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Iran arrests 100 protest leaders

WT24 Desk Iran’s judiciary said Friday that about 100 people accused of having led violent antigovernment protests over fuel price increases had been arrested nationwide, and a top cleric said they deserved the “maximum penalty.” The declaration by the cleric, Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, leader of Friday Prayers, suggested the authorities intended to make examples of the suspects to help crush ...

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Devendra Fadnavis takes oath as Maharashtra CM

Ajit Pawar, nephew of Sharad Pawar, becomes Deputy CM WT24 Desk In a sudden turn of political events in India’s financial capital Mumbai, Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as the chief minister of southwestern state Maharashtra for a second consecutive term, said official sources, Agencies report. Fadnavis belongs to the country’s main ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Ajit Pawar of ...

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BNP criticises Prime Minister

For not raising Teesta issue with Mamata WT24 Desk BNP on Saturday voiced anger as the party alleged that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina did not raise the issue of ensuring fair share of water from the Teesta River during her Friday’s meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Agencies report. “The Prime Minister met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata ...

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Rab’s JSD suffers split-up

Malek Ratan announces separate council WT24 Desk The Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal headed by ASM Abdur Rab has become the latest party to suffer a split-up, Agencies report. A faction led by General Secretary Abdul Malek Ratan, whom Rab had at his side all the time whenever the Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal had split up earlier, has rejected a council convened by ...

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Parash Prez, Nikil GS of Jubo League

7th National Congress held in capital WT24 Desk Sheikh Fazle Shams Parash has been made new chairman while Mainul Khan Nikhil general secretary of Jubo League, the youth wing of the ruling Awami League, at its triennial conference here on Saturday, Agencies report. Awami League General Secretary Obaidul Quader announced the names of the new chairman and general secretary of ...

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Working to wage a movement: Fakhrul

WT24 Desk Stating that the current government is worse than previous autocratic regimes, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said they are working to unite people to ‘restore democracy’ and free their chairperson Khaleda Zia through a mass movement, UNB reports. “Many people say the current government is an autocratic one. But it’s in fact the father ...

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Israeli president tells parliament to find new PM or face election

Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz have each failed to form a government WT24 Desk Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, told parliament on Thursday to find a new prime minister, as he sought to avoid new elections after incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu and rival Benny Gantz each failed to form a government, The Guardian reports. “Starting today and for 21 days the decision of ...

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Sondland’s bombshell testimony blows holes in Trump’s Ukraine defence

* Ambassador to EU testifies as House impeachment hearing* ‘Was there a quid pro quo? The answer is yes’ WT24 Desk A star witness at the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump has testified to the existence of a quid pro quo with Ukraine and insisted: “We followed the president’s orders”, The Guardian reports. In a major blow to the president, Gordon Sondland, ...

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Ailing Pak ex-PM Nawaz Sharif leaves for London

Nawaz Sharif, reportedly ‘fighting for life’, flown in air ambulance to London after bail granted on medical grounds WT24 Desk Pakistani former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who doctors said is seriously sick, was flown out of Pakistan for treatment abroad in an air ambulance on Tuesday, party leaders and officials said, Agencies report. Spokesperson for Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ...

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BNP’s countrywide rallies Nov 23

Seeking Khaleda’s release WT24 Desk BNP will stage rallies across the country, including the capital, on November 23, demanding the release of its ailing chairperson Khaleda Zia from jail, Agencies report. Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi announced the programmes at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office. He alleged that the government is still obstructing ...

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