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Netanyahu claims victory in Israel election after exit polls give lead

Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in Israel’s general election Monday, with exit polls putting the indicted premier in a strong position to form the next government. The election, Israel’s third in less than a year, was called after ...

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Coronavirus: India suspends visas of nationals from Italy, S Korea, Iran, Japan

NEW DELHI: The Indian government has suspended visas and e-visas granted on or before Tuesday to people travelling from Italy, Iran, South Korea and Japan, effective immediately, following a surge in cases of COVID-19, commonly referred to as novel coronavirus, ...

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Florida man sentenced to 5 years of probation taping dog’s mouth, leaving it dehydrated, malnourished

A Florida man convicted of taping a dog’s mouth shut and leaving the animal dehydrated and malnourished was sentenced to five years of probation on Monday. Oscar Lee Thompson III, 19, was convicted last month of a felony count of ...

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Pak doctor who helped CIA track Osama Bin Laden launches hunger strike in jail

The Pakistani doctor who helped the CIA track and kill Osama bin Laden has launched a hunger strike from his prison cell, his lawyer and family said Monday. Shakeel Afridi has been languishing behind bars for years since his fake ...

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Peace deal hits first roadblock over Taliban prisoners release

Kabul: Afghanistan’s president said Sunday that he will not free thousands of Taliban prisoners ahead of all-Afghan power-sharing talks set for next week, publicly disagreeing with a timetable for a speedy prisoner release laid out just a day earlier in ...

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Luxembourg becomes first country with free public transport

Luxembourg: Luxembourg on Saturday, February 29 became the first country in the world to offer free public transport, as the small and wealthy EU country tries to help less-well-off workers and reduce road traffic. Some cities elsewhere have already taken ...

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Iran says new virus has killed 43 with 593 cases confirmed

An Iran Health Ministry spokesman says the new coronavirus has killed 43 people amid 593 confirmed cases in the Islamic Republic. Spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour gave the new figure Saturday. Jahanpour urged people to stay away from mass gatherings and limit ...

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Indian man among 5 gangsters jailed for online fraud in UK

London: An Indian national is among a gang of five men jailed by a UK court for a total of over 30 years for an online fraud conspiracy involving a 10-million pounds payment diversion scam. Satish Kotinadhuni, 44, was arrested ...

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Passport not mandatory for foreigners to apply for Indian citizenship

Kolkata: Foreigners can apply for Indian citizenship without a valid passport from the country of origin if they can furnish proper reasons for not possessing one, the Calcutta High Court has ruled. Justice Sabyasachi Bhattacharyya disposed of a petition by ...

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Turkey says it destroyed ‘chemical warfare facility’ in Syria

Istanbul: A Turkish official said Saturday that Turkey destroyed a chemical warfare facility in northwest Syria after dozens of its soldiers were killed by Syrian regime fire. The Turkish army destroyed overnight “a chemical warfare facility, located some 13 kilometres ...

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UN rights chief slams Pakistan for failing to reign in violence on minorities

Even as a debate is underway in India over religious freedom owing to the contentious citizenship law protests, the UN Human Rights chief has flagged violent attacks on minorities in neighbouring Pakistan. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for ...

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Malaysian king summons Mahathir Mohamad , who’s keen to become PM again

Malaysia’s king summoned Mahathir Mohamad to the palace Thursday, fuelling talks he may have majority support to return as the next Prime Minister after his abrupt resignation and the collapse of his ruling coalition this week. Mahathir didn’t speak to ...

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Bernie slams Trump’s diplomatic comments on Delhi violence

Washington:  A day after US lawmakers reacted sharply to the violence in the Indian capital, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders here accused US President Donald Trump of failing on the issue of human rights.   Slamming the US president, Sanders ...

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Nawaz Sharif declared absconder’ by Pakistan govt for violating bail terms: Report

Islamabad: Pakistan’s former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been declared an “absconder” by the government for violating the bail requirements by not presenting his medical report from his doctors in London, according to a media report on Wednesday. Sharif, 70, left ...

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