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Sultan Abdullah sworn in as Malaysia’s new king

Photo: Malaysia’s King Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah salutes next to Queen Tunku Azizah Aminah Maimunah and Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, center, during his welcome ceremony at Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. Kuala Lumpur, Jan 31 : Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah was sworn in as Malaysia’s 16th king in a ceremony at the national ...

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U.S. lawmakers move to curtail president’s power

U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation to limit the president’s power to levy import tariffs for national security reasons. The bills face an uncertain future but underscore bipartisan concerns on Capitol Hill over the rising costs of the Trump administration’s trade policies. The United States in 2018 slapped duties on aluminum and steel from other countries, drawing criticism from lawmakers ...

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At least 12 people killed as floods wreak havoc in Saudi Arabia

At least 12 people have been killed as heavy rain wreaked havoc in Saudi Arabia this week, according to the kingdom’s civil defence authority. The heavy downpours hit mainly the western and northwestern parts of the country close to the border with Jordan.   Ten people died in the northwestern city of Tabuk and one each in the holy city ...

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Saudi prince’s anti-corruption sweep ends with $106B netted

Photo: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman adjusts his robe as leaders gather for the group at the G20 Leader’s Summit at the Costa Salguero Center in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Riyadh, Jan 31 : Saudi Arabia’s unprecedented anti-corruption sweep that saw top princes, businessmen, military officers and officials detained at the Ritz-Carlton hotel has concluded after netting the government ...

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Suu Kyi’s party clashes with military over proposal to change army-drafted charter

Myanmar’s ruling party clashed with military lawmakers on Tuesday as it proposed steps towards changing the constitution, its biggest challenge in nearly three years to the army’s power over politics as enshrined in the charter. Military members of parliament, clad in green uniforms, rose to their feet and stood in silence as parliament voted to approve the first stage of ...

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3 killed as medical helicopter crashes in US

Photo: Authorities survey the scene of wreckage where a medical helicopter crashed in a remote wooded area in Brown Township, Ohio, on its way to pick up a patient, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. Cincinnati, Jan 30 : A medical helicopter crashed Tuesday in a remote wooded area on its way to pick up a patient, killing all three crew members, ...

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Asia Bibi blasphemy acquittal upheld by Pakistan court

Pakistan’s top court has rejected a challenge to the acquittal of a Christian woman on blasphemy charges. The Supreme Court upheld its decision to overturn Asia Bibi’s conviction and death sentence. She was originally convicted in 2010 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad in a row with her neighbours, and spent eight years on death row. She has ...

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Brazil mine disaster death toll rises to 58: Official

The number of people killed by the collapse of a dam at a Brazilian mining complex rose to 58, with those still missing rising to 305, civil defence officials said Sunday.   After search operations, “the number has increased to 305 people missing and 58 dead,” Minas Gerais state civil defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Flavio Godinho told reporters.  He said ...

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Collapse at Peruvian hotel kills 15 amid wedding celebration

In this photo provide by Abancay police, officers and firefighters stand by a collapsed area of the Alhambra hotel in Abancay, Peru, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. Civil defense officials say the hotel wall collapsed during a wedding celebration, killing at least 15 people. Peru, Jan 28 : A hotel wall collapsed during a wedding celebration in Peru, killing at least ...

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Thousands march through snowy streets for Serbian democracy

photo: People light torches and march during a protest against populist President Aleksandar Vucic in Belgrade, Serbia, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019. Serbia, Jan 27 : Several thousand people have marched through snow-covered streets in Serbia’s capital to protest the populist government of President Aleksandar Vucic for an eighth week. The protesters accuse Vucic of stifling hard-won democratic freedoms in the ...

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