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Pakistan court charges ex-premier Sharif over London flats

Nawaz Sharif. Photographer: Aamir Qureshi / AFP via Getty ImagesA Pakistani court indicted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on corruption charges related to the purchase of London flats, adding to political turmoil ahead of elections next year.The accountability court on Thursday also indicted Sharif’s daughter Maryam and his son-in-law Muhammad Safdar, ruling party Senator Raja Muhammad Zafar-ul-Haq said by phone.

Republican Tiberi to leave US Congress in January: statement

U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi (R-OH) holds a folder from a conservative group, the Ohio Liberty Coalition, as he questions outgoing acting IRS Commissioner Steven Miller at a House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service targeting conservative groups on Capitol Hill in Washington May 17, 2013. REUTERS/Jason ReedRepublican U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi announced his retirement on Thursday

A few militants fight on in Philippine city ripped to shreds

Smoke wafted from the smoldering carcasses of buildings and houses, with the dome of a mosque blasted out with holes, as Philippine troops battled Thursday to defeat a final stand by the last dozens of pro-Islamic State group militants in a southern city.The desolate war scene, witnessed by Associated Press journalists on board a navy patrol gunboat in Lake Lanao,

Puerto Rico still stumbles in the dark a month after ‘Maria’

One man climbs 24 flights of stairs several times a day alongside dormant elevators. Street vendors hawk plastic washboards for $20. And families outstretch their hands as crews in helicopters drop supplies in communities that remain isolated.This is life one month after Hurricane Maria slammed into the U.S. territory on Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm that killed at

G7 to focus on foreign fighter fallout from rout of IS

A member of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) walks through a heavily damaged street in Raqa, Syria on October 18, 2017.The threat of fresh attacks on the West by foreign fighters fleeing the fallen Islamic State stronghold of Raqa is set to dominate a G7 meeting of interior ministers in Italy.The two-day gathering, which kicked off Thursday on the Italian

Britain wants to see progress in Brexit talks in future weeks: British PM

In an apparently symbolic move, Theresa May walked into the summit room flanked by both Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron. AFP / JOHN THYSBritain seeks progress on its stalled exit negotiations with the European Union (EU) in the next few weeks, British Prime Minister Theresa May said Thursday.The British side will work with its EU partners to set out ambitious

100,000 Kurds flee Kirkuk since Iraqi army takeover: Kurdish officials

About 100,000 Kurds have fled the Kirkuk region for fear of persecution since Iraqi armed forces retook disputed territory after a Kurdish independence vote rejected by Baghdad, Kurdish officials said on Thursday.Displaced people ride in the back of a vehicle north of Kirkuk, Iraq October 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ako RasheedThe United Nations voiced concern at reports that civilians, mainly Kurds, were

The U.S. Federal judge: Immigrant teen in Texas can have abortion

U.S. District Court Tanya S. Chutkan ruled Wednesday in court in Washington, D.C, that a pregnant, undocumented teenager in custody can have access to abortion services in Texas. Photo by Wikimedia Commons/AgnosticPreachersKidsOct. 19 (UPI) -- A federal judge has ruled that a pregnant undocumented teenager in U.S. custody can have access to abortion services in Texas.In U.S. District Court in

New Zealand Labor to lead next government backed by crucial partner party

(Labour's Jacinda Ardern will become New Zealand's third ever female PM. Photo/Getty Images)The New Zealand First party has decided to side with the Labor party to form the coalition government, New Zealand First party leader Winston Peters announced here on Thursday.The decision is about to see the shift of government from the New Zealand National party, which led a minority

Fire guts iconic Myanmar teak wood hotel

Bangkok-A huge fire broke out early Tuesday atthe famous teak wood Palace Hotel in Yangon, Myanmar's largest city.Reports said the fire has razed the entire hotel, and the number of casualties remains unknown. China's embassy in Yangon immediately activated its emergency services, and has been in close contact with relevant Myanmar authorities on the status of Chinese citizens in that

Australian wine giant pledges to ramp up Chinese expansion

One of Australia's leading wine companies has promised to increase its focus on cracking the Chinese market.Michael Clarke, Chief Executive Officer of Treasury Wines, told the company's Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday night that the company would seek to widen the gap between Treasury and its competitors in China.Treasury manages the international portfolios of famous Australian winemakers Penfolds, Pepperjack

Tokyo stocks advance in morning on Wall Street's lead, softer yen adds support

Tokyo stocks advanced Thursday morning as investor sentiment was bolstered by a strong showing on Wall Street overnight, with a softer yen adding to an upbeat mood.The 225-issue Nikkei Stock Average gained 140.80 points, or 0.66 percent, from Wednesday to 21,503.85.The broader Topix index of all First Section issues on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, meanwhile, gained 8.99 points, or 0.52

Portuguese prime minister apologizes as fire death toll rises to 42

Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa apologized to the nation on Wednesday as the death toll from the weekend's forest fires rose to 42.Costa's apology came in parliament during prime minister's question time. Hugo Soares, parliamentary leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD), challenged Costa to ask forgiveness of the Portuguese people for the devastating consequences of the forest fires.Costa duly

Flood, landslide fatalities in Vietnam surge to 77

Flash floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain in Vietnam's northern and central regions since early last week have killed 77 local people.They have also left 26 local people missing, and injured 38 others, Vietnam's Central Steering Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control said on Thursday.The 77 fatalities included 26 people in northern Hoa Binh province, 17 in northern

Around 7,000 refugee children to attend school in Greece this year: ministry

Around 7,000 refugee and migrant children aged 6 to 16 years old will be attending public schools and reception facilities for refugee education (RFRE) inGreece, the Education Ministry announced on Wednesday as part of this year's educational program.The Greek government introduced last year a plan to give schooling to thousands of refugee children who have been left stranded in Greece

Kenya's election chief casts doubt on 'free, fair' poll

The head of Kenya's election commission has said that he could not guarantee next week's presidential election will be free and fair, citing interference from politicians and threats of violence against his colleagues.Wafula Chebukati's statement came hours after another commission member resigned and left the country, saying she and her staff had been repeatedly threatened."Ironically, the very people, political leaders,

Chile presidential hopeful Pinera vows to double economic growth

Chilean conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera delivers a speech during a campaign rally in Santiago, Chile September 20, 2017. Picture taken September 20, 2017. The banner reads, "Pinera president, better times". REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoChile’s conservative presidential candidate Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday promised to double economic growth and by 2025 make the country the first in Latin American to achieve “developed nation”

Security officers fired over passenger's removal from United flight

Oscar Munoz, CEO of United Airlines, takes his seat prior to a House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing on U.S. Airlines Customer Service on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. on May 2, 2017.Oct. 18 (UPI) -- Two security officers have been fired for an incident in April in which they physically removed a passenger from an overbooked United Airlines flight out

ACLU, North Carolina governor reach agreement in transgender bathroom lawsuit

A bathroom sign welcomes both genders at the Cacao Cinnamon coffee shop in Durham, North Carolina, U.S. on May 3, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan DrakeTransgender people would be allowed to use public restrooms in North Carolina that match their gender identity under a settlement agreement filed on Wednesday that aims to resolve the federal lawsuit over the state’s widely criticized bathroom law.The

EU's Tusk proposes opening internal preparations of next phase of Brexit talks

President of the European Council Donald Tusk listens at a news conference during the European Union Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, September 29, 2017. REUTERS/Ints KalninsEuropean Council President Donald Tusk on Wednesday noted promising progress in Brexit talks and said he would propose to 27 EU leaders to open internal preparations for the second phase of negotiations about ties

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