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China arrests former Canadian diplomat, businessman

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BEIJING: China has formally arrested two Canadians who have been detained for months on national security grounds, a Canadian newspaper reported here today, in a case that has inflamed tensions between Ottawa and Beijing.
A Canadian government source told The Globe and Mail that neither Michael Kovrig, a former diplomat, nor Michael Spavor, a China-based businessman who organized trips to North Korea, have been formally charged with any crime.
“Canada strongly condemns their arbitrary arrest as we condemned their arbitrary detention on Dec. 10,” the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement to the newspaper.
The men were first accused of activities that “endanger China’s security” – a phrase often used by Beijing when alleging espionage.
China later announced it suspected Kovrig, who works for the International Crisis Group think tank, of spying and stealing state secrets and alleged that Spavor had provided him with intelligence.
Spying charges could expose them to tough prison sentences.

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PML-N to stay out of the recent Chairman Nab issue: Shehbaz

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LHC adjourns Shehbaz's bail pleas till Feb 6

LONDON: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz president Shehbaz Sharif has said his party would remain neutral on the recent scandal relating to National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Chairman Justice (retd) Javed Iqbal.

Taking on Twitter to react on the issue, Shehbaz said, “Our viewpoint on NAB is principled and we will keep voicing our concerns on all forums.”

“PML-N has nothing to do with anybody’s private life and will stick to its political and legal narrative!”, he continued in his tweet.

 

 

 

 

 

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Theresa May announces her resignation!

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LONDON: Drawing three-year premiership to a close, Theresa May will leave 10-Downing Street on 7th of June. 

This was announced here today by the Premier who had to take this decision due to massive criticism for missing two Brexit deadlines failing to deliver her major policy of leaving the EU: “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” stated.

She maintained that it had been the honor of her life to serve as PM and she would leave with no ill will, but enormous and enduring gratitude. 

 

 

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Macron faces a critical test this weekend

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PARIS: President Emmanuel Macron this weekend faces a critical test of his ambitions to reform France and champion a liberal Europe in European Parliament elections where his own party risks losing to the far-right.
The latest opinion surveys show the far-right National Rally (RN) outpolling Macron’s centrist Republic on the Move (LREM) by between 0.5-2 percentage points, after months where the two were neck-and-neck.
Analysts say that two years into his five-year term, the EU election represents a critical juncture for Macron and will influence whether the 41-year-old president can continue reforming in what he calls the “second act” of his time in office.
Macron has made no secret of the importance of the polls in France Sunday, telling regional newspapers this week the elections were the most important for four decades as the union faced an “existential threat”.
At stake is the youthful president’s vision of implementing further pro-business reforms in France, while emerging as a champion of more integration among EU member states.
Losing to Marine Le Pen’s RN — formerly known as the National Front — could be a glaring blow to those ambitions.
Sources close to Macron say a bad loss could prompt a major cabinet reshuffle, with the job of Prime Minister Edouard Philippe seen as being on the line.

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