Maharashtra CM quits before polls

MUMBAI: The chief minister of India’s western state of Maharashtra offered to quit on Friday as political upheaval intensified ahead of regional polls in the state, home to financial capital Mumbai an

Indonesian Parliament puts an end to direct local elections

JAKARTA: Indonesia’s Parliament passed a law scrapping direct local elections, ending a decade-long system of regional democracy that produced incoming leader Joko Widodo and handing a victory to his

‘Uzbekistan torturing journalists, rights activists’

WARSAW/ALMATY: The Central Asian republic of Uzbekistan is routinely torturing imprisoned journalists and rights activists, a global rights watchdog alleged Friday, urging Western sanctions on Tashken

Burundi, Rwanda urged to probe bodies found in lake

BUJUMBURA, Burundi: The US has called on Burundi and Rwanda to conduct a “thorough and impartial” probe into the appearance of several corpses in a lake bordering the two central African nations.

3 children die in Serbia fire

BELGRADE, Serbia: Three Gypsy children died in a fire on Friday in a small wooden shack that has been their home on the outskirts of Belgrade, provoking a human rights official to lay partial responsi

Boeing Dreamliner makes emergency landing in Scotland

LONDON/WARSAW: A Boeing Co Dreamliner flying from Chicago to Poland with 248 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Glasgow, Scotland, on Friday after crew received an alert from the fire pr

Moscow bars lawmaker’s entry

BRUSSELS: A leading member of the European Parliament says Russian authorities barred her from entering the country despite having a valid diplomatic passport.

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