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British lawmakers back May, set for snap election

LONDON: British lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a “mandate to complete Brexit”. The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on June 8 …

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SC orders trial of key BJP leaders in Babri Masjid case

NEW DELHI: India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the revival of criminal conspiracy charges in the destruction of the Babri Masjid against senior BJP leaders, including L.K. Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti. Using their extraordinary constitutional powers under Article 142, a bench of Justices P.C. Ghose and Rohinton …

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Trump administration to review Iran sanctions relief: State Dept

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday he has told Congress of plans to review whether sanctions relief given to Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal was in US national security interests. The notification came as the White House certified that Iran was complying with its …

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Prince William, Lady Gaga team up on mental health

Britain’s second in line to the throne, Prince William, and American superstar Lady Gaga have teamed up to encourage people to speak more openly about mental health issues in a video released on Tuesday. The unlikely pair chat online in the video posted on Facebook and urge people to break …

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Trump calls Erdogan, seeks support in Syria

WASHINGTON: US Pres­dent Donald Trump has telephoned his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erd­ogan to congratulate him on his referendum victory and to discuss recent US missile attacks on Syria, the White House said. The brief statement issued on Monday evening underlines the US need for Turkey’s support for the Trump …

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Opposition disputes Turkey vote as EU urges probe

ANKARA: Turkey’s opposition on Tuesday demanded the annulment of a contentious referendum that approved sweeping constitutional changes boosting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s powers, claiming blatant vote-rigging had swung the result. The European Union also urged a probe into the poll fraud claims after international observers voiced concerns, but US President …

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France arrests two, days before narrowing vote

PARIS: Police arrested two men in Marseille on Tuesday on suspicion of planning an attack, just days before the first round of France’s presidential election, with bomb-making materials and guns found in searches. The foiled plot sparked fears that the closing days of the campaign could be a target for …

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Malala’s mother focuses on education

LONDON: The mother of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said she hopes to devote more time to helping others get an education in her first major interview since her daughter was shot by the Taliban for defying its ban on girls’ schooling in Pakistan. Toor Pekai Yousafzai has largely stayed out …

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Turkey opposition disputes Erdogan referendum win, monitors concerned

ANKARA: Turkey’s opp­o­sition on Monday called for the annulment of a referendum giving President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sweeping new powers, as international monitors voiced concern over the campaign and vote count. The referendum was seen as crucial not just for shaping the political system of Turkey but also the future …

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IS seeking alliance with Al Qaeda, says Iraqi vice president

BAGHDAD: The militant Islamic State group is talking to Al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on IS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information on Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable …

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