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Take pledge to root out BJP in Rajasthan: Congress leader Dudi to farmers

JAIPUR Senior Congress leader Rameshwar Dudi on Sunday asked farmers to take a pledge to vote the BJP out of power in the upcoming Rajasthan assembly election. He said the Vasundhara Raje-led BJP government had betrayed farmers by not waiving their loans. “Farmers are committing suicides as they are being suppressed by the government,” Dudi, Leader of Opposition in Rajasthan assembly, …

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War unlikely but Iran armed forces must boost defense capabilities: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei

DUBAI Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday war was unlikely but called on Iran’s armed forces to boost their defense capacities, according to his official website, as the country faces increased tension with the United States. On Saturday, Iran announced plans to boost its ballistic and cruise …

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‘Without evidence’: Baghdad refutes Reuters report of Iran moving missiles to Iraq

BAGHDAD Iraq’s Foreign Ministry said on Sunday it was “astonished” at a Reuters report that Iran had moved missiles to Iraq and that the article was “without evidence”, but stopped short of denying its contents. “Iraq is not obliged to respond to media reports that lack tangible evidence backing up …

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Iraq Shi’ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr rejects sect-based ‘quota’ system in Parliament

BAGHDAD (IRAQ) Prominent Iraqi Shi’ite cleric and politician Moqtada al-Sadr on Saturday announced his refusal to establish the government in Iraq based on “quota” system. In a post on its official Twitter account, al-Sadr said: “We will not go back to the beginning. We will never return to the sects, …

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Iran parliament drops plan to impeach education minister

TEHRAN Iran’s parliament called off a planned vote to impeach the education minister on Sunday, Iranian media reported, offering some respite for the embattled government of President Hassan Rouhani. Twenty-nine lawmakers signed a motion last Wednesday to impeach the minister, Mohammad Bathaei, but all of them withdrew their signatures. “Given …

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Long reach of US sanctions hits Syria reconstruction

BEIRUT As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad attempts to turn military success into postwar reconstruction, Western sanctions are a major obstacle that could scare off foreign companies. Syria has suffered immense physical destruction, while millions of workers have fled, been conscripted or killed. A U.N. agency estimates the war has cost …

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13-year-old from New Mexico compound says he was trained by mother’s boyfriend for ‘jihad’

TAOS, NEW MEXICO (US) A 13-year-old boy who was part of group taken into custody at a squalid New Mexico compound last month has told FBI agents his mother’s boyfriend was training him to conduct “jihad” against non-believers, according to federal court documents. The boy was among 11 children and …

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Chinese billionaire Liu Qiangdong arrested in US over sexual misconduct allegations

WASHINGTON Chinese e-commerce billionaire Liu Qiangdong — also known as Richard Liu — was briefly arrested in the midwestern US city of Minneapolis over allegations of criminal sexual conduct, authorities said. Records from Hennepin County Jail showed Liu, founder and CEO of Chinese online retail giant JD.com, was arrested over …

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Justice Tahira Safdar sworn-in as Pakistan’s first ever woman High Court chief justice

ISLAMABAD Justice Tahira Safdar was sworn in as the first woman chief justice in Pakistan’s Balochistan High Court on Saturday. She is the first woman ever to take the position of a chief justice in a Pakistan high court, the Dawn reported. She was sworn in at a ceremony held at the Governor House in Balochistan. Senior judges and lawyers were present during the ceremony. Safdar …

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