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Kim to 'soon' visit Russia, confirms North Korea

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will "soon" visit Russia for his first summit with President Vladimir Putin, state media has reported, confirming a Kremlin announcement. Kim "will soon pay a visit to the Russian Federation at the invitation" of Putin, North Korea's official KCNA news service said. "They will have talks during this visit," the brief dispatch added. The KCNA did not specify when or where the pair would meet. The Kremlin said last week that the pair would meet in Russia "in the second half of April" but provided no further details. They are expected to meet in the eastern port of Vladivostok, possibly on Wednesday or Thursday. It will be the first summit between the leaders of North Korea and Russia since Kim Jong Il – the current leader's father – met with Dmitry Medvedev eight years ago. Russia has relatively warm ties with N Korea and provides some food aid, and Putin has long expressed his readiness to meet with Kim. Catch up on all the latest Crime, Na..
                 

Over 50 feared dead in Myanmar landslide

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More than 50 people are feared killed after a landslide in northern Myanmar engulfed jade miners while they were sleeping, local police said Tuesday, the latest deadly accident in a notoriously dangerous industry. Dozens die each year in landslides caused by jade mining, a notoriously corrupt and poorly regulated industry concentrated near the country's border with China. Local police described a freak accident in Kachin state on Monday night so big it created a huge "mud lake" that buried the miners as well as some 40 vehicles. "Fifty-four people are mis-sing in the mud," a duty officer from Hpakant township police station told AFP, asking not to be named, adding that only two bodies had been recovered so far. "There's no way they (the missing) could have survived." The Ministry of Information confirmed the accident and number of missing, adding that the area was mined by Myanmar Thura Gems and Shwe Nagar Koe Kaung companies. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internationa..
                 

US teen sues as Apple's face recognition led to his false arrest

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Washington: A teenager based in New York is suing Apple for USD 1 billion, over a false arrest he says took place because of what he believes to be Apple's facial recognition system. The 18-year-old Ousmane Bah, who was arrested at his home in November last year, alleges that the warrant he was served included someone else's photo, the Washington Post reported. The lawsuit also claims that a detective with the New York Police Department concluded that the thief caught by a store surveillance camera "looked nothing like" Bah. It further cites the detective to say that Apple uses facial recognition software to identify shoplifters. Apple declined to comment on the lawsuit, filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, but said that it does not use such technology in its stores. Bah was arrested after he was falsely linked to a series of Apple Store thefts in Boston, New Jersey, Delaware and Manhattan. The lawsuit seeks damages of USD 1 billion, a d..
                 

Indian-origin boy lauded as Britain's youngest accountant

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London: A 15-year-old Indian-origin boy has been lauded as Britain's youngest accountant after setting up a successful accountancy firm while still at school. Ranveer Singh Sandhu, based in south London, has set himself a goal of becoming a millionaire by the time he turns 25 after he set up his first business when he was aged just 12 years. "Young Entrepreneur aged 15 living my best life and trying to make money," he proclaims on social media. The schoolboy says he knew from a very early age that he wanted to become an accountant and financial adviser to help fellow young entrepreneurs set up their dream businesses. He charges between 12 pounds to 15 pounds per hour for his services and boasts of 10 paying clients. "It isn't that hard juggling school and my business, I haven't had that much stress," he told the Daily Mirror. "My plan for the future is to become a millionaire and expand my business," he said. The teenager completed an online accounting course to achieve a requisi..
                 

Sri Lanka: Islamic State claims responsibility for Easter Sunday blasts

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The Islamic State on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a series of devastating suicide attacks that killed 321 people and wounded more than 500 others in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bombing three churches and three hospitals in Sri Lanka which killed 321 people. There has still been no evidence from the group in support of their claims.  "Those who carried out the attack that targeted members of the US-led coalition and Christians in Sri Lanka the day before yesterday are Islamic State group fighters," the terror group said in a statement through its propaganda 'Amaq' news agency, according to the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist activities. #WATCH Colombo: CCTV footage of suspected suicide bomber (carrying a backpack) walking into St Sebastian church on Easter Sunday. #SriLankaBombings (Video courtesy- Siyatha TV) pic.twitter.com/YAe089D72h — ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019 The CCTV footage of a suspected suic..
                 

Prince William-Kate Middleton's son Louis look adorable in these photos

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Washington D.C: Ahead of prince Louis's first birthday, doting parents Prince William and Kate Middleton, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, shared a series of adorable pictures of the young royal. The Kensington Palace posted three pictures and wrote, "The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share three new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow. The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk."       View this post on Instagram The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow 🎈 The photographs were taken earlier this month by The Duchess at their home in Norfolk.‬ A post shared by Kensington Palace (@kensingtonroyal) onApr 22, 2019 at 2:30pm PDT       View this post on Instagram Happy Birthday Prince Louis! 🎉 The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delig..
                 

Defence Secretary: Sri Lanka never expected bombings of such magnitude

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The Sri Lankan government never expected the Easter Sunday bombings of such magnitude, Defence Secretary Hemasiri Fernando said on Tuesday and asserted that it would have been "impossible" to protect a large number of churches in the country despite receiving prior intelligence about the attacks which killed 290 people, including 8 Indians. Seven suicide bombers believed to be members of local Islamist extremist group National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, in the country's worst terror attack. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks, but police have arrested 24 people - mostly members of an Islamist extremist group - in connection with the blasts that also killed 31 foreigners, including eight Indian nationals. "It was quite impossible to protect a large number of churches last Sunday despite receiving prior information to these attacks," Fernando told repor..
                 

Three children of Scotland billionaire killed in Sri Lanka attacks

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Colombo/London: Three of the four children of Danish billionaire have died in Sri Lanka's deadliest terror attacks that killed 290 people and injured over 500 others, a media report said on Monday. Anders Holch Povlsen, 46, is Denmark's wealthiest man and is believed to be the largest landowner in Scotland after buying a string of historic estates. The family were visiting Sri Lanka over the Easter holiday. The names of the children have not been made public. Povlsen owns the international clothing chain Bestseller and is also the biggest single shareholder in clothing giant Asos and is the UK's largest private landowner, according to the Times newspaper. "Unfortunately, we can confirm the reports," a Bestseller spokesman said in an email. "We ask you to respect the privacy of the family and we therefore have no further comments." Three days before the attacks Povlsen's daughter Alma shared an Instagram photo of her siblings Astrid, Agnes and Alfred - calling them "three little be..
                 

87 bomb detonators found at bus station in Colombo, says Police

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Colombo: As many as 87 bomb detonators were found on Monday at a bus station in Colombo, police said, a day after a series of deadly blasts killed 290 people and wounded more than 500 others in the island nation. The bomb detonators were found at the Central Colombo bus station in Pettah area. The police initially found 12 bomb detonators scattered on the ground. A further search revealed 75 more, a police statement said. On Easter Sunday, a string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people, including three Indians, and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE. The blasts - one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history - targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa at around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easte..
                 

Meghan Markle's mother arrives in London ahead of birth of Royal Baby

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Washington D.C.: Meghan Markle's mother Doria Ragland has arrived in London as the Duchess of Sussex's due date is inching closer. Doria has flown all the way from Los Angeles to the UK ahead of the birth of her first grandchild, reported People. In a statement released by the Kensington Palace in October, Doria expressed happiness to the news of her daughter's pregnancy. "Ms. Ragland is very happy about this lovely news and she looks forward to welcoming her first grandchild," the statement read. Doria, a social worker and yoga instructor in L.A., shares a very close relationship with her daughter and was the only member of Meghan's family to attend the royal wedding in May last year. Doria, who had visited Meghan and Harry in the months leading up to their wedding nuptials, was also by her Meghan's side for her first royal hosting event in September. She also joined Harry in accompanying Meghan to Kensington Palace for a celebration marking the publication of 'Together: Our Commu..
                 

Sri Lanka blasts: Death toll rises to 290, around 500 injured

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Colombo: A string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, struck churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 215 people, including three Indians, and shattering a decade of peace in the island nation since the end of the brutal civil war with the LTTE. The blasts - one of the deadliest attacks in the country's history - targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress, police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera said. Explosions were reported from three five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury in Colombo. Gunasekera confirmed 207 deaths. However, the News 1st channel said that 215 people have died in the blasts. Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Kishu Gomes said 33 foreign nationals have been killed in the coordinated attacks believed ..
                 

49 killed, over 300 injured as six blasts hit 3 churches in Colombo

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Colombo: At least 49 people were killed and more than 300 others were injured after simultaneous blasts hit three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday masses were in progress in churches. The places are frequented by tourists. The explosions were reported as hundreds of worshipers gathered at the St. Anthony's Church in Kochchikade, Kotahena, St. Sebastian's Church in Katuwapitiya in Katana, and a third one in Batticaloa to commemorate Easter Sunday. Three explosions were also reported from the five-star hotels, the Shangrila, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Also Read: Police officer injured in blast outside Athens church Police requests public to refrain from blasts sites, remain calm and assist Police in maintaining Law and Order. Spreading Rumors & inaccurate News is Legally punishable crime & refrain from communal hatred #SocialMedia #LKA #SriLanka #EasterSundayAttacksLK #Colombo p..
                 

Heiress pleads guilty in sex slave case

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An heiress pleaded guilty on Friday in a sensational case accusing a cult-like upstate New York group of creating a secret harem of sex slaves for the group's self-anointed spiritual leader. Clare Bronfman admitted in her plea in federal court in Brooklyn that she harboured someone who was living in the US illegally for unpaid "labour and services" and that she committed credit card fraud on behalf of Keith Raniere, the lead of a group called NXIVM. Bronfman - the 40-year-old daughter of the late billionaire philanthropist and former Seagram chairman Edgar Bronfman Sr. - told the judge that she had wanted to help people through NXIVM but ended up dishonouring her family. "I was afforded a great gift by my grandfather and father," Bronfman said. "With the gift, comes immense privilege and more importantly, responsibility. It does not come with an ability to break the law." She added: "For this, I am truly sorry." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke new..
                 

Bangladesh girl burnt alive for reporting sexual assault

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Dhaka: A schoolgirl in Bangladesh was burnt to death allegedly on the orders of her madrasa principal for a sexual harassment case she had filed against him. Nusrat Jahan Rafi, 18, was set on fire at her school ( madrasa) on April 6 by four burqa-clad assailants a few days after she complained against principal Siraj- Ud- Daula for inappropriately touching her after calling her to his office. Siraj and 16 others were arrested in the case. Rafi succumbed to the injuries on April 10. Her death led to protests across Bangladesh with people on Thursday forming human chains and seeking justice for the victim. The protesters sought stern punishment for the murderers and expressed condolences to her family, the Dhaka Tribune reported. News portal bdnews24. com quoted police as saying that Siraj orchestrated the killing of Rafi from jail after his arrest on March 27 in the case. Deputy Inspector General Ruhul Amin said Siraj had a history of condemnable behaviour that was known to the madra..
                 

Microsoft acquires Express Logic to push IoT dream

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San Francisco: Microsoft has acquired San Diego-based software company Express Logic, that makes software for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, to accelerate IoT development for billions of devices at scale. With this acquisition, Microsoft said late Thursday it will unlock access to billions of new connected endpoints, grow the number of devices that can seamlessly connect to its Azure Cloud and enable new intelligent capabilities. "I am incredibly excited to share we have acquired Express Logic, a leader in real time operating systems (RTOS) for IoT and edge devices powered by micro-controller units (MCUs)," said Sam George, Director, Azure IoT at Microsoft. Manufacturers building products across categories -- from low capacity sensors like light bulbs and temperature gauges to air conditioners, medical devices, and network appliances -- leverage the size, safety and security benefits of Express Logic solutions to achieve faster time to market. "Even highly constrained devices (b..
                 

China gears up for next summit with India; India planned boycott of BRF

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Beijing: China said on Friday it was bracing to hold a Wuhan-style next summit with India this year despite India's reported decision to boycott Beijing's prestigious 2nd Belt and Road Forum to be held here next week to protest its sovereignty concerns over the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor. Addressing a media conference ahead of the Belt and Road Forum (BRF) being held from April 25-27 to showcase China's trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made an impassioned appeal to India to shed its opposition to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as it no way "undermined" basic position on the Kashmir dispute. Wang said so far 37 heads of state and governments had confirmed their participation in the BRF. Representatives from over 150 countries and 90 international organisations' close to 5000 participants have confirmed their participation. Leaders of Pakistan and Nepal are among the countries from the neighbourhood who w..
                 

Teenage Hindu girl's kidnapping sparks protest in Pakistan's Punjab

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Lahore: A teenage Hindu girl's kidnapping by an "influential" Muslim man in Pakistan's Punjab province sparked outrage among the minority community that held a sit-in here on Thursday, blocking the city's main road to press the Imran Khan government to recover her safely. Holding placards and banners, the community members at Rahim Yar Khan, some 400-km from Lahore, were demanding the recovery of 17-year-old Naina and chanting slogans against forced conversions. According to the FIR, Naina was kidnapped by Tahir Tamri, with the help of his father and brothers last month. It said the kidnappers took the girl to Karachi and got her embraced Islam at a seminary, Jamiatul Saeed Gulshan-i-Maima, after marrying her. She was given Muslim name Noor Fatima. The suspect uploaded their marriage and her embracing of Islam on social media. The Hindu community members took to the streets on the second consecutive day Thursday to lodge their protest against the abduction and forced conversion of ..
                 

US rocket launched to bring NASA cargo to ISS

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Washington: A US rocket has been launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore, carrying cargo with the space agency's re-supply mission for the International Space Station (ISS). The Antares rocket built by Northrop Grumman lifted off on Wednesday evening, carrying the Cygnus cargo spacecraft to the ISS, Xinhua news agency reported. The spacecraft successfully separated from the rocket about nine minutes after the blast off, flying on its way to the space station, according to NASA's live broadcast. The spacecraft is expected to dock with the space station early Friday morning. The spacecraft carried about 7,600 pounds (3,450 kg) of supplies and scientific experiments to the station. Some instruments it transports will examine astronauts' health in microgravity. A Canada-made instrument will perform on-orbit detection and quantification of cell surface molecules on a per cell and assess soluble molecule concentration in a liquid sample such as blood, sal..
                 

Woman wanted over alleged school threat found dead

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Colorado (USA): Florida woman suspected of making threats to Denver metropolitan area schools, which triggered shutdowns of 19 school districts here, was found dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound on Wednesday morning, according to Jefferson County Sheriff, Jeff Shrader. The police on Tuesday launched a massive manhunt for the suspect, identified as an 18-year-old white woman named Sol Pais, reported CNN. The police had asked people to report her if she is seen, warning them to not "approach her as she is considered armed and dangerous". Authorities believe that she was "infatuated" with a shooting which occurred at Columbine High School in 1999. Two shooters had taken the lives of 12 students and a teacher at Columbine around 20 years ago, before taking their own lives in the school's library. Pais had reportedly travelled from Miami to Denver on Monday night. However, authorities do not think she made it to the school grounds. After arriving in Colorado, Pais went t..
                 

Bernie Sanders is now a millionaire

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Self-described Democratic socialist Bernie Sanders, the 2020 presidential candidate who has long assailed America's growing income inequality, released 10 years of tax returns on Monday that confirm his newfound status as a millionaire. The senator, who routinely rails against "millionaires and billionaires" and the "rigged" economic system that protects their standing, saw his income spike on royalties from sales of his book, "Our Revolution," published shortly after his 2016 race for the Democratic nomination. According to tax returns released by the Sanders campaign, Sanders had an adjusted gross income of $561,293 in 2018, $1,131,925 in 2017 and $1,062,626 in 2016. His 2015 income was substantially less, at $240,622, the returns showed. Sanders said in a statement, "I consider paying more in taxes as my income rose to be both an obligation and an investment in our country." The increased wealth of the liberal candidate who has positioned himself as a champion of the people has r..
                 

YouTube mistakenly links Notre Dame fire to 9/11

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Washington: YouTube's new tool for battling misinformation mistakenly linked videos of the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the US and later issued an apology for the "wrong call". As images of the iconic tower falling played on newscasts around the world on Monday - and on the YouTube channels mirroring those newscasts - "information panels" appeared in boxes below the videos providing details about the collapses of New York's World Trade Center after the terrorist attack, which killed thousands of people. The video giant later said that the new fact-checking tool made "the wrong call" when it displayed text about 9/11 in several videos of the Paris cathedral burning. "We are deeply saddened by the ongoing fire at the Notre Dame Cathedral," a YouTube spokesperson was quoted as saying by ABC News. "These panels are triggered algorithmically and our systems sometimes make the wrong call. We are disabling these panels for li..
                 

American Airlines to scrap 115 flights over 737 Max planes

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Washington: American Airlines announced on Sunday that it would scrap some 115 flights per day in the coming months because its fleet of Boeing 737 Max planes is being grounded until August 19. America's leading airline had previously only planned to keep the planes out of commission until June 5, with Boeing facing intense scrutiny after 157 people died in an Ethiopian Airlines 737 Max crash on March 10. "These 115 flights represent approximately 1.5 per cent of American's total flying each day this summer," American Airlines chairman and CEO Doug Parker said in a statement. But he stressed his confidence in the aircraft overall. "Based upon our ongoing work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Boeing, we are highly confident that the MAX will be recertified prior to this time (August 19)," he said, "By extending our cancellations through the summer, we can plan more reliably for the peak travel season and provide confidence to our customers and team members when it co..
                 

Paris: Massive fire breaks out at Notre Dame Cathedral

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US taxman will be all over the British royal baby

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New York: Talk about being born with a silver spoon in your mouth: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal baby will have a particularly glittery one. And US tax authorities will be keen to know how much that utensil is worth. That's because the child will have dual nationality: British because of his father and US from his American mother. "When one of the parents is American and has resided in the US for five years with at least two after the age of 14, the baby is automatically a citizen," said David Treitel, founder of American Tax Returns (ATR), a consultancy for US expatriates living in the UK. "This is the case with Meghan," he said. Meghan and Harry's child will have to show the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) his or her tax status is clean. From the moment of birth, money deposited in banks by the parents must be duly reported to the taxman. The IRS will demand that any valuable gifts from non-Americans to the baby also be declared as assets. "Imagine the Queen giving the baby..
                 

White House studying plan to send migrants to sanctuary cities

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Washington: The White House said Sunday it is looking at ways to transfer undocumented migrants to US sanctuary cities as Democrats accused President Donald Trump of creating "manufactured chaos" at the US-Mexico border. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders announced an "extensive review" of the potential plan on ABC's "This Week" after Trump confirmed press reports that his administration had proposed the controversial move. So-called sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York are among hundreds of mainly Democrat-run jurisdictions across the US that limit cooperation in complying with requests from immigration officials. "This is an option on the table," White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said of the proposal in an interview on ABC's "This Week." Trump "heard the idea, he likes it, so -- well, we're looking to see if there are options that make it possible and doing a full and thorough and extensive review," she said. The president revived the id..
                 

Seychelles president's underwater speech: Protect our oceans

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In a striking speech delivered from deep below the ocean's surface, the Seychelles president is making a global plea for stronger protection of the "beating blue heart of our planet." President Danny Faure's call for action, the first-ever live speech from an underwater submersible, comes from one of the many island nations threatened by global warming. The president is speaking during a visit to an ambitious British-led science expedition exploring the Indian Ocean depths. Oceans cover over two-thirds of the world's surface but remain, for the most part, uncharted. Faure's speech says that "this issue is bigger than all of us, and we cannot wait for the next generation to solve it. We are running out of excuses to not take action, and running out of time." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get the latest updates..
                 

Dutch doctor 'fathered 49 children' in IVF scandal

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The Hague: A Dutch doctor at the centre of an IVF scandal fathered at least 49 children, an organisation representing parents and children born through his now-closed clinic said Friday. Jan Karbaat, who died in 2017, is the father of 49 children born after women visited his Rotterdam clinic where he used his own sperm instead of sperm from a chosen donor to inseminate them, Defence for Children said. Results of DNA tests conducted Friday at a hospital in the southeastern city of Nijmegen "showed that 49 children in the case are direct descendants of the late Karbaat," the organisation said in a statement. "The results confirm serious suspicions that Karbaat used his own sperm at his clinic," Defence for Children added. The controversial case became public after a Dutch court ruled in February that the results of Karbaat's DNA test should be made available to parents and children to conduct their own comparisons. Before his death, aged 89, Karbaat reportedly admitted to having fat..
                 

World's largest airplane takes off for the first time

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The world's largest airplane took off for the first time on Saturday morning. The aircraft, built by rocket launch company 'Stratolaunch', had its critical first test flight and is designed to launch rockets into orbits from the air.  According to The Verge, the world's largest plane weighs 500,000 pounds with 385-foot wingspan was lifted off from Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California. The inaugural flight was for 150 minutes and later the plane was made to do a smooth landing.  The dual-fuselage Stratolaunch is designed to fly at an altitude of 35,000 feet, where it can drop rockets that ignite their engines and boost themselves into orbit around the planet. There is no rocket on this particular flight. But now Stratolaunch has already signed at least one customer, Northrop Grumman, which plans to use the company's innovation to send its Pegasus XL rocket into space. "It was an emotional moment for me, personally, to watch this majestic bird take flight," said S..
                 

IS claims responsibility for attack in Pakistan's Quetta

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Islamabad: The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the suicide attack at a vegetable and fruit market in Pakistan's city of Quetta. The militant group said in a statement on Saturday that one of its members carried out the suicide attack that killed and injured several Shiite community members and Pakistani troops, Xinhua reported. There was no official confirmation from the Pakistani side yet. Provincial Home Minister Mir Zia Ullah Langau told local media that at least 20 people, including a soldier of paramilitary troops Frontier Corps (FC) and two children, were killed while 48 others, including four FC personnel, got injured in Friday's attack. Deputy Inspector General of Quetta Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema said the blast targeted the Hazara community of minority Shiite Muslims, and at least eight people from Hazara community were among the killed. Shortly after the attack, the Hazara community members including women and children staged a sit-in which continued on S..
                 

Le Monde: France waived 144 mn euro tax dues of Anil Ambani firm

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In fresh revelations in the Rafale deal, French newspaper Le Monde reported that Anil Ambani's French-registered telecom company was given tax waivers worth €143.7 million by local authorities, shortly after the announcement by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to buy 36 Rafale jets in fly away condition. According to the newspaper, Ambani's telecom company "Reliance Atlantic Flag France" was investigated by French tax authorities and found liable to pay €60 million between 2007 and 2010. In an attempt to reach a settlement, Reliance had offered to pay €7.6 million, which was rejected by the authorities, and upon further investigation for the period 2010 to 2012, an additional tax of €91 million was levied. During a visit to Paris in April 2015, PM Modi made a surprise announcement for direct purchase of 36 Rafale jets in fly away condition in April 2014 citing "critical operational necessity" of IAF. No favouritism, says Reliance Responding to the Le Monde story, R..
                 

Pennsylvania mall evacuated after gunfire

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Monroeville: Authorities said a fight between two groups at a Pennsylvania mall led to a shooting outside the building and an evacuation. The Pittsburg Post-Gazette reported Monroeville police said the brawl on Friday between two groups of four to five males began about 8 p.m. for some unknown reason. The fight spilled outside the mall through a Macy's department store entrance. Police said one of the males pulled out a gun and fired about 10 shots. There were no reports of injuries and no arrests have been made. The mall was placed on lockdown and was later evacuated. The mall is about 17 miles (27.36 kilometers) east of Pittsburg. The lockdown was lifted about 9 p.m. Authorities found bullet holes in the glass doors of a Macy's entrance and evidence markers were placed in a roped-off area outside the department store. Monroeville Mall officials tweeted that they were aware of the incident and police cleared "the mall out of an abundance of caution." Catch up on all the latest Crime..
                 

Messenger may be finally coming back to Facebook

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California: Messenger has been one of the troubled Facebook kids and it might be coming back home. The company has been spotted testing the return of Messenger in the main Facebook app. Security researcher Jane Manchun Wong posted screenshots of the upcoming integration in action. The new section, called 'Chats' appears to include only the basic chat functionalities. To give reactions, make a call, send photos, and more, you are still required to open the Messenger app, Fast Company reported. Users will be able to tap the existing Messenger icon in the main app which will lead them directly to the messages without having to launch the dedicated Messenger app. Facebook removed the built-in chat service from the main app in 2014, compelling users to install the dedicated app. However, as the company plans on integrating its messaging services across all its apps, including Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, it but seems wiser and more convenient to have the Facebook Messenger injecte..
                 

Kim Jong Un says he's open to another summit with Donald Trump

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Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un says he's open to having a third summit with President Donald Trump if the United States could offer mutually acceptable terms for an agreement by the end of the year. Pyongyang's official Korean Central News Agency on Saturday said Kim's speech came during a session of the North Korea's rubber-stamp parliament. Kim during the speech blamed the collapse of his summit with Trump in February on what he described as unilateral demands by the United States. But he said his personal relationship with the American president remains good. Kim repeated earlier claims that North Korea's crippled economy would persevere through heavy international sanctions imposed over its nuclear weapons programme and that he wouldn't "obsess over summitry with the United States out of thirst for sanctions relief." The United States has said the summit broke down because of the North's excessive demands for sanctions relief in return for limited disarmament measures..
                 

Won't extradite Bashir, say Sudan's military rulers

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Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of genocide and war crimes, won't be extradited, country's new military rulers said on Friday. "Bashir is currently in custody," the head of the military council's political committee, Lieutenant General Omar Zain al-Abdin, told a news conference. "We as a military council, will not deliver Bashir abroad during our period" in office, Abdin said when asked about the ICC arrest warrant. Meanwhile, Sudanese protesters, angry that army commanders have taken control after removing Bashir in a palace coup, defied a night-time curfew to keep up four months of mass demonstrations on Friday. Protest leaders dismissed the transitional military council formed by top brass as the "same old faces" from the old regime which had ruled the country with an iron fist for three decades. Demonstrators demanded a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy and bring an end to the multiple conflict..
                 

Russia confers Narendra Modi with highest State Honour

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New Delhi: Russia on Friday conferred Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the highest state decoration -- Order of St Andrew -- for exceptional services in promoting a special and privileged strategic partnership between Russian and India."On April 12, @narendramodi was decorated with the Order of St Andrew the Apostle for exceptional services in promoting special and privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India and friendly relations between the Russian and Indian peoples," the Russian Embassy tweeted. The Order of St Andrew the Apostle the First-Called is the highest order and the oldest state order of Russia, first established in 1698. It was abolished under the erstwhile Soviet Union but re-established in 1998. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Black hole named 'Powehi' by Hawaii university professor

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Hilo: A language professor has given a Hawaiian name 'Powehi' to the black hole depicted in an image produced in a landmark experiment. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported on Thursday that University of Hawaii-Hilo Hawaiian Professor Larry Kimura named the cosmic object. The world's first image of a black hole revealed on Wednesday was created using data from eight radio telescopes around the world. The newspaper reports the word meaning "the adorned fathomless dark creation" or "embellished dark source of unending creation" comes from the Kumulipo, an 18th Century Hawaiian creation chant. Astronomers say giving it a Hawaiian name was justified because the project included two telescopes in Hawaii. Jessica Dempsey, a co-discoverer of the black hole, says the word is an excellent match for the scientific description she provided to Kimura. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest ..
                 

Pak: Hindu sisters not forcibly converted, allowed to live with spouses

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Islamabad: A Pakistani high court on Thursday declared that the two Hindu teenage sisters were not forcibly converted from Hinduism to Islam, and permitted them to live with their spouses, according to a media report. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), and their spouses petitioned the Islamabad High Court on March 25 against alleged harassment by police days after their father and brother alleged that the girls were underage, abducted, forced into changing their religion, and then married off to Muslim men. In their plea, the girls claimed that they belong to a Hindu family of Ghotki, Sindh but converted willfully as they were impressed by Islamic teaching, Dawn reported. The counsel for the girls' parents, however, asserted that the case pertained to forced conversion. Chief Justice Athar Minallah constituted a five-member commission to probe whether the conversion of the Hindu sisters to Islam was forced or otherwise. The commission comprising Human Rights Minister Shire..
                 

17-year-old creates a blueprint to prevent a catastrophic climate

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Generation Z has a lot to look forward to, such as getting their first car, their first job, and going away to college. But it’s not just their own future that they’re concerned about and are preparing for. These young people are already wondering what type of Earth they’ll be living in when they’re the adults, the risk takers, and decision makers. However, they’re also wondering about what messes on Earth their parents, grandparents and government leaders will leave for them to clean up. Or the more frightening thought: what will be left of it.In Our Changing Earth: Why Climate Change Matters to Young People, seventeen-year-old student Arjun Marwaha addresses the issues of climate change most generations have not had to worry about as teens. As 250,000 people each year are estimated to lose their lives due to rapid climate change between 2030 and 2050, along with the realization that not enough young people were aware of these potentially disastrous conse..
                 

Sri Lanka blasts: Death toll rises to 310, 40 suspects arrested

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At least 310 people have lost their lives in the multiple bomb blasts that rocked Sri Lanka during Easter celebrations, police said on Tuesday.Sri Lankan police media spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara told CNN that 40 people have been arrested in connection with the attacks. The suspects have been sent to custody and all of them are Sri Lankan nationals.Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena will meet foreign envoys and high commissioners and will brief them on the bombings and seek international assistance, according to the country's defence ministry."The intelligence agencies have reported that there were international organisations behind these acts of local terrorists. Hence, it has been decided to seek international assistance for investigations," a statement from the ministry said.As Sri Lanka marked national mourning today, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that the entire nation mourned the "senseless loss of innocent lives" lost in the multiple blasts."I would like to..
                 

8 Indians killed in Easter blasts in Sri Lanka

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At least eight Indians are among the dead after a string of devastating suicide blasts struck churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing 290 people on Easter Sunday, officials said on Monday. "Sri Lankan Foreign Ministry has confirmed the death of one more individual - H Shivakumar - in the blasts yesterday, taking the total number of Indian deaths in the tragedy to 8 till now," the Indian High Commission in Colombo tweeted. Earlier in the day, the mission confirmed the deaths of four Indians - Vemurai Tulsiram, S R Nagaraj, K G Hanumantharayappa and M Rangappa. On Sunday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj identified three Indian nationals - Lakshmi, Narayan Chandrashekhar and Ramesh - as the victims of the blasts. "Indian High Commission in Colombo has conveyed that National Hospital has informed them about the death of three Indian nationals," she tweeted on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan identified a Keralite, P S Rasina, amon..
                 

Sri Lanka blasts: Another blast near church; emergency from midnight

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A blast which has been termed as 'controlled explosion' was recorded near the St. Anthony's church in Kochchikade here on Monday, according to reports in Sri Lankan media. According to reports from a Sri Lankan news portal, the fresh blast took place when Sri Lanka's Special Task Force's (STF) bomb disposal units were diffusing explosive device found inside a van stationed near the church.No casualties were reported so far in the incident, as per the report. The Sri Lankan government declared a national emergency in the wake of the deadly Easter blasts that killed 290 people. The state of emergency will be enforced from midnight Monday. More than 500 people have been wounded in the eight blasts that ripped through the island country of Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Reuters: An explosion went off in a van near a church in Colombo, #SriLanka when bomb squad officials were trying to defuse it. pic.twitter.com/eBpIUKk7Pt — ANI (@ANI) April 22, 2019 President's media unit issued..
                 

Six Indians among 290 killed in Sri Lanka blasts; 24 arrested

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At least six Indians have been killed in a string of eight powerful blasts, including suicide attacks, which struck three churches and luxury hotels frequented by foreigners in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, officials said on Monday. Sri Lankan authorities have arrested 24 people from the minority Muslim community in connection with the multiple blasts that rocked the island nation on Sunday, killing over 290 people. The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 a.m. (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday identified two more individuals killed in the blasts on Sunday. "We sadly c..
                 

Sri Lanka blasts: Police chief warned of suicide attacks 10 days ago

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Colombo: Sri Lanka's police chief Pujuth Jayasundara issued a nationwide alert 10 days before Sunday's bomb attacks in the country that suicide bombers planned to hit "prominent churches", according to the warning seen by AFP. Jayasundara sent an intelligence warning to top officers on April 11. "A foreign intelligence agency has reported that the NTJ (National Thowheeth Jama'ath) is planning to carry out suicide attacks targeting prominent churches as well as the Indian high commission in Colombo," said the alert. The NTJ is a radical Muslim group in Sri Lanka that came to notice last year when it was linked to the vandalisation of Buddhist statues. Lanka imposes curfew, blocks social media The Sri Lankan government on Sunday imposed an indefinite curfew across the country. It has also blocked all social media platforms in order to prevent incorrect and wrong information from being spread. Meanwhile, security has been intensified around religious places across the capital. Catch ..
                 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan arrives in Iran

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday arrived on his first-ever two-day official visit to Iran to promote bilateral relations, amid tensions in ties over the killing of 14 Pakistani security personnel by militants who allegedly came from the neighbouring country. Unidentified gunmen donning uniforms of paramilitary soldiers Thursday massacred 14 security personnel, mostly from the Pakistan Navy, after forcing them to disembark from buses on a highway in the restive Balochistan province. The victims were not initially identified and it was speculated they could be Shia Muslims and ethnic workers from Punjab, but later it emerged that they were security personnel, most of them associated with the Pakistan Navy. Prime minister Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party in a series of tweets gave updates about his visit to Iran on the invitation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. "This is first visit of Prime Minister Imran Khan to Iran," the party said. He was accompanied..
                 

Blind sailor finishes Pacific voyage without interruption

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A blind Japanese sailor completed his non-stop Pacific voyage on Saturday, local media reported, becoming the first sightless person on record to navigate a vessel across the vast ocean. Mitsuhiro Iwamoto arrived at the port in Fukushima in his 12-metre (40-foot) sailboat on Saturday morning, around two months after he left California. Iwamoto, a 52-year-old San Diego resident, sailed from the US city on February 24 with Doug Smith, an American navigator who verbally helped him by offering information such as wind directions. This was his second attempt after his initial voyage was cut short six years ago when his yacht hit a whale and sank. "I'm home. Thank you," Iwamoto told the welcoming party after his yacht sailed into Fukushima, ending a journey of some 14,000 kilometres (8,700 miles). "I didn't give up and I made a dream come true," Iwamoto was quoted by Japan's Kyodo News as saying. It was the first Pacific crossing by a blind sailor, the report said. Catch up on all the la..
                 

Indian-origin physician charged with healthcare fraud

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Washington: An Indian-origin physician in the US has been charged with conspiracy to unlawfully dispense controlled substances and commit healthcare fraud. Neurologist Anil Prasad, 62, of Mandeville, Louisiana, was charged with one count of prescribing controlled substances outside the course of professional practice for no legitimate purpose and one count of conspiracy to commit healthcare fraud, according to US Attorney Peter G. Strasser. The court documents said that between November 2016 and July 2018, Prasad worked at a pain management clinic in Slidell. During the course of his employment, he pre-signed prescriptions for controlled substances without performing patient examinations to determine medical necessity. The Justice Department said that Prasad knew that certain of those patients used their Medicare and Medicaid benefits to fill those prescriptions. In total, Medicare and Medicaid paid approximately USD 1,657,461.15 for those prescriptions. If convicted, Prasad faces a..
                 

Applicants from big states cleared for Haj after hike in India's quota

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New Delhi: With Saudi Arabia increasing India's Haj quota to two lakh, all applicants from big states such as Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar have been cleared for going on the pilgrimage, sources in the Minority Affairs Ministry said. On Friday, the Saudi Arabian government issued a formal order with regard to the increase in India's Haj quota. At a meeting in February that was attended by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Saudi Arabia had increased India's quota by about 25,000, taking the number of pilgrims from India who can perform Haj to two lakh. "Due to the significant increase in India's Haj quota, all the applicants from Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Manipur, Lakshadweep, Odisha, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Assam, Bihar, Chandigarh, Daman and Diu, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Tripu..
                 

Vijay Mallya takes swipe at NDA govt over PSU banks' UK court pursuit

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London: A day after a UK judge refused to dismiss an order freezing nearly 260,000 pounds (USD 337,730) in one of his London bank accounts, embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Thursday questioned the SBI-led consortium of public sector banks pursuing him through the courts to recover dues they claim are owed to them. In his latest Twitter intervention, the 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss made another reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's interview last month in which he had claimed that the government has recovered assets worth Rs 14,000 crores related to the now-defunct airline's loan defaults. Mallya is wanted in India on charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to an alleged Rs 9,000 crores. "None other than the Prime Minister of India specifically says in an interview that his government has recovered more money than I allegedly owe PSU Banks and the same banks claim otherwise in English courts," reads Mallya's Tweet. "Who does one believe? One or the..
                 

Imran Khan reshuffles Cabinet amidst criticism over govt performance

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Islamabad: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reshuffled his Cabinet amidst mounting criticism at the lackluster performance of the government. The changes were made after finance minister Asad Umar resigned. The key ministry of interior was assigned to former ISI officer, Brig (retd) Ijaz Shah who was recently appointed as minister for parliamentary affairs. He was a confidant of former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf. Former prime minister Benazir Bhutto reportedly named him among three people who were a threat to her life. Shah was elected as a member of Parliament in last year elections. Azam Swati, who stepped down last year as minister of science and technology for allegedly using his influence over police to register a case against a poor family, made a comeback and appointed as minister for parliamentary affairs. Among other changes, information minister Fawad Chaudhry was made minister for science and technology and petroleum minister Ghulam Sarwar made ministe..
                 

14 passengers shot dead by gunmen on Makran Coastal Highway in Pakistan

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As many as 14 people were shot dead on Thursday after being identified and offloaded from passenger buses on Makran Coastal Highway in Balochistan. Quoting sources from Balochistan Levies, The Dawn reported that around 15 to 20 unidentified gunmen stopped five or six buses traveling between Karachi and Gwadar between 12:30 a.m. and 1 a.m. on Thursday. Around the Buzi Top area, the gunmen stopped the buses, checked the identity cards of passengers and offloaded about 16 of them. Fourteen passengers were immediately shot dead, while two passengers managed to escape the incident and reached the nearest Levies check post. Sources told The Dawn that the two people suffered severe injuries and were shifted to Ormara Hospital for treatment. As soon as the incident was reported, Levies and other law enforcement personnel reached the spot and launched an investigation into the incident. No terror group has claimed responsibility for the incident so far. The local police recovered the bodie..
                 

Kim Jong-un supervises new tactical guided weapon test

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Pyongyang: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday supervised the test-fire of a new tactical guided weapon conducted by the Academy of Defence Science, state media reported on Thursday. "The completion of the development of the weapon system would become a very significant event in strengthening the fighting power of the People's Army," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted Kim, as saying. "Our national defence scientists and workers in the field of the munitions industry performed another great work in increasing the country's defence capabilities," the KCNA said. The supreme leader further noted it is a very good thing that the field of national defence science has waged a dynamic struggle for attaining core research goals. However, the state media did not disclose any details of the newly developed weapon. It was the first time since November last year that Kim had overseen any weapons testing. His visit to the testing centre came a day after he visited an air force..
                 

122 people arrested as climate change activists block London roads

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London: Scotland Yard on Tuesday said it was dealing with serious disruptions caused by climate change activists as part of the Extinction Rebellion protests which have blocked roads and traffic across London, resulting in 122 arrests. Most of those arrested since Monday's launch of the weeks-long protests have been detained on suspicion of public order offences, while five people were held on charges of criminal damage at oil giant Shell's London headquarters. "We need to ensure we are striking the right balance between allowing the right to a peaceful protest, while ensuring disruption to communities is kept to a minimum," said Metropolitan Police Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove. "At this time, ongoing demonstrations are causing serious disruptions to public transport, local businesses and Londoners who wish to go about their daily business," he said. The Met Police imposed a condition on campaigners to restrict their protests to Marble Arch area of central London to contain so..
                 

Oil rig crew rescues dog found 220 km off gulf shore

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Notre Dame fire under control

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Paris: The fire at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris has been brought under control, Paris police said on Monday (local time). French President Emmanuel Macron praised firefighters for saving the cathedral's iconic facade and towers. "Thanks to their bravery, the worst has been avoided," CNN quoted Macron, as saying. "Thanks to the @PompiersParis, the police and the municipal agents the Crown of Thorns, the Tunic of Saint Louis and several other major works are now in a safe place," Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo tweeted. A deadly blaze engulfed the historic cathedral on Monday evening, taking down the structure's famous spire, much to the horror of onlookers and world community alike. The cathedral houses a few of the most coveted relics in Christianity, including the Holy Crown, which many believe to be from the crown of thorns placed on the head of Jesus. Catholics have prayed to the crown at the Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 16 centuries now, as per the cathedral. Speaking to report..
                 

White House stands by Donald Trump's comments against Ilhan Omar

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Washington: While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ordered a safety review for Muslim Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar and her family Sunday after accusing President Donald Trump of putting her in danger by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the 9/11 attacks, the White House defended Trump's actions. Trump's spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, defended the president on Sunday against accusations that he was inciting violence toward Omar. Omar has been at the centre of an escalating row after a clip emerged of her characterising the deadliest attack on US soil as "some people did something." On Friday, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet, which Omar's fellow Democrats say was taken out of context, with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the Twin Towers that once dominated New York's skyline. The clip, which had been viewed more than 9.4 million times as of Sunday afternoon, ends with the words: "SEPTEMBER 11 2001 WE REMEMBER." Sanders defende..
                 

Emu-like bird accidentally kills 75-year-old owner in Florida

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Houston: The 75-year-old owner of a farm in Florida was attacked and killed by a giant flightless bird that is considered one of the world's most dangerous, US media reports said on Monday. Marvin Hajos was killed by a cassowary, a huge bird with long claws on each foot, after he fell in the backyard of his Gainesville, Florida, home on Friday, officials told CNN. Hajos was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died. The cassowary remains on Hajos' property as authorities conduct an investigation into the attack. The owner was a breeder of the rare bird that is native to Australia and New Guinea. The death was an accident, officials said. It appears the man fell, and the cassowary attacked him after the fall, Taylor said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission considers cassowaries Class II wildlife, meaning they pose a danger to humans and are subject to specific cage requirements. Owners must also have "substantial experience" with the animals, the commission sa..
                 

Donald Trump's sanctuary city idea could be a boon to migrants

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Phoenix: An idea floated by US President Donald Trump to send immigrants from the border to "sanctuary cities" to exact revenge on Democratic foes could end up doing the migrants a favour by placing them in locations that make it easier to put down roots and stay in the country. The plan would put thousands of immigrants in cities that are not only welcoming to them, but also more likely to rebuff federal officials carrying out deportation orders. Many of these locations have more resources to help immigrants make their legal cases to stay in the United States than smaller cities, with some of the nation's biggest immigration advocacy groups based in places like San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. Donald Trump The downside for the immigrants would be a high cost of living in the cities. The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University announced this week that an analysis found that immigrants in sanctuary cities such as New York and Los Angeles are 20 per ..
                 

Three killed in plane crash in Nepal

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At least three people were killed when a small plane veered off the runway while taking off and hit two parked helicopters at Lukla airport in Nepal's Everest region on Sunday, officials said. The incident occurred as the plane skidded off the runway while preparing to take off and hit helicopters parked at the Lukla-based helipad which is 30-50 metres from the runway, the Kathmandu Post reported. Co-pilot S Dhungana and Assistant Sub-Inspector Ram Bahadur Khadka, who was stationed at the helipad, were killed in the incident, Tribhuvan International Airport spokesperson Pratap Babu Tiwari was quoted as saying by the paper. Assistant Sub-Inspector Rudra Bahadur Shrestha, who was injured in the incident and airlifted to Kathmandu, died while undergoing treatment at Grande Hospital, the paper said, citing hospital sources. Captain RB Rokaya who was flying the aircraft and Captain Chet Gurung of Manang Air, who was in the helicopter, were injured in the incident. They are receiving tre..
                 

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Hawaii; no risk of tsunami

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A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit about 5 pm and had an epicentre about 15 miles (24 kilometres) southwest of Kailua-Kona, a city of nearly 12,000 people on the island's west coast, the agency said.  The earthquake had a depth of about 10 miles (16 kilometres). There is no danger of a tsunami, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center of the National Weather Service said. Parts of the island may have experienced strong shaking, the centre said. The US Geological Survey says it has received 894 responses from people saying they had felt the earthquake. Hawaii Electric Light tweeted that about 3,300 customers were without power in the community of Waikoloa, Hawaii News Now reported. Crews were working to restore power. Civil Defense officials told Hawaii News Now that the earthquake caused a large boulder to come down on Highway 19-Queen Kaahumanu at the Hapuna Junction. The ..
                 

American extradited to Australia charged with murder of Thai

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Australian police on Sunday charged a man extradited from the United States with murder in the death of a Thai national, whose body was found bound and gagged on the side of a Sydney road. Alex Dion, 38, was charged with the 2018 murder of Wachira "Mario" Phetmang after he arrived in Sydney from California under police guard. The arrest warrant for Dion was issued in September while he already was in custody on a domestic violence charge in San Diego. Phetmang's body was discovered by a truck driver last June bound, gagged and wrapped in plastic, covered in a mattress protector.  An autopsy of his body found he suffered more than 20 wounds to his head and had multiple skull fractures. The 33-year-old former cafe and spa worker had been living in Australia for at least the last 10 years and was a permanent resident at the time of his death.  He was last seen alive on May 25 at a petrol station in the Sydney suburb of South Hurstville.Dion, a US national, is believed to h..
                 

Imran Khan to visit Iran

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Tehran: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to visit Iran in the coming months, reported Iranian state agency, Islamic Republic News Agency. Confirming the same, Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mohammad Faisal said, "Prime Minister will pay an official visit to Iran in the near future but the details of the visit would be announced later."  This will be Imran Khan's maiden visit to Iran after taking over as the Prime Minister last August. The neighbouring countries reached a brink of war after the February 13 attack in Iran, in which 27 members of Iran's elite paramilitary Revolutionary Guard Corps force were reportedly killed. Tehran accused Islamabad of harbouring the terror outfit responsible for the deadly terror attack.  Iran which borders Pakistan share a nearly 1,000 km between the two countries. In recent years, Iran has witnessed several cross-border attacks carried out by Jaish al-Adl and other affiliated groups.  Notably, both Jaish al-..
                 

Los Angeles: Escaped teenager charged in mother's death recaptured

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Los Angeles: Authorities on Friday recaptured a 15-year-old boy who is charged with killing his mother and managed to escape a Southern California juvenile facility. A "very good lead" led authorities to a McDonald's restaurant in Anaheim, where Ike Souzer was taken peacefully into custody on Friday night, Orange County sheriff's Capt. Mike Peters said. The teenager was given medical treatment for puncture wounds on his leg that might have come from his escape, Peters said. Ike Souzer escaped the Orange County Juvenile Hall, somehow got onto a roof and then jumped a perimeter fence just after midnight Friday, said Steve Sentman, a chief probation officer for the county. Jail staff spotted Souzer on the roof, then turned on a facility-wide alarm and called the sheriff's office, he said. Peters said deputies were "very quick" to respond, but Souzer was able to elude capture. The sheriff's office released surveillance footage showing Souzer tending to an apparent wound on his leg shortl..
                 

IMF asks Pakistan to share details of loans from China

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Islamabad: International Monetary Fund (IMF), who is currently considering a bailout package for Pakistan, has asked the latter to share details of loans that it has received from China. According to the Express Tribune, IMF, during a recent meeting, voiced concern about Beijing's financial assistance to Islamabad. However, Pakistan assured the IMF that there is no overlapping between the two programmes (IMF bailout and CPEC), reported Dawn. Pakistan Finance Minister Asad Umar has said that Pakistan and the IMF will reach a full agreement in the coming days. "During the last two days, we have, more or less, reached an understanding. In the next day or two, we hope to reach a full agreement and then we will share the details with you," the finance minister said after a meeting with World Bank Group President David R Malpass and senior officials of IMF. In the past few years, Pakistan and China have signed about half a dozen projects of worth USD 6.2 billion under CPEC. Besides this, i..
                 

Senators urge Trump administration to delay decision on India's GS

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Washington: Two top American Senators have urged the Trump administration to delay until the end of the general elections its decision to terminate India's designation as a beneficiary developing country under the Generalized System of Preference due to a lack of compliance. The Generalized System of Preference (GSP) is the largest and oldest US trade preference programme and is designed to promote economic development by allowing duty-free entry for thousands of products from designated beneficiary countries. The US Congress in March last year voted to renew the GSP through 2020. In a letter to US Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer, Senators John Cornyn from the Republican party and Mark warner from the Democratic party argued that India-US relationship was too important to rush such an important decision in the middle of an election cycle. "As you know, India's elections will conclude on May 23, 2019. We believe that the election season may serve as a hindrance for ..
                 

Skype now lets you share your mobile screen during calls

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'China financing of Maduro prolongs Venezuela crisis'

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Santiago: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that China's financing of President Nicolas Maduro's government is prolonging the crisis in Venezuela. Pompeo kicked off a four-country tour of Latin America in Chile, where he met with President Sebastián Pinera to discuss the US-China trade war and the Venezuelan crisis. Hyperinflation, shortages of food and medicine and other hardships have forced more than 3 million Venezuelans about one-tenth of the population ¿ to flee the country in the last few years. "China's bankrolling of the Maduro regime helped precipitate and prolong the crisis in that country," Pompeo said on Friday, adding that China invested over USD 60 billion, "with no strings attached." "It's no surprise that Maduro used the money to use for tasks like paying off cronies, crushing pro-democracy activists, and funding ineffective social programs," he said. "I think there's a lesson, a lesson to be learned for all of us: China and others are being hy..
                 

US President Donald Trump's transgender military ban takes effect

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US President Donald Trump's controversial ban on transgender Americans in the military comes into force on Friday following a protracted legal battle. Trump's administration has insisted that there is "too great a risk to military effectiveness and lethality" to allow transgender people to serve – reversing a policy enacted under his predecessor Barack Obama. The Pentagon says the restrictions are not a blanket ban. Trump first announced the policy on Twitter in July 2017. It has been repeatedly challenged in court. The US Supreme Court ruled in January the policy may take effect pending the outcome of ongoing litigation. Under latest version, no one who has transitioned to ano-ther gender, been diagnosed with "gender dysphoria" or who requires hormone treatment will be able to enlist. But currently enlisted troops who have already transitioned or have requested gender reassignment surgery prior to Friday will be allowed to remain in the military. Catch up on all the latest Cr..
                 

'Better chance of peace with India if BJP wins general elections'

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Pakistan's Premier Imran Khan has said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party BJP wins the general elections. India will go to elections in seven phases beginning from Thursday.  "Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party)....wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached," Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview. He said other parties would be afraid of the right-wing backlash in case of settlement on the Kashmir issue.  Khan said Kashmir was the central issue between the two countries. India maintains that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the country and Pakistan is in illegal occupation of a part of the state's territory.  Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) killed 40 CRPF personnel in Kashmir's Pulwama district on February 14. Amid mount..
                 

Watch Video: Groom's ex-girlfriend crashes wedding in bridal gown!

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In a bizarre incident, a spurned lover gatecrashed her ex-boyfriend’s marriage in a bridal gown in China. A video uploaded by a channel on YouTube went viral which shows the ex-girlfriend apologizing to the groom, kneeling in front of the couple on stage. As the groom was about to kiss his bride, the ex-girlfriend barged in and began to ask for forgiveness from him. The video also shows the groom consoling the bride who looked shocked at the fiasco and later walked off the stage in disappointment. The incident also took the MC by surprise, who can be heard saying, “We have an unexpected situation here, perhaps this is the reality of love.”The incident occurred in China and the footage was shared on social media which has now gone viral on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. This video shook the internet and created a storm of mixed reactions, where some extended support to the bride and condemned the ex-girlfriend, while others trolled the groom for having to face an..
                 

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange arrested in UK

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London: Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been arrested after seven years in Ecuador's embassy in London, UK police said Thursday. The Metropolitan Police said he had been taken into custody and will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court "as soon as is possible". The 47-year-old faces allegations that he publicly released secret documents relating to the US. He had been in the embassy in London since 2012. Assange had originally sought asylum at the embassy after Swedish authorities wanted to quiz him over allegations of sexual assault and rape. WikiLeaks on Wednesday claimed that it was being blackmailed by "dubious characters" who had obtained security camera footage of founder Julian Assange inside Ecuador's embassy in London. Kristinn Hrafnsson, editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, accused Ecuador authorities of gathering thousands of photographs and videos, which then found their way into the hands of a group in Spain, who were demanding $3 million (2.7 million euros) not t..
                 

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6.1 magnitude earthquake jolts Philippines; 8 killed

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At least eight people were killed and several others suffered injuries on Monday after an earthquake of magnitude 6.1 on the Richter scale rocked Bodega town on the Philippine island.According to CNN, the quake was followed by 52 aftershocks.The earthquake was felt in the capital of Manila also. A video has emerged of water gushing down the swimming pool in Anchor Skysuites in Binondo district of Manila. The Indonesian island is prone to earthquakes because of its geographical positioning. It's on the Ring of Fire, an arc of volcanoes and fault lines in the basin of the Pacific Ocean.In September last year, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was struck by two powerful earthquakes, measuring 7.7 and 6.1 on the Richter scale, and a tsunami causing multitudinous loss of human lives and widespread displacement. As many as 1,944 people were reported dead following the disaster. Other than earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions are also common in the area.  In December 2018, a..
                 

Sri Lanka announces compensation for bomb blast victims

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Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday announced that it will compensate the victims of the ghastly bomb blasts that hit churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka, killing over 290 people and injuring over 500 others during Easter celebrations, according to a media report. Eight coordinated explosions targeted Easter worshippers and high-end hotels popular with international guests. The blasts targeted St Anthony's Church in Colombo, St Sebastian's Church in the western coastal town of Negombo and another church in the eastern town of Batticaloa around 8.45 am (local time) as the Easter Sunday mass were in progress. Three explosions were reported from the five-star hotels - the Shangri-La, the Cinnamon Grand and the Kingsbury. Foreigners and locals who were injured in hotel blasts were admitted to the Colombo General Hospital. Government spokesperson Rajitha Senaratne said that the each victim in the attacks will be paid 1 million Sri Lankan rupees (USD 5,722), while about 100,..
                 

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Seven Lankan suicide bombers involved in Easter blasts, 24 arrested

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Colombo: Seven suicide bombers believed to be members of an Islamist extremist group carried out a series of devastating blasts that tore through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing 290 people and wounding 500 others in the country's worst terror attack, authorities said on Monday. A state of emergency was declared from midnight Monday after a crucial meeting of the National Security Council chaired by President Maithripala Sirisena. No group has claimed responsibility for Sunday's attacks, but police have so far arrested 24 people - mostly members of a same group - in connection with the blasts that also killed six Indian nationals. Police said that 9 out of the 24 arrested for involvement in the blasts were ordered to be remanded by the Colombo magistrate's court till May 6. Government's spokesman Rajitha Senaratne said local Islamist extremist group called the National Tawheed Jamath (NTJ) is suspected of plotting the blasts that struck three church..
                 

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Woman carrying gun and baby tackled after threatening to blow up church

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Washington D.C.: A woman carrying a baby and a handgun threatening to blow up the church during Easter service on Sunday in San Diego, was tackled by the churchgoers, the police said. The 31-year-old woman with a toddler and five-year-old daughter were taken into protective custody, CNN reported after quoting San Diego Police Officer Dino Delimitros. A search conducted by bomb-sniffing dog found no explosives hidden either in the church building or the suspect's car, while the woman's gun was found unloaded, the police added. The sermon at the non-denominational Church TsidKenu was about to conclude when the woman walked on stage and waved the handgun making "threats that she was going to blow up the church," police said. As people in the church approached the woman, she pointed her gun at them and the baby, ordering people not to come any closer. Churchgoers were able to take the baby from the woman's arms and snatch away the gun from her hands before tackling her to the ground. ..
                 

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Sri Lanka: Pieces of flesh strewn all over church wall, say top priest

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Colombo: The St. Sebastian's Church in Negombo bore the brunt of a series of powerful blasts across Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, with a top priest saying pieces of flesh were thrown all over the walls, on the sanctuary and even outside the church. Father Edmond Tillekeratne, social communications director for the Archdiocese of Colombo, told CNN that about 30 bodies were lying in the church after the blast. He said three priests had been celebrating the mass at the time. Two of them were badly hurt by flying glass and debris, and one was lightly hurt because he was behind the altar. Relatives of a blast victim grieve outside a morgue in Colombo. Pic/AP He estimated that over a thousand people had come to the church for Easter Sunday "because it is a special day." Many people came from villages, he said. He described the ground as covered in rubble and shattered glass. "You can see pieces of flesh thrown all over the walls and on the sanctuary and even outside the church," he added. ..
                 

Sri Lanka blasts: Twitterati condemns, expresses condolences

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In yet another horrific incident which took place in the morning on Sunday, 129 people were killed and more than 300 were injured after blasts happened in three churches and three hotels of Sri Lanka when Easter masses were in progress. Right from the SriLankan prime Minister to the Prime Minister of India, twitterati has condemned the blasts and expressed condolences. Sri Lanka Prime Minister condemned the attack in a tweet and appealed to citizens to stay strong and united. I strongly condemn the cowardly attacks on our people today. I call upon all Sri Lankans during this tragic time to remain united and strong. Please avoid propagating unverified reports and speculation. The government is taking immediate steps to contain this situation. — Ranil Wickremesinghe (@RW_UNP) April 21, 2019 Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said that there is no place for barbarism in the region. Strongly condemn the horrific blasts in Sri Lanka. There is no place for such barbarism i..
                 

Gunmen kill 13 at Mexican party

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The Secretariat of Public Safety said the gunmen arrived at a family reunion in Minatitlan asking to see someone named El Becky - the owner of a local bar - before opening fire. It said seven men, five women, and a child were killed, and four others injured in the attack. There was no known motive for the shooting, but Veracruz is plagued with organised crime and bloody gun battles frequently erupt between rival drug gangs. Survivors described how the gunmen forced their victims to look them in the face before shooting them. "They told them to turn around to see them, to see them while they were killing them," said one woman who asked not to be identified. "I felt the gun at my head … the guy pointed it at me but didn't shoot," she added, dressed a colourful traditional Mexican costume. Another young woman, whose brother was murdered, said: "There were about six of them. Even if you had a baby in your arms, they still shot you." Hugo Gutierrez, the head of public security in ..
                 

World's smallest baby' weighed 258 gms

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Tokyo: The world's smallest baby boy, who was born in October in Japan weighing as much like an apple, is now ready for the outside world, his doctor said on Friday. Ryusuke Sekiya was delivered via emergency Caesarean section, after 24 weeks and five days of pregnancy as his mother Toshiko experienced hypertension. He weighed 258 grams. When Ryusuke was born on October 1, 2018, he measured 22 centimetres (8.66 inches) tall, and the medical staff kept him in a neonatal ICU. They used tubes to feed him, sometimes taking cotton swabs to apply his mother’s milk to his mouth. Nearly seven months later, the boy has grown 13 times in weight, now weighing over 3kgs. He will be released from Nagano Children's Hospital in central Japan over the weekend. Six-month-old Ryusuke Sekiya (C) is pictured with his parents one day before his scheduled discharge from a hospital in Azumino, Nagano prefecture on April 19, 2019. Ryusuke Sekiya was born on October 1, 2018, as the world's smallest bab..
                 

Jamal Khashoggi murder perpetrators should be tried, says investigator

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Geneva (Switzerland): A UN investigator on Thursday urged United Nations to provide justice to slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi, recommending that the "perpetrators" and the "masterminds" behind the murder should be "tried". Agnes Callamard, an academic who leads an international probe into the killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, is expected to release her findings to the United Nations Rights Council before its next session in June. "My report is ... going to spend a lot of time and pages on the next steps and the recommendations and how we provide accountability to Mr Khashoggi, to his family, friends and colleagues," Callamard told Al Jazeera on Thursday. It will examine how "we ensure that the killing, and the vacuum the killing generated in terms of accountability, [so] that we take steps to address the vacuum", she added. "I am not a court of law. I cannot try the perpetrators. I can provide the information, I can recommend that the perpetrators and the m..
                 

Facebook reveals that it exposed millions of Instagram passwords

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San Francisco: A day after admitting it "unintentionally" uploaded emails of nearly 1.5 million of new users, Facebook has now revealed that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format. Last month, Facebook said that it fixed a security issue wherein millions of its users' passwords were stored in plain text and "readable" format for years and were searchable by thousands of its employees. The company on Thursday revealed that millions of passwords belonging to the users of its photo-sharing service Instagram were also exposed. "We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users," said the social networking giant in an update. "We will be notifying these users as we did the others. Our investigation has determined that these stored passwords were not internally abused or improperly accessed." Facebook had found that some user passwords were ..
                 

IOC pledge 500,000 euros to help ensure Notre Dame ready for Paris

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Paris: The International Olympic Committee on Thursday pledged 500,000 euros to help ensure Notre Dame is restored in time for the 2024 Paris Games. "The aim of completing the reconstruction in time for Paris 2024 will be an extra motivation for all of us," IOC president Thomas Bach told 2024 Games chief Thomas Estanguet in a letter. "All the Olympic movement and in particular the IOC have been extremely touched by the instantaneous connection the French have made between Notre Dame cathedral and the Paris 2024 Olympic Games," he wrote. Estanguet said the Olympic family "wanted to show its solidarity with Parisians and all French people". The IOC's contribution joins donations totalling 850 million euros made since the landmark was gutted by fire on Monday evening. Notre Dame figures on the route for the 2024 Olympic marathon and on the road cycling circuit. Last week, YouTube's new tool for battling misinformation mistakenly linked videos of the massive fire at Notre Dame Cathed..
                 

NYPD: Man with gas cans arrested at St. Patrick's church

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New York: Just days after flames ravaged the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, a New Jersey man was arrested Wednesday night after entering St. Patrick's Cathedral carrying two cans of gasoline, lighter fluid and butane lighters, according to the New York Police Department. The unidentified 37-year-old man had pulled up in a minivan outside the landmark cathedral on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, walked around the area, then returned to his vehicle at 7:55 p.m. and retrieved the gasoline and lighter fluid, said NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller. "As he enters the cathedral he's confronted by a cathedral security officer who asks him where he's going and informs him he can't proceed into the cathedral carrying these things," said Miller. "At that point some gasoline apparently spills out onto the floor as he's turned around." Security then notified officers from the counter-terrorism bureau who were standing outside, Miller said. The officers caught up..
                 

Journalists in Nepal protest against cyber law

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Kathmandu: A group of journalists in Nepal organised a demonstration in Kathmandu on Wednesday, demanding abrogation of cyber law which, they said, is being used to muzzle the voice of media in the country. Nepal Economic Media Society and Online Journalists Association demanded the abrogation of the Electronic Transaction Act. Arjun Giri, a journalist associated with TandavNews.com, was arrested from Pokhara earlier this week for publishing a story about a local business, sparking debate about existing and proposed laws which, according to experts, could be used to restrict press freedom in Nepal. The Electronic Transaction Act's Article 47 and 48 are against press freedom, which is guaranteed by the Constitution of Nepal, Sitaram Bilasi, general-secretary of Nepal Economic Media Society, said. Although the Constitution fully guarantees press freedom in practice, restrictions has been imposed on free media due to the controversial cyber Law, he said. As there is every possibility o..