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Spain sees joint sovereignty over Gibraltar difficult if UK opposes
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MADRID Spain sees just a slim chance of joint sovereignty over Gibraltar if Britain opposes it, its foreign minister said in an interview with the leading Spanish newspaper El Pais."I think you have to be realistic, if the United Kingdom does not want to negotiate it will be difficult to carry it forward," Alfonso Dasits, said in his first interview with a Spanish newspaper since he was appointed minister in November.Spain, which reappointed Mariano Rajoy as its new conservative prime minister at the end of October, is seeking to jointly govern Gibraltar with the UK following the British vote to leave the European Union. Dastis said, however, that if Gibraltar wanted to have a relationship with the EU, "it would have to be consulted with us. The post Spain sees joint sovereignty over Gibraltar difficult if UK opposes | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Netanyahu tried to negotiate a good press in return for benefits – media
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By Maayan Lubell Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under police investigation for suspected corruption, was caught on tape negotiating mutual benefits with an arch-foe, the owner of one of Israel's largest- selling newspapers, Israeli media reported on Sunday.The report, which Israeli media outlets described as "an earthquake" that could have implications for Netanyahu's political future, drew no immediate comment from the prime minister or Yedioth Ahronoth daily owner Noni Mozes.Channel Two television said the right-wing leader had offered to limit the circulation of Israel Hayom, a free, pro-Netanyahu daily owned and published by U.S. billionaire and Republican party donor Sheldon Adelson, if Mozes' Yedioth Ahronoth gave the prime minister more favourable coverage.Steps to cut Israel Hayom's market-leading circulation could have financial benefits for Mozes, whose newspaper's advertising revenues have been hit by its free competitor.It was unclear exactly when the reported conversation took place. The post Netanyahu tried to negotiate a good press in return for benefits – media | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Saudi prince readies strategy if clerics oppose reforms-report
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RIYADH The young prince leading Saudi Arabia's drive for economic reform has laid out a three-pronged strategy to avoid a backlash from any religious conservatives opposed to his plan, according to remarks reported by Foreign Affairs magazine on Saturday.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the 31-year-old overseeing the kingdom's biggest-ever overhaul of state and society, told visiting researchers last month punitive measures would be considered for any clerics who incited or resorted to violence over the plan, one of the researchers wrote.Prince Mohammed said he believed only a small percentage of the kingdom's clerics were too dogmatic to be reasoned with, the journal reported, while more than half could be persuaded to support his reforms through engagement and dialogue.The rest were ambivalent or not in a position to cause problems, he is reported to have said.There was no immediate comment from the royal court. Prince Mohammed has couched his "Vision 2030" reform plan to wean the kingdom's economy off oil in terms referencing Islamic tradition and has kept the focus on the economy, with scant concrete pledges of social change in the highly conservative kingdom.But in a country that adheres to an austere brand of Wahhabi Sunni Islam, where gender segregation is mandatory and concerts and cinemas are banned, the plan's seemingly anodyne goals to empower women, promote sports and invest in entertainment are controversial. The post Saudi prince readies strategy if clerics oppose reforms-report | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Three killed in Somalia tea shop blast, soldiers among casualties
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MOGADISHU At least three people were killed and 11 others injured when an explosion ripped a small restaurant popular with soldiers in the Somali capital on Saturday evening, police and local officials said.There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The post Three killed in Somalia tea shop blast, soldiers among casualties | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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At least five dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting
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By Zachary Fagenson | FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A shooter wearing a Star Wars T-shirt opened fire at the baggage carousel at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Friday, killing at least five people before being taken into custody, officials and witnesses said.Five people died and eight more were wounded in the incident, the local sheriff's office said.The shooter, who said nothing, appeared to be a man in his 20s wearing a Star Wars T-shirt who was shot by police as he attempted to reload, MSNBC reported, citing witnesses.John Schlicher, who told MSNBC he saw the attack, described the shooter as a "slender man" who was "directly firing at us" while passengers waited for their bags to come off the carousel."I put my head down and prayed," Schlicher said, adding that his wife gave first aid to someone who had been shot in the head.His mother-in-law used her sweater to tend to another victim but it turned out that victim was already dead, Schlicher said.The shooter reloaded once for a second burst of shooting, Schlicher said, but he could not say how many bullets were fired. The post At least five dead in Ft. Lauderdale airport shooting | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Trump says Mexico would repay U.S. funds spent on border wall
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By Julia Edwards Ainsley | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Friday Mexico ultimately will pay for his planned border wall, a day after news emerged that his transition team had asked fellow Republicans in Congress to vote to approve the funding.Trump told the New York Times he would most likely seek repayment through renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, which groups the United States, Mexico and Canada.Sean Spicer, a spokesman for Trump, said on Friday the incoming administration is seeking to fund the wall through the appropriations process and that Trump said in October Mexico's payment would be a reimbursement."The idea that we're going through the appropriations process and figuring out how to pay for it shouldn't be news,” he told a briefing, confirming earlier reports on the funding.A 'Pay for the Wall' memo Trump's team issued in early 2016 proposed pressuring Mexico by cutting off remittances from undocumented Mexicans in the United States. It proposed amending the Patriot Act, passed after the Sept The post Trump says Mexico would repay U.S. funds spent on border wall | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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U.S. Congress certifies Trump’s Electoral College victory
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By Doina Chiacu and Susan Cornwell | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The U.S. Congress on Friday certified the Electoral College vote that gave Republican Donald Trump his victory in the contentious 2016 presidential election after a raucous half-hour joint session punctuated by Democratic challenges.The Republican businessman, whose presidential campaign was his first bid for public office, garnered 304 electoral votes, compared with 227 won by his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton, according to the vote tally read by Vice President Joe Biden.The electoral votes were opened before a joint session of Congress in what is considered a formality for most presidential elections. The post U.S. Congress certifies Trump’s Electoral College victory | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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China may prefer Trump over Clinton for tackling Islamic State: Report
Despite his anti-China rhetoric, Beijing may prefer US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton for his promised anti-terror campaign against Islamic State The post China may prefer Trump over Clinton for tackling Islamic State: Report appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Italy rules out burkini ban, will plan tighter regulations of imams and mosques
Italy will not follow France by allowing burkini bans on public beaches but is planning tighter regulation of imams and mosques, the country's interior minister said in comments published on Wednesday. The post Italy rules out burkini ban, will plan tighter regulations of imams and mosques appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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India, China hold meet in Ladakh on Independence Day 
As India celebrated its Independence Day, the Indian Army held a ceremonial Border Personal Meeting (BPM) with their Chinese counterparts in Ladakh sector. The post India, China hold meet in Ladakh on Independence Day  appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Turkish police raids three major courts in Istanbul for coup suspects
Turkish police on Monday raided three major courts in Istanbul in search of more than 170 suspects wanted over last month's attempted coup, reports said. The post Turkish police raids three major courts in Istanbul for coup suspects appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Kashmir unrest: India rejects Pakistan’s offer to send ‘supplies’, calls it absurd
In the wake of the ongoing tension in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan reportedly offered to send supplies to the state and India on Sunday snubbed the offer by terming it “absurd”. The post Kashmir unrest: India rejects Pakistan’s offer to send ‘supplies’, calls it absurd appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Govt office set up for persons missing during civil war, not aimed at targeting army: Sirisena
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has made it clear that his government's move to set up an office to find about 65,000 people reported missing during the civil war was not aimed at targeting the security forces but for the redressal of those affected by the strife. The post Govt office set up for persons missing during civil war, not aimed at targeting army: Sirisena appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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A Pakistani daily laments about the country’s ‘fragile democracy’ on the eve of its Independence Day
Despite 70 years of independence, Pakistan's democracy remains fragile unlike in India, a leading Pakistani newspaper said on Sunday The post A Pakistani daily laments about the country’s ‘fragile democracy’ on the eve of its Independence Day appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Malaysia: cops nab nine suspected Islamic State militants
Kuala Lumpur: In a four-state swoop, Malaysian police have detained nine suspected Islamic State (IS) militants, including two allegedly involved in a shooting at a nightclub here recently. The post Malaysia: cops nab nine suspected Islamic State militants appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Sale of Independence Day merchandise in Pakistan has doubled compared to last year
Sales of Independence Day related items have doubled in Karachi, with Pakistanis more keen to celebrate on 14 August compared to earlier years, a daily reported on Saturday The post Sale of Independence Day merchandise in Pakistan has doubled compared to last year appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Listen to Billie Holiday, Janet Jackson on Barack Obama’s second summer playlist
How have Barack Obama's musical tastes changed in his last year in the White House? Judging from his playlists, he is getting into more indie rock. The post Listen to Billie Holiday, Janet Jackson on Barack Obama’s second summer playlist appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama as the ‘founder of Islamic State’
Describing himself as a truth teller, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said that he would continue with his policy even at the risk of defeat in the November general elections The post Donald Trump accuses Barack Obama as the ‘founder of Islamic State’ appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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India, US should move towards sustainable development: US envoy Richard Verma
Emphasising on the need to forge a strong partnership to achieve a more sustainable development, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma on Thursday said India's ambitious development goals have the potential to "aggravate resource depletion and global warming". The post India, US should move towards sustainable development: US envoy Richard Verma appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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A Pakistani daily says that Kashmiris should be a partner in any negotiation over the Valley
Pakistan must recognise India's security concerns and clamp down all those involved in "cross-border terrorism", a leading Pakistani daily said on Thursday The post A Pakistani daily says that Kashmiris should be a partner in any negotiation over the Valley appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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China’s new policy on two children leading to job discrimination for women
China's new policy to permit two children, ending the one child policy this year is resulting in discrimination of women in job market as employers prefer male workers to avoid lengthy maternity leave, official media reported. The post China’s new policy on two children leading to job discrimination for women appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Donald Trump’s campaign spends zero on television ads, Hillary Clinton spent millions
Since the end of the political primaries in June, the campaign of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has spent absolutely nothing on television advertisements The post Donald Trump’s campaign spends zero on television ads, Hillary Clinton spent millions appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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China halts nuclear project after citizens raise safety concerns
After days of protests by angry residents, the govt said that it would "temporarily suspend" selection of a location for a nuclear fuel processing plant. The post China halts nuclear project after citizens raise safety concerns appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Pakistan rejects India’s claim of cross-border infiltration in Kashmir 
Pakistan has rejected India's charge of infiltration in Kashmir, after its envoy Abdul Basit was summoned and handed over a "strong démarche" over Pakistan's continued support to cross-border terrorism. The post Pakistan rejects India’s claim of cross-border infiltration in Kashmir  appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour
Like his father, the son, Naruhito, is a soft-spoken and smiling man. A bit stocky at 56, he's married to a Harvard-educated former diplomat, Masako, who has been ill for more than a decade and seldom appears in public. The post Naruhito, in line to Japan’s Chrysanthemum throne, shares father Akihito’s quiet demeanour appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters
Pokemon Go's debut in Thailand has alarmed the country's generals, prompting the kingdom's junta chief to warn youngsters against playing too much and the army to ban the game from barracks. The post Thailand junta uneasy about Pokémon Go craze: Use it wisely, PM warns youngsters appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Pakistan blast: Explosion in Quetta hospital kills 25, 35 injured
At least 25 people were today killed and 35 others injured when a bomb ripped through a hospital in Quetta in Pakistan's restive southwestern Balochistan province followed by gunfire. The post Pakistan blast: Explosion in Quetta hospital kills 25, 35 injured appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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Thailand votes on new Constitution that could dilute democracy, gives more teeth to military
Thailand on Saturday voted in a referendum on a new constitution that critics say is tailor-made for the military government to stay in control for several years and entrench a new, quasi-democratic system that gives vast powers to appointed officials. The post Thailand votes on new Constitution that could dilute democracy, gives more teeth to military appeared first on Firstpost. [...]
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