Election commission apologises to public over delay in announcement of resultsKABUL: The election commission in Afghanistan on Saturday issued an apology over the persistent delay in the announcement of the presidential election results. The head of the country’s Independent Election Commission, Hava Alam Nuristani, told a press conference in the evening that technical glitches and careful efforts to ensure transparency are behind the delay. Top Ghani rival Abdullah claims victory in Afghanistan election“The Afghan people yearn to hear about the results of the presidential elections, but we respect the Independent Election Commission’s decision to postpone announcing the results to ensure fairness, transparency and accountability of the final vote,” Ghani tweeted. Under the Constitution, a presidential candidate needs more than 50% of the votes to be declared the winner. Folly of the Afghan presidential election 2019The top election body was supposed to announce the preliminary results on Oct. 19 while the final results of the election – where a total of 13 candidates are running for the top seat – will be announced on Nov. 7.
October 20, 2019 11:26 UTC
European Union officials called on Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in talks between the US and the Taliban presented an opportunity to push anew for a truce. Roland Kobia, the EU ambassador to Afghanistan, said the talks’ collapse provided a chance to push for a ceasefire which would, in turn, prove a large enough change in Afghanistan for Trump to consider resuming negotiations. “A ceasefire would be a token, a guarantee of goodwill and good preparation for the normalisation of these relationships,” Kobia said. The Taliban, for its part, has steadfastly ruled out an immediate ceasefire but last year downed weapons for a three-day truce. Pierre Mayaudon, head of the EU delegation in Afghanistan, said a delay of a few days to finalise results was legitimate to ensure votes were fairly counted.
October 20, 2019 10:41 UTC
BRUSSELS: Brussels officials on Sunday pressed on with plans to ratify the divorce deal as European leaders considered Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s reluctant request for a Brexit delay. “It was a very short and normal meeting of the EU ambassadors to launch the next steps of the EU ratification of the agreement,” EU negotiator Michel Barnier told reporters after Sunday’s talks. Johnson, who refused to sign the letter and insists no delay is necessary, plans to bring the Brexit agreement he reached with Barnier last week to a vote on Monday. MPs will thus have to vote without knowing whether EU leaders will allow an extension — and if so whether they will delay Brexit as far as January 31 next year, as the British letter requested. Last week, EU and UK negotiators announced an agreement to govern Britain’s departure from the bloc at the end of the month and European leaders endorsed it at a summit on Thursday.
October 20, 2019 10:30 UTC
At least six civilians and a Pakistani soldier were martyred as Indian troops resorted to indiscriminate shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), officials said on Sunday. This is the highest death toll in 2019 in a single day of Indian shelling from across the dividing line. “Indian Army shall always get befitting response to CFVs. Pakistan Army shall protect innocent civilians along LOC [and] inflict unbearable cost to Indian Army. Indian Army raising white flag.
October 20, 2019 09:22 UTC
Filippov, a former education minister, told AFP he welcomes two African university delegations a month, on average, seeking to develop ties with the institution. Around 1,200 African students are enrolled in the university, which is spread across several campuses in a southern district of Moscow. The university is meanwhile hoping that some of its Russian students will spend time in Africa after they graduate. Reburying the dead: cases of controversial leadersRUDN hit international headlines in 2003 with a dormitory fire that killed 43 foreign students. At the time, foreign students also told the media of racially motivated attacks.
October 20, 2019 09:11 UTC
Tourism accounts for 18 per cent of Thailand’s gross domestic product and Chinese holidaymakers make up more than a quarter of total arrivals. The problem is not just in Phuket, with hotels also struggling to fill rooms in the seaside resort of Pattaya on the mainland and Koh Samui island. A boating disaster off Phuket’s coast that killed 47 Chinese holidaymakers has also scared some off. “In terms of business, it’s not good,” said Kongsak Khoopongsakorn, vice president of the association of hotels in Thailand and director of Vijitt Resort. Now hoteliers and tour package operators are targeting visitors from elsewhere, particularly India, which experts see as a huge untapped market.
October 20, 2019 09:00 UTC
In a country that recently held a funeral march for an iconic glacier that has nearly vanished due to melting, opinion polls point to “green wave” vote. Climate change displacing immigration as the top concern among voters is one of the most significant shifts in recent Swiss political history, according to the Sotomo political research institute. The Swiss People’s Party (SVP), which has repeatedly been accused of demonising migrants, is still likely to remain the largest parliamentary party, with opinion polls giving it over 27 percent support in the wealthy Alpine nation. The country’s so-called “magic formula” sees the council’s seven cabinet positions divided among the four leading parties. But Green Party vice president Lisa Mazzone told AFP that, given the severity of the climate emergency, her bloc intends to be “a force” in the executive.
October 20, 2019 08:37 UTC
During exchange of fire 1 soldier & 3 civilians shaheed, 2 soldiers & 5 civilians injured. Two of the five injured civilians succumbed to their injuries later, raising the number of civilian deaths to five. “Pakistan Army shall protect innocent civilians along LOC & inflict unbearable cost to Indian Army,” he said. Pakistan Army shall protect innocent civilians along LOC & inflict unbearable cost to Indian Army. Indian Army struggling to pick dead bodies and evacuate injured soldiers.
October 20, 2019 08:37 UTC
Struggling United trail their fierce rivals by 15 points but Solskjaer is keen to remind those connected with the Anfield club of one big element in United’s favour. “I am sure we will bounce back and win the league,” Solskjaer said. Criticism of Man United transfer strategy an insult to club: Woodward“A win can definitely turn a season,” he said. “A good performance and result for us here can change players’ confidence, players’ mood, their perception of what is good. “But in big games you get more pressure at Man United and Liverpool.
October 20, 2019 08:15 UTC
According to sources, the visit, which had been discussed when Modi met Erdogan in Osaka in June last, is unlikely to take place by year-end, as planned earlier. He had held bilateral talks with President Erdogan in Osaka, on the sidelines of the G20 in June this year. The Turkish leader had paid a two-day visit to India in July 2018. Ministry of External Affairs officials said no such visit by the Prime Minister was under discussion. However, Turkey’s Ambassador to India Şakir Özkan Torunlar told media that Modi’s visit was expected by his government.
October 20, 2019 08:15 UTC
“In August, I had an opportunity to meet with Americans from Kashmir Valley in the San Fernando Valley, along with my colleague Congressman André Carson (D-IN). I look forward to learning more about human rights in Kashmir,” said Congressman Sherman. “We have invited other State Department officials and we also expect to hear from private human rights activists on the issues,” he added. “Human rights violations are an international matter,” said the British lawmaker, adding that India must end the lockdown. “It is time the Kashmir dispute be resolved with the consent of the Kashmiris – the main stakeholders.”Read full story
October 20, 2019 08:03 UTC
1-0 defeat halts the resurgence of Zidane's side just as the defending champions appears to be gathering paceMADRID: Barcelona sailed back to the top of the table on Saturday and trouble returned to Real Madrid after they endured their first La Liga defeat of the season at newly-promoted Real Mallorca. “The problem is we have to show every three days that we are good,” Real coach Zidane said. Zidane will hope to have at least one of the injured Luke Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos back for their crucial Champions League group match away at Galatasaray on Tuesday. The match against Real Madrid is now expected to go ahead in December. He will now miss the Champions League game at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.
October 20, 2019 07:52 UTC
The top of the Bundesliga grew even more congested with the top nine separated by just two points. Gladbach remained top, ahead of Wolfsburg, who drew 1-1 at RB Leipzig, on goal difference. Bayern, Dortmund and Leipzig are all one point behind. In Dortmund, Thorgan Hazard’s first-half strike for the home team against his former club was ruled out by VAR for a tight offside call. Benched Mueller admits frustrations amid Bayern exit reportsCoach Lucien Favre didn’t hide his annoyance with the two tight VAR decisions that went against his side.
October 20, 2019 07:52 UTC
Ronaldo was presented with a special jersey before kick-off to mark his 700th career goal scored playing for Portugal during the week. CR700: Cristiano Ronaldo scores 700th career goal“The road is the right one, but we need to work on some details. It was a good match blighted by three or four errors,” said Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri whose side host Lokomotiv Moscow in Champions League action on Tuesday. But Pjanic sealed victory with his third goal in four games in the 54th minute amid chaos in front of the Bologna goal. “I’m losing years of my life kicking penalties in the 90th minute,” said 29-year-old Immobile, after scoring his third league goal from the spot this season.
October 20, 2019 07:41 UTC
Turkey and the United States reached an agreement that gives Kurdish forces five days for a complete withdrawal from a safe zone along the border – a deadline which expires Tuesday night. But Ankara and the Kurdish forces accused each other Saturday of breaching the truce, which was intended to halt the Turkish offensive on condition that the militants retreated. “Our president has ordered our troops to maintain their positions and not engage anybody.”Kalin accused Kurdish forces of perpetrating 16 attacks in the border towns of Ras al-Ain and Tal Abyad. The commander of Kurdish forces in Syria, Mazloum Abdi, earlier accused Ankara of sabotaging the agreement with Washington by blocking the withdrawal of his forces from a flashpoint border town in northeastern Syria, a claim Turkey denied. Kalin accused Kurdish forces of using IS prisoners as a “bargaining chip in this dirty war” by deliberately freeing them.
October 20, 2019 06:56 UTC