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Mariano Rajoy re-elected as Spain's Prime Minister

Updated: Oct 30, 2016 11:50 IST      
Mariano Rajoy re-elected as Spain's Prime Minister

Washington D.C. [United States], Oct. 30 (ANI): Acting Prime Minister of Spain and leader of its center-right Popular Party, Mariano Rajoy was on Saturday re-elected after winning a parliamentary vote.

Rajoy won the parliamentary vote by a margin of 170-111 with 68 abstentions, breaking the political deadlock and giving Spain its first fully functioning government since December.

The economy is once again a major challenge for Rajoy.

Unemployment rate of Spain is 19.5%, which is second highest in the European Union after Greece.

However, despite having a caretaker government, the economy has grown at a 3% rate, owing to the austerity measures taken by the acting Prime Minister.

Following the December election, Spain had tried to put together a coalition government but by the emergence of the left-wing Podemos and centrist Ciudadanos, as well as other regional parties, the process had become complicated.

General election were held once gain in June but neither the PP nor the Spanish Socialist Party ( PSOE), Spain's two major political forces, were able to gather enough support to form the government.

Rajoy was elected as the Prime Minister in 2011 by a landslide vote. (ANI)

80 Afghan soldiers under siege in Northern Province

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 05:19 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 19 (ANI): At least 80 soldiers of Afghanistan National Army are under siege by insurgents since 20 days in Faryab province of Afghanistan, reports Tolo News.

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Barcelona attack: Key suspect Moussa Oukabir confirmed dead

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 04:57 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 19 (ANI): The prime suspect in Barcelona attack Moussa Oukabir has been shot dead by police in the nearby seaside town of Cambrils, reports Express.

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Islamabad [Pakistan], August 19 (ANI): Pakistan's Karachi city and Bangladesh's capital city Dhaka have been named among the least liveable cities of the world, a survey.

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Abu Dhabi [U.A.E.] August 19 (ANI): A former member of the Muslim Brotherhood has confessed that Qatar supported the banned Islamist members to destabilize the United Arab Emirates.

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86 ISIS insurgents killed in Afghanistan

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 02:29 IST     

Kabul [Afghanistan], August 19 (ANI): At least 86 insurgents belonging to Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have been killed in airstrikes and ground operations by the Afghan National Defense and Security forces.

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'Trump wants to cut off all military aid to Pakistan'

Updated: Aug 19, 2017 02:21 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 19 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump wants to cut off all military aid to Pakistan as he thinks that the Washington is being ripped off by Islamabad.

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Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon out of White House

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 23:35 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): Stephen Bannon, chief strategist who helped Donald Trump win the 2016 election is out of the White House, said two administration officials Friday who are familiar with the decision.

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Washington D.C. [USA] Aug 18 (ANI): In the wake of ISIS striking terror in Barcelona where at least 14 people have been killed, U.S. President Donald Trump has reiterated that 'Radical Islamic Terrorism' must be stopped by whatever means necessary.

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Turku [Finland], Aug 18 (ANI): At least, one person has died and eight others injured in a stabbing attack in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday.

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US amps up Cyber Command to combat cyberspace threats

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 22:48 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], August 18 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump amped up country's Cyber Command by directing to elevate it to the status of a Unified Combatant Command, which will strengthen country's cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve nation's defense.

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New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that there is no report of any Indian casualty in the terror attack in Spain where 13 people have been killed and more than 100 injured after a vehicle ploughed into pedestrians at Barcelona's famed Las Ramblas boulevard tourist area.

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Samurai sword attack at Taipei's Presidential Office

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 15:33 IST     

Beijing [China], August18 (ANI): A samurai sword-wielding man carrying a flag of the People's Republic of China slashed a military police guard outside Taiwan's presidential office on Friday.

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Three people beheaded by Al-Shabaab terrorists in Kenya

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 14:20 IST     

London[U.K.], August 18 (ANI):Islamic militants have beheaded three people and burnt houses in an attack in Lamu County located in the Northern Coast of Kenya on Friday.

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Being [China], August 18 (ANI):Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has issued an order to the military to prepare to "shoulder arms," in case of a US invasion, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said on Thursday.

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Colombo [Sri Lanka], August 18 (ANI): The democracy in the Maldives has been transformed into sheer autocracy ever since the Members of Parliament of United Opposition submitted a no-confidence motion against the Speaker on July 3.

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Sharif, sons to defy NAB summons order

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 13:53 IST     

Lahore[Pakistan],August 18 (ANI): Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his two sons will show defiance by skipping the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) investigation meeting on Friday into the Al-Azizia Steel Mills case till the Supreme Court decides on his review petition against the apex court's July 28 verdict to disqualify him from office.

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New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): In a series of tweets, Baloch leader Brahumdagh Bugti, the founder and leader (in exile) of the Baloch Republican Party, has raised an objection to extending an invitation to Pakistan's former military dictator Pervez Musharraf to participate in a talk on peace.

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New Delhi [India], August 18 (ANI): The Japanese Embassy in India on Friday told ANI that Japan is closely watching the Doklam stand-off between India and China and that no country should make an attempt to unilaterally change status quo by force.

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Sydney [Australia], August 18 (ANI): With India-China stand-off at Doklam, near the Sikkim-Tibet-Bhutan tri-junction still continuing, Chinese Australians, in their flashy supercars, organized a car rally in Sydney, Australia, to protest against India on its 71st Independence Day.

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Catalan government links attacks of Cambrils, Barcelona

Updated: Aug 18, 2017 11:25 IST     

Barcelona [Spain], August 18 (ANI): The Catalan government are investigating on the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside resort town of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona carried out by the Islamic State terrorists.

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