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US-led strikes on Syria justified: Israeli official

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Retaliatory airstrikes led by the US on Syria are justified because of the “murderous actions” said an Israeli official of the Damascus government today.

The official who denied disclosing his identity said, “ Last year (US) President Donald Trump said that the use of chemical weapons would violate a red line. This night, under America’s guidance, the United States, France and Britain acted accordingly (because) Syria continues to carry out its murderous actions”.

He further added, “Syria also serves as a base to carry out such action, namely on behalf of Iran, endangering its territory, its forces and its leadership”.

The public radio stated that Israel had been earlier apprised quite ahead of time of the air strikes that were today done by the United States, Britain and France.

Tensions seem to have been intense between Israel and Iran that is a chief backer of the Syrian regime that provides military advisors and “volunteer” ground forces to Damascus.

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China says Dalai Lama’s successor has to be approved by it

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Beijing | China on Tuesday rejected the Dalai Lama’s assertions that his successor could be from India and a nominee by Beijing would not be respected, saying the next spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism has to be approved by the Communist government.

China’s response came after the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate told a news agency on Monday that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected.

“Reincarnation is the unique way of Tibetan Buddhism. It has fixed rituals and systems,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters when asked about remarks by the Dalai Lama, who fled to India from Tibet in 1959.

“The Chinese government has policy of freedom of religious belief. We have regulation on religious affairs and regulation on the reincarnation system in Tibetan Buddhism. We respect and protect such ways of Tibetan Buddhism,” Geng said.

Dalai Lama is a title given to spiritual leaders of Tibetan people. This title is given to those who are considered among the most important monks of the Gelug school, the newest school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Born in 1935, the current Dalai Lama was identified as the reincarnation of his predecessor when he was just two years old.

“The reincarnation system has been there for hundreds of years. The 14th Dalai has also been recognised in the religious rituals and was approved by the central government. So the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama should follow the national rules and regulations and the religious rituals,” Geng said.

Amidst the Tibetan uprising in 1959, the Dalai Lama fled to India in March that year to escape a Chinese crackdown in his Himalyan abode .

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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern vows mosque gunman will face ‘full force of law’

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Christchurch | New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern promised on Tuesday that the man responsible for last week’s deadly mosque massacres would face “the full force of the law”, as she vowed never to utter his name.

“He sought many things from his act of terror, but one was notoriety — that is why you will never hear me mention his name,” Ardern said in an emotional address to a special meeting of parliament, which she opened with the Arabic greeting “as salaam aleikum” — ‘peace be upon you’.

“I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them,” she told the gathering in Wellington, four days after the massacre in the southern city of Christchurch.

“He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist. But he will, when I speak, be nameless,” she said.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, was captured by police and has been charged with one count of murder, but Ardern assured parliament other charges would follow.

“He will face the full force of the law in New Zealand,” she said.

Ardern has promised reforms to New Zealand gun laws which allowed Tarrant to legally purchase the weapons he used in the attack, including semi-automatic rifles.

And she announced a full review of how the Australian — an avowed white supremacist — was able to plan and carry out the attacks in New Zealand under the radar of security services.

“The person who committed these acts was not from here. He was not raised here. He did not find his ideology here. But that is not to say that those very same views do not live here,” she said.

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UK Speaker rules out third vote on PM May’s Brexit deal

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London | Embattled British Prime Minister Theresa May’s crisis over the Brexit in the UK Parliament has worsened as House of Commons Speaker John Bercow disallowed any attempt to hold a third vote on her withdrawal agreement with the EU which has already been voted down by MPs twice.

Bercow ruled that he would not allow another vote on the government motion if it remained “substantially the same” after it was defeated by a huge 230-vote margin in January and a smaller 149-vote margin last week.

He said parliamentary conventions dating back to 1604 meant MPs could not be asked to vote on precisely the same subject twice, indicating that he had allowed the second vote as the government had claimed some changes to the controversial Irish backstop clause offered an improved deal for Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU).

“It is a necessary rule to ensure the sensible use of the House’s time and the proper respect for the decisions which it takes,” he said.

“If the government was to bring forward a new proposition that is neither the same, nor substantially the same as disposed of by March 10, this would be entirely in order,” he said, adding that the new motion could not be “the same proposition or substantially the same proposition”.

The Speaker, who is in charge of selecting the motions and amendments that the Commons votes on, said the second meaningful vote motion on May’s Brexit deal held last week did not fall foul of parliamentary convention because it could be “credibly argued it was a different proposition” to that rejected on January 15 because of changes the government considered to be legally binding.

Bercow’s latest ruling comes as a fresh blow to May, who had been hoping she may get third-time lucky if she could win over enough rebellious MPs by warning that Brexit itself was in jeopardy unless she can go back to the EU with a substantial deal in place.

She is set to head to Brussels later this week for a European Council summit where EU leaders will contemplate agreeing to an extension of the March 29 Brexit Day deadline.

May had been hoping to seek a short extension until June 30 if her withdrawal agreement had cleared the Commons in a third vote before that meeting.

However, the likelihood of the EU agreeing to a short extension under the current scenario will prove tricky, and any longer extension would mean the UK contesting the European Parliament elections scheduled towards the end of May.

The many opponents of the British PM’s Brexit deal welcomed the Speaker’s ruling, while others feared it had triggered a constitutional crisis just days ahead of the March 29 deadline.

While MPs have also voted against leaving the EU without a deal in place within that time-frame, March 29 remains the default exit date unless the economic bloc ratifies an extension and it is then voted into law in the UK.

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