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Pakistan Supreme Court rules ousted PM Sharif cannot lead his party

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday that ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif be removed as head of the political party he founded, six months after the court removed him as premier. The order overturns a change in the law by Sharif’s ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz that allowed the former premier to lead the party despite being legally ...

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Trudeau assures India Canada won’t support Sikh separatists

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau traveled to the holiest site of Sikhism in northern India on Wednesday where government leaders said he assured them his country won’t support anyone trying to revive a separatist movement in India. Canada is home to an influential Sikh community and Indian leaders say there are some fringe groups there that ...

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Drought-hit Cape Town dreads ‘Day Zero’ when taps will run dry

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) – A tough water-saving regime and the generosity of farmers have given South Africa’s main tourist hub welcome respite from a severe drought and helped push back a dreaded “Day Zero” when Cape Town’s taps are expected to run dry. On Tuesday, the city of four million moved its estimate for “Day Zero” to July 9 from ...

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More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls missing after Boko Haram attack: sources

BAUCHI, Nigeria (Reuters) – More than 90 Nigerian schoolgirls are feared missing after Islamist insurgent group Boko Haram attacked a village in the northeastern state of Yobe, two sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Their disappearance, if confirmed, would be one of the largest since Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls from the town of Chibok in 2014. That case ...

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Charity Save the Children apologizes for inappropriate behavior by ex-CEO

LONDON (Reuters) – Save The Children UK apologized on Wednesday for historic inappropriate behavior by its former chief executive and said procedures had not been properly followed in reviewing three complaints against him during his time at the charity. The apology came as charities in the aid sector pledge to overhaul their approach to dealing with allegations of sexual misconduct ...

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Polish minister sees ‘catharsis’ in new Holocaust law

WARSAW (Reuters) – Patryk Jaki, the politician behind Poland’s new Holocaust law, wants to end what he calls a misleading culture of shame surrounding his country’s treatment of Jews in World War Two. The 32-year-old deputy justice minister is a polarizing figure in Polish politics. He opposes what he sees as the Islamization of Europe and once said immigrants from ...

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Chad and Qatar restore ties cut in wake of Arab states rift

DOHA/N‘DJAMENA (Reuters) – Chad and Qatar have restored diplomatic relations, their governments said, six months after the West African nation cut ties with Doha in the wake of a rift among Arab states. Chad closed Qatar’s embassy and expelled its diplomats last August, accusing its government of trying to destabilize Chad via its northern neighbor, Libya. The move came after ...

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Top aide of EU Commission head becomes chief civil servant

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission appointed on Wednesday the head of President Jean-Claude Juncker’s cabinet, Martin Selmayr, as the new Secretary-General of the Commission — the highest civil servant job in the EU executive. The surprise appointment means that Selmayr, seen as one of the most powerful and controversial players in Brussels institutions, could remain in the Commission even ...

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