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Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamation

Indian minister sues woman alleging sexual harassment for defamationIndian government minister MJ Akbar filed a defamation suit against one of at least 10 women accusing him of sexual harassment on Monday, calling her allegations false and malicious. The lawsuit, a copy of which was reviewed by Reuters, names journalist Priya Ramani as the sole accused and says that she "intentionally put forward malicious, fabricated and salacious" allegations to harm his reputation. Ramani was not immediately reachable for comment. The lawsuit comes amid widespread calls on social media for Akbar's resignation from his post as the minister of state for external affairs. Akbar, 67, a veteran editor who founded several publications, has been accused of a range of inappropriate behaviour by female journalists who previously worked as his subordinates. An Indian policeman takes away a Congress party worker during a protest against India's junior external affairs minister MJAkbar in New Delhi Credit: Manish Swarup/ AP Many journalists have called for Akbar to be sacked and have threatened to boycott events he is attending until he resigns. More than 200 protesters from the youth wing of the opposition Congress party waved placards and chanted slogans outside Akbar's Delhi home on Monday. Some jumped barricades and clashed with police and dozens were detained, a Reuters witness said. Akbar is one of the highest-profile figures so far to face accusations in India's burgeoning #MeToo movement. Several powerful men from the worlds of media, entertainment and the arts have been snared in sexual harassment and assault allegations, which have led to a string of ousters. In a one-page statement on Sunday, Akbar described allegations against him as "wild and baseless" and questioned if they were politically motivated. "Why has this storm risen a few months before a general election? Is there an agenda? You be the judge," he said in the statement. Shutapa Paul, one of the women who has accused Akbar of sexual misconduct, told Reuters on Sunday that she was dismayed by Akbar's response. "Akbar's brazen shaming of all of us is evidence of his sense of entitlement and power. I feel let down by the powers that be," Paul said. "Truth and justice will prevail."



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Saudi Arabia denies allegations regarding murder of Khashoggi: interior minister

Saudi Arabia denies allegations regarding murder of Khashoggi: interior ministerSaudi Arabia denied allegations regarding the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Interior Minister said late on Friday. Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.



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South Korea's Foreign Minister Says Seoul May Lift Some Sanctions on North Korea

South Korea's Foreign Minister Says Seoul May Lift Some Sanctions on North KoreaSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in has described inter-Korean engagement as crucial to resolving the nuclear standoff



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Israel's prime minister questioned again in corruption probe

Israel's prime minister questioned again in corruption probeIsraeli police questioned Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the 12th time in connection with a long-running corruption investigation.



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North Korea Foreign Minister Says Country Won't Disarm Without Trust

North Korea Foreign Minister Says Country Won't Disarm Without TrustRi Yong Ho called on the U.S. to follow through on promises made during a summit



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Former Brexit minister Davis says exit deal 80 – 90 percent likely

Former Brexit minister Davis says exit deal 80 - 90 percent likelyBritain’s former Brexit minister David Davis said he thought it was 80 – 90 percent likely that the government will strike an exit deal with the European Union, but warned that he expected talks to go down to the wire.



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Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreigners

Japan's foreign minister says country to open to foreignersHANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Japan is gearing up to accept more foreign workers as its own population is on the brink of a steep decline, Foreign Minister Taro Kono said Friday.



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German minister says refugee deal reached with Italy

German minister says refugee deal reached with ItalyInterior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday that Germany had reached a deal with Italy to return migrants who have already applied for asylum there and added he expected it to be signed soon. “I have just heard that the deal with Italy has also been agreed,” Seehofer told the Bundestag lower house of parliament. The deals are part of a compromise between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats and Seehofer’s Bavarian Christian Social Union that appears to resolve a dispute over returning migrants that nearly split them and brought down the government.



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Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrants

Italy's far-right interior minister faces probe over stranded migrantsProsecutors in Sicily on Saturday opened an inquiry into Italy’s far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini for “illegal confinement, illegal arrest and abuse of power”, reports said, over his refusal to allow over 100 rescued migrants off a coastguard ship. Authorities earlier allowed a dozen migrants to leave the Diciotti where they have been stranded for days, as it also hailed Albania for offering to accept some of those on board. Rome has blocked most of the migrants from stepping off the boat which docked at the port of Catania in Sicily on Monday night, leaving them trapped as Italy pushes other EU nations to take them in.



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eSwatini will not switch to China from Taiwan: minister

eSwatini will not switch to China from Taiwan: ministerThe Kingdom of eSwatini will not switch its allegiance from Taiwan to China, its foreign affairs minister said on Wednesday, after China said it expected Taiwan’s last diplomatic ally in Africa to switch allies soon. “They must not play mind games because our relationship with Taiwan is over 50 years so we will not dump them,” Mgwagwa Gamedze told Reuters from Taiwan, where he was on a visit. “We have no desire to change camps since Taiwan has been good to us.” eSwatini was formerly known as Swaziland.



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