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Entries for April, 2018

Pakistan foreign minister disqualified from parliament

A Pakistani court has disqualified Foreign Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif from holding public office on charges that he made omissions on a parliamentary wealth declaration, the latest blow to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party. A three-member bench of the Islamabad High Court issued the verdict in the Pakistani capital on Thursday. Asif later […]

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Turkey: 14 Cumhuriyet staff sentenced on ‘terror’ charges

A Turkish court has handed prison sentences to 14 staff of the Cumhuriyet opposition newspaper on “terrorism” charges, and acquitted three others, according to state media. The sentences for those convicted on Wednesday by the Istanbul-based court ranged from two-and-a-half years to seven-and-a-half years. Among them are renowned journalists, including investigative reporter Ahmet Sik, who […]

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Gaza toll reaches 28, Israel rejects excessive force claims

GAZA CITY: — The Palestinian death toll in last week’s mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border rose to 18, officials said, as Israel rejected allegations of unlawful use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators. More than 750 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in Friday’s protest, according to Gaza health officials, making it the bloodiest […]

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China hits the United States with tariffs on $3 billion of exports

China is showing the United States that it will make good on its trade threats. The Chinese government said that tariffs on about $3 billion worth of US imports are going into effect Monday, hitting 128 products ranging from pork, meat and fruit to steel pipes. It’s the latest move in escalating tensions between the […]

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