Pakistan ruling party candidate Abbasi elected as new PM Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's National Assembly on Tuesday elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, candidate of the ruling party, as the country's new prime minister.  The election came four days after former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court over corruption charges. Abbasi,..

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US says time for talk on N.Korea ‘is over’ Monday, July 31st, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): The United States said Sunday the time for talk over North Korea was "over," spurning a UN response to Pyongyang's latest ICBM launch in favour of bomber flights and missile defence system tests.  Nikki Haley, the US envoy to the United Nations, said there was "no point" in..

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Australia thwarts ‘Islamic-inspired’ plane attack plot Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Benjamin Cooper, SYDNEY, (REUTERS): Security has been tightened at Australian airports after police foiled "Islamic-inspired" plans for a bomb attack on an aircraft during counter-terrorism raids in which four men were arrested, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Sunday. The increased..

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One dead in knife attack in Hamburg supermarket, motive unclear Friday, July 28th, 2017

BERLIN, (REUTERS): One person was killed in an attack by a lone knifeman in a supermarket in the northern German city of Hamburg on Friday, and four more were injured when the man fled the scene, police said. The police said the man had suddenly started attacking customers in the shop, with no..

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S. Korea former presidential aide jailed over artist blacklist Thursday, July 27th, 2017

SEOUL, (AFP): A top aide close to South Korea's disgraced former president was sentenced to three years Thursday for blacklisting nearly 10,000 artists seen as critical of Park Geun-Hye's government.The ruling is seen as a blow to ex-leader Park, who has been separately standing trial after being..

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Chinese jets intercept U.S. surveillance plane: U.S. officials Monday, July 24th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (REUTERS): Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a U.S. Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea at the weekend, with one jet coming within about 300 feet (91 meters) of the American aircraft, U.S. officials said on Monday. The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity,..

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Lech Walesa urges protesters in Poland to defend democracy Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

By MONIKA SCISLOWSKA AND VANESSA GERA, WARSAW, Poland, (AP): Polish democracy icon and former president Lech Walesa on Saturday joined the protests that have broken out across Poland over plans by the populist ruling party to put the Supreme Court and the rest of the judicial system under the..

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Saudi prince arrested after videos appear to show abuse Thursday, July 20th, 2017

By AYA BATRAWY, DUBAI, UAE, (AP): A Saudi prince has been arrested after a video emerged online purporting to show him abusing someone and pointing a rifle at another. King Salman ordered the arrest and interrogation of the prince on Wednesday, a day after short video clips were published on..

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7.7-magnitude quake hits off Russia: US scientists Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

WASHINGTON, (AFP): An earthquake with a magnitude of 7.7 struck Monday off the eastern coast of Russia, according to the US Geological Survey, causing officials to initially warn of a tsunami threat in parts of the Pacific.  But the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted that forecast a short time..

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Resigns, Mnangagwa To Be Next President – OpEd Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has resigned after 37 years in power. He resigned in a letter sent to parliament as it began impeachment proceedings. His ally turned..