Former Pakistani Prime Minister Sharif has been declared unfit to lead his party

Pakistan's highest court has ordered deposed prime minister Nawaz Sharif of the ruling PML-N party to be dismissed as party leader.

The Supreme Court ruling on Wednesday (21/2) also annulled all decisions made by Sharif disqualified as a member of the National Assembly last year.

"As a result of the above statement, all steps taken, orders issued, directives given and documents issued by the Respondent No. 4 as Party Chairman after disqualification on 28 July 2017 "

Sharif was removed from his post as prime minister in a widely publicized case and called the Panama Papers scandal, for not announcing his salary from his son's company as part of his assets in his candidacy documents.

Sharif m claiming the decision was part of an influential military conspiracy in Pakistan to remove it from the political world.

The decision was seen as a major blow to Sharif and his party for potentially affecting the upcoming Senate election as well as the parliamentary elections won by Sharif's party. [19659002] As party leader, Sharif signed a candidate's candidacy bid. A senior journalist, Suhail Waraich argues, the election commission may be compromised by the ruling party. [my/jm]

13 People Killed in Heli Crash by Mexican Minister

Mexico City
 At least 13 people were killed when a Mexican military helicopter crashed while reviewing earthquake damage in a small town in the southern state of Oaxaca. The three helicopters carrying Mexican Interior Minister Alfonso Navarete and Governor Oaxaca Alejandro Murat fell on two vans in an open field while trying to land on the ground. Santiago Jamiltepec

Navarete and Murat survived the incident. But 12 people at the scene were killed and another died while being taken to the hospital, the Oaksaca attorney general's office said. In addition, 15 others suffered injuries.

Previously reported, Navarete and Murat made visits to earthquake-affected locations using military helicopters. But the incident happened on the way to Pinotepa de Don Luis on Friday (16/2) evening local time.

In his statement to the local television, Televisa, Navarete said he and Murat were not seriously injured. Several other passengers were injured in the incident.

Navarete said the military helicopter pilot that he was riding lost control of the landing. The incident occurred when the helicopter was at an altitude of just 40 meters above the Earth's surface. The helicopter airs from Mexico City to Pinotepa de Don Luis.

One of Televisa's reporters who was also in the same helicopter said that the helicopter suddenly dropped after it triggered a large dust collection at the landing site. Local television shows showed the military helicopter rolling to the side, surrounded by vehicles. The exact cause of this incident has not been publicly disclosed.

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake caused nearly a million homes and businesses without electricity in Mexico City and south and damaged at least 50 houses in Oaxaca. It was reported that the quake did not trigger any casualties.

In September, Oaxaca and Mexico City were rocked by an earthquake that caused extensive damage and killed at least 471 people.

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(jbr / zak)

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Nepalese Communist Leader Elected to Prime Minister

K.P. Sharma Oli has been elected a new Nepalese prime minister after leading an alliance of two communist parties to victory in recent parliamentary elections.

A spokesman for the presidential office said Oli was appointed to form a new government after November and December elections passed Wednesday night (14/2). The result left Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba resigned Thursday morning after eight months in office.

Also read: Ignore India, Nepal Turns to China

Oil , 65, served as prime minister from 2015 to 2016, amid Nepal's transition from a monarchy to a federal republic. During his tenure, demonstrations on the constitution led to a blockade that paralyzed the India-Nepal border by New Delhi, which pushed Nepal into closer diplomatic relations with its neighbor China.

The country in the impoverished Himalayan mountains is gripped by political instability since its formation an elected parliament in 1990, including a decade-long Maoist insurgency and the abolition of the monarchy in 2008. [lt]

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu Receives US Defense Visit

Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu receives US Defense Secretary James Mattis's visit on Tuesday (23/1) at the Defense Ministry's office in Jakarta.

During the meeting the two Ministers of Defense discussed various issues, among others, the vision of Indonesia as the world's maritime axis, bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the region within the Trilateral Coordinated Patrol, and our eyes cooperation. The meeting also discussed the information security of the military (GSOMIA) and the procurement of the main tool of the weapons system (alutsista), as well as maritime policy.

Indonesia and the United States had previously agreed on defense cooperation, the Joint Statement in Comprehensive Defense Cooperation, signed in Washington 26 October 2015, during President Joko Widodo's visit to the US

In addition to meeting Ryamizard Ryacudu, Mattis met with President Jokowi and Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Wiranto.

Previously Mattis on Monday (22/1) met Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi. In that meeting Retno had time to discuss about Palestine and Indo Pacific issues.

Romanians Apologize Do not Meet Japanese Prime Minister

Romanians on Wednesday apologized in social media to Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe because of a political crisis that Abe was not met by a Romanian prime minister. Abe is on a historic visit in Romania

Abe is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Mihai Tudose on a visit to Romania on Tuesday in his last trip to several European countries.

It was also the first visit of the Japanese prime minister to the EU country. [19659002] But Tudose resigned on Monday night, the last victim of a power struggle within the ruling Social Democratic Party, leaving Abe unfamiliar with him.

But Abe held talks with President Klaus Iohannis, who on Wednesday approved Viorica Dancila as the new prime minister. [ka/al]