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Israel PM Netanyahu withdraws immunity request

Israel PM Netanyahu withdraws immunity request

Jerusalem, Jan 28 (UNI) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday withdrew his request for immunity from prosecution on corruption charges.

Netanyahu, who is in Washington for the launching of US President Donald Trump's "Deal of the Century" peace plan, made the announcement on his official Facebook page.

His announcement came hours before the parliament was to launch a proceeding to discuss his request.

Israel's longest-serving prime minister said in a statement that he made the move because the results of the proceeding "were known in advance" and he decided not to continue "this dirty game."

Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party and Netanyahu's main rival, said in a statement that "No one can run a state and three serious criminal cases at the same time."

Attorney-General Avihai Mandelblit issued in November an indictment, charging Netanyahu with bribery, fraud, and breach of trust. It was the first time in Israel's history that an incumbent prime minister was indicted.

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FATF asks Pakistan to tighten laws against terror financing

FATF asks Pakistan to tighten laws against terror financing

18 Feb 2020 | 6:03 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (UNI) Terror watchdog, Financial Action Task Force (FATF), has asked Pakistan to enact tougher laws to check terror financing and take strict penal action against individuals involved in it.

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UN Secy Gen visits Kartarpur gurdwara

UN Secy Gen visits Kartarpur gurdwara

18 Feb 2020 | 6:00 PM

Islamabad, Feb 18 (UNI) United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres visited Kartarpur Corridor on Tuesday and termed it as a "corridor of hope" and symbol of interfaith harmony.

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Philippines lifts coronavirus-induced travel ban on Hong Kong, Macao

Philippines lifts coronavirus-induced travel ban on Hong Kong, Macao

18 Feb 2020 | 5:41 PM

Moscow, Feb 18 (UNI) The Philippine authorities have allowed their citizens to return to work in Hong Kong and Macao, which were imposed due to the coronavirus outbreak, Undersecretary for Civilian Security and Consular Concerns of the Philippine Foreign Ministry Brigido Dulay said on Tuesday.

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India, EU to deepen defence security ties

India, EU to deepen defence security ties

18 Feb 2020 | 5:25 PM

Brussels, Feb 18 (UNI) India and European Union expect to deepen their engagement – particularly in the field of defence security and menace of terrorism.

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Wuhan hospital head dies from coronavirus

18 Feb 2020 | 4:48 PM

Beijing, Feb 18 (UNI) Liu Zhiming, head of the Wuchang Hospital in Wuhan, the epicenter of the novel coronavirus epidemic, died from the virus on Tuesday, the Wuhan municipal health commission said.

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