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Russia calls for UN meeting on Syria

Russia has called for an emergency meeting of the United Nations Security Council as Moscow said it would consider supplying S-300 missile systems to Syria following US-led strikes. “Russia convenes an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss aggressive actions of the US and its allies,” President Vladimir …

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Former PM Nawaz Sharif from holding office for life

Pakistan’s Supreme Court disqualified deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from holding office for life on Friday, television news channels reported. Sharif, 67, resigned in July after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office over an undeclared source of income, but the veteran leader maintains his grip on the ruling …

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Up to 200 feared dead in Algeria plane crash

An Algerian military plane crashed near an airport outside the capital Algiers, killing more than 100 people on board, foreign media reported. More than 200 military personnel were on board the plane when it came down near Boufarik airport, Algérie24 reported. There was no immediate confirmation from authorities. Television footage …

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South Korea’s ex-President sentenced to 24 years in jail

Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye was sentenced to 24 years in prison by the Seoul Central District Court after she was found guilty of corruption, Al-Jazeera reported today. The former president was found guilty of several corruption charges, abuse of power and coercion in a verdict issued on Friday. …

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Putin wins a gain

Valdimir Putin secured fourth term as Russian leader with at least 73.9 percent of vote, exit polls say  a bigger win than in 2012, foreign media said

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Russia goes to the polls in presidential election

Polls have opened in Russia’s presidential election, in which incumbent Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in office. Voting began in the Russian far-east at 20:00 GMT on Saturday, and opened in Moscow nine hours later. The first results will arrive on Sunday evening. Mr Putin has been Russia’s …

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