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Kenya police arrest wife, father of hotel suicide bomber

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Nairobi: Kenyan police have arrested the wife and father of a man identified as the suicide bomber in an attack on Nairobi's Dusit hotel complex that left 21 dead, a police source said Saturday. The attacker, one of five Al-Shabaab militants who stormed the complex on Tuesday, was identified as 25-year-old Mahir Khalid Riziki, who grew up in Mombasa. "The wife of the suicide bomber is now in our custody. She will help us understand her husband's last moments and his movement, his story in latest years and his very last movements," a senior police official said on condition of anonymity. "She was arrested in Mombasa and has been brought to Nairobi for further questioning," he added. His father was also arrested. "In the course of investigation of this nature, close family members of such people are crucial because they hold crucial information," the source said. The official said Riziki was identified through mobile phone communication, and that he had communicated with one of the othe..
                 

BuzzFeed's Donald Trump report not accurate: Mueller's office

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Washington: Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office has disputed a BuzzFeed News story as "not accurate", after the outlet reported that President Donald Trump had directed his former personal attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. "BuzzFeed's description of specific statements to the Special Counsel's Office, and characterisation of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen's Congressional testimony are not accurate," Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller's office, said in a statement on Friday night. It's highly unusual for the special counsel's office to provide a statement to the media, outside of court filings and judicial hearings, about any of its ongoing investigative activities. In response, BuzzFeed said in a statement: "We are continuing to report and determine what the special counsel is disputing. We remain confident in the accuracy of our report."Ben Smith, the editor-in-chief at BuzzFeed, echoed the outlet's statement, saying: "We stan..
                 

Thousands march across US to protest against Donald Trump

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Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington D.C. and in nearly 300 other US cities in the third annual Women's March to protest against the policies of President Donald Trump and to stand up for women's rights.Organisers had hoped to see hundreds of thousands of attendees, the kind of turnout that made the first march held a day after Trump was sworn in as President on January 20, 2017, a seminal moment in the protest movement, reports The Washington Post.But Saturday's march appeared to attract only thousands, mirroring lower turnout at marches in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Philadelphia and other cities.The main event kicked off at Freedom Plaza near the White House, where the organisers set up a stage and the along Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the White House to the Capitol.Many participants wore pink wool hats and carried posters with the most varied messages, such as "Take care of your own uterus", "We demand equality for all", and "Without Hermione, Harry (P..
                 

Theresa May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' exit

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London: British Prime Minister Theresa May scrambled to put together a new Brexit strategy after MPs rejected her EU divorce deal, and insisted she could not rule out a potentially damaging "no-deal" split. The world's fifth-largest economy is grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc. Governments across Europe are triggering plans to avoid logjams at ports and airports when trade barriers go up should London fail to find a Plan B. The government held talks with MPs from rival parties after narrowly surviving a confidence vote brought on by the crushing defeat over her old deal with Brussels. But Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the main opposition Labour Party, called the talks a "stunt" and refused to meet May until she ruled out the possibility of Britain crashing out without any future arrangements in place.May will present her new approach to the House of Commons on Monday. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke ..
                 

Pakistan's human hair en route China

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Islamabad: Pakistan has exported to China over 100,000 kg of human hair valued at USD 132,000 over the last five years. The Ministry of Commerce and Textile told the National Assembly that 1,05,461 kg of human hair was exported to China in the last five years, the Dawn reported. Demand for human hair has increased in China due to growth in the makeup industry. The other reason for the increase in the export of human hair is that there is no demand for wigs in Pakistan, said AM Chauhan, a prominent beautician. He said another reason was that the local production of hair accessories has declined recently. He said in the past, locals would make hair extensions, moustaches, beards and wigs by hand, but the local artisans have now lost the market to the Chinese makeup industry. Exporters buy hair at an average rate of Rs 5,000 or Rs 6,000 per kg, Chauhan added. High quality hair is also exported to the US and Japan as they have high demand for hair from their entertainment industrie..
                 

George W Bush treats Secret Service staff to pizza

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Washington: Former US President George W Bush delivered pizzas to his unpaid Secret Service personnel and called for the partial government shutdown to end. "@LauraWBush and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck," he captioned an image showing himself delivering pizzas on Instagram on Friday. "And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them." The former leader bought his staffers at least six pizzas, according to the Instagram post. "It's time for leaders on both sides to put politics aside, come together, and end this shutdown," he said.       View this post on Instagram @LauraWBush and I are grateful to our Secret Service personnel and the thousands of Federal employees who are working hard for our country without a paycheck. And we thank our fellow citizens who are supporting them. It’s time for leaders on both sides to put pol..
                 

White House: Trump to meet Kim Jong-un again in late February

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Washington: US President Donald Trump will hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in late February on dismantling Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes, the White House has announced The two leaders had met on June 12 last year in Singapore for the first summit. The White House, however, did not identify a location for the second setting between the two leaders. The announcement came after Trump met with North Korean envoy, Kim Yong Chol, on Friday for a discussion that included talk about Kim Jong-un's unfulfilled pledge to dismantle his country's nuclear weapons programmes. President Trump sat down with Kim Yong Chol, a high-level official in North Korea's Communist government, in the Oval Office, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said. "President Donald J Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and a half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. "The president looks forward to meeting with Ch..
                 

Two monks shot dead as violence flares in Thailand's deep south

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Bangkok: Gunmen in Thailand's deep south shot dead two Buddhist monks and wounded two others inside a temple, police said on Saturday, capping a week of deadly violence as the prime minister vowed to "punish" those who were responsible. Black-clad assailants carrying rifles crept into Rattanaupap temple in Narathiwat province near Malaysia's border on Friday evening and started firing, local superintendent, Pakdi Preechachon told AFP. "The attack took place at around 7:30 pm (1230 GMT) when an unknown number of gunmen dressed in black entered the temple through a rear area via a creek," Pakdi said. "Two monks were shot dead at the temple while two others were wounded." Since 2004 clashes between ethnic Malay-Muslim rebels and the Buddhist-majority Thai state that annexed the region a century ago have killed nearly 7,000 people, mostly civilians of both faiths. The death toll in the south dropped to a record low last year as Thailand's junta tightened its security web but violence has ..
                 

Donald Trump-Nancy Pelosi row grounds tour to war zone

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Washington: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday cancelled her plans to travel by commercial plane to visit US troops in Afghanistan, saying President Donald Trump had caused a security risk by talking about the trip. It was the latest twist in what has become a Washington game of brinkmanship between Pelosi and Trump, playing out against the stalled negotiations over how to end the partial government shutdown. Earlier in the week, Pelosi had asked Trump to reschedule his State of the Union address, citing security issues at a time when the Homeland Security Department and other agencies remain unfunded. Trump responded by cancelling the military plane that was to have carried Pelosi and a congressional delegation to Afghanistan on the previously undisclosed troop visit. Trump suggested she travel by commercial plane instead. Trump had belittled the trip as a "public relations event" even though he had just made a similar warzone stop and said it would be best if Pelosi remained in W..
                 

No entertainment on PIA flights to Jeddah, Madina

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The Pakistan International Airlines has banned in-flight entertainment for pilgrims travelling to Jeddah and Madina and will only play Quranic verses and naats for them, an official of the national carrier said Thursday. The decision was taken "in light of the peoples' sentiments," said PIA spokesman Mashhood Tajawar. "The decision to play Quranic verses and naats (recitation of poetry praising the Prophet) during taxing and landing for flights to Jeddah and Madina has been taken in light of the peoples sentiments," Tajawar said. He added that the impression that the PIA has banned music on all routes is incorrect. "This is only for Jeddah and Madina as people go there for a holy journey. Therefore, playing music/songs on these routes is not appropriate," Tajwar said. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, a..
                 

Nairobi attackers 'eliminated' in 20-hour siege

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday that all Islamists who had stormed an upmarket hotel complex had been "eliminated" after an almost 20-hour siege that left at least 14 dead. "I can confirm that... the security operation at Dusit complex is over and all the terrorists eliminated," Kenyatta said in a televised address to the nation. "As of this moment, we have confirmation that 14 innocent lives were lost to the... terrorists, with others injured." Police sources and a mortuary official had previously reported 15 dead. Kenyatta said 700 civilians had been rescued throughout the siege, but did not clarify if people were still hiding in the complex. It was not immediately clear how many attackers there were in total. CCTV footage broadcast on local media showed four black-clad, heavily armed men entering the complex on Tuesday afternoon. At least one of them blew himself up at the start of the attack. A police source said two attackers had been shot dead Wednesday morning a..
                 

Theresa May suffers biggest ever defeat in Parliament over Brexit deal

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In the biggest defeat for a sitting British government in history, Prime Minister Theresa May's divorce deal to leave the EU was overwhelmingly rejected by MPs, triggering a no-confidence motion against her government and leaving the country with no plans for Brexit on March 29. The crushing defeat Tuesday threw the government and and its plan for Brexit into crisis. May's bid to get the Withdrawal Agreement, struck between London and Brussels, was rejected by 432 votes to 202 - a majority of 230, the biggest defeat ever suffered by a British premier in modern history. Within minutes after the defeat, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party moved a motion of no-confidence against the May government to be held on Wednesday. Britain is set to exit the 28-member European Union, which it joined in 1973, on March 29. With just over two months to go until the scheduled departure, Britain is still undecide on what to do. Hardline Brexiteers and Remainers opposed the agreement for di..
                 

Indian man, 27 Thai women arrested over fake-marriage scam in Thailand

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Bangkok: An Indian man and 27 Thai women have been arrested in Thailand for their alleged involvement in fake marriages registration scam that permits Indians to get residential visas in the country, authorities said, over a month after 10 Indian men were held on the same charges. The 35-year-old Indian man, Wikrom Layerhi, was arrested on charge of being a broker to arrange for Thai women to register fake marriages with Indian nationals, the National daily reported. The arrested women were hired for 8,000 to 10,000 bahts each, adding that these women never stayed with the Indians with whom they had registered their marriages, Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakpal, Immigration Bureau Chief and Deputy Head of the Technology Crime Suppression Centre, said on Monday. The arrest was made following a long investigation, and 27 Thai women have also been taken into custody, he added. One of the women is 70 years old and has a family, including children, Surachate said. In December, 10 Indian men and 2..
                 

Forty injured in Kabul truck bomb blast

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40 people have been injured in a powerful truck bomb explosion that rocked the Green Village compound here on Monday, a place mostly habited by non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and foreigners. Tolo News quoted the Afghan Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) as confirming that at least 40 people were wounded in the blast and have been shifted to hospitals for medical treatment. Interior Ministry spokesman Najib Danish further added that the explosion which took place in Kabul's Police Division 9, damaged many houses near that area. However, the local police did not report any deaths so far. Investigations are still underway. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day m..
                 

Watch video: Female bus driver saves lost baby crying, running barefoot

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This Milwaukee bus driver's story is going viral online for her heroic gesture as she went above the call of duty when she stopped the bus to save a toddler. Irena Ivic, the bus driver, was driving on a freeway overpass when she spotted a barefoot toddler running on the road, Milwaukee County Transit System spokesman Matt Sliker said. The child was only wearing a red onesie and a diaper and was quickly walking to an intersection. "I'm just grateful I was in the right place at the right time," Ivic said at a commendation ceremony held in her honor on Thursday. When she saw the toddler running barefoot and underdressed on a cold day, Ivic stopped the bus and picked the toddler up and carried her to the bus, where passengers gathered in disbelief. "Oh my God. Oh my God. I am shaking," Ivic said in the video as she sat down with the toddler in the driver's seat. Watch the video below that was shared by a user online.       View this post on Instagram #Repost..
                 

Saudi girl welcomed in Canada

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The 18-year-old Saudi girl, Rahaf Alqunun, who fled her family from Kuwait to Thailand, has landed in Canada after being granted asylum in the nation. Hailing Alqunun as a "very brave new Canadian", Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland welcomed her at Toronto airport on Sunday, reported Al Jazeera. Talking to media at the airport, Freel and stated that granted asylum to Alqunun was part of Canada's "policy of supporting women and girls around the world." "It's obvious that the oppression of women is not a problem that can be resolved in a day, but rather than cursing the darkness we believe in lighting a single candle. Where we can save a single woman, a single person that's a good thing to do," Freeland stated. On Friday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated that Canada had accepted a request from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to grant asylum to Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, who was fleeing her parents and has alleged abuse from family. The..
                 

Four killed in gas explosion at Paris bakery

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At least four people, including two firefighters, died and dozens were injured after a gas leak led to an explosion at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, emergency services said. The blast took place at 9.10 a.m. (local time) at the bakery on Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital as firefighters were responding to reports of the leak, CNN reported. "The human toll is heavy -- 12 people seriously injured, of which three are firefighters," prosecutor Rémy Heitz told reporters before the police confirmed the four fatalities. "At this stage, we can tell the origin of the explosion is accidental, a gas leak, but we should remain prudent as an ongoing investigation will determine the causes of this," he said. According to officials, five people were in a critical condition. An additional 24 people were also injured by the blast, but not critically, said a spokesman for the Paris Fire Brigade. The explosion caused windows to shatter in the vicinity and..
                 

Two security guards stab Chinese national, steals Rs 3 million rupees

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Two security guards have been arrested from interior Sindh province on the charge of stabbing a Chinese national and stealing Rs 3 million rupees other valuables from him in Karachi. DIG South, Sharjeel Karim Kharal told the media that the guards were arrested on Friday from near the town of Jamshoro. "They had attacked the Chinese national with knives in a neighbourhood of Defence Housing Society and robbed him of Rs 3 million and other valuables on Thursday," he said. Kharal said the guards worked for a private security agency and were detailed at the residence of the Chinese national, Shi Qingpu, who was residing in Karachi while being engaged in private business. The two accused attacked Shi at his residence on Thursday night, stabbed him and made away with the cash and valuables, the DIG said. "The two guards were arrested at Jamshoro toll plaza after fleeing from Karachi," he added. The injured foreigner was admitted to a private hospital in Clifton. Senior police officials m..
                 

United Nations: Human rights violations in North Korea 'serious'

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A senior UN official warned on Friday it would be a "missed opportunity" if diplomatic talks with North Korea this year did not address human rights, urging Seoul and Washington to highlight the issue. The impoverished but nuclear-armed nation stands accused by United Nations investigators of "systematic, widespread and gross" human rights violations that range from rape, torture, extrajudicial killings to running political prisoner camps. Pyongyang calls such accusations anti-regime propaganda. A second meeting between Kim and Trump is expected soon. "It will be a missed opportunity if in 2019 human rights is not addressed by all the parties, including more importantly the government of DPR Korea," said Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN special rapporteur on human rights in the North, using the North's official name. The human rights situation remained "serious" in the isolated country, he told reporters in Seoul, despite last year's diplomatic developments. The Argentine lawyer called o..
                 

Donald Trump dubs fake new media 'Opposition party'

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US President Donald Trump has described the "fake new media" as the "Opposition party" and accused them of working with Democrats for regularly referring to the situation at the border as a "manufactured crisis". His remarks came as the Democrats refused to allocate funding for a proposed controversial wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump has asked for USD 5.6 billion from Congress to construct the border wall, which he said is crucial to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and smuggling of drugs into the country. "Democrats have refused to listen to the border agents and they say this is a manufactured crisis. That's their new soundbite. All over I turned the television--you know, I call it the opposition party. It's called the fake news media," Trump said during a border security and immigration roundtable in Texas on Thursday. He was referring to the allegation of the opposition Democrats that Trump has manufactured the crisis on the border to build the wall. Addressing border se..
                 

Donald Trump walks out of shutdown talks

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Negotiations between Donald Trump and the Democrats to end a partial government shutdown have collapsed after the president stormed out of a crucial meeting as the opposition leaders stuck by their refusal to allocate $5.7 billion for his controversial US-Mexico border wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Senator Chuck Schumer accused Trump of slamming his hand on the table before he exited the White House meeting, as he ignored their pleas to reopen the federal government. The Democrats are refusing to allocate the money, arguing that a wall would be costly and ineffective. Mexico has rejected Trump's demand to pay too. The standoff triggered a partial government shutdown on December 22, shuttering nine federal departments and several smaller agencies and forcing some 8,00,000 workers to go on unpaid leave or work without pay. The shutdown entered its 19th day on Wednesday, making it the second-longest in history after the 21-day shutdown in 1995-96. The presi..
                 

Canadian faces retrial in China drug case next week

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A Canadian man who was sentenced to 15 years in prison for drug smuggling in China will face a retrial on Monday, which could hand him a harsher sentence and further strain ties between Beijing and Ottawa. In a statement posted on its website, the northeastern Dalian Intermediate People's Court said Thursday that Robert Lloyd Schellenberg's new trial is scheduled for 8:00 am (0000 GMT) on January 14, but gave no further details. China exercises a zero-tolerance policy towards drug trafficking, and has handed death sentences to foreigners found guilty of smuggling large quantities of illicit drugs. The case comes as Beijing and Ottawa remain embroiled in a diplomatic row triggered by Canada's December 1 arrest of a senior executive from Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei wanted in the United States. In what observers see as an act of retaliation, China later detained two Canadians -- a former diplomat and a business consultant -- on suspicion of engaging in activities that "enda..
                 

Pakistan SC: No Indian content on television

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Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Wednesday said that the Supreme Court will not allow Indian content to be shown on Pakistani TV channels as it "damages our culture". Chief Justice Nisar made the remarks while hearing an appeal filed by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) against a high court's decision to ban the broadcast of Indian content on TV channels in Pakistan, Dawn reported. Pemra's counsel Zafar Iqbal Kalanauri informed the three-member bench, led by the chief justice, that foreign content had been banned on court orders before a high court issued a stay order against it. Saleem Baig, the chairman of the Pemra, told the court that 65 per cent of the content shown on Filmazia channel is foreign and that the number at times goes as high as 80 per cent, the paper said. At this, the chief justice said, "we will not allow Indian content to be aired on (Pakistani) channels". Pemra counsel informed the chief justice that "Filmazia is not a news channel..
                 

Australian police arrest man over suspect embassy packages

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Australian police have arrested a 48-year-old man for allegedly sending dozens of suspicious packages to embassies and consulates around the country, officials said on Thursday. Federal police said the man was arrested at his home in rural Victoria state late Wednesday, hours after several consulates in Melbourne received the suspicious packages. They alleged that the man had sent 38 parcels in all to consulates and embassies in Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney. Police have so far recovered 29 of the packages and identified "all intended recipients". They said there was no "ongoing threat to the general public" from the remaining nine. The suspect was due to appear in a Melbourne court later Thursday morning to face charges of sending dangerous materials through the post. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, police said. On Wednesday, emergency services raced to a string of diplomatic facilities in Melbourne which had received packages containing suspected hazard..
                 

All Indians bust out of Rs 36 crore poker tournament in the Bahamas

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The great Indian poker hope of winning the Rs 36 crore stake at Bahamas has folded. All the eight Indians and several Indian-origin players have been busted out of the tournament organised by online leader Pokerstars. The last Indian-origin person fighting for the top slot, Ajay Chabra, bowed out on Tuesday evening on day three as only 38 players were left in the fray from the original 1,039 who had entered the Rs 25,000 buy-in tournament in Bahamas -- taking the prize pool to $26,45 million. Six others, apart from the winner would get over a million each. The money would be paid in descending amounts to players who ranked up to 181. The leader, after day three play, was Scott Baumstein of the US who had amassed $4.24 million chips. But there could still be a lot of changes in the run up to the final minute of the game over the next two days. According to Aditya Agarwal, brand ambassador of Pokerstars, it takes a cool mental state to reach the top level in a five-day tournament. Aga..
                 

Edouard Philippe: France to ban participation in unauthorised protests

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French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Monday announced plans to ban participation in unauthorised demonstrations as the government scrambles to try to end weeks of violent "yellow vest" protests. Seven weeks into an anti-government rebellion marked by weekly clashes in Paris and other French cities, Philippe said the government would back a "new law punishing those who do not respect the requirement to declare (protests), those who take part in unauthorised demonstrations and those who arrive at demonstrations wearing face masks." He also announced plans to ban known "troublemakers" from taking part in demonstrations, in the same way known football hooligans in the past had been banned from stadiums. "That measure worked well," he said, referring to the stadium ban. In future, Philippe said, the onus would be on "the troublemakers, and not taxpayers, to pay for the damage caused" to businesses and property during the protests, which began peacefully in mid-November over taxes bu..
                 

Trump calls Indian-origin police officer killed in US 'national hero'

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described an Indian-origin policeman, Ronil "Ron" Singh who was recently killed in California as national "hero". He said that America's heart broke the day the young officer was "savagely murdered" in cold blood by an "illegal alien". Corporal Singh(33), of the Newman Police Department was shot and killed during a traffic stop on December 26 allegedly by an illegal immigrant. Trump spoke on Thursday with the family members and law enforcement colleagues of Singh, a native of Fiji who joined the force in July 2011. "America's heart broke the day after Christmas when a young police officer in California was savagely murdered in cold blood by an illegal alien (who) just came across the border. The life of an American hero was stolen by someone who had no right to be in our country," Trump said. The Californian police have arrested 33-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico identified as Gustavo Perez Arriaga on charges of killing Singh.&nbs..
                 

Queen Elizabeth has been using same handbag for 50 years!

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New Delhi: Queen Elizabeth's everlasting love for her Launer handbag has come to the forefront by an article published by the Mirror UK, written by the Acting Audience Editor, Zoe Forsey. Forsey, in her article titled "Queen has been using the same handbag for 50 years - including a very special outing", also divulged that the Queen has been using the Launer handbag for about 50 years, which remains one of her essentials and favorites. According to the article published in the Mirror on January 8, the Queen carries her handbag for every big occasion including official engagements, presidential visits, and other key events. The bag even made an unexpected appearance in a portrait she sat for in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle in 2018. Express quoted artist Benjamin Sullivan talking about the handbag in the portrait, in an article written by Royal Correspondent Richard Palmer on January 8 as saying, "It was almost happenstance that it was placed there. It's where she put it an..
                 

World Bank head quits, Donald Trump likely to determine successor

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has announced that he is stepping down as the head of the premier anti-poverty institution putting the likely choice of its future leadership in the hands of US President Donald Trump, a sceptic of international development. Trump's role is expected to reinvigorate challenges to Washington's monopoly on appointing the Bank's head. Announcing his decision on Monday, Kim said in a tweet: "It's been the greatest privilege I could have ever imagined to lead the dedicated staff of this great institution to bring us closer to a world that is finally free of poverty." Kim, 59, who is dropping out 19 months into his second term on February 1, would be joining a private company and focus on infrastructure investments in developing countries, the Bank said. The Bank's CEO Kristalina Georgieva will become the interim president till a successor to Kim is appointed. As the largest shareholder, the US by tradition appoints the head of the Bank, while Europeans de..
                 

China executes kindergarten knife attacker

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China has executed a farmer who attacked several children with a knife at a kindergarten in a southern Chinese city two years ago, state media reported Monday. Yan Pengan was executed last Friday for slashing young children at the school in the Guangxi Zhuang region, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Yan went to the kindergarten with a kitchen knife in January 2017 and attacked 12 children, seriously injuring four of them. A teacher fended off the attack and called for help as Yan fled the scene. He later surrendered himself to local authorities. Knife attacks targeting schoolchildren are not uncommon in China. Last October, a knife-wielding woman injured 14 children at a Sichuan province kindergarten. In April 2017, a man killed nine middle school students as they were returning home in one of the country's deadliest knife attacks in recent years. The suspect in that case, who was later executed, had told police he was exacting revenge because he had been bullied when he at..
                 

Saudi woman held at Bangkok airport pleads for asylum

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A Saudi woman being held at Bangkok airport on Monday appealed for asylum and for other passengers to help protest her looming deportation, in desperate tweets from the hotel room where she barricaded herself. The incident comes against the backdrop of intense scrutiny of Saudi Arabia over its investigation and handling of the shocking murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, which has renewed criticism of the kingdom's rights record. Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told AFP she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse. She said she had planned to travel to Australia and seek asylum there, and feared she would be killed if she was repatriated by Thai immigration officials who stopped her during transit on Sunday. The 18-year-old said she was stopped by Saudi and Kuwaiti officials when she arrived at Suvarnabhumi airport and her travel document was forcibly taken from her, a claim backed by Human Rights Watch. She..
                 

Massive data hack targets many German officials including Angela Merkel

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Private data stolen from hundreds of German politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online, the government said on Friday, in a stunning breach of cyber security. The information, which comprised home addresses, mobile phone numbers, letters, invoices and copies of identity documents, was first released via Twitter in December but its spread gathered pace this week. It was not immediately clear whether the officials were targeted by hackers or the victims of an internal leak of the data, some of which dates back to 2017. "Personal data and documents belonging to hundreds of politicians and public figures were published on the internet," government spokeswoman Martina Fietz said. Among those affected were members of the Bundestag lower house of parliament and the European Parliament as well as regional and local assemblies, she said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS..
                 

President Xi Jinping orders Chinese military to be ready

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Chinese President Xi Jinping ordered the army to enhance its combat readiness to make sure it is always ready for a battle, saying risks and challenges are on the rise as the world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, state media reported on Saturday. The People's Liberation Army (PLA), the world's largest with two million troops, last year doubled the training period for new recruits from three to six months to improve combat capabilities. President Xi, who also heads the PLA besides the ruling Communist Party, told a meeting of the Central Military Commission (CMC) that "the world is facing a period of major changes never seen in a century, and China is still in an important period of strategic opportunity for development". Preparedness is vital in the era of drastic changes, unpredictable risks, Xi said. He ordered the armed forces to continue strengthening their combat preparedness and to make sure they are always ready for battle. The entire armed forces..
                 

Donald Trump: Location of next summit with Kim Jong-un chosen

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Washinton DC: US President Donald Trump said Saturday that the location has been decided for his next summit with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, around the end of February. "We picked a country," Trump told reporters, without giving more details. A Vietnamese government source earlier told AFP that "logistical preparations" were underway to host the encounter, most likely in the capital Hanoi or coastal city of Danang. The White House on Friday confirmed that the second Trump-Kim meeting would occur next month, following a rare visit to Washington by a senior North Korean general. Vice Chairman Kim Yong Chol, a right-hand man to the North Korean strongman, met Trump at the White House on Friday for an unusually long 90 minutes as the countries seek a denuclearization accord that could ease decades of hostility. On Saturday, Trump said a "lot of progress" has been made on the issue. Kim Jong Un and Trump first met in June in Singapore, where they signed a vaguely worded documen..
                 

Philippines' richest man Sy dies at 94

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Manila: The Philippines' wealthiest man Henry Sy, who rose from being a penniless Chinese immigrant to leading a multi-billion dollar business empire, died on Saturday, his conglomerate has announced. The 94-year-old, from the Chinese city of Xiamen, founded the Philippines' largest shopping centre chain. He had a net worth of USD 19 billion as of Friday, according to Forbes.com magazine. "Henry Sy... passed away peacefully in his sleep early Saturday morning. There are no further details at the moment," his SM group said in a statement to AFP. Sy put up his first shoe store in downtown Manila in 1956, a business which later grew into a diversified empire with interests in property, banking, mining, education, and health care among others. In recent years he has turned over the day-to-day running of his businesses to his children although he remained chairman emeritus of SM Investments, one of the country's largest conglomerates. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Interna..
                 

France to try 14 over 2015 Paris attacks

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Paris: French anti-terror judges have recommended that 14 people be tried in connection with the January 2015 jihadist attacks in and around Paris, a judicial source told AFP Friday. The attacks against the Paris offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine, a police woman in the nearby suburb of Montrouge, and a Jewish supermarket killed 17 people and marked the start of a wave of jihadist attacks in France. Eleven people are in custody suspected of assisting in the attacks, while another three are wanted by police. Under French law, they can appeal the decision to send them to trial. The trial, whose date will be determined at a later date, will come more than four years after brothers Cherif and Said Kouachi killed 12 people at the offices of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015. The next day a policewoman was gunned down just outside Paris, while another gunman, Amedy Coulibaly, took hostages at a Jewish Hyper Cacher shop, four of whom were killed. All three attackers were killed ..
                 

Queen Elizabeth's husband Prince Philip escapes unhurt in car crash

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London: Britain's Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, miraculously escaped unhurt in a terrifying accident when a Land Rover the 97-year-old duke was driving flipped onto its side after a collision with another car. The Duke of Edinburgh emerged unharmed but two women in a Kia were injured in the accident near the Queen's Sandringham estate on Thursday. Pictures from the scene showed Tata Motors' Land Rover laying on its side with debris scattered around it. It has been suggested that the royal was dazzled by sunlight at a T-junction and his vehicle hit the Kia, which was also reportedly carrying a baby. Witnesses said the duke was 'conscious but very, very shocked and shaken' as he was pulled out from the wreckage of his overturned Land Rover, the Sun reported. The driver of the Kia suffered cuts, while the passenger sustained an arm injury, police said. Both were treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King's Lynn. The Press Association reported that there was a passe..
                 

Imran Khan won't be able to complete 5-year term, claims Zardari

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Former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari has claimed that Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government will not be able to last the full term of five years.Dubbing Khan as a 'selected prime minister', Zardari once again said that nobody accepted the results of the general elections and that the cricketer-turned-politician will not be able to complete the stipulated tenure, Geo News reported.Zardari said that "the prime minister is not from the general public and he will not return to them."'Now that you are a selected prime minister, learn something,' he said.  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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remov..
                 

One in three UN workers sexually harassed in last two years

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One in three staff and non-staff personnel at the UN experienced sexual harassment in the last two years, said a new report released by the world body. The confidential survey obtained information on sexual harassment across the United Nations system and related entities globally. The survey was completed by 30,364 staff and non-staff personnel from across 31 entities, representing a 17 per cent response rate overall. The survey 'Safe Space: Survey on Sexual Harassment in our Workplace' found that one in three (33 per cent) respondents reported that they had experienced at least one instance of sexual harassment in the last two years. Overall, 10,032 out of the total 30,364 respondents (33 per cent) had experienced an incident of sexual harassment in the last two years. In a letter to the UN staff, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that the response rate overall was "moderately low." Guterres underscored that since taking office, he has emphasised his personal commitment to..
                 

Al-Shabab extremists claim deadly attack on Nairobi hotel

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Extremists stormed a luxury hotel in Kenya's capital on Tuesday, setting off thunderous explosions and gunning down people at cafe tables in an attack claimed by Africa's deadliest Islamic militant group. Witnesses reported seeing several bodies. "It is terrible. What I have seen is terrible," said Charles Njenga, who ran from a scene of blood, broken glass, burning vehicles and pillars of black smoke. Al-Shabab - the Somalia-based group that carried out the 2013 attack at the nearby Westgate Mall in Nairobi that left 67 people dead - claimed responsibility for the carnage at the DusitD2 hotel complex, which includes bars, restaurants, offices and banks and is in a well-to-do neighbourhood with many American, European and Indian expatriates. Authorities sent special forces into the hotel to flush out the gunmen.  Late Tuesday night, about eight hours after the siege began, Interior Minister Fred Matian'i said that all of the buildings affected by the attack had been secured and..
                 

Donald Trump sends letter to Kim Jong-Un

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US President Donald Trump has sent a letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, an informed familiar with the ongoing denuclearization talks between Washington and Pyongyang, told CNN. The letter comes as the two sides negotiate details of a second meeting between the two leaders. It was flown to Pyongyang and delivered by hand, the source said on Monday night. According to the source, North Korea's former intelligence chief Kim Yong Chol -- one of Pyongyang's top negotiators -- could visit Washington to finalise details of the upcoming summit. CNN had previously reported that US scouting teams visited Bangkok, Hanoi and Hawaii as they search for a location for the second summit. Last week, South Korean President Moon Jae-in threw his support behind another Trump-Kim meeting, saying it would be a turning point "that will firmly solidify peace on the Korean Peninsula". During his visit to Beijing last week, Kim said that Pyongyang will make efforts for the second summit with the US..
                 

Saudi teenage girl fleeing from her family arrives in Canada

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Tired but smiling, an 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she feared death if deported back home arrived on Saturday in Canada, which offered her asylum in a case that attracted global attention after she mounted a social media campaign. "This is Rahaf Alqunun, a very brave new Canadian," Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said arm-in-arm with the Saudi woman in Toronto's airport. Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun smiled broadly as she exited an airport arrival door sporting a Canada zipper hoodie and a UN High Commissioner for Refugees hat, capping a dramatic week that saw her flee her family while visiting Kuwait and before flying to Bangkok. Once there, she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and tweeted about her situation. On Friday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada would accept Alqunun as a refugee. Alqunun flew to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn. Alqunun tweeted two pictures from her plan..
                 

Lion Air jet crash: Indonesia finds cockpit voice recorder

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Navy divers have located the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Ridwan Djamaluddin, a deputy maritime minister, told reporters that remains of some of the 189 people who died in the crash were also discovered at the seabed location. "We got confirmation this morning from the National Transportation Safety Committee's chairman," he said. A spokesman for the Indonesian navy's western fleet, Lt Col Agung Nugroho, said divers using high-tech equipment found the voice recorder beneath 8 meters (26 feet) of seabed mud. The plane crashed in waters 30 meters (98 feet) deep. The 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet plunged into the Java Sea just minutes after taking off from Jakarta on October 29, killing everyone on board. The cockpit data recorder was recovered within days of the crash and showed that the jet's airspeed indicator had malfunctioned on its last fou..
                 

Gas leak causes explosion in Paris

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Two firefighters were killed and dozens injured after a gas leak led to an explosion at a bakery in central Paris on Saturday, emergency services said. The blast took place at 9.10 am (local time) at the bakery on Rue de Trevise in the 9th arrondissement of the French capital as firefighters were responding to reports of the leak. "The human toll is heavy — 12 people seriously injured, of which three are firefighters," prosecutor Rémy Heitz told reporters before the police confirmed the fatalities. "At this stage, we can tell the origin of the explosion is accidental, a gas leak, but we should remain prudent as an ongoing investigation will determine the causes of this," he said. According to officials, five people were in a critical condition. An additional 24 people were also injured by the blast, but not critically, said a spokesman for the Paris Fire Brigade. The explosion caused windows to shatter in the vicinity and glass to rattle over a larger area, while si..
                 

Canada offers asylum to Saudi woman who fled alleging abuse by family

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An 18-year-old Saudi woman who said she was abused by her family and feared for her life if deported back home left Thailand on Friday night for Canada, which has granted her asylum, officials said. The fast-moving developments capped an eventful week for Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun. She fled her family while visiting Kuwait and flew to Bangkok, where she barricaded herself in an airport hotel to avoid deportation and grabbed global attention by mounting a social media campaign for asylum. Her case highlighted the cause of women's rights in Saudi Arabia, where several women fleeing abuse by their families have been caught trying to seek asylum abroad in recent years and returned home. Human rights activists say many similar cases go unreported. Alqunun is flying to Toronto via Seoul, South Korea, according to Thai immigration Police Chief Surachate Hakparn. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed his country had granted her asylum. "That is something that we are pleased to do beca..
                 

French court backs Uber driver in key gig-economy case

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Ride-hailing giant Uber said Friday that it would appeal a fresh legal setback in Europe after a French court ruled a former driver who sued the firm effectively had a work contract, potentially undermining a pillar of the US group's business model. The driver's lawyer Fabien Masson hailed the appeals court ruling as a "landmark decision," though it was unlikely to force Uber to recognise its French drivers as fully fledged employees anytime soon. Uber has long argued that it merely a service provider with drivers who are self-employed, able to work when and where they want. That strategy has drawn a flood of private drivers who now operate alongside established taxi services worldwide, which often bristle at what they consider unfair competition. "We're going to appeal this decision" to France's top Court of Cassation, an Uber spokeswoman told AFP on Friday, insisting on the need to maintain "flexibility" with its drivers. "Drivers choose to use the Uber application for the freedom ..
                 

US: Troop withdrawal from Syria has begun

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After days of back and forth over US President Donald Trump's decision to pullout American troops from Syria, a US military official said Friday the process of withdrawal has begun, declining to comment on specific timetables or movements. Col Sean Ryan, spokesman for the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group, said "the process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria" has started. "Out of concern for operational security, we will not discuss specific timelines, locations or troops movements," the Baghdad-based official said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press. There were no other details, and it was not immediately clear how many vehicles or whether any troop units had withdrawn. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the conflict in Syria through a network of activists on the ground, said the withdrawal began Thursday night. It said a convoy of about 10 armored vehicles, in addition to some trucks, pulled out from Syria's northea..
                 

Indian Embassy in Nepal celebrates 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas'

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Nepal: On the occasion of 'Vishwa Hindi Diwas' (World Hindi Day), the Indian Embassy in Nepal, in association with the Central Department of Hindi, Tribhuwan University marked the day with fervour.Nepal's Minister for Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation, Rabindra Adhikari, graced the occasion as the chief guest of the event that was held at Hotel Hyatt in the city on Thursday.Indian Ambassador to Nepal, Manjeev Singh Puri read out the message from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that Hindi language as a medium has gained the status not only in India but also in Nepal.A musical rendition of works of prominent Hindi poets was presented by Gopal Thakur, Gurudev Kamat and renowned Nepali singer Saraswoti Khatri. On the occasion, the website of Central Hindi Department, Tribhuvan University was also launched.The event witnessed the release of two books which included the Hindi translation of Aadikavi Shri Bhanubhakta Acharya's poems and the poems of late former Prime Minister Atal Bih..
                 

South Korea: Second Donald Trump-Kim Jong-un meet is 'imminent'

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday said he was confident that a second summit between his US counterpart Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would be held soon. Moon said that Kim's visit to Beijing earlier this week showed that a second US-North Korean leaders' summit was imminent. "I believe Chairman Kim's China visit is a sign that the second North Korea-US summit is not far away. China has continued to play a positive role in the process of inter-Korean dialogue, as well as US-North Korea talks", Moon said. He also urged Pyongyang to take more concrete measures towards denuclearising the regime. "I believe North Korea needs to take practical steps more boldly if it wishes to resolve the issue of international sanctions because that depends on the speed of North Korea's denuclearisation process," Moon said, although he also stressed the need for the international community to show reciprocal steps to hasten the process. Moon's remarks came after Chinese s..
                 

Iran says it holds US Navy veteran, first arrest of Donald Trump era

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Iran confirmed it is holding US Navy veteran Michael R White at a prison in the country, making him the first American known to be detained under President Donald Trump's administration. White's detention adds new pressure to the rising tension between Iran and the US, which under Trump has pursued a maximalist campaign against Tehran that includes pulling out of its nuclear deal with world powers. Although the circumstances of White's detention remain unclear, Iran in the past has used its detention of Westerners and dual nationals as leverage in negotiations. The semi-official Tasnim news agency, believed to be close to the country's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard, reported the confirmation Wednesday, citing Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi. "An American citizen was arrested in the city of Mashhad some time ago and his case was conveyed to the US administration on the first days" of his incarceration, Ghasemi was quoted as saying. The New York Times has quoted White's mot..
                 

Kim Jong-un ends China visit

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Wednesday departed for Pyongyang after making an unannounced visit to Beijing, where he held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping. This was Kim's third visit to Beijing and fourth overall to China since March last year, in what was his first trip outside North Korea after assuming power as in 2011. Travelling along with his wife, Ri Sol-ju and a ministerial delegation, Kim arrived in the Chinese capital in his famed green and yellow armoured train and left for Pyongyang by the same train. North Korea and China commemorated the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties. The visit came amid talks over finalising a location for the second meeting between Kim and US President Donald Trump. The Chinese Foreign Ministry did not divulge much on the nature of visit, stating that the two nations were making "joint efforts to uphold peace and stability in the Korean peninsula." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and ..
                 

Trump campaign chief admits to providing polling data to Russian

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Donald Trump's one-time presidential campaign chairman Paul Manafort admitted in a court filing on Tuesday that he provided polling data from the campaign to a Russian with ties to intelligence during the 2016 US presidential race. Manafort denied allegations from the Russian collusion investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller that he had lied about his dealings with Konstantin Kilimnik, arguing he merely forgot details during the hectic campaign. The specifics of the Mueller allegations were not previously known publicly, having been blacked out in a heavily redacted December 7 filing by the prosecutor's team. But in Manafort's response, the electronic formatting for the redaction could easily be bypassed, revealing exactly what Manafort was accused of lying about. It showed that Mueller had questioned Manafort on his discussions with Kilimnik in 2016 on a possible peace plan for Ukraine — where the two had worked together years ago for a political party. That could be..
                 

JK Rowling: I can't separate 'writing life' from 'life'

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"Harry Potter" creator JK Rowling has said she is unable to keep her "writing life" and everyday "life" separate as finds herself wandering in and out of "fictional worlds". The 53-year-old writer said although there is nothing lacking in her external life, she does not know any other way to live. "I can't answer this without sounding melodramatic. The truth is that I can't really separate a 'writing life' from 'life'. It's more of a need than a love. "I suppose I must spend most of my conscious life in fictional worlds, which some people may find sad, as though there must be something lacking in my external life. There really isn't! Rowling wrote on her website in an answer to what she loves most about the writing life. "I'm a happy person, by and large, with a family I adore and quite a few activities I enjoy. It's just that I have other worlds in my head that I often slip in and out of and I don't really know how it would feel to live any other way," she added. The author, who ea..
                 

Kim Jong-Un visits China amid Sino-US trade talks

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, along with his wife Ri Sol Ju and ministerial delegation has left for a four-day visit to China. Yonhap reported that the North Korean leader, at an invitation by the China President Xi Jinping, was accompanied by his government and military officials, including Kim Yong-chol, a key nuclear negotiator with the US, and Ri Yong-ho and No Kwang-chol, the country's foreign and defence ministers. This trip marks the fourth visit of the North Korean leader to China, amid talks of to fix a location for the second meeting between the former and United States President Donald Trump. Last year, the North Korean leader paid three visits to President Xi before attending his first-ever summit with Trump in June in Singapore, where Kim promised to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula in exchange of securities and guarantees from the US. However, North Korea has marked slow progress in the denuclearisation process while seeking for sanctio..
                 

Ivanka Trump: The "Bachelorette" that never was!

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New Delhi: White House senior advisor and the daughter of United States President Donald Trump, Ivanka could have been on the reality TV show 'Bachelorette' in 2007. In a 2007 interview given to the People magazine, Ivanka stated that she was offered the show which she, however, declined as it would not have helped her further her aim to be a real estate developer. When asked if she liked working on TV, the now senior White House advisor said, "I have been offered tons of shows, (including) The Bachelorette. I'm flattered, but that in no way furthers my objective of being a great real estate developer." Ivanka had the chance to be in a show that would have allowed her to date eligible bachelors and chose who she wants to be with but turns around Jared Kushner was the one of her whom she married two years later in 2009. Little did she anticipate what future had for her, as she is now one of the most important people in the White House and has a key role to play in the Trump administr..
                 

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim resigns from his post

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World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has abruptly resigned from his post to join a private infrastructure investment firm, an unexpected departure that comes nearly three years before the end of his term. Kim, who had served in the role since 2012, announced on Monday that he would leave his post well ahead of his term's expiration at the end of 2021, reports CNN. "It has been a great honour to serve as President of this remarkable institution, full of passionate individuals dedicated to the mission of ending extreme poverty in our lifetime," Kim wrote in a statement. I will be stepping down as @worldbank Group president on February 1. It’s been the greatest privilege I could have ever imagined to lead the dedicated staff of this great institution to bring us closer to a world that is finally free of poverty. https://t.co/jWGoihu7tu — Jim Yong Kim (@JimYongKim) January 7, 2019 "The work of the World Bank Group is more important now than ever as the aspirations of the p..
                 

Belgium bans halal, kosher animal slaughtering practices

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Brussels: Belgium on Monday officially banned kosher and halal animal slaughtering methods. This has led to several lawsuits being filed by Jewish and Muslim leaders in the country stating the ban amounts to religious discrimination. According to Jewish and Muslim traditions, animals need to be in perfect health when they are slaughtered. This is in contradiction with some European laws that state the animals should not feel pain when they are killed. Belgium has thus instituted a ban on the halal and kosher kind of slaughter. Many animal advocates and right-wing nationalists had advocated for this ban. Religious activists, on the other hand, have argued that the halal and kosher methods of killing animals are less painful and more humane. Both Jewish kosher and Islamic halal rituals require the butcher to swiftly slaughter the animal by slitting its throat and draining its blood, a process condemned by animal rights campaigners, who argue it is more humane to stun animals before ki..
                 

Donald Trump: Have 'lot of great things' to say in SOTU address

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US President Donald Trump said he looks forward to speaking to the world in his annual State of the Union address later this month in which he has "a lot of great things" to say. Newly-sworn-in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week invited President Trump to deliver the customary State of the Union (SOTU) address before a joint session of Congress on January 29. Trump told reporters at the White House: "I will be making the State of the Union on January 29th. I look forward to it. I look forward to speaking, really, before the world. We have a lot of great things to say". This would be Trump's first SOTU address wherein the Democrats would be in majority in the House of Representatives. "Our country is doing better than any country in the world, right now. Our military is almost completely rebuilt. When I took it over, it was a mess. It was depleted. Our trade deals are going great. "We have a deal with Mexico, Canada, South Korea. We're negotiating with Europe, the European Union. We..
                 

Four arrested over Spanish New Year's Eve sexual assault

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Spanish police said Sunday they have arrested four men suspected of a New Year's Eve sexual assault reminiscent of a 2016 Pamplona bull-running rape case which caused national outrage. All four suspects are from Ecuador, the civil guard in the eastern city of Alicante said. They were picked up on New Years Day after the 19-year-old woman was found partially clothed in a basement in the village of de Callosa d'Ensarria. She was drunk and unable to say where she lived, according to police, adding the quartet had spent the evening with her. Police said one suspect, aged 22, had a record for sexual assault and had been the subject of a complaint by another woman in October. Spanish media said the four men filmed the assault of the 19-year-old, and drew parallels with the 2016 Pamplona "Wolf pack" case that sparked a storm last year when five men were convicted of sexually abusing, rather than raping, a teenager. Their nine-year jail terms caused outrage across Spain after the five bragge..
                 

'Yellow vests' protesters storm French ministry; protests turn violent

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"Yellow vest" protesters returned in force to the streets of France this weekend, clashing with police in several cities and smashing their way into a government ministry in Paris with a forklift truck. The interior ministry put the number of protesters who took to the streets on Saturday at 50,000, compared with 32,000 on December 29 when the movement appeared to be weakening after holding a series of weekly Saturday protests since mid-November. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux, who was evacuated from his ministry in central Paris when a handful of protesters in high-visibility vests smashed down the large wooden door to the ministry compound, denounced the break-in as an "unacceptable attack on the Republic". "Some protesters got hold of a construction vehicle which was in the street nearby and smashed open the gate to the ministry," he said. President Emmanuel Macron did not specifically refer to the incident, but tweeted his condemnation of the "extreme violence" against "..
                 

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Donald Trump alleges Pelosi being controlled by 'radical left'

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Washington D.C.: US President Donald Trump on Saturday alleged that House Speaker and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is being controlled by the "radical left", as he reiterated his demand for building a wall along the US-Mexico border to prevent the flow of illegal aliens and massive smuggling of drugs. "Well, I hope that Speaker Pelosi can come along and realise what everybody knows, that no matter who it is, they know that walls work. We need walls. Whether it's personal or not, it's not personal for me," Trump said at the White House before leaving for Dover Airforce Base for the return of remains of four Americans killed in Syria this week. He will also visit the families. Trump was responding to questions about the unprecedented partial government shutdown that Saturday entered a record 29th day. The shutdown because of the sharp differences between the Trump-led Republican party and the Pelosi-led opposition Democrats has resulted in throwing out of some 800,000 federal govern..
                 

Sharif not completely well, says special medical board

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Lahore: A special medical board that examined Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Kot Lakhpat jail here has said that "he is not completely well" and more tests are required before suggesting treatment for him. The medical board comprising Shahid Hameed, Sajjad Ahmed and Hamid Khalil of the Punjab Institute of Cardiology, Lahore, had thoroughly examined Sharif and had his necessary tests done on Wednesday at the jail, where he is serving a seven years jail sentence in a corruption case. Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills graft case. A medical report released on Friday said that Sharif had "vague symptoms" of pain in both of his arms. "Vague symptoms of pain in Sharif's both arms particularly at night and numbness of toes. He is on dual antiplatelets, beta blocker, amlodipine, ARB'S and stains with anti-diabetics treatment," the medical report said. Earlier, the ex-premier's daughter Maryam Nawaz h..
                 

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Saturn's 'young' rings are only 100 million years old

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London: Saturn's spectacular rings are very young - no more than 100 million years old, when dinosaurs still walked the Earth, scientists using data from the Cassini spacecraft have found. Precise measurements of Cassini's final trajectory allowed scientists led by Sapienza University of Rome in Italy to make the first accurate estimate of the amount of material in Saturn's rings, weighing them based on the strength of their gravitational pull. The finding, published in the journal Science, show that the rings are relatively recent, having originated less than 100 million years ago and perhaps as recently as 10 million years ago. Their young age puts to rest a long-running argument among planetary scientists. Some thought that the rings formed along with the planet 4.5 billion years ago from icy debris remaining in orbit after the formation of the solar system, researchers said. Others thought the rings were very young and that Saturn had, at some point, captured an object from the K..
                 

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Illegally-kept crocodile mauls Indonesian to death

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An Indonesian woman has been mauled to death by a crocodile in Sulawesi after she fell into its enclosure. Deasy Tuwo, 44, had reportedly been feeding the 700-kg reptile when the incident happened at the pearl farm where she worked. The crocodile is thought to have bitten off her arm and most of her abdomen in the January 10 incident, the BBC reported on Thursday. According to the report, the crocodile was kept illegally at the farm. Hendriks Rundengan from the North Sulawesi Natural Resources Conservation Agency said officials had tried to visit the facility several times in the past to remove the crocodile but had not been allowed in. The police were trying to track down a Japanese national who owns the farm and the crocodile. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibili..
                 

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Belarus model in Thai sex case being deported: police

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Thai officials say they are deporting a Belarusian model who claimed last year that she had evidence of Russian involvement in helping elect Donald Trump president. The woman along with several others pleaded guilty this week in a case related to holding a sex training seminar in Thailand. Thailand's immigration police chief said the group would board a plane to take them out of Thailand around noon Thursday. Veshukevich and seven co-defendants were charged with soliciting and conspiracy and were given suspended 18-month prison terms. The group had said that they were conducting a class on sexual relationships. While in custody, Veshukevich claimed to have recordings of Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska talking about interference in the 2016 U.S. election, but never released them. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndica..
                 

India condemns Kabul terror attack

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Kabul: India on Tuesday strongly condemned the terror attack in the Afghan capital Kabul which took place on Monday in which four people, including an Indian national, were killed and scores of them were injured."India strongly condemns the horrific terror attack in which an Indian national and many others lost their lives," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement. "We express our sincere condolences to the families of the victims of this cowardly attack and wish early recovery to the injured," it stated. The Indian Embassy in Kabul was taking steps to repatriate the mortal remains of the Indian national, it said. India strongly condemns the horrific terror attack in Kabul yesterday in which an Indian national and many others lost their lives. pic.twitter.com/DmN8iRbVKA — India in Afghanistan (@IndianEmbKabul) January 15, 2019 India called for the perpetrators of the attack and those who provide them shelter to be brought to justice expeditiously. Four p..
                 

Donald Trump inaugural committee spent $ 10,000 on makeup for aides

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US President Donald Trump's inaugural committee spent $10,000 on makeup for his aides, thousands of dollars on room service orders and plane tickets for the leader's inauguration, the media reported. The details were revealed in a report in The New York Times on Monday about Trump's inaugural committee's allocation of funds when he took office in January 2017. It said $10,000 was spent on makeup for 20 aides at an evening event. There was another $30,000 in per diem payments to contract staff members. The Times also reported that the committee covered contract staff members' room service orders, plane tickets and taxi rides, among other things. The collective bill at the Trump International Hotel totalled more than $1.5 million, according to the report. The committee raised a record $107 million for the inauguration, about twice as much as former President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush raised for their inaugurations. Most of the funds raised were reportedly spe..
                 

Theresa May demands no delay in Brexit results

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Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said that she was looking forward to quick results over Britain's withdrawal from the European Union (EU) while opposing a second referendum over the issue. Al Jazeera quoted the British Prime Minister, who was addressing a gathering at a factory in the northern city of Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, as saying: "What is important is that we deliver on the result of the referendum." The Prime Minister also added that if the Parliamentarians tried to reject her deal of exiting the EU, then they would have to either leave without making a deal or not leave EU at all. The British parliamentarians are set to vote on the government's deal on Tuesday (January 15). In 2016, over 50 per cent of the UK electorate voted to leave the EU, following which the British government had triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the country's process of exiting the European bloc. According to the withdrawal agreement, the UK is scheduled to leave the ..
                 

Cargo plane crash in Iran kills 15, leaves 1 survivor

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Tehran: A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran's capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor, authorities said. The crash of the jetliner marked just the latest aviation disaster for Iran, which hoped to replace its aging fleet under terms of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. But instead, President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the accord in May scuttled billions of dollars in planned sales by Airbus and Boeing Co. to the Islamic Republic, only increasing the danger for passengers in Iran planes. The aircraft, which bore the paint scheme of the Iranian air force's Saha civilian airline, was making emergency landing around 8:30 am Monday at Fath Airport, an airfield controlled by Iran's powerful paramilitary Revolutionary Guard. The plane skidded off the runway, crashed through a perimeter fence and into a residential neighbourhood. Iranian state te..
                 

Afghan official: Gas cylinder blast leaves 9 dead in Kabul

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An Afghan official says at least nine people were killed when a gas cylinder exploded in Kabul. Wahidullah Mayar, spokesman for the Public Health Ministry, says several people were also injured in the late Saturday explosion inside a residential house in the Afghan capital. Such incidents are common in Afghanistan, especially during the bitterly cold winters. Last week, a fire that began at a gas station in Kabul, spread overnight to a nearby apartment complex, killing three people and causing much damage. Authorities said 42 suffered burns and other injuries. A gas-filled tanker parked at the station caught fire, causing the blaze to spread quickly. A police investigation is still under way into that incident. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability f..
                 

Nawaz Sharif's health worsens, daughter says doctors denied access

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The health of Pakistan's jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif has deteriorated, his daughter claimed on Friday, alleging that authorities are not letting his cardiologists examine him at the Lahore jail. Maryam Nawaz said that Sharif, who has been serving a seven-year jail term in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption case, is suffering from a pain in his arm, "which is most likely to be angina". A jail spokesman, however, said jail doctors examined Sharif thoroughly and his health is fine. "Nawaz Sharif is in good health," he said. Taking to Twitter, Maryam complained that Sharif''s cardiologists "have been trying to get access to him all day but (the) permission (has) not (been) granted". "He needs to be examined by the doctors who are privy to his complicated medical history," Maryam said. Sharif, 69, had undergone an open-heart surgery about three years ago in London. Maryam, who had visited her father in the jail on Thursday, said his father had a "com..
                 

Pakistan Army test fires long-range air defence weapon system

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Pakistan Army on Thursday test fire the recently inducted long range air defence weapon system, LY-80. The firing by the air defence weapon system was displayed during the concluding day of the two-week event of Exercise Al Bayza-2019. Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa and Air Chief Marshal Mujahid Anwar Khan witnessed the display of its fire power capability at air defence firing ranges near Karachi. "Hallmark of the event was first ever fire by recently inducted Long Range Air Defence Weapon System LY-80. Induction of LY-80 has realised the concept of a comprehensive, layered and integrated air defence capability with enhanced lethality," the army spokesman said. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthine..
                 

Donald Trump skips WEF meet over shutdown

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President Trump has cancelled his planned trip to the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos, Switzerland, citing the "intransigence" of the Democrats on his funding request to build a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border. Trump was scheduled to attend the five-day Davos Summit which will begin from January 21. "Because of the Democrats intransigence on Border Security and the great importance of Safety for our Nation, I am respectfully cancelling my very important trip to Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. My warmest regards and apologies to the @WEF!" Trump tweeted. He has demanded $5.7 billion from the Congress to construct a wall along the US-Mexico border. The Democrats who support border security measures, argue that constructing a wall is not the best use of taxpayers' money. The WEF, an annual gathering of the world's political and financial elite, is typically an event American presidents avoid. Trump was the first president to atten..
                 

Midwife tells you why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may have a baby bo

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The Duke and the Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are expecting their first child in Spring this year. Amanda Bude, who is a midwife from Groovy Babies has said that Markle may give birth to a baby boy. According to her, the way a pregnant woman carries a baby can help in determining the baby's gender. According to a report in India Today, Bude spoke to local media and said that if one is carrying "wide and low" and has gained weight only around the abdomen, then it's a girl and if one is carrying it "high and pointy," then it's likely to be a baby boy. She furthur spoke about the predictions being made about Meghan's baby bump, and said that it's different for every woman because everybody's body is as unique as a fingerprint. She also mentioned that a uterus is usually pear-shaped for the first birth but becomes more "apple-shaped" for subsequent births, hence these factors can also affect the way a baby bump looks. On a different note, Meghan has also beco..
                 

US lawmakers, friends mark 100 days since Khashoggi murder

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US lawmakers from both parties, friends of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi and press freedom groups on Thursday marked 100 days since the Saudi dissident's assassination. Featuring a portrait of Khashoggi against a back drop of American flags, the ceremony began with a moment of silence. "The murder of Khashoggi is an atrocity and an affront to humanity," said Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi during the event in Washington. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who lived in the US, was killed in October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he had gone to pick up paperwork needed for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee. Over three months later, his body's whereabouts remain unknown. Turkish and US officials accuse Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating the killing -- an allegation Saudi authorities categorically refute. In Washington, US President Donald Trump's response to Riyadh -- a key trade partner -- provoked outrage among lawmaker..
                 

Opposition leader Tshisekedi wins presidential vote in Congo

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Congo opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has won the long-delayed presidential election, the electoral commission announced early Thursday, as the vast country braced for possible protests over alleged rigging. Tshisekedi, who received more than 7 million votes, or 38 per cent, had not been widely considered the leading candidate and is relatively untested. The son of late opposition leader Etienne, who pursued the presidency for many years, he surprised many last year by breaking away from an opposition effort to unite behind a single candidate. Some observers have suggested that President Joseph Kabila's government sought to make a deal as hopes faded for a win for ruling party candidate Emmanuel Ramazani Shadary, who received more than 4 million votes. It is not immediately clear whether opposition candidate Martin Fayulu, who had vowed to clean up Congo's widespread corruption and led in polling, will contest the results.The constitutional court has 14 days to validate them. Fayu..
                 

MPs debate Plan B as Brexit deal sees May-day

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British MPs on Wednesday began five days of debate ahead of a historic delayed vote on Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, a day after giving her a stinging blow aimed at preventing Britain from crashing out of the bloc with no agreement. Lawmakers will vote next Tuesday on the agreement that May has negotiated with the EU over the last 18 months, which faces daunting opposition as the clock ticks down before Britain leaves the European Union. The prime minister has warned rebels in her own party that defeat will lead to a no-deal Brexit, or no departure from the bloc at all. But in a major setback that presages likely defeat in next week's vote, MPs approved an amendment that will curtail the government's tax powers in case of a no-deal Brexit. David Lidington, May's effective deputy, called the House of Commons defeat "inconvenient" yet ineffectual and insisted the government remained focused on winning approval for May's plan. "We are focused on getting any possible vote i..
                 

Australia considers asylum for Saudi woman deemed refugee

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Australia will assess runaway Saudi woman Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun for settlement after the United Nations on Wednesday deemed her a refugee. The Department of Home Affairs confirmed in a statement that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees had referred 18-year-old Alqunun to Australia for consideration for refugee settlement. Alqunun arrived in Bangkok on a flight from Kuwait on Saturday, and planned to continue to Australia, for which she held a tourist visa. But after being detained by Thai authorities, she refused to board a flight back to Kuwait, barricading herself in a hotel room. After publicising her case via social media, saying she feared for her safety if made to return home to her family, she was placed in the care of UNHCR workers as her bid for refugee status was considered, leading to her referral to Australia on Wednesday afternoon. "The UNHCR has referred Ms Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun to Australia for consideration for refugee resettlement," Australia's Home Affairs Depar..
                 

Mark Zuckerberg gears up for debates on public forums

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said his personal challenge for 2019 will be to "host a series of public discussions about the future of technology in society - the opportunities, the challenges, the hopes, and the anxieties". "Every few weeks I'll talk with leaders, experts, and people in our community from different fields and I'll try different formats to keep it interesting. These will all be public, either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Tuesday. He said the engagements will all be public, "either on my Facebook or Instagram pages or on other media". Famed analyst Brian Wieser with Pivotal Research warned on Monday that Facebook should brace itself for another tough year as its revenue growth faces risk due to increased scrutiny of the platform's usage by marketers. Scrutiny of Facebook increased manifold last year since it revealed how a London-based political consultancy, that worked for US President Donald Trump's ..
                 

Chinese military equips troops in Tibet with mobile howitzers

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After the recent induction of light weight battle tank in Tibet bordering India, the Chinese military has equipped its troops stationed at the Himalayan plateau with new vehicle-mounted howitzers to improve their combat capability, official media here reported on Tuesday. China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) stationed in Tibet Autonomous Region has been equipped with mobile howitzers which aims to boost the troops' high-altitude combat capability to improve border security. Chinese military analysts said that the new equipment would be the PLC-181 vehicle mounted howitzer. The equipment was used in an artillery brigade in Tibet during the 2017 China-India stand-off at Doklam. The induction of the mobile howitzers followed the move by the PLA to put into service the light weight battle tank, which was tested by its military during exercises in Tibet held at the peak of the Doklam standoff. The Type 15 has an engine capable of 1,000 horsepower and is significantly lighter than the PL..
                 

Donald Trump mulls wall of steel for border

11 days ago  
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With no breakthrough in sight, President Donald Trump will argue his case to the nation on Tuesday night that a "crisis" at the US-Mexico border requires the long and invulnerable wall he's demanding before ending the partial government shutdown. The talks over ending the shutdown have been at an impasse over Trump's demand for the wall. He has offered to build the barrier with steel rather than concrete, billing that as a concession to Democrats' objections. They "don't like concrete, so we'll give them steel," he said. Hundreds of thousands of federal workers face missed paychecks as the shutdown drags through a third week. Trump's Oval Office speech will be followed by his visit to the southern border on Thursday to highlight his demand for a barrier. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted that he will use the visit to "meet with those on the front lines of the national security and humanitarian crisis." The administration is also talking about declaring a nat..
                 

Sharks force closure of Sydney beaches

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Sydney: Two popular Australian beaches have been temporarily closed after sharks were spotted nearby, one of which was just metres from shore, within what was supposed to be a shark free area. Local residents at Brighton Le Sands beach in Sydney spotted a three-metre shark, cruising around within a netted area which is intended to keep bathers separating from wildlife, Xinhua reported on Wednesday. Children were swimming in the area not long before the alarm was raised and made it from the water unharmed, while police responded by closing the beach and posting warning signals. Earlier on Tuesday, a four-metre great white shark was spotted at Tamara beach by a drone. Authorities said that the predator was chasing a seal which led it towards the shore. The popular Sydney swim spot, which is just around the headland from the world famous Bondi Beach, was temporarily closed until the shark was chased out to sea by lifeguards. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International an..
                 

Donald Trump to 'address nation' on border crisis

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US President Donald Trump will "address the nation" on Tuesday over the ongoing "humanitarian and national security crisis" on the country's southern border, two days before his scheduled trip to the region. Trump made the announcement in a tweet late Monday night, reports CNN. "I am pleased to inform you that I will address the nation on the humanitarian and national security crisis on our southern border. Tuesday night at 9 p.m.," the President tweeted. The tweet comes as the government shutdown begins its third week, with Trump and congressional Democrats at an impasse over the President's demand for nearly $6 billion in federal funding to build a wall on the southern border. A White House official said Trump wants to make his case about the government shutdown and wall funding in advance of Thursday's border trip. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders announced on Monday morning that Trump will head to the US-Mexico border to "meet with those on the front lines of the natio..
                 

Saudi woman won't be deported: Thailand

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An 18-year-old Saudi woman seeking asylum has left Bangkok airport "under the care" of the UN refugee agency, a Thai official said on Monday, following her desperate plea against deportation. "She is allowed to stay... she is under the care of the UNHCR now," said immigration chief Surachate Hakparn. "She left the airport with the UNHCR." A Thai court had earlier on Monday rejected an attempt to block her deportation after she said she feared for her life after escaping an abusive family. The 18-year-old said she had planned to travel to Australia and seek asylum there, and feared she would be killed if she was repatriated. The incident comes against the backdrop of intense scrutiny of Saudi Arabia over its investigation and handling of the shocking murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last year, which has renewed criticism of the kingdom's rights record. Human rights lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman filed an injunction to block her deportation but it was rejected by Bangkok's criminal cou..