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Pakistan lawmakers pick Abbasi to replace ousted PM Sharif


Lawmakers in Pakistan have elected Shahid Khaqan Abbasi as prime minister, replacing Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations. The ruling party wants the former oil minister to hold the role temporarily until Mr Sharif's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, can take over. Shahbaz Sharif, Punjab province's chief minister, must win a parliamentary by-election to be eligible for PM. Mr Abbasi was elected with 221 votes from the 342-member National Assembly.

Pakistan lawmakers to elect new prime minister

Lawmakers in Pakistan are to elect a new prime minister to replace Nawaz Sharif, who was ousted last week over corruption allegations. The ruling party has nominated former oil minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi to serve as interim leader. They want him to take on a caretaker role until Mr Sharif's brother, Shahbaz Sharif, can take over. He is chief minister of Punjab province and must win a parliamentary by-election to be eligible for PM. Opposition groups have also nominated candidates but the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz holds a majority in the National Assembly and Mr Abbasi is expected to win the vote.

Anthony Scaramucci sacked as Trump media chief.

White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has been fired after fewer than 10 days in the post. The former Wall Street financier had drawn criticism after calling a reporter to give a profanity-laced tirade against his colleagues.

Mr Trump's chief of staff Reince Priebus and spokesman Sean Spicer both left their posts with his appointment. The decision was made by Mr Trump's new chief of staff, Gen John Kelly, who was sworn in on Monday. The president was also unhappy with Mr Scaramucci's performance, the White House confirmed.

Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials.

The Russian government has warned Poland that it will face sanctions if it removes monuments glorifying the Soviet victory in World War Two. Last month Poland updated its "de-communisation" legislation, banning "totalitarian" symbols, which would include Soviet propaganda monuments. Now Russian foreign ministry officials have warned of "asymmetric measures" if Poland removes Soviet war monuments. Russia could refuse visas for Polish officials or downgrade trade relations.

US says 'no value' in UN security council meeting on Norht Korea.

The US says it will not call for a UN Security Council meeting over North Korea's missile tests because it would produce "nothing of consequence". Such a meeting would send a message to North Korea that the international community was unwilling to challenge it, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said. Pyongyang said its tests proved that the entire US was within range. The US has responded by testing an anti-missile system and flying bombers over the Korean peninsula.

Australia police 'foil terror plot to bring down plane

 

Counter-terrorism police in Australia have stopped a suspected plot to bring down an aeroplane, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said. He was speaking after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney. Investigators said they had information that the plot to blow up an aircraft involved the use of an "improvised device". Mr Turnbull said the raids had been a "major joint counter-terrorism operation".(BBC)

North Korea conducts new intercontinental missile test

North Korea has conducted a new intercontinental ballistic missile test, South Korea and the Pentagon say. The missile reached an altitude of about 3,000km (1,865 miles) and landed in the sea off Japan, the Japanese national broadcaster NHK said. It comes three weeks after North Korea's first ICBM test. In response, the US and South Korean military conducted a live-firing exercise using surface-to-surface missiles, a US defence official said.(BBC)

Trump's hand forced by Senate vote on Russia sanctions.

The United States Senate has voted 98-2 to impose new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea, despite objections from the White House. The House of Representatives approved the bill earlier this week, also by an overwhelming majority.

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Israel removes Jerusalem flashpoint security apparatus

Muslim leaders have lifted a boycott of a key holy site in East Jerusalem after Israel removed the last of security measures which had led to uproar. They urged Palestinians to re-enter the compound on Thursday for the first time since the crisis erupted two weeks ago. The last remnants of Israel's recently installed security apparatus was taken away on Thursday morning. Palestinians had fiercely objected to the measures introduced after the killing of two Israeli policemen.

US moves one step closer to imposing fresh Russia sanctions

The US House of Representatives has voted to impose fresh sanctions on Russia, despite President Donald Trump objecting to the legislation. Senior officials will be targeted in retaliation for alleged Russian interference in the US 2016 election. The bill is likely to complicate President Trump's hopes of improving relations with Russia. It needs to be passed through the Senate before it can be sent on to the president to be signed.

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