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Pakistan Minister Wants to Step Down


Asad Umar who is Pakistan Minister wanted to step down. He has been leading negotiations with the IMF for what would be Pakistan's 13th bailout since the late 1980s but has faced criticism over a worsening economic outlook on his watch.

He said he would step down in a cabinet reshuffle by Prime Minister Imran Khan, raising fresh questions on plans for averting an economic crisis amid bailout talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Speculation of the departure was rife for months, with some business groups and investors unhappy at Umar's strategy of seeking short-term loans from allies such as China and Saudi Arabia, instead of finalising an IMF rescue package after Khan assumed power in August.

The central bank last month cut growth forecasts and raised interest rates with inflation at a five-year high. The rupee currency has weakened about 35 percent since December 2017.

Alan Garcia, the Former Peruvian President, was Confirmed Dead

Alan Garcia, the former Peruvian president, has kicked the bucket. His death was confirmed by current President Martin Vizcarra, who expressed his condolences over Twitter. who served as president from 1985 to 1990 and from 2006 to 2011, was under investigation for money laundering and taking bribes in connection with a massive corruption scandal that has engulfed a number of former Latin American leaders

Alan Garcia died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head as police were preparing to arrest him on Wednesday morning. When police arrived to execute an arrest warrant at his home at six thirty  a.m. on Wednesday, Alan Garcia asked them to call his attorney and went to his bedroom, interior minister Carlos Morán said.

Moments later, a gunshot was heard. Officers forced entry into the bedroom, where they found Alan Garcia with a wound to the head, Morán said.

However, Alan Garcia, 69, was rushed by police to a hospital in the capital Lima, where he was resuscitated three times, but doctors were ultimately unable to save him, according to the health minister.

Alan Garcia is accused of receiving kickbacks from one of Latin America's largest construction firms the Brazil-based company Odebrecht during the building of an electric train for the Lima metro while he was president during his second term. He has denied the claims.

More so, in his most recent tweet, posted on Tuesday,  Alan Garcia said there was "no shred of evidence" against him, accused Peruvian prosecutors of “speculation," and said he had "never sold out and that is proven."

Theresa May Asks Brussels To Extend Britain's EU Membership Until June 30

Theresa May has already asked Brussels to extend Britain's EU membership until June 30 to allow talks with the Labour Party in search of a different exit plan.

It is a last-ditch attempt to keep control after parliament rejected May's own Brexit deal three times. But MPs want additional legal guarantees against a "no-deal" exit happening on April 12 - the current exit day.

However, the Britain's parliament has approved legislation giving lawmakers the power to scrutinise and even change Prime Minister Theresa May's request the European Union agree to delay Brexit until June 30.

The bill, which has received its final rubber stamp approval from Queen Elizabeth, gives MPs the chance to make legally binding changes to May's requested departure date during a debate scheduled for Tuesday.

More so, Britain's House of Lords had earlier approved the legislation. May is due to travel to Paris and Berlin on Tuesday to press her request for a short delay, before it is formally discussed by EU leaders on Wednesday. The decision can be vetoed by any of the other 27 member states.

Lawmakers In Parliament's Lower House Of Commons Defied May's Plea To End The Political Deadlock That Has Plunged Britain Into Crisis

The Lawmakers in parliament's lower House of Commons defied May's plea to end the political deadlock that has plunged Britain into crisis and defeated her withdrawal agreement by 344 votes to 286.

There is speculation that MPs might be asked to vote on the withdrawal agreement but not the further "political declaration". Labour said that would lead to the "blindest of blind Brexits".

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer said both European Council President Donald Tusk and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker had stressed that the withdrawal agreement and political declaration - outlining how UK-EU trade, security and other issues could work - were part of the same "negotiated package".

He said to separate them "would mean leaving the EU with absolutely no idea where we are heading ... we wouldn't vote for that".

The PM's deal includes a withdrawal agreement - setting out how much money the UK must pay to the EU as a settlement, details of the transition period, and the backstop arrangements - and a political declaration on the way the future EU-UK relationship will work.

British MPs has however rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's EU divorce deal for a third time, opening the way for a long delay to Brexit -- or a potentially catastrophic "no deal" withdrawal in two weeks.

It is yet another blow to a prime minister who has all but lost control of her government and the Brexit process -- particularly after she offered to quit if MPs backed the deal.

A Gunman Opened Fire Inside Mosque In Christchurch’s Hagley Park

The Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch was filled with worshippers, when the attack happened, as was a second mosque in suburban Linwood. There were reports of armed police at a second mosque in the suburb of Linwood.

New Zealand police were hunting “an active shooter” in the center of Christchurch city,  time after a gunman opened fire at a mosque inflicting several casualties.

“A serious and evolving situation is occurring in Christchurch with an active shooter,” New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

Witnesses told local media there were several casualties inside the building. The Bangladesh cricket team was in the vicinity of the shooting but all members were safe, a team coach told media.

People in center of the city should stay indoors, police said. All Christchurch schools and council buildings have been placed into lockdown.

Police did not immediately comment on whether the incident took place in the mosque or nearby. There is no official confirmation on casualties.

Sadly, 40 people have died as a gunman opened fire in two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern informed, adding that it was a well-planned terror attack.

PM Morrison said the shooting in Christchurch was carried out by "an extremist, right-wing, violent terrorist" who was an Australian-born citizen.

He declined to provide further details, saying the investigation was being led by New Zealand authorities. At least one gunman who targeted crowded mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch killed a number of people, police said.



Theresa May Has Reiterated To MPS That While They Have Voted To Reject A No-deal Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has reiterated to MPs that while they have voted to reject a no-deal Brexit, it remains the default option if the UK cannot reach a deal with the EU.
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The UK Parliament will vote on another motion over whether to delay the divorce process beyond the March 29 deadline.

The government's motion will ask MPs to back an extension until June 30, in order to pass EU exit legislation. Any extension would need to be approved by the EU.

The motion also points out that any extension beyond June 30 "would require the United Kingdom to hold European Parliament elections in May."

The EU would prefer only a short extension, with the deadline of EU-wide parliamentary elections due May 24-26, although it is unclear that this would be long enough to solve the impasse in London.

Before that the members of Parliament rejected leaving the European Union without a deal in any scenario, paving the way for a vote to delay Brexit to seek a way out of the country’s worst political crisis in generations.

Meanwhile, MPs voted by 321 to 278 in favour of a motion that ruled out a potentially disorderly ‘no-deal’ Brexit under any circumstances.

It went further than the government’s own planned motion, which noted that parliament did not want to leave without a deal on March 29, the leaving date set down in law, but stressed that the default legal position was to leave without a deal unless one was ratified by parliament.

While the approved motion has no legal force and ultimately may not prevent a no-deal exit after a possible delay, it carries considerable political force, especially as it demonstrated a substantial rebellion by members of May’s own party.

Cardinal George Pell, 77, Was Convicted of Child Sex Abuse

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Cardinal George Pell, 77, is the most high-profile Vatican official yet to be convicted of child sex abuse.

However, the Chief Judge Peter Kidd has sentenced Australian Cardinal George Pell to six years in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, for the sexual abuse of two boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s


Moreso, the Australian Cardinal was found guilty of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the late 1990s when he was Archbishop of Melbourne and publicly leading the Australian Catholic Church's response to the decades-long child abuse scandal.

Paul Manafort Has Been Sentenced to 47 Months Imprisonment for Charges of Fraud

Paul Manafort  was convicted last summer for defrauding banks and the government, and failing to pay taxes on millions of dollars in income he earned from Ukrainian political consulting. Due to this the Ex-Trump campaign chairman in person of Paul Manafort is sentenced to 47 months in prison on charges for fraud
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Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for convictions stemming from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Manafort, 69, was facing up to 25 years in prison, a sentence that could have essentially kept him in jail for the rest of his life. Even at just under four years, the sentence is the longest given yet to any defendant in the Mueller probe.



Carlos Ghosn Was Arrested But Now freed From Japanese's Cell

One of the most prominent figures in the global auto industry, Carlos Ghosn was arrested by Japanese prosecutors on November 19 and freed after spending three months in Japanese cell.

He has since been ousted from his role as the head of Nissan, Renault and Mitsubishi Motors, which together form the world's largest carmaking alliance. His detention stunned the industry and strained the alliance, which makes one in nine cars sold worldwide and employs more than 450,000 people.

It also drew international attention to Japan's criminal justice system, in which authorities can keep suspects in jail for prolonged periods while building their case.

Tokyo District Court said that Ghosn, the former chief of Nissan (NSANF) and Renault (RNLSY), could be released on bail of 1 billion yen ($9 million) with the conditions that he remain in Japan and be prevented from seeking to destroy evidence. Prosecutors appealed the decision but lost, clearing the way for Ghosn to be freed.

The auto executive is awaiting trial on charges he understated his income and abused his position by transferring personal investment losses to the Japanese carmaker. Ghosn denies all the charges. If found guilty, he could face as many as 15 years in prison.


Pope Francis’ Four-day Tutorial On Preventing Abuse And Protecting Children

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Sister Veronica Openibo and German Cardinal Reinhard Marx delivered powerful speeches to nearly 190 church leaders gathered Saturday for the third day of Pope Francis’ four-day tutorial on preventing abuse and protecting children.

Openibo was one of only a handful of women invited to the meeting, and she used her time at the podium to shame the church leadership as a whole — men and women alike — for their silence in the face of such crimes.

According to report, a German cardinal backed her up, telling the summit that church files about abusers had been destroyed, victims silenced and church procedures ignored, canceled or overridden — all in an attempt to keep the scandal under wraps.


In this regard, a prominent Nigerian nun blasted the ‘culture of silence’ that has long kept clergy sexual abuse hidden in the Catholic Church, telling a Vatican summit recently that transparency and an admission of mistakes were needed to restore trust.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Declares Kim “the Big Winner” For Getting Two Face-to-face Meetings With The U.S. President

The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Kim “the big winner” for getting two face-to-face meetings with the U.S. president, she praised Trump for walking away on Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters “it’s good that the president did not give him anything for the little that he was proposing

Moreover, congressional leaders largely cheered Trump for backing out of talks instead of agreeing to unfavorable terms. Democrats in particular said they had worried about the president striking an inadequate deal — in part to alleviate pressure created by his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s explosive Capitol Hill testimony on Wednesday.

“I was pleased to see the president recognize North Korea’s unwillingness to strike a comprehensive deal,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday. “President Trump did the right thing by walking away and not cutting a poor deal for the sake of a photo op. ... I’ve always been concerned about the possibility of a bad deal, especially with the other pressures currently on the president.”

In the consequences of the above, Talks in Vietnam between Trump and Kim abruptly ended Thursday before a planned lunch and signing ceremony for some kind of agreement. Trump said he cut the summit short because the sides could not come to terms on whether to remove sanctions on North Korea as they seek a path to Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

“Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” the U.S. president said during a news conference following the summit.
At this point, congressional leaders — including Democrats — broadly praised President Donald Trump for walking away from his second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday.

"I'm Going To Be Signing A National Emergency, - President Donald Trump

"I'm going to be signing a national emergency, and it's been signed many times before, by many presidents. It's rarely been a problem nobody cared," the president said during unscripted remarks Friday morning in the White House Rose Garden.

The president signed a spending and border security plan into law to keep the government running through Sept. 30, with only hours to spare before parts of the government shut down Saturday.

Before he did so, Trump also declared a national emergency to repurpose funds from other parts of the government to build his proposed border wall without congressional approval.

President Donald Trump emerged from one political crisis Friday and immediately dove into another.

President Donald Trump Is Expected To End Weeks Of Bitter Negotiations


President Donald Trump is expected to end weeks of bitter negotiations and sign a funding bill that would keep the government open, but not fund his border wall. The White House has said he will use executive powers to fund a wall instead.

Lawyers at the White House, the Department of Homeland Security and at the Pentagon have been working for weeks to iron out different options the president would have to obtain funds for his border wall.

More so, a Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment. The Justice Department has warned the White House a national emergency declaration is nearly certain to be blocked by the courts on, at least, a temporary basis, preventing the immediate implementation of the president's plan to circumvent Congress and build the wall using his executives powers.

However, a senior White House official said that the administration is confident it could ultimately win the case on appeal.

By declaring a national emergency at the border, the president could potentially free up billions of dollars to begin work on construction of a southern border wall. Much of that money would be pulled from the Department of Defense.

Vatican Spokesman Confirmed That The Order Of Nuns Dissolved Under Benedict Was The Community Of St. Jean In France.

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A Vatican spokesman confirmed  that the order of nuns dissolved under Benedict was the Community of St. Jean in France. It was dissolved in 2005, the first year Benedict served as pope, though the reason it was disbanded had not previously been made public.

However, Pope Francis conceded on his flight Tuesday that it was a problem and said more action was needed – insisting that the will to confront the abuse was present.

“It’s a path that we’ve been on. Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it — slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery — on the part of clerics or the founder,” he said.

More so, Pope Francis admitted for the first time Tuesday that nuns have been sexually abused by priests and bishops in the Catholic Church – and even held as sexual slaves. In one case, the abuse was so serious that an entire congregation of nuns was dissolved by former Pope Benedict,”

“There are some priests and also bishops who have done it,” the pontiff told a reporter during his return flight from the United Arab Emirates, where he held the first-ever papal Mass in Abu Dhabi.
His admission followed a rare outcry last week from the Vatican’s monthly magazine “Women’s Church World” over the sexual abuse of nuns and religious sisters feeling forced to undergo abortions or raise kids not recognized by their fathers.



North Korea Establish A permanent And Durable Peace Mechanism On The Korean Peninsula

North Korea’s Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Han Tae-song, told the UN-sponsored Conference on Disarmament that Pyongyang would continue working to establish a “permanent and durable peace mechanism on the Korean peninsula”.

North Korea said on Tuesday that relations with the U.S. will develop “wonderfully at a fast pace” if Washington responds to its efforts on denuclearisation with trustworthy measures and practical actions.

“If the U.S. responds to our efforts with trustworthy measures and corresponding practical actions, bilateral relations will develop wonderfully at a fast pace through the process of taking more definite and epoch-making steps,” he said.

He referred to the joint statement issued after the Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meeting in Singapore last year and Mr. Kim’s New Year address, adding: “Accordingly we declared that we would neither make and test nuclear weapons any longer nor use and proliferate them and we have taken various practical measures.



Aqim Claimed Responsibility For Sunday's Attack,


Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for Sunday's attack, saying it was "in reaction" to the visit to Chad by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Mauritanian Al-Akhbar news agency, which regularly receives statements from this armed group.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres condemned what he described as a "complex attack" on the UN camp in Aguelhoc, some 200km north of Mali's Kidal region towards the border with Algeria, and called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice.

More so, at least 10 peacekeepers from Chad have been killed and 25 others wounded in an attack on a United Nations camp in northern Mali, according to the world body.



6.7-magnitude Earthquake Has Shaken Cities On Chile’s

The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the magnitude-6.7 quake was 15.6 kilometers (9.7 miles) south-southwest of Coquimbo, and had a depth of 53 kilometers. It struck at 7:32 p.m. local time.
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A witness said there was minor damage to older buildings and power outages in the nearby coastal city of La Serena, a popular beach town about 400 kilometers (250 miles) north of Santiago.

“It felt very strong ... the tourists were very nervous, but nothing serious happened,” Camila Castillo, a receptionist at a hotel in La Serena said.

Chilean miner Antofagasta Plc said operations were normal at its Los Pelambres copper mine following the nearby earthquake

No damages have been reported so far, but Chile’s National Emergency Office ordered a preventative evacuation of a stretch of coast near the city of Coquimbo.

Chilean authorities said the quake didn’t have the characteristics that would generate a tsunami. The U.S. Tsunami Warning System also ruled out a tsunami.

China Intention of Expansion in Foreign Ports


China in 2015 announced its intention to build military facilities in Djibouti, citing reasons "to help the Navy and Army further participate in UN peacekeeping operations, carry out escort missions in the waters near Somalia and the Gulf of Aden and provide humanitarian assistance".

"China is expanding its access to foreign ports, such as in Gwadar, Pakistan, to pre-position the logistic framework necessary to support the PLA's growing presence abroad, including normalising and sustaining deployments into and beyond the Indian Ocean," the Pentagon said.

China is expanding its access to strategic foreign ports like Pakistan's Gwadar and Sri Lanka's Hambantota to pre-position the logistic framework necessary to support the growing presence of its military in the Indian Ocean and beyond, the Pentagon said.

The People's Liberation Army's efforts to obtain access to commercial ports in Africa, the Middle-East and South Asia would align with its future overseas logistic needs and meet its evolving naval requirements, said the Congressionally-mandated report on the increasing Chinese military power which was released by the US Department of Defence on Tuesday.



May Overwhelmingly Lost A Crucial Vote On Her Brexit Plans


Theresa May overwhelmingly lost a crucial vote on her Brexit plans in the U.K.’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday evening.

Speaking after the announcement of the results, Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, said the result was a “catastrophic defeat” for the government.

Jeremy Corbyn further announced that the no-confidence motion will be debated in the House of Commons on Wednesday with a vote reportedly due at around 7 p.m. local time.

The U.K. opposition leader has tabled a motion of no-confidence in the government following the defeat of Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.

Election Fraud in Congo Revealed

According to a trove of election data seen by the FT and representing 86 per cent of total votes cast across the country, Mr Fayulu won 59.4 per cent of the vote. Rival opposition candidate Mr Tshisekedi, who was declared the surprise winner last week, finished second with 19 per cent, according to this set of data.

An FT analysis of a separate set of voting results collected manually by the Catholic Church’s 40,000 observers and representing 43 per cent of turnout shows that Mr Fayulu secured 62.8 per cent of this sample of votes. The results gathered across 28,733 polling points match almost perfectly the more extensive set of official results seen by the FT.

The larger set of data, a spreadsheet containing more than 49,000 records, contains the true electronically-fed results that authorities have sought to conceal, according to a person with direct knowledge of how the data were obtained. The person, who is close to Mr Fayulu’s camp, asked for anonymity because the data contradict the electoral commission’s official declaration

From the statistics, Martin Fayulu was the clear winner of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s presidential elections last month, a Financial Times analysis of two separate collections of voting data shows, contradicting claims from authorities that rival contender Felix Tshisekedi had won the historic vote.

The analysis points to huge fraud in the first change of power since Joseph Kabila took over the presidency of the mineral-rich central African nation almost 18 years ago. It is likely to embolden critics of Mr Kabila who suspect the Congolese leader is seeking to cling on to power through a deal with Mr Tshisekedi.