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May 18, 2014

21:53  Republican chairman: Clinton's age, health 'fair game':  Hillary Clinton's age and health are valid campaign issues if the 66-year-old Democrat makes another run for president in 2016, the Republican Party leader said on Sunday.

Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, was asked on NBC's "Meet the Press" about Republican strategist Karl Rove's reported comments that Clinton might have suffered brain damage from a 2012 blood clot. Priebus refused to distance himself from Rove's remarks or say he should apologize.
21:38  Turkish police detain 24 in mine disaster probe:  Turkish police today detained 24 people, including mining executives, suspected of negligence over the disaster that killed 301 people and sparked fury at the government and officials, local media reported. 

Rescue operations ended yesterday after the bodies of the last two trapped miners were retrieved following the country's worst ever industrial disaster in the western town of Soma.
21:37  Heavy gunfire near parliament in Libya capital:  Heavy gunfire and clashes broke out today in the south of the Libyan capital, near the country's interim parliament whose members were evacuated, witnesses and an MP said. 

They said the clashes erupted after a convoy of armoured vehicles entered Tripoli from the airport road and headed for the General National Congress (GNC) building.
20:53  Mulayam meets senior SP leaders to review poll result:  Faced with rout in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today met senior party leaders here to review the party's performance in the Lok Sabha polls. 

Yadav, who was nursing the ambition of a big role at the Centre before the polls, met the leaders, including SP's state president Akhilesh Yadav to discuss the poor performance of the ruling party.
20:44  Boko Haram: West African leaders declare 'war':  As insurgents fired rockets into a busy marketplace in Nigeria's northeast Saturday, killing as many as 31 people, the military's control and composure in the volatile region continued to unspool.

The army has spent recent days trying to defuse a budding mutiny in its ranks; it relocated a general after soldiers revolted and fired on their superior inside the barracks.
19:38  Egypt courts jail more than 160 Morsi backers:  An Egyptian court today sentenced 126 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi to 10 years in prison each in a mass trial over protest violence, judicial sources said. 

Another court, in Cairo, sentenced a further 37 alleged Morsi supporters to 15 years in prison for trying to set off bombs during a protest at a metro station last year.
19:12  JD-U MLAs want Nitish Kumar to continue:  JD-U MLAs have appealed to Nitish Kumar to stay on as CM. Nitish Kumar stepped down as the Bihar chief minister on Saturday taking moral responsibility after the rout of the ruling party in the Lok Sabha elections.

Kumar says he needs a day to consider the appeal.

The BJP says horsetrading has begun after Nitish's resignation. They want the JD-U to parade all its MLAs -- a show of strength.

They say if the JD-U is willing to tie up with the RJD it shows their hypocrisy.       
19:00  Foreign doctors, nurses in Saudi Arabia could take MERS global:  The biggest risk that Middle East Respiratory Syndrome will become a global epidemic, ironically, may lie with globe-trotting healthcare workers.

From Houston to Manila, doctors and nurses are recruited for lucrative postings in Saudi Arabia, where MERS was first identified in 2012. Because the kingdom has stepped up hiring of foreign healthcare professionals in the last few years, disease experts said, there is a good chance the MERS virus will hitch a ride on workers as they return home.
18:36  'Quizz Boeing, CIA on missing Flight MH370':  Former Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad today demanded that both Boeing and the CIA should be quizzed over the missing Flight MH370 as planes with powerful communication systems "don't just disappear". 

"Someone is hiding something. It is not fair that Malaysian Airlines (MAS) and Malaysia should take the blame," he said in his blog
18:16  Modi keen to deepen ties with Israel: Netanyahu:  India's Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi has expressed his desire to "deepen and develop" ties with Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today. 

"On Friday, I spoke with the Prime Minister-elect of India. There too there is a clear expression of the desire to deepen and develop economic ties with the State of Israel," Netanyahu told his cabinet at its weekly meeting.
17:49  Turkish authorities to arrest mine officials:  Turkish authorities have issued orders to arrest 18 people, including managers from the company operating a coal mine where 301 miners were killed in a fire last week, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported Sunday.

The search for victims of Tuesday's fire in Soma ended Saturday, with a final death toll of 301, Turkish government officials said.Authorities believe they have now recovered the bodies of all the workers who perished in the Soma mine.
17:34  Terror group 'outside China' planned Xinjiang attack:   Members of a terrorist group believed to be hiding out in Pakistan or Afghanistan were behind the attack in April on a railway station in western China that left three people dead and dozens injured, Chinese authorities said on Sunday.

The East Turkestan Islamic Movement, a banned separatist group known to have its top members operating out of cells in Pakistan, had planned the April 30 attack on the railway station in Urumqi, the provincial capital of its western Muslim-majority Xinjiang region, officials said. The ETIM is pushing for independence for Xinjiang's native Uighur ethnic group
16:47  Crucial JD-U meet begins :  The JD-U legislature party meet begins in Patna. A decision will be taken on the future course of action after Nitish Kumar's resignation as Bihar CM.

JD-U chief Sharad Yadav had earlier said that the party will chose its leader at the meet..   
16:39  Stalin takes back his decision to quit from all party posts :  DMK's M K Satlin has decided not to quit. Stalin had offered to quit earlier today from all party posts after poll debacle in Tamil Nadu.

This triggered protests on DMK cadres. But DMK chief Karunanidhi stepped in and convinced his son Satlin not to quit.
16:24  MHA asks BIhar governor not to dissolve assembly:  The home ministry is against dissolving the Bihar assembly. It has sought report from the governor on the situation in the state.

The BJP leaders in Bihar are expected to tell the governor that they do not want an immediate election in a meet this evening.  
15:33  In Anandiben Patel Gujarat to get its first woman CM? :  With Narendra Modi set to take charge as the prime minister, the deck is cleared for the election of a new leader of the BJP legislature party in Gujarat.

Veteran leader Anandiben Patel is expected to succeed Modi as chief minister of Gujarat.

Anandiben Patel has been a long-standing minister in the Gujarat government and if appointed, she will be the state's first woman chief minister.
15:27  Protests outside Stalin's residence after he offfers to quit:  DMK cadres hold protests outside the residence of M K Satlin asking him not to resign.

Stalin, son of DMK chief Karunanidhi, had offered to quit from all party posts after the poll debacle in Tamil Nadu. Stalin is the party treasurer and heads its youth wing.

The DMK failed to win a single seat out of the 34 it contested in Tamil Nadu.  
15:00  Bihar BJP leaders meeet at Sushil Modi's residence :  The Bhihar BJP leaders meet a Sushil Kumar Modi's residence to discuss the political developments in the state after the resignation of Nitish Kumar.     
14:45  3 MLAs from Lalu's RJD quit :  Three Rashtriya Janata Dal MLAs -- Ram Lakhan Ram, Samrat Chaudhary and Jawed Ansari have resigned, reports CNN-IBN.

The resignation comes amid speculation of an alliance with the ruling Janata Dal-United after Nitish Kumar quit as the Bihar CM yesterday. 
13:50  DMK's M K Stalin offers to quit all party posts after rout in polls:  M K Satlin offers to quit all DMK posts after poll debacle in Tamil Nadu, reports CNN-IBN.

Son of DMK chief, Karunandhi says he takes moral responsibility for the party's poor performance in the Lok Sabha elections. Stalin holds the key post of the party's treasurer, among others.    

The DMK did not get even a single seat in the Lok Sabha polls.

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections     
13:27  EC website recorded 45 crore hits on counting day:   Unlike in 2009 when it crashed within minutes, it was a smooth operation this time when the Election Commission website recorded 45 crore hits on the morning of the vote count on Friday, making it the highest number of hits on any Indian website ever in a single day.

Unable to sustain the "excessive" hits last time, the Commission's website had crashed on the same day five years.
13:18  Modi meets Advani at his residence :   BJP PM designate Narendra Modi meets veteran leader L K Advani at his residence. He is expected to meet former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee at his housec later. 
12:53  Alliance with JD-U? Lalu keep his options open :  Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad tells Times NOW: I have had no talks with Nitish or the Janata Dal-United. Let the time comes and will take a decision then. I'm keeping a check on political developments in Bihar.

Television channels reported earlier in the day that Nitish Kumar, who quit as Bihar CM yesterday, had called up Lalu. JD-U chief Sharad Yadav had hinted that the party is open to an alliance with the RJD. 

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections 
12:44  Now, Bangladesh premier invites Modi :  Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina has telephoned Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi congratulating him on his resounding victory and wished that relations between the two countries will grow under his leadership.

She also invited Modi to visit Bangladesh. On the day results were out on May 16, the Bangladesh premiere had reached out the BJP's PM designate in a warm letter saying that with the kind of people's mandate given to their respective parties they can work together to take the bilateral relationship to "increasingly greater heights."
12:02  Withdraw resignation, protesting JD-U workers tell Nitish :  Janata Dal-United workers protest outside Nitish Kumar's residence in Patna demanding that he withdraw his resignation.

Nitish stepped down as the chief minister of Bihar yesterday taking responsibility for the ruling party's debacle in the Lok Sabha election.

The JD-U had suffered a rout in the Lok Sabha polls and it could only win two of the 40 seats in Bihar.

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections   
11:14  Jaya to meet AIADMK MPs today:  Just in: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister and AIADMK chief Jayalalitaa to hold a presser this noon in Chennai. She will also meet the 37 Lok Sabha MPs of the AIADMK.

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections   
11:11  Kamal Nath likely to shoulder job as pro-tem Speaker :  Our corespondent in Delhi reports: Outgoing Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath is expected to be the pro-tem Speaker. He will administer oath to 542 MPs of the Lok Sabha on May 27. 

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections 
11:07  EC to submit list of new Lok Sabha members to Pranab :   The Election Commission will call on President Pranab Mukherjee this evening to submit the list of new Lok Sabha members.

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections 

10:24  P A Sangma meets BJP chief Rajnath Singh:  National People's Party president P A Sangma meets BJP party president Rajnath Singh.

The Lok Sabha secretariat and the parliamentary affairs ministry is now banking on Sangma, outgoing Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and Lok Janshakti Party chief Ramvilas Paswan to shoulder the temporary job as pro-tem Speake, if the BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani refuses to do so.

Follow the latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections

10:17  Venkaiah Naidu to meet RSS leaders, Ananth Kumar at Advani's home :  The meetings continue for top BJP leadership, post its emphatic win the Lok Sabha polls.

Former BJP president M Venkaiah Naidu reaches Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh headquarters.

BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar meets veteran leader L K Advani at his residence. 

Follow latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections 
09:09  Yeddyurappa, Amit Shah meet Modi at Gujarat Bhawan :   Prime Minister elect Narendra Modi will hold a series of important meetings today along with top Bharatiya Janata Party leaders to discuss government formation.The first meet has already begun at Gujarat Bhavan in New Delhi, where Modi is camping.

Former Karnataka chief minister BS Yeddyurappa and BJP national secretary Dharmendra Pradhan are currently meeting Modi.

Modi aide Amit Shah is also present at the meet.

Follow latest updates on Twitter: @RediffElections 
00:37  AAP MLAs urge Kejriwal to once more form govt in Delhi:  After its drubbing in Lok Sabha elections in the national capital, some AAP MLAs today mooted the proposal for the party to once again form the government in Delhi, with support from either BJP or Congress.
00:36  Nigeria and neighbours 'declare war' on Boko Haram over abducted girls:  Nigeria and its neighbours today vowed to work together to combat Boko Haram in what Cameroon President Paul Biya described as a declaration of war on the Islamic militants. 

Meeting in Paris, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and his counterparts from Benin, Chad, Cameroon and Niger approved an action plan designed to counter an organisation blamed for 2,000 deaths this year alone and which has caused global outrage with its abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls.
00:35  Turkey mine rescue ends, death toll at 301:  Turkey today declared rescue operations over following this week's devastating coalmine blast after retrieving the bodies of two last trapped miners, bringing the final death toll to 301. 

"The rescue operation was carried out to completion. There are no miners left underground. All of them have been identified after DNA tests," Energy Minister Taner Yildiz told reporters in the western town of Soma, site of the country's worst ever industrial disaster.
00:34  2002 Akshardham attack case: 4 convicts walk out of jail after 11 years:  A day after the Supreme Court acquitted all six convicts in the 2002 Akshardham temple terror attack case, four of them who have spent eleven years in the Sabarmati Central Jail here were released today. 

Confirming the development, Jail Superintendent RS Bhagora said that all the four persons were released in the evening.
00:33  7 'Qaeda', soldier killed in Yemen clashes: officials:  Yemeni forces killed seven Al-Qaeda militants in separate clashes today while a soldier died in a firefight as the army pressed an offensive against jihadists, officials said. "Five Al-Qaeda members" were killed in the southern Shabwa province when clashes broke out after militants ambushed a military convoy, a security official said.
00:33  Syria army pushes offensive in Daraa: monitor:  Syria's army pressed a counter-offensive against rebels in the south of the country today, firing a surface-to-surface missile and carrying out numerous air strikes in the area, a monitoring group said. 

The violence comes a day after the army launched a massive bid to reclaim strategic positions in the west of Daraa province seized by rebels in recent weeks, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
00:32  Lebanese president urges Hezbollah to leave Syria:  Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman today urged Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from Syria to avoid future repercussions on the tiny Arab state that suffered through 15 years of its own civil war. 

Suleiman made his comments in the mountain village of Brih during a ceremony on reconciliation between the Druse and Christian community in the area that witnessed deadly sectarian violence during Lebanon's 1975-90 civil war.
00:32  Top headlines in that last 24 hours:  Non-NDA parties may have to form alliance for opposition status'
Will miss working with you on day-to-day basis: Obama to PM 
Nitish quits; new JD-U CM tomorrow, says Sharad 
Congressmen want Rahul to go, but will he?
Pakistan violates ceasefire again
Muslims would definitely regret this: Mayawati 
'Har Har Modi' chants sweep Calfornia's Bay Area
BJP to take a call on Modi's swearing in on May 20
60 lakh voters chose NOTA, Puducherry tops

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