerusalem: Israel’s longest serving Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu became the first sitting premier of the country to go on trial for corruption on Sunday, days after he returned to power following months of political deadlock. Netanyahu is accused of fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes in three different cases, dubbed Case 1000 (fraud and breach of trust), Case 2000 …

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Australia prepares for ‘once-in-a-decade’ storm

Perth: Australia’s western coast is bracing for a “once-in-a-decade” storm, which is expected to make landfall on Sunday bringing with it torrential rains, strong winds and waves of up to eight metres. The severe weather is the result of the remnants of tropical cyclone Mangga interacting with a cold front, the BBC quoted the country’s Bureau of Meteorology as saying. …

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Kim Jong Un resurfaces, holds meet to discuss bolstering nuke forces

Seoul: North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un convened a key military meeting to discuss bolstering its nuclear arsenal and putting the country’s strategic armed forces on a high alert, state media reported on Sunday, in his first known public appearance in about 20 days. In early May, Kim quelled intense rumours about his health by attending a ceremony marking the …

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Khashoggi’s fiancee rejects family’s forgiveness to killers

Istanbul: Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancee has said “no-one has the right to pardon his killers” after his son said they forgave them, the media reported. Taking to Twitter on Friday, Hatice Cengiz wrote that Khashoggi had become “an international symbol bigger than any of us, admired and loved”, the BBC reported. Cengiz added that “Jamal was killed inside …

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Indian-Americans welcome govt’s decision to relax restrictions on OCI cardholders

PTI Washington The Indian-Americans have welcomed the decision of the Indian government to ease the coronavirus-linked global travel restrictions imposed on those having OCI cards, describing it as a big relief for them. Overseas Citizens of India or OCI card is issued to people of Indian origin globally which gives them almost all the privileges of an Indian national except …

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Hong Kong citizens afraid of Beijing’s new security laws

REUTERS Hong Kong Newspaper vendor Man, 60, was speechless when she saw the headline that Beijing plans to impose national security laws on Hong Kong, and worried what the future holds for youth in the Chinese-ruled city. Communist Party rulers in Beijing on Friday unveiled details of the legislation that critics see as a turning point for the former British …

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New H-1B legislation to give US-educated foreign youth priority

PTI Washington A bipartisan group of lawmakers have for the first time introduced a legislation in both the chambers of the US Congress proposing major reforms in the H-1B work visas by giving priority to the best and brightest US-educated foreign youths, a move that could benefit Indian students already in the country. The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa …

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It was all fire and smoke: eyewitnesses recount crash horror

PTI Karachi Its wings sliced through rooftops, sending flames and plumes of dark smoke into the air before the Pakistan International Airlines plane with 99 people on board came crashing down with a deafening explosion onto a street here, according to some eyewitnesses and rescueworkers. Flight PK8303 crashed among houses in the Model Colony residential area on Friday as it …

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China seeks India’s support in containing ‘secessionist’ forces in Hong Kong

Beijing: China has sought the support and understanding of India and other countries for its controversial decision to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, saying the new legislation is aimed at containing the “secessionist” forces in the former British colony who have posed a “grave threat” to the country’s national security and sovereignty. In an apparent move …

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UK plans 14-day compulsory quarantine for all arrivals

London: People arriving in the UK will have to quarantine themselves for 14 days and could be fined 1,000 pounds (USD 1,220) if they fail to comply under a plan being announced Friday by the British government. Home Secretary Priti Patel will set out details of the measures, which have already sparked confusion and criticism from airlines, airports and lockdown-weary …

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