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German Chancellor Angela Merkel Not To Seek Re-Election As Party Chairwoman

New Delhi: German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that she would not seek re-election as party chairwoman and that her fourth term as chancellor would be her last, heralding the end of a 13-year era in which she has dominated European politics.

Merkel, 64, has been chairwoman of her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) since 2000 and chancellor since 2005. Her decision to step down as chairwoman comes after her party suffered its second regional election setback in as many weeks.

Merkel made the announcement on the day after Sunday’s vote in Hesse in a speech to mark the 20th anniversary of the German Federal Government Commission for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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Sirisena Says, Involvement Of A Minister In Assassination Plot, Reason Behind Sacking PM

New Delhi: In a televised address to the nation, President Maithripala Sirisena said a person questioned by investigators had revealed the name of a minister in an alleged plot to assassinate him and a former defence secretary. Sri Lanka’s president said that the main reason he decided to sack his prime minister was the alleged involvement of a cabinet minister in a plot to assassinate him.

He said the only choice for him under the circumstances was to dismiss Ranil Wickremesinghe and invite his former nemesis and ex-strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa to take over as prime minister and form a new government.

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Pakistan To Send A Human To Space In 2022, Claims Information Minister

New Delhi: Information minister Fawad Chaudhry announced Pakistan will send a human to space for the first time in 2022 with China’s help the same year India plans to launch its manned space mission.

Pakistan’s first space mission has been planned for 2022 and the federal Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan approved the plan on Thursday, ahead of his maiden visit to Beijing from November 3.

An agreement between Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO) and a Chinese company has already been signed, Chaudhry said. In his Independence Day address, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an ambitious mission of sending an Indian astronaut to space by 2022, which would make India the fourth nation in the world to do so.

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Imran Khan Promises Sending All Corrupt Politicians Behind The Bars In Pakistan

New Delhi: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that no politicians and officials who have put the country into debt trap through their corrupt practices will get protection from any legislation like the defunct National Reconciliation Ordinance (NRO). He has promised that that all corrupt leaders will go to jail.

The controversial NRO was promulgated in October 2007 by the government of then president Gen Pervez Musharraf. Under the ordinance, cases against politicians were removed, paving the way for many of them to return to country. It was declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in December 2009.

Addressing the nation on Wednesday to share the details of his efforts to bring cash-strapped Pakistan out of financial difficulties, Prime Minister Khan lashed out at the previous governments for raising Pakistan’s debt to Rs 30,00,000 crore.

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US Secret Service Detects Potential Explosive Devices Addressed To Obama And Hillary

New Delhi: Potential explosive devices addressed to Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were detected and intercepted by the US Secret Service, which has opened a criminal investigation into the incidents.

“The packages were immediately identified during routine mail screening procedures as potential explosive devices and were appropriately handled as such,” the Secret Service said in an emailed statement Wednesday. “The protectees did not receive the packages nor were they at risk of receiving them.”

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill said police recovered a device that appeared to be a live explosive at the CNN office in the city and an envelope containing white powder.