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Japan’s crown prince ‘approves’ daughter’s wedding

Japan’s Crown Prince Fumihito said he “approves” of his daughter’s long-postponed plans to marry her university boyfriend, media reports say. Princess Mako was originally set to wed non-royal Kei Komuro in 2018, a year after they announced their engagement. The palace later denied the delay was linked to his mother’s rumoured financial problems. However, the prince reiterated the money issues ...

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Biden suffers hairline fractures in foot while playing with his dog

US President-elect Joe Biden has hairline fractures in his “mid-foot” and will “likely require a walking boot for several weeks,” his doctor said in a statement on Sunday, after Biden slipped while playing with his dog, Major, on Saturday. “Initial x-rays did not show any obvious fracture, but his clinical exam warranted more detailed imaging,” Dr Kevin O’Connor said. “Follow-up ...

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8 killed, 45 hurt in attempted prison break in Sri Lanka

The death toll rose to eight on Monday in an attempted prison break from a maximum-security prison in Mahara, on the outskirts of Sri Lanka’s capital Colombo, while 45 were injured, police said. Police Spokesperson DIG Ajith Rohana told Xinhua that all those who have died were inmates, while the injured included prison guards, with some of them in critical ...

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Trump says will not ‘change my mind’ on election fraud claims

In the first TV interview since losing his re-election bid, President Donald Trump indicated Sunday that he will never concede to Joe Biden and abandon his conspiracy theory about mass ballot fraud. “It’s not like you’re gonna change my mind. My mind will not change in six months,” Trump told Fox News interviewer Maria Bartiromo. “This election was rigged. This ...

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Trump loses another election court challenge

The US state of Pennsylvania’s supreme court dismissed another legal challenge to the election by supporters of President Donald Trump on Saturday, further reducing his already near-impossible odds of overturning the results. A Republican lawsuit had sought to invalidate mail-in ballots in the battleground state that President-elect Joe Biden won by about 81,000 votes — or to throw out all ...

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Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha elected as next OIC Secy Gen

Ambassador Hussein Ibrahim Taha from Chad was elected as the new Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) for a five-year term starting from November 17, 2021. The OIC’s 57 member states elected the new secretary general by consensus at the 47th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers (CMF), which concluded its work in the Niger capital ...

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Boko Haram kills at least 43 farm workers in Nigeria: militia

Boko Haram fighters killed at least 43 farm workers and injured six in rice fields near the northeastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Saturday, an anti-jihadist militia told AFP. The assailants tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats in the village of Koshobe, the militia said. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari condemned the attack, saying: “The entire country has ...

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US election: Appeal court dismisses Trump camp’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania

A US federal appeals court has firmly rejected the Trump campaign’s attempt to block President-elect Joe Biden from being declared winner in Pennsylvania. The panel of three judges deemed the case was without merit, saying the Trump campaign had not made specific allegations or provided proof. The ruling is another major setback for President Trump in his attempts to overturn ...

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Iran says nuclear scientist killed in attack

An Iranian nuclear scientist died in hospital from wounds suffered during an attack by “armed terrorists” on Friday, the country’s defence ministry said in a statement. The scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was “seriously wounded” when assailants targeted his car before being engaged in a gunfight with his security team, the statement said. It added that Fakhrizadeh, who headed the defence ministry’s ...

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