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Japan demands apology from South Korea over remarks on emperor

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe demanded that remarks made by South Korea’s National Assembly speaker insisting that Emperor Akihito should apologize for the so-called “comfort women” issue be retracted. “I was astonished. We’ve immediately conveyed through diplomatic channels that the remarks were extremely inappropriate and deplorable,” Abe was quoted ...

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India’s triple talaq bill unlikely to get parliament nod

NEW DELHI: The Narendra Modi government is keen to get parliamentary approval for the triple talaq bill but there is no certainty that it will clear the Rajya Sabha hurdle in the remaining two days of the budget session and the measure may again be implemented through an ordinance. Opposition ...

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Norway and Poland to expel diplomats in tit-for-tat exchange

OSLO: Norway will expel a Polish diplomat who had clashed with local officials after Warsaw declined to recall him, the Norwegian foreign ministry said on Monday. Poland said it would expel a Norwegian diplomat in exchange, in a rare spat between the two countries which have strong economic links. Norway ...

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South Korea Agrees to Pay More for US Troops

MOSCOW-Tommy Yang: Seoul agreed to demands from Washington to share more of the cost for maintaining the US forces stationed in South Korea because the option remains cheaper than boosting its own defence spending to cover the deterrence capabilities the US military presence offers, experts told Sputnik. On Sunday, top ...

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Thai princess excluded from list of candidates to run for PM in election

BANGKOK: Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana Mahidol has been excluded by the Election Commission from a list of candidates to run for the post of prime minister in the upcoming election in March. In a statement released on Monday, the Election Commission said that Princess Ubolratana, sister of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, has ...

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Spain may hold snap parliamentary election on April 14

MOSCOW: Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is considering the option of holding parliamentary election on 14 April, a year earlier than initially planned, state-owned EFE news agency reported on Monday, citing sources in the government. If this date is chosen, the law states that the government will have to dissolve ...

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Iran slams US as huge crowds mark 40 years since revolution

TEHRAN: Iran’s President on Monday blasted a US “conspiracy” against the country as vast crowds marked 40 years since the Islamic revolution at a time of heightened tensions with Washington. “The presence of people today on the streets all over Islamic Iran… means that the enemy will never reach its ...

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‘Hitler paintings’ fail to sell at auction in Germany

BERLIN-Five pictures said to have been painted by Nazi leader Adolf Hitler have failed to sell at auction in Germany. Weidler auction house had set a starting price for the watercolours of €45,000 (£40,000; $51,000). The auction was held in Nuremburg, the German city once notorious for Hitler’s mass rallies ...

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Acting Pentagon chief arrives in Afghanistan

KABUL: Acting Pentagon chief Patrick Shanahan arrived in Afghanistan on a surprise visit Monday as the United States seeks to support the Kabul government while negotiating peace with the Taliban. Shanahan will meet President Ashraf Ghani, whose government was not part of major talks between US and Taliban officials last ...

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Geneva to ban religious symbols on public employees

GENEVA residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new “secularism law”, which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible religious symbols. More than 55 percent of voters in the Swiss canton backed the law, final results showed, despite warnings that it could lead to ...

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