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United Nations to welcome Greta Thunberg with 17 sailboats

ians United Nation Sweden’s teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, who set sail from England to attend the United Nations summit in New York on an eco-friendly yacht, will be welcomed by the international organisations with 17 sailboats. Thunberg, who refuses to travel by air to avoid excessive polluting emissions, is set to arrive in New York on Wednesday in a …

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UK Oppn agrees plan to prevent no-deal Brexit

London: In an important breakthrough, the UK’s Opposition parties on Tuesday agreed on a strategy to prevent the Britain from leaving the European Union without a deal in place by the October 31 deadline. After a meeting in London called by Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, senior MPs of the country’s prominent Opposition parties issued a joint statement, saying that …

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Iran tells US to take ‘first step’ by ending sanctions

Tehran: President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday told the United States to “take the first step” by lifting all sanctions against Iran, a day after US President Donald Trump said he was open to meeting. Trump said on Monday he was ready to meet with his Iranian counterpart within weeks, in a potential breakthrough reached during a G7 summit in the French …

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‘Virgin’ word to be erased from Muslim Marriage docs

Dhaka: The word “virgin” must be removed from Muslim marriage certificates in Bangladesh, the country’s top court has said, a landmark verdict after campaigners challenged the “humiliating and discriminatory” term. Under the South Asian country’s Muslim marriage laws, a bride has to select one of three options on the certificate – whether she is a Kumari (virgin), a widow or …

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No-deal Brexit will leave UK at US’ mercy: Corbyn

London: British opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that a no-deal Brexit would leave the UK at the mercy of US President Donald Trump. Writing in the Independent newspaper, Corbyn accused Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “cosying up to Trump” because “no-deal Brexit is really a Trump-deal Brexit”, the BBC reported on Tuesday. Corbyn said that he believed …

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African forest fires in spotlight after Amazon outcry

Kinshasa: In NASA satellite images, forest fires in central Africa appear to burn alarmingly like a red chain from Gabon to Angola similar to the blazes in Brazil’s Amazon that sparked global outcry. At the G7 summit this week, French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted about the central Africa fires and said nations were examining a similar initiative to the one …

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EU says Britain must pay Brexit divorce bill even if no deal

APF Brussels Britain must pay its Brexit divorce bill even if it crashes out of the bloc without a deal, the EU said Monday, warning that future ties would be threatened if London failed to honour its commitments. The stern rebuff from Brussels came a day after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson again said that in the event of a …

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Iran President makes case for talks as G7 gambit slammed

AFP Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani came out strongly in favour of talks Monday as his top diplomat came under fire from hardline media for a surprise visit to a G7 summit. “I believe that for our country’s national interests we must use any tool,” Rouhani said in a speech aired live on state television. “And if I knew that …

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Trump switches tone on Iran, raising hopes at G7

AFP Biarritz US President Donald Trump said Monday that he had agreed to the Iranian foreign minister flying in for a G7 summit and insisted he was not seeking regime change in Tehran — a change of tone that could lower tensions. Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise appearance at the summit in Biarritz on Sunday for talks with French …

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Lankan Army chief denies allegations of war crimes

PTI Colombo The newly-appointed chief of the Sri Lankan Army has dismissed the allegations of human rights abuses during the brutal civil war with the LTTE, describing the military actions as a “humanitarian operation.”  Lt Gen Shavendra Silva was named as the new Army Commander by President Maithripala Sirisena last week, evoking strong criticism from the US and the minority …

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