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Pakistan’s PM ousted in no-confidence vote

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Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has officially been ousted from his position after losing a no-confidence vote

After days of drama, the vote was held when opposition parties staged a motion against the former leader.

Khan has previously claimed there is a US-led conspiracy to remove him because of his ties with Russia and China.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was ousted on Sunday when he lost a vote of confidence in parliament, after being deserted by coalition partners.

Supporters of Pakistan’s opposition parties celebrate outside parliament following the ousting of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Khan lost a vote of no confidence in parliament on Sunday after being deserted by coalition partners.

They blame him for the country’s crumbling economy, and accuse him of failing to deliver on his campaign promises.

After a 13-hour session beset by repeated delays, the presiding speaker of the lower house Ayaz Sadiq announced the result of the vote:

“174 members have recorded their votes in favor of the Resolution. Consequently, the Resolution of Vote of No-Confidence against Mr. Imran Khan, the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has been passed by a majority of the total membership of the National Assembly.”

Two sources said the voting came after Khan met with the country’s powerful army chief, as criticism mounted over delays in the parliamentary process.

Analysts said there were signs that Khan had lost the support of the army, which has ruled the country for nearly half of its 75-year history.

Khan, instead, insists he’s the victim of an international conspiracy, claiming the United States wanted him gone for his recent foreign policy moves, including a trip to Moscow to meet President Vladimir Putin.

Washington has rejected the charge but it has resonated with his supporters who also took to the streets of Islamabad following the vote.

Khan’s ouster, after three and a half years in office, extends Pakistan’s unwanted record for political instability:

No prime minister has completed their full term since independence in 1947, although Khan is the first to be removed through a no-confidence vote.

Opposition leader Shehbaz Sharif is the front-runner to lead the nuclear-armed nation of 220 million.

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New York Stock Exchange in free fall

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Human error sends the New York Stock Exchange tumbling

We’ve all made mistakes at the office from time to time, but spare a thought for one worker who may have single-handedly brought down the New York Stock Exchange with just one tiny error.

The mistake of one employee has wiped billions of dollars off the charts for some of the globe’s largest companies.

The individual reportedly triggered wild swings and volatility on the New York Stock Exchange.

A number of big brand names were caught up in the catastrophe. It included McDonald’s, Walmart, and Mobil.

The NYSE eventually came clean. Officials admitted the“root cause” of the screw-up was a “manual error” from a staff member in the backup data centre.

The employee accidentally left the system running.

That’s why some stocks behaved as if trading had already started, with no opening prices being set, sending the market into a meltdown. #trending #featured

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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FBI Director discusses classified documents as U.S. lawmakers demand answers

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Bipartisan outrage on Capitol Hill as politicians say the Biden administration is stonewalling their quest for answers

FBI Director Christopher Wray is speaking out for the first time after several batches of classified documents were discovered in U.S. President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home and Washington think tank office.

On Thursday, Wray urged lawmakers and officials to be “conscious of the rules” when dealing with classified documents.

The statements appear to be a veiled criticism of President Biden after news broke that some of the classified papers in the President’s possession date back 14-years ago to when Biden was a Delaware Senator raising questions if this is a pattern for the president to mishandle classified information.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, there is bipartisan outrage as lawmakers say the Biden administration is stonewalling them in their quest for answers.

Currently, both Biden and former President Donald Trump are facing special counsel investigations into their mishandling of classified documents—and just this week, former Vice President Mike Pence turned over classified documents to the DOJ.

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