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Prabowo to challenge election result in court

Posted by on 23/07/2014
Filed under Asia, Top Stories, World

Prabowo to challenge election result in court

Prabowo to challenge election result in court

JAKARTA: The ex-general who lost Indonesia’s presidential election to Joko Widodo will challenge the result in court, his campaign team said yesterday, a move that could spell weeks of uncertainty for the world’s third-biggest democracy. Widodo, the reform-minded governor of Jakarta seen as a break from the autocratic era of dictator Suharto, was named the […]

First MH17 bodies arrive in bereft Netherlands

Posted by on 23/07/2014
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First MH17 bodies arrive in bereft Netherlands

First MH17 bodies arrive in bereft Netherlands

EINDHOVEN: The first bodies from flight MH17 arrived in the Netherlands yesterday almost a week after it was shot down over Ukraine, as the conflict flared yet again near the Malaysian airliner’s crash site. Uniformed Dutch military personnel solemnly hoisted 40 wooden coffins from two planes and placed them in individual hearses at Eindhoven airport […]

Bloodshed deepens, airlines shun Israel – Diplomatic efforts pursued on many fronts

Posted by on 23/07/2014
Filed under Middle East, Top Stories, World

Bloodshed deepens, airlines shun Israel – Diplomatic efforts pursued on many fronts

Bloodshed deepens, airlines shun Israel – Diplomatic efforts pursued on many fronts

GAZA/JERUSALEM: Gaza fighting raged yesterday, displacing thousands more Palestinians in the battered territory as US Secretary of State John Kerry said indirect truce talks between Israel and Hamas had made some progress. While pressing a 15-day-old offensive, Israel scrambled to contain economic damage from a halt of flights to Tel Aviv’s main airport by US […]

Iraqi presidential vote stalled, violence rages

Posted by on 23/07/2014
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Iraqi presidential vote stalled, violence rages

Iraqi presidential vote stalled, violence rages

BAGHDAD: Iraqi lawmakers yesterday postponed choosing a new president for their ailing country while air strikes, suicide car bombs and summary executions yielded their daily grim crop of bodies. Parliament adjourned without even broaching the election of a new head of state and agreed to meet again on Thursday, their last chance to pick a […]

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan, policeman killed

Posted by on 23/07/2014
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Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan, policeman killed

Afghanistan criticizes Pakistan, policeman killed

KABUL: The Afghan intelligence service accused Pakistan yesterday of stoking instability in the country by backing militants who stage attacks in Afghanistan. Spokesman Hasib Sediqi of the National Directorate for Security charged that recent attacks in Afghanistan were planned in Pakistan, allegedly with the support of the Pakistani military’s Inter-Services Intelligence agency, or ISI. Pakistan […]

Turkey arrests dozens of top police officers in new swoop

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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Turkey arrests dozens of top police officers in new swoop

Turkey arrests dozens of top police officers in new swoop

ANKARA: Turkish authorities yesterday arrested dozens of senior police officers in a criminal probe over alleged illegal wire-tapping and forgery, the latest crackdown on opponents of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan ahead of presidential polls. A total of 67 serving and former top police officers were arrested, prosecutors said in a statement. Most of the […]

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

World pushes for truce as Israel batters Gaza

GAZA CITY:  The UN chief and Washington’s top diplomat were holding a flurry of meetings in Cairo yesterday to push for an end to violence in Gaza that has killed more than 590 Palestinians. As the conflict entered its third week, neither side showed any sign of willingness to pull back, with Israel pursuing a […]

Crash victims’ remains reach Ukraine-held city

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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Crash victims’ remains reach Ukraine-held city

Crash victims’ remains reach Ukraine-held city

DONETSK: A train carrying the remains of many of the 298 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 arrived in a Ukrainian government-held city yesterday on the first leg of their final journey home to be reclaimed by their families. Five refrigerated wagons containing 200 body bags reached the city of Kharkiv after pro-Russian separatists agreed […]

EU ministers threaten Russia with sanctions

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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EU ministers threaten Russia with sanctions

EU ministers threaten Russia with sanctions

BRUSSELS: European Union foreign ministers threatened Russia yesterday with harsher sanctions over Ukraine, but tougher talk may not be matched by much action after France’s president signalled the disputed delivery of a warship to Moscow would go ahead. The 28 EU ministers met under growing pressure from the United States and Britain to step up […]

Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament

Cambodia opposition ends boycott of parliament

PHNOM PENH:  Cambodia’s main opposition party struck a deal yesterday with strongman premier Hun Sen to end its year-long boycott of parliament triggered by a disputed election. The Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) said it had agreed to break the deadlock and take up its seats in the National Assembly in return for a promise […]

China City ‘sealed off’ over bubonic plague

Posted by on 22/07/2014
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China City ‘sealed off’ over bubonic plague

China City ‘sealed off’ over bubonic plague

  BEIJING: A Chinese city has been sealed off and 151 people placed in quarantine since last week after a man died of bubonic plague, state media said yesterday. The 30,000 people living in Yumen in the northwestern province of Gansu are not being allowed to leave, and police at roadblocks on the perimeter of […]

Kuwait urges Ban to stop Israeli

Posted by on 21/07/2014
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Kuwait urges Ban to stop Israeli

Kuwait urges Ban to stop Israeli

KUWAIT: Kuwait called on UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon yesterday to urge the international community to put an end to the Israeli “aggression” in Gaza which has claimed more than 550 lives. The call came in a meeting between Foreign Minister Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Sabah and Ban who arrived in Kuwait on Monday in the […]

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