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British PM Theresa May wins Parliament vote to hold snap Elections on June 8.

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Britain’s parliament has voted by 522 to 13 in favour of Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to hold an early national election.

Britain had not been due to hold a national election until 2020 but May said on Tuesday she wanted to bring that forward to June 8.

This year in order to strengthen her hand in Brexit negotiations with the European Union.

She needed to win the backing of more than two thirds of parliament’s 650 members in order to hold an early election.

Earlier, under electoral law, May must win a two thirds majority in a parliamentary vote due to be held later on Wednesday before she can officially call an early election. May is expected to win the vote, and wants to hold an election on June 8.

‘I believe that at this moment of enormous national significance there should be unity here in Westminster not division,’ May told parliament. ‘That’s why it is the right and responsible thing for all of us here today to vote for a general election.’

Earlier Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the public ‘cannot trust’ May as the two clashed over the snap election.

Corbyn told MPs the Tories had ‘broken promises’ on the NHS and the deficit and ‘starved’ schools of money while cutting tax for the rich.

The prime minister said Labour would ‘bankrupt’ the UK and only the Tories could ensure a ‘strong economy and defence’ and make a success of Brexit.

May said she will ‘fight for every vote’ in the election, saying the mandate a victory would hand her would give her the ‘strongest hand’ in EU withdrawal talks and make it hard for people to ‘frustrate’ the process.

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Amid political crisis Maldives to hold presidential poll in September

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Male, Feb 23: The first round of presidential elections in the Maldives will be held in early September and preparations for the polls have already begun, the Elections Commission has announced.

It said on Thursday that a second round, if necessary, would be held within 21 days from the election day.

The President’s Office in a statement said it welcomed the announcement and encouraged all relevant stakeholders to offer the Elections Commission their full, unreserved support for the conduct of their work.

“Free, fair and credible elections are the foundation of our democracy and it is essential for continuity of our nation’s growth, stability and prosperity,” the statement said.

“The government of the Maldives extends its invitation to all international stakeholders to observe the electoral process and… urges the international community to provide support in bringing back normalcy in the Maldives.

“It also requests the international community to refrain from any actions that could hinder resolving the situation the country is facing,” the President’s Office said.

It further said that the government recommended all political parties and politicians alike to work towards, making the upcoming elections free and fair, rather than engage in a battle to topple the government and to destabilize the nation.

The Maldivian Parliament earlier this week approved extending the state of Emergency in the country by 30 days following a request by President Abdulla Yameen.

Yameen had requested for an extension “as the threat to national security had not diminished” following the Supreme Court ruling on February 1 ordering the release of detained opposition leaders, including self-exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed.

The President had first declared a 15-day state of emergency on February 5 after the Supreme Court ruling, which was, however, rescinded shortly after the declaration of the state of Emergency.

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UK violates women’s rights by unduly restricting access to abortion in Northern Ireland

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Geneva, Feb 23:  The United Kingdom violates women’s rights by unduly restricting access to abortion in Northern Ireland, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women stated on Friday.

“Denial of abortion and criminalization of abortion amounts to discrimination against women because it is a denial of a service that only women need. And it puts women in horrific situations,” Reuters quoted citing the committee’s vice-chairwoman, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, said in a statement.

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Financial Action Task Force to put Pakistan on grey list for terror financing: Sources

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Financial Action Task Force(FATF) has taken the decision to put Pakistan on the grey list for terror financing, Reported ANI Sources. 

The motion brought forth by the United States (US) was backed by the countries like the United Kingdom (UK), France, and India.

The insiders revealed that Pakistan’s traditional friend China withdrew its objections in putting Islamabad on the grey list.

The move will make it difficult for international financial institutions and banks to do business in Pakistan and it will also make it difficult for Pakistani businesses to raise money overseas.

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