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Malaysian PM announces dissolution of parliament

Najib Razak - file photo KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Friday announced to dissolve the parliament on Saturday, paving way for general election to be held within days. Razak, who is seeking another mandate after remaining PM of the country for nine years, made this announcement in ...

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India leads global decline in child marriages: UN

An underaged bride, right, stands with family members during her marriage at a Hindu temple near Rajgarh, Madhya Pradesh state, India.. A significant fall in child marriages in South Asia has reduced the rate of marriage for girls globally, the UN children’s agency said Tuesday. (AP/Prakash Hatvalne) NEW DELHI: A ...

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Sri Lanka declares state of emergency

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka Tuesday declared a nationwide state of emergency to quell anti-Muslim riots that have killed at least two people and damaged dozens of mosques and homes, a minister said. “The cabinet of ministers decided on tough measures, including a 10-day nationwide state of emergency ,” Minister of City Planning ...

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Louvre brings ‘unprecedented’ show to Tehran

TEHRAN: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received visiting French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday in Tehran and the two discussed bilateral relations. Journalists flooded Iran´s National Museum on Monday for the arrival of more than 50 artworks from the Louvre – the first major show by a Western museum ...

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Malaysia to end missing plane search by June

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian official says the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 by a US company will likely end in June, as families of passengers marked the fourth anniversary of the plane’s disappearance with renewed hope that the world’s biggest aviation mystery will be solved. Malaysia in January inked ...

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QCI Head of UK management Mirza Hussain flying out to Pakistan

LONDON: Mr Mirza Hussain head of UK management for Qurtaba City Islamabad at Heathrow flying out to Pakistan for site inspections and further planning of the project. Qurtaba City Islamabad offering state of the art facilities, brilliant in design and architecture and yet conceptualized on the basis of brotherhood, harmony ...

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Azerbaijan drug rehab centre fire, 24 dead

BAKU: Twenty four people died as a result of a fire which tore through a drug rehabilitation clinic in the Azerbaijani capital Baku early Friday, officials said. “At 06:10 am a fire happened at the Republican Narcological Centre in Baku,” the General Prosecutor’s Office, the health, interior and emergencies ministries ...

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Indonesia aims to clean the ‘world’s dirtiest river’

JAKARTA: The scabies on Indonesian rice farmer Yusuf Supriyadi’s limbs are a daily reminder of the costs of living next to the “world’s dirtiest river”. Supriyadi depends on the Citarum’s murky waters, a floating carpet of household rubbish, toxic chemicals and animal feces, to irrigate a small rice plot in ...

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Pakistani kid wins gold in global mathematics competition

BANGKOK: Syed Jafar Raza, a mathematical whiz from Pakistan, won laurels at the seventh International Math Challenge held in Thailand, and scored himself a coveted gold medal. The international competition held at the Pan Asia International School, Bangkok entailed a total of 180 teams belonging to 17 countries around the world. Syed Jaffar Raza came first in a ...

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Pakistan: No threat to be placed on the FATF “black list”

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is under no threat to be placed on the Financial Action Task Force’s “black list” although it will be assigned to the “grey list” in June this year, the foreign ministry said. Addressing a weekly media briefing here, Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal said Pakistan would be ...

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