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Putin 4.0 to launch amid crackdown on opposition

Vladimir Putin will on Monday be inaugurated for his fourth Kremlin term under the shadow of hugely strained ties with the West and a crackdown on the opposition, with Alexei Navalny and hundreds more detained at the weekend. Opposition leader Navalny was held along with nearly 1,600 of his supporters ...

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Russian police detain Navalny supporters during anti-Putin rallies

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny takes a selfie with protestors during an opposition rally to demand internet freedom in Russia in central Moscow on April 30, 2018. Photo: AFP Russian police on Saturday detained several dozen supporters of opposition leader Alexei Navalny as nationwide protests kicked off on the eve ...

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Polls open in Lebanon’s first general election in nine years

A man casts his vote at a polling station during the parliamentary election, in Sidon, Lebanon May 6, 2018. Photo: Reuters Polling booths opened in Lebanon on Sunday for the country’s first parliamentary election in nine years, a period marked by stretches of political paralysis and war in neighboring Syria. ...

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PM May defies expectations in England local elections

British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party fared better than expected in local elections in England as the final results were announced early Saturday, in her first test at the polls since losing her parliamentary majority last year. The centre-right party held on to key London councils despite a big ...

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Dust storms in India kill at least 97 people

At least 97 people were killed in strong dust storms that swept across northern India, officials said Thursday. Winds of more than 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour ravaged parts of northern Uttar Pradesh and western Rajasthan states late Wednesday. Most of the victims were hit by falling walls, trees and ...

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Young girl’s rape triggers more angry protests in India

FILE PHOTO: A woman holds a placard during a protest against the rape of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua near Jammu, and a teenager in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh state, in Kolkata, India, April 19, 2018. REUTERS Protests erupted in southern India over the rape of a nine-year-old girl, as anger ...

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Taliban fighters seize district in northern Afghanistan

Members of the Taliban stand at the site of the execution of three men in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, April 18, 2015. REUTERS Taliban fighters seized a district in Afghanistan’s remote northern province of Badakhshan after several days of fierce fighting, officials said on Friday, as the insurgents pushed forward their ...

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Afghan forces say foil attacks on government building, hospital

Afghan security forces arrive at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan March 21, 2018. REUTERS Afghan security forces arrested seven suspected militants who were planning to attack a government-run hospital and an interior ministry office in the capital Kabul on Thursday, officials said. The arrests come two ...

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