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Bid to prosecute Aung San Suu Kyi while she visits Australia rejected

SYDNEY: Myanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi has immunity from prosecution, Australia’s attorney general said Sunday after a legal bid was launched to hold her responsible for “crimes against humanity”. A group of five Australian lawyers have filed a private application in the Melbourne Magistrates Court seeking to prosecute her over the treatment of the Muslim-minority Rohingya. It coincides with the Nobel laureate attending a special summit of Southeast Asian leaders in Sydney. Nearly 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since authorities launched a…

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Donald Trump berates Mueller’s ‘biased’ Russia inquiry

Donald Trump has attacked special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US presidential election he won in 2016. He tweeted that the inquiry was unfair – and reiterated there had been “no collusion” between his election campaign and Russia. He added that it was dominated by “hardened Democrats” and supporters of his defeated opponent Hillary Clinton. Mr Mueller, a highly regarded former head of the FBI, is a Republican. The president’s comments came a day after his lawyer, John Dowd, said it was time for the special…

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Diplomatic standoff: Envoy ‘won’t return to India till ties improve’

In a development reminiscent of the 2002 standoff, Pakistan has decided not to send its high commissioner back to New Delhi until the overall situation improves and Indian secret agencies stop harassing its diplomatic staff and their families. “Our high commissioner will not return to India anytime soon,” said a senior foreign office official just hours after Sohail Mahmood returned from New Delhi on Friday. Initially, it was thought that he would return to New Delhi after consultations with relevant authorities on the continued harassment and bullying of Pakistani diplomatic…

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US seeking ‘supplemental’ Iran deal with European powers

VIENNA: The US and European powers have had “very good” discussions towards agreeing a “supplemental” accord beyond the Iran nuclear deal by May 12, a senior US official said on Friday. President Donald Trump said in January that the 2015 deal between Iran and major powers must be “fixed” by May 12 or the United States will walk away. Senior State Department official Brian Hook said on Friday after talks in Berlin and Vienna that Trump wants to reach a “supplemental” deal with the European signatories to the agreement by…

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NSA Janjua in Kabul to discuss security issues with Afghan leadership

National Security Adviser (NSA) Lt Gen (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua arrived in Kabul on Saturday on a day-long visit to Afghanistan, Radio Pakistan reported. Janjua will hold talks with his Afghan counterpart Haneef Atmar on bilateral relations and regional security issues, as well as a host of other matters of national interest. He is visiting Afghanistan on a special invitation from the Afghan NSA. During his visit, Janjua will also meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah  and NDS chief. “Both sides will work together and chalk out a way forward…

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PTI seeks resignation of Dar, Kulsoom Nawaz

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has demanded resignations from MNA Kulsoom Nawaz and Senator Ishaq Dar for not being able to be sworn in as parliamentarians. According to a statement issued by the party’s Central Media Department, PTI has written to Speaker National Assembly and Chairman Senate seeking resignation of Kulsoom Nawaz and Ishaq Dar. The letter was written by Central Secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry, which states that both Kulsoom Nawaz and Ishaq Dar had failed to fulfill legal requirement “for the winning candidate to take an oath in the National…

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Genuine parties, people to ensure free, fair polls, says Sharif

ISLAMABAD:  Responding to the top judge’s recent remarks that the Supreme Court will play its role to ensure free and fair elections this year, the deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif has said all the ‘genuine parties’ and people will play their role to ensure that the upcoming elections are free and fair. “Our party [the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz], all genuine parties as well as the people of Pakistan will play their role for free and fair elections on time. We will do whatever we can to guarantee that,” Sharif…

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Bilawal to contest from Larkana in upcoming elections

KARACHI: President of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)’s Sindh wing Nisar Ahmed Khuhro announced that Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will be contesting the upcoming general elections from NA-200 in Larkana. The constituency comprises of Larkana city, Ratodero Taluka and areas that fall under the limits of Aqil town. “We challenge all opposition parties to field their candidates against Bilawal,” Khuhro said. This constituency was previously known as NA-207 from where Bilawal’s mother Benazir Bhutto used to contest the polls. PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardar’s sister Faryal Talpur won this seat in…

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Slovakia protests: 65,000 join Bratislava anti-government protests

About 65,000 people have attended anti-government protests held in Slovakia for the third consecutive week. Outrage over the killing of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova prompted Prime Minister Robert Fico to resign on Thursday. But demonstrators say Mr Fico will continue to exercise power and are calling for early elections. Mr Fico said his coalition government had a mandate to serve its full four-year term, which ends in 2020. Mr Kuciak was investigating alleged political corruption linked to Italian organised crime. His final unfinished story was published…

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