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  • Delhi lawmakers sacked for allegedly taking illegal benefits

    January 22, 2018 12:00 AM

    NEW DELHI: India’s President on Sunday sacked 20 lawmakers from the state assembly in New Delhi after they were revealed to be holding jobs in government despite laws forbidding the practice. The purge reduces by nearly a third the number of state assembly seats held by Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which still maintains a majority. It attacked

  • Iraqi parliament postpones election date

    January 21, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    BAGHDAD: Iraq’s parliament failed on Saturday to approve May 12 as the election date, as suggested by the government, as Sunni and Kurdish lawmakers demanded a delay to allow hundreds of thousands of war-displaced people to return home. Politicians, including Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, insist on holding the election as planned on May 12, saying

  • CJ defines how a speech should be

    January 21, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar, while addressing a seminar in Lahore on Saturday, defined how a speech should be. During his speech, Justice Saqib Nisar said that he has been given a manuscript, asking his audience not to consider that it was a speech, adding that he had been told that, “a speech should be like a woman’s skirt

  • Missing boy found, handed over to parents

    January 21, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    KOHAT: The police on Saturday handed over a missing boy to his parents in Peshawar, officials said. They said that a six-year old boy Yasir, a resident of Sarband area in Peshawar, reached Lachi tehsil after he mistakenly boarded a Kohat-bound vehicle. Later, someone took the boy to the Lachi Police Station. The police started search for the heirs of the boy through

  • Czech lawmakers strip PM Babis of immunity

    January 20, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    PRAGUE: The Czech parliament on Friday stripped billionaire Prime Minister Andrej Babis of immunity as a lawmaker, allowing the police to investigate his alleged role in EU subsidy fraud from 2007. "The decision was adopted," said deputy parliament speaker Tomio Okamura in a 111-69 vote. Police have charged Babis with fraud, alleging the 63-year-old

  • 16 face prosecution in Senegal over ‘massacre’

    January 20, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    DAKAR: Sixteen people are to be prosecuted in connection with the massacre of 14 young men in Senegal’s troubled region of Casamance, a source close to the case said on Friday. The accused face charges of murder and criminal association over the January 6 killings in the forest of Bayotte. The 16 suspects, who were arrested on Sunday, also face charges

  • Kremlin ‘regrets’ Ukrainian law recognising Russian occupation

    January 20, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    MOSCOW: The Kremlin on Friday said it "regrets" a new Ukrainian law that formally recognises the conflict in the east of the country as a "temporary Russian occupation". "We regret this. Of course, Russia will remain committed to the word and spirit of the Minsk accords with other guarantor countries France and Germany, but we regret that such steps

  • WWII Soviet bomber parts found in lake near Auschwitz

    January 20, 2018 12:00 AM 1

    WARSAW: A Polish carp breeder found fragments of a Soviet bomber aircraft from World War II when he drained his lake near the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, local history buffs announced on Friday. "The discovery was made just before Christmas... He contacted us immediately," said Dagmar Kopijasz from the Foundation of Memory Sites

  • India SC lifts ban on ‘Padmaavat’

    January 19, 2018 12:00 AM

    NEW DELHI: India’s top court on Thursday overturned a ban imposed by several states on the release of a Bollywood epic about a mythical Hindu queen. The Supreme Court said the ban, which followed violent protests by members of the Hindu right who claimed the film falsely depicted a romance between the queen and a Muslim ruler, violated creative freedoms

  • Masked men set fire to Russian rights group office

    January 18, 2018 12:00 AM 4

    MOSCOW: Two masked men set fire to the office of top Russian rights group Memorial in volatile Ingushetia a week after the arrest of its director in neighbouring Chechnya, the group said on Wednesday. Computers and documents were destroyed in the attack, according to a statement on Memorial’s website. Memorial said a CCTV camera recorded the two men entering