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Britain’s May still in talks with DUP on power deal

  LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Sunday talks were still ongoing with the Democratic Unionist Party on seeking its support for a Conservative government after earlier saying an outline agreement had been reached. May’s Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in a humiliating election Thursday and now need ...

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Turkey says Qatar deployment aims to ensure security

 ISTANBUL: Turkey’s decision to station troops at a base in Qatar aims to ensure the emirate’s security after Saudi Arabia and its allies imposed a blockade over claims it supports terrorism, the foreign minister said Saturday. “This accord is not targeting any Gulf country,” Mevlut Cavusoglu said after meeting with ...

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Russia urges dialogue in Qatar-Gulf dispute    

 DUBAI: Russia called Saturday for dialogue to resolve a dispute between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours, as Riyadh and its allies welcomed US President Donald Trump’s demand that Doha stop funding extremist groups. Rights group Amnesty International warned of “heartbreak and fear” suffered by ordinary people caught in the diplomatic ...

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Football: Messi to skip Singapore friendly     

SINGAPORE: Superstar Lionel Messi will skip a friendly against Singapore next week for “personal reasons”, organisers said late Saturday. Gonzalo Higuain and Nicolas Otamendi will also be absent from Tuesday’s “Superclassico” match, UNICESS said in a statement. “While we share the disappointment of football fans in Singapore and elsewhere at ...

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Punjab cabinet approves privatization of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Park

  LAHORE: A meeting of the provincial cabinet presided over by Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on Saturday approved unanimously privatisation of Quaid-e-Azam Solar Power Private Limited Company. The meeting also approved setting up of the Punjab Thermal Power Company Limited for new gas power project of 1,200MW capacity and ...

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IGP for strengthening security of Chinese in the province

 KARACHI: The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Sindh A.D. Khawaja, has directed that security of Chinese and other foreigners working on development projects in the province be beefed up further. A spokesman of the Sindh police said here on Saturday that the IGP issued directive following media reports regarding kidnapping ...

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UN Ocean Conference ends with call to restore ocean health

UNITED NATIONS: The first-ever UN Ocean Conference has ended with a global agreement to “act decisively and urgently” to implement long-term and robust strategies to reverse the decline of the world’s oceans, suffering pollution, acidification, over- and illegal-fishing and a general lack of high seas governance. The bar has been ...

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British PM’s top aides quit after election disaster  

 LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s two closest aides announced their resignations Saturday after a crushing electoral setback that left her authority in tatters. Senior members of the ruling Conservative party had reportedly made the departure of Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill a condition of allowing May to stay on ...

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