Israeli court: Netanyahu corruption trial to begin in March

JERUSALEM (AP) — The corruption trial for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin March 17, just two weeks after national elections are held, a court said Tuesday.The surprise announcement immediately shook up the final stretch of the contentious election campaign, upending Netanyahu’s attempts to divert attention away from his legal woes. It also could…

Panic in Kashmir as cases filed against social media users

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have filed police cases against social media users under “anti-terror” laws for defying social media ban using proxy servers. The move has triggered panic among the people of Kashmir, which has been under a security and communication lockdown since August 5, when the Muslim-majority region was stripped of…

Afghanistan’s presidential election: Ashraf Ghani declared winner

Incumbent President Ashraf Ghani has been declared the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential election, almost five months after the voting took place. The Independent Election Commission announced on Tuesday that Ghani garnered 50.64 percent of the vote in September last year, beating Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah, who secured 39.52 percent votes. The results were delayed after the…

‘Horror’ in Syria: UN cites deliberate attacks on civilians

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) is “horrified” by the surge in fighting in northwest Syria and called for humanitarian corridors to assist the largest exodus of civilians since World War II. Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday also accused the Syrian government and its ally Russia of deliberately targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure.…

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