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Prabowo Subianto Indonesia’s General Election Commission (KPU) held its’ final meeting today to finalise votes in the Presidential Election counted at the level of districts and provinces, with the final official count as of 5pm today showing Prabowo-Hatta with 43.83% and Jokowi-JK with 53.17%. However, Prabowo Subianto, leader of Indonesia’s Gerindra Party, withdrew from the Indonesian presidential election just hours before the KPU’s official count announcement, attacking the institution and accusing the KPU of not properly investigating alleged cheating at the polls. The former military general made the announcement during a press conference in Jakarta this afternoon, stating the party

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World’s major cities saw thousands standing united and strong, holding demonstrations, in support of the victims of Gaza, Palestine under the onslaught of Israel in which more than 400 people have died so far. Protests were held in Norway, Sweden, USA, Germany, London, Argentina, Paris, and Sydney. France originally tried to ban the demonstrations, the government and media are seen as portraying Israel as the victim that has angered the population and saw more than 10,000 defiant protestors in Lyon, Paris and Toulouse. Some peaceful protests turned violent as stone throwing was exchanged between protestors and the police. The situation

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Thousands of people marched through London’s West End yesterday in protest against Israeli action against Palestinians living in Gaza. Chants of ‘From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free’ could be heard echoing through the Capital’s streets as people processed from outside the gates of Downing Street, home to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, to the Israeli Embassy near Hyde Park. A policeman told The Kashmir Walla he believed numbers approached 16,000, adding that was a ‘guestimation’. People from across the UK attended the march, with banners from Gloucestershire and Leicesteshire, with one choirister proudly waving a Welsh

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After the continuous airstrikes on Gaza, Palestine, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said he has instructed the military to begin a ground offensive in Gaza. The bombing has been now going on for ten days. According to the health officials of Gaza at least 229 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have been killed since the bombing began. Among them were more than 40 children. Reuters News tweeted: Israeli prime minister says has instructed military to begin ground offensive in Gaza – official statement — Reuters India (@ReutersIndia) July 17, 2014 Further details awaited.  

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Gaza City:  New Israeli air strikes in Gaza on early on Wednesday killed several people, medics said, bringing the death toll from Israel’s operation in the besieged Palestinian territory to 202. A strike on a house in the southern city of Rafah killed two men, emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP, and a separate raid killed a young man who witnesses said was an Islamic Jihad militant. Another Rafah strike shortly afterwards left one man dead, Qudra said, while a raid on the home of Mohammed al-Arjani in the southern city of Khan Yunis killed his son Abdullah, 19.

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  Poet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. One of America’s leading literary voices of the last 50 years, Angelou was best-known for her 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the 1930s. The news was confirmed to the BBC by the mayor’s office in her home town of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Mayor Allen Joines said he was “very sad of her passing”. Her poetry collections included

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Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez stands outside his house on his 87th birthday in Mexico City March 6, 2014.CREDIT: REUTERS/EDGARD GARRIDO Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez’s masterpiece was “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Garcia Marquez died at his home in Mexico City,

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South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died, South Africa’s president says. Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison. He had been receiving intense home-based medical care for a lung infection after three months in hospital. In a statement on South African national TV, Mr Zuma said Mr Mandela had “departed” and was at peace. “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” Mr Zuma said. The Nobel Peace Prize laureate was one of the world’s most revered statesmen after preaching reconciliation despite being imprisoned for

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By News Desk | Srinagar, Kashmir Starting the International Week of the Disappeared from today the Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Indian-controlled Jammu and Kashmir organised a public meeting “23 years of struggle Against Enforced Disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir” here in Srinagar, to remember the last twenty three years of Kashmir conflict, during which more than 8000 people have been involuntarily disappeared. This year the week starts from May 27 and ends on May 31 2013 during which the people who were forcefully disappeared in world conflicts are remembered by their families and human rights defenders. In

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Israeli officials confirmed Saturday that their country had carried out an air strike against neighboring Syria, the Associated Press reported. The unidentified officials said the strike was carried out early on Friday and targeted a shipment of advanced missiles bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militant group, the news agency reported. It did not say where in Syria the strike had taken place. Reuters cited an unidentified US official as also saying that Israel had conducted an airstrike, apparently targeting a building. Earlier, CNN reported that Israeli planes had launched an airstrike on Syrian territory without entering the country’s air space. The

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