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Democrats roll out case against Trump’s impeachment

23 January, 2020 WASHINGTON: US House Democrats opened marathon arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial on Wednesday, trying to convince sceptical Republican senators to join them in voting to remove Trump from office to “protect our democracy”. Trump’s lawyers sat by waiting their turn, as the president blasted the …

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Senators’ clash as Trump impeachment trial opens

22 January, 2020 WASHINGTON: The US Senate has rejected repeated Democratic attempts to secure new evidence in President Donald Trump’s impeachment as his trial began. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell meanwhile backed off on a plan to fast-track the hearings after coming under pressure from fellow Republicans. Democrats said this …

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America deports Iranian students despite court order

22 January, 2020 By SJA Jafri + Agencies WASHINGTON/ TEHRAN/ BOSTON: The officials of American Immigration Department yesterday deported an Iranian student headed to a Boston university despite efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other advocates to block the removal. The deportation of Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein …

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India’s ruling party picks new president

21 January, 2020 By SJA Jafri + State Media NEW DELHI/ MELBOURNE: India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party on Monday elevated a veteran lawmaker and long-time associate of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to become its president ahead of a string of state elections. Jagat Prakash Nadda, who rose through the ranks …

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Trump impeachment lawyers demand quick acquittal

21 January, 2020 WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s legal team, representing him at his impeachment trial, has demanded that he is immediately acquitted by the Senate. In a brief submitted on Monday, they called the impeachment “a dangerous perversion” of the constitution. Meanwhile House impeachment managers submitted their own brief, saying …

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India seeks closer military ties with Sri Lanka

20 January, 2020 By SJA Jafri + Agencies BEIJING/ NEW DELHI/ COLOMBO/ ISLAMABAD: Sri Lanka and India have pledged to strengthen military ties and widen maritime links with neighbors after security talks, the president’s office said on Sunday, as New Delhi moves to counter Chinese influence in the region. China, a …

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Hailstorms with heavy-rains sweep Australia

20 January, 2020 Bureau Report QUEENSLAND/ SYDNEY: Hailstorms have brought heavy rains to fire-hit regions of eastern Australia but authorities warn the nation’s bushfire crisis is still “far from over”. More than 80 blazes were still burning across New South Wales (NSW) and Victoria on Monday, despite downpours in recent …

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