Norway parliament fails to protect Afghans from horrors of war

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KABUL: The Norwegian parliament’s decision on Thursday to reject a proposal to place a temporary halt on returning people to Afghanistan is a devastating blow to Afghan asylum-seekers in Norway, and demonstrates a disturbing disregard for the lives of people fleeing war and persecution, Amnesty International said in a statement. The parliament also rejected a proposal that would mean more ...

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Crunch time for Merkel to build coalition or face new polls


BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel resumed complex coalition talks on Saturday in a last-ditch effort to forge a government and avert a political crisis in Europe’s biggest economy. The veteran leader, in power since 2005, won a September 24 vote without a clear majority for her conservative CDU/CSU bloc, largely because of the rise of the far-right Alternative for Germany ...

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Saudi Arabia arrests 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, dozens of ministers


This file photo taken on May 11, 2017 shows Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal speaking during a press conference in Jeddah. ─ AFP Saudi Arabia arrested 11 princes, including a prominent billionaire, and dozens of current and former ministers, reports said, in a sweeping crackdown as the kingdom’s young crown prince consolidates power. Separately, the head of the Saudi National ...

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Putin visits Tehran for talks on Syria, nuclear deal

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Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin during their meeting at the Saadabad Palace.─AP Russian President Vladimir Putin met Iran’s leadership on Wednesday in Tehran as the two Damascus allies push a Syria peace plan and the Kremlin offers its backing for a landmark nuclear deal facing US opposition. Putin ─ on his first visit to ...

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Spanish PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace.─AFP Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded on Wednesday that the Catalan leader clarify whether he has declared independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind the province’s autonomy if he has. He said the Catalan government’s response ...

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German conservative parties say they agree on migrant limit


GERMANY: Christian Democratic Union of Germany, Christian Social Union say they want to limit the annual migrants to 200,000. Germany’s conservative parties said on Monday that they have agreed on a law limiting the number of migrants allowed to enter the country every year though parliament has the power to change the figure in the future. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party ...

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Macron, Merkel and May: Europe is getting very complicated


French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British PM Theresa May at the EU summit in Brussels, Belgium on June 22.— Reuters EUROPE is getting very complicated. And even more confusing than usual. But there’s no doubt that after years of political paralysis and economic stagnation, the continent is on the move again, with no dull moment. So ...

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German Election 2017: ‘Eternal Chancellor’ Angela Merkel wins fourth term

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German Chancellor and Christian Democrats party (CDU) leader Angela Merkel (R) leaves the stage after speaking during an election night event at the CDU party’s headquarters in Berlin during the general election on September 24, 2017. —AFP Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched a fourth term in Germany’s election on Sunday, but her victory was clouded by the hard-right AfD party winning ...

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Bangladesh PM says Myanmar must take back Rohingya


Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has issued a new call for Myanmar to take back some 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled violence in the Buddhist-dominated country. Hasina, speaking to Bangladeshi activists in New York where she is attending the United Nations General Assembly, also called for greater international pressure on Myanmar over the new crisis which has unfolded in the past three weeks, ...

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Death toll in 7.1 magnitude Mexico quake surges to 224


The death toll from a powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico on Tuesday has surged to 224 people, including 117 in the capital, said Interior Minister Miguel Osorio Chong. The dead included at least 21 children crushed beneath a primary school that collapsed on Mexico City’s south side during the 7.1-magnitude quake, authorities said. Dozens of buildings tumbled into mounds of ...

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