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Malaysian ex-PM Najib attends 1st day of graft trial

Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Collected Kuala Lumpur, Apr 3 : Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak appeared in court Wednesday for the start of his corruption trial, exactly 10 years after he was first elected to office only to suffer a spectacular defeat last year on allegations he pilfered millions of dollars from a state investment fund. ...

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Trump says ‘100%’ ready to shut down Mexico border

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is “100 percent” prepared to close down the US-Mexico border, warning Congress and Central American governments to take action to stem the flow of migrants into the country. Delays were already rising at several key border crossings as Trump ratcheted up pressure on Democrats in Congress to toughen US laws against illegal immigrants, threatening ...

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Venezuelan judge moves to strip opposition leader’s immunity

Photo: Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed interim president, is greeted by a supporter as he leaves a meeting at a university in Caracas, Venezuela, Monday, April 1, 2019. Caracas, Apr 2 : Venezuela’s chief justice on Monday asked lawmakers to strip opposition leader Juan Guaido of immunity, taking a step toward prosecuting him for alleged crimes as he ...

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Firefighters contain fire in China’s mountains where 30 died

Photo: In this aerial photo released by Xinhua News Agency, smoke can be seen from a forest fire in Yalongjiang township of Muli County, Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province on Monday, April 1, 2019. Beijing, Apr 2 : Firefighters on Tuesday had contained a blaze high in the rugged forested mountains of western China that claimed ...

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Pakistan, India trade fire in disputed Kashmir: 7 people die

Islamabad, Apr 2 : Pakistan and India traded fire in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving seven people dead — three Pakistani soldiers, a Pakistani villager, an Indian woman and a girl and a member of the Indian paramilitary troops, officials said Tuesday. The fatalities were some of the highest since tensions flared between the rival nuclear-armed nations after ...

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4 dead in ‘multiple homicide’ at North Dakota business

Photo: Family and friends console each other at the scene near the south side of the RJR Maintenance and Management building in Mandan, N.D., Monday, April 1, 2019. Mandan, Apr 2 : Four people were found dead Monday in what police called a “multiple homicide” at a North Dakota property-management business. The bodies of three men and a woman were ...

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Kim Jong-nam murder: Vietnamese woman pleads guilty to lesser charge

A Vietnamese woman accused of killing Kim Jong-nam, the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of causing hurt by potentially deadly means.   A Malaysian court sentenced Doan Thi Huong to three years and four months in jail, starting from her arrest in February 2017.However, under Malaysian law she could be freed by May, ...

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Rainstorm hits south Nepal; PM says 25 dead, hundreds hurt

Photo: An Injured of rain storm from Bara district is being brought to a government hospital, in Birgunj, 136 kilometers (85 miles) from Kathmandu, Nepal, March 31, 2019. Officials say many people were killed and hundreds were injured by a rainstorm that swept southern Nepal on Sunday. Nepal, Apr 1 : Rescuers are struggling to reach villages in southern Nepal ...

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Erdogan loses hold over Turkish capital, Istanbul disputed

Turkey’s Tayyip Erdogan suffered a severe setback as his ruling AK Party lost control of the capital Ankara for the first time in a local election and he appeared to concede defeat in the country’s largest city, Istanbul. Erdogan, who has dominated Turkish politics since coming to power 16 years ago and ruled his country with an ever tighter grip, ...

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Liberal upstart Caputova elected 1st Slovak female president

Photo: Presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova greets with supporters after acknowledging the first preliminary results of the second round of the presidential election in Bratislava, Slovakia, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Slovakia, Mar 31 : An liberal environmental activist has been elected as the first female president of Slovakia. Relative newcomer Zuzana Caputova had 58 percent of the vote with almost 95 ...

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