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Class at the cemetery

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A university in the Netherlands has come up with a unique way for students to contemplate life and death. Lie in a grave. Radboud University in the Dutch city of Nijmegen has a grave located behind the school's chapel and students can book sessions to lie it in and meditate. The idea behind getting students to sign up for the experience, it to help them reflect about life and what is important. "A modern form of memento mori, which means that you are aware that you are mortal," the University website shared. "It's an invitation along the lines of: make something out of your life." Telephones and books are prohibited. A pillow and mat are provided to students, who reportedly can use the grave for between 30 minutes and three hours. The university had earlier carried out a similar project from 2009 to 2011. The project was started by school chaplain John Hacking. "The end of life and death, is a taboo; difficult for students to talk about. Especially when you are 18, 19 and 20 years old..
                 

Queen of 3 hearts

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A 36-year-old woman from Amugagara, Uganda, has married three men at once, after her monogamous relationship failed. The daughter of a Christian pastor in Uganda's Teso community, Ann Grace Aguti has upset her clansmen after she decided to get multiple husbands. But she has defended her choice, saying that she is an adult and can make decisions for herself. The reason she decided to marry three men, was because her first husband turned out to be a big disappointment. "My husband was useless and I remained the breadwinner. When I left him, I started looking for that special someone. But I have not yet found him because even now, I have to feed the men that I have [married]. So, my search continues," Aguti said. Her three husbands—Richard Alich, a widower and retired police officer, John Peter Oluka, a peasant, and Michael Enyaku, a senior bachelor—live in their own respective huts in the woman's six-hut complex, and reportedly get along very well. They eat all their meals to..
                 

Syria: Death toll in car bomb attack rises to 18

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At least 18 civilians were killed and 27 others suffered injuries in a car bomb attack on Saturday in the Syrian city of al-Bab, according to Turkish Defence Ministry. Though the Ministry had earlier in a Twitter post said the attack on a bus terminal killed ten and wounded more than 15 others, Al Jazeera reported that Turkish media, citing defence ministry gave a higher death toll later. It also quoted Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor as saying that 19 people had died in the blast. Turkey has blamed Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) for the attack. Turkey's Defence Ministry wrote on Twitter that YPG "terrorists" detonated a car bomb in the al-Bab bus terminal. "Inhumane and uncivilized PKK/YPG terrorists continue to target innocent civilians using the same methods as Isla. This time the terrorists detonated a car bomb in the Al-Bab bus terminal in the Op Euphrates Shield area, killing 10 civilians and injuring more than 15," the ministry tweeted. ..
                 

Britain's Prince Andrew says he has no recollection of meeting accuser

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London: Britain's Prince Andrew has said he does not remember meeting Virginia Roberts, one of disgraced US financier Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims, who says she was forced to have sex with the royal. But Andrew admits in an interview with the BBC due to be broadcast on Saturday that his decision to remain friends with Epstein after he was convicted of soliciting prostitution from a minor in 2008 was a serious error of judgement. "I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever," Andrew told BBC interviewer Emily Maitlis, according to extracts from "Prince Andrew and the Epstein Scandal" released ahead of the programme's broadcast. Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II and eighth in line to the throne, has been heavily criticised over his links to multimillionaire Epstein, who died in custody in the US in August. A photograph apparently showing Andrew with his arm around then 17-year-old Roberts, now Giuffre, and with Epstein's friend Ghislaine Maxwell stan..
                 

Twitter exempts some 'cause-based' messages from political ad ban

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Washington: Twitter said Friday its ban on political ads will exempt "caused-based" messages on topics related to social or environmental issues. The San Francisco-based messaging platform unveiled details of its move to bar all paid political messages, starting November 22, while easing concerns expressed by activists for social causes. "Ads that educate, raise awareness, and/or call for people to take action in connection with civic engagement, economic growth, environmental stewardship, or social equity causes are allowed," Twitter said in its new policy. "However, they may not reference prohibited political advertisers or political content." Twitter announced the political ad ban on October 30, saying the move was aimed at countering the spread of misinformation by politicians. Chief executive Jack Dorsey said at the time the company wants to head off potential problems from "machine learning-based optimization of messaging and microtargeting, unchecked misleading information, and ..
                 

2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self

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Santa Clarita (US): A student gunman has opened fire at a Southern California high school, killing two students and wounding three others before he was captured in grave condition after shooting himself in the head, authorities said. The shooting occurred around 7:30 am local time on Thursday at Saugus High School in Santa Clarita, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Shauna Orandi, 16, said she was in her Spanish class doing homework when she heard four gunshots that she initially mistook as instruments from a band class. She said a student burst into the room saying he'd seen the gunman, and her classmates were stunned into silence. "My worst nightmare actually came true," she said later as she left a nearby park with her father. "This is it. I'm gonna die." Freshman Rosie Rodriguez said she was walking up the library stairs when she heard noises that "sounded like balloons" popping. She realized they were gunshots when she saw other students running. Sti..
                 

Facebook removes 5.4 billion fake accounts

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Facebook on Wednesday said it has nixed 5.4 billion fake accounts already this year, in a sign of a persistent battle on social media against manipulation and disinformation. "We have improved our ability to detect and block attempts to create fake, abusive accounts," the internet firm said in its latest transparency report. "We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems." Facebook believes that fake accounts -- where someone pretends to be a person or entity which does not exist -- represented about five per cent of its worldwide month active users during the second and third quarters of this year. The social network has invested heavily in finding and taking down accounts crafted to deceive people about where information is originating, particular when spread as part of coordinated campaigns with political or social agendas. The detailed report also showed that government demands for user information hit a new hi..
                 

Trains collide head-on in Bangladesh, 16 killed

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Dhaka: At least 16 people were killed and 60 others injured in a head-on collision between two trains in Brahmanbaria district in central Bangladesh on Tuesday, railway officials said. A railway spokesman said the pre-dawn accident appeared to have occurred when Chittagong-bound Udayan Express was changing tracks at Mondobhag railway station in the district and the Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita coming from the opposite direction collided with it. "The salvage campaign is nearly completed as Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and our senior officials visited the scene to oversee the rescue drives," the spokesman said. Hayat-ud-Dowla Khan, Brahmanbaria deputy commissioner was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune that the accident occurred because the loco masters did not obey the signals. According to the police, 12 passengers died on the spot, while the rest succumbed to injuries as the rescue campaign was underway. Local police station chief Shayamal Kanti Das feared that the toll could ..
                 

Paris accord one-sided, economically unfair: US President Donald Trump

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Washington DC: Justifying United States' withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord, President Donald Trump on Tuesday said the agreement would have required Washington to support the efforts of developing countries like India and China towards fighting climate change. Speaking at the Economic Club of New York, Trump deemed the Paris accord "one-sided" and "economically unfair". "And it (the agreement) is so unfair. It doesn't kick in for China until 2030. Russia goes back into the 1990s, where the base year was the dirtiest year ever in the world. India, we are supposed to pay them money because they are a developing nation. I said, "We're a developing nation, too," Trump said, to laughter from the audience. "Some of the other countries like China, like India, like Russia, like many other countries that absolutely are doing absolutely nothing to clean up their smokestacks and clean up all of their plants and all of the garbage that they're dropping in the sea and that floats into Los An..
                 

Man kills wife over her liking for Hrithik Roshan, hangs himself

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A 33-year-old man in the US allegedly stabbed his wife to death and then hanged himself because he was jealous of her liking for Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan, according to a media report. Dineshwar Budhidat of Queens fatally stabbed his wife Donne Dojoy, 27, who worked as a bartender and then hanged himself from a tree on Friday, a report in The New York Post said. Budhidat was "extremely jealous" because his wife was a huge fan of Hrithik, Dojoy's friends told The Post, adding that her liking for the actor sent him into fits of rage. "She told me when she was at home watching a movie or listening to a song (with Hrithik in it), he would ask her to take it off because he would get so jealous," Mala Ramdhani, 52, a karaoke singer at Gemini's Ultra Lounge in Ozone Park, where Dojoy tended bar, said. "Any movie Hrithik acted in, she wanted to see it," Ramdhani said. The report said Dojoy had moved out of her apartment where she lived in with her husband but had agreed to ..
                 

Sharif's travel to London for treatment faces 'no-fly list' glitch

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Lahore: Ailing former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif may not travel to London on Sunday for treatment as government delayed removal of his name from the no-fly list. The 69-year-old Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo agreed on Friday to go to the United Kingdom for the treatment, heeding doctors' advice and accepting his family's request. He was scheduled to leave for London on a Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight on Sunday morning. "The government could not remove Sharif's name from the no fly-list (Exist Control List-ECL) as the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) chairman was not available to issue no objection certificate in this case," a government official told PTI. He said the officials of the NAB have also sought Sharif's medical reports. The official said that as a special case, the government might remove his name from the ECL enabling Sharif to catch his flight at 9am on Sunday otherwise this matter would be taken up on Monday. Catch up on all the ..
                 

Man plays fetch with beluga whale in adorable video

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A delightful viral video of a man playing fetch with a beluga whale is winning the internet with its message to stop using plastic. A video posted on Twitter by a user named StanceGrounded shows a man cruising on a motor boat, throwing a rugby ball to the beluga whale, who returns it back to him. The caption on the video called the moment ‘incredible.’ It further appeals people to refrain from using plastic as it may prove harmful for animals that live in water. It reads, “We don’t deserve these creatures protect them at all costs.” This man is playing fetch with a Beluga Whale. This is INCREDIBLE. ❤ï¸ÂWe honestly don't deserve these Majestic Creatures. 😭Protect them at all costs. PLEASE STOP USING PLASTIC pic.twitter.com/LpqqS4V7jI — StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) November 7, 2019 The video has been retweeted more than 143,600 times and has garnered over 465,800 likes, with many users reminiscing the times the..
                 

Facebook apologizes after black workers complain of bias

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San Francisco: Facebook apologised on Friday after black employees anonymously shared feelings of workplace bias in an online post. The post shared at Medium by a "FB Blind" profile laid out perceived slights by managers, white colleagues, and the human resources department. "No one at Facebook, or anywhere, should have to put up with this behavior," corporate communications vice president Bertie Thomson said in response to an AFP query. "We are sorry. It goes against everything that we stand for as a company. We're listening and working hard to do better." Incidents described in the Medium post included being targeted for negative performance reviews or snide comments."On the inside, we are sad. Angry. Oppressed. Depressed," the post read. "And treated every day through the micro and macro aggressions as if we do not belong here." The anonymous post maintained that the atmosphere at Facebook has worsened in the past year when it came to non-white workers being recognized, empowered an..
                 

China, US to do away with tariffs on two-way goods

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Beijing: China and the US have agreed to a plan to remove tariffs imposed on two-way goods in stages, the commerce ministry said on Thursday, as negotiators try to hammer out a trade deal. The two sides have been embroiled in a bruising trade war for more than a year, and have slapped punitive tariffs on hundreds-of-billions-of-dollars-worth of two-way trade. But there has been growing hope that they are close to reaching a mini agreement as part of a wider deal. "In the past two weeks, the negotiation leaders of the two sides have held serious and constructive discussions on properly resolving their core concerns and agreed to roll back the additional tariffs in stages, as progress is made towards a (final) agreement," ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a news conference. If confirmed by the US, the comments could be the latest positive signal in efforts by negotiators to formalise a partial trade deal — although details remain sparse. Gao said if the two sides reached a phase-..
                 

PNB scam: Will commit suicide if extradited to India, says Nirav Modi

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London: A UK court has rejected fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi's bail plea on fresh grounds that he is suffering from depression in connection with Rs 13,500-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud and money laundering case.The judge of the UK court on Wednesday rejected Modi's bail despite the security amount being doubled to four million pounds and an offer to be on house arrest. As his fourth bail plea was rejected, Modi threatened to commit suicide if he was extradited to India. The next hearing is slated to take place on December 4.Modi and his nephew Mehul Choksi are the main accused in the PNB loan default case. The duo fled the country in January last year before the scam came to light. Forty-eight-year-old Modi was arrested on March 19 by Scotland Yard in connection with the case and is currently lodged in Wandsworth prison in south-west London.He has not returned to India despite repeated summonses from Indian probe agencies and courts. India is seeking his extradit..
                 

Emmanuel Macron, Xi Jinping reaffirm their support to Paris accord

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Beijing: French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday that he told Chinese leader Xi Jinping that dialogue, restraint and a "de-escalation" were needed in Hong Kong after months of pro-democracy protests. Macron said he raised the issue with Xi "on several occasions" during his official visit to China -- ignoring prior warnings from Beijing that sensitive topics such as Hong Kong should not be on the agenda. "I obviously conveyed our concerns, which are shared by Europe," Macron said at a news conference at the French embassy. "We called on several occasions for dialogue... restraint," he said, adding that he called for "de-escalation through dialogue." The international finance hub has been convulsed by five months of huge and increasingly violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability. Beijing has repeatedly accused "foreign forces" of fuelling the unrest in the semi-autonomous city, a former British colony that was returned to China in 1997...
                 

US diplomat acknowledges what Democrats call a quid pro quo

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Washington: "I now do recall." With that stunning reversal, US diplomat Gordon Sondland handed House impeachment investigators another key piece of corroborating testimony on Tuesday.He acknowledged what Democrats contend was a clear quid pro quo, pushed by US President Donald Trump and his personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, with Ukraine. Sondland, in an addendum to his sworn earlier testimony, said that military assistance to the East European ally was being withheld until Ukraine's new president agreed to release a statement about fighting corruption as Trump wanted. Sondland said he was the one who carried the message to a Ukrainian official on the sidelines of a conference in Warsaw with Vice President Mike Pence. "I said that resumption of US aid would likely not occur until Ukraine provided the public anti-corruption statement that we had been discussing for many weeks," Sondland recalled. His three-page update, tucked beneath hundreds of pages of sworn testimony from Sondland and f..
                 

US starts to withdraw from Paris climate pact

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Washington: The US has formally notified the United Nations (UN) of its withdrawal from the 2015 Paris climate accord, a landmark global agreement, which brought together 188 nations, including India, to combat global warming. The Paris Agreement, in which Trump's predecessor Barack Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi played instrumental roles, was adopted at the UN climate conference "COP 21" held in the French capital in 2015 with an aim to reduce the hazardous greenhouse gas emissions. Although Trump announced his decision to withdraw from the historic agreement on June 1, 2017, the process began on Monday with the formal notification and the US will be out of the pact on November 4, 2020. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he has submitted a formal notice to the UN. "Today, the US began the process to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Per the terms of the agreement, the US submitted formal notification of its withdrawal to the UN. The withdrawal will take effect one year fr..
                 

Five killed in Mexico shooting

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Pakistan releases Kartarpur song ahead of corridor inauguration

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Islamabad: Pakistan on Monday launched a special song ahead of the inauguration of the corridor connecting Dera Baba Nanak shrine in Gurdaspur in India to Darbar Sahib Gurdwara in Kartarpur, Pakistan this week. According to Express Tribune, the song was released by Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan. It is an official song of Kartarpur Corridor Opening ceremony. The song comes days ahead of 550th birth anniversary of Sikhism founder Guru Nanak Dev. The song welcomes Sikh pilgrims at Gurdwara Darbar Sahib on the occasion of the opening of Kartarpur corridor and 550th anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev. The song feature Congress leader Navjot Singh and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal. The corridor will be opened in a grand ceremony on November 9. India and Pakistan had, on October 24, signed an agreement on the modalities for operationalising Kartarpur Sahib corridor, paving the way for its inauguration ahead of the birth anniversary of..
                 

McDonald's fires CEO for 'poor judgment' over consensual relationship with employee

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McDonald has fired its CEO, Steve Easterbrook, citing "poor judgment" over a consensual relationship he had with an employee, the company announced on Sunday.The American fast-food company's Board of Directors has announced that Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald's USA, will succeed him, The Hill reported."Chris takes the reins of this great company at a time of strong, sustained performance, and the Board has every confidence that he is the best leader to set the vision and drive the plans for the Company's continued success," the company said in a statement.The company has said that the Easterbrook has "violated company policy and demonstrated poor judgment involving a recent consensual relationship with an employee."Meanwhile, Kempczinski described himself in the press release as "committed to upholding our rich heritage of serving our customers and driving value for our shareholders and other stakeholders.""As one of the world's leading brands, McDonald's makes a difference i..
                 

Boy rescues sister from crocodile in Philippines

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Manila: A brave 15-year-old boy put his life ahead of his younger sister’s to rescue her from a crocodile that attacked her while they crossed a bamboo bridge in the Philippines. The boy, Hashim, was walking a narrow bridge over a stream with his 12-year-old sister Haina Lisa Jose Habi when she was attacked by a crocodile that was sinking its teeth on to her calf, reported Daily Mail. The bridge had a small gap through Haina fell and the creature caught her leg. As the crocodile tried to pull her into the water, Hashim, who had almost reached ashore, went back to rescue her without a second thought. Hashim threw rocks at the crocodile to rescue Haina as she screamed. She was quoted by the Daily Mail saying, "I screamed and Hashim helped me. He threw rocks at the crocodile and pulled me away from it. I love him so much. He saved my life." The incident left Haina with a deep cut on her right leg and was admitted to a hospital for further treatment. Explaining the incident, Hashim w..
                 

S Jaishankar: Hand over wanted Indians in Pakistan for better ties

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London: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said the relationship with Pakistan remains "difficult" because it openly practises terrorism against India, and if Islamabad is serious to cooperate with New Delhi, it should hand over the Indians wanted for terrorist activities living in Pakistan. Speaking to French daily Le Monde, he said Pakistan does not deny sending terrorists to India. "Now, tell me: which country would be willing to talk and negotiate with a neighbour who openly practises terrorism against it... We need actions that demonstrate a real willingness to cooperate. "For example, there are Indians wanted for terrorist activities living in Pakistan. We are telling Pakistan: hand them over to us," he said, in a clear reference to criminals like underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who is believed to be hiding in Pakistan. Appeal to US Commission A group of three prominent Hindu and Kashmiri organisations has urged a US Congressional Commission to recognise the unique security ch..
                 

I didn't poop, I peed!: Toddler's dramatic voice has internet in splits

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A Facebook user posted a video of her husband having a hilarious conversation with their two-year-old son that has got internet gushing over it. Dani DeVito from Fairmont, a town in the US state of West Virginia, posted a video on October 24 of her son Matt, seated on the toilet seat and talking to his father Greg, captioned, "Need a #MattyG fix? Fear not. I have it. Also, not sure why he was doing this voice..." The hilarious one-minute-long video shows him repeatedly denying that he has not pooped, but peed. He doesn’t say much but it is the way he says it has his father and the netizens tearing up while not being able to contain his laughter. The boy is heard repeatedly saying, "I didn’t poop, I peed!" in a dramatic voice that has his father cracking up. When the father tries wiping his tears while laughing, the toddler asks him, "Is sad Daddy?" and tries to reach out to him for a hug before going back to repeating the sentence. The video has so far received over 27 mill..
                 

Indian expat in Sharjah arrested for abusing wife

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An Indian ex-pat was arrested by Sharjah Police after his wife posted a video of herself on social media saying he violently assaulted and abused her, a media report said on Thursday. Sharjah Police immediately responded to the tweet and reached out to the Indian woman and arrested the 47-year-old man on Wednesday night, Gulf News reported. An #Indian expat was arrested by #SharjahPolice after his wife posted a video of herself on #socialmedia saying he violently assaulted and abused her, a media report said on Thursday.Photo: IANS pic.twitter.com/p2hJJvOcv0 — IANS Tweets (@ians_india) November 14, 2019 The November 12 tweet showed Jasmine Sultan, 33, crying with one of her eyes bleeding. Her tweet said: "Required urgent help. My name Jasmine Sultan I live in UAE Sharjah my husband name is Mohammad Khizar Ulla... I have (been) assaulted badly by husband... I want help." She claimed her husband used to assault her regularly. The couple had been married for seven years and have t..
                 

Brazilian President Bolsonaro to be chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations next year

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations next year. Prime minister Modi met Bolsonaro on Wednesday on the sidelines of the 11th BRICS Summit held here to focus on building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation and strengthen India's ties with the world's five major economies. During his meeting with Bolsonaro, Prime minister Modi invited the President of Brazil to be the chief guest at the Republic Day 2020. Bolsonaro accepted the invitation with pleasure. The two leaders held "fruitful talks" to strengthen the bilateral ties. Prime Minister Modi invited Bolsonaro to the Republic Day, 2020. The Brazilian President has accepted the invitation with pleasure, according to an official statement. "Both leaders agreed that on this occasion, the two countries can comprehensively enhance our strategic partnership," it said. Modi said that he looked forward to discussing matters re..
                 

Israel kills Islamic Jihad commander; group vows revenge

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Gaza City: Israel killed a senior Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza on Tuesday in a resumption of pinpointed targeting that threatens a fierce round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. Minutes after the Iranian-backed group confirmed the death of the commander, Bahaa Abu el-Atta, at dawn, barrages of rockets could be heard fired toward southern Israel from Gaza. The Islamic Jihad said Abu el-Atta, 42, was undergoing "a heroic act" when he was assassinated. It did not elaborate, but vowed revenge. Gaza's Health Ministry said a man and a woman were killed in an airstrike at a house and two other people were wounded. The airstrike damaged the half of the second and most of the third floors of a house in the Shejaeya neighbourhood east of the city. In a statement, the Israeli military said Abu el-Atta was responsible for recent rocket attacks against southern Israel communities, instructed by Tehran. Taliban prisoners to be released Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said that th..
                 

United Kingdom's Labour Party hit by 'cyber-attack'

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The UK's opposition Labour Party has revealed it became the target of a "large-scale and sophisticated cyber-attack" on its digital platforms, the media reported. The attacks did not lead to any data breach as, according to the party, its "robust" security system foiled the attempt to disrupt the functioning of the party's digital systems, the BBC reported on Tuesday. In a letter sent to Labour campaigners, Niall Sookoo, the party's executive director of elections and campaigns, said: "Yesterday afternoon our security systems identified that, in a very short period of time, there were large-scale and sophisticated attacks on Labour Party platforms which had the intention of taking our systems entirely offline. "Every single one of these attempts failed due to our robust security systems and the integrity of all our platforms and data was maintained." The attack was a "real concern", Labour's General Secretary Jennie Formby said on Twitter. Reports suggest that it was just a Distributed..
                 

Airline diverts flight after man touches woman innappropriately

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American Airlines diverted one of its flights to Oklahoma after a man grabbed a woman "by the crotch" and kept touching her arm repeatedly. According to a federal criminal complaint, the accused, James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy was charged with abusive sexual contact aboard Americal Airlines flight 807 from Charlotte to Salt Lake City. According to a report in CNN, James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy grabbed the woman "by the crotch". After the victim asked him to stop misbehaving and pushed him away, he threw his hands up and said 'sorry'. The victim did not waste another moment before she alerted the crew on the flight. She was immediately shifted to another seat. The flight was diverted to Tulsa International Airport as the police arrested James for public intoxication and was charged with abusive sexual contact. "The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel," U.S..
                 

Arrest of three HK lawmakers heightens tension

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Hong Kong: The city police on Saturday arrested three pro-democracy lawmakers and filed charges against an equal number as protesters mourned the death of Chow Tsz-Lok, a 22-year-old who a day before had succumbed to injuries sustained after he fell from a parking garage during the ongoing clashes last week. The arrests of the lawmakers, who were detained and charged with obstructing the local assembly during a rowdy meeting on May 11 over the extradition bill, could further stoke the protest movement, now in its 24th week, Al Jazeera reported. Pro-democracy legislators said the clampdown was a calculated move after Chow's death to provoke more violence, which would then be used as an excuse to postpone or cancel the November 24 district elections, which will be viewed as a barometer of public sentiments amid the unrest. "We'll say no to their plans," legislator Tanya Chan was quoted as saying at a press conference. Agencies 'Police watchdog unequipped' HK's police watchdog is unequipp..
                 

'Specs ban' for women in Japanese companies sparks backlash

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Tokyo: Some Japanese companies deciding to ban women from wearing spectacles to work has led to widespread condemnation and sparked heated discussions on social media, the media reported on Friday. According to Japanese media reports, the companies have "banned" eyewear for female employees for various reasons, the BBC reported. Among them, some retail chains reportedly said glasses-wearing shop assistants gave a "cold impression". It was not clear whether the "ban" was based on company policies, or rather reflected what was socially accepted practice in those workplaces. But the topic has led to heated debates on social media. The hashtag #glassesareforbidden has been popular in Japan and the topic continued to attract tweets on Friday. A similar workplace controversy in Japan over high heels had also received flak on social media. Actor and writer Yumi Ishikawa launched a petition calling for Japan to end dress codes after being made to wear high heels while working at a funeral parl..
                 

US billionaire Ray Dalio calls Narendra Modi 'one of world's best leaders'

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Riyadh: Prime Minister Narendra Modi who delivered the keynote address at the Saudi Arabia's flagship annual investor meeting recently has been lauded as "one of the best" leaders in the world by billionaire founder and influential global investor Ray Dalio. "In my opinion, Indian's Prime Minister Modi is one of the best, if not the best, leaders in the world," Dalio posted on his official Twitter account on Thursday.Dalio founder, co-chairman and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates conducted an on-stage discussion after Prime Minister Modi's keynote address at the third iteration of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) event, which is also known as the "Davos in the Desert" as it draws high profile participants including political leaders from various countries.The American billionaire investor posted on Twitter a video of his sit-down discussion with Modi. "I had an opportunity to explore with him how he thinks as well as what he thinks," Dalio tweeted about ..
                 

US announces increase in H1B application fee by USD 10

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Washington: The United States has announced the increase of the H-1B work visa application fee by USD 10 as part of its revised selection process. This non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the federal agency said the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Thursday. "This effort will help implement a more efficient and effective H-1B cap selection process," said USCIS Acting Director Ken Cuccinelli. "The electronic registration system is part of an agency-wide initiative to modernise our immigration system while deterring fraud, improving vetting procedures and strengthening program integrity," he said. The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialised knowledge and a bachelor's degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. Upon i..
                 

Accidental hijack alarm triggers Amsterdam airport chaos

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The Hague: A pilot accidentally set off a hijack alarm on a plane at Amsterdam's Schiphol airport on Wednesday, triggering a huge security operation by Dutch police. Spanish airline Air Europa "deeply" apologised for the incident onboard its flight from the Dutch capital to Madrid, which saw emergency vehicles swarm around the plane. "False alarm. In the flight Amsterdam-Madrid this afternoon was activated, by mistake, a warning that triggers protocols on hijackings at the airport," the airline tweeted. "Nothing has happened, all passengers are safe and sound waiting to fly soon. We deeply apologise." The Dutch Royal Military Police had earlier said they were investigating a "suspect situation", but announced an hour later that the passengers and crew were "safely off the plane." The plane was carrying 27 passengers, Dutch media said. Pictures from the scene showed police vehicles and ambulances clustered around the plane while parts of the airport were cordoned off by the false alarm...
                 

Hong Kong protests: Pro-Beijing politician injured in knife attack

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Hong Kong: A firebrand pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was wounded in a knife attack on Wednesday, the latest tit-for-tat political violence to break out in a city engulfed by seething pro-democracy protests. The stabbing came as the city's unpopular leader Carrie Lam said her resolve to crack down on the protesters had been bolstered by a recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The international finance hub has been convulsed by five months of huge and increasingly violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability. With Beijing and Lam refusing to offer a political solution to the protesters' grievances, violence has spiralled on both sides of the ideological divide. In the latest incident a man holding a bouquet approached pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho on Wednesday morning as the politician was campaigning in his constituency of Tuen Mun, a town on the outskirts of Hong Kong near the border with China. Footage posted online showed the m..
                 

Army: 15 killed in suspected rebel attacks in Thailand's south

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Bangkok: At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim rebels in Thailand's violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the largest death toll in years. The Malay-Muslim south has been in the grip of a bloody insurgency that has killed more than 7,000 people over the last 15 years. Late Tuesday militants struck two checkpoints in Yala province manned by civil defence volunteers, opening fire on them as a group of villagers stopped to talk, southern army spokesman Pramote Prom-in told AFP. "Twelve were killed at the scene, two more (died) at the hospital, and one died this morning," said Pramote, adding that the rebels took M-16 rifles and shotguns from the checkpoints. The areas surrounding the checkpoints have been closed off and are currently under forensic investigation, he said. Rebels seeking autonomy for the culturally distinct region bordering Malaysia have been fighting the Buddhist-majority Thai state, which coloni..
                 

ISIS-K attempted suicide attack in India last year, says US official

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Washington: The Khorasan group of the ISIS or the ISIS-K, which operates in south Asia, last year attempted a suicide attack in India, a top American official has told lawmakers. In fact, of all the branches of the ISIS, ISIS-K is the outfit that is of the most concern to the US, Russel Travers, Acting Director of the National Counterterrorism Center, Office of Director of National Intelligence, said on Tuesday. "Of all of the branches and networks of ISIS, ISIS-K is certainly one of those of most concern, probably in the neighbourhood of 4,000 individuals or so," Travers said in response to a question from Indian-origin Senator Maggie Hassan. "They have attempted to certainly inspire attacks outside of Afghanistan. They attempted last year to conduct a suicide attack in India. It failed," Travers said when Hassan asked about the ability of ISIS-K to carry out terrorist attacks in the region. Hassan had travelled to Afghanistan and Pakistan last month, during which she said she heard f..
                 

Watch video: This cat is a beacon of hope for those who hate to workout

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This cat named Cinderblock is an inspiration for those who hate to work out. The cat is an 8-year-old from Washington and the internet went gaga over her when a video of her working out surfaced online. Some hospital staff put Cinderblock on a weight reduction programme but the kitty showed her displeasure. A video of her refusing to work out and instead of moving an underwater treadmill with her paw went viral. A lot of people who also hate to workout could relate to Cinderblock. They dropped comments saying, "I feel your pain girl! This is how I feel at 5 am walking in the rain!" wrote one person. "It's an ok kitty, I feel the same way," said another, while a third added: "Her front left leg is going to be so fit!" The hospital also shared another video of her aversion to exercise. Ms Kiffney hopes that Cinderblock's viral Internet fame and relatability will help raise awareness about pet obesity. "We are hoping to raise awareness of pet obesity, as nearly 60% of pet cats are eithe..
                 

US begins formal withdrawal from Paris climate accord

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Washington: The Trump administration has officially begun the process of withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. "Today we begin the formal process of withdrawing from the Paris Agreement. The US is proud of our record as a world leader in reducing all emissions, fostering resilience, growing our economy, and ensuring energy for our citizens. Ours is a realistic and pragmatic model," Pompeo tweeted. The United Nations has also confirmed that it has received an official notification by the United States outlining its intent to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement within a year. "We have received it, we can confirm it," UN spokesman Farhan Haq told Sputnik on Monday when asked whether the United States has sent a notice to the United Nations of its intent to withdraw from the accord. The Paris Climate Accord was adopted on December 12, 2015, by 196 parties around the world. It seeks to curb global warming to a maximum of two degrees b..
                 

Bangladeshi Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus gets bail over sacking of workers

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Dhaka: A court in Bangladesh's capital granted bail on Sunday to micro-credit pioneer and Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus over the firing of three employees by Grameen Communications, where he is chairman. Acting Chairman of the 3rd Labor Court in Dhaka, Zakia Parveen, granted the bail when Yunus appeared before the court. The country's high court had set a November 7 deadline last month for him to appear in person. It had asked authorities not to arrest or harass Yunus before the deadline. Court official Wasiur Rahman said the court granted bail of 10,000 takas ($120) in bonds in each of the three cases. Defence lawyer Mustafizur Rahman Khan said Yunus would not be required to appear in person before the court until any indictments are handed down. The labour court had earlier issued an arrest warrant for Yunus after he failed to appear because he was abroad. The three employees filed the cases in July, saying they were terminated illegally after seeking to form a trade union. Yunus fou..
                 

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'I have freedom of speech': Donald Trump amid ongoing impeachment hearings

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Washington: Amid the ongoing impeachment hearings against him by a Democrats-dominated Congressional panel, US President Donald Trump has asserted that he has the right to speak and the freedom of speech. The president made the assertion while accusing the opposition Democratic party of denying the Republicans the due process in the House-initiated impeachment proceedings against him. "In the history of our country, there has never been a disgrace like what's going on right now. So, you know what, I have the right to speak. I have the freedom of speech just as other people do have. But they (Democrats) have taken away the Republicans rights (to ask questions)," Trump told reporters in a media interaction at the White House. The US president said he watched the second-day public hearing on impeachment against him by the Congressional Committee. "I watched today as certain very talented (Republican) people wanted to ask questions. They weren't even allowed to ask questions. Republicans w..
                 

Gunmen open fire on buses carrying Sri Lankan voters

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Colombo: Gunmen opened fire on a convoy of buses carrying minority Muslim voters in northwest Sri Lanka on Saturday, hours before polling in presidential elections got under way, police said. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but a police official said the attackers had burnt tyres on the road and set up makeshift road blocks to ambush the convoy of more than 100 vehicles. "The gunmen opened fire and also pelted stones," a police official in Tantirimale, 240 kilometres (150 miles) north of Colombo said. "At least two buses were hit, but we have no reports of casualties." Muslims from the coastal town of Puttalam were travelling to the neighbouring district of Mannar, where they were registered to vote, the police official said. Police reinforcements rushed to the area and cleared the obstructions on the road and escorted the convoy so that passengers could cast their ballots. The incident came as police and troops were locked in a tense standoff in the Tamil-domi..
                 

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US diplomat: President Donald Trump more bothered about probe against Joe Biden than Ukraine

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Washington: William B Taylor Jr., the top US diplomat in Ukraine and one of the most important witnesses for the Democrats' impeachment procedure against Donald Trump, on Wednesday claimed that the President cared more about an investigation of former vice-president Joe Biden than he did about Ukraine. The testimony from Taylor before the Committee provided new details about the President's personal involvement in the push for Ukraine to open investigations into his political rivals as Democrats began public impeachment hearings that could lead to the House voting to impeach a president for just the third time in US history, CNN reported. Taylor testified that his aide told him of a phone conversation Trump had with Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the European Union (EU), on July 26, a day after Trump's phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Taylor's aide, who was accompanying Sondland to meetings in Kiev with the Ukrainian officials, could hear Trump asking Sond..
                 

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Venice flooded by highest tide in more than 50 years

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Venice has been hit by its highest tide in more than 50 years, leaving much of the Italian city underwater and at least two persons dead, a media report said. The flooding was the second-highest in the city's history, and the mayor has put the blame on climate change, Sky News reported. Officials said the tide peaked at 187 cm (6.14feet) at 10.50 p.m. (local time) on Tuesday, just short of the 194 cm seen in 1966. The high water submerged the city's historic squares and alleyways, including some of the favourite tourist spots such as St Mark's Square. A man in his 70s, died on the barrier island of Pellestrina after being electrocuted, and another person died on the same island, though the cause was unknown, the media report quoted Italian news agency ANSA and others. Saint Mark's Basilica, parts of which date to the 11th century, was also flooded, with an official even pointing to a risk of collapse. "We were on the verge of the apocalypse", said Pierpaolo Campostrini, a member of St ..
                 

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Kulbushan Jadhav case: Pakistan Army refutes claims of amending Act to implement ICJ verdict

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Pakistan Army on Wednesday refuted claims that a special amendment is being brought to allow Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav to file an appeal in a civilian court and said that "various legal options" for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. "Speculations for amendment in Pak Army Act to implement International Court of Justice (ICJ) verdict regarding convicted Cdr Kulbushan Jadhav are incorrect. Various legal options for review and reconsideration of the case are being considered. Final status shall be shared in due course of time," Pakistan Army spokesperson Asif Gafoor tweeted. Earlier in the day, quoting sources, Pakistan-based Ary News reported that Islamabad is planning a special amendment under the Army Act for Jadhav in view that the existing act forbade individuals or groups being tried under Military courts from filing an appeal and seeking justice from the civilian court. In July this year, the ICJ, by a vote of 15-1 in the Jadhav case, upheld India..
                 

US prepares for Arctic Blast, record low temps

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New York: The US is readying for a Siberia kind of week ahead with an Arctic Blast likely to set record-low temperatures all the way from areas east of the Rocky Mountains to the North East states. Snow is already blanketing the Midwest, Colorado and northern New England and at least a 1,000 flights have been cancelled from Chicago's two big airports on Monday alone. The National Weather Service said that it was the coldest it could be in November in the US. Chicago recorded a -6 degrees Celsius by 6 pm on Monday. The city is already at a full seven degrees lower than the previous record set for November 12. Snow is forecast from the upper midwest to the interior north east starting on Tuesday. Temperatures in New York are set to plummet to 0 degrees Celsius by late Tuesday. Malta, Montana was America's coldest spot on Monday at -24F. An American Airlines flight slid off a snowy runway on Monday after landing at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. None of the 38 passengers and thre..
                 

Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza

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Ramallah: Palestinian group Islamic Jihad announced on Tuesday that one of its commanders was killed in an airstrike by Israeli forces on his home in the besieged Gaza Strip on Monday night. Baha Abu al-Ata, 42, was killed with his wife in the airstrike that ripped through the building in Gaza City's Shejaiya district. The statement by Islamic Jihad's armed wing came after Israel confirmed it had targeted Bahaa Abu al-Atta, in an airstrike. Israel Defence Forces (IDF) tweeted it has targeted Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu Al Ata, accusing him of being directly responsible for hundreds of terror attacks against Israeli civilians and soldiers. A statement by Islamic Jihad's armed wing read that that strike killed Al Ata and his wife and injured two others. Without elaborating, the group said that al Ata was undergoing "a heroic act" when he was assassinated, reported Al Jazeera. Separately, the Palestinian group said that Israel also attacked the home of one of its officials in the Syr..
                 

Airline diverts flight after man grabs woman's crotch, touches innappropriately

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American Airlines diverted one of its flights to Oklahoma after a man grabbed a woman by her crotch and kept touching her arm repeatedly. According to a federal criminal complaint, the accused, James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy was charged with abusive sexual contact aboard Americal Airlines flight 807 from Charlotte to Salt Lake City. According to a report in CNN, James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy grabbed the woman "by the crotch". After the victim asked him to stop misbehaving and pushed him away, he threw his hands up and said 'sorry'. The victim did not waste another moment before she alerted the crew on the flight. She was immediately shifted to another seat. The flight was diverted to Tulsa International Airport as the police arrested James for public intoxication and was charged with abusive sexual contact. "The public should know these allegations pertain to criminal sexual misconduct by Mr Cholewinski-Boy against a female passenger, not a threat to the plane or air travel," U.S. Attor..
                 

'Hero' cat saves crawling baby from falling

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Netizens have been terming a cat a ‘hero’ as a video making rounds on social media shows the feline saving a crawling baby from falling and saving its life. A viral video posted on Facebook by a page called Anonymous, shows a cat and a toddler, seeming not more a year old in a scene where the feline, resting on a sofa when it sees the baby slipping and pouncing in action to her aid. The place where the video was shot is not known but the clip has garnered over 31,000 views and 4,600 comments. One user gushed over how the cat tried to pick the baby after it fell whereas a few people are surprising how the cat sensed the danger the child was in and how animals are evolving. Watch the video here: What to you think of the video? 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..
                 

US identifies suspected culprit of vaping illness outbreak that killed 39

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Washington: US health officials said Friday they had identified vitamin E acetate as the likely culprit behind a vaping-linked lung injury epidemic that has killed 39 people and sickened more than two thousand. Investigators have previously pointed to the oil, which is sometimes used as a thickening agent for vaping products that contain the psychoactive substance THC, as a possible cause of the outbreak. But they are more certain now after it was detected in all 29 patients selected for a lung fluid study carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). "These findings provide direct evidence of vitamin E acetate at the primary site of injury within the lungs," said Anne Schuchat, the CDC's principal deputy director, calling it a "very strong culprit of concern" and describing the new work as a breakthrough. "No other potential toxins were detected in the testing conducted so far," she added. Vitamin E acetate is found in many foods and is also used in supplements ..
                 

America will go into depression if I don't win, says Donald Trump

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Washington: Undeterred by the initiation of impeachment proceedings against him, Donald Trump has warned Americans that the country will head towards unprecedented "depression" if he is not re-elected in the 2020 US presidential elections. Addressing a Republican Party rally in Louisiana on Wednesday, Trump told thousands of his supporters that he is winning again. "We are winning. We are winning like never before. The best is yet to come," Trump told his supporters at the rally ahead of the election of the Louisiana governor, a day after his Republican Party received a drubbing in several state and local elections. Trump asserted that America’s economy under his presidency is booming. He warned that the country would be headed towards depression if he was not re-elected in the 2020 polls. "You will have depression the likes of which you have never seen before," he warned. While his administration is delivering to the Americans, Trump alleged that the "radical liberal Democrats a..
                 

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake jolts region of northwestern Iran

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Tehran: Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.9 earthquake has struck the northwest of the country. There are no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The report says the quake hit at 2:20 a.m. Friday in Iran's East Azarbaijan province. It says the temblor occurred at a depth of two kilometers (1.2 miles). The U.S. Geological Survey puts the quake's magnitude at 5.8 at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause considerable damage. Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. More detailed are awaited. 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..
                 

See photos: Woman kisses strangers at iconic places, goes viral

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Often when one scrolls through social media, one comes across pictures of getting married, people enjoying holidays and doing everything exotic. One woman decided that she didn't have to wait to get the pictures that she wanted. Her holiday pictures went viral on the micro-blogging site and show some flawless shots of two people kissing at iconic locations. She posted a picture of herself kissing a guy and wrote, "I hope this guy I met at the Eiffel Tower and asked for a pic of us kissing so I could pretend I had a romantic time in Paris is doing good." I hope this guy i met at the Eiffel Tower and asked for a pic of us kissing so i could pretend i had a romantic time in Paris is doing good. pic.twitter.com/KD4mxMI9NX — kristiana (@KristianaKuqi) November 1, 2019 According to Metro.co.uk, Kristiana had always wanted a picture of herself kissing in front of the Eiffel Tower. She happened to be there with one of her girlfriends and decided to approach a stranger. She asked him, "..
                 

37 killed in Burkina Faso's deadliest attack in five years

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An ambush on a convoy transporting employees of a Canadian mining company in Burkina Faso has killed 37 people in the deadliest attack in nearly five years of jihadist violence in the West African country. The impoverished and politically fragile Sahel country has been struggling to quell a rising jihadist revolt that has claimed hundreds of lives since early 2015. On Wednesday morning "unidentified armed individuals" ambushed five buses carrying local employees, contractors and suppliers of the Samafo mining company, said Saidou Sanou, the governor of the country's Est Region. As well as the 37 civilians killed, 60 were wounded, he said. Mine owner Semafo Inc. said the five buses escorted by the military were approximately 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Boungou gold mine in the Tapoa province when they were ambushed. A security source said "A military vehicle that was escorting the convoy hit an explosive device"."Two buses carrying workers were then fired upon," the sour..
                 

Donald Trump invites Xi Jinping to sign Phase I of trade deal

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Washington: United States President Donald Trump has invited his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to sign the phase one of a bilateral trade deal when it is agreed upon, according to a top White House official. Trade talks between the world's two largest economies began in November last year but have not yielded desired results even after more than a dozen rounds of negotiations in both Beijing and Washington. The two countries have failed to reach any agreement to resolve the trade dispute that escalated after Trump slapped huge tariffs on Chinese goods, prompting tit-for-tat responses from China. US National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, who is one of the most senior members of the Washington delegation in Bangkok for the ASEAN meeting, said the US wants "great relations" with China. "We think good relations between the US and China is good for both of our countries, but it's also good for the world, it's good for the region here. So we seek good relations with China, but if we see ..
                 

41 migrants found alive in refrigerated truck in northern Greece

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Thessaloniki: 41 migrants were found alive in the back of a refrigerated truck after it was intercepted during a routine check on a highway in northern Greece on Monday, police said. The refrigeration system had not been turned on and the migrants were uninjured, Theodoros Hronopoulos, a police spokesman, told CNN. A few migrants were taken to a nearby hospital for precautionary reasons, while the rest were taken directly to a nearby police station for identification. Police have arrested the truck driver. The incident has come days after bodies of 39 migrants were found from inside a truck at an industrial park in Grays, a town located 40 kilometres east of London, UK. Five suspects, including the truck driver, were arrested in connection with the incident, and three were later released on bail. The migrants were initially believed to be Chinese nationals, but a number of Vietnamese families later came forward with reports of missing family members, expressing concern their relatives ..
                 

Cafe calls two-year old kid 'terrifying', issues apology

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A New Zealand woman was left insulted after a cafe described their 2-year-old daughter as 'terrifying' on a receipt. Kimberley Sze suspected that she had been overcharged at Coffee Supreme in Christchurch and asked for the receipt. The employee had typed, "Fam w the terrifying kid." Mr Sze took to social media to slam the note and called it disrespectful. She also called them out for overcharging. "Writing 'family with the terrifying kid' on our ticket AND intentionally overcharging us... nice one." She also added that her daughter was polite and friendly at the cafe. "She's never been a terror, never had a meltdown, never caused any problems and the same people working today always comment on how cute and sweet she is." After the incident, the chain issued an apology to Ms Sze and offered her a full refund on the meal. They also put up a post on Facebook and wrote, "We are incredibly sorry and wish to apologise publicly." They also added that they would hand out coffees and chocolat..
                 

Turkish authorities capture sister of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

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Ankara: Turkish authorities have detained the elder sister of the slain Islamic State terrorist group leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi and her family in northern Syria, media reported on Monday. According to The New York Times newspaper, 65-year-old Rasmiya was captured on Monday evening in the city of Azaz in the province of Aleppo in northern Syria, where she lived with her husband and relatives. Capturing Baghdadi's sister, who is also believed to be affiliated with the terrorist organization, would provide crucial information for the intelligence, the source said as cited by the media outlet. Last week, US President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi had been killed in Syria during a special operation by the US troops. According to the US leader, the number one terrorist was under the Pentagon's surveillance for quite some time before the conditions were ripe to eliminate him. Later, Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said that Russia did not have reliable information th..
                 

UK PM Boris Johnson: Deeply regret missing Brexit deadline

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London: Boris Johnson said on Sunday that it was a matter of "deep regret" for him to have missed the October 31 Brexit deadline and blamed parliament for the delay in his election campaign fight back. The British prime minister admitted that it was a "big if" that the Conservative Party would win a majority in the December 12 election but insisted that it was only a Tory government led by him that could deliver Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) within the new January 31, 2020, time frame. "It’s (missing the Brexit deadline) a matter of deep regret," said Johnson in an interview with Sky News. "But what we need to do now is get on and do it, and the difference between this government and any other party is that only this government offers a deal that is ready to go and a way of delivering it immediately in the middle of December, if we’re lucky enough to get a majority and, of course, it’s a big if and we’ll be working very hard," he said. Presse..