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Nepal’s first female president wins second term

(AFP) – Nepal’s lawmakers Tuesday elected President Bidya Bhandari for a second term, extending the tenure of the Himalayan nation’s first female head of state for another five years. Bhandari took nearly two-thirds of the vote to retain her position as ceremonial head of state, the election commission confirmed. Bhandari, ...

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Maoist rebels kill 8 police in central India: officials

NEW DELHI (AFP) – Maoist rebels killed eight Indian paramilitary troopers after detonating an explosive beneath their vehicle during a patrol in restive Chhattisgarh state, officials said Tuesday. The blast in a remote forest region also injured three others who were airlifted to state capital Raipur for treatment, a spokesman ...

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Iraqi PM reopens Kurdistan airports to international flights

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – Iraq has ended a nearly six-month air blockade imposed on its Kurdistan after the semi-autonomous region held a controversial referendum on secession last September. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Tuesday the airports of Arbil and Sulaimaniyah were “again open to international flights” after the federal ...

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Turkey begins debating changes to electoral laws

Muslim Times(Web Desk) – The Turkish parliament has begun debating a series of changes in the country’s electoral laws, something that opponents of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan say would further consolidate his powers while affecting the integrity of votes. The debate started on Monday and lawmakers are expected to vote ...

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