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Polls open in 1st phase of India’s lengthy general election

Photo: Indians stand in queues to cast their votes at a polling booth for the first phase of general elections, near Ghaziabad Thursday, April 11, 2019. New Delhi, Apr 11 : Polls opened Thursday in the first phase of India’s general elections, seen as a referendum on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party. A festive spirit prevailed ...

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Fire at Bangkok mall complex kills 2, forces big evacuation

Photo: Rescue workers and mall staff try to control crowds at the scene of a fire outside the Central World mall complex in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Bangkok, Apr 11 : A fire at one of Bangkok’s biggest mall complexes spread smoke over the city’s central commercial district, caused a large evacuation during the Wednesday evening rush and ...

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New Zealand’s new gun laws get final assent to take effect

New Zealand’s governor general on Thursday formally signed into effect sweeping gun laws outlawing military style weapons, less than a month after a man used such guns to kill 50 people and wound dozens at two mosques in Christchurch. Governor General Patsy Reddy signed the bill as police said a gun buyback program will be announced to collect the now-banned ...

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Malaysia former first lady hit with fresh corruption charge

Photo: Rosmah Mansor, center, wife of former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, walks into courtroom at Kuala Lumpur High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Kuala Lumpur, Apr 10 : The wife of Malaysia’s former Prime Minister Najib Razak was hit Wednesday with a new corruption charge over a solar energy contract. Rosmah Mansor pleaded not guilty ...

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Sudanese activists: 7 more killed in clashes with police

Activists behind anti-government demonstrations in Sudan say security forces have killed at least seven people, including a military officer, in another attempt to break up a sit-in outside the military headquarters in the capital. Sarah Abdel-Jaleel, spokeswoman for the Sudanese Professionals Association, says clashes erupted early on Tuesday between security forces and protesters who have been camping out in front ...

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Malaysia’s Mahathir says anti-fake news laws could be abused

Photo: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, right, shakes hands with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after a press conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Putrajaya, Apr 9 : Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday defended Singapore’s proposed law to fight “online falsehoods,” but his Malaysian counterpart Mahathir Mohamad warned that anti-fake news laws were a double-edged ...

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Netanyahu’s challenger urges Israelis to vote for ‘new dawn’

Photo: Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, right, casts his vote with his wife Revital Gantz left, and former Israeli Chief of Staff Benny Gantz during Israel’s parliamentary elections in Rosh Haayin, Israel, Tuesday, April 9, 2019. Jerusalem, Apr 9 : Israeli voters began casting ballots Tuesday in parliamentary elections that will determine whether longtime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ...

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Nxivm: Actress Allison Mack pleads guilty in ‘sex cult’ case

Appearing in Brooklyn federal court, Mack pleaded guilty to racketeering and racketeering conspiracy charges related to the suspected sex cult Nxivm.   In a statement,Mack admitted to recruiting women by telling them they were joining a female mentorship group.  “I must take full responsibility for my conduct”, she said.   Mack, known for the US television series Smallville, is one ...

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Iranian lawmakers convene with chants of ‘Death to America’

Photo: An Iranian clergyman looks at domestically built surface to surface missiles displayed by the Revolutionary Guard in a military show marking the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran. Tehran, Apr 9 : Chanting “Death to America,” Iranian lawmakers convened an open session of parliament Tuesday following the White House’s decision to ...

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Kirstjen Nielsen: US Homeland Security chief resigns

The US Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, who enforced some of President Trump’s controversial border policies, has resigned.   Ms Nielsen called it “an honour of a lifetime” to work in the department.President Trump tweeted she would be temporarily replaced by Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. Ms Nielsen was responsible for implementing the proposed border wall and ...

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