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Donald Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tapeDonald Trump says 'no reason' for him to hear Khashoggi death tape

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President Donald Trump said there is no reason for him to listen to a recording of the "very violent, very vicious" killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, which has put him in a diplomatic bind: how to admonish Riyadh for the slaying yet maintain strong ties with a close ally. Trump, in an interview that aired Sunday, made clear that the audio recording, supplied by the Turkish government, would not affect his response to the October 2 killing of Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who had been critical of the Saudi royal family. "It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape. I've been fully briefed on it, there's no reason for me to hear it," Trump said in the interview with "Fox News Sunday." ''I know everything that went on in the tape without having to hear it."  On Saturday, Trump said his administration will "be having a very full report over the next two days, probably Monday or Tuesday."  He said the report will include "who did it."  It was uncle..
                 

Ram Nath Kovind visits Hindu temple complex in Vietnam

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday visited My Son temple complex in Vietnam which has Indian influence and houses Hindu deities like Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. President Kovind, who is here on a three-day visit, also planted a tree sapling in the complex to mark his visit. My Son is a cluster of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples in Vietnam, constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Champa.The complex is located near the village of Duy Phu in Quang Nam Province in Central Vietnam. The complex is situated in a valley roughly two kilometres wide that is surrounded by two mountain ranges. #PresidentKovind visited My Son temple complex in #vietnam , which was the political and cultural capital of Champa Kingdom. The temple complex has Indian influence and houses Hindu deities like Krishna, Vishnu and Shiva. He planted a tree sapling to mark his visit pic.twitter.com/503Eh6cc58 — Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) November 19, 2018 "President Kovin..
                 

Annoyed Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu dismisses 'snap' chat

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday it would be "unnecessary and wrong" to call snap polls, as he sought to hold his governing coalition together following the resignation of his defence minister. "In a period of security sensitivity, it's unnecessary and wrong to go to elections," Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. He noted past instances when right-wing governments had called elections that did not turn out as they had hoped. "We need to do whatever we can to avoid such mistakes," he said. Netanyahu's coalition was thrown into crisis Wednesday when Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigned over a controversial Gaza ceasefire deal, sparking speculation over whether early elections were now inevitable. After Lieberman's withdrawal, Netanyahu's government was left clinging to a one-seat majority in the parliament. 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 ..
                 

Donald Trump: Mismanagement, not climate change caused fires

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President Donald Trump expressed sadness Saturday at the devastation caused by fires in a California town, but persisted in his controversial claim that forest mismanagement is responsible for the tragedy which has left 76 dead and more than 1,000 listed as missing. "This is very sad," Trump said after surveying the remains of Paradise, where nearly the only people out on the road were emergency services workers, surrounded by the twisted remains of a community incinerated by the flames. In Chico, near Paradise, Trump met with firefighters and other first responders at makeshift headquarters for emergency services. High-ranking fire officials recounted how quickly the fire spread, complicating evacuation efforts, as Trump studied a huge map spread across a table showing where fires continue to burn. Keeping alive an earlier controversy, Trump repeated his claim that California had mismanaged its forests and was largely to blame for the fires. "I'm committed to make sure that we get ..
                 

Sri Lankan President who caused political turmoil now seeks to end it

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Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena on Sunday called crucial talks with political leaders in a bid to end a power struggle with the prime minister he sacked last month. The Indian Ocean nation has been paralysed since October 26 when Sirisena deposed Ranil Wickremesinghe as premier and replaced him with a former rival Mahinda Rajapakse. Wickremesinghe insists he is still prime minister while parliament voted twice last week to reject Rajapakse. "President Sirisena will chair a meeting of representatives of political parties in parliament today," his office said in a statement, adding, "The president has called this meeting in order to end the current political unrest and conflict situation and to allow the normal functioning of the parliament." After the second vote against Rajapakse on Friday, Wickremesinghe demanded that his government be restored, but there has been no response from Sirisena yet. Wickremesinghe has said he was ready to work with Sirisena despite their pers..
                 

Imran Khan's government to slap four cases against Sharifs

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Prime Minister Imran Khan-led government has decided to send four new cases to Pakistan's top anti-graft agency to investigate into the misuse of authority by the Sharif family in the previous government, according to a media report. Khan's Adviser Shehzad Akbar and Speciaal Assistant Iftikhar Durrani detailed the alleged misuse of government resources by former Punjab chief minister and Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz chief Shehbaz Sharif and ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz at a press conference here. Shahbaz Durrani said that the cases related to the misuse of funds in erecting a security fence around the Sharif family's Raiwind Palace, plunder of funds allocated for entertainment and gifts, unauthorised use of the prime minister's aircraft by Shehbaz and Maryam. In the first case, he said that Rs 60 crore was spent to secure the "Raiwind Mahal", which was tantamount to misusing the authority and funds. Another case involves Maryam's use of the prime minis..
                 

One dead as car drives through protest in France

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A 50-year-old man taking part in nationwide protests against rising fuel prices in France died on Saturday after he was hit by a car that accelerated through a human roadblock in the country's southeast, interior minister Christophe Castaner said. Castaner said a woman taking her child for medical attention panicked when protesters at the roadblock in Pont-de-Beauvoisin, located some 70 km southeast of Lyon, began striking her car. "People hit her car, the driver panicked and she accelerated," the minister told the press. She was arrested in a state of shock, he added. About 40 demonstrators took part in the roadblock protest in Pont-de-Beauvoisin as part of a nationwide movement dubbed the 'gilets jaunes' (yellow vests). Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or l..
                 

California wildfires claim 63 lives, 631 still missing

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At least 63 are now dead from a Northern California wildfire, and officials say they have a missing persons list with 631 names on it in an ever-evolving accounting of the missing after the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century. The high number of missing people probably includes some who fled the blaze and didn't realise they had been reported missing, Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea said. He added that he was making the list public so people could see if they were on it and let authorities know they were safe. In this aerial photo, a burned neighbourhood is seen in Paradise. Pics/AFP Some 52,000 people were displaced to shelters, the homes of friends and relatives, to motels, and to a Walmart parking lot and an adjacent field in Chico, a dozen miles away from the ashes. The Northern California fire that began a week earlier obliterated the town of Paradise and caused such carnage that searchers continued to pull bodies out of incinerated homes and cremated cars. The toll had re..
                 

Bangladesh calls off Rohingya repatriation after protests

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Bangladesh on Thursday called-off its plan to repatriate hundreds of Rohingya refugees in the country after they refused to return to Myanmar where the minority Muslim community feared for their lives. On Thursday, Bangladesh began preparations to repatriate an initial batch of 2,000 Rohingya Muslims from 485 families to Myanmar, in line with a plan agreed with Myanmar in October. However, several thousand Rohingya instead staged protests, declining to go back. The Rohingyas staged protest marches demanding realisation of a five-point demand as the precondition that included deployment of UN peacekeeping forces in the Rakhine State to ensure their safety and giving them full citizenship status in Myanmar. 7 lakhNo. of Rohingya who have fled to Myanmar Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day..
                 

Jamal Khashoggi murder: Saudis demand death for 5 killers

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Five Saudi officials face the death penalty for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was dismembered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was not involved, the prosecutor said Thursday. The announcement follows growing international outcry over the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi rulers who was last seen entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage. Khashoggi died after being drugged and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the first Saudi confirmation of how he was killed. The journalist's body parts were then handed over to an agent outside the consulate grounds, the spokesman said. He denied Prince Mohammed had any knowledge of the murder. The deputy chief of Saudi Arabia's intelligence, General Ahmed al-Assiri, gave the order to repatriate Khashoggi and "the head of the negotiating team" that flew to the Istanbul consulate had ..
                 

Woman wears wedding gown alone after fiance dies on Lion Air

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An Indonesian woman who was engaged to a man who died on a Lion Air flight that plunged into the sea has worn her wedding dress on the day they were to have been married. Intan Syari's fiance, medical doctor Rio Nanda Pratama, was among 189 people who were killed when the Boeing 737 crashed on Oct. 29 a few minutes after taking off from Jakarta. Syari and Pratama, both 26, had planned to get married last Sunday. Pratama, who had attended a seminar in Jakarta, was on his way back to their hometown in Pangkal Pinang for the wedding. Syari said Pratama had joked before leaving that if he was late in returning, Syari should take photos in her wedding gown and send them to him. "We were just joking at that time," Syari told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "He asked me to still wear my wedding gown that he chose for me on our wedding day, put on beautiful makeup and hold a white rose bouquet, take good photos and send them to him." She said Pratama was her "first love" and they started ..
                 

Wildfire toll climbs to 48

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The death toll from the raging Camp Fire in the US state of California has increased to 48 as rescuers continue to search for missing residents in and around the town of Paradise. The blaze kept growing on Tuesday, though firefighters got some reprieve as winds died down, CNN reported. An additional six bodies were discovered in the Paradise town, which had been almost totally burned down by the fire, said Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea. All the six victims were found in their homes. More than 200 people were still missing as a result of the fire and the list of names would be published soon, said Honea. He also said the recovery teams were using "cutting-edge technology" to identify the badly-burnt bodies. According to reports, a Rapid DNA-analysis system was set up in the decimated town, equipped with portable devices that can identify someone's genetic material in hours. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day..
                 

Indian-American 'regulatory czar' to replace Kavanaugh in Court of Appe

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Prominent Indian-American lawyer Neomi Rao has been nominated by US President Donald Trump to fill Justice Brett Kavanaugh's seat on the powerful DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Trump during Diwali celebrations on Tuesday at the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House announced the nomination of the 45-year-old regulatory czar for the DC Circuit which is considered next to the US Supreme Court. And, if confirmed by the Senate, Rao, who is currently administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), would be the second Indian-American judge in this powerful court. "She is going to be fantastic. Great person," Trump said on his nominee. A formal announcement on her nomination is expected to be made by the White House on Wednesday. Rao thanked the president for the "confidence" he has shown in her by nominating her to the powerful US court. A graduate of Yale University and the University of Chicago Law School, Rao was born to Zerin Rao and Jehangir Narioshang Rao, bot..
                 

Leads in all terror probes point to one source, Modi tells Pence

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday raked up with US Vice President Mike Pence the issue of terrorism sponsored from Pakistan pointing out that "all the traces or all the leads in global terror attacks ultimately lead to a single source". During a meeting on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here, Modi told Pence that political mainstreaming in Pakistan of people involved in terror activities should be a matter of concern for the international community. The two leaders discussed a host of other issues including the roles of their respective nations in ensuring a free Indo-Pacific region and cooperation in defence and trade sectors. Briefing media after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said during the discussion on terrorism, Pence referred to the coming 10th anniversary of the 2008 Mumbai Terror Attacks. "In this context he greatly appreciated the cooperation which has been built between the United States and India on counter-terrorism," Gokhale said. "In respo..
                 

India a tough trade negotiator says Trump at WH Diwali celebrations

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US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described India as "very good negotiators" as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and said he is "grateful" for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "The United States has deep ties to the nation of India and I am grateful for my friendship with Prime Minister Modi," Trump said before lighting the ceremonial Diya in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House. It is the second consecutive year that Trump has celebrated the largest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House. "We're trying very hard to make better trade deals with India. But, they're very good traders. They're very good negotiators. You would say right. The best. So we're working. And it's moving along," Trump said referring to the India-US trade deal negotiations that have started between the two largest democracies of the world. Along with nearly two dozen top Indian American officials of his Administration, Preside..
                 

Rohingyas' return to Myanmar only at their 'freely expressed wish'

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The return of the displaced Rohingya refugees to Myanmar should take place only at their "freely expressed wish", the UN's top refugee official said, amid concern that conditions at their places of origin are not conducive. According to the UN estimates, nearly 700,000 minority Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh to escape violence in Myanmar's Rakhine State since August 25 last year when the army launched a military crackdown. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said in a statement Sunday that repatriation of refugees "is premised upon the free and informed decision by refugees... to return". Since late August 2017, widespread and systematic violence against Myanmar's mainly-Muslim minority Rohingya community has forced hundreds of thousands to flee their homes in Rakhine State and seek refuge across the country's border in Bangladesh. Prior to that, well over 200,000 Rohingya refugees were sheltering in Bangladesh due to earlier displacements. According to the late..
                 

Pakistan is failing to educate girls: Report

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Pakistan is failing to educate a huge proportion of the country's girls due to shortage of government schools, under-investment in schools as well as gender discrimination and child marriage, Human Rights Watch said in a report. The 111-page report, 'Shall I Feed My Daughter, or Educate Her?': Barriers to Girls' Education in Pakistan,' said that many girls have no access to education. Nearly 22.5 million of Pakistan's children in a country with a population of just over 200 million are out of school, the majority of them girls. Thirty-two per cent of primary school age girls are out of school in Pakistan, compared with 21 per cent of boys. By ninth grade, only 13 per cent of girls are still in school. "The Pakistan government's failure to educate children is having a devastating impact on millions of girls," women's rights director at Human Rights Watch Liesl Gerntholtz said adding that many of the girls are desperate to study, but instead are growing up without the education that wo..
                 

Bar gunman was 'out of control' in high school, says coach

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A second high school coach of the gunman who killed 12 people at a Southern California bar recalled him as volatile and intimidating, and said that repeated complaints to school administrators about his behaviour failed to prompt any discipline. Evie Cluke coached Ian David Long on Newbury Park High School's track team in 2007 and 2008. In an interview with The Associated Press on Sunday, she said Long was a "ticking time bomb" who constantly lost his temper, threw tantrums and would scream at coaches when he didn't like their decisions. She said she once witnessed him assault a fellow coach. That coach, Dominique Colell, said Long grabbed her rear and midsection after she refused to return a cellphone. Another time, he used his hand to mimic shooting her, Colell said, adding that she feared for herself whenever she was around him. Cluke said she also witnessed Long pretending to shoot Colell. "When Dominique turned around and saw that, she turned pale as a ghost and it was very, very..
                 

Dawood Ibrahim aide Jabir Moti's extradition trial set for March 2019 i

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Jabir Moti, an alleged "top lieutenant" in underworld don Dawood Ibrahim's organised crime syndicate, will stand trial in March next year in his extradition case on money laundering and extortion charges brought by the US authorities, a Westminster Magistrates' Court judge in London said on Monday. Judge Tan Ikram remanded Pakistani national Jabir Moti, aka Jabir Motiwala and Jabir Siddiq, in further custody to appear for a case management hearing on December 10, before a three-day trial scheduled for March 13-15 in 2019. The 51-year-old appeared before the court via routine procedure of video link from Wandsworth Prison in south-west London on Monday, when a previously set date for the trial in February 2019 was delayed due to scheduling reasons. "Due to non-availability of counsel, the trial will now take place in March. I am mindful of the delay but the delay is very small," said Judge Ikram. Moti, who has made an application to the court to have his name changed on the case docum..
                 

British FM in Saudi Arabia for talks on Jamal Khashoggi, Yemen

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British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt held talks Monday with Saudi King Salman, state media said, during a visit to press the kingdom over journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder and the escalating Yemen war. Hunt, who is also expected to meet Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, discussed the "latest developments in the region" with the 82-year-old monarch, the Saudi Press Agency said. The visit comes amid international outrage over the murder of Saudi insider-turned-critic Khashoggi in his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "The international community remain united in horror and outrage at the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi one month ago," Hunt said ahead of his trip, which includes a visit to the United Arab Emirates. "It is clearly unacceptable that the full circumstances behind his murder still remain unclear. "We encourage the Saudi authorities to co-operate fully with the Turkish investigation into his death, so that we deliver justice for his family and the watching worl..
                 

Dozens of cat mummies found in newly discovered tombs

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A top Egyptian antiquities official says local archaeologists have discovered seven Pharaonic Age tombs near the capital Cairo containing dozens of cat mummies along with wooden statues depicting other animals and birds. Mostafa Waziri told reporters Saturday that the discovery at Saqqara also includes mummies of scarabs, the first ever to be found in the area. Of the statues found, those depicting cats were the majority, reflecting the reverence ancient Egyptians showed the felines, whose God Bastet was worshipped. Other statues depicted a lion, a cow and a falcon. Egypt has been whipping up publicity for its new historical discoveries in the hopes of reviving a devastated tourism sector still recovering from the turmoil following a 2011 uprising that toppled longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak. 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 thi..
                 

Saudi to cut December oil exports by 500,000 bpd

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Saudi Arabia said it will trim oil exports by 500,000 barrels per day in December, as major producers met Sunday to consider cuts to shore up sagging prices. "The kingdom's crude exports for December will be 500,000 bpd lower than November," Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih told reporters at the meeting in Abu Dhabi. The world's top oil exporter has been pumping 10.7 million bpd since October, according to Falih. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Clashes in Yemen kill 61

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At least 61 combatants have been killed in clashes in Yemen's flashpoint Hodeida, medics and a military source said Sunday, and dozens of wounded taken to hospitals outside the city. Medics in the Red Sea city reported 43 Huthi rebels and nine loyalists killed in clashes over the past 24 hours. Another nine loyalist fighters were reported killed by medics at a hospital in government-held Mokha, south of Hodeida. A government military source confirmed the toll. Dozens of wounded rebels were transferred to hospitals in the provinces of Sanaa and Ibb, further inland, a source at the Hodeida military hospital said. A pro-government alliance, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, are pushing to seize Hodeida from Yemen's Shiite Huthi rebels, who are linked to Iran. More than 400 combatants have been killed in 10 days of clashes in Hodeida, a city on Yemen's Red Sea coastline that is home to the impoverished country's most valuable port. Government forces have pressed further i..
                 

California wildfires kill 9; ravage celebrity homes

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Two fast-moving wildfires that exploded in the Southern California hills have claimed nine lives and forced thousands to flee their homes, including the entire city of Malibu. Fanned by ferocious Santa Ana winds and fuelled by dry tinder, the fires thus far have proved to be unstoppable, operating at flash-flood velocity. The big wildfire in Southern California, known as the Woolsey Fire, quadrupled in size by Friday evening, covering more than 22 square miles, with no containment. It easily jumped eight-lane Highway 101 and rambled over the Santa Monica Mountains to posh Malibu, where it torched homes and cars. The wildfire then finally ran into its only match so far: the Pacific Ocean. "The magnitude of destruction we have seen is really unbelievable and heartbreaking and our hearts go to everybody who has been affected by this," said Mark Ghilarducci, the director of the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. The California fire season normally begins in late spring a..
                 

Sri Lanka President dissolves Parliament amidst crisis

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Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved Parliament, paving the way for an early general election in the country which is grappling with unprecedented political crisis after the surprise sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe as Prime Minister and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sirisena dissolved the Parliament after his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA)announced that it did not have the necessary numbers to get Rajapaksa through the legislature. Sirisena signed an official notification dismissing the 225-member assembly well ahead of its August 2020 term expiry, state television reported on Friday. Wickremesinghe, meanwhile, continues to claim that he is still the legally appointed prime minister. His request for a floor test to prove his majority in the House has been turned down. Parliament speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Monday slammed Sirisena's "unconstitutional and undemocratic" actions to sack Prime Minister Wickremesinghe and suspend Parliament, saying..
                 

Sundar Pichai announces new policies at Google

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai has promised changes to the tech giant's sexual harassment policies, a week after thousands of its employees across the world, including in India, walked out in protest against the company reportedly shielding some top executives accused of sexual misconduct. In a memo to employees on Thursday, the Indian-origin CEO said, "We recognise that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It's clear we need to make some changes." "This is an area where we need to continually make progress and are committed to doing so," Pichai said while detailing the comprehensive action plan to address the demands of Google employees. "We will provide more transparency on how we handle concerns and give better support and care to the people who raise them. We will double down on our commitment to be a representative, equitable, and respectful workplace," he assured. More than 20,000 Google employees across the world walked out of ..
                 

Police report multiple stabbing 'incident' in Melbourne

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Australian police on Friday reported multiple people were hurt in a rush hour stabbing incident in Melbourne's central business district, after they apprehended a suspect near a burning vehicle. Paramedics said they assessed three people at the scene, one with a neck injury: "They are in a suspected critical condition. A second person has been taken to hospital with a head injury. Condition not yet known. A third person has also been taken to hospital." Local media showed footage of a large man slashing wildly at police officers before being shot. Police warned people to avoid the area, although the suspect is believed to have been detained. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text...
                 

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair sells for USD 393,000 at auction

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A wheelchair used by Stephen Hawking has sold at auction for almost 300,000 pounds (USD 393,000), while a copy of the scientist's doctoral thesis fetched almost 585,000 pounds (USD 767,000.) The motorised chair, used by the physicist after he was paralysed with motor neuron disease, sold for 296,750 pounds in a Christie's online auction. It had been expected to fetch 10,000 pounds to 15,000 pounds. Proceeds from the chair's sale will go to the Stephen Hawking Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Hawking's 1965 thesis on the origins of the universe sold for 584,750 pounds, more than three times its pre-sale estimate, in the auction that ended Thursday. Diagnosed with motor neuron disease at 22 and given just a few years to live, Hawking died in March at 76. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated fe..
                 

Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

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Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters' main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That will now be optional, so workers can choose to sue in court and present their case in front of a jury. It mirrors a change made by ride-hailing service Uber after complaints from its female employees prompted an internal investigation. The probe concluded that its rank had been poisoned by rampant sexual harassment. "Google's leaders and I have heard your feedback and have been moved by the stories you've shared," CEO Sundar Pichai said in an email to Google employees. "We recognize that we have not always gotten everything right in the past and we are sincerely sorry for that. It's clear we need to make some changes." Thursday's email was obtained by The Ass..
                 

Trump indicates changes in his cabinet, senior administrative positions

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A day after the midterm election results were declared, US President Donald Trump indicated that there might be some changes in his cabinet and also in several senior positions in his administration and the White House. The president told reporters that he will "probably" have an idea about changes in his administration in about a week. While US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned from the post on Wednesday at the request of Trump, the country's ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, has already put in her papers and would leave the administration by the end of this year. According to reports, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders too may leave even as Trump praised her as being an effective and successful spokesperson to him. The position of the Interior Secretary too is not certain. A day after Trump's party lost the House of Representatives to the Democratic party, the president told reporters at the White House on Wednesday, "We are looking at a lot of different things, inclu..
                 

Donald Trump says will not stop Russia collusion probe

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US President Donald Trump once more Wednesday attacked the investigation into his campaign's possible collusion with Russia as a "hoax," but said he had no plans to shut it down. "I could fire everybody right now, but I don't want to stop it because politically I don't like stopping it," Trump told a news conference at the White House, after midterm elections left the lower house of Congress under Democratic control. "I am not concerned about anything with the Russian investigation, because it is a hoax," the president said. "There's no collusion." Democrats will take over committees when the next Congress convenes in January, giving them the power to hold hearings, call witnesses and issue subpoenas to administration officials. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibili..
                 

Chinese archaeologists discover 2,000-year-old liquor from ancient tomb

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Archaeologists have unearthed a bronze pot, dating back some 2,000 years with some liquid likely to be rice wine, from a Western Han dynasty tomb in central China's Henan province, according to a media report Tuesday. The liquid when poured into a measuring glass it gave off an aroma of rice wine, a senior Chinese archaeologist said. "There was about 3.5 litres of the transparent yellow colour liquid in it. It smelled like wine," said Shi Jiazhen, head of the Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology in the city of Luoyang. He said that there was a need for further research on the discovered pot's content to accurately ascertain the ingredients of the liquid. Apart from the bronze pot, a large number of colour-painted clay pots and bronze artifacts were also unearthed from the tomb, which covers 210 square metres, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The remains of the tomb occupant have been preserved, said Shi, adding a research in the lab would be conducted on the items f..
                 

Sirisena suffers reversal in his Lanka parliament majority claim

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In a setback to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, a deputy minister of his United People's Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government resigned Tuesday and backed ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the ongoing political crisis. President Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, a controversial former president, and suspended parliamentary proceedings until November 16. Manusha Nanayakkara, who was in Sirisena/Rajapaksa original list of 96 MPs, said in a letter to Sirisena Tuesday that in his opinion Wickremesinghe was still the legitimate prime minister as accepted by the parliamentary speaker Karu Jayasuriya. He resigned as the deputy minister of Labour and Foreign Employment to leave the Sirisena camp and join Wickremesinghe. He was sworn in as the deputy minister only on November 1. In a video message, Nanayakkara said that he does not approve of the arbitrary political appointments that have taken place and wi..
                 

Bill Gates indulges in poo-lanthropy in China

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As one of the world's richest men and most active philanthropists, Bill Gates usually has his hands full. Just not with poop. So it came as a surprise when the founder of Microsoft brandished a jar of human waste at a forum on the future of the toilet in Beijing on Tuesday. The stunt was an effort to draw attention to a problem affecting developing countries around the world: not enough toilets. "In places without sanitation you have got way more than that," Gates said, pointing to the feces inside the clear canister resting on a table. "And that's what kids when they are out playing, they are being exposed to all the time, and that's why we connect this not just with quality of life, but with disease and death and with malnutrition," he told attendees. The billionaire said more than half of the world's population suffers without clean, comfortable sanitation facilities. "When you think of things that are basic right up there with health and enough to eat, you think that having a re..
                 

Facebook admits not doing enough to prevent Myanmar violence

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Facebook is admitting that it didn't do enough to prevent its services from being used to incite violence and spread hate in Myanmar. Alex Warofka, a product policy manager, said in a blog post that Facebook "can and should do more" to protect human rights and ensure it isn't used to foment division and spread offline violence in the country. Facebook had commissioned the nonprofit Business for Social Responsibility to study the company's role in Myanmar and released the group's 62-page report late Monday. Facebook has gotten heavy criticism for permitting itself to be used to inflame ethnic and religious conflict in the country, particularly against minority Rohingya Muslims. The report confirms this and offers recommendations, including preparing for "massive chaos and manipulation" in the country's 2020 parliamentary elections. "Facebook has become a means for those seeking to spread hate and cause harm, and posts have been linked to offline violence," the report says. "A minority..
                 

Turkey: Riyadh sent experts to cover up murder

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Saudi Arabia sent two experts to Istanbul with the specific aim of covering up evidence after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official said on Monday. More than a month after the Saudi royal-insider-turned critic was killed inside the mission on October 2, Turkey has still yet to recover the remains amid claims that his body was dissolved in acid. "We believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole purpose of covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's murder before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises," a senior Turkish official said, asking not to be named. The official confirmed a report in the Sabah newspaper saying that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi Arabia purportedly to investigate the murder last month.The report said they visited the consulate every day from their arrival on October 11 until October 17. Sau..
                 

Saudi crown prince ordered murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, complicating President Donald Trump's efforts to preserve ties with a key US ally. The sources said the CIA had briefed other parts of the US government, including Congress, on its assessment, which contradicts Saudi government assertions that Prince Mohammed was not involved. The CIA's finding, first reported by the Washington Post, is the most definitive US assessment to date tying Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler directly to the killing. The Saudi Embassy in Washington rejected the CIA assessment. "The claims in this purported assessment is false," a spokeswoman for the embassy said in a statement. "We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations." US vice-president Mike Pence, on a visit to Papua New Guinea, told reporters travel..
                 

Sri Lankan lawmakers disrupt parliament by throwing chilli powder

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Rival Sri Lankan lawmakers threw chilli powder and furniture at each other and disrupted the proceedings of Parliament for a second day Friday, forcing Speaker Karu Jayasuriya to summon police inside the House and adjourn the session until Monday. The brawl occurred a day after the Speaker announced there is no prime minister or government following a no-confidence motion against disputed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa. Friday's proceedings were to repeat the floor test which was disrupted on Thursday. President Maithripala Sirisena, who installed Rajapaksa as prime minister last month in a controversial move, had agreed to a floor test with the leaders of ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe's coalition during crisis talks last night. The MPs supporting Rajapaksa took over the seat of the Speaker, delaying the proceedings, officials said. They shouted slogans against Jayasuriya broke furniture. Some Rajapaksa loyalists were also seen throwing chilli powder at rival legislato..
                 

Funeral prayer held for Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul

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A funeral prayer was held here on Friday for the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Around 500 people, including political figures and friends of Khashoggi from different parts of the world, gathered in the city's Fatih Mosque to commemorate the slain journalist with a final prayer, Xinhua news agency reported. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a supporter-turned-critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed on October 2 inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. After weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Saudi Arabia later admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate but claimed the royal family had no prior knowledge of any plot to murder the journalist. His body has yet to be returned to his family, which has been requesting its return, amid reports that it was chemically dissolved. Speaking on the occasion, Yasin Aktay, a senior adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan within the ruling Justice and Development Party, c..
                 

UK lawmakers block suspension of member accused of sexual harassment

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Britain's upper House of Lords on Thursday voted to block the suspension of a parliamentarian who allegedly tried to force a woman to sleep with him in exchange for a promotion. Lawmakers rejected the recommendations of the House of Lords committee, voting by 101 to 78 to send the case back for review following a lengthy debate, where members raised concerns over the disciplinary procedure. The committee had called for Anthony Lester -- an 82-year-old human rights lawyer and member of the centrist Liberal Democrats party -- to receive the longest ban for a British lawmaker since at least World War II. The vote came as sexual harassment allegations swirled over both houses of parliament. An October report into the House of Commons found that a culture of bullying and inappropriate sexual behaviour "thrives" among members of the lower chamber. The House of Lords committee determined that Lester violated the code of conduct by "sexually harassing the complainant and offering her corrupt..
                 

US cannot afford truculent child president: John Kerry

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US former Secretary of State Joh Kerry tore into President Donald Trump on Thursday for skipping a visit to a military cemetery in France, calling him a "truculent child". Kerry was visiting the UK to promote his book. "People are tired of the embarrassment of what took place in Paris in the last few days," Kerry said on BBC Radio 4's Today programme. "We cannot have a truculent child president. We need something serious." Trump has been hit with criticism for backing out of a visit to the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery and Memorial in Belleau, France, last weekend while he was there to commemorate the centennial anniversary of the end of World War I. "Every country is feeling the pressure of this nationalistic populist and in some cases very frightening rightwing advance," the former top official said. The White House said Trump was unable to visit the military cemetery due to inclement weather. On Tuesday, Trump tweeted he was urged to back out of the visit by Secret Service beca..
                 

Ex-boyfriend kills pregnant woman with crossbow, her baby survives

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An eight-month pregnant Indian-origin woman was killed with a crossbow by a man believed to be her former partner at her home in east London. Sana Muhammad, also known as Devi Unmathallegadoo, was shot in the abdomen during the confrontation at her home in Ilford on Monday morning. Doctors performed an emergency surgery to save her unborn infant boy, who was in a stable condition, the police said. Muhammad, 35, however, died from her injuries. Suspect Ramanodge Unmathallegadoo, 50, believed to be the victim's former partner, was arrested at the scene. He was charged with murder on Tuesday. The victim changed her name to Sana Muhammad after she married her current husband Imtiaz Muhammad about seven years ago. She had three children from her previous relationship, two girls with her second husband and was eight months pregnant with her sixth child at the time of her death. Imtiaz Muhammad said that some of the children were preparing to go to school when the attacker entered the house..
                 

British PM Theresa May lauds contribution of Hindu community in UK

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British Prime Minister Theresa May has lauded the Hindu community in the UK for "sowing the seeds of integration and its desire to extend the hand of friendship." Mat stated this in a message read out by Penny Mordaunt, Minister for International Development, who was chief guest at the Hinduja family's annual Diwali party last Thursday. May said, "As you mark this wonderful celebration this year, I would like to thank the Hindu community for your many contributions to our country....The Hindu community is recognised for sowing the seeds of integration, as well as its desire to extend the hand of friendship and its belief in hard work". London Mayor Sadiq Khan who spoke on the occasion, recognised the immense contribution Londoners of Indian origin make to the city. He acknowledged the contribution and commitment of the Hinduja family to London over the decades. Over 400 guests attended the celebration hosted by Hinduja brothers, Srichand, Gopichand, Prakash and Ashok along with their..
                 

May defends Brexit deal agreed with EU; says it delivers on vote

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Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday defended the Brexit deal agreed with the European Union ahead of a major showdown with her Cabinet ministers, saying the agreement would give the UK control of borders, laws and money and also protect business and jobs. Downing Street has said that the UK and the EU have agreed an initial draft agreement on the negotiating terms for Britain's exit, the so-called divorce settlement, from the economic bloc by March next year. As the UK's withdrawal agreement with the European Union (EU) enters a crucial stage, Prime Minister May now has the tough task of convincing her deeply divided Cabinet that the agreement is the best possible outcome for Britain. Addressing a raucous House of Commons during her weekly Prime Ministers' Questions (PMQs) ahead of the crunch meeting at Downing Street, May told MPs that the deal agreed with the EU delivers on the British public's vote in favour of Brexit in the 2016 referendum. "What we have been negotiating is a..
                 

California Inferno: 13 more remains found, raising toll to 42

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The number of people killed by a massive blaze in northern California rose to 42 on Monday, making it the deadliest wildfire in the history of the state. Thousands of firefighters spent a fifth day digging battle lines to contain the "Camp Fire" in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. "As of today, an additional 13 human remains have been recovered, which brings the total number to 42," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. The blaze is "the deadliest wildland fire in California history," Honea said. Although it is difficult to be certain due to inconsistencies in record keeping and categorization, the Camp Fire appears to deadliest American wildfire in a century -- since the Cloquet Fire killed an estimated 1,000 people in Minnesota in 1918. The Camp Fire is the largest of several infernos that have sent a quarter of a million people fleeing their homes, with winds of up to 60 miles per hour fanning the fast-moving flames. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, I..
                 

Donald Trump ridicules France's Macron over 'very low approval rating'

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US President Donald Trump mocked Emmanuel Macron Tuesday for his "very low" 26 percent approval rating, saying the French president only suggested creating a European army to "get onto another subject." "The problem is that Emmanuel suffers from a very low Approval Rating in France," Trump tweeted after criticizing Macron for advocating a European army to protect the continent from Russia, China and the United States. "By the way, there is no country more Nationalist than France, very proud people-and rightfully so!" the US leader tweeted. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the ..
                 

UK says Brexit deal 'almost within touching distance'

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Britain and the European Union are "almost within touching distance" of a Brexit deal after another late-night negotiating session, a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday. Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington effectively the UK's deputy prime minister said it's "possible but not at all definite" that the two sides can reach agreement this week. "We are not quite there yet," Lidington told the BBC. "This was always going to be an extremely difficult, extremely complex negotiation, but we are almost within touching distance now." May's Cabinet met Tuesday for an update on the talks, with the prime minister under pressure from pro-Brexit ministers not to make further concessions to the EU. The prime minister said Monday evening that the negotiations were in their "endgame" but that she would not sign up to an "agreement at any cost." Britain wants to seal a deal this fall, so that Parliament has time to vote on it before the UK leaves the bloc on March 29. The Eu..
                 

Melania Trump calls for firing of national security aide

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US First Lady Melania Trump on Tuesday publicly pushed for the dismissal of deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel -- a rare criticism of a senior administration official by the president's wife. The rebuke -- via a brief statement from the first lady's spokeswoman -- came amid swirling speculation about a possible shake-up of President Donald Trump's cabinet following last week's midterm elections. "It is the position of the Office of the First Lady that she no longer deserves the honor of serving in this White House," Melania Trump's spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said in a statement. The Wall Street Journal claimed Ricardel had been fired and escorted out of the White House, but an administration official denied that to reporters. Ricardel reportedly battled with the first lady's staff during her trip to Africa last month, and was believed to be the source of negative stories about Melania Trump, according to the Journal, which cited unnamed sources. After last week's midte..
                 

Mike Pompeo: Jamal Khashoggi killers will be held accountable

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Monday that the US will hold accountable all involved in the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a wide-ranging telephone call. Khashoggi, a US resident, was murdered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and the crown prince has been accused of orchestrating the killing, which has strained the decades-old alliance between Washington and Riyadh. "The Secretary emphasised that the United States will hold all of those involved in the killing of Khashoggi accountable, and that Saudi Arabia must do the same," spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. The top United States diplomat has previously said Khashoggi's killing "violates the norms of international law," and that the US was reviewing sanctions on individuals who have been identified as being involved. But Pompeo and Trump have also both emphasised America's important commercial, strategic and national security rela..
                 

Pak SC admits NAB appeal against suspension of Sharifs' sentences in Av

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Pakistan's Supreme Court Monday admitted the country's anti-graft watchdog's appeal for hearing over the suspension of the prison sentences of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law in the Avenfield corruption case. On July 6, Sharif was awarded 10 years imprisonment while his daughter Maryam, and son-in-law Capt (retd) Safdar were given seven and one year jail terms respectively in the Avenfield apartments corruption case. However, on September 19, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) suspended their sentences on the petitions filed by the Sharifs. A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Saqib Nisar, was conducting preliminary hearing of the case. The bench ordered that the defendants' bail in the case would be maintained while the National Accountability Bureau's (NAB) plea against the suspension of the sentences would be heard separately, Geo News reported. The apex court said it would see if there was any need to change the bench or cons..
                 

Nigeria cholera outbreak kills 175

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Suspected cholera cases have jumped in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram violence has forced tens of thousands of people to seek refuge in crowded camps, Norwegian Refugee Council said on Monday. The humanitarian group said 10,000 people have been affected by the fast-spreading cholera outbreak and 175 people have died in the northeast states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe as of November 2018. "One of the major causes of the outbreak is the congestion in the camps that makes it difficult to provide adequate water, sanitation and hygiene services," said Janet Cherono, the NRC's programme manager in Maiduguri, capital of Borno state. "The rainy season has also worsened the conditions. If more land is not provided for camp decongestion and construction of health facilities, Nigeria is steering towards yet another cholera outbreak in 2019." The country has seen regular cholera outbreaks since Boko Haram took up arms against the government in 2009. 10kNo. of people affected by the outbreak..
                 

Raging California fire death toll reaches 23

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The death toll from the most destructive fire to hit California rose to 23 on Saturday as rescue workers recovered more bodies of people killed by the devastating blaze. Firefighters are battling raging fires at both ends of the state, but there is little hope of containing the flames anytime soon. "Today, 14 additional bodies were located, which brings our total number to 23," Sheriff Kory Honea told a news conference. Ten of the bodies were found in the town of Paradise while four were discovered in the Concow area, both in Butte County, Honea said. Rescuers could be seen removing remains over a period of several hours in Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Pieces of bodies were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags. On Saturday, a total of 19 of the people killed in what authorities have dubbed the "Camp Fire" have been reported in Paradise, where more than 6,700 buildings — most of them residences — have been consumed by the l..
                 

Romania: 10 injured after suspect stabs, drives into people

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Emergency officials in Romania say a 20-year-old stabbed another man and then drove a car into people on a road and at a shopping mall, injuring 10 in total.' None of the injuries are considered life-threatening. Braila County Police spokeswoman Laura Dan said the stabbing allegedly happened following an altercation over ownership of the vehicle. Dan says the suspect drove off and allegedly struck two people on a ring road, then later rammed the doors of a shopping mall in the city of Braila. Seven people were injured at the mall, including two children ages 11 and 13. Braila Emergency Hospital spokeswoman Alina Neacsu said the stabbing victim had chest and stomach wounds and underwent surgery. Dan says the suspect had a blood alcohol level of 0.37 mg and was uninjured. Drinking any amount of alcohol and then driving is illegal in Romania. 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 u..
                 

Turkey gives recordings of Jamal Khashoggi's death to US, Saudi, France

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday said that recordings related to the death of Saudi journalist Khashoggi have been shared with the United States, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. "We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations," Erdogan said before departing for France to take part in the centenary celebrations of the Armistice of World War I on Saturday, Aljazeera reported. Erdogan also stated that Saudi Arabia knows that Khashoggi's killer is amongst the 15 Saudi nationals who landed in Istanbul before the October 2 incident, according to Al Jazeera. The existence of a recording had not been previously confirmed by Turkish authorities, even though Turkish sources had alleged that the authorities are in possession of an audio recording that documented Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Furthermore, the Turkish police ended their search ..
                 

Rare diamond may rake in 50 million dollars

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The Pink Legacy, an exceptionally large pink diamond, is set to go under the hammer at Christie's in Geneva next week, when it is expected to bring in up to $50 million. At nearly 19 carats, the vividly coloured gem is extraordinary, Jean-Marc Lunel, an international jewellery specialist at Christie's said. "If you consider that most pink diamonds weigh less than a carat, it is really something," he said. The gem, which on November 13 will be offered at auction for the first time, has been estimated at between $30 million and $50 million. "It is probably the most beautiful [specimen] ever presented at public auction," he said, insisting there was good reason to expect the rock to snatch an extraordinary price. The rectangular diamond has been graded "fancy vivid", the highest possible grade of colour intensity. Christie's pointed out that in the salesroom, fancy vivid pink diamonds over 10 carats are "virtually unheard of" and that only four vivid pink diamonds or over 10 carats hav..
                 

Illegal migrants to be denied asylum in US

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Migrants who illegally enter the United States through the southern border with Mexico will be ineligible for asylum, the Department of Justice said in a press release. "Those aliens who contravene a presidential suspension or limitation on entry into the United States through the southern border with Mexico issued under section 212(f) or 215(a)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) will be rendered ineligible for asylum," the release said on Thursday, and was signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday. Currently, migrants who enter the United States illegally between ports of entry are able to apply for asylum. The rule requires all migrants to apply for asylum at US ports of entry along the southern border, according to a document that will be published in the Federal Register on Friday. Senior US administration officials said during a conference call on Thursday that they are working to ensure they have the resources and man power at the ports of entry to prepare for..
                 

Armed men barge into Karachi press club; harass journalists

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Several armed men in plain dress barged into the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Thursday and harassed journalists, according to the office bearers of the club in Pakistan's southern port city. The incident happened on Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. when dozens of armed men forced themselves into the club, which has been a symbol of struggle and expression of speech, one of the office-bearers said. "Dozens of gunmen in plainclothes entered the KPC at 10:30pm, harassed the journalists, examined different rooms, kitchen, upper floor of the building and the sports hall. They forcibly made videos and took pictures with mobile cameras," he said. Following the incident, the KPC office-bearers immediately informed the Additional Inspector General, Dr Amir Ahmed Shaikh, about the incident and were assured of an immediate inquiry into the matter. Journalists have called for a protest on Friday afternoon against the incident. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke new..
                 

'No snap election, no referendum to end political crisis in Lanka'

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President Maithripala Sirisena has decided that there will be no snap elections or a national referendum to end the current political and constitutional crisis in Sri Lanka, according to his close aide. "No, no there won't be a dissolution of parliament or a referendum," Rohana Lakshman Piyadasa, the general secretary of President Sirisena's Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP), told the party's central committee meeting Thursday night. Piyadasa was scotching rumours that Sirisena may opt for a snap poll with a dissolution of parliament well ahead of its August 2020 term expiry. The island was plunged into a political crisis after Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with his former rival Mahinda Rajapaksa. Wickremesinghe, however, claims he is still the legally appointed prime minister. His request for a floor test to prove his majority in the House has been turned down and Sirisena has suspended parliament till November 14 - a move believed to allow Rajapa..
                 

Donald Trump to celebrate Diwali in Oval Office next Tuesday: White Hou

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United States President Donald Trump would celebrate Diwali in his Oval Office next Tuesday, the White House has said. "The President will be celebrating Diwali with a ceremonial lighting of the diya (lamp) in the Oval Office next Tuesday," Deputy Assistant to the president Raj Shah said in a statement on Thursday. A day earlier Trump had greeted people celebrating the festival of lights the world over and said it is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and the United States. Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali. He also recognised the "extraordinary" contributions of Indian-Americans in the development of the United States. "We recognize the extraordinary contributions of Indian-Americans to the strength and success of our nation. Their achievements in business and industry, public service, education, scientific research, and other fields continue to represent the very best of ou..
                 

California senator calls for stronger federal gun regulations

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Top Democratic leaders on Thursday called for stringent federal gun control regulations as another US mass shooting in a southern California bar killed at least 12 people, including a police officer. "Some will say California's strong gun laws didn't prevent this shooting, but without stronger federal gun regulations, there's little California can do to keep guns coming in from other states. Without stronger laws to prevent straw purchasing and close the gaping holes in our background check system, a presumptive murderer barely has to lift a finger to buy a gun," Senator Dianne Feinstein said. As Americans grieved the deaths of innocent lives in the bar shooting on Wednesday night, Feinstein blamed the ruling Republicans for blocking efforts towards a major gun control laws. "Today we add Thousand Oaks to the ever-growing list of communities that have suffered mass shootings," she said. "These mass murders are depressingly pervasive. Schools. Theaters. Malls. Offices. Synagogues. Groc..
                 

House painted blue again, Senate stays with reds

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Opposition Democrats captured the House of Representatives on Wednesday in the crucial midterm elections while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate, an outcome likely to intensify the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run up to the 2020 presidential poll. Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House - more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years. Initial statements coming from the Democratic party leaders indicated it would make it tough for President Trump, who wants major legislative changes on some of his signature issues including immigration, tax and healthcare reforms. By capturing the House of Representatives, the Democrats may exert a major institutional check on Trump and break the Republican monopoly in Washington. Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfa..
                 

47 dead as buses collide in Zimbabwe, say police

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Forty-seven people were killed in Zimbabwe when two buses collided on a road between the capital Harare and the eastern town of Rusape, police said. "We confirm 47 people have died in a road traffic accident at the 166-kilometre peg along the Harare-Mutare highway," police spokesman Paul Nyathi said on Wednesday. On Twitter, the state-run Herald newspaper said pictures from the scene were too graphic to post. It said the morgue at the local public hospital in Rusape had run out of space and sought help from a private funeral parlour to take in some of the corpses. Traffic accidents are common in Zimbabwe, where roads are riddled with potholes due to years of underfunding and neglect, but the highway where the accident occurred had been recently resurfaced. In June last year, 43 people were killed in a bus crash in the north of the country, along the highway leading to neighbouring Zambia. Deputy Transport Minister Fortune Chasi said the government will take steps to curb the road car..
                 

ISS leaves behind 202 mass graves in Iraq

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The Islamic State group left behind more than 200 mass graves in Iraq containing up to 12,000 victims that could hold vital evidence of war crimes, the UN said on Tuesday. The United Nations in Iraq (UNAMI) and its human rights office said they had documented a total of 202 mass graves in parts of western and northern Iraq held by IS between 2014 and 2017. Even more sites could be uncovered in the months to come, the report warned, urging Iraqi authorities to properly preserve and excavate them to provide closure for victims' families. IS overran swathes of Iraq in 2014, executing fighters and civilians en masse. The mass graves may "contain critical forensic material" that could help uncover the details of these violations, as well as identify the victims, the UN said on Tuesday. 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 syndi..
                 

Don't let the dogs out, Wenshan tells pet owners

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A city in southwestern China has banned dog walking during the daytime and banished the pets entirely from parks, shopping centers, sports facilities and other public spaces. The ordinance issued by the city of Wenshan in Yunnan province on October 29 has been called the most restrictive in a nation where dog ownership has long been subject to tight regulations. Under communist China's founder Mao Zedong, pet ownership was considered a bourgeois affection but it has revived over recent decades with Chinese being more affluent but having smaller families. Many cities, however, still maintain rules on what size dogs can live in what areas, with the capital Beijing banning large dogs from the city centre. However, Wenshan's ban appears to go well beyond that by saying dogs can only be outside before 7 am and after 10 pm. It also says dog leashes cannot be longer than 1 meter (3 feet) and dogs can only be walked by adults. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and H..
                 

Thousands of Pak bank accounts compromised, money stolen due to hacking

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Pakistani authorities have said that bank accounts of thousands of individuals have been compromised and money stolen as a result of a massive hack last month. Officials of cybercrime wing of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) said they launched a probe after complaints by several individuals. The cyber-attacks were launched on October 27 and 28 and reportedly data of 8,000 customers from about a dozen banks was stolen. FIA officials said that Bank Islami reported that Rs 2.6 million was stolen through international payment cards on October 27 after which it stopped such transactions. In another case, a former chief scientist of Khan Research Laboratories (KRL) on Monday approached the Supreme Court with a complaint that Rs 3 million was stolen from his account. FIA Cybercrimes Director Mohammad Shoaib told media that data of "most Pakistani banks was stolen". A bank official said it was still early to say how many account holders lost their money due to data hacking. "Banks are ..
                 

Donald Trump administration wants to stop Tehran's 'malign' activities

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The US on Monday imposed "the toughest ever" sanctions on a defiant Iran aimed at altering the Iranian regime's "behaviour", even as the Trump administration dodged a question whether it has got firm commitments from India and China to stop all oil purchases from Tehran within six months. The sanctions cover Iran's banking and energy sectors and reinstate penalties for countries and companies in Europe, Asia and elsewhere that do not halt Iranian oil imports. The sanctions follow US President Donald Trump's controversial decision in May to abandon the 2015 multi-nation nuclear deal with Tehran. President Trump says that he wants to get Iran back to the negotiating table on the nuclear issue. The Trump administration also says it wants to stop what it calls Tehran's "malign" activities including cyber attacks, ballistic missile tests, and support for terror groups in the Middle East India and China - the two biggest buyers of Iranian crude, have so far appeared to have skipped the pun..
                 

Donald Trump says 'probably' no Vladimir Putin meeting in Paris

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US President Donald Trump said Monday he does not expect to hold talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin when they attend World War I commemorations in Paris at the end of this week. Trump said he was "not sure we'll have a meeting in Paris -- probably not." However, they "will be meeting at the G20" summit in Argentina at the end of November, he said. Expectations have been growing for a new Trump-Putin meeting as tensions pile up over the Cold War-era Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) and US sanctions against Moscow. Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton had said during a trip to Moscow in October that the White House wanted a Paris meeting and Putin said he was interested. Both leaders will be in Paris for the November 11 World War I commemorations, which 60 heads of state and government are expected to attend. A first bilateral summit took place in Helsinki in July, after which the US president came under strong domestic criticism for adopting a dist..
                 

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America's Ivy League elite Dartmouth College has been slapped with a $70 million lawsuit by seven women accusing trustees of ignoring years of sexual abuse, harassment and rape of female students. The lawsuit, filed in a federal court in New Hampshire, alleged that three professors from the university's department of psychology and brain sciences perpetrated more than a decade of gender discrimination, sexual assault and harassment, despite trustees being aware of complaints. The suit is expected to revive debate about sexual boundaries at universities across the United States, which has come under renewed scrutiny in the wake of the #MeToo reckoning with sexual harassment. The college "knowingly permitted three of its prominent professors to turn a human behaviour research department into a 21st Century Animal House," alleged the suit in reference to the 1978 frat house movie. "For well over a decade," continued the 72-page suit. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, Interna..
                 

Rogue Khmer Rouge leaders found guilty of genocide

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Two top leaders of Cambodia's Khmer Rouge regime were found guilty of genocide on Friday, in a landmark ruling almost 40 years after the fall of a brutal regime that presided over the deaths of a quarter of the population. The Khmer Rouge's former head of state Khieu Samphan, 87, and "Brother Number 2" Nuon Chea, 92, are the two most senior living members of the ultra-Maoist group that seized control of Cambodia from 1975-1979. The reign of terror led by "Brother Number 1" Pol Pot left some two million Cambodians dead from overwork, starvation and mass executions but Friday's ruling was the first to acknowledge a genocide. The defendants were previously handed life sentences in 2014 over the violent and forced evacuation of Phnom Penh in April 1975. But the judgement at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) also found Nuon Chea guilty of genocide against the ethnic Vietnamese and Cham Muslim minority group, among a litany of other crimes. "The chamber finds tha..
                 

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US court filing cites charges against Julian Assange

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A pair of references to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, a major target of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election, in an unrelated court filing reveals the US government efforts to charge him, the media reported on Friday. In a filing unsealed last week, prosecutors for the Eastern District of Virginia included two references to charges against Assange while arguing to keep an unrelated case sealed for a different person charged with coercion and enticement of a minor, according to CNN. Assange, who has been holed up in Ecuador's Embassy in London since seeking asylum in 2012, is wanted by US law enforcement agencies after his controversial publication of classified diplomatic cables and other secret US government documents. WikiLeaks is also under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller for publishing tens of thousands of emails stolen from the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. "Another procedure short of seal..
                 

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Sri Lankan lawmakers come to blows, leave one bleeding

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Sri Lankan lawmakers on Thursday exchanged blows and threw objects at each other, leaving at least one of them bleeding, as MPs loyal to President Maithripala Sirisena surrounded the Speaker in his chair after Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, who lost a floor test, demanded fresh elections to resolve the raging political turmoil. Trouble erupted when Speaker Karu Jayasuriya agreed to a request from ousted premier Ranil Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP) that a vote be taken on a statement made by Rajapaksa demanding fresh polls. Jayasuriya had allowed Rajapaksa to make a statement as a member of parliament after stating that he does not recognise the claim of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) leader who lost a no-confidence motion on Wednesday. "I am the Speaker and I decide," Jayasuriya told the angry lawmakers as UNP MPs formed a ring around the Speaker's chair to shield Jayasuriya. Objects were thrown at the Speaker's chair and at least one MP was seen leaving the cham..
                 

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Khashoggi killing: Saudis seek death penalty for 5

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Saudi prosecutors said on Thursday that they have pleaded for the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's consulate building in Istanbul in early October. At a press conference here, Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb exonerated Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the assassination of Khashoggi, saying that a total of 11 people -- the five accused by the kingdom of directly ordering and executing the crime and six others -- were charged in the crime, according to a report in CNN. Turkey, meanwhile, said it was "unsatisfied" about the Saudi prosecutor's explanation. The Saudi prosecution shared details of the journalist's murder, saying Khashoggi was killed on October 2 following "a fight and a quarrel" at the kingdom's consulate in Turkey. He had gone there to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. Prosecutors said Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of the Crown Prince Mohammad, ..
                 

Employee morale hits all-time low at Facebook, states report

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The morale of employees at Facebook has hit an all-time low as the social network giant grapples with data breaches amid top-notch executives leaving the company, the media reported. According to a report in the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday citing an internal survey at Facebook, just over half of Facebook employees (52 per cent) have said they were optimistic for the future of the social networking platform -- down by 32 per cent last year. Only 53 per cent of Facebook employees said the company was making the world better which is 19 per cent lower than last year. According to the report, Facebook's "difficult year is taking a toll on employee morale, with several key measures of internal sentiment taking a sharp turn for the worse over the past year". "It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company," a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying. Facebook shares have tumbled subst..
                 

French government spokesman slams Trump's lack of 'common decency'

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A French government spokesman on Wednesday accused US President Donald Trump of a lack of "common decency" for attacking his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Twitter on the third anniversary of a jihadist massacre in Paris. Asked to react to Trump's tweets mocking Macron's low poll numbers and lashing his defence proposals, spokesman Benjamin Griveaux told reporters: "Yesterday was November 13 when we commemorate the murder of 130 citizens three years ago in Paris and Saint-Denis. So I will reply in English: 'common decency' would have been the appropriate thing." His reaction was the strongest yet by the French government to Trump's astonishing attack on Macron, which came two days after he was the French leader's guest at World War I centenary commemorations in Paris. Apparently irked at Macron's criticism of nationalists in his Armistice Day address, Trump tweeted that Macron had a "very low approval rating" and said the French leader was "just trying to get onto another subj..
                 

Sri Lanka Parliament passes no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa

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Sri Lankan Parliament on Wednesday approved a no-confidence motion against new Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his controversially appointed government, a day after the Supreme Court stayed a presidential decree dissolving the legislature. The majority (of the 225-member Assembly) voted to support the no-confidence motion against former strongman Rajapaksa who was made Prime Minister in October replacing Ranil Wickremesinghe, said Speaker Karu Jayasuriya in a statement. The Speaker will now send a copy to President Maithripala Sirisena with a letter bearing the signatures of 122 legislators, declaring the appointment of Rajapaksa and his Cabinet as unconstitutional, according to the statement. The no-confidence motion on Rajapaksa and his government was presented by Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP) legislator Anura Kumara Dissanayaka and seconded by JVP legislator Vijitha Herath, Colombo Telegraph reported. Ranil Wickremesinghe Wickremesinghe's United National Party (UNP), the J..
                 

Mike Pence to meet PM Narendra Modi in Singapore

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US Vice President Mike Pence will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Singapore on Wednesday during which the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral defence cooperation and a common vision for maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific. Pence will participate in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi, the White House said releasing the schedule of the Vice President on the eve of the meeting. The meeting is scheduled to take place 12.30 pm local Singapore time. Trump will be representing President Donald Trump at the ASEAN and East Asia Summit in Singapore. "They will talking about the bilateral relationship and defence cooperation in the kind of larger context," a senior administration official told foreign reporters last week ahead of his trip. "They'll also be talking about their common vision for maintaining what we refer to as a free and open Indo-Pacific," said the senior Administration official. "Prime Minister Modi has talked about his Act East policy, and there ..
                 

Driver found guilty of murdering six in Australia car rampage

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A driver who deliberately mowed down shoppers in the heart of Australia's second-largest city, killing six people and injuring 27, was found guilty of murder by a jury on Tuesday. James Gargasoulas, 28, pleaded not guilty to the January 2017 rampage on Melbourne's Bourke Street, which police determined was not terror-related. Bourke street, a popular shopping and restaurant area, was the scene of a deadly knife attack and attempted car bombing last Friday which police called a terror attack and which left two men dead, including the attacker. The Supreme Court jury took less than an hour to find Gargasoulas guilty of 33 charges -- six of murder and 27 of reckless conduct endangering life. Those killed included a three-month-old baby in a pram, a 10-year-old girl and a Japanese student. Victims and families wiped away tears as the jury foreman read out the guilty verdicts after the one-week trial, Melbourne's Herald Sun reported. Prosecutor Kerri Judd earlier told the jury that "this..
                 

SL top court overturns Sirisena's decision to dissolve parliament

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In a major boost to sacked Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, the Supreme Court in a landmark ruling on Tuesday overturned President Maithripala Sirisena's controversial decision to dissolve Parliament and halted the preparations for snap polls on January 5. The apex court's decision deepened the political crisis in the island nation after president Sirisena fired his coalition prime minister Wickremesinghe on October 26 and installed former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa as the new premier. A three-member apex court bench, including country's chief justice Nalin Perera, delivered its verdict after two days of deliberations on as many as 13 petitions against and five for Sirisena's November 9 decision to dissolve Parliament. The apex court said Sirisena's dissolution of Parliament will be suspended until December 7 and it will consider all the petitions filed on the President's decision next month before giving a final ruling. The ruling means Parliament can be convened and..
                 

CNN sues Donald Trump, top White House aides

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CNN on Tuesday announced filing a lawsuit against President Donald Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration of its correspondent Jim Acosta's access to the White House. The lawsuit was a response to the White House's suspension of Acosta's press pass, known as a Secret Service "hard pass". The suit alleged that Acosta and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights were being violated by the ban. The White House withdrew the permanent credential from Acosta for confronting President Donald Trump at a press conference following the mid-term results last week. The suit was filed in US District Court in Washington, a CNN spokeswoman said. Both CNN and Acosta were plaintiffs in the lawsuit. There were six defendants: Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy and the Secret Service officer who took Acosta's hard pass away last week. The officer was ident..
                 

Japan resumes whaling despite global opposition

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A Japanese whaling expedition on Monday left for the Antarctic Ocean to begin its hunting season despite international opposition. According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, the Japanese fleet aims to catch 333 minke whales near Antarctica in the fourth whaling expedition since its temporary suspension in 2014 following an International Court of Justice ruling, reports Efe news. The Japanese government argues that its "scientific research" whaling campaigns are aimed at supporting the management and conservation of maritime resources through the analysis of the contents of the whales' stomachs, results of which are submitted to the International Whaling Commission (IWC). However, in 2014 the ICJ had declared Japanese whaling in the Antarctic illegal because it did not comply with those aims. Japan decided to resume its campaigns later, although limiting its catches to one third of the usual amount. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and ..
                 

228 still missing in California wildfire

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As wildfires continued to rage on both ends of California, officials released another grim statistic: six more dead in a swathe of Northern California wiped out by fire, raising the death toll there to 29. It matched California's record for deaths in a single fire. Another 228 remain unaccounted for as crews stepped up the search for bodies and missing people. Two people were killed in a wildfire in Southern California. Ten search teams were working in Paradise, a town of 27,000 that was largely incinerated last week, and in surrounding communities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Authorities called in a DNA lab and teams of anthropologists to help identify victims. Statewide, 1,50,000 remained displaced as more than 8,000 fire crews battled wildfires that have scorched 400 square miles (1,040 sq km), with out-of-state crews continuing to arrive. Whipping winds and tinder-dry conditions threaten more areas through the rest of the week, fire officials warned. "This is truly a tragedy ..
                 

Justin Trudeau: Canadian intelligence received Khashoggi tape

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has become the first Western leader to acknowledge that his country's intelligence received an audio recording of the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said last week that he gave recordings "to Saudi Arabia, to America, to the Germans, the French, to the British, to all of them", but there was no independent confirmation from any country that they had received it. Speaking at a press conference in Paris on Monday, where he attended a peace forum following the WWI Armistice centenary, Trudeau said Canadian intelligence had listened to the audio tape provided by Turkish intelligence, but he had not done so, according to a report in the Guardian. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a supporter-turned-critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 after he went there to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. "Canada's int..
                 

Three killed in explosion near Hazara protests in Kabul

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At least three people were killed and eight others wounded in an explosion here on Monday near a protest site where hundreds of people, mostly members of the persecuted Shia minority Hazara, were demanding more security in the Hazara-dominated central and eastern districts of Afghanistan. The blast occurred around 2 p.m. barely a few hundred metres from where demonstrators had gathered near Gulbahar commercial centre, Kabul police spokesperson Basir Mujahid told Efe news. Hospitals in the area had so far received three bodies, Ministry of Public Health spokesperson Wahidullah Majroh said. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Hundreds of people had gathered since Sunday night near the site of the attack to urge the government to bomb Taliban positions in Malistan and Jaghori districts in eastern Ghazni province, and Khasurozgan in central Uruzgan province -- mainly inhabited by Hazaras. "Over the last fortnight, these administrative divisions have been witness to escalat..
                 

50-year-old woman arrested over alleged strawberry contamination

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A woman has been arrested in connection with an investigation into the alleged contamination of strawberries in the Australian state of Queensland, police said on Sunday. The 50-year-old woman, who has not been identified, will appear at the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday after being charged on Sunday evening, according to a statement by Queensland police. Dozens of cases of strawberries with sharp needles concealed inside the fruit were discovered in September, leading authorities to pass a law stiffening penalties for the deliberate sabotage of fruit. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (..