Friday , January 19 2018

International

‘Pope has no brain tumour’ – Report baseless

VATICAN CITY, Oct 21, (AFP): The Vatican on Wednesday dismissed a report that Pope Francis has a brain tumour as baseless, with a spokesman challenging anyone who thinks the pontiff is seriously ill to try keeping up with him. Quotidiano Nazionale (QN), the newspaper which made the claim, said it …

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Ban in surprise visit to calm Israel-Palestinian ‘violence’ – UN’s top rights body to host Abbas next week

JERUSALEM, Oct 20, (AFP): UN chief Ban Ki-moon was to make an unannounced visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories Tuesday to try to calm nearly three weeks of violence, even as a new stabbing wounded a soldier. Young Palestinians have defied an Israeli security crackdown and calls for nonviolence …

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LA files no ‘felony’ against Saudi royal

LOS ANGELES, Oct 20, (AP): Los Angeles prosecutors declined to press a felony sexual assault charge against a member of the Saudi royal family because of insufficient evidence, a spokeswoman said Monday. The district attorney forwarded the case against Majed Abdulaziz Al-Saud to the city attorney for a possible misdemeanor …

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20 terrorist plots foiled in Russia this yr: Putin

MOSCOW, Oct 20, (AP): Intelligence agents have foiled 20 terrorist plots in Russia this year, President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday, and asked officials to increase their efforts to prevent terrorist attacks. Russia began carrying out air strikes on Islamic State militants in Syria last month to support government forces …

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Delhi plans to speed rape trials – Court finds Uber driver guilty of rape

NEW DELHI, Oct 20, (Agencies): Authorities in the Indian capital plan to speed up rape trials and lower the age at which juveniles can be prosecuted as adults following two alleged gang rapes of young girls, Delhi’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. Two juveniles were arrested on Sunday …

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Pakistan clerics say veils not in ‘Sharia’

ISLAMABAD, Oct 20, (AFP): Pakistan’s top religious body has said women are not required to cover their faces, hands or feet under Islamic Sharia law, a rare judgement from the conservative council of clerics seen as “encouraging” by rights activists Tuesday. The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), which was formed …

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US working hard to avoid total destruction of Syria, says Kerry; Saudi urges Iran to stop ‘meddling’ in neighbourhood

MADRID, Oct 19, (Agencies): The United States is working to avoid the “total destruction” of Syria, and plans a meeting in the coming days with Russian, Saudi and Turkish leaders to seek an end to the conflict, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday. “I will be coming back in …

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Backlog of migrants swells in Balkans

BERKASOVO, Serbia/LJUBLJANA, Oct 19, (Agencies): The Balkans struggled with a growing backlog of migrants on Monday after Hungary sealed its southern border and Slovenia tried to impose a limit, leaving thousands stranded on cold, wet borders where tempers frayed. Having declared it would accept only 2,500 per day, Slovenia said …

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Indonesia’s Aceh tears down churches

ACEH SINGKIL, Indonesia, Oct 19, (RTRS): Authorities in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province on Monday began tearing down several small Christian churches after hardline Muslims demanded their closure, citing a lack of building permits, and following religious violence. Tensions are high among the ethnically and religiously diverse population of Aceh Singkil, …

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India, US hold naval exercise with Japan; Philippines slams Chinese lighthouses

MANILA, Oct 19, (AFP): The Philippines on Monday strongly criticised two lighthouses China constructed in the disputed South China Sea, charging that they were covert means of enforcing Beijing’s claims to the disputed waters. The angry statement came despite China’s efforts to soothe tensions over its South China Sea claims …

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