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15 Indian-origin MPs register strong result

London: A record 15 Indian-origin politicians entered the UK’s House of Commons on Friday after a historic election won by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Indian-origin candidates across both the ruling Conservative and Opposition Labour parties registered equally strong results of seven wins each in the UK’s General Election on Thursday, with around a dozen MPs retaining their seats alongside some …

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How the world is reacting to Johnson’s big UK vote win

Paris: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resounding election victory was largely welcomed by governments around the world on Friday, with hopes it will put an end to years of Brexit deadlock. “Congratulations to Boris Johnson on his great WIN!” US President Donald Trump tweeted. “Britain and the United States will now be free to strike a massive new Trade Deal …

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EU warns of ‘challenging’ timeframe for UK trade deal

Brussels: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Friday warned of the tight timing for securing a trade deal with Britain, hours after Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won a crushing election victory. “The time frame ahead of us is very challenging,” von der Leyen said, following a discussion by EU leaders on the way forward after Brexit, now expected on …

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‘Want to see America work with incredible allies like India’

New York: Donald Trump Jr, the eldest son of US President Donald Trump, said he wants America to work with “its incredible allies” like India to make the world a safer place and use democracy as a shining beacon of light for everyone to learn from. Trump Jr, along with Senior Advisor to Trump’s 2020 Presidential Campaign and former Fox …

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Israeli satellite successfully launched in India

Jerusalem: The news of the successful launch of a nano satellite made by three Israeli high school students aboard PSLV launcher at Sriharikota in India lifted the spirits of Israeli lawmakers on a gloomy day when they were trying to avert an unprecedented third round of elections in less than a year. “Not an easy day, somewhat embarrassing but before …

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Bangladesh SC rejects BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s bail petition

Dhaka: Bangladesh Supreme Court on Thursday rejected BNP chief Khaleda Zia’s bail petition in a corruption case, delaying the release of ailing former prime minister from the jail. A six-member bench of the Appellate Division of the apex court headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud rejected 74-year-old Zia’s appeal against a High Court order that turned down her bail plea …

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Except one, all South Asian countries for SAARC summit at earliest: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan said on Thursday that all South Asian countries except one want to hold the SAARC summit, which was called off in 2016, at the earliest, in an apparent reference to India. Foreign Office Spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said at his weekly briefing that Pakistan wanted to hold the summit as early as possible. “All other South Asian countries except …

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‘Human remains found in search for Chilean plane’

Punta Arenas (Chile): Rescuers have found human remains during the search for a Chilean air force plane that went missing en route to Antarctica with 38 people aboard, a provincial government leader said Wednesday. Search teams are combing waters off the southern tip of South America for any sign of the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft, which disappeared late Monday. Chile’s …

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177 companies pledge for climate actions

Madrid: A group of 177 companies on Wednesday pledged to set highly ambitious emissions reduction targets to help limit the effects of climate change — more than doubling in size since the first group of early movers was announced at the UN Climate Action Summit in September. As part of the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5 degrees C — Our Only …

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UK parties make last pitches on final campaign day

London: The party leaders were set for a frantic day of campaigning as they criss-cross the country to promote key messages ahead of Thursday’s general election. Jeremy Corbyn will say that Labour offers a “vote for hope”, while Boris Johnson will say the Tories were the only party who can “get Brexit done”, reported the BBC. Liberal Democrat leader Jo …

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