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Panama Papers: Car Bomb Kills Journalist Who Exposed Malta's Ties to Tax Havens

New Delhi: Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist from the island of Malta known for exposing corrupt officials in offshore tax havens was killed in a car bomb Monday.

The 53-year-old journalist wrote scathing news reports about the Malta government's inability to punish corrupt officials.
Police said the bomb exploded on Monday afternoon when she was driving through the village of Bidnija in northern Malta. 

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Pak Court Rejects Dar's Exemption Plea, Adjourns Hearing Till Oct 18

New Delhi: A court has rejected Pakistan's embattled Finance Minister Ishaq Dar's plea to be exempted from personal appearance in the anti-graft court, observing that the accused should be present when the witnesses record their statements and are cross-examined.

The Accountability Court had indicted Dar, 67, last month in a case pertaining to his owning "assets beyond his known sources of income".

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) had registered three cases of corruption and money laundering against ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his family members and Finance Minister Dar in the Islamabad Accountability Court.

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After Mao And Deng, Xi May Be Named Mentor In Communist Party’s Statute

New Delhi:China's Communist Party has apparently firmed up its mind to mention President Xi Jinping as a mentor in the party constitution, an honour reserved so far for Communist stalwarts Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. 

Two past presidents, Jiang Zeming and Hu Jintao, who jointly ruled for two decades, have not been mentioned by name in the party constitution.

The party is holding its five-yearly congress, which will elect the new generation of leaders, from October 18. Xi is widely expected to be confirmed as party general secretary and the country's president for a second five-year term.

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Donald Trump Refuses To Certify Iran Deal, Threatens New Sanctions

New Delhi: The nuclear deal with Tehran is the worst in the history of the U.S. and he would no longer be certifying for its continuation, President Donald Trump announced on Friday, unveiling a new American strategy on Iran that could heighten tensions in West Asia.

The new policy abandons the focused approach of the previous Obama administration on rolling back Tehran’s nuclear weapons programme and threatens punitive measures against Iran for a range of alleged transgressions. 

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Palestinian Rivals Fatah, Hamas Reach A Deal Over Reconciliation

New Delhi: Rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation after Hamas agreed to hand over administrative control of the Gaza enclave the group has controlled for more than a decade.


Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh announced the Egyptian-brokered accord in a statement without providing further details about a deal expected to cover administrative, security and border crossing arrangements in the Gaza Strip.