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Big global climate protests on Friday get union support

Berlin: Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a UN climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change. Organisers said Monday that more than 800 events were planned in the United States for Friday’s “global climate strike,” while in Germany …

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Wear abaya, Peshawar school girls told; order later withdrawn Peshawar: The Peshawar district administration on Monday issued an order making it mandatory for schoolgirls to wear ‘’abaya’’ (full body covering veil) to protect them from any “unethical incident” from taking place at government schools throughout the province. However, the issue was withdrawn hours later. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Chief Minister Mahmood …

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Court hearing challenge to Johnson’s Parliament break

London: Britain’s Supreme Court opened proceedings Tuesday to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union, in a case that pits the powers of elected lawmakers against those of the executive. Johnson sent lawmakers home from September 9 until October 14, which is …

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Iran doubles down on Saudi attack denial

Tehran: Iran on Monday rebuked the US claims that it was behind drone attacks on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco oil establishments that halved the country’s oil output and sent prices skyrocketing. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday blamed Iran and said there was no evidence to suggest the attacks were carried out from Yemen despite the fact they were …

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Pak Hindu principal arrested after alleged ‘blasphemy’

Karachi: Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Monday registered three cases against 218 rioters for vandalising properties, including a temple, after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy, according to media reports. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district on Sunday after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School …

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Dozens of tigers dead after confiscation from Thai temple

Bangkok: More than half of the 147 tigers confiscated from a controversial Thai temple have died, park officials said Monday, blaming genetic problems linked to in-breeding at the once money-spinning tourist attraction. For years, the Wat Pha Luang Ta Bua temple in the western province of Kanchanaburi pulled tourist hordes who could be photographed — for a fee — next …

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Gandhi Circle in Israel to mark Mahatma’s 150th birth anniversary

Kiryat Gat (Israel): A Gandhi Circle was inaugurated on Monday at a more prominent junction in Israel’s southern town of Kiryat Gat to mark the 150th anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The Gandhi roundabout, the first in Israel, was earlier inaugurated in Kiryat Gat in January 2016 to mark 60 years of the establishment of the township. Kiryat Gat is a …

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Snowden calls on France’s Macron to grant him asylum

Paris: Former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified documents detailing government surveillance programs, is calling on French President Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum. Snowden, now living in Russia to avoid prosecution in the United States, stressed in an interview broadcast Monday on France’s Inter radio that “protecting whistleblowers is not a hostile act” and that …

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Saudi oil attacks: Iran warns of war after US accusations

Dubai: A weekend drone attack on Saudi Arabia that cut into global energy supplies and halved the kingdom’s oil production threatened Sunday to fuel regional tensions, as Iran denied US allegations it launched the assault and tensions remained high over Tehran’s collapsing nuclear deal with world powers. Iran called the US claims “maximum lies,” while a commander in its paramilitary …

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Riots in Pak over alleged blasphemy by Hindu principal

Islamabad: Riots broke out in Pakistan’s Sindh province on Sunday after a school principal from the minority Hindu community was booked on charges of alleged blasphemy. Widespread protests erupted in Ghotki district after an FIR was filed against the principal of Sindh Public School on the complaint of Abdul Aziz Rajput, a student’s father, who claimed that the teacher had …

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