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European Parliament Supports Whistle-Blower Law


BRUSSELS – The European Parliament voted in favor of an EU law to protect whistle-blowers on Tuesday, EU observer reported Wednesday. With the widespread support of 591 MEPs, the EU directive lays down rules to protect whistle-blowers from retaliation and provides them with a safe means of reporting breaches of …

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Polling Stations Close in Indonesia


JAKARTA – The presidential and parliamentary elections closed Wednesday in Indonesia after a campaign in the vast equatorial archipelago dominated by economic issues, Reuters reported Wednesday. The eight-hour vote on a country stretching more than 5,000 km between its western and eastern extremes was both a Herculean logistical feat and …

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Trump Shows “Reasonable Approach” to S-400: Turkish Minister


ANKARA – US President Donald Trump is demonstrating a reasonable attitude towards the purchase of S-400 Russian air defense systems by Ankara, Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak said on Tuesday. “During the meeting, Trump has shown a reasonable approach to the need to buy the S-400, and he may meet …

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Airstrike Kills IS Senior Leader in Somalia


XIRIIRO, Somalia – A United States airstrike killed a senior leader of the extremist rebels of the Islamic State (IS) in Somalia, involved in attacks in northern Somalia, U.S. military and a Somali official said Monday. The U.S. Africa Command said in statement that it carried out an airstrike near …

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Kartarpur Corridor: Pakistan and India Discuss Project Plan


LAHORE – The Pakistani and Indian delegations held zero-point talks to discuss the Kartarpur corridor project plan, Pakistan Today reported Tuesday. According to media reports, technical experts and foreign policy officials from both countries took part in the meeting and discussed the road map and closure. Official sources said the …

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UN Urges France to Act on ‘Dire’ Living Conditions of Refugees


NEW YORK – France must act on the “dire” living conditions of refugees and migrants sleeping rough in Calais and stop systematically evicting people from tents in violation of the right to adequate housing, the United Nation’s housing envoy has said Friday. Daily Guardian reported that Leilani Farha, the UN’s …

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Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Comes Into Force tn the UK


LONDON – British citizens traveling to terrorism hotspots will face up to 10 years in prison under a controversial new law that came into force on Friday, Reuters reported. The Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Act 2019 creates a criminal offense of entering a “designated area” overseas, in an effort to …

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Kim Jong Un Re-Elected As North Korean Leader

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PYONGYANG – Kim Jong Un has been re-elected as North Korean leader in a shakeup of the country’s ruling personnel, Sky news reported Friday. Mr Kim was again named chairman of the State Affairs Commission, the nation’s most important decision-making body. The election came at the first session of the …

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Turkey will Always Stand by Pakistan: Commander of Turkish Air Force


ISLAMABAD – Turkey will always stand by Pakistan through thick and thins, said Commander of Turkish Air Force General Hasan Kucukakyuz on Thursday. He was addressing the passing out parade of Pakistan Air Force at Asghar Khan Academy in Risalpur on Thursday. General Hasan said Pakistan and Turkey enjoy deep …

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China Agrees to Address Key EU Concerns in Snub to Trump


BEIJING – The EU and China agreed on Tuesday on a joint statement addressing key European concerns at a summit in Brussels, Euobserver said Wednesday. The EU and Chinese negotiators overcame deep divisions in an effort to show unity in protecting a rule-based multilateral trade system, as Beijing is entangled …

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