The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Lawmakers in Armenia trigger early election

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YEREVAN: Lawmakers in Armenia triggered early parliament­ary elections Thursday after failing to elect a prime minister, a move sought by acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan who quit as premier last month in order to force a new vote. Pashinyan, a former opposition leader who took power in May after a popular uprising, has long sought a new vote for Parliament, which is still made up of members elected before demonstrat­ors pushed the former ruling party out of power. By quitting and leaving Parliament unable to find a successor, he forced Parliament to dissolve and hold a new vote. “After the nonviolent, velvet popular revolution in April-May this year, power in Armenia is finally returning to people,” Pashinyan told lawmakers Thursday. –

Merkel ally wants tough message on sex crimes

BERLIN: Asylum-seekers must be taught that Germany has zero tolerance for sex crimes, its migration commission­er said, following widespread shock over the rape of an 18-year-old woman that led to the arrest of seven Syrians. “The perpetrato­rs must be brought before a court and punished severely,” Annette Widmann-Mauz, minister of state for migration, refugees and integratio­n, told the RND news organizati­on. German police arrested the seven Syrian men, aged 19 to 29, along with a 25-year-old German man last month on suspicion of raping the woman in the southweste­rn town of Freiburg. One of the men is suspected of drugging the woman’s drink in a Freiburg nightclub before they all took turns at sexually assaulting her. –

Black box recovered from Indonesia jet

JAKARTA: Divers have found a piece of landing gear from a crashed Lion Air jet, Indonesian authoritie­s said Thursday, following the discovery of a critical black box that could explain why the brandnew plane plummeted into the sea, killing 189 people. Search teams have been scouring the seabed for the fuselage of the Boeing-737 MAX 8, which plunged into the waters off Indonesia’s northern coast shortly after takeoff Monday despite only being in service a few months. Referring to the landing gear, search and rescue agency head Mohammad Syaugi said late Thursday, “we have found part of it,” as authoritie­s piece together what caused the crash. –

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