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Sri Lanka probes corruption at national carrier

Sri Lanka has ordered a corruption investigation at its national carrier, including the controversial termination of a management deal with Emirates airline, the government said Saturday. President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed a five-member panel to investigate the financial transactions of Sri Lankan airlines from 2006 to 2008, when the deal with Emirates was ended, a statement from his office said. ...

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Battles kill 9 militant, wound 18 in eastern Afghanistan

At least nine insurgents have been killed and 18 others including nine Afghan security personnel injured in the eastern Ghazni province during government forces’ operations against Taliban, a provincial government spokesman said Saturday. According to Aref Nuri, the operations have inflicted huge casualties to the militants and nine insurgents have been killed and 18 others, including nine militants and nine ...

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Pak minister shoots wife thrice before killing self: Police

Pakistani provincial minister Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani, who was found dead in his house along with his wife, first killed her and then committed suicide with the same weapon, police said yesterday. Bijarani and his wife Fariha Razak were found dead on Thursday at their residence in Karachi. Police suspect a domestic dispute to be the cause behind the incident, NDTV reports quoting ...

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Iran arrests 29 women as headscarf protests intensify

Tehran police have arrested 29 women for appearing in public without a headscarf as protests against the dress code in force since the Islamic revolution of 1979 intensify, Iranian media reported Friday. Those arrested were accused of public order offenses and referred to the state prosecutor’s office, the Fars, ILNA and Tasnim news agencies reported without elaborating. Chief prosecutor Mohammad ...

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Saudi crown prince’s UK visit will throw spotlight on ties and tensions

The powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, is set to meet senior royals on a visit to London this month that will give him a chance both to present himself as his country’s modernising face and experience British protests over Saudi Arabia’s human rights record and its conduct in the three-year Yemen civil war. The visit, already announced in ...

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Calais migrants: Five shot in mass brawl

At least five migrants have been shot during a mass brawl between Afghans and Eritreans in the French port city of Calais, local officials say. A 37-year-old Afghan man is suspected of firing shots at a queue for food handouts. Four Eritreans aged between 16 to 18 are in a critical condition. Hundreds of migrants have converged on the area ...

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Trump memo: Ryan plays down impact on Russia inquiry

A top US Republican, House Speaker Paul Ryan, has played down the potential impact of publishing a memo about FBI activities during the 2016 election.   President Donald Trump is expected to approve releasing the secret memo, which suggests the FBI abused its powers to spy on one of his aides.   Mr Ryan denied the memo was aimed at ...

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Five dead after two army helicopters crash in France

Five people have died after two army helicopters crashed near a lake in south eastern France. The crash occurred at 10.15 on Friday morning between the towns of Cabasse and Carces in the Var department of southern France, 50 kilometres from Saint Tropez. “The helicopters collided. There were three crew in one and two in the other. All are dead,” ...

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90 migrants feared dead in boat capsize off Libya: UN

At least 90 people were feared dead on Friday in the latest migrant tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya, the UN migration agency said. “At least 90 migrants are reported to have drowned, when a boat capsized off the coast of Libya this morning”, the International Organization for Migration said in a statement, adding “that 10 ...

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US President Trump to host Australian PM Turnbull this month

US President Donald Trump is set to host Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the White House on February 23 to “celebrate 100 years of mateship” according to a statement issued Thursday. The pair held an infamously bad-tempered telephone call early on in Trump’s presidency, when the US leader reportedly exploded and hung up after he was told about a ...

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