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S. Korea president says willing to leave office early

SEOUL :(Parliament Times) South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye said Tuesday she was willing to resign early and let parliament decide her fate, a move critics said was a bid to delay impending impeachment. Park has been engulfed in allegations of influence peddling and claims that tens of millions of …

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U.S. hate incidents rise sharply after Trump win: civil rights group

WASHINGTON :The number of hate and bias incidents reported across the United States spiked in the 10 days following Donald Trump’s presidential election victory, according a report released on Tuesday by a civil rights advocacy group. The report, by the Southern Poverty Law Center, documents 867 incidents ranging from assaults …

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Yasin Malik detained for visiting victims of pellet guns

SRINAGAR : Yasin Malik, one of the leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) was detained once again as he visited victims of Indian violence in a facility. Malik paid a visit to Shupian today to meet affectees of pellet guns’ usage in the occupied valley by Indian forces. As …

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Iraqi forces try to weed out IS from those fleeing Mosul

BARTALLA : An Iraqi officer shuffled through identity cards as he sat at a battered desk by the side of the dust-blown highway heading east from the city of Mosul. Six men in dirt-spattered tracksuits huddled nearby, waiting on a concrete slab, part of the latest convoy of civilians to …

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Trump threatens to ‘terminate’ US-Cuba thaw

WASHINGTON : President-elect Donald Trump on Monday threatened to end the US thaw with Cuba unless Havana makes key concessions, potentially upending the historic rapprochement engineered by the White House, which insists the opening serves American interests. Trump’s tough comments sparked a flurry of speculation about the incoming Republican administration’s …

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Three Indian soldiers killed in attack on army base

SRINAGAR, India : Armed militants stormed a major Indian army base in occupied Kashmir early Tuesday, killing three soldiers, as tensions between the two neighbours ran high after weeks of cross-border firing. Police said four militants had also been killed in a stand-off with security forces inside the command centre …

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Experts, officials trash Trump claim of mass fraud

NEW YORK : Experts and elected officials on both sides of the political aisle on Monday dismissed Donald Trump’s claim that “millions” of Americans voted illegally on Election Day, as efforts expanded to organize recounts in swing states. The Republican billionaire’s victory on November 8 saw him clinch the crucial …

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UN says 16,000 flee east Aleppo, calls situation ‘chilling’

GENEVA :The Syrian government offensive to recapture rebel-held Aleppo sparked international alarm on Tuesday, with the UN saying nearly 16,000 people had fled the assault and more could follow. France called for an immediate Security Council session on the fighting, which has seen the army capture a third of opposition-controlled …

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Iranian vessel points weapon at US helicopter: officials

HORMUZ: A small Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard vessel pointed its weapon at a United States (US) military helicopter in the Strait of Hormuz on Saturday, two US defence officials told the Agency on Monday, an action they described as “unsafe and unprofessional.” The incident is the latest in a series …

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S. Korea president says willing to leave office early

SOUTH KOREA:South Korea’s scandal-hit President Park Geun-Hye said Tuesday she was willing to resign early and would let parliament decide her fate as leader. “I will leave the issue of my departure, including the (possible) reduction of my term in office, to a decision by the National Assembly”, she said …

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