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Ashraf Ghani to seek re-election in Afghan presidential poll

KABUL :Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office announced Saturday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country´s top job ahead of the ballot. Ghani, who was elected in a fraud-tainted poll in 2014 that was only resolved in a US-brokered power-sharing deal, is expected to present himself to war-weary voters as the candidate who can ...

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Man-eating tiger shot dead in India after massive hunt

Endangered elephants and tigers kill on average one person a day in India, according to government figures A man-eating tiger that claimed more than a dozen victims in two years has been shot dead in India, sparking controversy over the legality of its killing. One of India’s most high-profile tiger hunts in decades ended Friday night when the mother of ...

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Asia Bibi´s lawyer leaves Pakistan citing threats to his life

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani lawyer who saved a Christian woman convicted of blasphemy from the gallows left the country on Saturday, saying his life was under threat. Saif-ul-Mulook´s latest victory saw the freeing of Asia Bibi, who spent nearly a decade on death row, after the Supreme Court overturned her sentence on Wednesday. The decision sparked protests across the country, with ...

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Funeral to be held for Leicester City’s Thai owner Vichai

Buddhist monks lay tributes by a photograph of Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha outside the stadium in Leicester where his helicopter crashed moments after taking off from the pitch The elaborate funeral of Leicester City’s Thai owner and duty-free mogul Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha was set to begin at a Buddhist temple in Bangkok Saturday, with members of Thailand’s elite expected to ...

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Turkey´s Erdogan says Khashoggi killing ordered by highest level of Saudi govt

ANKARA: The order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the “highest levels” of the Saudi government, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed piece published by the Washington Post on Friday. However, he wrote: “I do not believe for a second that King Salman, the custodian of the holy mosques, ordered the hit on Khashoggi. Khashoggi, a Washington ...

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Asteroid mining startup bought by blockchain firm hoping to democratise space

A blockchain startup is hoping to get a cut of a potentially trillion-dollar industry, after it took over a space company set up to mine near-Earth asteroids. ConsenSys announced its acquisition of Planetary Resources on Wednesday, 31 October, together with its intention of “democratising and decentralising space endeavours.” The space mining startup has had some high-profile backing since forming in ...

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