Saturday, 21 April 2018

Asia

Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls for immediate free elections

Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN: Iran’s former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for the immediate holding of free presidential and parliamentary elections in a letter to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The call, from a man whose name is synonymous with the bloody repression of mass protests against his controversial 2009 re-election, marked a new ...

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Pakistan avoids terrorism financing watch list for 3 months

FATF

LONDON: Hectic diplomatic maneuvering in Europe and the Middle East has saved Pakistan from being put on a terrorism financing watch list by a global money-laundering watchdog, officials in Islamabad said on Wednesday. The U.S. and some of its European allies – Britain, Germany and France – had sought to ...

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Pakistan’s top court rules against disqualified PM

nawaz-sharif

KARACHI: The Supreme Court of Pakistan has announced the verdict on Election Act 2017 earlier on Wednesday and has declared that former prime minister Nawaz Sharif was ineligible to head the PML-N, his own political party. The Supreme Court ruled that a person disqualified under Article 62 and 63 of ...

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North Korea canceled planned meeting with Mike Pence

Mike Pence

PYONGYANG: US Vice President Mike pence was scheduled to meet with North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, while in South Korea for the Winter Olympics this month but the North Koreans canceled at the last minute, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. “North Korea dangled a meeting in ...

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Indian politician Sangma killed in bomb attack

Jonathone N Sangma

NEW DELHI: Four people including a candidate in upcoming state elections have been killed by a bomb while travelling in a restive northeast region of India, police said. The blast tore through a car in Meghalaya state late Sunday as Jonathone N Sangma, a 43-year-old candidate for a regional party, ...

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Chinese approved as official language of Pakistan

PAK-CHINA

BEIJING/ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Senate approved a motion to declare Mandarin as one of the official languages of Pakistan. With this move, Pakistan has accepted Mandarin as the fourth official language after English, Urdu and Arabic. As per the Pakistani media, this has been done to further strengthen the relations between ...

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Trudeau snubbed by Modi on his India visit

Justin Trudeau

NEW DEHLI: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in India on a week-long visit but the Indian leader Narendra Modi is not with him. Contrary to what has been the practice of Indian PM of welcoming important foreign leaders at the airport, receiving minister was State Minister Agriculture Ganjendra Singh, ...

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66 feared dead as plane crashes in Iran mountains

Iran PLANE

TEHRAN: All 66 people on board an Iranian passenger plane were feared dead on Sunday after it crashed into the country’s Zagros mountains, with emergency services struggling to locate the wreckage in blizzard conditions. Aseman Airlines flight EP3704 left Tehran around 0800 (0430 GMT) for the city of Yasuj, some ...

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Trudeau begins India trip with Taj Mahal visit

Justin Trudeau

AGRA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday toured the Taj Mahal with his wife and children as he began a week-long visit to promote trade and investment with India. Trudeau , his wife Sophie Gregoire and their three children posed for a family portrait before marvelling at the legendary marble ...

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