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General election 2017: who is saying what

The manifestos for the general election are not out yet – while we wait, lets see what the main political parties are saying on most hot issues of the country. Europe: The Lib Dem manifesto will include a commitment to another EU referendum on ...

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JIT begins probe into graft allegations against Pak PM

The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) formed by Pakistan’s Supreme Court to probe graft allegations against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family in the Panama Papers case began its work on Tuesday with an informal meeting in Islamabad. The apex ...

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Buddha’s birthplace faces serious air pollution threat

The historic site of Buddha’s birthplace in Nepal faces a serious threat from air pollution, scientists and officials have warned. Recent data collected from air quality monitoring stations in five places across the country show Lumbini is highly polluted. The ...

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Liberal Moon Jae-in wins South Korea presidency polls

South Korean voters have overwhelmingly chosen the liberal candidate Moon Jae-in as their next president, an exit poll suggests. It put Mr Moon on 41.4%, with his nearest challenger, conservative Hong Joon-Pyo, on 23.3%. Mr Moon favours greater dialogue with ...

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Belgium’s largest region bans halal, kosher meat

Islamic halal and Jewish kosher rituals require that the animal be slaughtered with a swift slit of the throat Belgium’s Wallooon region has voted to ban halal and kosher meats by outlawing the slaughter of unstunned animals. The environment committee ...

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Obamacare is dead

President Donald Trump has declared Obamacare “dead” after the Republican healthcare bill was narrowly passed by the lower chamber of Congress. The 217-213 vote marked his first legislative victory and goes some way to keeping a key campaign promise to ...

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Macron condemns ‘massive’ hacking attack as documents leaked

The campaign of French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron says it has been the target of a “massive hacking attack” after a trove of documents was released online. The campaign said that genuine files were mixed up with fake ones in ...

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More than 50 miners trapped in explosion in Iran

A large explosion has struck a coal mine in northern Iran, trapping dozens of miners and killing at least two. Ambulances, helicopters and other rescue vehicles raced to the scene in Iran’s northern Golestan province as authorities worked to determine ...

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Turkey sacks 4,000 more officials in coup-bid crackdown

The Turkish government has sacked almost 4,000 more public officials in what appears to be the latest purge related to a failed coup last July. They include more than 1,000 justice ministry workers, a similar number of army staff and ...

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Major, major conflict with North Korea possible: Trump

US President Donald Trump says a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programmes, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. “There is a chance that we could end ...

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