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Thousands demand Bangladesh opposition leader’s release

Thousands of opposition supporters staged protests across Bangladesh on Monday demanding immediate release of their leader and three-time former premier Khaleda Zia, jailed early this year for graft. Zia, 73, is currently on trial on more corruption charges in a makeshift courtroom inside a 19th-century British-built prison where she is the only inmate and in failing…

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US raises pressure on Palestinians by closing Washington mission

The United States has decided to close the Palestinian mission in Washington in the latest move against them by President Donald Trump, a Palestinian official said Monday, denouncing it as a “dangerous escalation.” The closure comes as Trump seeks to force the Palestinian leadership, which has cut off contact with the White House, to negotiate as his team pursues a ...

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Sweden faces weeks of uncertainty after knife-edge election result

Sweden has woken up to the prospect of weeks of political uncertainty after the country’s two rival blocs failed to secure a clear governing majority in the general election. The poll also saw a boost for a far-right party amid growing discontent over immigration. With most of the ballots counted, the governing centre-left bloc had a razor-thin edge over the ...

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John Bolton to castigate ICC in Washington speech

The US national security adviser, John Bolton, will adopt an aggressive posture against the international criminal court (ICC), threatening sanctions against its judges if they proceed with an investigation into alleged war crimes committed by Americans in Afghanistan. The ICC must hold the US accountable for crimes in Afghanistan | Katherine Gallagher Read more Bolton is to make the announcement ...

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CBS chief quits after new sex misconduct claims and makes $20m #MeToo donation

CBS chief Les Moonves has resigned after six more women accused the long-time television executive of sexual misconduct. The resignation is effective immediately, CBS said in a statement posted on its website on Sunday night. The network did not address the allegations directly, but said Mr Moonves will donate 20 million dollars to one or more organisations that support the ...

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China accused of ‘human rights violations’ against Muslims

Beijing, Sep 10 (IANS) A rights group on Monday accused the Chinese government of conducting a mass, systematic campaign of human rights violations against Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang. The new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report comes after a UN committee last month raised alarm at the “numerous reports of detention of large numbers of ethnic Uyghurs ...

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