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Pak Hindu minor girls approach court seeking protection, man suspected

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Lahore: A man suspected to have assisted in solemnising the wedding of two Pakistani Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, was arrested on Sunday, as the teenagers approached a court in Pakistan's Punjab province seeking protection, according to a media report. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of "influential" men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had also ordered a probe into the issue. According to Geo TV, the teenagers approached a court in Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province seeking protection. "Police have meanwhile arrested a man from Khanpur who is suspected to have assisted in the nikah (marital contract) of the girls," it said. However, it is not c..
                 

Khan orders probe into abduction, conversion of teenaged Hindu girls

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ordered a probe into reports of abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of two teenage Hindu girls in Sindh province and to take immediate steps for their recovery, said information minister Fawad Chaudhry. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of "influential" men from their home on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown solemnising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. In a separate video, the minor girls can be seen saying that they accepted Islam of their own free will. In a Twitter post on Sunday, Chaudhry said that the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. Chaudhry said Khan has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again...
                 

Thai junta takes unexpected lead in polls

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Thailand's ruling junta took an unexpected lead in the country's first election since a 2014 coup with more than 90 percent of ballots counted, putting it on course to return to power at the expense of the kingdom's pro-democracy camp. Sunday's election was held under new laws written by the military to smooth its transformation into a civilian government. While it had set the rules of the game in its favour, analysts had not expected the party to win the popular vote, given mounting anger at junta rule and due to the enduring popularity of Pheu Thai, the party of ex-premier Thaksin Shinawatra. The army-linked Phalang Pracharat party, which wants junta chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha to return as premier, gained more than 7.3 million votes with 91 per cent of ballots tallied, according to the Election Commission - nearly half a million more than Pheu Thai. The EC said it would announce full results on Monday, including the numbers of lower house seats won by each party. 51MNo. of eligible v..
                 

IS men emerge from tunnels, surrender to US-backed forces

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Baghouz: Dozens of Islamic State group jihadists emerged from tunnels to surrender to US-backed forces in eastern Syria on Sunday, a day after their "caliphate" was declared defeated. Syria's Kurds warned that despite the demise of the proto-state, the thousands of foreign jihadists they have detained are a time-bomb the world urgently needs to defuse. An AFP reporter saw dozens of people — mostly men — file out of the battered jihadist encampment in the remote village of Baghouz near the Iraqi border to board pickup trucks. "They are IS fighters who came out of tunnels and surrendered," Kurdish spokesman Jiaker Amed said. Some sported thick beards and wore long woollen kaftans over their dark-coloured robes, or a chequered scarf around their faces, as they trudged out of their final hideout. "Some others could still be hiding inside," said Amed. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS a..
                 

New Zealand attack note left at fire at California mosque

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Escondido: A note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a Southern California mosque, police said on Sunday. Nobody was hurt, and members of the Islamic Center of Escondido were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters, officials said. The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime, said police in the city about 48 kilometers north of downtown San Diego. A note was found in the parking lot referencing the shootings this month that killed 50 people at mosques in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, police Lt. Chris Lick said. He did not elaborate about the contents of the note.Investigators did not release information about a suspect. The fire caused minor damage to the building's exterior. Seven people were inside the mosque at the time of the fire, police told the KNSD TV station. They were able to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher before firefighte..
                 

Barbra Streisand 'sorry' for comments against Michael Jackson accusers

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Los Aangeles: Veteran singer-actor Barbra Streisand on Sunday released a statement clarifying the remarks she made about the two men, who have levelled allegations of underage sexual abuse against Michael Jackson, saying she was sorry for not choosing her words "carefully". In an interview with the Times, the 76-year-old star had said that while she believed Wade Robson and James Safechuck, who accused Jackson of sexual abuse in the HBO documentary "Leaving Neverland", she also has sympathy for the pop icon. In the documentary, Robson and Safechuck said Jackson spent years grooming both them and their families, gaining their trust so he could betray it. "They were thrilled to be there. They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them," she had added. In her apology, Streisand said her aim was not to "dismiss" the trauma Robson and Safechuk experienced. "I am profoundly sorry for any pain or misunderstanding I caused by not choosing my words more carefully about ..
                 

Two Hindu underage girls kidnapped, forcefully converted to Islam and m

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Karachi: Two minor Hindu sisters were allegedly kidnapped and forcibly married after being converted to Islam in Pakistan's Sindh province, triggering protests by the minority community. The two girls, 13-year-old Raveena and 15-year-old Reena, were allegedly kidnapped by a group of "influential" men from their home in Ghotki district on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls. Later another video surfaced in which the two sisters claimed they embraced Islam themselves and no one forced them to covert or get married. The Hindu community in Pakistan has carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible, while reminding Prime Minister Imran Khan of his promises to the minorities of the country. Sanjesh Dhanja, President of Pakistan Hindu Sewa Welfare Trust, an NGO, called on Prime Minister Khan to take note of the incident an..
                 

'Pakistan wants peace, but India can't mistake it for weakness'

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Pakistan's President Arif Alvi on Saturday said that his country wants to "resolve all issues" with India through a comprehensive dialogue, but added that this "desire for peace should not be considered as weakness." Addressing a gathering during the National Day parade in Islamabad, President Alvi said, "We are a responsible nation and want to sow the seeds of peace in the region. We do not believe in war and want to resolve all issues through dialogue. India's attitude has been irresponsible and we were accused of Pulwama attack without any evidence. Our desire for peace should not be mistaken as weakness," the President said. The President went on to add that over the years Pakistan has become a strong and peaceful nuclear power and India needs to accept this reality. "India violated international laws. It was our duty to respond to Indian aggression. We promptly responded to Indian aggression with better strategy," President Alvi said while referring to the Balakot airstrikes. C..
                 

Watch: Huge wave sweeps away woman while posing for photo by the sea

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A young woman in Bali narrowly escaped death after she was swept away by a huge wave while posing on a cliff. The frightening video of the incident has gone viral on social media platforms. The dramatic video, where the woman is seen, with her arms outstretched, standing on the edge of the rock face, showing off the breathtaking view of the ocean behind her. At first, the woman thought the scenic view is a perfect opportunity for a photo but nature has its way of warning her. A huge wave then knocked her to the ground. Screams of horror can be heard in the footage while onlookers were shocked to witness the terrifying moment and scramble to safety. The woman was nowhere to be seen after the wave struck. However, the latter part of the video showed that the woman had survived and sustained minor bruises and injuries. The footage also showed that the woman was drenched and being treated for shock. Watch the video here: The near-tragedy happened at the Devil's Tear on the Indones..
                 

Imran Khan: No room for jihadi outfits or culture in Pakistan

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Islamabad: There was no room for "jihadi outfits and jihadi culture" in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said amidst intense global pressure on his government to rein in the terrorist outfits operating from its soil after the Pulwama attack. Tracing the history of jihadi outfits and "jihadi culture", he said "these groups have existed since the days of the US-led Afghan war against the Soviets in Afghanistan, and have operated from here for decades". He said that there was no room now for any such group in the country, as Pakistan would like the world to believe that it was not only a peace-loving country but it was sincere in eradicating this culture of "jihadism" and terrorism through its policies. 'May soon hit oil, gas jackpot'Pakistan is on the verge of hitting a kind of jackpot in the form of discovering a huge reserve of oil and gas in the Arabian Sea, said PM Khan. The offshore drilling for oil was in final stages and there could be a major find, he said. Catch up on..
                 

New Zealand goes against the big guns

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Wellington: New Zealand imposed an immediate ban on assault weapons on Thursday, taking swift action in response to the Christchurch massacre and triggering renewed calls from leading American politicians for curbs in the United States. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said assault rifles and military-style semi-automatic weapons would be banned with immediate effect, making good on a pledge to ensure that nothing like last week's slaughter of 50 people ever occurs in the Pacific nation again. "In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country," Ardern said. She added that high-capacity magazines and devices similar to bump stocks will also be banned. Proponents of gun control in the United States and around the world praised the move and denounced the US pro-gun lobby on social media, while American gun supporters defended their constitutional right to bear arms. New Zealand's steps include interim measures to prevent any rush t..
                 

Massive blast at chemical plant in China kills six

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Beijing: A huge explosion rocked a chemical plant in eastern China on Thursday, killing at least six people and injuring dozens as it knocked down factory buildings. The blast occurred at around 2:50 pm (0650 GMT) at a facility run by Tianjiayi Chemical in Yancheng, Jiangsu province, city officials said on their official Twitter-like Weibo account. Around the time of the explosion, China's earthquake administration reported a 2.2-magnitude tremor in Lianyungang, a city near the Yancheng blast. Footage from state broadcaster CCTV showed windows of nearby houses blown out from the force of the explosion. An aerial view of the blast area showed a large swath of destruction in an industrial park, where multiple fires still raged. At least six people were killed and 30 severely injured, while numerous others in the vicinity were slightly injured, city officials said on Weibo late Thursday. "At present, on-site rescue is still going on... The cause of the accident is under investigation," ..
                 

US to Pak: Act against terrorists; further attack will be problematic

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The United States has asked Pakistan to take sustained, verifiable and irreversible action against the perpetrators of terrorism while warning the country that another terror attack on India will prove to be "extremely problematic". "We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to reign in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba in order to ensure that we don't have re-escalation (of tension) in the region," a senior administration official told reporters at the White House on Wednesday. "And, if there's any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained, sincere effort against these groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries," the official said on the condition of anonymity. Asked about the steps being taken by Pakistan in the aftermath of the Balakot air strike by Indian fighter jets, the official said the US and th..
                 

Hyderabad-based businessman killed in Ethiopia

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A Hyderabad-based businessman, P Venkata Shashidar, was among the five people who died in an accident in Ethiopia. Ramakrishna, a business associate and friend of Shashidar, told ANI, "Venkata Shashidar had been to Ethiopia for business. For the last one-and-half-year, he has been frequently visiting Ethiopia. On March 9, he went to Ethiopia with a Japanese team for mining purpose. On Tuesday morning, they were on their way to a mining spot when a blast took place and killed all five who were in the vehicle. We don't have exact information yet." He added, "In the incident, five people were travelling and all of them died. On Wednesday morning, the Indian Embassy said some accident occurred and they said we are trying to identify what exactly happened." Contrary to this, several media reports claimed that a person carrying a gun had killed the five persons in Ethiopia on Tuesday while they were travelling to a mining site. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International an..
                 

Nirav Modi arrested in London

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In a major development, diamond merchant Nirav Modi has been arrested in London according to TV reports. A London court on Monday had issued an arrest warrant against Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India for an alleged loan default case, according to the sources in the Enforcement Directorate. The arrest warrant was issued by the Westminster Court, the sources added. India had already requested the extradition of Nirav Modi from the United Kingdom. The development comes days after the fugitive was tracked down to a 33-storey Centre Point Apartment complex in London's Theatre District. Nirav Modi, one of the prime accused in the PNB scam in India. Modi is the subject of an extradition request by India, along with an Interpol Red Corner Notice being issued for the PNB scam accused. Modi is the prime accused in the Rs 13,000 crore PNB fraud, along with his uncle Mehul Choksi. Choksi was granted citizenship of Antigua and Barbuda on January 15, 2018, while Modi is in London. Both Modi and..
                 

'We need to prevent the notoriety', says New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday expressed concerns about the Australian-born terrorist Brenton Tarrant's plans to represent himself in future court hearings. "I agree that is absolutely something that we need to acknowledge and do what we can to prevent the notoriety that this individual seeks. This could involve a conversation with the media," New Zealand Herald quoted Ardern as saying to reporters here.Asserting that the suspect was planning to "lift his own profile", the New Zealand premier remarked: "That's something that we can absolutely deny him. You won't hear me speak his name." Ardern reiterated that the country's gun laws will undergo changes as the Cabinet ministers had in-principle agreed to the reforms. She said that legislation would be drafted before March 25. Tarrant, the 28-year-old terrorist accused of gunning down 50 people during the March 15 twin terror attacks at Al Noor and Linwood mosques in Christchurch on Monday dismissed h..
                 

Cyclone Idai: President Nyusi says over 1,000 people may have died in M

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Maputo (Mozambique): Mozambique President Filipe Nyusi on Monday said that Cyclone Idai, which made landfall in Mozambique and other neighbouring countries, might have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people, as torrential rains showed no signs of abating. "Officially, we have a record of more than 84 dead but everything indicates that we can have a record of more than 1,000 dead," CNN quoted Nyusi as saying while addressing the nation. He added that "100,000 people are in danger." Nyusi made the comments after undertaking an aerial survey to assess the extent of damage inflicted by the tropical cyclone and overseeing the rescue operations. Terming the situation a 'real humanitarian disaster of large proportions', he remarked: "Waters from the rivers Pungue and Buzi have broken their banks, wiping out entire villages, isolating communities and we could see, as we flew above, bodies floating." Cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, a coastal city in Mozambique on March 14 and pr..
                 

Gun law reform within 10 days: New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Monday vowed to unveil reforms to the country's existing gun laws in the wake of the March 15 Christchurch mosques shootings that claimed the lives of 50 people. At a news conference here, Ardern said her cabinet has agreed "in principle" on proposals to change the country's gun laws in response to the terror attack, but she stopped short of revealing what those changes might be, CNN reported. Ardern said more details will be released once her cabinet "has worked through the in-principle decision" taken on Monday. "As a Cabinet we were absolutely clear, the terror attack on Friday (March 15) was the worst act of terrorism on our shores," she said. Echoing the Prime Minister's remark, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who also appeared beside Ardern, said: "This was a cabinet decision... The reality is after March 15, our world changed forever, and so will our laws," Peters said. New Zealand First is part of the ruling ..
                 

Sushma Swaraj unveils plaque of renovated Indira Gandhi Hospital

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Male (Maldives): External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj unveiled a plaque of the renovated Indira Gandhi Memorial (IGM) Hospital in Maldives on Sunday. She dedicated the hospital to the people of the Maldives. Swaraj, who arrived in Male on Sunday for a two-day visit to the island nation at the invitation of Shahid, is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and other senior officials. The IGM Hospital was built in 1995 with Indian assistance and was inaugurated by then Indian Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao. It is the first and largest government healthcare facility in the Maldives. "Commitment to the welfare of the people of Maldives EAM @SushmaSwaraj unveils a plaque dedicating the renovated IGM Hospital to the people of Maldives in the city of Male. IGMH is the first and largest government healthcare facility in Maldives, built with Indian assistance," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Commitment to the welfare of the people of MaldivesEAM..
                 

Mourners pay tribute to victims of New Zealand shootings

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Christchurch: A steady stream of mourners paid tribute Sunday at a makeshift memorial to the 50 people slain by a gunman at two mosques in Christchurch, while dozens of Muslims stood by to bury the dead when authorities finally release the victims' bodies. Hundreds of flowers were piled up amid candles, balloons and notes of grief and love outside the Al Noor mosque. As a light rain fell, people clutched each other and wept quietly. "We wish we knew your name to write upon your heart. We wish we knew your favourite song, what makes you smile, what makes you cry," read one of the tributes, which contained cut-out paper hearts under a nearby tree. "We made a heart for you. 50 hearts for 50 lives." Two days after Friday's attack, New Zealand's deadliest shooting in modern history, relatives were still waiting for authorities to release the bodies. Islamic law calls for bodies to be cleansed and buried as soon as possible after death, usually within 24 hours. Supporters arrived from acros..
                 

Imran Khan announces award for Pakistani NZ victim-hero

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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday announced a national award for a Pakistani man who lost his life in New Zealand's Christchurch mosque attack while apparently trying to tackle the white extremist. "Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid," Khan said, The Express Tribune reported. Extending the government's all-out support to the aggrieved families, he said: "We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch." At least 50 people were killed and dozens wounded in the deadly attack. Rashid, hailing from Abbottabad, received bullet wounds as he tried to overpower the shooter when he entered one of the mosques in Christchurch. He succumbed to his wounds while under treatment following the attack and was identified as the individual who rushed at the right-wing terrorist attacking the mosque. His son, Talha Rashid, also lost his life in the same attack. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, In..
                 

NASA: Dormant viruses reactivate during space travel

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Washington: Space travel caused herpes viruses to reactivate in more than half of crew aboard Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS), according to a NASA study, a finding that could jeopardise mankind's future missions to Mars and beyond. While only a small proportion develop symptoms, virus reactivation rates increase with spaceflight duration and could present a significant health risk on future missions. "NASA astronauts endure weeks or even months exposed to microgravity and cosmic radiation -- not to mention the extreme G forces of take-off and re-entry," said Satish K Mehta at NASA's Johnson Space Center. "This physical challenge is compounded by more familiar stressors like social separation, confinement and an altered sleep-wake cycle," said Mehta. To study the physiological impact of spaceflight, researchers analyse saliva, blood and urine samples collected from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. "During spaceflight there is a rise in secretion of ..
                 

Zimbabwe: 24 dead, 40 missing after cyclone ravages Harare

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Harare: A tropical cyclone left a trail of destruction in eastern Zimbabwe, with flash floods sweeping away houses and destroying trees and crops, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds of others. At least 40 people are also missing in the calamity, authorities said on Saturday. Cyclone Idai, which made landfall first in Mozambique on Thursday evening, spread to Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa affecting millions of people in the region. Rescue efforts are being hampered due to high-velocity winds and torrential rains. "Currently the number of people confirmed dead is standing at 24, mainly from an area called Chimanimani East bordering with Mozambique. Two of those are students but 40 people are missing. Rescue efforts are still ongoing but due to heavy winds and rainfall, it is proving difficult to move with great speed," Anadolu News Agency quoted Nick Mangawana, secretary in Zimbabwe's Ministry of Information. "Hundreds of people have had their houses destroyed and marooned on..
                 

Five Indians confirmed dead in New Zealand terror attack

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Christchurch: Five Indians were among the 50 people killed by a white supremacist, who opened fire on worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, in the worst attack on Muslims in New Zealand, the Indian High Commission said Sunday. The attacker, identified by authorities as Australia-born Brenton Tarrant, 28, reportedly targeted immigrants during Friday prayers. Witnesses said victims were shot at close range. The high commission confirmed on Sunday that five Indians were killed in the attack. "With a very heavy heart we share the news of loss of precious lives of our 5 nationals in ghastly terror attack in #Christchurch," it tweeted. It identified them as: Maheboob Khokhar; Ramiz Vora; Asif Vora; Ansi Alibava; and Ozair Kadir. In another tweet later, the high commission informed that Immigration NZ has set up a dedicated webpage to expedite visa for family members of Christchurch victims. (https://www.immigration.govt.nz/about-us/media-centre/news-notifications/family-members-of-m..
                 

A black cloud looms over 'the land of long white cloud'

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Aukland: At 1.45 pm Friday afternoon local time, New Zealand lost its purity. All it took was 17 minutes of diabolic, demented carnage and 49 deaths, to completely shatter the decades-old, deftly-designed '100% Pure New Zealand' brand. Think New Zealand, think heaven. The hype though is not too far from the truth. Kiwis actually believe the myth as do millions of others. I did too. Crime? What's that? We migrated to New Zealand 13 years ago. A few weeks before my family left for New Zealand we met Mumbai's Pradip Madhavji, who was at that time the Honorary Consul of New Zealand in Mumbai to ask him about life in Aotearoa. It means 'the land of the long white cloud'. The Honorary Consul drew a rosy picture of the country. "Do you know there is no crime in New Zealand," he said. "The cops don't carry guns, pepper spray." We, of course, didn't believe him. Madhavji though was telling the truth. The people are friendly, the criminals are bumbling, the cops are Keystone, and the scenery..
                 

Donald Trump: Don't see white nationalism a rising threat

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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump on Friday said that he did not see a rise in white nationalism across the world after the accused in the New Zealand mosque terror attack  called the president "a symbol of renewed white identity." "I don't really think so. I think it"s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems," The Hill quoted Trump as saying when asked if he saw a rise in white nationalism. "If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that"s the case. I don"t know enough about it yet," he added. Earlier, a social media account believed to be linked to the Australian-born suspect, who filmed himself, while carrying out the attack, had posted a lengthy manifesto, expressing anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim views. He wrote that he supported Trump "as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purposeâ¿Â but not as a "policymaker and leader.â¿Â Responding to the same, Tru..
                 

Foreigners among those targeted in New Zealand mosque attack

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Christchurch: Several of those killed or wounded in the shooting rampage at two New Zealand mosques on Friday were from the Middle East or South Asia, according to initial reports from several governments. The live-streamed attack by an immigrant-hating white nationalist killed at least 49 people as they gathered for weekly prayers in Christchurch. Another 48 people suffered gunshot wounds in the attacks. Bangladesh's honorary consul in Auckland, Shafiqur Rahman Bhuiyan, told The Associated Press that "so far" three Bangladeshis were among those killed and four or five others were wounded, including two left in critical condition. "One leg of an injured needed to be amputated while another suffered bullet injuries in his chest," Rahman Bhuiyan said. He declined to identify the dead or wounded. Two Jordanians were among those killed, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Petra news service. Foreign Ministry spokesman Sufian Qudah had earlier said that a Jord..
                 

Indian-origin Uber driver pleads guilty to charges of kidnapping female

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New York: An Indian-origin man working as a driver for ride-sharing company Uber in the US has pleaded guilty to kidnapping a sleeping passenger and driving her more than 60 miles from her destination to boost his fare. Harbir Parmar, 25 of New York pled guilty in White Plains federal court to kidnapping and wire fraud. He was arrested in October last year. Parmar pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and one count of wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. He will be sentenced in June. US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said Parmar took advantage of a vulnerable woman who utilised a ridesharing service by kidnapping and terrorising her. "In addition, he charged many of his ridesharing customers with fraudulent fees," he said adding that Parmar will now be held accountable for his brazen crimes. According to the indictment and statements made during the plea proceedings, Parmar, who worked as a driver for U..
                 

New Zealand mosque attacks: Gunman live-streams shooting massacre

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Forty people were killed and 20 more were seriously injured in armed assaults on two Christchurch mosques Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. "It is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack," she said. "From what we know, it does appear to have been well planned." "Two explosive devices attached to suspect vehicles have now been found and they have been disarmed," she added. Mass shootings at two mosques full of worshippers attending Friday prayers killed 40 people on what the prime minister called "one of New Zealand's darkest days," as authorities detained four people and defused explosive devices in what appeared to be a carefully planned attack. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the events in Christchurch represented "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence" and acknowledged many of those affected may be migrants and refugees. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded. "It is clear t..
                 

Indian pleads guilty to marriage and visa fraud

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Washington: An Indian national residing in Florida on Thursday pleaded guilty to charges of running a fake marriage racket through which he helped illegal immigrants, mostly Indians, to get married to US citizens, thus facilitating their stay in the country. The man identified as 47-year-old Ravi Babu Kolla, who was residing in Florida's Panama city, has been detained. His Sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 22 at the US Courthouse in Tallahassee. His co-conspirator Krystal Cloud, 40, was sentenced to two years of imprisonment for marriage and visa fraud conspiracy after he pleaded guilty on December 28, 2018. She is a US citizen. Between February 2017 and August 2018, Kolla operated an immigration marriage fraud business in Bay County that recruited US citizens to marry Indian foreign nationals to gain immigration benefits, prosecutors said. An investigation identified over 80 fraudulent marriages that were performed in Alabama as part of Kolla's scheme, the Department of Justic..
                 

3,000 IS kids living in 'extremely dire conditions'

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Damascus: At least 3,000 children born into Islamic State (IS) families are being housed in camps in Syria, UNICEF said on Thursday, with many younger than six years old and living in "extremely dire conditions" here. The UNICEF figure is sharply higher than earlier assessments, driven in part by the arrival in al-Hawl camp of as many as 30,000 people from the last IS enclave of Baghuz. The number of newcomers has overwhelmed camp officials, who are struggling to keep accurate records and provide food and shelter. At least 1,000 more children born to at least one parent aligned to the terror group are believed to be held in Iraq. Many are housed with mothers who have been handed death sentences by Iraqi courts after summary trials in which little, if any, evidence is heard. The fate of children in both countries has become a vexing issue for many nations whose citizens travelled to join the IS and now wish to return. UNICEF's regional director for the Middle East, Geert Cappela..
                 

Woman wears crop top on flight; airline tells her 'cover up' or get off

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Thomas Cook Airlines recently told a passenger who was travelling from Birmingham, England to the Canary islands to cover herself up or get off the flight. 21-year-old Emily O'Connor was dressed in a black crop top with spaghetti straps and high-waisted pants. The airline crew told Emily that her outfit was inappropriate and was offensive to fellow passengers. Emily took to Twitter to narrate her ordeal. She posted a picture of herself and wrote, "Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around me to get my luggage to take me off the plane." Flying from Bham to Tenerife, Thomas Cook told me that they were going to remove me from the flight if I didn’t “cover up” as I was “causing offence” and was “inappropriate”. They had 4 flight staff around..
                 

US bans Boeing 737 MAX flights

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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that his administration was grounding Boeing's 737 Max planes, reversing an earlier decision by authorities to keep the aircraft flying, in the wake of a deadly crash involving one of its jets in Ethiopia, which killed all 157 people on board. Trump said from the White House on Wednesday that planes currently in the air would be ordered to land at their destination and remain grounded, and that airlines and pilots had been notified of the decision, CNN reported. "The safety of the American people, of all people, is our paramount concern," Trump was quoted by The New York Times as saying. After over 40 countries had banned Boeing's 737 Max aircraft following the deadly March 10 Ethiopian Airlines crash, there were calls in the US to follow suit. But, the Federal Aviation Administration, the country's aviation regulator, stated that it did not see 'no systemic performance issues' that would prompt the agency to stop the..
                 

Environment damage behind 1 in 4 deaths, diseases

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A quarter of all premature deaths and diseases worldwide are due to manmade pollution and environmental damage, the United Nations said Wednesday in a landmark report on the planet's parlous state. Deadly smog-inducing emissions, chemicals polluting drinking water, and the accelerating destruction of ecosystems crucial to the livelihoods of billions of people are driving a worldwide epidemic that hampers the global economy, it warned. The Global Environment Outlook (GEO) depicts a growing chasm between rich and poor countries as rampant overconsumption, pollution and food waste in the developed world leads to hunger, poverty and disease. As greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise amid a preponderance of droughts, floods and superstorms made worse by climbing sea levels, there is a growing political consensus that climate change poses a future risk to billions. World leaders in 2015 came up with the Paris climate deal, which saw each nation promise action to cut emissions in a bid..
                 

US: Failure to designate Masood Azhar as global terrorist against peace

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Washington: Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar meets the criteria to be designated as a "global terrorist" by the UN and China's opposition to the move counters a mutual interest in achieving regional stability and peace, the US has said. State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino's remarks came on the eve of a crucial decision by the UN Security Council on listing Azhar as a global terrorist. The JeM, headed by the 50-year-old Azhar, carried out many terror strikes in India and was involved in the attack on Parliament, the Pathankot air force base, army camps in Jammu and Uri. It also claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama suicide attack which left 40 CRPF personnel dead. In the aftermath of the Pulwama attack, three permanent members of the UNSC ¿- the US, Britain and France ¿- have moved a resolution to designate Azhar as a global terrorist under the 1267 Al Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council. All eyes are on C..
                 

Officer shot, injured while responding to Kalamazoo shooting

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Kalamazoo (US): A man who "wanted to ambush" police was killed Tuesday inside a plasma donation centre in southwestern Michigan during a shootout that injured an officer, authorities said. A Kalamazoo officer was shot in the torso, but his injury wasn't life-threatening due to a bulletproof vest, said Karianne Thomas, the city's public safety chief. Another officer fired multiple shots and killed the suspect, Thomas said. The dead man's name wasn't immediately released. Lisa Walterhouse, an employee at the downtown plasma center, says police responded after the man entered the building and fired shots. She said he urged staff to call 911. He "wanted to ambush officers. ... The suspect was waiting by the door for officers to arrive," Thomas said. "They encountered gunfire and returned gunfire." No other injuries were reported. Thomas said the officer who repeatedly shot the suspect has been with the department for less than a year. "We are not immune to workplace violence or vio..
                 

Six members of Indian family among 157 dead in Ethiopian Airlines crash

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The "trip of a lifetime" to a safari park in Kenya turned into a nightmare for six members of a family from India in Canada who perished when the Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed minutes after take-off from Addis Ababa. The Boeing 737 took-off from Bole International Airport on Sunday and lost contact six minutes later before coming down near Tulu Fara village outside the Ethiopian town of Bishoftu, killing all 149 passengers and eight crew on board, including tourists and business travellers. The victims included Pannagesh Vaidya, 73; his wife Hansini Vaidya, 67; their daughter Kosha Vaidya, 37; her husband Prerit Dixit, 45; and their two children, Anushka and Ashka  Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown was quoted as saying by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. While the Surat-based Vaidya couple were Indian nationals, their daughter, husband and two children were Canadians of Indian-origin. The family who was living in Canada, heading for a safari vacation, were abo..
                 

Nawaz Sharif's condition deteriorates in prison: daughter

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Lahore: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's condition had deteriorated in jail due to kidney disease, a day after his family met him and expressed concern over his health, Pakistan media reported on Sunday. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supremo's daughter Maryam Nawaz tweeted about his worsening health on Saturday after she along with his personal physician Adnan Khan visited Sharif at the Kot Lakhpat jail on receiving permission from the country's interior ministry, according to The Express Tribune newspaper. Sharif, 69, is in jail since December last year, serving a 7-year imprisonment in the Al Azizia Steel Mills graft case.After meeting her father, Maryam tweeted that his kidney disease had reached the third stage and he felt pain in his arm. "The blood tests were done yesterday reveal a further raise in his creatinine levels which means his kidney function has deteriorated. His kidney disease is already at stage 3. The pain in the flanks persists," Maryam ..
                 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan: Brexit is a complete, utter mess

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London (UK): At least one million people took to the streets here on Saturday to protest against UK Prime Minister Theresa May's handling of the Brexit process, demanding for a second referendum to be held, according to campaign group People's Vote UK - the organiser of the protest. London Mayor Sadiq Khan, who was one the attendees, launched a scathing attack against May. However, he wasn't the only one to do so; there were continuous calls for May to step down from her post during Saturday's protest. Thank you to everyone who joined the #PutItToThePeopleMarch today. All 1,000,000 of you, please get home safe. pic.twitter.com/2Pqprvmern — People's Vote UK (@peoplesvote_uk) March 23, 2019 "No matter how you voted, I'm sure you'll agree - #Brexit is a complete and utter mess. The British people didn't vote for a bad Brexit deal. The British people didn't vote for a no-deal Brexit. It's time to give us - the British people - the final say. #PeoplesVote," Khan tweeted. "Wit..
                 

Albino penguin makes debut at Polish zoo

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A rare three-month-old albino penguin made its first public appearance at a zoo in the Polish Baltic port city of Gdansk, where its keepers claim it is the only one of its kind in captivity. The all-white African black-foot penguin was born on December 14, but zoo staff decided to keep its arrival secret as they were unsure the vulnerable newborn would survive. Zoo staff are waiting until they are able to determine its sex to name the youngster. "As far as we know, there is no other such specimen alive (in captivity) in the world," Michal Targowski, director of the Gdansk Zoo, told the TVN24 commercial news channel. "The baby is active, in good health, eats well and, what's very important, its parents are taking very good care of it," Targowski said. To ensure its safety, the youngster is being kept with a small group of six adults, including its parents, part of a group of 70 penguins living at the Gdansk Zoo. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke new..
                 

26 killed, 28 injured in Hunan bus accident in China

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Hunan Province: A tourist bus suddenly caught fire on a highway in Hunan Province of Central China, late on Friday, killing 26 people and injuring 28 others, local authorities said. Xinhua news agency confirmed that the injured, including five in critical condition, were rushed to three local hospitals for treatment, after quoting the publicity department of China's Hunan Provincial Committee. The 59-seater bus, with 56 people on board, including 53 passengers, two drivers and a tour guide, was travelling from Hunan province in Central China to Hanshou County in Changde city. An investigation was immediately launched by the police who detained the two bus drivers after the accident was reported. Further details 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..
                 

YouTube star accused of physically abusing seven adoptive children

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A famous YouTube star was recently accused of physically abusing seven of her adoptive children. The children told authorities that she sprayed pepper on them, beat them and also deprived them of food and water if they didn't participate in her videos. She was arrested last Friday. The lady in question, Machells Hobson, 48, is a YouTube star whose channel "Fantastic Adventures" has 80,000 subscribers. A 19-year-old girl told the Maricopa Police Department that her younger adoptive step-sister disclosed that she was being abused by her mother, Hobson. After the Officers conducted a welfare check at Hobson's residence, they found that the seven children were malnourished, had dark circles, were underweight, thirsty and hungry. One of the seven children told the police that Hobson locked her in a closet for days at a time without food or water and made her wear a pull-up diaper and did not allow her to use the bathroom. The child also said that Hobson would spray pepper on them and h..
                 

'Another terror attack on India will be problematic'

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Washington: The US has warned Pakistan that another terror attack on India will prove to be "extremely problematic" as it asked Islamabad to take more "concrete and sustained" actions. Addressing reporters at the White House on Wednesday, a senior administration official said: "We need to see Pakistan taking concrete and sustained action to rein in the terrorist groups, mainly the Jaish-e-Mohammed and the Lashkar-e-Taiba, in order to ensure that we don't have re-escalation (of tensions) in the region". "If there's any additional terrorist attack without Pakistan having made a sustained, sincere effort against these groups, it would be extremely problematic for Pakistan and it would cause re-escalation of tensions, which is dangerous for both countries," he said. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Viral video: Nigerian boys dance on Dola Re Dola

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A number of videos from TikTok are going viral on the internet of late. People all around the world are making entertaining videos and sharing them on the platform. Recently, a short video of two Nigerian boys dancing on Aishwarya Rai and Madhuri Dixit's famous song, Dola Re Dola is going viral. However, it is nowhere close to the original one. They are not trying to copy the steps but have given their own twist to it.        View this post on Instagram 😂😂😂 #somali #somalia #aishwaryarai #aishwarya #aishwaryaraibachchan #madhuridixit #bollywooddance #bollywoodstyle #bollywoodmusic #shahidkapoor #ranimukherjee #bollywood #bollywoodmemes #desi #desimemes #desimeme #desicomedy #indian #bengali #pakistani #punjabi A post shared by Sha Miah (@sha.miah) onMar 18, 2019 at 3:37pm PDT Internet users..
                 

Christchurch shooting aftermath: New Zealand bans sale of rifles

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In the wake of twin mosque shootings in Christchurch that killed 50 people last week, New Zealand on Thursday implemented an immediate ban on the sale of assault rifles and semi-automatics across the country. "Be assured this is just the beginning of the work we'll be doing," Al Jazeera quoted Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as saying. "We will ban all high capacity magazines. We will ban all parts with the ability to convert semi-automatic or any other type of firearm into a military-style semi-automatic weapon. We will ban parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close to automatic gunfire," Ardern noted in her statement. "It's in the national interest and it's about safety ... to prevent an act of terror from ever happening again in our country," she added. Terming the incident as the "worst act of terrorism on our shores", Ardern had announced to make reforms in the country's gun laws. The massacre at the two mosques that took place while the attendees ..
                 

Theresa May on Brexit: It's time for Members of Parliament to decide

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Shortly after the UK requested the European Union (EU) for an extension to Article 50, British Prime Minister Theresa May appealed to the Members of Parliament to decide backing the withdrawal deal to honour the people's referendum to exit the EU. "This delay is a matter of great personal regret for me...It's now time for MPs to decide...I passionately hope MPs will find a way to back the deal I've negotiated with the EU," May said in a public statement on Wednesday (local time). May chided the MPs while referring to their multiple rejections of the deal she has twice negotiated with the EU during Wednesday's public address. "So far parliament has done everything possible to avoid making a choice. Motion after motion and amendment after the amendment has been tabled without Parliament ever deciding what it wants. All MPs have been willing to say is what they do not want," she said, outlining that not leaving the EU at all will cause irreparable damage to public trust in the "entire ..
                 

New Zealand massacre: PM Ardern vows never to say gunman's name

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Wellington: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Tuesday vowed that she will never mention the name of the lone gunman who carried out the March 15 Christchurch mosques massacre, in order to deprive him of the notoriety he was looking for. "I implore you: Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them. You will never hear me mention his name. He is a terrorist, he is a criminal, he is an extremist, but he will, when I speak, be nameless," Efe news quoted Ardern as saying at Parliament here. "And to others, I implore you, speak the names of those who are lost, rather than the name of the man who took them," the Prime Minister said where she also remembered some of the victims, including Haji-Daoud Nabi, a 71-year-old Afghan man who opened the door of the Al Noor mosque to the shooter and whose last words were "Hello brother, welcome". "He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing, not even his name," Ardern sa..
                 

Putin signs bills banning fake news, insults

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Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law a series of bills criminalising persons who would spread "fake news" or "disrespecting" the state, in a move which, critics say, will curtail freedom of speech of criticising the government. The new legislation allows Russian authorities to block websites or Internet accounts that publish what they deem to be "fake news" and penalises those who post material found to be insulting and distasteful to state officials, state symbols and Russian society. According to the new law, individuals found publishing "fake news" will have to pay a fine of 100,000 rubles, while public officials will have to cough up 200,000 roubles. For corporate organisations, the fine has been set at 500,000 roubles, TASS news agency reported. However, the new legislation mandates that news publications registered with Roskomnadzor (federal executive body responsible for overseeing the media), including online media sites, would be given a chance..
                 

Trump donates $100,000 from salary to Homeland Security Dept

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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump on Monday announced that he was donating USD 100,000 from his annual presidential salary to the Department of Homeland Security. Trump posted a photo on his Twitter handle of a cheque to the Department of Homeland Security amounting to USD 100,000, which is one-quarter of his annual salary of USD 400,000. While the press doesn’t like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security. If I didn’t do it there would be hell to pay from the FAKE NEWS MEDIA! pic.twitter.com/xqIGUOwh4x — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 18, 2019 "While the press doesn't like writing about it, nor do I need them to, I donate my yearly Presidential salary of $400,000.00 to different agencies throughout the year, this to Homeland Security," he tweeted. The Homeland Security Department works to improve the security of the US...
                 

President Trump attends church service on St. Patrick's Day

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Washington: President Donald Trump spent St Patrick's Day morning worshipping at the "Church of the Presidents" near the White House. Trump and his wife, first lady Melania Trump, joined parishioners for Sunday's 11 am service at St John's Church, a historic yellow church across from the White House and Lafayette Park. Every president since James Madison, who served in the 1800s, has attended a service at St. John's, according to the church. The Rev W Bruce McPherson greeted the Trumps after the short drive from the White House. The Trumps returned to the White House after the hour-long service. The Trumps last attended religious services in December, at Washington National Cathedral. Trump has skipped spending the holiday at his Florida estate and stayed in Washington during the government shutdown. 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..
                 

Jet Airways grounds its operations in Abu Dhabi Airport

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Jet Airways has grounded its operations at Abu Dhabi Airport from Monday for an indefinite period, citing operational reasons. Abu Dhabi is one of the two international hubs of Jet Airways. Dutch capital Amsterdam is the European gateway for the airline for its operations to Europe and beyond. "Jet Airways has cancelled all their flights from Abu Dhabi with immediate effect from March 18 due to operational reasons," Etihad Airport services said in a notification to its passengers Sunday. Etihad Airport Services is the ground handling arm of Jet Airways investment partner Etihad Airways. Abu Dhabi airport also serves as the main hub of the UAEs national carrier. "Further to the short notice of flight cancellation, (Abu Dhabi) hub may face minor disruption)," the company said in the statement. Responding to PTI queries on the cancellation of its operations from Abu Dhabi, the airline in a statement said, " Jet Airways has pro actively taken certain adjustments to its flight schedule ke..
                 

Boeing 'finalising' software update after crashes

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Chicago: Boeing has said it is finalising a software update and pilot training revision related to MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) in 737 Max, following two deadly air crashes in less than five months. "Boeing is finalising its development of a previously-announced software update and pilot training revision that will address the MCAS flight control law's behaviour in response to erroneous sensor inputs," Dennis Muilenburg, President and CEO of the US aircraft manufacturer, said in a statement on Sunday, Xinhua reported. Muilenburg's announcement came after Ethiopia's Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said earlier on Sunday that information recovered from the flight data recorder of the Ethiopian Airlines plane showed the March 10 crash which killed all 157 people on board had "clear similarities" with Lion Air's crash in Indonesia in October, which killed 189 people aboard. Both of the doomed planes were 737 Max 8. The MCAS is an automated safety feature on t..
                 

Orangutan shot with 74 airgun pellets in Indonesia on road to recovery

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An orangutan is slowly recovering after being shot with 74 airgun pellets in Indonesian, an official said on Saturday. The 30-year-old female was found severely wounded in Aceh province last Sunday after officials received a tipoff from villagers. She was found in critical condition with her one-month baby under a jackfruit tree on a plantation owned by a villager. "The orangutans came to a villager's plantation and they were considered as threats by the owner who then attempted to expel the animals," said Sapto Aji Prabowo, chief of Aceh Conservation Agency. Officials immediately rescued the animals but the baby died from malnutrition. Almost a week later, officials say the ape, who's been given the name Hope, is slowly recovering. "Hope is getting better, she's starting to... eat," Sapto Aji Prabowo said. Orangutans are critically endangered, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, with only about 1,00,000 worldwide. "We will investigate whether this was j..
                 

Missing Hyderabad man Farhaj Ahsan killed in New Zealand terror attack

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Hyderabad (Telangana): A man from Hyderabad, who was missing since Friday following the "well-planned" terror attack on Al Noor mosque in Christchurch in New Zealand, has been declared dead by the authorities in New Zealand on Saturday. The deceased, named Farhaj Ahsan, went to the mosque for Friday's prayers but went missing after the attacks. Ahsan's father had earlier told ANI: "My son went to the mosque to offer Friday prayers. My son has not returned yet." Meanwhile, the family members of the deceased are planning to go to New Zealand. Nobody was willing to speak to the media amid the sad reports of Ashan's death. In the worst ever terror attack in New Zealand, multiple gunmen carried out indiscriminate shootings at two mosques in Christchurch during the Friday prayers, leaving 49 people dead and at least 48 wounded. Using automatic weapons, the gunmen, four of whom have been taken into custody, launched a "well-planned" attack on the mosques when devotees had assembled for th..
                 

New Zealand PM says gun laws to change after mosque attack

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Christchurch: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has reiterated her promise that there will be changes to the country's gun laws in the wake of a terrorist attack on two mosques and said her Cabinet will discuss the policy details on Monday.' At a Sunday news conference, Arden used some of her strongest language yet about gun control, saying that laws need to change and "they will change." New Zealand has fewer restrictions on rifles or shotguns than many countries, while handguns are more tightly controlled. Unlike the U.S., the right to own a firearm is not enshrined in New Zealand's constitution. Ardern declined to discuss more details until she'd talked to her Cabinet, the group of top lawmakers that guides policies. Friday's mass shootings in Christchurch killed 50 people. 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..
                 

'Vote for transparency' in making Mueller's Russia report republic'

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Washington DC: US President Donald Trump on Saturday claimed he told Republican leadership to vote in favour of making public, Robert Mueller's report on alleged Russian interference in 2016 presidential election, asserting that it would "makes us all look good." "On the recent non-binding vote (420-0) in Congress about releasing the Mueller Report, I told leadership to let all Republicans vote for transparency. Makes us all look good and doesn't matter. Play along with the game!" Trump tweeted. The US House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution directing the Justice Department to release special counsel Robert Mueller's highly anticipated inquiry report in the alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Lawmakers passed the non-binding measure by 420 votes to nil. Notably, four Republicans voted present on the resolution in the House. The resolution calls for the Justice Department to release Mueller's report on Russia probe to the Congress ..
                 

'Superwoman' Lilly Singh, becomes first Indian-origin woman to host US

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Los Angeles: YouTube sensation Lilly Singh, who goes by the stage name Superwoman and has her roots in Punjab, has landed a rare chance to host a late night talk show on a major broadcast network -- a feat for a woman of colour. Canadian-born Singh will replace Carson Daly as the host of NBC's late night talk show. The show will be re-titled "A Little Late with Lilly Singh" and will launch in September, making her the only woman to currently host a late night talk show on one of the big networks, reported variety.com.       View this post on Instagram I can’t even believe I am writing this caption. This is so surreal. What is happening? I NEED TO SIT DOWN. Okay. *breathe* I’m THRILLED (and crying) to announce that ya girl is getting her own @nbc late night show! AHHHHHHH!! And not only did I get to announce this dream come true on @fallontonight but @sethmeyers came out and surprised me as well! I’m so grateful and overwhelmed to be joinin..
                 

US, France & UK working on compromise with China on Azhar listing

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The US and two other permanent Security Council members, France and Britain, are believed to be in intense "good faith" discussions with China to arrive at a "compromise" on the UN designation of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. And if that effort does not end up in the formal designation of Azhar, the three permanent members are planning to soon move a resolution for his listing in the most powerful wing of the UN which would be preceded by an open debate on the issue, according to people familiar with the matter. On Wednesday, China blocked for the fourth consecutive time a resolution at a UN Security Council Committee on designating Azhar, head of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad group, as a global terrorist. The proposal was moved by the US, France and the UK. India had expressed disappointment over the Chinese stance and the original co-sponsors of the resolution had warned they will consider "other actions" to achieve their goal. While the internal consultation..
                 

EU to slap Google with fresh fine

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Brussels: The EU's anti-trust regulator is to slap tech giant Google with a new fine over unfair competition practices, sources told AFP on Friday. Brussels has targeted the Silicon Valley firm's AdSense advertising service, saying it restricts some client websites from displaying ads from third parties. The decision in the long-running case, first reported by the Financial Times, is the latest anti-trust salvo against Google, which has already received nearly seven billion euros in EU fines. Two sources close to the matter said the verdict would land next week, most likely on Wednesday. "We are in the process of finalising the AdSense case," EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said earlier this week. In July 2018, the US giant was ordered to pay a record 4.34 billion euros for abusing the dominant position of Android, its smartphone operating system, to help assure the supremacy of its search engine. A year earlier it slapped Google with a fine of 2.42 billion euros f..
                 

Son tweets dad's sad face, empty doughnut shop. Twitter does this!

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The Internet at times can be a mean place but every now and then it does throw up heart-warming stories that will melt your heart. We all do not know the power of what one tweet can do. One tweet is all it took to bring a smile on a sad dad's face. Wondering what we are talking about. My dad is sad cause no one is coming to his new donut shop 😭 pic.twitter.com/y5aGB1Acrc — Billy's Donuts (@BillysDonuts) March 9, 2019 On March 10, 2019, a concerned son took to social networking site Twitter to share the sorry state of his dad's donut shop. Twitter user Billy's Donut shared a post on Twitter with a few photos that showed Billy's dad being upset over the doughnuts not being sold and no customers walking in to buy his goodies. Billy wrote: My dad is sad cause no one is coming to his new doughnut shop. What transpired next was a heartwarming story where netizens and twitterati came together to make sure that Billy's dad has the..
                 

Four held for New Zealand mosques shootings

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Four people were arrested on Friday after two gunmen opened fire at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city, with the police saying that there were "multiple fatalities". Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the four arrested people comprised three men and one woman, CNN reported. "We are not aware of other people, but we cannot assume there are not others at large," Bush told the media here. The shootings took place at the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Masjid, The New Zealand Herald reported. One gunman believed to be Australian, filmed as he shot victims in the mosque - and wrote a manifesto declaring his intentions, saying that "it is a terrorist attack", according to Bush. He said that there were also multiple improvised explosive devices attached to vehicles as part of the attack. "This goes to the seriousness of the situation," Bush said, adding that the police were not assuming the situation was limited to Christchurch at this stage. Authorities advised people not to go..
                 

US lawmaker 'disappointed' on China blocking Masood Azhar

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Washington: A leading American lawmaker has expressed disappointment that China has once again blocked at the UNSC the designation of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist, saying Beijing has had "ample opportunity" to fulfil its international obligation. The proposal to designate Azhar under the 1267 al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the Security Council was moved by France, the UK and the US on February 27, days after a Jaish suicide bomber killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama, leading to a flare-up in tensions between India and Pakistan. Other than Pulwama, Azhar-led JeM has been involved in several terror attacks in India over nearly two decades. It was responsible for the attack on Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001 in which nine security personnel and officials were killed. In January, 2016, a heavily armed group of JeM attacked the Pathankot airbase in which seven security personnel were killed. The terror group also carried out the attac..
                 

EU's Tusk backs delay if UK 'rethinks' Brexit move

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Brussels: EU leader Donald Tusk said Thursday that European capitals could approve a long delay to Brexit, in a last-ditch push to persuade Prime Minister Theresa May to change her negotiating red lines. During consultations ahead of next week's EU summit, Tusk said he "will appeal to the EU27 to be open to a long extension if the UK finds it necessary to rethink its Brexit strategy and build consensus around it." As president of the European Council, Tusk will be the host of the March 21 summit in Brussels that may be asked to decide whether to push back Britain's March 29 departure from the Union. His tweeted intervention came as British MPs prepared the latest in a series of votes on Brexit, this time on whether to ask the EU for such an extension of the "Article 50" process. 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..
                 

China blocks UN move to ban Masood Azhar for the fourth time

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China has once again come to the rescue of Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar by blocking a proposal in the UN Security Council on Wednesday to enlist Masood Azhar as an international terrorist. This is the fourth time that China has used the technical hold to block the proposal, which was being pushed by other permanent members of the UNSC, France, the US and the UK. Masood Azhar The Indian government expressed disappointment over China's decision to block the listing of Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Masood Azhar's terror outfit, Jaish-e-Mohammad, which was founded in 2000 is responsible for several terror attacks in India including the suicide attack against Indian security forces in Pulwama on February 14, 2019, which killed almost 40 CRPF jawans. China blocked previous attempts to list Mohammed Masood Azhar under the UN Sanctions in 2009, 2016 and 2017 and now in 2019. Here's a look..
                 

Twitterati reacts after China blocks UNSC from proscribing Masood Azhar

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China once again blocked a proposal in the UN Security Council on Wednesday to enlist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist despite his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama attack. This is the fourth time that China has used the technical hold to block the proposal, which is being pushed by other permanent members of the UNSC, particularly the US, Britain and France. Twitterati expressed their disappointment on the social media platform and questioned China's view on terrorism. The.cost of freeing Azharin 1999 is now haunting us. The cost of gifting UNSC seat to China in 1950 is haunting us today. The cost of filing an illegal petition in UN on J&K is bleeding us everyday. Learn to introspect before blaming others. There are no free lunches — Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) March 14, 2019 This is the moment when #India should pass a law mandating trade parity with #China.Raise the level of tariffs on Chinese goods as h..
                 

China once again blocks UNSC from proscribing JeM chief Masood Azhar

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New York/New Delhi: China once again blocked a proposal in the UN Security Council on Wednesday to enlist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as an international terrorist despite his outfit carrying out the ghastly Pulwama attack. This is the fourth time that China has used the technical hold to block the proposal, which is being pushed by other permanent members of the UNSC, particularly the US, Britain and France. India expressed disappointment over the development but vowed to continue to pursue "all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens" are brought to justice. "The ISIL (D'esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee (1267 Sanctions Committee), upon completion of the no-objection period on 13 March 2019, was not able to come to a decision on the proposal for listing Mohammed Masood Azhar Alvi under the UN Sanctions regime, on account of a member placing the proposal on hold," said a statement issued by th..
                 

Criticism of FAA mounts as other nations ground Boeing jets

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Washington: The US Federal Aviation Administration is facing mounting criticism for backing the airworthiness of Boeing's 737 Max jets as the number of countries that have grounded the aircraft grows in the wake of the Ethiopian Airlines crash over the weekend. The rest of the world typically takes its cues from the FAA, long considered the world's gold standard for aircraft safety. Yet other aviation safety regulators, including the European Union, China, Australia and the United Kingdom, have decided not to wait for the FAA to act. The Ethiopian disaster came just five months after the deadly crash of another new Boeing 737 Max 8 operated by Lion Air in Indonesia. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said in a statement Tuesday that he's concerned that international aviation regulators are providing more certainty to the flying public than the FAA. "In the coming days, it is absolutely critical that we get answers as to ..
                 

Australian cardinal sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

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Melbourne: An Australian judge has sentenced the most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral more than 20 years ago. Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd on Wednesday ordered Cardinal George Pell to serve a minimum of 3 years and 8 months before he is eligible for parole. Pope Francis' former finance minister was convicted in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and indecently dealing with the boy and the boy's 13-year-old friend in the late 1990s. The assaults happened just months after Pell became archbishop of Melbourne. A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month. The 77-year-old denies the allegations and will appeal his convictions in June. 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 sy..
                 

Singapore suspends Boeing 737 MAX flights

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Following China, Indonesia, Ethiopia, now Singapore's aviation regulator on Tuesday temporarily suspended Boeing 737 MAX 8 flights in its airspace after an Ethiopian Airlines crashed minutes after take-off killing all 157 onboard. The Ethiopian Airlines plane plunged into farmland after taking off from Addis Ababa for Nairobi on Sunday. "The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) is temporarily suspending the operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore in light of two fatal accidents involving Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in less than five months," the aviation regulator said in a statement. The suspension would take effect from 2 p.m. on Tuesday, it added. The Sunday crash was the second deadly crash for a Boeing 737 MAX 8 model in less than six months. A Lion Air crash of the same model killed 189 people in Indonesia last October. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day ..
                 

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Man arrested in fierce subway attack captured on video

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New York: A 36-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of carrying out a vicious attack on a homeless woman that was caught on video. Marc Gomez faces charges of assault and harassment and is awaiting arraignment Saturday evening. Authorities could not say whether he had an attorney to speak for him. Police say the 78-year-old woman was riding a train in the Bronx around 3 a.m. March 10 when he kicked and punched her repeatedly in the face and body. The woman left the train at the next stop and was met by medical workers who treated her for cuts to the face, bleeding and swelling. A witness recorded the attack on a video that had received more than 12 million views online as of late Saturday. 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..
                 

1,300 people being evacuated from cruise ship in Norway

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Oslo (Norway): Around 1,300 people are being evacuated on Saturday (local time) from a cruise ship adrift in rough seas in the Hustadvika area off Norway, according to Norwegian emergency services. "Cruise ship VIKING SKY reports MAYDAY...problems in bad weather...HRS has sent several helicopters and vessels to the site," the services tweeted on Saturday. IMG 7826 https://t.co/e4OEHfnbPl via @YouTube — HRS Sør-Norge (@HRSSorNorge) March 23, 2019 According to the services, five helicopters are involved in evacuation, which is ongoing. Efforts are ongoing to get more than one engine running. Meanwhile, all aboard are safe. Around 50 people have been airlifted, according to CNN. The ship is owned by Viking Ocean Cruises and was built in 2017. It can hold around 930 guests. 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..
                 

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Game over for ISIS in Syria

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US-backed forces in Syria announced on Saturday that they have liberated the last area held by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) in the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz, declaring victory over the extremist group and the end of its self-declared Islamic caliphate. "Syrian Democratic Forces declare total elimination of the so-called caliphate and 100 per cent territorial defeat of IS. On this unique day, we commemorate thousands of martyrs whose efforts made the victory possible," tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, referring to the group by its Arabic acronym. An image grab released by the Kurdish Ronahi TV shows the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) raising their flag atop a building in Baghouz However, earlier in the day, journalists in Baghouz had claimed that "there has been gunfire coming out of the ISIS positions". "If you were to look at the amount of territory, it is very small indeed, but the fighting goes on," CNN quo..
                 

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China chemical plant blast death toll climbs to 47

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Beijing: The death toll in the powerful explosion at a chemical plant in China climbed to 47 on Friday with President Xi Jinping demanding all-out efforts to carry out search and rescue operations. The blast occurred after a fire in a fertilizer factory in a chemical industrial park in Yancheng, Jiangsu province on Thursday. Forty Seven people have been killed and a further 90 seriously injured. The explosion affected 16 surrounding enterprises. Open fire has been put out and air pollution indexes are within the allowed range. Xi ordered that the cause of the accident must be identified as early as possible. 90No. of people seriously injured 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..
                 

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#KuToo: Japanese women revolt against high heels at the workplace

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Tokyo: Taking differential rules for men and women in the workplace head-on, women in Japan have launched an online movement against workplace dress codes which necessitate heels. While both men and women are supposed to wear suits while job hunting and to their workplace, heels are the de facto dress code for working women in Japan as flats are usually frowned upon for females, reports Japan Today. '#KuToo', which borrows its writing style from the #MeToo movement, is the hashtag under which Twitter users have been calling for a change in formal dress codes for women. Calling it the modern version of foot-binding, female Twitter users have expressed rage at the socially ordained practise of wearing heels at the workplace. "I want them to get rid of pumps for job hunting. Pumps are the modern equivalent of foot-binding. It's a mistake to force women to wear them. They say it's proper manners to wear them? It's a medical injury!" a Twitter user said. Another woman tweeted in Japanes..
                 

Explosions claim 6 as Kabul marks Persian New Year

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At least six people were killed by blasts in Kabul on Thursday during the Persian New Year celebrations in a Shiite area of the Afghan capital, authorities said. "Twenty-three were wounded and six people were martyred (killed) in today's explosions in Kabul," health ministry spokesman Wahidullah Mayar told AFP, with the interior ministry confirming the toll. In a message to AFP, the Taliban denied responsibility for the attack, which police said had been caused by three remote-controlled mines — one placed in the washroom of a mosque, one behind a hospital, and one in an electricity meter. The blasts were near Kabul University and the Karte Sakhi shrine, where many Afghans gather every year to mark Nawrooz, which is the traditional Persian New Year holiday but considered un-Islamic by Muslim fundamentalists. Kabul police spokesman Basir Mujahid said a fourth mine was defused near Kabul University, and that authorities were searching for any others that may have been placed in ..
                 

Unites States: China has responsibility to not shield Pakistan

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Washington: China has a responsibility not to shield Pakistan and should urge Islamabad to take action against terrorists, a senior Trump administration official has said, expressing deep disappointment over Beijing's decision to block a bid in the UN to designate Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a "global terrorist". Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) led by Azhar claimed responsibility for the February 14 terrorist attack in Kashmir's Pulwama district which killed 40 Indian security personnel. "We think China has a responsibility to not shield Pakistan and join the international community in calling on Pakistan to take action against terrorists operating on its soil," the senior Trump administration official said on Wednesday. After the Pulwama attack, the US, France and Britain moved a resolution in the UN Sanctions Committee of the Security Council to designate Azhar as a "global terrorist". The move suffered a setback as China put a "technical hol..
                 

Indian-origin restaurant franchise owner accused of sexual harassment

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An Indian-origin owner of a restaurant franchise has been accused of sexually harassing women employees. The accused, Manish Patel, is the owner and general manager of Swami Pancake, a franchise of an American pancake restaurant chain in Florida, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) said in a statement. The agency alleged that Patel frequently asked female servers to go out on dates with him, made crude sexual comments at them and touched them inappropriately. The EEOC filed a lawsuit saying that the restaurant franchise violated federal laws when its owner and general manager subjected a class of female employees to sexual harassment. It said such conduct violates the provisions of the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits employers from discriminating against employees on the basis of sex. The EEOC filed the suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process. T..
                 

Driver hijacks school bus in Italy, sets it on fire

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A bus carrying 51 schoolchildren has allegedly been hijacked by its driver and set alight near Milan in Italy. The children, some of them tied up, were rescued through smashed windows at the back of the bus and no-one was badly hurt. Fourteen people suffered smoke inhalation, the BBC reported on Wednesday. The driver, a 47-year-old Italian citizen originally from Senegal, was arrested. "No-one will survive," the driver was alleged to have said. "It was a miracle, it could have been a massacre," Milan chief prosecutor Francesco Greco was quoted as saying. A teacher who had been on board the bus said the suspect was known to be angry about Italy's migrant policy. Some reports said the man had shouted "stop the deaths in the Mediterranean". According to reports, two classes of teenagers and their adult escort were being driven from a school in Vailati di Crema to a gym but took a different route on a provincial highway apparently heading for Milan's Linate airport. The ordeal then unfo..
                 

China says Dalai Lama's successor has to be approved by it

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Beijing: China Tuesday rejected the Dalai Lama's assertions that his successor could be from India and a nominee by Beijing would not be respected, saying the next spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism has to be approved by the Communist government. China's response came after the 83-year-old Nobel peace laureate told a news agency on Monday that it was possible that once he dies his incarnation could be found in India and and warned that any other successor named by China would not be respected. "Reincarnation is the unique way of Tibetan Buddhism. It has fixed rituals and systems," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters when asked about remarks by the Dalai Lama, who fled to India from Tibet in 1959. "The Chinese government has policy of freedom of religious belief. We have regulation on religious affairs and regulation on the reincarnation system in Tibetan Buddhism. We respect and protect such ways of Tibetan Buddhism," Geng said. Dalai Lama is a title giv..
                 

London court issues arrest warrant against Nirav Modi

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London: In a major development, a London court on Monday issued an arrest warrant against diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who is wanted in India for an alleged loan default case, according to the sources in the Enforcement Directorate. The arrest warrant was issued by the Westminster Court, the sources added. India had already requested the extradition of Nirav Modi from the United Kingdom. The development comes days after the fugitive was tracked down to a 33-storey Centre Point Apartment complex in London's Theatre District. The tower was an office complex and was converted into luxury residences with prices ranging from PS2 million to PS55 million all with superb views over the city of London. Modi is believed to be living in a property worth PS8 million apartments in the tower, the rent for a similar apartment in the tower comes to approximately PS17,000 a month, stated the Daily Telegraph. On March 9, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said that India is ..
                 

Adult Film star Mia Khalifa breaks hearts, gets engaged to BF Robert

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Former adult film star-turned-sports commentator Mia Khalifa literally broke quite a few hearts after she announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend, Chef Robert Sandberg. Chef Sandberg who hails from Sweden proposed Mia in Chicago over dinner. Robert Sandberg revealed how he proposed Lebanese-American star Mia Khalifa over dinner.       View this post on Instagram We went to Chicago this weekend and had a wonderful dinner at Smyth. I proposed to @miakhalifa and she said YES! The ring was hidden in a bowl of dried ingredients and came out as a “new serving”. Mia was to curious and to eager to taste so she started to eat the inedible ingredients. I told her not do it and then I put the ring on the finger. I love you so much❤ï¸Â Thank you @chefjohnshields and team for a really good night and for making this happen. 💍💑 #happydays A post ..
                 

Four people arrested in UK for referencing Christchurch mosque attacks

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London: Greater Manchester Police on Sunday said that four people were arrested for allegedly inciting racial hatred by referencing the Friday's terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand's Christchurch city which left 50 people dead. Calling the incidents as "racially aggravated", law enforcement personnel in Queensway, Rochdale arrested a 33-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman after they received reports that a taxi driver was being allegedly abused and threatened by people, CNN reported. The two suspects were charged with hate speech offences and will be interrogated by the police later in the day, police said. In a separate incident, a 38-year-old woman was arrested in Rochdale for her alleged inflammatory comments on the Christchurch terror attacks on social media. She is in custody and is being questioned by the police. Furthermore, a 24-year-old man had been arrested in Oldham over a social media post praising and extending support to the 28-year-old gunman, named Brenton ..
                 

White House aide says 'absurd' to link mosque shooter with Donald Trump

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Washington: A top White House official said on Sunday that President Donald Trump "is not a white supremacist" and attempts to tie him to the alleged New Zealand mosque shooter are "absurd." Mick Mulvaney, the acting chief of staff, described the New Zealand shooter as a "disturbed individual" and "evil person" and said it was unfair to cast the 28-year-old Australian "as a supporter of Donald Trump any more than it is to look at his, sort of his eco-terrorist passages in that manifesto and align him with Nancy Pelosi or Ms Ocasio-Cortez." Pelosi, a California Democrat, is the House speaker. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, is a freshman and major proponent of a plan, named the Green New Deal, for tackling climate change. "This was a disturbed individual, an evil person, and to try and tie him to an American politician from either party probably ignores some of the deeper, difficulties that this sort of activity exposes," Mulvaney said. Still, Mulvaney's defense of Trump failed to..
                 

Bangladesh FIFA official held for 'defaming' PM

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