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NZ PM says final election tally does not weaken his chances of forming a coalition govt

WELLINGTON, Oct 7 (Reuters) New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English said a final election tally released on Saturday did not fundamentally change negotiations between his National Party and the nationalist New Zealand First Party to form a coalition government.
The final count in the Sept. 23 election showed National had lost two seats compared to the preliminary count on election night, but remained in the lead with 56 seats, compared to the opposition Labour Party's 46.
"I don't think it weakens it significantly at all, the fundamentals haven't altered," English told reporters in Queenstown in response to a question on his party's negotiation position.
The inconclusive election results have left neither major party with enough votes to form a government without populist New Zealand First, which holds nine seats.
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Hasina seeks people' alertness against war criminals

24 Feb 2018 | 10:57 PM

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Dhaka, Feb 24 ( UNI) Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday called upon the countrymen to stay alert against cohorts of 1971 war criminals saying they did not deserve forgiveness.

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Indian high commission office in Sylhet soon

24 Feb 2018 | 10:29 PM

By Mir Afroz Zaman
Dhaka, Feb 24 ( UNI) High Commission of India in Bangladesh will set up its office in Sylhet within next two months, said High Commissioner Harsh Vardhan Sringla in Sylhet on Friday.

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'Shantidoot-4' returns to Bangladesh

24 Feb 2018 | 10:22 PM

Dhaka, Feb 24 ( UNI) The Bangladesh Army is going to co-host the multi-country military exercise ‘Shantidoot’ again with the cooperation of the US Pacific Command from Feb 26 to Mar 12.

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India, China hold talks on promoting ties during Foreign Secretary's visit

24 Feb 2018 | 8:16 PM

Beijing, Feb 24 (UNI) India and China have agreed to expedite the various dialogue mechanisms to promote multifaceted cooperation across diverse fields of bilateral engagement.

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Sri Lankan cabinet reshuffle on Sunday

24 Feb 2018 | 5:55 PM

Colombo, Feb 24 (UNI) A cabinet reshuffle will take place in Sri Lanka on Sunday, reports here said.

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