Sunday, 18 November 2018

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South Korean court allows conscientious objection to military service

SEOUL: South Korea’s supreme court ruled that moral and religious beliefs are valid reasons to refuse the country’s mandatory military service, in a case that has implications for hundreds of conscientious objectors. Some 65 years after the end of the Korean War, nearly every able-bodied South Korean male between the ...

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Iran will ‘proudly bypass’ US sanctions: Hassan Rouhani

TEHRAN: Iran´s President Hassan Rouhani said the Islamic republic “will proudly bypass sanctions” by the United States that took effect on Monday targeting the country´s oil and financial sectors. “I announce that we will proudly bypass your illegal, unjust sanctions because it´s against international regulations,” Rouhani said in a televised ...

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United States imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON DC: The United States is reimposing punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors in what US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “the toughest sanctions ever placed” against Iran. Taking effect Monday, the measures are the most concrete result yet of US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision in ...

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Iron Wolf military exercise kicks off in Lithuania

VILNIUS: Iron Wolf, Lithuania’s biggest international military exercise in the second half of this year kicks off on Sunday to enhance mobility. The international military exercise is attended by forces from 14 countries. During the training, Lithuanian Army and the personnel from Germany-led enhanced forward presence (EFP) multinational battalion deployed ...

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Khashoggi killing: Sons ask Saudis to return his body

WASHINGTON: The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told CNN in an interview aired Sunday. Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on October ...

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Bangladesh PM to have unprecedented talks with opposition before poll

DHAKA: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will sit down to unprecedented talks with the opposition to discuss installing a caretaker government ahead of December’s election, a key demand of the opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party. The BNP, in disarray after the jailing of its chief, former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia, on ...

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World’s tallest statue worth unveiled in India

The monument is a tribute to Patel who played a major role in integrating the princely states into the Indian Union. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday unveiled the 182-metre high ‘Statue of Unity’ in honour of country’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, and dedicated it to the nation. ...

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Trump threatens to shoot migrants who throw stones at US military

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump warned that soldiers deployed to the Mexican border could shoot Central American migrants who throw stones at them while attempting to cross illegally. Trump told journalists at the White House that a group of several thousand migrants walking through Mexico towards the US border had thrown rocks ...

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