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Friday 17 November 2017

Labour wins in Malta

Election victory is returning Malta's Labour Party to power after 15 years in opposition.

Prime Minister Lawrence Gonzi of the Nationalist Party conceded defeat as ballots were still being counted. Labour leader Joseph Muscat will be sworn in as the new prime minister today.

Karzai on the attack

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has accused the Taliban and the US of working in concert to convince Afghans that violence will worsen if most foreign troops leave next year.

Mr Karzai said two suicide bombings that killed 19 people on Saturday showed the insurgent group was conducting attacks to demonstrate that international forces would still be needed to keep the peace. "The explosions showed that they are at the service of America and at the service of this phrase: 2014," he said. Nato commander General Joseph Dunford denied the charges.

Swede princess dies

Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden, whose decades-long love story with the king's uncle was one of the better kept secrets of the royal household, has died.

She was 97 and had been in poor health for several years. Lilian met Sweden's Prince Bertil in 1943, but the prince's obligations to the throne and Lilian's status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public, and it would take more than 30 years before they could marry. The couple's lifelong dedication to one another gripped the hearts of Swedes.

British hostage dead

A British hostage who was abducted along with six others in Nigeria by an Islamist group in February is believed to be dead, Britain's foreign ministry has said.

"This was an act of cold-blooded murder, which I condemn in the strongest terms," Foreign Secretary William Hague said.

End to beheadings

Public beheadings could be scrapped as a method of execution in Saudi Arabia, a local newspaper has reported.

The oil-rich kingdom is the only country in the world where the death penalty is carried out by beheading. There have been calls for the introduction of lethal injections, but the authoritative 'Al-Watan' said yesterday that a ministerial committee was considering firing squads as an alternative.

Irish Independent

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