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    US city elects first-ever Sikh woman mayor

    Preet Didbal’s rise to mayor was celebrated as a long-awaited affirmation of the Sikh community’s contributions in California, the Los Angeles Times said on Thursday.

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    Turkey dismisses over 2,700 in post-coup purges

    The Turkish government on Sunday ordered the sacking of more than 2,700 people working in public institutions over their alleged links to “terror” groups, in the latest round.

    West Asia
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    Pak govt urges Court to deny clearance to Hafiz Saeed's political party

    Nearly four weeks after Hafiz Saeed was set free from house arrest, the Pakistan government has urged the Islamabad High Court not to allow the registration of his political party, the Milli Muslim League.

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    Catalan separatists win absolute parliamentary majority

    Catalan separatists won a crucial snap poll Thursday, plunging their region into further uncertainty after a failed independence bid rattled Europe and triggered Spain's worst political crisis in decades.

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    Why the Gujarat results mean it is game on for Congress

    Any political election is like a bloodfest, a winner-take-all contest. There is no runners-up trophy. In a first-past-the-post system, the victory margins can be razor-thin. The huge 282-seat mandate that the Narendra.

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    India: Narendra Modi's BJP wins Gujarat state election

    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fought off a resurgent Congress on Monday to hold on to Gujarat for a record sixth term and stayed on course to pick up an easy win in Himachal Pradesh.

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    Rahul Gandhi takes over India's opposition Congress party

    Rahul Gandhi, the scion of India's most famous political dynasty, on Saturday took over as president of the main opposition Congress while facing a stiff challenge from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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    Gujarat election battle comes to an end, verdict out on Monday

    Gujarat recorded an average 68.7% turnout in the second phase of voting for 93 seats in the state’s central and northern parts on Thursday. With this, the overall polling in the two-phase election.

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    Gujarat Elections: EC has become Modi's 'puppet': Congress

    The Congress on Thursday made a strong attack on the Election Commission, accusing it of becoming a "puppet" in the hands of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who it said was breaking.

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    Gujarat polls: Voting for 93 seats in second, final phase begins

    After a bitter and a high voltage campaign, the stage is set for the final phase of polling in Gujarat on Thursday. The second and final phase of elections will see 93 Assembly seats spread across.

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    India: 'We are confident of winning Gujarat polls', says Rahul Gandhi

    Rahul Gandhi has promised a "zabardast" verdict when votes are counted next Monday in the Gujarat assembly elections. At a press conference in Ahmedabad that stood in for a cancelled roadshow.

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    India: Former PM hits out at Modi for Pakistan conspiracy theory

    In a sharp counter-offensive on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his “conspiracy with Pakistan” remark, former premier Manmohan Singh on Monday said he was setting a “dangerous precedent”.

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    Rahul Gandhi named president of India's Congress party

    Senior Congress leader Mullappally Ramachandran said the 47-year-old had stood unopposed for election as the president of the party his family had led for generations.

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    India: Ahead of Gujarat polls, BJP boots out 24 leaders for anti-party activities

    Ahead of high-voltage Gujarat Assembly elections, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) state unit has suspended 24 of its members for their involvement in anti-party activities.

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    Rahul Gandhi set to be Congress president before Gujarat polls

    The Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Monday announced the schedule to elect the next party president, paving the way for Rahul Gandhi’s coronation just before the Gujarat elections.

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    Iraqi Kurdistan's parliment attacked as Barzani resigns

    Angry demonstrators, some carrying clubs, have reportedly stormed the parliament of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region in the region’s capital city of Erbil as the Kurdish lawmakers approved a request.

    West Asia
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    Catalans declare independence from Spain

    The vote in the regional parliament followed a tense week of last-ditch negotiations between Madrid and Barecelona. Seventy of 135 Catalan deputies voted for independence, with 10 opposed and two blank ballot slips.

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    India's ruling party to face poll test on PM Modi's turf

    Voters in Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat will go to the polls in December, the election commission announced Wednesday, in what will be a key test for India’s right-wing premier.

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    Kurdistan region offers to freeze independence vote

    Iraqi Kurdish leaders offered on Wednesday to freeze the outcome of last month's vote for independence, taking a step back in a major crisis that prompted Baghdad to seize swathes of disputed territory.

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    Xi Jinping reappointed as China’s top leader

    President Xi Jinping was formally handed a second term on Wednesday, with no clear successor emerging in a revamped ruling council, cementing his grip on power and setting the stage for him.

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    Pakistani legislator in hot water after saying he ‘urinates on votes’

    A petition was filed in the Sindh high court seeking his disqualification under Articles 62 and 63 of the Constitution after he said that he doesn’t need to have relations with those who vote for him.

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    Assessing Trump’s Criticisms of Iran and the Nuclear Deal

    The rationale Trump provided includes several misleading or incomplete statements about the terms of the deal, what he considers a violation of the agreement and Iran itself. Here is an assessment.

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    Spain gives Catalan leader eight days to drop independence

    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia's political autonomy and rule the region directly.

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    Iraq imposes new measures on Kurdistan over referendum

    Iraq has filed a lawsuit through the office of the public prosecutor to put those officials on trial who arranged the independence referendum on September 25 despite the opposition of the Iraqi government.

    West Asia

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