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'Boris regards Parl as handicap to his plans'

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London: Britain's Supreme Court opened proceedings Tuesday to decide whether Prime Minister Boris Johnson broke the law when he suspended Parliament just weeks before the UK is due to leave the European Union, in a case that pits the powers of elected lawmakers against those of the executive. Johnson sent lawmakers home from September 9 until October 14, which is barely two weeks before the scheduled Brexit day of October 31. The decision outraged many lawmakers, who say it's designed to prevent them from challenging his plan to take Britain out of the EU next month, with or without a divorce deal. The suspension sparked legal challenges, to which lower courts have given contradictory rulings. England's High Court said the suspension was a political rather than legal matter, but Scottish court judges ruled last week that Johnson acted illegally to avoid democratic scrutiny. The UK's top court is being asked to decide who was right, in a case scheduled to last up to three days. Johnson ..

See Photos: Woman swallows engagement ring when she thought she dreamt about it

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In a bizarre incident which took place on September 12, 2019, a from San Diego, California ended up swallowing her engagement ring in her sleep. The woman, identified as Jenna Evans took to social networking site Facebook and wrote a long post, in which she described her horrific experience. A picture of the X-ray reports showing the ring in Jenna's stomach In her Facebook post, Jenna wrote, "I actually remember doing it, but I thought I was dreaming, so I went back to sleep." She further revealed that as soon as she woke up from her sleep, she realised that her ring was missing. In her long post on FB, Jenna said that she even googled as to whether adults swallow rings because kids do it all the time She said that she found out that swallowing rings is less common among the adults. Jenna visited the doctor who advised her to take an X-ray in order to find if she had really swallowed the ring. To her shock and dismay, the X-ray report showed that she had indeed swallowed the ring and i..

Japan may dump radioactive water into Pacific by mid-2022

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Japan's environment minister said on Tuesday that Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) will have to dump radioactive water from the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean. TEPCO has collected over 1 million tonnes of contaminated water in tanks at the site of Fukushima Daiichi Plant that was wrecked by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown. By mid-2022, the facility won't have enough space to store more contaminated water. "The only option will be to drain it into the sea and dilute it," Reuters quoted Environment Minister Yoshiaki Harada as saying on Tuesday. "The whole of the government will discuss this, but I would like to offer my simple opinion," said Harada, who is expected to leave the cabinet in a reshuffle on Wednesday. Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. File pic/AFP However, Japan's Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said it was not the policy of the government. "It is not true that we have decided on the disposal method," said Suga, ..

Donald Trump calls off 'secret' meet with Ashraf Ghani

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President Donald Trump has cancelled a "secret" summit with Taliban leaders and his Afghan counterpart after the insurgent group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Kabul that killed an American soldier and 11 others, dealing a body blow to protracted negotiations that were nearing a peace deal to end America's longest war. In a series of tweets on Saturday, Trump disclosed that he was to meet Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and senior Taliban leaders on Sunday at his Camp David retreat. But he cancelled the meeting after the Taliban admitted it was behind a suicide car bomb attack on Thursday that had killed an American soldier and 11 others in the capital of Kabul. "Unbeknownst to almost everyone, the major Taliban leaders and, separately, the President of Afghanistan, were going to secretly meet with me at Camp David on Sunday. They were coming to the United States tonight," Trump tweeted. Ashraf Ghani "Unfortunately, in order to build false leverage, they admitted to an att..

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam gives in to protesters

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Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam has said she will withdraw the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests. The proposal, introduced in April, would have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China. The bill was suspended in June when Lam called it "dead", but she stopped short of withdrawing it. Full withdrawal is one of the five key demands of protesters, who are also calling for full democratic rights, the BBC reported. On Monday, Lam was heard on leaked audio tapes blaming herself for igniting Hong Kong's political crisis, and saying it was unforgivable of her to have caused such huge havoc. The extradition bill quickly drew criticism after being unveiled in April. Opponents said it would undermine Hong Kong's legal freedoms and might be used to intimidate or silence critics of Beijing. On Monday, Lam was heard on leaked audio tapes blaming herself for igniting Hong Kong's political crisis. Pic/AFP Ahead of Lam's announcement, leading pro-democrac..