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7 Indian journalists killed in 18 months alarms media watchdog

NEW DELHI, July 4, (Agencies): Media watchdog Reporters without Borders expressed alarm on Wednesday about India, with seven journalists killed in the past 18 months and a sharp rise in online abuse and harassment. “In 2017, the deaths of at least three journalists killed in connection with their work were …

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US vows to keep waterways open

GUARD SAYS READY TO PREVENT REGIONAL OIL EXPORTS DUBAI, UAE, July 4, (Agencies): The US military is reiterating a promise to keep Arabian Gulf waterways open to oil tankers as Iran renewed threats to close off the region. Capt Bill Urban, a spokesman for the US military’s Central Command, told …

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Another mayor gunned ‘down’ in Philippines

MANILA, July 3, (Agencies): Motorcycle- borne gunmen on Tuesday assassinated a mayor in a town north of the Philippine capital, the second such killing of an official in two days, police said. Ferdinand Bote, 57, became the 12th elected local official murdered since President Rodrigo Duterte unleashed a deadly anti-narcotics …

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Didn’t choose this life – Bhutto scion

THATTA, Pakistan, July 3, (Agencies): His mother was assassinated on the campaign trail and his grandfather was executed by a military dictator, but that has not prevented Bilawal Bhutto Zardari from seeking the job they both held: prime minister of Pakistan. Oxford-educated and single, 29-year-old Bhutto Zardari is campaigning himself …

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Ex-PM Najib arrested in graft probe

Ex-leader to face over 10 counts of committing criminal breach of trust KUALA LUMPUR, July 3, (Agencies): Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was arrested by anti-corruption investigators Tuesday, officials said, the latest dramatic development in a widening graft probe that has engulfed the exleader. Najib, 64, will be charged …

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Denial Yemen kids killed

RIYADH, July 3, (Agencies): Command of Arab Coalition for Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen rejected false information mentioned in a report by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that children were killed in the armed conflict in that Arab country, coalition spokesman said on Monday. Speaking at a news conference in Riyadh, …

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Boys, coach found ‘alive’ – Miracle rescue

Mae Sai, Thailand, July 2 (AFP): Twelve boys and their football coach trapped in a flooded Thai cave for nine days were “found safe” late Monday, in a miracle rescue after days of painstaking searching by divers. There had been no contact with the boys, aged between 11 and 16, …

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Philippine mayor slain by ‘sniper’

TANAUAN, Philippines, July 2, (AP): A Philippine city mayor known for parading drug suspects in public but also alleged to have drug ties himself was shot and killed by a sniper Monday in a brazen attack during a flag-raising ceremony in front of hundreds of horrified employees and village leaders. …

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Interpol seeks arrest of ‘Indian billionaire’

NEW DELHI, July 2, (Agencies): Interpol has issued a red notice request to find and arrest fugitive Indian billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi, who is at the heart of a $2 billion-plus bank fraud case, the international agency said on its website. Federal police last month asked Interpol to issue a …

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Rouhani in Europe to rally ‘N-deal’ support – Water protests in Iran

GENEVA, July 2, (AFP): Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on Monday at the start of European trip billed as of “prime importance” after the US pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The tour, which also includes a stop in Austria, is part …

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