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Rio De Janeiro | 10 hours ago
Bidding begins for Rio 2016 Olympic Games projects
Rio de Janeiro, April 19 - Brazil's southeast city of Rio de Janeiro has opened bidding for two infrastructure projects in the lead-up to the 2016 Olympic Games, authorities said.Mayor Eduardo Paes said Friday that the projects are part of the Diodoro Sports Complex that will host some 11 Olympic competitions, reported Xinhua.The works, which are estimated to cost around $359 million, are expected ... read more

Islamabad | 22 days ago
Taliban refuses to free former Pakistan PM's son
Islamabad, March 28 - The Taliban has refused to free the sons of former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani and slain Punjab governor Salman Taseer, media reported Friday.The shura members of the Tehrik-iTaliban -, however, have agreed to release Ajmal Khan, former vice-chancellor of Peshawar's Islamia College, in return for the government freeing two of their men who are in a jail in Sind ... read more

New Delhi | 4 months ago
Employing manual scavengers an offence now
New Delhi, Dec 6 - A legislation outlawing the age-old practice of employing manual scavengers and making provisions for their rehabilitation came into effect Friday.People who had performed the degrading practice hailed the decision, saying it will help them lead a dignified life.Passed by parliament Sep 7 during the monsoon session, the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Re ... read more

United Nations | 5 months ago
UN chief hails conclusion of Maldives presidential poll
United Nations, Nov 18 - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the conclusion of the Maldives presidential election run-off, hoping the new government will engage the opposition in a constructive manner.Once again, the people of the Maldives have turned out to vote in impressive numbers, showing their determination to choose their next president, despite the many obstacles and delays, Xinhua q ... read more

Male | 5 months ago
Yameen takes power in Maldives, pledges to bolster economy
Male, Nov 17 - Abdulla Yameen was sworn in as Maldives president Sunday, a day after wining a closely contested runoff election, ending nearly two years of political uncertainty that posed a threat to the Indian Ocean atoll nation's vital tourism sector.Yameen defeated former president Mohamed Nasheed with 51.6 percent of vote, bringing an end to the protracted presidential elections, Xinhua repor ... read more

Male | 5 months ago
New Maldives president is former dictator's half-brother
Male, Nov 17 - Abdulla Yameen, who has won the second democratically held presidential election in the Maldives, is the half-brother of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who ruled the Indian ocean archipalego nation with an iron hand for 30 years.Yamaeen, 54, is a fourth-time member of parliament and won the presidential poll narrowly by garnering 51.60 percent of the vote cast in the second and final runoff ... read more

Male | 5 months ago
Voting ends peacefully in Maldives
Male, Nov 16 - Voting ended peacefully at polling stations across the Maldives in the presidential run-off Saturday, media reports said.Vote counting is underway and preliminary results are expected around midnight with the final results Sunday morning, Haveeru online reported.Everyone is highly anticipating the time when a new president is elected. And so, we are trying to announce the permanent ... read more

Male | 5 months ago
Maldives presidential run-off begins
Male, Nov 16 - The much delayed run-off in the Maldives presidential election began Saturday, with one of the two contenders saying he will accept the result no matter what the outcome.Voting began at 7.30 a.m. - and will continue till 4 p.m. Counting will start 30 minutes after the polls close. Preliminary results are expected around midnight and the final results on Sunday morning.Police said th ... read more

Male | 5 months ago
Maldivian presidential election re-run begins Saturday
Male, Nov 16 - The re-run of the Maldivian presidential election started Saturday morning.Polling stations will be open from 7.30 a.m to 4 p.m. local time. The Maldives has about 240,000 legitimate voters, reported Xinhua.The polling has been rescheduled three times. In the latest delay, the Supreme Court ordered the run-off to be held Nov 10.Former president Mohammad Nasheed, leader of the Maldiv ... read more

Canberra | 5 months ago
Former Australian PM Kevin Rudd retires from politics
Canberra, Nov 13 - Former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, who has served as the member for Griffith in the House of Representatives since 1998, Wednesday night announced his retirement from politics with a speech in the House of Representatives.According to Rudd, he will leave parliament at the end of this week.For our family, recent statements since the September election - have been partic ... read more

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