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NDA government should immediately constitute Lokpal: Mayawati

NDA government should immediately constitute Lokpal: Mayawati One of the hurdles being that the existing Lokpal says that the selection panel should have Leader of Opposition (LoP) as one of its members but there is no recognised leader of opposition in the current 16th Lok Sabha. The NDA government maintained the same stand as its predecessor, and the appointment has, as a result, been pending since then. "But, the absence of such a provision, by itself, ... [Full Article...]

French appeals court refuses extradition of ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj

French appeals court refuses extradition of ex-Kosovo PM Haradinaj After leaving the court building, Haradinaj, who is now the leader of the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo, said the court decision was a "victory for Albanians". Albanian-majority Kosovo has a population of some 1.8 million. Haradinaj is wanted in Serbia on suspicion of committing war crimes, including kidnappings and torture, when he was a guerrilla commander during Kosovo's 1998-99 independe... [Full Article...]

Afghan policemen killed as Taliban strike checkposts

Afghan policemen killed as Taliban strike checkposts Nicholson made the comments to reporters in Kabul during Jim Mattis's first trip to the country as US defense secretary, although he did not provide further details. The teamwork between the US and Afghan governments, their diplomats and their worldwide military contingents has achieved high levels of partnership, the secretary said. [Full Article...]

German soldier held for plotting terror attack

German soldier held for plotting terror attack A German soldier has been arrested because he is suspected to have posed as a Syrian refugee under a false name and planned a "false-flag" attack to discredit refugees, German media reported on Friday. Both men hail from Offenbach near Frankfurt. Police have searched the homes of the two suspects as well as their friends and workplaces, with detectives seizing "extensive material" including mo... [Full Article...]

Duterte says he won't raise sea feud win vs. China in summit

Duterte says he won't raise sea feud win vs. China in summit That became starkly apparent during the recent diplomatic scuffle over Manila's decision to dispatch top defense officials to a contested island feature in the Spratly islands. It a concern of the Philippines. It is still taking some Filipinos time to adjust to the reversal of the Aquino government's policy of constantly calling out China over the territorial dispute, a strategy which saw the ... [Full Article...]

Turkish opposition to challenge referendum at European court

Mikko also expressed disappointment that Turkish authorities were considering the re-introduction of the death penalty. The Council of Europe decision is over the crackdown on dissent in the wake of last year's coup attempt in Turkey. "The EU is closing its doors on Turkey and Turkey isn't closing its doors on anybody", Mr Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters . The EU contribution stands... [Full Article...]

BC Liberal leader says all Canadians involved in USA softwood offer balked

BC Liberal leader says all Canadians involved in USA softwood offer balked During the campaign, the Liberals revealed that the NDP received hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Steelworkers union, which has also been paying the salary of a few of the party's high-profile campaign workers. Political donations have been a key issue throughout the B.C. election campaign. The brewing trade war with the USA was a theme that came up over and over throughout the evening... [Full Article...]

Home Minister Rajnath Singh terms Chhattisgarh Naxal attack as cowardly

People shouted slogans against the central government and burnt Singh's effigy here on Wednesday. Rajnat Singh said the Maoists are trying to hamper the development activities and using the tribals as fodder. The rebels are a part of the banned Communist Party of India (Maoist) that is one of the several descendants of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist). [Full Article...]

Joint exercise held between Japanese, US carrier-based jets: ASDF

Joint exercise held between Japanese, US carrier-based jets: ASDF President Donald Trump has sent more US military assets to the region in a show of force while leaning on China to exert economic pressure on its wayward ally. They heard sobering responses. The South's Yonhap News Agency said earlier the exercise was possibly supervised by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. [Full Article...]

BC election heats up as campaign nears halfway mark

BC election heats up as campaign nears halfway mark Groups like Integrity B.C. and Democracy Watch - which has called the province's political financing rules outdated and a "system of legalized bribery" - want the province to ban union and corporate donations outright, but Clark said her party's donations were different from the NDP's. [Full Article...]

Samsung Pay lands in four more nations

Switzerland has only been conquered by Cupertino and Samsung Pay will be its prime competitor at this instant. It's also rumored that Samsung Pay will come to Turkey in the fourth quarter of 2017 (link in Turkish). That complements smartwatch functionality already in place in the US, Australia, and Singapore. It comes with three levels of security-fingerprint authentication, card tokenisatio... [Full Article...]

Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles

Korea trade after its trucks haul missiles Noting Trump's recent military actions in Syria and Afghanistan, Pence said North Korea "would do well not to test his resolve" or the resolve of U.S. He did not comment on what might have caused the missile to fail but a n official said the missile was a Scud variant that the United States calls a KN-17. [Full Article...]

27 stress they are united heading into Brexit talks

27 stress they are united heading into Brexit talks Speaking in the Bundestag, Mrs Merkel was cheered as she struck a firm tone about Germany's approach. "I have to put it in such clear terms because unfortunately I have the feeling that some in Britain still have illusions", said the chancellor, the EU's most powerful leader. [Full Article...]

Le Pen steps down as leader

Le Pen steps down as leader But Le Pen is hoping to peel away voters historically opposed to her National Front Party, long tainted by racism and anti-Semitism. France's centre-right party, seeking to rebound after the defeat of its presidential candidate, said on Wednesday it could share power with Emmanuel Macron if he is elected, as pollsters predict, on May 7. [Full Article...]

Paris Terror Attack Will 'Probably Help' Marine Le Pen in Election

Paris Terror Attack Will 'Probably Help' Marine Le Pen in Election Since the incident on the eve of France's election, it has emerged that Cheurfi was detained in February for threatening to kill police - before being freed. Mr Macron, the front runner for the presidency, said candidates in the election should avoid one-upmanship following the attack and urged France not to yield to fear, division and intimidation. [Full Article...]

Macron, Le Pen Trade Barbs in French Election Race

Macron, Le Pen Trade Barbs in French Election Race The move appears to be meant to attract a wider range of voters at the runoff elections who may not necessarily identify with the FN but may feel attracted to some of Le Pen's populist rhetoric. "I think her campaign was too laid-back". Last week, the war of words renewed as Marine Le Pen issued another attack in an interview with RMC radio, calling herself a "feminist" who had freed herself... [Full Article...]

North Korea on "Maximum Alert"

North Korea on He said the American commitment to South Korea was "iron-clad and immutable". "All options are on the table to achieve the objectives and ensure the stability of the people of this country", said Pence. North Korea could react to a potential USA strike by targeting South Korea or Japan, and officials in both countries have been ill at ease with the more bellicose language deployed by President... [Full Article...]

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US

Canadian leader responds to lumber tariffs imposed by the US And this is not the only sign of increased trade tension between the United States and Canada. The Trump administration may undertake trade actions to protect the USA semiconductor, shipbuilding and aluminum industries , citing national security concerns, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told the Wall Street Journal in an interview on Tuesday. [Full Article...]

Flynn was warned not to accept foreign government payments

Robert Kelner, Flynn's lawyer, didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "These documents raise grave questions about why General Flynn concealed the payments he received from foreign sources after he was warned explicitly by the Pentagon ", Cummings said in a statement . [Full Article...]

Turkey referendum: Electoral body to hear objections

Turkey referendum: Electoral body to hear objections President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in Sunday's closely contested national referendum in Turkey even as opposition parties and global observers pointed to irregularities in the voting that will dramatically reshape Turkish politics, jettisoning the country's parliamentary democracy and granting sweeping executive power and near absolute control to the country's president. [Full Article...]


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