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Latest NewsYemen suffers political vacuum
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Yemen suffers political vacuum
Sanaa, January 24 - Yemen drifted deeper into political limbo on Friday after President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned in exasperation at a Houthi rebel takeover of the country, a move that appeared to catch the Iran-backed group off balance.
Hadi, a former general, blamed the Houthis’ control of the capital Sanaa for impeding his attempt to steer Yemen toward stability after years of secessionist and tribal unrest, deepening poverty and US drone strikes [ ... ]

Latest NewsOusted Thai PM banned from politics for 5 years
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Ousted Thai PM banned
from politics for 5 years
Bangkok, January 25 - Thai authorities dealt a double blow to ousted Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her powerful family on Friday, banning her from politics for five years and proceeding with criminal charges for negligence that could put her in jail.
The moves could stoke tension in the politically divided country still living under martial law after the military seized power in May, toppling the remnants of Yingluck’s govern [ ... ]

Latest NewsObama embarks on India trip this evening
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Obama embarks on
India trip this evening
Washington, January 25 - US President Barack Obama will leave Andrews Air Force Base this evening for his highly anticipated three-day landmark trip to India on an invitation by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Obama will be accompanied by a sizable delegation that will include several top officials, as well as First Lady Michelle Obama, when he arrives in New Delhi tomorrow morning, the White House has said.
The president will be joined in I [ ... ]

Latest NewsNepal misses deadline for Constitution
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Nepal misses deadline
for Constitution
Kathmandu, January 23 - Nepal's political parties missed a deadline to draft a new constitution that expired tonight, as Parliament session here ended without agreeing on its draft amid chaotic scenes.
Chairman of Constituent Assembly Subhash Nembang adjourned the Parliament at 11.45 pm, after two-and-half hour long obstruction by the opposition parties.
The next meeting of the Parliament is scheduled to start at 1 pm tomorrow.
Before announcing a [ ... ]

Latest NewsHasina: Zia may be tried for killings
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Hasina: Zia may be
tried for killings
Dhaka, January 23 - Bangladesh Opposition leader Khaleda Zia could be tried for the killings of about 30 people during the recent anti-government protests, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said. “It will be logical to bring her (Zia) under the purview of law...for giving order of the killings,” Hasina told Parliament last night.
“Law-enforcing agencies are examining the possibility of putting her (Zia) on trial...law will take its o [ ... ]

Latest NewsBus shelling, clashes kill 41 in one of Ukraine’s bloodiest days
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Bus shelling, clashes kill 41 in
one of Ukraine’s bloodiest days
Donetsk, January 23 - At least 41 persons were killed in Ukraine's east, one of the deadliest days in the separatist war, with a bloody bus shelling in Donetsk as government forces abandoned their defence of the city's strategic airport.
In a graphic illustration of the degenerating nine-month conflict, pro-Russian rebels also paraded some 20 captured Ukrainian soldiers through Donetsk and forced them to kneel before  [ ... ]

Latest NewsObama vows to hunt down terrorists from Pak to Paris, seeks new powers
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Obama vows to hunt down terrorists
from Pak to Paris, seeks new powers
Washington, January 22 - US President Barack Obama today vowed to relentlessly hunt down terrorists from Pakistan to the streets of Paris and called on the Congress to approve new war powers against Islamic State militants and not rush into fresh sanctions on Iran over its controversial nuclear programme.
“We stand united with people around the world who’ve been targeted by terrorists — from a school [ ... ]

Latest NewsYemen Prez ready for talks amid rising fears of ‘coup’
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Yemen Prez ready for talks
amid rising fears of ‘coup’
Sanaa (Yemen), January 22 - Yemen's President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi won the support of Gulf neighbours today and readied for talks with Shiite militia who had attacked his residence, raising fears of a coup.
The powerful militia, known as Huthis, seized almost full control of the capital Sanaa in September and have fought pitched battles with government forces this week as they press for more political power.
On Tuesday,  [ ... ]

Latest NewsRace against time to save IS hostages: Abe
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Race against time to
save IS hostages: Abe
Tokyo, January 22 - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe admitted today it was a “race against time” to free two hostages snatched by Islamist militants who are demanding $200 million for their lives.
A defiant Abe said he would not bow to “terrorism” as he took charge of the crisis that Japan was thrust into with the release of a chilling video apparently showing two Japanese men kneeling in the desert of Syria or Iraq.
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Latest NewsUS President unveils vision for economy
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US President unveils
vision for economy
Washington, January 22 - Noting he had no more campaigns to run, a defiant and upbeat Barack Obama set out to seal his legacy in the final two years of his presidency with a blunt veto threat against any attempts to undermine his legislative achievements. He also said the “shadow of crisis” had passed over the US, the nation was strong and had now only to “turn the page”.
“I have no more campaigns to run,” he remin [ ... ]

Latest NewsUkrainian forces ‘retake’ most of Donetsk airport
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Ukrainian forces ‘retake’
most of Donetsk airport
Kiev, January 19 - Ukrainian troops launched a “mass operation” overnight, retaking almost all the territory of Donetsk airport in eastern Ukraine lost to separatists in recent weeks, even as thousands gathered in Kiev for a state-sponsored peace march on Sunday.
The army’s offensive at the airport brought the fighting close to Donetsk itself, centre of a pro-Russian separatist rebellion.
Residents reported  [ ... ]

Latest NewsPetrol crisis paralyses Pak; Sharif calls cabinet meet
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Petrol crisis paralyses Pak;
Sharif calls cabinet meet
Islamabad, January 19 - Daily life came to a standstill in Pakistan due to the fuel shortage, prompting Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to suspend four top officials for failing to deal with the crisis that has led to black marketing and summoning a special cabinet meeting tomorrow to find a solution.
Sharif, on his return from Saudi Arabia yesterday after a two-day visit, sacked four officials — Petroleum Secretary Abid Saeed, his [ ... ]

Latest NewsCharlie Hebdo protests leave 10 dead in Niger
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Charlie Hebdo protests
leave 10 dead in Niger
Cairo, January 19 - At least 10 persons have been killed in violent protests in the West African nation of Niger over the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad, the country's president said.
President Mahamadou Issoufou said that five deaths were reported after demonstrations in Niamey, the capital, yesterday. Another five people died on Friday in the town of Zinder following prayer services there. The vict [ ... ]

Latest NewsIndian among 22 missing in China boat capsize
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Indian among 22 missing
in China boat capsize
Beijing, January 17 - An Indian is among eight foreigners who are missing along with 14 others when a tugboat sank off the Yangtze river in China's east Jiangsu province, authorities said today.
Four from Singapore and one each from India, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan were among the 25 people aboard the boat when it capsized while conducting tests in Fubei Channel, near Jingjiang City off the Yangtze river at about 3 pm local time yesterday, [ ... ]

Latest NewsLensman shot at in Pak protest
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Lensman shot at
in Pak protest
Karachi, January 17 - A photojournalist was shot at and three other persons were injured when activists of Pakistan’s right-wing Jamaat-e-Islami protesting against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo today clashed with the police outside the French consulate here.
The protestors from the student wing of the Jamaat-e-Islami were marching towards the French consulate in Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, leading to a showdown with the police whi [ ... ]

Latest NewsEuropean police arrest 24 in anti-terror ops
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European police arrest
24 in anti-terror ops
Brussels, January 17 - The French, German and Belgian police arrested more than 24 suspects in anti-terrorism raids today, as European authorities rushed to thwart more attacks by people with links to Islamic extremists in the Middle East.
Rob Wainwright, head of the police agency Europol, said that foiling terror attacks has become "extremely difficult" because Europe's 2,500-5,000 radicalised Muslim extremists have little command s [ ... ]

Latest NewsBelgian police kill two in raid on suspected terrorists
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Belgian police kill two in raid
on suspected terrorists Verviers, Belgium, January 16 - Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale".
Coming a week after Islamist gunmen killed 17 people in Paris, the incident fuelled fears across Europe of young Muslims returning radicalised from Syria. But the Belgian probe had [ ... ]

Latest NewsAfter Paris terror, Pope speaks out against insulting religions
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After Paris terror, Pope speaks
out against insulting religions
Manila, January 16 - Pope Francis, speaking of last week’s deadly attacks by Islamist militants in Paris, has defended freedom of expression, but said it was wrong to provoke others by insulting their religion and that one could “expect” a reaction to such abuse.
“You can’t provoke, you can’t insult the faith of others, you can’t make fun of faith,” he told reporters on Thursda [ ... ]

Latest NewsLankan Prez to visit India on his first foreign trip
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Lankan Prez to visit India
on his first foreign trip
Colombo, January 11 - Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will visit India on his maiden foreign trip next month even as he ordered the release of all Indian fishermen in custody here as a goodwill gesture on the first day in office.
"Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi asked the President to visit India and wanted the visit to take place this month itself. But, he (Sirisena) said this month may not be possible because he is stil [ ... ]

Latest NewsAirAsia jet’s tail lifted from seabed, no black box found
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AirAsia jet’s tail lifted from
seabed, no black box found
Jakarta/Singapore, January 11 - The tail of the doomed AirAsia jet was today lifted out of the choppy waters of the Java Sea using inflatable balloons but the black box, crucial for unravelling the mystery of the crash, was not found inside the section nearly two weeks after the tragedy.
The 10-metre-long metal chunk, with the words “AirAsia” clearly visible across it, became the first major wreckage lifted off t [ ... ]

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