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Ukraine Elects Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky As President On Promises Of Change

New Delhi: Ukraine leapt into the unknown Monday after comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected president on promises of change but with just a vague blueprint of what he might do as leader.

Zelensky, whose previous experience in the world of politics was playing the president on TV, trounced incumbent Petro Poroshenko in a stinging rebuke to the establishment fuelled by anger over war and social injustice.

Ukrainians looked to the future with hope and anxiety after the performer took 73 percent of the vote on Sunday, according to nearly complete official results.

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Kremlin Announces Kim Jong Un’s Visit To Russia To Hold Talks With President Vladimir Putin In Late April

New Delhi: According to reports that have prompted excitement and concern among local residents North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is expected in Russia’s far-eastern port Vladivostok in the coming days.

After weeks of speculation, the Kremlin announced that Kim will visit Russia to hold his first talks with President Vladimir Putin in late April. It gave no details on a date or place, citing “security reasons.”

Russian media were quick to report preparations were underway for the summit to take place in Vladivostok, home to Moscow’s Pacific Fleet.

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China Says, Issue Of Designating Masood Azhar As A Global Terrorist At The UN Moving Towards A Settlement

New Delhi: China said the issue of designating Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the UN was moving towards a “settlement”, and asked the US not to push through a resolution to list him at the UN Security Council.

The foreign ministry also rejected reports that the US, the UK and France had asked China to lift its “technical hold” on the listing of Azhar as a terrorist at the UN’s Islamic State and al-Qaeda Sanction Committee by April 23, failing which the three nations will formally move the resolution for discussion, voting and passage at the UNSC.

“On the issue of the listing of Masood Azhar, China’s position remains unchanged. We are also having communication with relevant parties and the matter is moving towards the direction of settlement,” foreign ministry spokesperson Lu Kang told a regular news briefing.

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Indonesians Vote In The World’s Biggest Single-Day Election Two Decades After Authoritarianism Was Defeated

New Delhi: Indonesians began voting in the world’s biggest single-day election as polling stations opened across the sprawling equatorial archipelago following a six-month campaign to choose a new president and parliament.

The eight-hour vote across a country that stretches more than 5,000 km (3,000 miles) from its western to eastern tips is both a Herculean logistical feat and testimony to the resilience of democracy two decades after authoritarianism was defeated.

President Joko Widodo, a furniture businessman who entered politics 14 years ago as a small-city mayor, is seeking re-election against former general Prabowo Subianto, whom he narrowly defeated in the last election, in 2014.

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Justin Trudeau Government Removes References To Khalistani Extremism Much To The Chagrin Of India

New Delhi: The Justin Trudeau government apparently removed references to Khalistani extremism in a report on terror threats to Canada because of a warning that leaders of the ruling Liberal Party wouldn’t be allowed to speak at parades marking Baisakhi, the Punjabi harvest festival.

Pressure from sections of the Sikh community had mounted on the government over references to Khalistani extremism in Public Safety Canada’s report released last December.

Last week, the government released an updated version of the report that removed all mention of Sikh and Khalistani extremism, much to the chagrin of India.