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Israeli defence minister quits over Gaza truce in blow to Netanyahu

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman announced his resignation on Wednesday in protest at a Gaza ceasefire, weakening Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative coalition government.  “Were I to stay in office, I would not be able to look southern residents in the eye,” Lieberman told reporters, referring to Israelis subjected to a surge in Palestinian rocket attacks before Tuesday’s truce took hold. Lieberman said his resignation, which will go into effect 48 hours after he submits a formal…

Chief commercial officer of PIA resigns

KARACHI: Chief Commercial Officer of Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Bilal Munir Sheikh has  resigned from his post, ARY NEWS reported on Thursday. "Appointed in the tenure of Musharraf Rasool, the former Chief executive officer (CEO) of PIA, Mr. Bilal has tendered his resignation stating personal reasons.", said spokesperson of the airlines. The incumbent government on October 12, appointed Vice Chief of Air Staff , Air Marshal Arshad Mahmood Malik as the chairman of PIA, following the decision of the supreme…

Co-founders of Instagram Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger resign

LOS ANGELES: Co-founders of Facebook Inc’s Instagram, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, have resigned as the chief executive officer and chief technical officer, respectively, the photo-sharing app company announced late on Monday. Systrom and Krieger did not specify a reason for their departure. Systrom wrote in a blog post on Monday that they plan to take some time off and explore “our curiosity and creativity again”. It was not immediately clear when their last day will be, but it will be soon, according to Instagram.…

Archbishop who called on Pope to resign says corruption reaches the top

VATICAN CITY: The archbishop who sparked a crisis in the Catholic Church by calling on Pope Francis to resign has denied he was motivated by personal vendetta and said he sought to show that corruption had reached the top levels of the Church hierarchy. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has gone into hiding since conservative media published an 11-page statement in which he alleged the pope knew for years about sexual misconduct by an American cardinal and did nothing about it. Vigano has been communicating through Aldo…

Australia coach Lehmann to resign after ball tampering scandal

SYDNEY: Darren Lehmann will step down as coach of Australia before the fourth Test against South Africa begins on Friday, according to a report in Britain's Daily Telegraph, as the fall-out from the ball-tampering scandal continued on Tuesday. Australia was plunged into turmoil after captain Steve Smith admitted on Saturday that senior players conspired with opening batsman Cameron Bancroft to tamper with the ball during the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. Smith has been fined and suspended from the…

Mauritius president to resign over ‘shopping’

PORT LOUIS: Mauritian President Ameenah Gurib-Fakim will step down next week, the prime minister said on Friday, after she was accused of using a credit card issued by an international non-governmental organisation to buy clothes and jewellery. Pravind Jugnauth, the prime minister, told reporters Gurib-Fakim would resign after March 12, after the celebration of the country’s 50th anniversary. He did not comment on the row over credit card expenditure but he has previously said everyone should shoulder their…

Netanyahu rejects calls to resign after police seek indictment

TEL AVIV: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected calls to step down Wednesday after police recommended his indictment for corruption, the biggest challenge yet to the right-wing premier's long tenure in power. Netanyahu again came out swinging on Wednesday morning, harshly criticising the police investigation against him while making clear he has no intention of resigning. His governing coalition, seen as the most right-wing in Israeli history, appears firm for now, but reactions from key members in the…

‘I am thoroughly ashamed’ – UK minister resigns after arriving late to Parliament

LONDON: Lord Bates, member of the House of Lords made a shocking announcement to resign from his position because he was late to the chamber. Bates said he was "ashamed" to not be in his place to answer a question from Labour's Baroness Lister. His frontbench colleague, Lord Taylor, appeared to be caught off guard at having to answer the first question in his absence. The international development minister and former Conservative MP, was meant to be in the House of Lords chamber for the start of oral questions at…

Entire USA Gymnastics board to resign in wake of sex abuse scandal

DETRIOT: The entire USA Gymnastics board will resign in the wake of the scandal stemming from the sexual abuse of female athletes by former doctor Larry Nassar, bowing to the demands of U.S. Olympic officials, a USAG spokeswoman said on Friday. “USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,” USAG spokeswoman Leslie King said in an email. She was responding to a question about whether the federation board would resign by Wednesday as demanded by U.S. Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer Scott Blackmun. At…