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France readies for 2nd day of biggest national strike

IANS Paris Widespread travel disruption was expected to continue in France for a second day on Friday as the largest nationwide strike, called to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s pension reforms, continues. As the strike began on Thursday, more than 800,000 people took to the streets, with violent clashes reported in a number of cities, the BBC reported. Widespread rail cancellations …

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Iranian regime could have ‘murdered over 1000’ people

PTI Washington Iranian security forces may have killed more than 1,000 people since protests over a steep hike in petrol prices erupted last month, the US has claimed, urging the international community to stand united with America against the regime’s “abhorrent and unacceptable” treatment of its people.  Violent protests broke out in Iran on November 15 after the government hiked …

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Greta Thunberg reaches Madrid for climate activists’ march

AP Madrid Climate activist Greta Thunberg arrived in Madrid Friday to join thousands of other young people in a march to demand world leaders take real action against climate change. The Spanish capital is hosting a two-week, United Nations-sponsored talks aimed at streamlining the rules on global carbon markets and agreeing on how poor countries should be compensated for destruction …

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Most victims of Sudan fire tragedy belonged to Tamil Nadu, Bihar: Embassy

Khartoum: Most of the Indian victims hospitalised or reported missing after the massive LPG tanker blast at a ceramics factory in Sudan belonged to Tamil Nadu and Bihar states while authorities are trying to ascertain the details about the 18 Indians killed in the tragedy. The Indian Embassy has issued a detailed list of the Indians who were hospitalised, went …

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Sajith Premadasa named Lanka Opposition leader

Colombo: Sajith Premadasa, the United National Party (UNP) leader who lost to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in the presidential election, was named on Thursday as the Leader of the Opposition in the Sri Lankan Parliament.  Following a meeting of the party’s parliamentary group held on Thursday, the party leader and ex-prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe agreed to nominate Premadasa, 52, in his …

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Only ‘trusted vendors’ participate in future 5G networks: US

Washington: The US has urged all countries to ensure that only “trusted vendors” participate in any part of their future 5G networks as the Trump administration stepped up its pressure against Chinese telecom giants, citing a potential security threat and possible misuse of data. Asserting that 5G networks will form the backbone of future economies and critical infrastructure, State Department …

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Colombo objects to UK’s Tory party manifesto

PTI Colombo The Sri Lankan government has conveyed its displeasure to the UK’s ruling Conservative Party for their election manifesto that refers to a two-state solution for the island nation over its decades-long conflict with the Tamil minority community. The manifesto states that the party is proud of the peace-building and humanitarian efforts around the world, particularly in war-torn or …

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In nations rich and poor, climate-related disasters on uptick

AFP Madrid Japan, the Philippines and Germany top a list of countries worst hit by climate-enhanced extreme weather last year, with Madagascar and India close behind, researchers said on Wednesday. Flood-inducing rains, two deadly heat waves, and the worst typhoon to hit Japan in a quarter century — all in 2018 — left hundreds dead, thousands homeless and more than …

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US Congress passes Uyghur bill

PTI Washington/Beijing The US Congress overwhelmingly passed a bill seeking a tough response from the Trump Administration over reports of mass detention centres in China’s Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, prompting Beijing to threaten possible retaliation. The US House of Representatives on Tuesday passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which among other things, proposes that America redirects resources to address the …

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Iran’s President says innocent protesters should be freed

AFP Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday called for the release of innocent people who were arrested during nationwide protests against a fuel price hike last month. Demonstrations erupted in Iran on November 15 against the unexpected decision to raise the price of petrol by as much as 200 per cent. Iran has yet to give overall figures for …

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