Not Worth Talking to US and Deal with ‘Untrustworthy’ Europeans Carefully, Says Iran Leader

Tensions ramped up between the United States and Iran after President Donald Trump withdrew from a multilateral nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions. Reuters Updated:February 13, 2019, 6:13 PM IST FILE PHOTO: Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in Tehran September 14, 2007. REUTERS/Morteza Nikoubazl/File Photo -/File Photo Geneva: Iran can only lose by negotiating with the United States and must be careful to limit any dealings with some “untrustworthy” European states, the Islamic Republic’s top leader said on Wednesday. Tensions ramped up between the United States and…

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‘What is your excuse?’: Hezbollah Leader Becomes the Face of Israeli Recycling Ad

Above Nasrallah’s head reads the caption: “I don’t recycle bottles.” Beneath him, the poster says: “Nasrallah has been stuck in a bunker for 12 years. What is your excuse?” A billboard shows Hezbollah militant leader Hassan Nasrallah above a major highway in Tel Aviv (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit) Jerusalem: Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah has invaded the Israeli city of Tel Aviv — as the face of an eye-catching, satirical new recycling campaign. A gigantic poster featuring the Lebanese militant leader overlooking Tel Aviv’s Ayalon highway went up Thursday and encourages Israelis…

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In Less Than Six Months, Sri Lanka’s Opposition Leader Mahinda Rajapaksa Set to Visit India Again

Rajapaksa was controversially appointed the prime minister by President Maithripala Sirisena late October, triggering an unprecedented constitutional crisis which lasted for over 50 days. PTI Updated:February 8, 2019, 5:38 PM IST File photo of Mahinda Rajapaksa. (Image: Reuters) Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa will visit India during which he will address a forum on the future ties between the two nations, his office said on Friday. This will be Rajapaksa’s first overseas tour since being appointed as the Leader of the Opposition last month. He will leave for…

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Maduro Rallies Military as Trump Dials Venezuelan Opposition Leader Juan Guaido

Caracas: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro hit out Wednesday at military “mercenaries” he says are conspiring to divide the armed forces and plot a coup as the opposition planned a new protest to force the socialist leader from power. Maduro accused an “oligarchy” in neighboring Colombia of being behind an attempt by military deserters to drive a wedge between himself and his loyal forces, which are key to the leader’s hold on power faced with mounting international support for self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido. Six major western European countries have set…

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After Thackeray Biopic, Shiv Sena Leader Sanjay Raut to Make a Film on George Fernandes

Fresh from the success of Thackeray, senior Shiv Sena leader and MP Sanjay Raut is now planning to make a biopic on veteran trade union leader and politician George Fernandes, who passed away on Tuesday. Despite their strong ideological differences, the Sena founder-patriarch Bal Thackeray and Fernandes enjoyed a great personal rapport, especially since the latter spoke fluent Marathi, among the 10 languages he had mastered. In fact, in Thackeray, a scene shows Fernandes, played by Prakash Belawadi, visiting Balasaheb, essayed by Nawazuddin Siddiqui, in a Pune jail. “Now I…

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Sri Lanka’s New Constitution a Non Starter, Says Opposition Leader Rajapaksa

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa has said Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe’s government lacks political capability and does not have adequate support in Parliament to pass the new Constitution, which he claimed that if introduced will divide the country. He also reiterated his demand for a fresh poll in the island nation. “The current government lacks political capability to enact the proposed new Constitution. They have no support in parliament to pass that,” Rajapaksa told reporters on Saturday. “This is a Constitution which aims to divide the country,” he…

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UN Chief Calls for Dialogue in Venezuela Amid Protests Against Leftist Leader Nicolas Maduro

Davos: UN chief Antonio Guterres on Thursday appealed for dialogue to stop Venezuela’s political crisis spiralling out of control, after opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president. “What we hope is that dialogue can be possible, and that we avoid an escalation that would lead to the kind of conflict that would be a disaster for the people of Venezuela and for the region,” he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos. The United States, Brazil and other countries on Wednesday endorsed Guaido’s declaration in repudiation of President…

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Congo’s Opposition Leader Tshisekedi Wins Presidential Vote

Kinshasa: Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential election, the electoral commission announced early Thursday, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging. Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38 per cent, had not been considered as the leading candidate and remained relatively untested. The son of late opposition leader Etienne, who pursued the presidency for many years, he surprised many last year by breaking away from an opposition effort to unite behind a single candidate. Some observers have suggested that…

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China Arrests Marxist Student Leader for Celebrating Mao’s Birthday

Beijing: Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist student activist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, for attempting to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Mao Zedong, whose legacy in China remains controversial. A student eyewitness told AFP that Qiu Zhanxuan, the head of Peking University’s Marxist society, was forced into a black car by seven or eight plain-clothes officers near the subway station outside the university’s east gate. Qiu was “screaming and resisting arrest”, the student said, declining to be named due to the sensitive nature of…

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After Political Furore, UK Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn Denies Calling PM Theresa May ‘Stupid Woman’

The always-lively session was even more heated than usual, as lawmakers’ frustrations and divisions over Brexit boiled over into raucous shouting and personal jibes. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn. (AP photo) London: Britain’s main opposition leader sparked a political furore and faced calls to apologise on Wednesday after he was accused of calling Prime Minister Theresa May a “stupid woman” in the House of Commons. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn was caught on camera appearing to mutter the insult during the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session. The always-lively session was…

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