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Malaysians rally to demand reform, PM’s ouster

 Razak under fire for corruption allegations Kuala Lumpur: Tens of thousands of Malaysians marched in a massive anti-government rally here on Saturday demanding the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Razak following weeks of simmering anger over corruption allegations against the premier. Online reports said there were at least 40,000 protesters in the rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur. Unfazed by hundreds of police which had [Full Article...]

Trump attacks Clinton’s aide amid email saga

Washington: Billionaire Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has attacked the Indian- American aide of Hillary Clinton amid an email controversy surrounding the frontrunning Democrat. Trump continued his attacks on Clinton at a Massachusetts fundraiser last night, saying the former Secretary of State has “some very big problems” with her email server. The real estate mogul took things a step further by attacking longtime Clinton [Full Article...]

Pak bans Islamic State militant group

Islamabad: Pakistan has banned the Islamic State militant group that has overrun vast stretches of Iraq and Syria after repeatedly denying the dreaded outfit’s presence within its territory. “The Islamic State or Daesh has been banned in Pakistan,” an Interior Ministry official said today. The decision was taken on recommendation of the Foreign Office, which regularly updates the Pakistan government about international militant groups [Full Article...]

US to provide attack helicopters to Pak: Report

Islamabad: The US has decided to provide Ah-1Z Viper attack helicopters to Pakistan to sharpen up its counter-terrorism efforts, a media report said on Saturday. The Department of Defence has already awarded nearly USD 58 million in contract to Bell Helicopter for providing the choppers to Pakistan as part of a larger USD 581 million deal, most of which goes to the American Navy, [Full Article...]

Lanka seeks shift from focus on human rights

Colombo:  Sri Lanka has asked the world community not to focus just on the human rights issue in the country, saying it has already launched a process to ensure justice for all communities and promote reconciliation with minorities. Addressing the Colombo-based diplomatic community, Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera said, “This process is already underway”. He said that for far too long now, Sri Lanka’s relationship [Full Article...]

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Hong Kong diamond thief swapped stone for fake: police Hong Kong: A thief swapped a USD 220,000 diamond with a fake at a luxury jewellery store in Hong Kong, police said today, as the city wrestles with an uptick in shop theft. The diamond, valued at around 1.7 million Hong Kong dollar (USD 219,000), was taken by a man in his 30s yesterday from [Full Article...]

Boat packed with migrants sinks off in Libya

200 feared dead till now TRIPOLI:  A boat packed with mainly African migrants bound for Italy sank off the Libyan coast and officials said up to 200 might have died. A security official in the western town of Zuwara, from where the overcrowded boat had set off, said there had around 400 people on board. Many appeared to have been trapped in the hold [Full Article...]

Arrest warrant issued in second Bangkok explosion

Bangkok: An arrest warrant has been issued for an unidentified suspect over an explosion that took place at a pier in Bangkok a day after 20 people were killed at a shrine in the Thai capital, police said on Friday. “The Southern Bangkok Criminal Court approved an arrest warrant against a man of unknown nationality over the second blast based on CCTV footage,” national [Full Article...]