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New UK PM to be announced on July 23

London: Britain’s new prime minister, either Boris Johnson or Jeremy Hunt, will be announced on July 23, the United Kingdom’s (UK) ruling Conservative Party said Tuesday. The party, in charge of the leadership contest to replace Theresa May as Conservative Party leader and prime minister, did not indicate the timeframe for when the new Tory leader would take charge at …

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India-Pakistan clash over Nizam of Hyderabad funds in UK

London: A decades-old legal dispute between India and Pakistan over around 35 million pounds belonging to the Nizam of Hyderabad at the time of Partition in 1947 and deposited in a London bank account has reached an important stage in the UK High Court. The Nizam’s descendants, Prince Mukarram Jah – the titular eighth Nizam of Hyderabad – and his …

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Indian woman inherits son’s legacy in UAE

Dubai: A 78-year-old Indian woman has inherited her unmarried son’s legacy in the UAE eight years after his death, leaving her overwhelmed, according to a media report. Marykutty Thomas’ son 35-year-old son Shino worked in a company in Dubai with a decent salary. After his death, he left all his savings for his elder brother and mother in Kerala. Her …

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‘Urgent’ need for international probe on Khashoggi killing: fiancee

Geneva: The Turkish fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi on Tuesday appealed for an international investigation into his “premeditated” killing amid evidence of high-level Saudi involvement. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and US resident, was killed last October by Saudi agents while at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork ahead of his wedding to Hatice …

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Ailing Pakistan gets $3 billion bailout from Qatar

Islamabad/Doha: Cash-strapped Pakistan on Monday secured a bailout package of US$ 3 billion from oil-rich Qatar, a day after Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad concluded his visit to Islamabad and agreed to cooperate in the fields of trade, anti-money laundering and curbing terror financing. The Gulf state is the fourth nation that has come forward to rescue Pakistan from default …

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Bolton says Iran silence on US talks offer ‘deafening’

Jerusalem: US National Security Advisor John Bolton on Tuesday described as “deafening” Iran’s apparent silence on an offer to negotiate with Washington. “The President has held the door open to real negotiations,” Bolton told journalists in Jerusalem. “In response, Iran’s silence has been deafening,” he added. Bolton is in Jerusalem for what Israel described as unprecedented talks with his Russian …

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Bangladesh PM to visit China in July first week

Beijing: Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit China in July first week, the first trip to Beijing after her re-election, during which the Asian giant may press for speeding up of the Bangladesh-China- India-Myanmar (BCIM) economic corridor which has failed to take off. With an estimated US$ 31 billion investments, China has emerged as a major investor in Bangladesh …

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‘UK falling behind in race to engage with India’

London: The UK is falling behind in the global race to engage with India because it has failed to adjust its strategy to fit India’s enhanced influence and power on the world stage, a new UK parliamentary inquiry report concluded on Monday. ‘Building Bridges: Reawakening UK-India ties’, released to coincide with the first-ever India Day in the Houses of Parliament …

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Pompeo meets Saudi king on Iran crisis

Jeddah: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met Monday with the king of Saudi Arabia as he sought to coordinate with allies over soaring tensions with Iran. On a day trip scheduled after Iran shot down a US drone, Pompeo flew into the Red Sea city of Jeddah and met with King Salman at his palace. “You are a dear …

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US cyberattack on rocket launchers failed attempt: Iran

Tehran: The recent US cyberattack against Iranian missile control systems failed to cause any problems for Tehran, a Minister said in a tweet on Monday. “They (the American) try hard, but they haven’’t yet carried out a successful attack,” Iran’’s Minister of Information and Communications Technology Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi tweeted. According to media reports on Saturday, the Pentagon launched …

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