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Saudis suspend World Cup referee over bribery

Riyadh, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – The Saudi Football Federation have banned referee Fahad al-Mirdasi for life over bribery and urged FIFA to remove him from the pool of referees for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Mirdasi was suspended for offering to take a bribe to influence the outcome …

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Officer, 4 attackers dead in Indonesia police station assault

Pekanbaru, Indonesia, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Four men were shot and killed as they staged an attack on a police headquarters that left one officer dead and two wounded, Indonesian authorities said Wednesday, days after a wave of deadly suicide bombings in another part of the country. The group …

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Rohingya Muslims face difficult Ramadan in refugee camps

Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – The 12-year-old Rohingya refugee dreamed of Ramadan back in his own village — fish to break the day’s fast, gifts from his family and relaxing beneath the trees before evening prayers at the mosque. But for M.D. Hashim and others like him …

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Bangladesh opposition leader Zia granted bail

Dhaka, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Bangladesh’s 72-year-old opposition leader Khaleda Zia was granted bail on corruption charges Wednesday after her lawyers argued her health was at risk, paving the way for her to be released from jail. Zia was imprisoned in February after being accused of embezzling money intended …

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Fraud-hit lender posts largest ever Indian bank loss

Mumbai, May 16, 2018 (AFP) – Shares in fraud-hit Punjab National Bank plunged more than 12 percent on Wednesday after it posted the largest ever quarterly loss for an Indian lender. PNB, the country’s second-biggest state-run bank, has been reeling since announcing in February that it had been the victim …

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Palestinians to bury their dead Tuesday after 58 killed

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) – Palestinians observed a general strike Tuesday to mourn dozens killed by Israeli army fire in the single deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, as organizers said the day would be set aside for funerals and that turnout for any new protests on …

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US diplomat involved in fatal traffic accident leaves Pakistan

Islamabad, May 15, 2018 (AFP) – Pakistan has allowed a US diplomat involved in a fatal traffic accident to leave the country, an official said Tuesday, following a weeks-long standoff and street protests over the incident. The diplomat — described as the defence attache in an earlier report — departed …

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In major boost, Modi’s ruling party seen winning in southern Indian state

NEW DELHI, May 15 (Reuters) – India’s ruling party was heading for an outright majority on Monday in an election in a big southern state, the vote count showed, cementing Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s popularity ahead of general elections next year. A BJP-led government in Karnataka would prove a major …

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Heavy fighting as Taliban attack western Afghan city: residents

Herat, Afghanistan, May 15, 2018 (AFP) – Heavy fighting has broken out in the western Afghan city of Farah after the Taliban launched a major offensive overnight to capture the restive provincial capital, with residents reporting air strikes, explosions and gunfire. Government forces including 100 commandoes have arrived and are …

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Malaysian PM Mahathir says may be prime minister for 1-2 years

TOKYO, May 15 (Reuters) – Newly elected Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday he may remain premier for up to two years and will play a role in the background even after he steps down. Mahathir, 92, whose four-party coalition won a shock victory over former leader Najib …

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