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    Pakistan's finance minister quits amid criticism

    Pakistan's finance minister quits amid criticism


    Pakistan's finance minister Asad Umar has stepped down, he announced, with no replacement yet named as Islamabad seeks a crucial bailout deal with the IMF. Umar, one of cricketer-turned-premier Imran Khan's most powerful ministers, had been entrusted...

    Pakistan's finance minister Asad Umar has stepped down, he announced, with no replacement yet named as Islamabad seeks a crucial bailout deal with the IMF. Umar, one of cricketer-turned-premier Imran Khan's most powerful ministers, had been entrusted with the task of negotiating the long-delayed bailout as Pak's cash-strapped economy faces a balance-of-payments crisis.
    28 killed, including Germans, in Portuguese tourist bus crash: Officials

    28 killed, including Germans, in Portuguese tourist bus crash: Officials


    Twenty-eight people, including German nationals, were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, local officials...

    Twenty-eight people, including German nationals, were killed when a tourist bus crashed on the Portuguese island of Madeira on Wednesday, local officials said.
    Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results

    Indonesia warns against unrest as Widodo rival rejects results


    While official results are not due until next month, a series of so-called "quick counts" by pollsters, which are based on samples, showed Widodo between 9-11 percentage points...

    While official results are not due until next month, a series of so-called "quick counts" by pollsters, which are based on samples, showed Widodo between 9-11 percentage points ahead.
    North Korea wants Mike Pompeo removed from nuclear talks: KCNA

    North Korea wants Mike Pompeo removed from nuclear talks: KCNA


    North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, accusing him of derailing...

    North Korea on Thursday demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington, accusing him of derailing discussions.
    North Korean claims test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'

    North Korean claims test of new weapon with 'powerful warhead'


    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday. The weapon has a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and "a powerful warhead", The official KCNA agency...

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un oversaw the testing of a new tactical guided weapon, state media said on Thursday. The weapon has a "peculiar mode of guiding flight" and "a powerful warhead", The official KCNA agency said.
    Brunei accused of 'abusive lobbying' before critical EU vote

    Brunei accused of 'abusive lobbying' before critical EU vote


    EU officials accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Brunei has drawn global condemnation from the UN, govts and celebrities...

    EU officials accused Brunei of "rude" and "abusive" lobbying against a resolution condemning the Muslim-majority sultanate for imposing the death penalty for gay sex and adultery. Brunei has drawn global condemnation from the UN, govts and celebrities for Islamic laws introduced on April 3.
    Britain must boost support for modern slaves, court rules

    Britain must boost support for modern slaves, court rules


    Survivors of modern slavery in Britain should no longer have support cut off six weeks after they are officially recognised as victims by the government, the high court ruled on...

    Survivors of modern slavery in Britain should no longer have support cut off six weeks after they are officially recognised as victims by the government, the high court ruled on Wednesday.
    France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire

    France launches global contest to replace Notre-Dame spire


    France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration...

    France on Wednesday announced it would invite architects from around the world to submit designs for replacing the spire of Notre-Dame cathedral after a devastating blaze, as the government braced for a mammoth restoration challenge.
    France to try Syrian President Assad's uncle on graft charges

    France to try Syrian President Assad's uncle on graft charges


    The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said on...

    The uncle of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is to stand trial in France on charges of building up a big property empire in the country using funds from Syrian state coffers, legal sources said on Wednesday.
    Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes

    Egypt schedules referendum on constitutional changes


    Parliament overwhelmingly approved the amendments on Tuesday. They would only extend a president's term in office from 4 to 6 years. But they include a special article specific to el-Sissi to extend his current, second term to six years and allow him to...

    Parliament overwhelmingly approved the amendments on Tuesday. They would only extend a president's term in office from 4 to 6 years. But they include a special article specific to el-Sissi to extend his current, second term to six years and allow him to run for another six-year term in 2024.
    Iran's Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US

    Iran's Rouhani says floods revealed 'vicious' nature of US


    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of...

    Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that the United States' reaction to floods that killed dozens of people had revealed Washington's "vicious" nature. At least 76 people have died after torrential rainfall which has also caused billions of dollars worth of damage since March 19.
    China's Xi, in scandal-plagued Chongqing, praises city's achievements

    China's Xi, in scandal-plagued Chongqing, praises city's achievements


    Chinese President Xi Jinping offered praise on Wednesday for what he called the achievements of the southwestern city of Chongqing, one of the country's most important cities, hit by two major graft scandals in recent...

    Chinese President Xi Jinping offered praise on Wednesday for what he called the achievements of the southwestern city of Chongqing, one of the country's most important cities, hit by two major graft scandals in recent years.
    Indonesia's 'everyman' leader on track to beat firebrand ex-general

    Indonesia's 'everyman' leader on track to beat firebrand ex-general


    Indonesia's Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island...

    Indonesia's Joko Widodo was on track to be re-elected leader of the world's third-biggest democracy as unofficial results put him in a comfortable lead over firebrand ex-general Prabowo Subianto after voting closed Wednesday across the 17,000-island archipelago.
    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir transferred to prison: Family source

    Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir transferred to prison: Family source


    Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison following his toppling by the army last week, a source from his family told AFP on Wednesday. "Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kober prison in Khartoum," the source...

    Ousted Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir has been transferred to a Khartoum prison following his toppling by the army last week, a source from his family told AFP on Wednesday. "Last night, Bashir was transferred to Kober prison in Khartoum," the source said without revealing his name for security reasons.
    Notre-Dame's precious rooster statue found 'battered' in debris

    Notre-Dame's precious rooster statue found 'battered' in debris


    A wrought copper statue of a rooster that sat atop Notre-Dame has been found "battered" in the debris of the Paris cathedral following its devastating fire, France's culture ministry said. The head of the French Builders Federation, Jacques Chanut,...

    A wrought copper statue of a rooster that sat atop Notre-Dame has been found "battered" in the debris of the Paris cathedral following its devastating fire, France's culture ministry said. The head of the French Builders Federation, Jacques Chanut, posted a picture of the restorer holding a green-coloured rooster statue in the street.