Tuesday, 22 October 2019

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7 dead in Afghan helicopter crash: officials

KABUL (AFP) – At least seven Afghan military personnel were killed when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in the northern Afghanistan province of Balkh on Tuesday, officials said. According to the Afghan defence ministry, the MI-17 Afghan air force chopper crashed due to “technical faults”. “All the seven ...

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Kais Saied wins Tunisia’s presidential election

TUNIS: Independent candidate Kais Saied was on Monday declared the winner of Tunisia’s presidential election. Nabil Baffoun, head of the Independent High Electoral Commission, announced the official results of Sunday’s run-off vote at a press conference in the capital Tunis. Baffoun said 56.8% of domestic voters and 24.4% of voters ...

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Spain jails nine Catalan separatist leaders for independence bid

MADRID: Thousands of angry protesters took to the streets of Barcelona on Monday after Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to between nine and 13 years in jail for sedition over the failed 2017 independence bid. As the news broke, demonstrators turned out en masse, blocking streets in ...

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Nepal Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara arrested on rape charges

KATHMANDU: Police in Nepal has arrested Parliament Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara following a district courts permission to take him into custody to investigate attempt-to-rape charges levelled against him. Mahara has been taken to Metropolitan Police Circle, Singhadurbar, The Himalayan Times reported. The Kathmandu District Court had earlier granted permission to ...

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Researchers warn India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill 100 million

LONDON: The year is 2025 and militants have attacked India’s parliament, killing most of its leaders. New Delhi retaliates by sending tanks into Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK). Fearing it will be overrun, Islamabad hits the invading forces with its battlefield nuclear weapons, triggering the deadliest conflict in history – ...

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315 billion-tonne iceberg breaks off Antarctica

SYDNEY: A more than 600-square-mile iceberg broke off Antarctica in recent days, but the event is part of a normal cycle and is not related to climate change, scientists say. The iceberg, dubbed D28, broke away from the Amery ice shelf between September 24 and 25, according to observations from ...

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Top Ghani rival Abdullah claims victory in Afghanistan election

KABUL: Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan s chief executive and President Ashraf Ghani s top rival, claimed victory Monday after the first round of voting in the presidential election over the weekend, though official counting is still ongoing. “We have the most votes in this election,” Abdullah said at a news conference. “The results ...

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British tanker held in Iran leaves Bandar Abbas port

DUBAI: The British-flagged Stena Impero tanker, detained by Iran in July, has started moving and exited the Bandar Abbas port on Friday, according to Refinitiv ship-tracking data. The Stena Impero was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards in the Strait of Hormuz waterway for alleged marine violations two weeks after Britain ...

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