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Netanyahu looks to form right-wing government after victory

by Mike Smith JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to form a right-wing governing coalition on Thursday after securing victory in a high-stakes Israeli election despite a strong challenge from a centrist alliance. The results from Tuesday’s …

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Reso rebuking calls of some US lawmakers for De Lima, Ressa to be released filed before PHL Senate

(Eagle News)–A resolution rebuking two US resolutions calling for the release of Senator Leila de Lima and Rappler executive editor Maria Ressa has been filed before the Philippine Senate. The resolution, which also calls out US Senators Marco Rubio of …

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N. Korea urges ‘telling blow’ to forces imposing sanctions: KCNA

SEOUL, South Korea (AFP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has struck a defiant note over his failed summit with US President Donald Trump in Hanoi and insisted Pyongyang would overcome the effect of sanctions, state media reported Thursday. …

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Modi favorite as India’s incredible election begins

by Simon STURDEE India’s gargantuan election, the biggest in history, kicks off on Thursday with Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a second term from the South Asian behemoth’s 900 million voters. Opinion polls put Modi, 68, as the favourite but …

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Iran orders over 60,000 to evacuate flood-hit oil city

by Amir HAVASI AHVAZ, Iran (AFP) — Authorities ordered tens of thousands of residents of the southwestern Iranian city of Ahvaz to evacuate immediately on Wednesday as floodwaters entered the capital of oil-rich Khuzestan province, state television reported. The province’s …

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Wreckage of missing Japan fighter jet found, pilot missing

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — Wreckage from a Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet has been found a day after it disappeared off the radar over the Pacific, the country’s defense minister said Wednesday. There was no word yet on the fate …

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Netanyahu on clearer path to victory in Israeli election: media

JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on a clearer path to victory on Wednesday in Israel’s general election after updated exit polls showed him gaining ground on his main rival. Two updated exit polls by Israeli television …

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Japan F-35 fighter disappears over Pacific

TOKYO, Japan (AFP) — A Japanese F-35A stealth fighter jet with one pilot on board disappeared off the radar while on a training mission over the Pacific late Tuesday, the defense ministry said. The fighter jet went missing around 7:30 …

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Netanyahu, main challenger neck and neck after Israeli election: exit polls

by Jonah Mandel and Mike Smith JERUSALEM, Undefined (AFP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were neck and neck after Israeli elections on Tuesday, exit polls showed, but the premier seemed better placed to form …

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Israel votes with Netanyahu’s future at stake

  Israelis voted Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will decide whether to extend Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s long right-wing tenure or to replace him with an ex-military chief new to politics. The vote is expected to be close and …

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Hong Kong democracy leaders convicted in Umbrella Movement trial

  by Yan Zhao and Elaine Yu Agence France Presse HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A group of Hong Kong activists face jail after being convicted Tuesday on colonial-era “public nuisance” charges for their role in organizing mass pro-democracy protests …

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Cathay Dragon flight makes safe emergency landing in Taiwan

HONG KONG, China (AFP) — A Cathay Dragon flight from Taiwan to Hong Kong made an emergency landing on Monday at the city it departed from after experiencing a “technical issue” shortly after take-off, the carrier said. Cathay Pacific, the …

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