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Swimsuit model Mara Martin breastfeeds her baby on ramp and Twitter goes crazy!

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Model Mara Martin turned heads at the Sports Illustrated swimsuit fashion show on Sunday, when she walked the ramp while breastfeeding her five-month-old infant. The 35-year-old took the concept of 'Take Your Kids to Work Day' to a whole new level and the Twitterverse can't stop talking about it. Twitterers showered their support for the Sports Illustrated model on the micro-blogging site and shared their views. Breastfeeding is natural. What kind of a person gets triggered by a mom feeding her kid," one wrote. Breastfeeding is natural. What kind of a person gets triggered by a mom feeding her kid. — Zubair Maqsood (@ZubairMaqsood11) Another tweet said, "A great way to normalise #breastfeeding by #breastfeedinginpublic" "Why is there all this fuss about a model breastfeeding her child? Firstly if breastfeeding wasn¿t such an issue this would never have made a headline and secondly, models are real people!" read another tweet by Carmelrose (@lemracrose) Some Twittere..
                 

US authorities probe midair crash that killed Indian trainee pilot

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Washington: Police and aviation authorities in Florida's Miami-Dade are scouring a swampy grassland for clues to help explain what caused the midair collision between two small aircraft in which an Indian woman trainee pilot and three others were killed. The body of the fourth victim of the midair collision between the two small aircraft of a Miami flight school over a swampy grassland was retrieved yesterday, ending the mission to look for survivors, the Miami Herald reported. But searchers continued to scour the razor-like sawgrass in hopes of finding clues to help explain what caused the accident, the daily said. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will take over the investigation about the causes of the crash and how it happened, said Miami-Dade Detective and spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta. On Tuesday, two aircraft, Piper PA-34 and Cessna 172, belonging to Dean International Flight School based at Miami Executive Airport, smashed into each..
                 

Russia no longer targeting US elections, says Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that he did not believe that Russia was still targeting US elections, contradicting the opinion of his director of national intelligence. Speaking to reporters during a Cabinet meeting, Trump said that there has "never been a president as tough on Russia" as himself, adding that Russian President Vladimir Putin "knows that better than anybody," Xinhua reported. Asked whether he believed Russia was still trying to interfere in US elections, Trump responded: "No." Trump's comment contradicts the assessment of several US intelligence agencies, as Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats reiterated Monday that Russia had attempted to interfere in the 2016 US elections and that it was carrying out "ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy." Many US lawmakers have expressed concern that Russia may attempt to interfere in November's midterm elections. Trump said that his administration was "doing very well" in its efforts to confront ..
                 

Thai cave rescue: Being found was a miracle, say boys

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Twelve boys and their football coach who survived a highly dangerous and dramatic rescue from a flooded Thai cave spoke publicly of their incredible ordeal for the first time yesterday at a press conference that was beamed around the world. The "Wild Boars" team members looked healthy and happy as they answered questions about the nine days they spent in the dark before being discovered by members of an international rescue team. "It is a miracle," Wild Boars footballer Adul Sam-on, 14, said of the rescue, as the boys were gently quizzed about their terrifying experience. The team had no food at all until they were found deep in the complex, surviving only on water that dripped down the side of the cave. But doctors said all 13 were in good physical and mental health after recuperating in hospital. Elon Musk says sorry for 'pedo' slurElon Musk has apologised for calling a British diver a "pedo", retracting a comment that had drawn outrage. "[H]is actions against me do not justify my..
                 

Donald Trump backtracks on Russia meddling remark

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday moved to limit the damage from his summit with Vladimir Putin, claiming he misspoke in appearing to accept the Russian leader's denial of election meddling, in a rebuke to US intelligence chiefs. At their meeting in Helsinki on Monday, Trump failed to challenge Putin over the 2016 presidential election, seeming to accept at face value the strongman's denial that Moscow interfered in a bid to undermine Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. But faced with outrage at home, Trump sought to walk back his remarks. He said he accepted the intelligence community's assessment, and offered an explanation of his assertion that he could not see "any reason" why Russia would interfere. Trump: No 'time limit' to denuclearise NKDonald Trump said there is no hurry to denuclearise North Korea under his accord with Kim Jong Un — a shift in tone from when he said the process would start very soon. Trump plans to repaint Air Force OneAir Force One's iconic blue-..
                 

MGM Resorts sues victims of Las Vegas massacre

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MGM Resorts, owner of the Las Vegas hotel that was the scene of the worst mass shooting in modern US history, has sued victims of the massacre, triggering howls of protest. The suit does not seek money, but rather aims to force around 1,000 people suing MGM over the October shooting rampage that left 58 dead at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, to drop their suits on grounds that MGM Resorts is not liable. The group filed suit on Friday in Nevada and in federal court in Los Angeles. In the October 1 shooting, a man named Stephen Paddock rained bullets over a music festival from the 32nd floor of the hotel with powerful rifles. Paddock, 64, killed himself in the room as police moved in. Some 2,500 people, some of them survivors of the attack and others relatives of people killed at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, are suing MGM or have threatened to, MGM says in its filing. The group wants these suits accusing it of negligence dropped. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Inte..
                 

Donald Trump offers fresh defence of summit with Vladimir Putin

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US President Donald Trump, a day after trying to do damage control, offered a fresh defence on Wednesday of his summit with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin, by saying that his widely panned news conference was appreciated by "many people at the higher ends of intelligence". In morning tweets, Trump condemned "haters" who did not want him getting along with Putin, saying they suffered from "Trump Derangement Syndrome". On Tuesday, the US leader sought to tamp down a global uproar over his warm embrace of Putin at Monday's summit in Helsinki, delivering a statement at the White House in which he said he accepts the US intelligence community's assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 US election. During his press conference with the Russian leader, Trump had appeared to support him rather than his own intelligence services over claims of election meddling by Moscow. Early Wednesday, Trump was back to touting a meeting that he said would lead to "big results" and "many posit..
                 

UK politician convicted of killing wife after his affair

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A former British politician has been found guilty of murdering his wife after she found out he had an affair with their son's partner, the mother of one of his grandchildren. Stephen Searle, an ex-soldier and a former local politician with the euroskeptic UK Independence Party, claimed he had been defending himself after his wife, 62, attacked him with a knife. But jurors agreed today the 64-year-old was guilty of murder. Prosecutor Andrew Jackson said the couple's 45-year marriage had been under strain since Searle's wife discovered her husband's affair. He said Searle had probably put her in a choke hold, which he knew about from his military training, after "yet another" argument. In an emergency call in December, Searle told police "I've just killed my wife." Searle will be sentenced tomorrow. 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 ..
                 

Donald Trump under fire for defending Vladimir Putin over poll meddling

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US President Donald Trump is facing a barrage of criticism for defending his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over claims of Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential elections. At a joint news conference with Putin following their summit in Finland on Monday, Trump refused to denounce the Russian leader for interfering in the presidential campaign and instead contradicted American intelligence agencies, the US media reported on Tuesday. Russia had no reason to meddle, Trump said. His remarks sparked an enormous amount of backlash from his critics, Republicans and Democrats, warning that his actions could ultimately hurt national security interests. "The President must appreciate that Russia is not our ally," said House Speaker Paul Ryan. "The US must be focused on holding Russia accountable and putting an end to its vile attacks on democracy." Russia is responsible for "ongoing, pervasive attempts" to undermine US democracy, said Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats..
                 

Angry mob slaughters 'hundreds' of crocodiles in revenge attack

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An angry mob has slaughtered nearly 300 crocodiles in Indonesia after a local man was killed by one of the reptiles, authorities said. The revenge killing happened on Saturday in Papua province following the funeral of a man, who perished when he fell into an enclosure at a crocodile farm, police and conservation officials said. The victim, identified as 48-year-old Sugito, was bitten on the leg and then fatally struck with a tail of one of the crocodiles, which are a protected species, they said. Sugito's relatives and local residents, angry over the farm's location near a residential area, marched to the local police station, authorities said. Local conservation agency head Bassar Manulang said they were told that the farm had agreed to pay compensation. But the mob was not satisfied and headed to the crocodile farm armed with knives, machetes and shovels, which they used to slaughter some 292 crocs, from four-inch-long babies to two-metre adults, authorities said. Police and offi..
                 

British diver who helped save Thai boys may sue Elon Musk

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A British caver who helped rescue 12 boys from a Thai cave yesterday said he may take legal action against Elon Musk after the entrepreneur called him a "pedo". Tesla CEO Musk launched the extraordinary tirade against Vernon Unsworth, after the cave expert slammed his offer of a miniature submarine to extract the footballers from the cave as a "PR stunt". Unsworth, who provided mapping knowledge of the cave to rescuers, said Musk's prototype would have had "absolutely no chance of working". Musk responded in a series of tweets referring to Unsworth without using his name as "pedo [paedophile] guy". Asked if he would take legal action against Musk, Unsworth said: "If it's what I think it is yes." Diplomatic immunity for diversSydney: Two Australian divers who helped extract the young football team trapped in a Thai cave obtained diplomatic immunity before the rescue in case it failed, national broadcaster ABC reported yesterday. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Internatio..
                 

Girls allowed to wear shorts, pants in Australia school

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Girls in Australian schools will be allowed to wear shorts and pants next year as part of a major uniform update in line with their needs and preferences. "We know around 60 per cent of state schools are already offering these uniform options for girls but we found that some schools had not updated their student dress codes in many years," Xinhua news agency quoted Queensland state Education Minister Grace Grace as saying on Sunday. "All Queensland girls should be able to engage in active play and classroom activities or ride their bikes to and from school without being restricted by what they're wearing." The latest dress code followed "an extensive review and consultation with stakeholders", Grace said. "Following consultation with our whole school community, we found that around half of our primary school girls did not want to wear a skirt to school," said the executive principal of the state's Stretton State College Jan Maresca, who has rolled out changes to the school's unifor..
                 

Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin summit 'is on', says White House

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The Helsinki meeting between presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin will take place on Monday, despite the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the November 2016 presidential election, Washington said yesterday. "It's on," White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said. The charges were drawn up by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the former FBI director who is looking into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 vote and whether any members of Trump's campaign colluded with Moscow. A federal grand jury on Friday charged 12 Russian intelligence officers with hacking Democratic computer networks in 2016, in the most detailed US accusation yet that Moscow meddled in the presidential election to help Republican Donald Trump. The indictment, which alleges a wide-ranging conspiracy involving sophisticated hacking and staged releases of documents, raises the stakes for a summit next week between President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Officers of R..
                 

Exhibition of dirty water roves around Beijing

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At first glance, it may seem like just a black truck filled with bottles of water, but a closer look reveals a darker — or rather murkier — side to what's sloshing around inside. Its cargo of more than 500 bottles of Nongfu Spring, a ubiquitous Chinese brand, filled with contaminated water from the village of Xiaohaotu in China's Shaanxi province is being driven around Beijing as a reminder of the costs of the country's rapid economic development. The mobile exhibition was created in defiance after his initial show was shut down. Shocked by Shaanxi's dirty drinking water, an activist enlisted the help of villagers to fill 9,000 empty Nongfu bottles and brought them back to Beijing, where they were installed in a museum. 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 responsib..
                 

Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Maryam to contest verdict; no bed, AC for ex-PM in jail

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Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, daughter Maryam and her husband have decided to appeal against the July 6 verdict by an anti-corruption court. They were convicted and jailed for owning properties disproportionate to their sources of income. Nawaz Sharif's legal team was allowed to meet him briefly a day after he was shifted to Adiala jail on the outskirts of Rawalpindi. Sources said the legal team was allowed to meet for only five minutes. The Saad Hashmi-led legal team went to Sharif to get the power of attorney signed so that an appeal could be filed in the Islamabad High Court, they added. No bed, no AC has been provided to Sharif in Adiala, the team said, adding that a senior police official was present throughout the meeting. Sharif was not even given a newspaper to read, his bed was a mattress on the floor and the washroom at his disposal was in despicable conditions. The appeal by Maryam Nawaz and her husband Safdar Awan which will be filed on July 16 was drafte..
                 

Nawaz Sharif, daughter set to arrive in Lahore to face arrest

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Pakistan's embattled former prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam were set to arrive in Lahore to face arrest in a corruption case, amid high security and a massive crackdown on his party activists. The Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz leader and his daughter stopped over in Abu Dhabi on their way to Pakistan from London. They will be arrested on their arrival at Lahore airport from where they will be taken to Islamabad by helicopter so that they can be sent to Adiala jail for imprisonment. In a video message, tweeted by Maryam, the former premier urged his followers to stand with him and "change the fate of the country". "The country is at a critical juncture right now," Sharif said. "I have done what I could. I am aware that I have been sentenced to 10 years... But I want the Pakistani nation to know that I am doing this for you." The two PML-N leaders are returning to Pakistan to face a prison sentence handed out on July 6 by an accountability court in the Avenf..
                 

Blast at Chinese chemical plant kills 19 people

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An explosion at a chemical plant in southwest China left 19 dead and injured another 12, authorities said yesterday, the latest industrial accident in a country where lax regulations often lead to tragedy. The blast occurred on Thursday at an industrial park in Sichuan province's Yibin city, according to a statement on the website of the local work safety administration. The injured had been taken to hospital and were in stable condition, county officials said, adding that the resulting fire had been put out. 12No. of people injured in the explosion 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 remove (witho..
                 

Thai cave rescue site to become a museum

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Rescuers who pulled a young Thai football team from deep inside a flooded cave were dismantling their worksite, as plans emerged to turn the spot into a museum in tribute to the daring operation. At least one film production house was already working on a scheme to make a Hollywood treatment out of the heroics of divers, cavers and medics who risked their lives to free the "Wild Boars". Stunning footage of that rescue was released yesterday showing the youngsters — aged 11 to 16 — being stretchered to safety. They were also seen sitting cheerfully in their hospital beds, where they are being kept in isolation until doctors are sure they did not pick up any nasty diseases during more than two weeks in the dark. Rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn said the site would ultimately be converted into a museum showcasing the clothes and equipment used during the dramatic rescue. "I believe it will become another highlight in Thailand," he said. "Tourists will come visit." A..
                 

Donald Trump in new war of words with Angela Merkel

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Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday said Germany makes "independent decisions", firing back at US President Donald Trump after he accused Berlin of being a "captive" of Russia. "I myself have also experienced a part of Germany being occupied by the Soviet Union," Merkel, who grew up in communist East Germany, said as she arrived at a NATO summit. "I am very glad that we are united today in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and that we can therefore also make our own independent policies and make our own independent decisions." Trump said that Germany was a "captive" and "controlled" by Russia because of the country's dependence on Russian gas, which is set to increase with the construction of a new pipeline. Merkel also addressed repeated criticism from Trump over Germany's military spending, which is below the target level agreed by NATO. "Germany owes a lot to NATO," Merkel added. "The fact that reunification has taken place also has a great deal to do with NATO, but Germa..
                 

Afghan man deported from Germany commits suicide in Kabul hotel

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An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said today.The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was forcibly returned to the Afghan capital on July 4 along with 68 other failed Afghan asylum seekers. He had been staying at a hotel used by the International Organisation for Migration as temporary accommodation for returnees while he waited to go to the western city of Herat. His body was found on July 10. A police investigation into his death is under way, but an IOM official said the man had "apparently" committed suicide. Afghanistan's refugees and repatriations ministry spokesman Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail confirmed one of the 69 deportees had killed himself while staying at a temporary shelter. The IOM issued a statement calling for "assisted voluntary return and reintegration" instead of deportations. "Forced returns carry the stigma of failure, can encourage unsafe re-migration, and increase risks and ..
                 

Delhiites exposed to five times more black carbon says New Study

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Travelling by car in Delhi exposes people to black carbon levels five times higher than Europe and America, say scientists who found that Asian residents are exposed to nine times more air pollution than their Western counterparts. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), about 88 percent of premature deaths in low- and middle-income countries in Asia can be attributed to air pollution.The number of road vehicles in Beijing increased from 1.5 million in 2000 to more than 5 million in 2014 and the number in Delhi is expected to increase from 4.7 million in 2010 to 25.6 million by 2030. In a study published in the journal Atmospheric Environment, researchers looked at studies of pollution exposure and concentration levels in Asian transport microenvironments (walking, driving, cycling, motorbike riding and bus riding). Researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK focused on the levels of fine particles, black carbon produced by carbon-rich fuels such as gasoline and di..
                 

Nawaz Sharif and daughter Maryam Nawaz put on exit control list

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The Pakistani government on Tuesday placed the names of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz on the exit control list (ECL) to prevent them from flying abroad after their return to the country on Friday. The move came days after the accountability court in Islamabad convicted Sharif and Maraym in the Avenfield properties corruption case and sentenced them to 10 and seven years jail respectively. Persons put on the ECL are prohibited from leaving Pakistan The father-daughter duo are currently in London to look after Sharif's wife, Begum Kulsoom Nawaz, who is suffering from throat cancer and has been on a ventilator since June 14 after a cardiac arrest. "The interior ministry on the request of the country's anti-graft body 'National Accountability Bureau (NAB)' has placed the names of Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz on ECL," an official of interior ministry confirmed. He said after the conviction of Sharif and Maryam in a corruption case the ministry entertained..
                 

Ten killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

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At least 10 people, mostly civilians, were killed and four others were wounded on Tuesday in a suicide attack on a security checkpost in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. A rebel detonated his suicide vest around 10 a.m. in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, the regional governor's spokesperson Attaullah Kogyanai told Efe news. The attack, which also damaged nearby shops and civilian vehicles, had targeted a security post for checking and registering vehicles passing through the area. Nangarhar Public Health Directorate spokesperson Inamullah Myakhil said the wounded, including two members of Afghanistan's main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, were moved to the hospital. Police spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal confirmed that the incident was a suicide attack and added a probe was on. No insurgent group claimed the attack. Nangarhar is a hotbed of insurgency with the presence of many terror groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State. On ..
                 

Women dancing in support of Iranian teen arrested over Instagram video

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Social media users have come in support of the young Iranian teenage dancer, Maedeh Hojabri, who got arrested for uploading dancing videos on Instagram. A young woman from Tehran, who became a dancing sensation on Instagram, was arrested for uploading videos of herself dancing to the tunes of both Iranian and Western music. The 19-year-old girl appeared in the videos without donning the obligatory Islamic headscarf. Her performances attracted thousands of followers. She was arrested alongside other dancers and was forced to confess on state television. Hojabri's arrest led to an outcry of support from ordinary Iranians and other social media users, who posted videos of themselves dancing online, backing her. A supporter uploaded video of people dancing on the streets of London as she wrote, "We hit the #London pavement today, dancing in solidarity with #MaedehHojabri who has been sentenced to prison for dancing. Maedeh is one of so many brave Iranians fighting for their human righ..
                 

Official toll in Japan flood disaster rises to 141

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The death toll in days of heavy rain that devastated parts of Japan with floods and landslides has risen to at least 141, the top government spokesman said today. Yoshihide Suga said at least ten people were still missing, though local media said dozens were still unaccounted for as rescue operations continue. 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 remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Japan floods, landslides kill 38

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Torrents of rainfall and flooding battered a widespread area in southwestern Japan yesterday, with local media casualty reports climbing quickly. Public broadcaster NHK said 38 people were dead, four were injured seriously and 47 were missing. Television footage showed a residential area in Okayama prefecture seeped in brown water spreading like a huge lake. Some people fled to rooftops and balconies and waved furiously at hovering rescue helicopters. Okayama prefecture said a man caught in a landslide died, and six others were missing. Evacuation orders had been issued to more than 3,60,000 people, the prefecture said in a statement. Throughout the affected areas, parked cars sat in pools of water. NHK TV said water had reached as high as 16 feet in the worst-hit areas. Kyodo news service, which put the death tally at 34 people, said one death was in a landslide in Hiroshima, which had set off a fire, while the body of a child was found in another area. NHK said a woman died in her h..
                 

Elon Musk joins effort to free Thai boys from cave

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Saturday said a team he had sent for the Thailand cave rescue operations is working closely with experts from the country on an escape capsule design to bring the 12 schoolchildren and their football coach trapped in a partially flooded cave to safety. "Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try," Musk tweeted on Saturday. "Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does," he added. The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cavein Thailand for almost two weeks now. The boys went missing on June 23 after they had entered the cave in the Chiang Rai region during fine weather but became trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the narrow tunnels...
                 

38 dead in Japan rains, floods

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At least 38 people have died and almost 50 remained missing on Saturday due to torrential rainfall and flooding in southern Japan. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued the highest possible alert for the prefectures of Hyogo, Okayama, Gifu Fukuoka, Nagasaki, Saga, Hiroshima and Tottori, reports Efe news. Around 650 members of the armed forces were deployed for rescue operations, while an additional 21,000 were on standby, Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera told reporters. Authorities issued evacuation orders affecting over four million people. In a press conference, the JMA warned that the earth had softened due to the rainfall, increasing the risk of accidents related to landslides. The Japanese archipelago has been pounded by heavy rain since Thursday. The JMA has forecast record rainfall till Sunday and warned that in some regions, precipitation could reach up to 8 cm per hour. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download t..
                 

Nawaz Sharif: Coming to Pakistan to face prison

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Former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday announced he was returning to Pakistan following the the 10-year prison sentence handed to him by the accountability court here, saying he has been punished because he tried to turn the course of the country's 70-year history. Sharif, along with his daughter Maryam Nawaz -- who was also handed seven-year prison time -- held a press conference in London hours after the verdict in the Avenfield corruption reference was announced. The three-time Premier said that if the punishment for "demanding respect for the vote is jail, I am coming to face it", adding that he will "not be a slave to those who violate their oath and the Constitution of Pakistan". "I promise that I will continue this struggle until Pakistanis are not free of the chains that they are kept in for saying the truth," he said. Sharif, however, did not give any specific time or date for his return to Pakistan. He said that the deteriorating health of his wife Kulsoom Nawaz, wh..
                 

Zakir Naik will not be deported, says Malaysia PM Mahathir Mohamad

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Friday a controversial Indian Islamic preacher allegedly wanted in his home country for terror-related activities and hate speech will not be sent back. Zakir Naik, a radical television preacher, reportedly left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to largely Muslim Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency. According to Indian media reports, New Delhi asked for him to be extradited in January. The two countries have an extradition treaty. "As long as he is not creating any problem, we will not deport him because he has been given permanent residency status," Mahathir said at a news conference in administrative capital Putrajaya outside Kuala Lumpur, when asked about the reports. The reports say India had asked for Naik to be sent back for allegedly inciting youth to engage in terror activities via his hate speeches. Naik, 52, has described the media reports as "totally baseless and false", adding that he has no plans to r..
                 

Iran tells Donald Trump to stop tweeting about oil prices

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Iran's representative to OPEC says US President Donald Trump should stop tweeting about wanting lower oil prices, saying that doing so has the opposite effect. Hossein Kazempour Ardebili was quoted by the oil ministry's website today as telling Trump to "please stop," adding that "with your frequent and indecent tweets oil prices have gone up 10 dollars." Trump has repeatedly called on the oil cartel to reduce prices. Yesterday he tweeted that OPEC is "doing little to help," adding that, "if anything, they are driving prices higher." Tehran blames rising prices on US sanctions imposed on Iran and Venezuela, founding members of the cartel. Last month, members of OPEC agreed to pump an additional 1 million barrels of crude daily, a move that should help contain prices. 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..
                 

Fifteen dead in armed clashes in DR Congo

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Fifteen people were killed during five days of clashes between armed militia in the Democratic Republic of Congo's restive east, before the army intervened, local officials said today. "Five civilians and two members of the 'Guidon' group were killed Monday in clashes in Kamiro," said Cosmas Kangakolo, administrator of the Masisi territory in the North Kivu province. A further eight civilians were killed and others were injured between Friday and Tuesday in clashes between Lukweti and Nyabiondo, he told AFP. North Kivu has served as a base for Hutu rebels since the genocide of Tutsis by majority Hutus in neighbouring Rwanda in 1994. The region has long been at the centre of conflict in DR Congo and of tensions in the wider African Great Lakes region. The fighting was between members of the Alliance of Patriots for a free and sovereign Congo and the Rwandan Hutu rebels against the Mai Mai Nduma Defence of Congo, Kangakolo said. "Our troops have today taken back control of the localiti..
                 

11 Afghan journalists killed in six months

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Eleven Afghan journalists and media workers have been killed in the first half of the year amid deteriorating security, an independent media safety group said on Wednesday. "The first six months of 2018 was the bloodiest reporting period for journalists and the media community in Afghanistan. About 89 cases of violence and intimidation were reported, 11 of which involved the killing of journalists," Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (AJSC) told Xinhua news agency. A group of nine reporters were killed on April 30 in a suicide bombing while they were covering a terrorist attack at a diplomatic district. The attack was later claimed by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. Two other journalists were shot dead in southern Kandahar and eastern Khost provinces in the same month. The press safety group also expressed concern over the continuation and expansion of violence and threats to Afghan journalists posed by terrorist groups, particularly Taliban and IS affiliates. "The intens..
                 

Trump claims he 'misspoke' about Russian meddling in US election during summit

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In a major U-turn, US President Donald Trump today said he accepts US intelligence agencies' conclusion that Russia interfered in the 2016 election and misspoke when he seemed to say otherwise in a press conference with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. Trump's remarks came after he faced a barrage of criticism from his opponents and even from his own party for not backing the American intelligence community's assessment. Trump, making what he described as clarifying comments in a meeting with members of Congress, said he meant to say during the Helsinki press conference that he had no reason to think it was anyone other than Russia that interfered in the 2016 election. Trump said he reviewed a transcript of what he said, and decided to clarify his comments. He told reporters at the White House that he "believes (in) US Intelligence assessment (that Russian) interference (in elections) took place." "I thought that I made myself very clear¿.I came back and sa..
                 

Two PML-N candidates narrowly escape assassination attempt in Pakistan

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A father-son duo, both PML-N candidates for the July 25 elections, have narrowly escaped an assassination attempt after unidentified gunmen opened fire on their car when they were returning from an election rally in Pakistan's Punjab province, according to a media report. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Sheikh Aftab Ahmed and his son Sheikh Salman were returning home from an election rally when their vehicle came under attack by gunmen in Attock's Kamra last night, Geo News reported. Ahmed, a former federal minister, is running for a seat in parliament, while his son Shaikh Salman is a PML-N candidate for Punjab assembly. Attock District Police said that they have discovered three bullet holes on the vehicle. An investigation team has been constituted to probe the attack, the report said. The attack came hours after senior leader of the Awami National Party, Daud Achakzai, survived an assassination attempt when militants opened fire on him during a meeting with his part..
                 

Google celebrates astronomer Georges Lemaitre's birth anniversary

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Google on Tuesday created a special doodle and marked the 124th birth anniversary of Belgian astronomer Georges Lemaitre, the man who divulged the truth behind the expanding universe. Born on July 17, 1894, Lemaitre proposed what is known as the "Big Bang theory", the origin of the universe. He called it as the "hypothesis of the primeval atom" or the "Cosmic Egg". Lemaitre was a Belgian Catholic priest, astronomer and professor of physics at the Catholic University of Leuven. He is the man who proposed a theory that described the universe was in a constant expanding state. It was soon confirmed afterwards by Edwin Hubble. Lemaitre was also the first to derive what is now known as 'Hubble's law' and also derived the first estimation of what is now called the 'Hubble constant'. It was published in 1927, two years before Hubble's article. 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 updat..
                 

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif challenges his 10-year jail term

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Pakistan's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who was given a 10-year jail term this month in a corruption case, challenged his conviction and sought suspension of the guilty verdict, media reports said on Monday. An anti-graft court had also handed down seven years in prison to Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz on the charges related to four luxury flats in London, reports Xinhua news agency. They returned to Pakistan from London on Friday. Both are currently in Adiyala prison in Rawalpindi city near the capital Islamabad where they will face trial in other two corruption cases. Sharif was accused of having wealth beyond his income. However, the charges were denied by the three-time Prime Minister as politically-motivated. He was also sentenced one-year in prison for "not cooperating" with the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), Pakistan's anti-graft body. His son-in-law was also convicted for one year in jail for abetment. Sharif's lawyers filed the petition in the Islamabad High ..
                 

Muslim woman racially targeted in US

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A Muslim woman with headscarf has been racially targeted by a white lady who mocked her English accent and threatened that the US immigration and customs officials would take her kids away, according to a media reports. During an argument on the New York transit bus going to Staten Island, a woman named Ashley mocked the Muslim woman's accent, her ability to speak English, CNN reported. She then continues to frighten the passenger with idle deportation threats and warned her that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was coming for her. "Immigration at the door, Oh wait, is that ICE? They're here for you," she was quoted as saying by the New York Daily. "I'm getting into a fight with some Muslim chick because she has an attitude. She thinks she has rights that she doesn't have," the woman tells the man recording on his cell phone, the report said. The Muslim woman had trouble getting her stroller on the bus and the other woman yelled at her. The two argued, the report said. The..
                 

Nawaz Sharif supporters clash with police in Lahore, 50 injured

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Supporters of Nawaz Sharif have clashed with police in Pakistan's Punjab province as they tried to reach the airport where the former prime minister and his daughter Maryam were arrested on their return to the country in a corruption case, prompting police to lob tear gas shells and use batons that left at least 50 people injured. The country's anti-graft body - National Accountability Bureau - arrested Sharif, 68, and Maryam, 48 in the Avenfield properties case upon their arrival on Friday. They were later taken to Islamabad and sent to Adiala jail in Rawalpindi. Both Sharif, the supremo of the Pakistan Muslim League — Nawaz, and Maryam have been sentenced to 10 and seven years in jail respectively. 20No. of police injured in the clash What's inside their 'class B' cell?The room of class A and B prisoners are usually equipped with a cot, one chair, one teapot, one lantern if there is no electric light, a shelf, and necessary washing and sanitary appliances. The expenses of fa..
                 

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Bahrain, inaugurates new Indian embassy complex

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday inaugurated a new complex of the Indian embassy in Bahrain as she embarked on her two-day visit to the Gulf nation to strengthen the bilateral ties. Speaking at the inauguration of the complex in the capital Manama, Swaraj said India and Bahrain share a "glorious past and a dynamic present". "The new Embassy complex is the embodiment of historical civilisational connects between the two countries and the culmination of the aspirations of growing Indian expatriate community in the Kingdom of Bahrain," Swaraj was quoted as saying in an official statement. She said the new complex was a "testimony of close cooperation between India and Bahrain". Swaraj said the new developments that had taken place in the economic field between the two countries will take bilateral economic relations to "greater heights". "This multipurpose hall where we all are sitting is designed to further strengthen the already existing strong cultural exchanges..
                 

Pakistan mourns loss of 132 lives in savage poll bombing

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A number of bombings on political rallies over the past one week have shattered peace in Pakistan ahead of the July 25 polls, with the latest in the string being a devastating suicide attack in Balochistan on Friday that killed at least 132 people. Amid intensified election campaigning, attacks in different areas of the country have stoked fear of more violence. Provincial authorities said the suicide bomber on Friday detonated in the middle of a compound in Mastung's Darengarh area where a political meeting was in progress. The federal government has declared Sunday as a day of national mourning over the attacks in Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. The attack in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa on Friday left four dead and nearly 40 injured. "In view of tragic incidents of terrorist attacks at Peshawar on July 10 and in Mastung and Bannu on July 13, the government has announced to observe one-day official mourning throughout the country on Sunday," said an official announcement by the Prime M..
                 

Woman awarded nearly USD 4.7 billion in baby powder lawsuit

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A St Louis jury in the US yesterday awarded nearly $4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder. The jury announced the $4.14 billion award in punitive damages shortly after awarding $550 million in compensatory damages after a six-week trial in St. Louis Circuit Court. Johnson & Johnson called the verdict the result of an unfair process that allowed the women to sue the company in Missouri despite most of them not living in the state and said it would appeal, as it has in previous cases that found for women who sued the company. "Johnson & Johnson remains confident that its products do not contain asbestos and do not cause ovarian cancer and intends to pursue all available appellate remedies," spokeswoman Carol Goodrich said. Medical experts testified during the trial that asbe..
                 

Buddha of Swat, destroyed by Taliban, stands restored

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The iconic Buddha of Swat, carved on a cliff in the 7th century, has been restored to its almost original form with Italian assistance in the troubled northwestern Pakistan, nearly 11 years after it was dynamited by the banned Taliban during their control over the area. Buddha seated in a meditative posture, which is considered one of the largest rock sculptures in South Asia, was attacked in September 2007 by the Taliban militants, who blew up half the statue's face, triggering a worldwide anger. The Italian government invested $2.9 million in five years to preserve the cultural heritage and restore the six-metre tall Buddha of Swat, depicted in a lotus position at the base of a granite cliff. Luca Maria Olivieri, an Italian archaeologist who oversaw the restoration, said the reconstruction is not identical, but that is deliberate, as "the idea of damage should remain visible". Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-..
                 

Adult star Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club for allowing man to touch her

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Washington: American porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club for allegedly allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a "nonsexual manner", her lawyer, Michael Avenatti said Thursday morning. Following a performance at the Columbus strip club called Sirens on Wednesday night, Daniels was approached by multiple undercover officers informing her that she would be arrested for allowing the patron to touch her, Avenatti told The Washington Post. The lawyer said Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is expected to be charged with one or more misdemeanors. Early Thursday she remained in custody awaiting a determination of bail, Avenatti said. An Ohio strip club law prohibits patrons from touching a nude or semi-nude dancer unless the patron is a member of the dancer's immediate family. Avenatti claimed the arrest was a politically-motivated "sting operation". He said his client was "performing the same performance that she has conducted at over a hundred s..
                 

Zakir Naik is thankful to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad

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Controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik, wanted in India for alleged terror activities and money laundering, has thanked Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad for not deporting him and promised not to break any laws of the country. India had made a formal extradition request for Naik, who left the country in 2016, to be returned to the country after accusing him of inciting youngsters to commit terror activities through hate speeches. Naik, 52, in a statement published, thanked Prime Minister Mahathir for examining his case from an "unbiased perspective". Mahathir, who had met the radical Indian cleric, has made it clear that his government will not easily give in to India's demand to deport Naik. 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..
                 

Taliban kill candidate, 19 others in attack on Peshawar poll rally

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At least 20 people, including an Awami National Party (ANP) candidate, were killed in a suicide attack on an election rally in Pakistan's Peshawar city. The Taliban claimed the bombing on Wednesday, calling it "the beginning of revenge". ANP candidate Haroom Bilour, who was due to contest the July 25 general election, was targeted for his party's "anti-Islam policies", said Pakistani Taliban (TPP) spokesman Mohammad Khurasani in a statement following the Tuesday night attack. The ANP is a secular and leftist party that represents the Pashtuns, who form a large part of the population in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, where it is part of the opposition after being in power from 2008 to 2013. Bilour's father, former provincial minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour, was also killed in a suicide attack by the terror group in 2012. Khurasani said that the "successful bombing (in Peshawar) was the beginning of revenge" and that the left-wing ANP organisation "will remain on the target list until they repent ..
                 

Thai youth football team, coach brought to safety from cave

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The final five members of a young football team were rescued from a flooded Thai cave yesterday after spending 18 harrowing days trapped deep inside, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that captivated the world. Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys, plus the 25-year-old coach, today afternoon via a treacherous escape route that required them to squeeze through narrow, water-filled tunnels. "All 12 'Wild Boars' and coach have been extracted from the cave," the SEALs said, referring to the boys by the name of their football team. Elite foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALs extracted the final batch of four boys. Pics/AP "All are safe," they added, signing off with what has become their trademark "Hooyah" that they used to celebrate the successful extractions of the other eight boys over the previous two days. The boys, aged from 11 to 16, and their coach, ventured into the Tham Luang cave in mountainous northern Thailand ..
                 

Singapore: 300 high definition thermal cameras to catch and fine illegal smokers

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Lighting up will soon get tougher in Singapore, with the government planning to roll out 300 high definition thermal cameras to catch and fine illegal smokers. The city-state already has some of the world's strictest anti-tobacco laws and smoking is banned in most public places, with errant puffers handed a fine of up to Sg$1,000 (USD 740) if caught. E-cigarettes are also banned outright. Authorities are now looking to roll out sophisticated thermal cameras that can detect when a person is holding a lit cigarette in a non-smoking area, according to a yesterday report by the Straits Times. The newspaper said the cameras will be positioned around residential areas and other public places across Singapore, and will also have the ability to catch other illegal "unhygienic acts" such as spitting and littering. Singapore first introduced anti-tobacco laws in the 1970s as part of a national effort to reduce smoking. It has since expanded the number of public places where lighting up is pr..
                 

Explain data collection practices: US lawmakers to Apple, Google

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Lawmakers in the US have sent letters to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Larry Page, CEO of Google's parent company Alphabet, demanding information on how they collect and use personal information of users. Members of the Energy and Commerce Committee of the US House of Representatives sent the letters on Monday. With recent media reports raising concerns about misuse of user data, the lawmakers sought information from the two companies on third-party access to consumer data, collection and use of audio recording data as well as location information via iPhone and Android devices. In their letter to Alphabet's Page, the lawmakers pointed to reports that suggested that Google permitted third parties to access the contents of users' emails, including message text, email signatures, and receipt data, to personalise content despite an announcement in June 2017 in which the search giant said it would stop scanning Gmail for advertisements. The Wall Street Journal last week reported that despite a..
                 

Nissan admits falsifying emissions tests

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Nissan admitted today that data on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had been deliberately "altered", dealing a blow to the Japanese car giant's efforts to recover trust after an inspection scandal last year. The company did not say how many cars were affected by the falsifications, which were uncovered during voluntary tests of all parts of Nissan's operations conducted in the wake of last year's scandal. It said tests on exhaust emissions and fuel economy had "deviated from the prescribed testing environment". In addition, it said inspection reports had been drawn up "based on altered measurement values". Nissan's share price dropped 4.56 per cent to 1,003.5 yen after it said it would make a statement on exhaust measurements following a report of falsification. It made the statement after the market had closed. The firm vowed a "full and comprehensive investigation" into its latest fake data scandal. Nissan said it had rechecked "reliable" data and confirmed that all vehicles, ex..
                 

Good news as four more boys rescued from Thai caves

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An aide to the Thai Navy SEAL commander says four boys were brought out of the flooded cave in northern Thailand yesterday and the ongoing rescue operation is over for the day. The aide, Sitthichai Klangpattana, didn't comment on the boys' health or say how well the operation has gone. A total of eight of the 12 boys have now been brought out of the treacherous cave system by divers, including four who were brought out on Sunday, when the rescue operation began. An ambulance exits from the Tham Luang cave area as rescue operations continue for those still trapped inside the cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai province on July 9, 2018. Rescue workers dived deep inside a flooded Thai cave for a second straight day on July 9 in a treacherous bid to save a trapped group of young footballers, with the mission chief promising more "good news" after four of the 13 were saved. Pic/AFP The boys and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped for more tha..
                 

US attitude regrettable, says North Korea

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Barack Obama joins Spanish King Felipe VI for museum tour in Madrid

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Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday accompanied King Felipe VI of Spain on a private tour of the Reina Sofia modern art museum in the Spanish capital, where the pair admired masterpieces from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Obama and King Felipe spent time admiring Picasso's 1937 work of art "Guernica", which depicts the aftermath of the bombing of the town of Guernica in Spain's Basque region carried out by Italian and Nazi German planes on the petition of Spanish nationalist forces during the Civil War (1936-39). According to Spain's royal household, Felipe gifted Obama a book about Guernica, in which he wrote a message to the US politician that described Picasso's painting as "a tireless icon of the most universal art", Efe news reported. The Reina Sofia museum, one of the most important in Spain, forms part of Madrid's so-called Golden Triangle of Art given its location close to the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza museums. Catch up on all the latest Crim..
                 

Pakistan former PM Nawaz Sharif sentenced to ten years in prison

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Pakistan's deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was yesterday sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25. The Islamabad Accountability Court sentenced 68-year-old Sharif to 10 years in jail for owning assets beyond income and one year for not cooperating with the anti-corruption authority, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). The sentences will run concurrently which means the former prime minister will serve 10 years in jail. Sharif's 44-year-old daughter and co-accused Maryam was given seven years for abetment, and one year for non-cooperation with the NAB, also to run concurrently. Considered to be Sharif's political heir, Maryam will serve seven years in total. Sharif's son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar was jailed for one year rigorous imprisonment for not cooperating with the NAB. Amid tight sec..
                 

Pakistan court sentences 10-year jail to Nawaz Sharif in first corruption case

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An accountability court in Pakistan on Friday sentenced ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif to 10 years in prison in one of the three corruption cases against him in the high-profile Panama Papers scandal. The court delivered the verdict after postponing it for four times in the Avenfield corruption case -- pertaining to the ownership of four flats in the posh Avenfield House in London. Sharif, 68, is in London attending to his wife Kulsoom Nawaz who was diagnosed with throat cancer last year. Accountability court judge Mohammad Bashir pronounced the verdict behind closed doors. Sharif was sentenced to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield properties case while his daughter Maryam was sentenced to seven years. Nawaz's son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar was given a one year sentence. While Sharif was fined 8 million pounds (USD 10 million), his daughter Maryam was handed down a 2 million pound (USD 2.6 million) fine. The judgement runs in over 100 pages. The ruling came weeks before the g..
                 

Home Secretary says, Russia 'must explain nerve attack'

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British police scrambled on Thursday to determine how a couple were exposed to the same nerve agent used on a former Russian spy earlier this year, leaving them critically ill. The couple were taken ill on Saturday in the village of Amesbury, close to the city of Salisbury, where former double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped on a bench on March 4 in an incident that sparked a diplomatic crisis with Russia. The home secretary has accused Russia of using Britain as a "dumping ground for poison" after a second incident involving the nerve agent Novichok. Sajid Javid said the agent was the same as that used on ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. In a statement to MPs, Javid said: "It is now time that the Russian state comes forward and explains exactly what has gone on." "The possibility that these two investigations might be linked is clearly a line of enquiry for us," said Neil Basu, head of Britain's counter-terrorism police force. P..
                 

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Sri Lanka to go ahead with Mattala airport deal with India despite Oppn protests

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Sri Lanka will go ahead with a deal with India to handover the island nation's loss-making Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport in Hambantota, the Joint Opposition said yesterday. The USD 210 million facility, 241-km south-east of Colombo, is dubbed the "world's emptiest airport" due to a lack of flights. "We met the Minister of Civil Aviation Nimal Siripala de Silva this morning to try and stop the sale of the airport to India. He told us that the government has taken the final decision to sell it," said Mahindananda Aluthgamage, a Joint Opposition legislator. A delegation of former president Mahinda Rajapaksa-led Joint Opposition had toured the Mattala airport yesterday. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) will operate the Mattala airport named after Rajapaksa in his home district. The Mattala Airport was built with high interest commercial loans from China. The private public partnership will see AAI entering a 40-year lease agreement to take up he management control of the a..
                 

FIFA World Cup: Paris police urge women to report World Cup celebrations sexual

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Paris's police chief urged women on Wednesday to report any cases of sexual assault during the celebrations of France's World Cup win, after dozens of accounts by victims were posted on social media in recent days. "These cases must be brought to our attention so that investigations can be carried out," Michel Delpuech said on Europe 1 radio. "Our services will obviously pursue any aggressors without fail if they are identified," he said. Reports of forced kisses and groping began emerging after France won the final against Croatia on Sunday night, as hundreds of thousands of fans poured into the streets of Paris and other cities. Others recounted sexual assaults during the team's victory parade down the Champs Elysees avenue on Monday, eventually using the hashtag #MeTooFoot, a nod to the Me Too movement that sprang up in the wake of rape and assault claims against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein. "For me it was during the third goal... when I felt a hand slide up under my skirt..
                 

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Stray bullet strikes, kills 9-year-old girl inside her New Jersey home

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Authorities say a stray bullet struck and killed a 9-year-old girl inside her southern New Jersey home. Bridgeton police say the shooting was reported around 12:30 am today. They say relatives drove the girl to a hospital but she was pronounced dead there a short time later. The girl's name has not been released. The shooting occurred about a block away from the girl's home. Authorities say the shots struck several vehicles and the girl's home. Authorities say the stray bullet that killed the girl went through the home's rear wall and into an adjacent room where it hit her. No other injuries were reported in the shooting. 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/..
                 

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Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam to remain in jail until elections

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A Pakistani court on Tuesday adjourned until last week of July the hearing of appeals filed by jailed former premier Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law against their conviction in a corruption case, shattering their hope to come out of jail before polls to boost the campaign of their party. Elections are scheduled to be held on July 25 and 68-year-old Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party was banking on his early release to boost its election prospects. Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd.) Muhammad Safdar had yesterday filed the appeals in the Islamabad High Court challenging the verdict in the Avenfield corruption case. A two-member bench of Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani and Justice Miangul Hassan Aurangzeb heard the appeals and issued notices to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) and also ordered to present the record of the case. The bench adjourned the hearing till last week of July which effectively means that hearing will be held a..
                 

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Amazon Bestseller: #5: Proburst Whey Supreme - 1kg (Vanilla Ice cream)

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Vladimir Putin: I wanted Donald Trump to win US election

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he wanted President Donald Trump to win the 2016 election because he believed Trump's policies would be more friendly to the Kremlin. "Yes, I did. Because he talked about bringing the US-Russia relationship back to normal," Putin said, standing alongside Trump at a joint news conference. Donald Trump also blamed bad relations between Moscow and Washington on the US investigation into alleged Russian election meddling — and Russia promptly agreed. Putin was asked whether he directed any of his officials to help Trump's presidential campaign, but Putin appeared to sidestep that part of the question. Thousands of Helsinki protesters demonstrated against Putin and Trump. About 2,500 people demonstrated in support of human rights and environment. Pics/AFP and AP Setting the scene just hours ahead of his summit with Vladimir Putin, Trump took to Twitter to lash out at US special prosecutor Robert Mueller's probe. The US president declared t..
                 

18 killed in Pakistan as trailer truck rams into parked bus

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At least 18 people returning from a wedding function were killed when a speeding trailer truck rammed into a parked bus in Pakistan's southern Sindh province early today, police and rescue officials said. Another 30 people suffered injuries and have been hospitalised, they said. The accident took place in Hala area of Hyderabad district. The bus was parked along a national highway to change a deflated tyre when the trailer truck rammed into it from behind, the police said. The police said 18 people were killed in the accident. The victims were all residents of Hyderabad and were returning from Sakrand, where they had gone to attend the wedding, officials said. Officials at the Edhi ambulance service said that they shifted 30 injured to Hala and Hyderabad civil hospitals. Six people were critically injured. "The impact was so strong that it killed 15 people on the spot, including five members of the same family," an official of the Edhi Trust said. "The total casualties are now 18, w..
                 

Saudi woman arrested for hugging singer

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A woman in Saudi Arabia has been arrested after she ran on stage to hug a male singer during a concert, the media reported. Singer Majid al-Mohandis was performing at a festival in the western city of Taif on Friday when the woman darted on to the stage, the BBC reported on Saturday. Women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to mix in public with men who are unrelated to them. The police arrested the woman and referred her to the public prosecution to face charges under the law criminalising harassment. "The suspect is held at the Al-Taif Foundation for Women's Care pending investigation," the Mecca police official spokesman said. Videos posted online showed the woman holding on to Mohandis while security staff tried to pull her off him. Mohandis, whose website calls him "the prince of Arab singing", has not commented on the incident. The Iraqi-born singer, who also has Saudi citizenship, continued to perform after the incident. Restrictions that had long been placed on women attending p..
                 

British man who plotted to kill 4-year-old Prince George jailed for life

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A British supporter of the ISIS who admitted to planning an attack on Prince George was on Friday jailed for life. Husnain Rashid, of Nelson, in the northern English county of Lancashire, will spend a minimum of 25 years behind bars. He dramatically changed his plea during trial and admitted a string of terror offences related to the plot to target the four-year-old heir to the throne. Jurors at Woolwich Crown Court in London heard the 32-year-old used a Telegram chat group in October to call on supporters to attack George, the eldest son of Prince William and his wife Kate. During the trial prosecutors suggested that Rashid planned to flee to Syria to fight for ISIS. 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, reliab..
                 

Russia President Vladimir Putin among leaders to attend FIFA World Cup final

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Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the World Cup final between France and Croatia in Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin will be joined by several world leaders, including France's Emmanuel Macron, Croatian Prime Minister Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani of Qatar, where sport's largest event will next be held in 2022. Non-political guests will include 100-metre world record holder Usain Bolt and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Beset by delays in finishing stadiums and infrastructure in the build up to the tournament -- and amid fears of the type of racism or hooliganism that has plagued the Russian game in recent decades -- the World Cup is roundly being viewed as a huge success for Russia. FIFA president Gianni Infantino, whose organisation has been dogged by allegations of corruption and impropriety, said Friday that Russia 2018 had been the "best World Cup ever", adding that the whole world "fell ..
                 

Donald Trump claims victory on NATO military spending

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US President Donald Trump has claimed victory at the NATO summit, saying progress had been made on defence spending only hours after throwing the Brussels meeting intodisarray with fresh attacks on European allies. Asked whether he had threatened to pull out of NATO, Trump did not directly deny it. He told a surprise press conference before he was scheduled to leave that he only told people he would be "extremely unhappy" if spending was not increased. Trump claimed he could pull the US out of NATO without the approval of Congress. "I think I probably can but that's unnecessary," he said. He said the alliance members had agreed to reach spending two per cent of GDP on defence faster than previously planned and claimed financial commitments would increase beyond that in future. But other delegations and NATO officials contradicted Trump, saying he had secured no significant concessions and their defence spending plans remained basically the same as they had been before. Brexit plan..
                 

Brexit plan could kill US trade deal

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British Prime Minister Theresa May's plan for Brexit would "probably kill" the prospects for a free trade deal with the United States, US President Donald Trump said in an interview for The Sun's Friday edition. "If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal," said Trump, who began a four-day visit to Britain yesterday. In extraordinary comments on British politics, Trump also said former foreign minister Boris Johnson, who resigned this week over the Brexit plan and is seen as a potential challenger to May, would make "a great prime minister". He added that London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who authorised protesters to raise a giant balloon showing a nappy-wearing Trump next to the British parliament today, was doing a "terrible job" in fighting crime. Trump told the tabloid, Britain's best-selling newspaper, that he would have gone about Brexit in a different way. "I would have done it much differen..
                 

Downing Street papers: Margaret Thatcher tried to ban Sikh protest

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The British government led by then prime minister Margaret Thatcher made several attempts to ban protests by Sikhs in the country following Operation Blue Star in 1984, according to recently declassified documents. The documents were released after a UK judge had ruled last month that declassifying the Downing Street papers would not damage diplomatic ties with India. While the papers do not shed any further light on alleged British involvement in the army operation at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, they reflect a preoccupation with not upsetting then Rajiv Gandhi led government in order to secure lucrative trade deals. Thatcher's Foreign Secretary, Sir Geoffrey Howe, wanted Scotland Yard to ban protests planned by British Sikh groups because "a Sikh march in present circumstance would carry very serious risks, both for Indo-British relations and for law and order in this country," a note stated. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also dow..
                 

20 killed, 63 hurt in Pakistan suicide bombing

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The deaths in a suicide bombing at an election rally in Pakistan rose to 20 on Wednesday as Taliban terrorists claimed responsibility, officials said, in the first major attack ahead of July 25 polls. A local leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), Haroon Bilour, was among those killed in the attack in the city of Peshawar late Tuesday, officials have confirmed. The party has been targeted by terrorists in the past over its vocal opposition to terror groups like the Taliban. The bombing came hours after the Pakistan military spokesman said there were security threats ahead of national elections. "The death toll has risen to 20 and 63 others were wounded, out of whom 35 are still admitted in two Peshawar hospitals," Peshawar police chief Qazi Jameel said. Peshawar hospital official Zulfiqar Babakhel confirmed the rise in no. deaths caused by the bombing. Bomb disposal chief Shafqat Malik said that the suicide bomber — who he said was around 16 years old — had ..
                 

Turkey detains Islamic televangelist on fraud charges

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Turkish police yesterday detained on fraud charges a televangelist notorious for propagating conservative views while surrounded by scantily-clad women he refers to as his "kittens". Adnan Oktar, who also denies evolution and is regarded by critics as the leader of a cult, was detained alongside almost 80 alleged supporters on accusations of fraud, bribery and sexual assault, reports said. Oktar is a controversial figure in Turkey who gained notoriety for his programmes on the online A9 television channel and had regularly been denounced by Turkey's religious. He presented programmes surrounded by scantily-clad and heavily made-up women — who appeared to have had plastic surgery — who he dubbed "kittens". He was taken into custody in Istanbul as part of a probe by the city's police financial crimes unit, state-run Anadolu news agency said. A total of 235 arrest warrants were issued in a major crackdown on the group. Oktar was caught as he was trying to run away, the Ist..
                 

Political leader among 14 killed in Pakistan suicide blast

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At least 14 people, including a political leader, were killed when a suicide bomber blew himself up late on Tuesday in Peshawar in Pakistan, police said. Awami National Party (ANP) candidate Barrister Haroon Bilour was among the deceased. The blast also wounded many people, Geo News reported, citing police. The explosion occurred moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks, which the bomber made use of as his cover. The late ANP candidate was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency. Nearly eight kilos of TNT explosives were used in the blast, Qazi Jamil, the capital city police officer (CCPO) of Peshawar said. The Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) confirmed that the blast was a suicide attack. Speaking about the incident, Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice (retired) Sardar Mohammad Raza Khan condemned the terrorist attack and..
                 

Singapore rolling out thermal cameras to nab illegal smokers

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Lighting up will soon get tougher in Singapore, with the government planning to roll out 300 high definition thermal cameras to catch and fine illegal smokers. The city-state already has some of the world's strictest anti-tobacco laws and smoking is banned in most public places, with errant puffers handed a fine of up to Sg$1,000 (Rs 50,000) if caught. E-cigarettes are also banned outright. Authorities are now looking to roll out sophisticated thermal cameras that can detect when a person is holding a lit cigarette in a non-smoking area, according to a Straits Times report. The newspaper said the cameras will be positioned around residential areas and other public places across Singapore, and will also have the ability to catch other illegal "unhygienic acts" such as spitting and littering. Singapore first introduced anti-tobacco laws in the 1970s as part of a national effort to reduce smoking. It has since expanded the number of public places where lighting up is prohibited, includ..
                 

Mahathir Mohamad: Malaysia won't give in to Indian demands over Zakir Naik

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Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Tuesday that he will not give in easily just because there were demands from India to extradite controversial Muslim preacher Zakir Naik. Mohamad said his government would always ensure that it looked into all factors before responding to any such demand. "Otherwise, someone will become a victim," the New Straits Times quoted him as saying. "We do not easily follow the demands of others. We must look at all factors before we respond," he said. The Prime Minister was asked if some parties in his collation government wanted to expel the preacher, who is now a permanent resident of Malaysia and is wanted by the Indian government on charges of money-laundering and terror links. The leader of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), Ramasamy Palanisamy, said that he suspected that there was some secret deal between Malaysia and India. Mohamad last week said the cleric will not be handed over to Indian authorities as he had been granted perman..
                 

Spending more time online may put teens at cyberbullying risk says New Study

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Teenagers who spend over two hours a day on social network sites are more likely to become victims of cyberbullying, a study has found. The study, published in the journal BMC Public Health, examined data from several European countries. Researchers at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece found that school children in Romania, Germany and Poland were more likely to experience cyberbullying, such as aggressive and threatening messages, spreading rumours and sharing private, inappropriate or humiliating information, if they used social network sites for more than 2 hours a week day. "This is an important finding which challenges past research suggesting that simply having, rather than excessive use of, a social network site profile increases the risk of becoming a victim of cyberbullying," said Artemis Tsitsika, a professor at University of Athens. The researchers found that a relatively high proportion of school children in Romania (37.3 per cent), Greece (26...
                 

Operation to rescue remaining Thai boys to begin shortly

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The rescue team is all prepared to resume operations to rescue the last five members of the Wild Boars soccer team, who are trapped in a vast cave in northern Thailand. The mission is a battle against time and heavy rainfall prediction for the week, which is likely to flood tunnels once again, making the entire operation difficult to carry out. Out of 13 team members, eight have been rescued so far from the Tham Luang cave, while five still remain trapped. A crack team of foreign divers and Thai Navy SEALS rescued four boys on Sunday and another four on Monday, who were stranded in the cave for more than two weeks. "The four boys rescued from the cave in Thailand on Monday were wearing full-face diving masks while they were carried out of the cave to the makeshift hospital nearby," CNN quoted an eyewitness, who is part of the rescue operations stationed at the entrance of the cave, as saying. The footballers, aged between 11 and 16 years, were found by British divers on late Monday ..
                 

Japan floods: Toll reaches 85, 2 million forced to evacuate

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The death toll from the devastating floods after record rains pounded Japan has increased to 85, with two million others forced to evacuate from their homes, authorities said on Monday. At least 58 people have been reported missing and six were in critical condition, reports CNN. "The record rainfalls in various parts of the country have caused rivers to burst their banks, and triggered large-scale floods and landslides in several areas," Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said on Sunday. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed or damaged. In all, eight prefectures have been affected, including Kyoto and Hiroshima. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has upgraded its alert system to the highest level in large areas of western Japan, while lifting the warning in other regions. Japanese public broadcaster NHK reported about 364 mm of rain fell in some two hours over the weekend in the city of Uwajima -- approximately 1.5 times the average monthly rainfall for July. Sukumo city in Kochi p..
                 

Swedes plan an alternative to the Nobel Prize in Literature

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What do you do when this year's Nobel Literature Prize, the world's most prestigious accolade of its kind, is postponed because of a sexual assault scandal? You create your own award. More than 100 Swedish intellectuals have joined forces to form a new prize-giving body in protest after the Swedish Academy, which selects Nobel laureates, was plunged into crisis over its long-standing ties to a man accused of assaulting several women. The alternative honour serves to denounce "bias, arrogance and sexism", according to its founders The New Academy, whose members include authors, artists and journalists. It is meant to "remind people that literature and culture at large should promote democracy, transparency, empathy and respect, without privilege", the 107 intellectuals wrote. As the #MeToo movement has made waves globally, the Swedish Academy descended into turmoil in November when local media published the testimonies of 18 women claiming to have been sexually assaulted by a..
                 

Thailand cave rescue: Elon Musk team working on escape pod design

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk on Saturday said a team he had sent for the Thailand cave rescue operations is working closely with experts from the country on an escape capsule design to bring the 12 schoolchildren and their football coach trapped in a partially flooded cave to safety. "Some good feedback from cave experts in Thailand. Iterating with them on an escape pod design that might be safe enough to try," Musk tweeted on Saturday. "Also building an inflatable tube with airlocks. Less likely to work, given tricky contours, but great if it does," he added. The schoolchildren and their 25-year-old coach have been trapped in the Tham Luang cave in Thailand for almost two weeks now. The boys went missing on June 23 after they had entered the cave in the Chiang Rai region during fine weather but became trapped when a sudden downpour flooded the narrow tunnels. As the boys are getting more and more exhausted due to drop in oxygen levels, and heavy rains being forecast for this weekend,..
                 

Donald Trump to avoid London protests, including his giant 'angry baby' balloon

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Donald Trump is set to avoid spending much time in London during his first official visit to the UK as US President next week, widely being seen as a way to avoid the many protests being planned in the British capital, including flying of a giant "angry baby" balloon. According to official details unveiled by Downing Street on Friday, Trump will arrive for the two-day "working visit" next Thursday afternoon straight from a NATO summit in Brussels, Belgium. It has also been confirmed that he will be joined by US First Lady Melania Trump during the tour, which will include an audience with Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. The couple's only time in London will be on Thursday night for a sleepover at the US Ambassador's official residence in the city, Winfield House. "We regard it as a victory that Donald Trump does not appear to have any official engagements in London or anywhere with a large population. Instead, he will stay hidden away in country estates and castles," said a spo..
                 

Tokyo sarin attack: Japan executes cult leader Shoko Asahara

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Shoko Asahara, the leader of the doomsday cult which carried out a fatal nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway in March 1995, has been executed, Japanese officials confirmed on Friday. Cult leader Shoko Asahara, whose real name is Chizuo Matsumoto, had been in prison for 22 years before he was executed this week, reported CNN. It should be noted that the sarin attack claimed the lives of 13 people and wounded thousands more. Meanwhile, six other senior cult members have also been executed. According to the report, Asahara was one of seven members of the cult hanged this week. The others were Tomomasa Nakagawa, Tomomitsu Niimi, Kiyohide Hayakawa, Yoshihiro Inoue, Seiichi Endo and Masami Tsuchiya, according to Japanese Justice Minister Yoko Kawakami. The death penalty for the guru of the now-disbanded cult was first handed in February 2004 before it was finalized by the Supreme Court in September 2006, as per the reports. Furthermore, Shoko Asahara and his followers were also accus..
                 

Anger over auction in Nelson Mandela's cell

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A plan to auction a night in Nelson Mandela's prison cell was condemned on Thursday by site officials who said they had no knowledge of the proposed charity "sleepover". The annual CEO Sleepout initiative had said it was raising funds by auctioning a night in the cell on Robben Island, where Mandela spent much of his 27-year incarceration. The online auction had already attracted supposed bids of up to $300,000, but the plan attracted immediately criticism. "As Robben Island museum, we strongly condemn this auction. We are saddened that Nelson Mandela's legacy is being exploited in this way," spokeswoman for Robben Island Museum Morongoa Ramaboa told AFP. "As a world heritage site, we would under no circumstances consider auctioning Madiba's cell. The preservation of our heritage is non negotiable." Event organisers of the CEO SleepOut had advertised the auction of the 8-foot by 7-foot concrete cell to mark the centenary of Mandela's birthday on July 18. USD 300kAmount at which the ..
                 

Angela Merkel: New migrant policy shouldn't turn EU into fortress

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday warned that increased security on the EU's border as part of a tougher migrant policy being adopted by bloc leaders should focus on thwarting human trafficking rather than convert the continent into a fortress. Merkel, leader of Germany's Christian Democrats (CDU), was speaking at a press conference here alongside Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who is known for his anti-immigration policies. "The soul of Europe is its humanity... If we want to preserve it, Europe cannot simply detach itself from distress and suffering," she said. While it was the correct decision to take on trafficking networks, the German conservative leader said that fundamental European values should not be lost in the process, Efe news reported. The bloc could not ignore the plight of immigrants seeking safety in Europe, she added. Orbán, in turn, said that if Hungary did not have hundreds of men posted along its frontier to block migrant flow, ..