Hong Kong lawmakers lose legal battle over altered oaths

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HONG KONG (AP) — Two newly elected Hong Kong separatist lawmakers who altered their oaths by adding anti-China insults were disqualified from taking office in a court decision Tuesday. A High Court judge ruled that Sixtus Leung and Yau Wai-ching of the Youngspiration party violated a section of the semiautonomous Chinese city’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, as well as laws ...

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Egypt court overturns Morsi death sentence

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Cairo (AFP) – An Egyptian appeals court has overturned a death sentence handed down against ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in one of four trials since his 2013 overthrow, a judicial official said. The Court of Cassation ordered that Morsi be retried on the charges of taking part in prison breaks and violence against policemen during the 2011 uprising which ...

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German authorities raid mosques and flats, ban Islamist group

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Police launched dawn raids on about 190 mosques, flats and offices linked to an Islamist group in Germany on Tuesday as the government banned the organization, accusing it of radicalising youngsters, the interior ministry said. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said the DWR ‘True Religion’ organization had contacted young people as it distributed Korans and other religious ...

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Hong Kong court rules pro-independence lawmakers barred from legislature

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By Venus Wu HONG KONG (Reuters) – A Hong Kong court on Tuesday disqualified two pro-independence lawmakers from taking office, ruling their oath of allegiance invalid in a judgment in step with Beijing, which last week intervened in the city’s legal system. But Judge Thomas Au said he would have made the ruling anyway, without the controversial intervention by China’s ...

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Vodafone loss doubles on India woes

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London (AFP) – British mobile phone giant Vodafone on Tuesday said its first-half net loss doubled to more than 5.0 billion euros owing to a huge writedown for its Indian unit. Vodafone said its loss after tax soared to 5.1 billion euros ($5.5 billion) in the six months to September 30 compared with a net loss of 2.5 billion euros ...

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Mayors of 'sanctuary cities' say they'll fight Trump's plans

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SEATTLE (AP) — Democratic mayors of major U.S. cities that have long had cool relationships with federal immigration officials say they’ll do all they can to protect residents from deportation, despite President-elect Donald Trump’s vows to withhold potentially millions of dollars in taxpayer money if they don’t cooperate. New York’s Bill de Blasio, Chicago’s Rahm Emanuel and Seattle’s Ed Murray ...

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Iran missile programme 'non-negotiable': spokesman

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Tehran (AFP) – Iran’s missile programme is “non-negotiable” and tests will continue, foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on Tuesday, following criticism from European Union diplomats. “Iran’s defence capabilities cannot be compromised and are under no circumstance negotiable,” he told state television IRIB. “Missile tests are conducted within the framework of Iran’s defence policies.” A meeting of EU foreign ministers ...

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Woman party boss, rare in Arab world, cracks glass ceiling

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CASABLANCA, Morocco (AP) — The polls have just closed, and Nabila Mounib is surrounded by activists who take selfies with her and wish her luck. She’s keenly aware of the stakes. Mounib, a 56-year-old endocrinology professor, is Morocco’s most high-profile female politician. After two weeks of campaigning across the country in a cramped mini-bus, she will find out the next ...

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Asian stocks lower as dollar gains, markets watch Trump

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BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mostly lower Tuesday as expectations of a U.S. rate hike boosted the dollar and investors watched for signs of policy direction from President-elect Donald Trump. KEEPING SCORE: The Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.3 percent to 3,201.68 points and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 was almost unchanged at 17,668.15. India’s Sensex fell 1.4 percent to 26,431.46 and ...

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Top Asian News 6:26 a.m. GMT

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Several buildings in the center of New Zealand’s capital have been evacuated and some streets cordoned off after engineers determined that a nine-story building is in danger of collapsing, two days after a powerful earthquake shook the city. Brendan Nally, the regional commander for the New Zealand Fire Service, said engineers were completing an inspection of the downtown Wellington office ...

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