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Tonga’s prime minister, who nurtured democracy, dies at 78

Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva. File photo Wellington, Sep 12 : Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva, who helped wrest power from the royal family and bring greater democracy to the small Pacific island nation, died Thursday. He was 78. Pohiva died at the Auckland City Hospital at about 9 a.m. after being medically evacuated to New Zealand a day earlier, ...

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Former Indonesian President Habibie dies at age 83

Photo: In this Nov. 10, 2010, file pool photo, former Indonesian President B.J. Habibie films the crowd as he sits in the audience to hear U.S. President Barack Obama’s speech at the University of Indonesia, in Jakarta, Indonesia. Jakarta, Sep 11 : Former Indonesian President Bacharuddin Jusuf Habibie, who allowed democratic reforms and an independence referendum for East Timor following ...

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Inside Bolton’s exit: Mongolia, a mustache, a tweet

John Bolton was in Mongolia. More than 1,200 miles away, President Donald Trump orchestrated an image for the world’s front pages by becoming the first U.S. president to set foot in North Korea, shaking hands with Kim Jong Un on the north side of the demilitarized zone. The distance was telling.Bolton, a longtime critic of diplomacy with North Korea, had ...

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IMN claims police killed 12 persons during Ashura procession in Nigeria

A Nigerian Shiite organisation, Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN), said 12 of its members were killed in a nationwide crackdown on Tuesday. The Shiites were embarking on their annual religious rite, Ashura, across many states in Nigeria.The group’s spokesperson, Ibrahim Musa, in a statement Tuesday afternoon said the killings took place after attacks on Ashura mourners in Kaduna, Bauchi, Sokoto ...

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US Christian evangelical delegation meets Saudi crown prince

Photo: This photo provided by Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia , dual U.S.-Israeli national Joel Rosenberg shakes hands with Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman at a palace in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Dubai, Sept 11 : Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met Tuesday with a delegation of American evangelical Christians in the Red ...

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US to commemorate 9/11 as its aftermath extends and evolves

Americans are commemorating 9/11 with mournful ceremonies, volunteering, appeals to “never forget” and rising attention to the terror attacks’ extended toll on responders. A crowd of victims’ relatives is expected at ground zero Wednesday, while President Donald Trump is scheduled to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence is to speak at the third attack site, near ...

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31 killed in Iraq during Ashoura procession

Beirut, Sep 11 : Iraq’s state-run TV channel, citing Iraq’s Health Ministry, says the death toll from a stampede in the Shiite holy city of Karbala has climbed to 31. Another 100 people were injured in the incident which security officials told The Associated Press happened when part of a walkway collapsed during Ashoura commemorations Tuesday. The incident happened toward ...

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Climate change will make Hajj dangerous, new study warns

The Ka’bah in Makkah – ©Sultan Ahmed Following new scientific research calculating that rising temperatures will make it too dangerous for Muslims to perform their holy pilgrimage, international aid agency Islamic Relief UK is calling on the British Muslim community to take action on climate change before it is too late In a new article published by the AGU journal ...

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1 dead, 19 people injured in German hospital fire

Photo: Firefighters stay in front of the ‘Marien Hospital’ (St. Mary’s Hospital) in Duesseldorf, Germany, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Berlin, Sep 10 : Officials say one person has died and 19 more have been injured in a fire at a hospital in the western German city of Duesseldorf. City authorities said Tuesday that the fire broke out late Monday at ...

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Hong Kong leader renews appeal for dialogue with protesters

Photo: Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam, talks during a press conference at the government building in Hong Kong Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. Hong Kong, Sep 10 : Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam renews an appeal to pro-democracy protesters to halt violence and engage in dialogue, as the city’s richest man urged the government to provide a way out for ...

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