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PML-N worker accuses Asif Kirmani of distancing workers from Nawaz Sharif

A worker of the PML-N, Abrar Riaz, held a press conference on Friday where he made startling allegations against Senator Asif Kirmani. Riaz, who is a coordinator in the party from Kashmir, said that Kirmani has caused difficulties for workers by distancing them from party founder Nawaz Sharif. He also said that he and other…

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ICC to investigate ‘pitch-fixing’ allegations in Sri Lanka Tests

The International Cricket Council has launched an investigation into corruption allegations in the sport made in a documentary to be aired by news organisation Al Jazeera on Sunday. The documentary allegedly uncovers a groundsman agreeing to doctor pitches for test matches involving some of the world’s top teams. “The ICC is aware of an investigation…

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#MeToo: Japanese officials resign over allegations

A top Japanese bureaucrat and a local governor have stepped down, reported BBC. Female journalists said Junichi Fukuda, a top bureaucrat in Japan’s finance ministry, sexually harassed them. Mr Fukuda denies the accusations reported in the Shukan Shincho magazine, which says it has evidence against him. The publication also released earlier this week an audio…

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Explainer: Onus on NAB, ECP to investigate Imran’s Senate claim

Senior journalist and anchorperson Nadeem Malik says that it’s a challenge for Election Commission of Pakistan and National Accountability Bureau to initiate a probe into Imran Khan’s allegations about selling of votes in the Senate’s elections. After every three years in Pakistan, this history is repeated and votes are sold for money. “For now this…

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Maryam’s sharp tongue pushing party to a dead-end: Nisar

ISLAMABAD: Former Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar on Thursday warned that Maryam Nawaz’ sharp tongue was pushing the party towards a dead end. In a press statement, the disgruntled PML-N leader said he could respond to Maryam in the same coin but won’t as he still respects her family. “I have distanced myself from national politics…

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KU harassment: Teacher stays until allegations proven, says VC

The University of Karachi teacher accused of harassment on campus stays until allegations are proven, said the vice-chancellor. “I have formed the inquiry committee. Until the report is in, I cannot comment further on the issue,” said Ajmal Khan, the VC, while speaking to Samaa TV. Is the teacher going to be suspended until the…

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Australia’s scandal-hit deputy PM quits

NEWS DESK: Australia’s scandal-hit deputy leader Barnaby Joyce announced Friday he was quitting and moving to the backbench amid claims of sexual harassment and controversy over an affair with a now-pregnant former aide, reported AFP. Joyce, whose National Party rules alongside Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s Liberals, has been front-page news in Australia for two weeks…

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Pope Francis faces tensions on trip over church abuse allegations

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile NEWS DESK: Pope Francis’ trip to South America this week is supposed to be all about peace, unity and hope. But the pontiff could also be welcomed with protests, threats…

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Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING: A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country, reported Reuters. Beihang University said in a statement on its official Weibo account late…

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Samsung scion denies corruption charges as legal appeal nears end

SEOUL: The heir to South Korea’s Samsung Group, convicted of bribing the country’s former president, on Wednesday denied allegations of wrongdoing as the appeals trial of his five-year jail term for corruption neared its end, reported Reuters. Jay Y. Lee, the 49-year-old heir to one of the world’s biggest corporate empires, has been detained since…

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: A court in Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to remand two Reuters journalists in custody for a second 14-day period as authorities…

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Harvey Weinstein: Model says she was ‘forced into exile’ after trying to take him down

NEWS DESK: The model at the centre of one of the most high profile sexual assault cases against Harvey Weinstein has said she feels “vindicated” after suffering years of condemnation for speaking out, reported The Independent. Ambra Gutierrez, born in Italy, was introduced to Weinstein at a theatre reception at Radio City Music Hall, after…

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Modi accuses Pakistan and Congress of collusion; Islamabad says ‘don’t drag us’

NEWS DESK: As absurd as that may sound, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused its opposition party Indian National Congress of colluding with Pakistan to defeat his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat polls. Naturally, Pakistan had to respond. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, requested that Pakistan should not to…

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Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target: US ambassador to UN

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that any woman who has…

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Israelis march in Tel Aviv to protest against Netanyahu, corruption

TEL AVIV: Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office, reported Reuters. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday’s demonstration, which was by…

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Muniba Mazari: I left him and I’m glad I did.

NEWS DESK: Activist Muniba Mazari’s former husband recently filed a case against her for “blaming and bashing him for all her afflictions”. The activist has finally spoken out, saying that she “left him” and that she’s “glad” she did. Here’s what she said while replying to tweets on the issue: Clarifying divorce when world thinks you…

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Hollywood’s #MeToo hits Washington

Washington: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after…

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui and brother summoned for online fraud case

NEWS DESK: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui appeared on Thursday before the Enforcement Directorate office’s zonal office in Lucknow in connection with an online fraud case, reported Times of India. They were investigated by the authorities for an hour. Calling the allegations baseless, Shamas reportedly said that all allegations levelled against them…

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Republican Senate candidate Moore hit by sexual misconduct allegations

NEWS DESK: A woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, prompting top Republicans to say he should step aside if the allegations prove true. According…

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Another actress accuses Weinstein of rape

Los Angeles: Actress Paz de la Huerta has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, joining dozens of women who have levelled sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. The 33-year-old, known for her role in hit TV series “Boardwalk Empire”, described the alleged assaults, which police are investigating, to Vanity Fair…

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Watch: Charges against Sharif family in NAB case

The Accountability Court on Thursday indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, in a case that could ultimately see the former leader jailed. Watch detail of the charges filed against the Sharif family…

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