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Australia’s Cardinal Pell loses child sex abuse appeal

Melbourne: Disgraced Cardinal George Pell was sent back to jail on Wednesday after an Australian court quashed the most senior Catholic cleric’s appeal against convictions for child sex abuse, a landmark decision cheered by the victims and welcomed by the Prime Minister. Once the Vatican’s third-ranking official, Pell, 78, will continue his six-year sentence for sexually assaulting two 13-year-old choirboys …

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Pakistan to approach ICJ over Kashmir

Islamabad: Pakistan on Tuesday said it will approach the International Court of Justice (ICJ) over the Kashmir issue, weeks after India revoked the special status to Jammu and Kashmir. “An in-principle decision has been taken to take the issue of Kashmir to the International Court of Justice,” Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told ARY News TV. Prime Minister Imran Khan …

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Boris issues backstop ultimatum to EU over Brexit

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has issued an ultimatum to the European Union over what he has branded an “anti-democratic” Irish border backstop, which must be scrapped to negotiate a new deal before the October 31 Brexit deadline. In a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk on Monday, Johnson reiterated his “highest priority” was to achieve an agreement …

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Epstein signed will 2 days before jailhouse suicide

New York: Jeffrey Epstein signed a will just two days before he killed himself in jail, new court records show, opening a new legal front in what could be a long battle over the financier’s fortune. Court papers filed last week in the US Virgin Islands list no details of beneficiaries but valued the estate at more than $577 million, …

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Indian preacher sorry to Malaysians for race remarks

Kuala Lumpur: A controversial Indian Islamic preacher apologised Tuesday for making comments about race in multi-ethnic Malaysia which sparked calls for his expulsion, a day after being questioned by police. Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher who has called the 9/11 attacks an “inside job”, left India in 2016 and moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent …

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Trump asks Imran to ‘moderate’ his rhetoric with India

Washington: US President Donald Trump has asked Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to “moderate” his rhetoric with India over Kashmir, as he underlined the need of exercising restraint by both sides and avoid escalation of the “tough situation” in the region. Trump on Monday spoke separately to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan in his bid to …

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Triple talaq cases rise in UP after law comes into force

Lucknow: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019 which criminalises triple talaq has, so far, failed to act as a deterrent to the cases of triple talaq in Uttar Pradesh.  In recent weeks, there has been a spurt in such cases in the state.  A woman from the Shamli district has alleged that her husband gave her …

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Fears in US over bad peace deal with Taliban

Islamabad: An Afghanistan peace agreement that the US seems close to reaching with the Taliban has prompted worries that President Donald Trump’s desire to quickly withdraw US troops could further plunge the country into civil war. Such a potentially historic accord has raised an outcry from an eclectic assortment of critics in Washington, ranging from neo-conservatives to former Democratic administration …

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‘No deal Brexit dossier shows worst case scenario’

London:  A leaked secret dossier filed by the UK Cabinet Office which lists a hard Irish border, chaos at the ports along with fuel, medicine and food shortages as a result of a no deal Brexit, outlines a “worst-case scenario”, said to a Minister. According to “Operation Yellowhammer”, the secret dossier leaked to the Sunday Times, exposes the areas that …

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Iran oil supertanker sails off Gibraltar with Indian crew

London: An Iranian oil supertanker released from detention by Gibraltar last week has set sail with its crew, majority of them Indians, on board soon after the local authorities said that they were unable to seek a court order to detain the vessel on a US warrant. Grace 1, which had been detained in the semi-autonomous British Overseas Territory of …

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