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Jordan’s PM submits resignation after protests, source says

Jordan’s Prime Minister Hani Mulki submitted his resignation to King Abdullah on Monday, an official source said, to soothe widespread anger over economic policies that have sparked the largest protests in several years and dozens of arrests. Thousands of Jordanians took to the streets of the capital Amman and main provincial towns again on Sunday,…

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U.S. weighs more South China Sea patrols to confront ‘new reality’ of China

The United States is considering intensified naval patrols in the South China Sea in a bid to challenge China’s growing militarization of the waterway, actions that could further raise the stakes in one of the world’s most volatile areas. The Pentagon is weighing a more assertive program of so-called freedom-of-navigation operations close to Chinese installations…

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Thousands go home as India, Pakistan agree to end Kashmir firing

Thousands of people from the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir headed back to their homes near the de facto border with rival Pakistan on Wednesday, after their armies agreed to stop exchanging artillery fire following repeated recent clashes. More than 50,000 people had taken shelter in schools and colleges in the Indian-ruled part…

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North Korea blows up nuclear test site amid doubts over summit

North Korea followed through on a pledge to blow up tunnels at its nuclear test site on Thursday, media reported, as part of steps that have reduced tension on the Korean peninsula and raised the possibility of a summit with the United States. North Korea has conducted all six of its nuclear tests at the…

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Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off dramatically, with Israel on Wednesday pointing to what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement, denying any pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old demonstrations, said they would continue,…

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Israeli forces kill 28 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy

Israeli forces killed at least 28 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem. It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began…

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Malaysian police raid apartments linked to ousted PM Najib’s family

Police on Saturday raided a deluxe Kuala Lumpur apartment block at which relatives of ousted Prime Minister Najib Razak had been staying as they searched for sensitive documents the new government fears may be taken out of the country, two senior police officers said. The swoop came as Malaysia’s new Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, said…

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India withdraws controversial ‘fake news’ order after backlash

New Delhi: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reversed an order to punish journalists found guilty of reporting “fake news”, after an outcry over a perceived government crackdown on the press. The media sanctions, issued late Monday, stated that the government would withdraw the official accreditation of any journalist responsible for repeated reporting of…

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Kremlin reiterates has ‘nothing to do’ with Skripal case

The Kremlin on Monday insisted that Moscow is innocent in the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal after the US, Canada and several EU countries expelled Russian diplomats over the case.   “We very much regret these decisions. The reason that is being given for them is the so-called Skripal case. We have already…

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One killed as Kabul car bomb targets foreign forces: ministry

KABUL: A suicide car bomb targeting a foreign forces convoy rocked eastern Kabul early Friday, killing at least one civilian and injuring four in an area where many expatriates reside, the Afghan interior ministry said. “Unfortunately around 9:00 am, a car bombing took place in (the) Qabil Bay area of Kabul,” ministry spokesman Najib Danish…

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Israel graft case turns spotlight on Netanyahu family

TEL AVIV: Israeli police accusations this week against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu involving fancy cigars, champagne and jewellery have revived older stories of alleged misbehaviour by the premier and some family members. The accusations were the most serious against Netanyahu during his long tenure in power, but they follow a series of stories about him…

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#MeToo moment hits Germany with TV director abuse scandal

BERLIN: A growing sexual assault and harassment scandal surrounding German TV director Dieter Wedel took on a political dimension Friday as accusations of a cover-up hit a public broadcaster. A cascade of allegations against Wedel mark the first in Germany since the global #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct gained momentum in the wake of the…

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Is this the new face of Saudi Arabia for the rest of the world?

RIYADH: A new advertisement by the government of Saudi Arabia is doing the rounds in which apparently the kingdom is showcasing a new face to the rest of the world.  In the short video message, a group of young men and women wish the world a Happy New Year and describe themselves as people who…

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Street protests hit Iran for third straight day as pro-government rallies held

Anti-government protests broke out in Iran for the third day running on Saturday as separate state-sponsored rallies were staged to mark the end of unrest that shook the country in 2009, according to Iranian news agencies and state media.  State television showed a rally in the capital Tehran as well as marchers carrying banners in…

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Selfitis–the compulsive need to post selfies is a mental disorder

If you post countless selfies throughout the day on social media–you may be affected with a mental disorder known as ‘Selfitis’ according to experts.  This finding was obtained after  Nottingham Trent University and Thiagarajar School of Management carried out a research to determine whether the mental disorder ‘Selfitis’ existed or not. Turns out it does. Dr Mark Griffiths,…

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Uber dealt blow by EU court ruling that it is transport service

LUXEMBOURG: Ride-hailing app Uber provides a transport service and can be regulated like traditional taxis, the European Union’s top court said on Wednesday in a landmark ruling that will determine the rules Uber and peers have to respect in Europe. “The service provided by Uber connecting individuals with non-professional drivers is covered by services in…

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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ opens with galactic $450 million box office

LOS ANGELES: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” burst into theaters with a staggering $450 million in global ticket sales in its opening weekend, confirming that the celebrated space adventure franchise remained a powerful force at the box office. The eighth movie in the “Star Wars” saga created by George Lucas in 1977 collected $220 million…

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All you need to know about Trump’s dangerous Jerusalem move

For centuries now, Jerusalem has been at the heart of many conflicts and wars. The city holds special importance and is revered by the three most important religions in the world–Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Which is exactly why Trump’s hasty decision to declare Jerusalem (all of it) as Israel’s capital and his announcement to shift…

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Trump campaign aide met Russian officials in 2016: NY Times

WASHINGTON D.C.: A foreign policy adviser to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met Russian government officials last year, the New York Times reported on Friday, citing testimony he gave this week to a U.S. congressional committee. In numerous media interviews in recent months, the adviser, Carter Page, has either denied meeting Russian government officials during a…

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EU defends Iran deal despite Trump, appeals to U.S. Congress

LUXEMBOURG: The European Union on Monday reaffirmed its support for a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers despite sharp criticism of the accord by President Donald Trump, and it urged U.S. lawmakers not to reimpose sanctions on Tehran. Trump defied both U.S. allies and adversaries on Friday by refusing to formally certify that…

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Twitterati pay homage to educators on World Teacher’s Day

As the world recognises the hard work, dedication and efforts of teachers around the world, Pakistanis on Twitter also paid homage to their mentors on the micro-blogging site. Here are some of the tweets that were trending in Pakistan using the hashtag #WorldTeachersDay. Respect your teachers.later, if you dont want to cry ! #WorldTeachersDay —…

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