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  • Sadr calls for ‘inclusive government’

    21 May, 2018 4:27 PM 13

    Iraqi cleric Moqtada al-Sadr called for an “inclusive” government to be formed quickly, as he sounded out the heads of key Parliament factions over a coalition after his shock election win. Mr. Sadr’s ‘Marching Towards Reform’ alliance scooped 54 seats in an upset at May 12 polls to become the biggest bloc in Iraq’s 329-seat Parliament. In a bid to jump-start

  • Palace shares family portrait and other royal wedding photos

    21 May, 2018 3:07 PM 25

    Kensington Palace has released three official wedding photographs taken of Prince Harry and the former Meghan Markle shortly after their wedding. Alexi Lubomirski’s images include a family portrait of the couple with Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, Prince William and their spouses, as well as Markle’s mother and the children who served as bridesmaids

  • Sri Lanka storms, landslides kill 5, leave 1,000 displaced

    21 May, 2018 11:08 AM 27

    Heavy rain and lightning strikes across Sri Lanka have left at least five people and displaced more than 1,000. Disaster Management Center officials said on Monday that lightning killed three people and landslides killed two others. Many parts of the country have been experiencing heavy rains since Sunday, prompting the government to issue landslide

  • Madrid blocks Catalan councillors as stand-off drags on

    21 May, 2018 10:34 AM 28

    The Spanish government on Monday recognised the powers of newly-elected Catalan leader Quim Torra but objected to his choice of councillors - some of whom are being held in custody - and refused to ratify his chosen team, official documents showed. The outcome means that Madrid will continue to impose direct rule on the northeastern region. Mr. Torra

  • Prominent historian Lewis dead

    20 May, 2018 3:53 PM 30

    Historian Bernard Lewis, whose influential books shaped generations of scholars on the West Asian region but whose views stirred fierce passions, died at an assisted living facility on Saturday, The Washington Post reported. He was 101. Mr. Lewis, who was born in London and was a long-time professor at Princeton University, was a Cold War hawk, a strong

  • Bob Dylan guitar fetches $4,95,000 at auction

    20 May, 2018 3:25 PM 28

    It played a key role in his evolution from folk music to rock. A guitar that played a key role in Bob Dylan’s artistic evolution from folk music to rock fetched a half million at auction on Saturday. The guitar, a 1965 Fender Telecaster that belonged to Robbie Robertson, Dylan’s guitarist, was used by Mr. Dylan, Eric Clapton and George Harrison, Julien’s

  • Harry weds Meghan: Images from the Royal wedding

    19 May, 2018 7:46 PM 30

    The son of British royalty and the daughter of middle-class Americans wed Saturday in a service that reflected Prince Harry’s royal heritage, Meghan Markle’s biracial roots and the pair’s shared commitment to putting a more diverse, modern face on the monarchy. The wedding was a global event, thanks to Harry’s status as a senior British royal and Markle’s

  • North Korea demands South Korea send back restaurant workers

    19 May, 2018 2:12 PM 13

    North Korea is demanding that South Korea send back 12 North Korean restaurant workers who came to the South in 2016, saying such a move would demonstrate Seoul’s willingness to improve relations. The North’s statement on Saturday came a week after Seoul said it would look more closely into the circumstances surrounding the women’s arrival following

  • Italian populists hold two days of votes on possible platform

    19 May, 2018 8:21 AM 32

    Italy’s anti-establishment 5-Star Movement has opened voting by its members on a program with the right-wing League party that could clear the way to Italy’s first populist government. Five-Star members are voting online, while backers of the League will vote on Saturday in city and town centers. Di Maio and League leader Matteo Salvini are to present

  • Skripal discharged from hospital

    18 May, 2018 3:09 PM 30

    The Ex- Russian spy, daughter taken to an undisclosed location for their safety Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal has been discharged from a British hospital, more than two months after he was poisoned with a nerve agent and left fighting for his life, health officials said on Friday. Mr. Skripal, 66, and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious in the English