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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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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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US punishes 19 Russians over vote meddling and cyber-attacks

The US has imposed sanctions on 19 Russians, accusing them of interference in the 2016 US election and alleged cyber-attacks. They include 13 individuals charged last month by Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused the Russians of “destructive cyber-attacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure”. He said the sanctions would target “ongoing nefarious attacks” by Russia. The measures are being described in Washington as the strongest action taken by the Trump administration thus far against Moscow. Russia says it has already begun drawing up counter-measures. Who’s…

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Senate top slots: Counting begins after 103 votes cast

ISLAMABAD: The voting for Senate chairman and deputy chairman through secret ballot in the upper house of parliament has now completed. A total of 103 senators have cast their vote. Senate officials are now busy in counting the ballots for chairman. Shortly before the time for nomination papers submission was over, Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) leader Mushahidullah Khan announced the party will field Raja Zafarul Haq as Senate chairman and threw its weight behind Usman Kakar of Pashtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) as deputy chariman. Pakistan Peoples Party…

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Philippine president needs ‘psychiatric evaluation’: UN rights chief

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief said Friday that Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against United Nations rapporteurs, needs “psychiatric evaluation.” Listing some of Manila’s actions against UN officials, rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said “it makes one believe that the president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.” Zeid and other UN rights officials have focused significant attention on Duterte’s controversial drug war. Police have killed more than 4,100 drug suspects, but rights groups allege more than 8,000…

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Maldives’ embattled president sends foreign minister to Pakistan, seeking support

MALE: The embattled president of the Maldives has sent envoys to friendly nations such as China, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia to brief them on a political crisis in the Indian Ocean nation that spurred the imposition of a state of emergency, his office said. Abdulla Yameen left out key regional power India, which had joined Britain, the United States and the United Nations in calling for the lifting of the emergency and the freeing of two Supreme Court judges whose ruling against Yameen sparked new instability. The Maldives, best known…

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