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Revolution sweeps Armenian opposition leader into power

Posted by on 08/05/2018
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Revolution sweeps Armenian opposition leader into power

Revolution sweeps Armenian opposition leader into power

Parliament elects Pashinyan as new prime minister   YEREVAN: Opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan was elected Armenia’s prime minister yesterday, capping a peaceful revolution driven by weeks of mass protests against corruption and cronyism in the ex-Soviet republic. Moscow, which has a military base in Armenia, is wary of an uncontrolled change of power which would […]

Russia’s Putin sticks with same prime minister for a new term

Posted by on 07/05/2018
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Russia’s Putin sticks with same prime minister for a new term

Russia’s Putin sticks with same prime minister for a new term

Putin sworn in for fourth term as Russia president MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin stuck with his long-serving prime minister in his first act after being sworn in for a new term yesterday, signaling that he would keep faith with a policy direction that has brought Russia into conflict with the West. Standing in the ornately-decorated […]

EU, activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

Posted by on 06/05/2018
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EU, activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

EU, activists express outrage over police brutality, arrests in Russia

Nearly 1,600 protesters including opposition leader detained MOSCOW: Foreign governments and rights activists yesterday expressed outrage over mass arrests in Russia and the brutality with which protests were broken up on the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration. The European Union slammed “police brutality and mass arrests” after nearly 1,600 protesters including opposition leader Alexei Navalny […]

Opposition leader Navalny detained at anti-Putin rally

Posted by on 05/05/2018
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Opposition leader Navalny detained at anti-Putin rally

Opposition leader Navalny detained at anti-Putin rally

More than 1,000 protesters detained nationwide MOSCOW: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained along with more than a thousand of his supporters yesterday during nationwide rallies against Vladimir Putin as police used force to break up rallies in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. Riot police beat protesters with truncheons, dragged them along the ground and […]

Britain backs French plan for European defense force

Posted by on 05/05/2018
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Britain backs French plan for European defense force

Britain backs French plan for European defense force

Initiative to help maintain defense ties with EU after Brexit SOFIA: Britain is backing a French plan to create a European military intervention force as a way to maintain strong defense ties with the EU after Brexit, a minister said yesterday. British junior defense minister Frederick Curzon said London was “very keen to support” French […]

‘Day of disobedience’ Armenians protest

Posted by on 02/05/2018
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‘Day of disobedience’ Armenians protest

‘Day of disobedience’ Armenians protest

YEREVAN: Armenian protesters blocked roads in and around the capital yesterday, responding to a call from opposition leader Nikol Pashinyan for a campaign of civil disobedience to force the ruling elite to relinquish its grip on power. Ex-Soviet Armenia is locked in a political crisis after the ruling party, severely weakened after days of protests […]

How old is Big Ben? The trivia Meghan Markle must know to become British

Posted by on 01/05/2018
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How old is Big Ben? The trivia Meghan Markle must know to become British

How old is Big Ben? The trivia Meghan Markle must know to become British

Would-be citizens must take quiz about life in UK   LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle will join Britain’s royal family when she marries Prince Harry this month but before she can become a British citizen, it will help her to know how big the Lake District is and the age of “Big Ben”. Markle plans […]

May picks Javid as home minister after Rudd quits

Posted by on 30/04/2018
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May picks Javid as home minister after Rudd quits

May picks Javid as home minister after Rudd quits

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed a former banker of South Asian origin as interior minister yesterday, trying to draw a line under an immigration scandal threatening her authority as she negotiates Brexit. Sajid Javid, the son of immigrants from Pakistan, replaces Amber Rudd, who quit as Home Secretary after acknowledging she had “inadvertently […]

Gang rape acquittal fires up the feminist movement in Spain

Posted by on 28/04/2018
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Gang rape acquittal fires up the feminist movement in Spain

Gang rape acquittal fires up the feminist movement in Spain

MADRID: Spain’s feminist movement is pushing for changes to the law after a court acquitted five men of gang raping an 18-year-old woman at Pamplona’s bull-running festival. Protesters have filled streets across the country in response to appeals from women’s groups, leading Spain’s conservative government to announce it will consider changing rape laws.   The […]

Press freedom around the world under threat

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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Press freedom around the world under threat

Press freedom around the world under threat

Turkey – the world’s biggest jailer of journalists   PARIS: Press freedom around the world is under threat from a triple whammy of US President Donald Trump, Russia and China’s bid to crush all dissent, a watchdog said yesterday. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) warned that a “climate of hatred and animosity” towards journalists combined with […]

France and US clash with Iran over changing nuclear accord

Posted by on 25/04/2018
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France and US clash with Iran over changing nuclear accord

France and US clash with Iran over changing nuclear accord

Iran President rejects any new nuclear deal   WASHINGTON: The leaders of the United States and France call for a new deal curbing Tehran’s nuclear program, but Iranian President Hassan Rouhani swiftly rejected their demands and the EU insisted the current agreement must stay. The appeal from two of the signatories to the landmark 2015 […]

All-male no more: London Parliament Square gets first statue of a woman

Posted by on 24/04/2018
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All-male no more: London Parliament Square gets first statue of a woman

All-male no more: London Parliament Square gets first statue of a woman

Statue of suffragist Millicent Fawcett unveiled   LONDON: A statue of 19th century British feminist leader Millicent Fawcett was unveiled in London’s Parliament Square yesterday, the first monument honoring a woman in a public space previously occupied by 11 statues of men. Fawcett led campaigning for women to be given the vote in Britain, and […]