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Not educating girls costs USD 15-30 trillion: World Bank

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Washington, July 12 Not educating girls or creating barriers in their school education globally costs between USD 15 trillion to USD 30 trillion, the World Bank said on Thursday. Less than two thirds of girls in low-income countries complete primary school and only one in three girls completes lower secondary school, the World Bank said in a new report 'Missed Opportunities: The High Cost of Not Educating Girls' on the eve of the United Nations Malala Day. "The loss in human capital wealth incurred today because many adult women did not benefit in their youth from universal secondary education (defined as 12 years of schooling) is estimated to range between USD 15 trillion to USD 30 trillion globally," the report said. On an average, women who have a secondary education are more likely to work and they earn almost twice as much as those with no education, it said. Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Laureate, who was shot in head by the Taliban militants for camp..
                 

20 killed in Pak poll rally blast

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Peshawar, July 11  At least 20 persons, including a senior Awami National Party leader, were killed and more than 30 others injured after a Taliban suicide bomber attacked an election rally in  Peshawar, the second terrorist attack on a poll rally ahead of the July 25 General Election. The blast took place shortly before midnight last night when ANP leader Haroon Bilour, who was contesting elections from PK-78 constituency in Peshawar city, along with other party workers had gathered for a meeting in the congested Yakatoot area. The blast occurred near Bilour’s vehicle. Bilour was the son of the late ANP leader Bashir Bilour, who was also killed in a suicide attack when a Pakistani Taliban bomber blew himself up at a party meet in Peshawar in 2012. The death toll was initially reported at 13 but it rose to 20 overnight, Lady Reading Hospital’s spokesperson  was quoted as saying by the Dawn. City police chief Qazi Jameel said Bilour was among those killed..
                 

US slaps more tariffs on $200b Chinese goods

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Washington/Beijing, July 11  Ramping up the US-China trade war, the Trump administration on Wednesday announced 10 per cent tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese imports, prompting Beijing to warn of “counter measures” to safeguard its interests.  The Trump administration’s move comes after the US imposed 25 per cent tariffs on Chinese goods worth $34 billion last Friday. Beijing immediately responded with its own tariffs on US goods worth $34 billion. The retaliatory tariffs that China enacted Friday targeted US cars and major agricultural goods, such as soybeans and meat. US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a list of thousands of additional goods that could face 10 per cent tariffs after a public comment period. It includes fruit and vegetables, handbags, refrigerators, rain jackets and baseball gloves. — PTI..
                 

World’s ugliest dog dies two weeks after winning title

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NEW YORK: Zsa Zsa, a nine-year-old lovable English bulldog who was crowned the World’s Ugliest Dog a fortnight ago, has passed away in her sleep. With her dangling tongue, obtruding mouth and crooked teeth and muscular figure, Zsa earned her transitory moments of fame last month as she became the winner of the 2018 World’s Ugliest Dog contest held in California. Zsa Zsa won over the competition’s judges and collected a $1,500 prize along with a trophy and a flight to New York. PTI Winnie the Pooh map sells for record $570,000 London: A hand-written, original map of Winnie the Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood was on Wednesday auctioned for a whopping $570,000, smashing all previous world records for a book illustration. Carved by EH Shepherd, the drawing of the map which appears inside the cover of AA Milne’s beloved book ‘Winnie-the-Pooh’, was sold by Sotheby’s. “The original drawing of Winnie-the-Pooh’s Hundred Acre Wood sells for ..
                 

US rescuer details high-risk Thai cave mission

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Mae Sai, July 11  The Thai boys saved from a flooded cave endured dives in zero visibility lasting up to half an hour and in places were put in a harness and high-lined across rocky caverns, said a leader of the US contingent that was part of the operation, calling it a “once in a lifetime rescue.” Derek Anderson, a 32-year-old rescue specialist with the US Air Force based in Okinawa, Japan, said 12 boys, ranging in age from 11 to 16, and their coach, who were trapped for more than two weeks, were “incredibly resilient.”  The complicated operation to bring the boys out of the cave began on Sunday, when four were extracted. Four more were brought out on Monday, and the operation ended on Tuesday with the rescue of the last four boys and their 25-year-old coach. The 18-day ordeal riveted much of the world—from the awful news that the 13 were missing, to the first flickering video of the huddle of anxious yet smiling boys when they were found by..
                 

Uganda to ‘review’ social media tax after outcry: PM

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Kampala, July 11 Uganda will review a tax on the use of social media, the prime minister said on Wednesday after a protest against the controversial measure was broken up by police firing live rounds and teargas into the air. Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda told parliament that President Yoweri Museveni had “encouraged further discussion” on the fiercely-contested levy. “Government is now reviewing the taxes taking into consideration the concerns of the public” and an amended Bill will be debated on July 19, said Rugunda. Since the start of July, access to media such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as dating sites Tinder and Grindr, have been blocked unless users pay a 200-shilling (USD 0.05, 0.04 euro) daily tax. Museveni last week had defended the move, saying many citizens did not pay their taxes as they ought to, and should not “donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying” on social media. In its curren..
                 

Putin to meet with Israeli PM, Iranian official in Moscow

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Moscow, July 11 The Israeli prime minister and a senior Iranian official headed to Moscow on Wednesday for separate meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin — part of Syria-focused diplomatic efforts days ahead of the US-Russian summit. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before boarding a flight to Moscow that he would have a “very important meeting” with Putin today to “discuss Syria, Iran and Israel’s security needs.”            “I very much appreciate the excellent direct connection, without intermediaries, between myself and the Russian president,” Netanyahu said. “It is very important for the national security of the state of Israel.” Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was also travelling to Moscow for a meeting with Putin. Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran’s growing..
                 

Militants launch ongoing attack on Afghan govt building: officials

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Bus crash in western Iran kills 11

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Sri Lankan Buddhist monk arrested for killing policeman

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ANP leader among 4 killed in Pak blast

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Peshawar, July 10 At least four persons, including Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour, were killed in a suspected suicide blast at an election gathering in Pakistan's northwestern Peshawar city late on Tuesday night. Initial reports said more than a dozen people were injured in the explosion in the Yakatoot area, who have been shifted to nearby Lady Reading Hospital. The blast took place when Bilour along with ANP workers gathered for a party meeting. Fireworks were being burst as Bilour arrived on the stage when the suicide bomber blew himself up.  Bilour suffered serious injuries and was shifted to a hospital where he succumbed to his wounds, the Dawn reported. Rescue teams and law enforcement agencies reached the site. Investigations into the incident were underway. Bilour was the son of senior ANP leader Bashir Ahmed Bilour who was also killed when a Pakistani Taliban bomber blew himself up at a party meet in Peshawar in 2012. — PTI..
                 

Trump names Kavanaugh as Supreme Court nominee

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Washington, July 10 US President Donald Trump on Tuesday nominated conservative Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Judge, a decision that could have far-reaching implications on everything from abortion to guns to immigration and alter the balance of the ideologically divided apex court. President Trump picked Justice Kavanaugh, a conservative stalwart who has deep ties to the Republican establishment, from an original list of 25 judges, which also included Indian-American judge Amul Thapar. Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination has set the stage for a bruising confirmation battle as Democrats immediately vowed to oppose the President’s choice of the vacancy created by 81-year-old Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Announcing Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination at the East Room of the White House, Trump described the 53-year-old from Maryland, currently a judge in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, as one with “impeccable credentials ..
                 

All 12 boys, coach rescued from flooded Thailand cave

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Chiang Rai (Thailand), July 10  All 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for more than two weeks deep inside a flooded Thai cave have been rescued, a Thai navy SEAL unit said on Tuesday, a successful end to a perilous mission that has gripped the world. "The 12 Wild Boars and coach have emerged from the cave and they are safe," the SEAL unit said on its official Facebook page. The "Wild Boars" soccer team and their coach got trapped on June 23 while exploring the cave complex in the northern province of Chiang Rai after soccer practice and a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels. British divers found the 13, hungry and huddled in darkness on a muddy bank in a partly flooded chamber several kilometres inside the complex, on Monday last week. After pondering for days how to get the 13 out, a rescue operation was launched on Sunday when four of the boys were brought out, tethered to rescue divers. Another four were rescued on Monday and the last four b..
                 

Suspending fake accounts won't hurt user metrics: Twitter

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San Francisco, July 10 While confirming a The Washington Post report that Twitter has been suspending as much as one million questionable accounts per day in recent months, the microblogging site refuted the claim that the move will lead to decline in the numbers of monthly active users. Twitter suspended more than 70 million accounts in May and June, and the pace has continued in July, The Washington Post reported. "Some clarifications: most accounts we remove are not included in our reported metrics as they have not been active on the platform for 30 days or more, or we catch them at sign up and they are never counted," Twitter CFO Ned Segal said in a tweet on Monday while responding to the report in The Washington Post. Twitter reported 336 million monthly active users at the end of the first quarter of this year. "If we removed 70 million accounts from our reported metrics, you would hear directly from us. This article reflects us getting better at improving the..
                 

Nerve agent death: UK couple ‘given high dose'

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London, July 9  A murder investigation was launched today following the death of a British woman after being exposed to a ‘high dose’ of a deadly nerve agent close to a city where a former Russian spy and his daughter were poisoned with the same chemical four months ago. Dawn Sturgess, 44, died at Salisbury District Hospitalyesterday after falling ill on June 30. Her partner Charlie Rowley, 45, who also fell ill after being exposed to the nerve agent, remains in a critical condition in hospital. Scotland Yard said they have launched a murder probe, the second major probe involving the military-grade nerve agent this year, following the case of Sergei Skripal and his daughter in March. Tests have revealed that the Amesbury couple were exposed to Novichok, a nerve agent developed by the Soviet military during the Cold War. — PTI..
                 

17 Boko Haram members get jail terms in Niger

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Turkey train disaster leaves 24 dead, hundreds hurt

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Pompeo sees hard road ahead

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Tokyo, July 8 US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brushed off North Korean charges that he used “gangster-like” diplomacy in negotiations in Pyongyang, saying on Sunday after meeting his Japanese and South Korean counterparts that he would continue to pursue denuclearisation talks with North Korea. Pompeo said in Tokyo there was still a lot of work to do, but he was confident North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would stick to a commitment to abandon nuclear weapons he made during a summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore last month. Pompeo’s meeting with Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono and South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha followed Pompeo’s two days of talks in Pyongyang that ended on Saturday. “When we spoke to them about denuclearisation, they did not push back,” Pompeo told a news conference. “The road ahead will be difficult and challenging and we know that critics will try to minimise the work that w..
                 

Strait of Hormuz

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With a third of the world’s sea-borne oil passing through it every day, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond. Last week, an Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander threatened that Tehran will block oil shipments through the waterway in response to calls of the United States to ban all Iranian oil exports What is it? It is a waterway separating Iran and Oman, connecting the Gulf to the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. It is 21 miles wide at its narrowest point, but the shipping lane is only two miles wide in either direction. Why it matters? The US Energy Information Administration estimates a record 18.5 million barrels per day of sea-borne oil passed through it in 2016, a hike of 9% from 2015 Sea-borne crude and condensate flows transiting the Strait are estimated at around 17.2 million bpd in 2017 and around 17.4 million bpd in the first half of 2018 ..
                 

At least 64 killed in Japan after ‘unprecedented’ rain, dozens missing

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Tokyo, July 8 The death toll from unprecedented rains in Japan rose to at least 64 on Sunday after rivers burst their banks and forced several million people from their homes, media reports said, with more rain set to hit some areas for at least another day. Torrential rain pounded some parts of western Japan with three times the usual precipitation for a normal July and set off landslides and sent rivers surging over their banks, trapping many people in their houses or on rooftops. “We’ve never experienced this kind of rain before,” an official at the Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) told a news conference. “This is a situation of extreme danger.” At least 64 people were killed and 44 missing, national broadcaster NHK said after the death toll had been put at 49 overnight. Among the missing was a 9-year-old boy believed trapped in his house by a landslide that killed at least three others, one of them a man in his 80s. “All I have is what..
                 

‘Battling Begums’: Zia ‘fakes’ illness in jail, alleges PM Hasina

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Dhaka, July 8 Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has accused former premier Khaleda Zia of “faking” her illness in jail to avoid appearances in court where graft cases are pending against her. The three-time former prime minister and chairperson of the main opposition party BNP is lodged in a 200-year-old prison in Dhaka for the last four months. She has not been taken to court for hearings in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case though several dates were fixed. Prime Minister Hasina, speaking at a meeting of the ruling Awami League yesterday, said that though Zia had diseases, she was not too ill to skip hearings. “She (Zia) fakes (her) illness to avoid appearances in court hearings because she knows she will get caught if she attends hearings. This is the reality,” Hasina qas quoted as saying by bdnews24. Last month, a Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader said that Zia was critically ill and not able to walk on her own, urging the government to ..
                 

‘Today is D-Day’: Rescue op for boys trapped in Thai cave begins

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Mae Sai (Thailand), July 8 Rescue efforts have begun for 12 boys and their football coach who have been trapped in a cave in northern Thailand for more than two weeks, the head of the mission said on Sunday. The “Wild Boars” team has been confined in a cramped chamber several kilometres (miles) inside the Tham Luang cave complex since June 23, when they went in after football practice and were hemmed in by monsoon floods. Their plight has transfixed Thailand and the rest of the world, as authorities have struggled to devise a plan to extract the boys and their coach through twisting, narrow and jagged passageways that in some places are completely flooded. “Today is the D-day. The boys are ready to face any challenges,” rescue chief Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters near the cave site as the threat loomed of monsoon rain causing more flooding in the cave and blocking off a rescue bid. Narongsak said the first boy was expected to be brought out of the ca..
                 

Gangster-like act by US, says N Korea after Pompeo talks

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Pyongyang, July 7 High-level talks between the United States and North Korea appeared to hit a snag on Saturday as Pyongyang said a visit by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had been “regrettable” and accused Washington of making “gangster-like” demands to pressure the country into abandoning its nuclear weapons. The statement from the North came just hours after Pompeo wrapped up two days of talks with senior North Korean officials without meeting North Korean leader Kim Jong Un but with commitments for new discussions on denuclearisation and the repatriation of the remains of American soldiers killed during the Korean War. While Pompeo offered a relatively positive assessment of his meetings, North Korea’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the US betrayed the spirit of last month's summit between President Donald Trump and Kim by making “unilateral and gangster-like” demands on “CVID,” or the complete, verifiable and ..
                 

Scotland Yard’s female officer faces probe

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London: A Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin female officers has been placed of restricted duties as Scotland Yard investigates allegations that she broke the rules on being nominated for a royal honour. Parm Sandhu, currently serving as Temporary Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, has been served with a “gross misconduct” investigation notice and could potentially face a serious disciplinary charge. “The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards is investigating the conduct of three officers following an allegation that they breached guidelines related to the UK honours nomination process,” a Met Police statement said. PTI Trudeau apologised after encounter in 2000: Woman  Calgary: An ex-reporter confirms that Canadian PM Justin Trudeau apologised to her after what she says was an inappropriate encounter nearly two decades ago. Rose Knight also confirms she is the reporter who was referred to in an editorial 18 years ago in..
                 

5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

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Tokyo, July 7  A 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit Japan on Saturday evening outside of Tokyo, swaying buildings in the capital, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake hit at 8.23 pm (1123 GMT), at a depth of 39 km, off the east coast of Honshu, Japan, the US Geological Survey said. Japan's meteorological agency said no tsunami warning was being issued. There were no immediate reports of damage after the quake, a relatively rare strong tremor to hit the capital. Residents in part of the Chiba region outside Tokyo reported strong tremors, with some saying the shaking had knocked objects from shelves, but there were no immediate injuries reported. Public broadcaster NHK said no abnormalities had been detected at nuclear facilities in the region. A spokesman for Narita airport outside the capital said the quake had forced a brief suspension of operations. "We temporarily closed the runways but resumed operation after confirming there was no damage. The quake was fairly ..
                 

Afghan official says district chief killed by roadside bomb

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Kabul, July 7 An Afghan official says a district chief has been killed in a roadside bomb blast in western Ghor province. Abdul Hai Khateby, provincial governor’s spokesman, said Saturday that Mirza Mohammad Ibrahim was targeted in Charsada district and was on duty at the time. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but Khateby blamed Taliban insurgents for the attack. In eastern Ghazni province, Taliban fighters ambushed a police convoy, killing four police and wounding six others, said Arif Noori, spokesman for the governor. Noori added that a police special forces commander was among the four killed in the attack early Saturday morning. He said six insurgents were also killed and seven others wounded in the gun battle in Waghez district. No one immediately claimed responsibility for that attack. — AP..
                 

Cambodian surrogate moms charged with human trafficking

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Phnom Penh, July 7 Thirty-three pregnant Cambodian women hired to act as surrogate mothers were formally charged with surrogacy and human trafficking offenses. The women, who were arrested last month when police raided the illegal business, were charged yesterday at the Phnom Penh Municipal Court under a law that specifically targets surrogacy, which was outlawed in 2016 as Cambodia was becoming a popular destination for would-be foreign parents seeking women to give birth to their children. Acting as an intermediary between an adoptive parent and a pregnant woman carries a penalty of one to six months in prison. The human trafficking offense is punishable by seven to 15 years’ imprisonment. A Chinese man and four Cambodian women accused of managing the business were charged last week with the same offenses. The Chinese man allegedly hired the women, who were put under the care of the Social Welfare Ministry following their arrests. Developing countries are popular for surro..
                 

Cost of one of those ‘expensive’ US-S Korea military exercises? $14 mn

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Washington, July 7 A joint military exercise between the United States and South Korea scrapped after President Donald Trump griped about “tremendously expensive” military drills would have cost around $14 million, US officials told Reuters on Friday. The Pentagon announced last month that it was indefinitely suspending the Freedom Guardian military exercise in support of the Singapore summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Trump repeatedly touted the cost savings that would come with his decision to stop “the war games,” in a surprise concession to Kim at the June 12 summit to discuss Pyongyang’s nuclear disarmament. “We save a fortune by not doing war games, as long as we are negotiating in good faith - which both sides are!” Trump said on Twitter last month. The officials, speaking on Friday the condition of anonymity, did not provide details on the cost breakdown or the specifics of what was included. The Pentagon ha..
                 

Iran executes 8 over 2017 Islamic State attack on Tehran

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Tehran, July 7 Iran said on Saturday it executed eight people convicted in the 2017 Islamic State group attack on parliament and the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in Tehran. The June 7, 2017, attack has so far been the only assault by the Sunni extremists inside of Shiite Iran, which has been deeply involved in the wars in Iraq and Syria where the militants once held vast territory. The judiciary’s official Mizan news agency and semi-official news agencies in Iran acknowledged the executions Saturday, but did not say when they took place. Executions in Iran are carried out by hangings. While Iran is one of the world’s top enforcers of the death penalty, such mass executions are rare. The last mass execution reported in August 2007 saw Iran hang seven men convicted of rape in Mashhad at the same time. The news agencies on Saturday named those executed as Soleiman Mozafari, Esmail Sufi, Rahman Behrouz, Majed Mortezai, Sirous Azizi, Ayoub Esmaili, Khosro Ramezani ..
                 

At least 38 killed, 50 missing as torrential rain pounds Japan

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Tokyo, July 7 At least 50 people were missing and four in critical condition as torrential rain that has killed 38 people pounded western and central Japan, public broadcaster NHK said on Saturday, with more than 1.6 million evacuated from their homes. Japan’s Meteorological Agency retained special weather warnings for three prefectures in the main island of Honshu, down from five, and urged vigilance against landslides, rising rivers and strong winds amid what it called “historic” rains. In Motoyama, a town on Shikoku island, about 600 km (373 miles) from the capital Tokyo, 583 mm (23 inches) of rain fell between Friday and Saturday morning, the agency said. Although a weather front had settled between western and eastern Japan, there was a risk heavy rains would continue as warm air flowed towards the front, it added, with already-saturated areas facing more rain on Sunday. Among the dead were a man who fell from a bridge into a river in western Hiroshima city,..
                 

Washington and Pyongyang get down to ‘nitty gritty’ in nuclear talks

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Washington, July 7 US and North Korean officials have set up working groups to deal with “nitty gritty stuff” including verification of efforts to achieve denuclearization, a US State Department spokeswoman said on Saturday, the second day of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s visit to Pyongyang. The spokeswoman, Heather Nauert, said Pompeo’s discussions with North Korean officials included the repatriation of the remains of Americans who died in the Korean War in the 1950s in addition to denuclearization issues, according to a pool report by reporters accompanying Pompeo. Pompeo left the negotiations venue to make a secure phone call to update President Donald Trump on the talks, the report said. At talks with Kim Yong Chol, a top official in North Korea’s ruling party who had already met with Pompeo in New York, Pompeo said as he headed into the meeting that the aim of the United States was for “complete denuclearization” of the North. K..
                 

Japan hangs seven of doomsday cult

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Tokyo, July 6 Japan executed on Friday the former leader of a doomsday cult and six other members of the group that carried out a sarin gas attack on the Tokyo subway in 1995, which killed 13 people and injured at least 5,800 besides shattering the country’s myth of public safety. The Aum Shinrikyo, or Aum Supreme Truth cult, which mixed Buddhist and Hindu meditation with apocalyptic teachings, staged a series of crimes, including simultaneous sarin gas attacks on subway trains in March 1995. Sarin, a nerve gas, was originally developed by the Nazis. The images of bodies, many in business suits, sprawled across platforms stunned Japan, and triggered public safety steps such as the removal of non-transparent rubbish bins that remain in force to this day. Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa read out the names of the seven at a news conference and said what they had done was “extremely atrocious”. “These crimes ... plunged people not only in Japan but in other countr..
                 

In a first, Hindu woman to fight Pak elections

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Trump’s ‘angry baby’ balloon to fly over London during UK visit

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London, July 6 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has given the go-ahead for a giant helium-filled “angry baby” balloon of Donald Trump to fly over the British capital during the US President’s first official visit to the UK next week. Campaign groups and trade unions are organising a full schedule of protests to greet Trump when he lands on July 13 and the six-metre balloon to fly over Parliament Square here is expected to be the centrepiece. Protesters are also planning a “Stop Trump” march through central London on the same day. “He is a deeply insecure man, and that is the only leverage we have over him. If we want his attention, we have to do something that humiliates him,” said Leo Murray, an environmental campaigner behind the crowd-funded balloon stunt. He described the inflatable “blimp” as an “obscene mutant clone of the President” and says it will “hold up a huge mirror of truth” to the world. ..
                 

37 dead, 18 unaccounted for in Thai tourist boat capsize

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Phuket (Thailand), July 6 Thai rescuers pulled 37 bodies from waters off the coast of the holiday island of Phuket on Friday after a tourist boat went down in heavy seas with dozens of Chinese passengers on board. Many of the dead were found drifting face down in the water, still wearing life jackets, several kilometres (miles) from where the Phoenix sank after being hit by five-metre (15-foot) high waves in a storm yesterday evening. “The death toll today is 37, with 18 still unaccounted for,” said a Thai navy official late today, requesting anonymity. In a grisly development earlier, divers reported seeing “over 10 bodies” floating inside the hull of the submerged boat, according to Thai navy Rear Admiral Charoenphon Khumrasee, who said they would try to retrieve them later today. One survivor, a Chinese woman, was rushed to hospital in Phuket, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, after she was found several kilometres from the boat having spent..
                 

The three-time rise and fall of Nawaz Sharif: A timeline

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Islamabad, July 6 Pakistan’s anti-corruption court on Friday convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, in what seemed to be the end of a long and tumultuous political career of the three-time leader. Sharif, 68, is in London with his daughter, Maryam, was convicted after failing to prove a legal source of income for buying several luxury flats in the 1990s. Maryam was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Sharif was disqualified from office last year by the Supreme Court, which declared him “dishonest” for not disclosing a separate monthly income from a company owned by his son. Here are some of the highlights of Sharif’s career: 1949 -  Nawaz Sharif is born into a Kashmiri family of industrialists in the eastern city of Lahore. He later graduates with a law degree from Punjab University and goes to work in the family steel business 1976 -  Enters politics, joining..
                 

UK police hunt object that poisoned couple with nerve agent

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Salisbury (United Kingdom), July 6 Police on Friday raced to find the object that contaminated a British couple with the Soviet-made Novichok nerve agent in southwestern England where a former Russian spy was poisoned with the same toxin four months ago. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and Charlie Rowley, 45, fell ill on Saturday in Amesbury, a small town near the city of Salisbury where Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia collapsed on March 4, spreading fear once again among locals. Police said they had established that the couple, who remain in a critical condition in hospital, were exposed to the nerve agent after “handling a contaminated item.” They also did not rule out the possibility of more people coming into contact with the poison, which they suspect may have been left over from the attempted murder on the Skripals, although police have yet to determine whether it was the same batch. “It is rather scary,” local resident Geoffrey, 66, told AFP, as he walked by..
                 

In Thai jungle above trapped boys, alternative rescue effort ramps up

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The three-time rise and fall of Pakistan’s Nawaz Sharif

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Islamabad, July 6 Pakistan’s anti-corruption court on Friday convicted ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in absentia and sentenced him to 10 years in prison, in what seemed to be the end of a long and tumultuous political career of the three-time leader. Sharif, 68, is in London with his daughter, Maryam, was convicted after failing to prove a legal source of income for buying several luxury flats in the 1990s. Maryam was also convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison. Sharif was disqualified from office last year by the Supreme Court, which declared him “dishonest” for not disclosing a separate monthly income from a company owned by his son. Here are some of the highlights of Sharif’s career: 1949 -  Nawaz Sharif is born into a Kashmiri family of industrialists in the eastern city of Lahore. He later graduates with a law degree from Punjab University and goes to work in the family steel business 1976 -  Enters politics, joining..
                 

Indian appointed head of top Chinese biz institute

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Beijing: Dipak Jain, a prominent Indian professor in the US, has been appointed as the new head of a top global business school in China, according to a media report. Jain, 61, will take over as the European president of the Shanghai-based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), replacing Pedro Nueno who held the position for 28 years. Jain, a former dean of two of the world’s leading business schools, the Kellogg School of Management and INSEAD, will work alongside his Chinese counterpart Li Mingjun.  Brought up in Assam, Jain, who lives in Chicago and works in Shanghai for 10 to 15 days each month, has been teaching marketing at CEIBS since September last year when he took on the president-designate role. PTI Reel vs real: When Daniel Craig met CIA spies  Los Angeles: Daniel Craig, who plays the famed fictional British spy James Bond, had a face-to-face meeting with real life spymasters during his visit to the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) he..
                 

South Africa mosque attacker ‘had schizophrenia’

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Johannesburg, July 5 A Somali man who was shot dead after fatally stabbing two worshippers and wounding two others at a mosque in South Africa suffered from schizophrenia, police said on Thursday. Police ruled out any extremist motive behind the June 14 attack, saying that the suspect, Nur Arawal, 23, has recently been released from a psychiatric hospital in Cape Town. “The man had schizophrenia, we could not link him to any extremist or radical activity,” Hangwani Mulaudzi, spokesman for the Hawks police investigation unit, told AFP. Arawal was shot dead by police at the mosque in Malmesbury, north of Cape Town, after entering the building carrying a knife and attacking worshippers. He tried to charge police before being killed. The incident occurred less than a month after another attack at a mosque, on the outskirts of the eastern port city of Durban. Three unidentified assailants killed the mosque’s leader by slitting his throat and injured two others afte..
                 

Trump praises military for keeping US ‘safe, strong, proud’

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Washington, July 5 President Donald Trump has praised the US military for keeping America “safe, strong, proud, mighty and free” and used the Independence Day holiday to thank them for being willing to put their lives on the line in defence of the nation. “Two hundred and forty-two years ago on July 4, 1776, America’s founders adopted the Declaration of Independence and changed the course of human history,” said Trump, addressing hundreds of military families attending a White House picnic from a balcony overlooking the South Lawn of the White House. “But our freedom exists only because there are brave Americans willing to give their lives, to defend it and defend our great country,” added Trump, who was accompanied by his wife, Melania. “America’s liberty has been earned through the blood, sweat and sacrifice of American patriots.” Trump and the First Lady later returned to the balcony towards the end of a nat..
                 

Baghdadi’s son killed in Syria: Islamic State

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Beirut, July 4 The Islamic State group says the son of its leader has been killed fighting Syrian government forces. The announcement of the death of the young son of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi appeared on the group’s social media accounts late Tuesday. It included a picture of a young boy carrying a rifle and identified him as Huthaifa al-Badri. The statement, dated this month, said he was an elite fighter, known as an “inghimasi,” who was killed while fighting Syrian and Russia troops at a power station in the central Homs province. It did not specify when he was killed. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group, said the most recent IS operations in the area were in the first two weeks of June. Al-Baghdadi has been reported killed or wounded on a number of occasions but is widely believed to still be alive. Little is known about al-Baghdadi’s family, but a woman and a child who were said to be his wife and daughter were detained in Lebano..
                 

UK police keeping open mind after possible poisoning near Salisbury

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9 ex-military convicted for 1973 murder of Chile folk singer Jara

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Santiago, July 4 A Chilean judge has convicted nine retired soldiers in the 1973 murder of one of Chile’s most beloved folk singers, Victor Jara, the judiciary said. Jara, 40, was arrested the day after the September 11, 1973, CIA-backed coup that overthrew Salvador Allende and installed Augusto Pinochet as dictator. Jara’s body was found days later, riddled with 44 bullets. He had been held, along with around 5,000 other political prisoners, in a sports stadium where he was interrogated, tortured and then killed. Among other horrors, the singer-guitarist’s fingers were crushed, broken by rifle butts and boots. “Judge Miguel Vazquez Plaza convicted nine retired members of the army for their responsibility in the homicide of singer Victor Jara and the ex-director of prisons Littre Quiroga Carvajal, in September 1973 in Santiago,” a statement from the judiciary said yesterday. Eight of the accused—who held ranks from lieutenant to colonel and bri..
                 

ZTE given temporary reprieve from US; removes more execs

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New York/Hong Kong, July 4 China’s embattled ZTE Corp has received a temporary reprieve from the US government to conduct business needed to maintain existing networks and equipment as it works toward the lifting of a US supplier ban. ZTE, which makes smartphones and networking gear, was forced to cease major operations in April after the United States slapped it with a supplier ban, saying it broke an agreement to discipline executives who conspired to evade US sanctions on Iran and North Korea. The authorization seen by Reuters from the US Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Services runs from July 2 until August 1. It allows China’s No.2 telecommunications equipment maker to continue operating existing networks and equipment and provide handset customer support for contracts signed before April 15. It also permits limited transfer of funds to or from ZTE. On Tuesday, ZTE also announced the departure of 1 senior executive in a stock exchange filing, w..
                 

‘Unknown substance’ hospitalises two in Salisbury: British police

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London, July 4 British police said on Wednesday that two people are in a critical condition in a Salisbury hospital after being exposed to an “unknown substance”, just a short distance from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were poisoned. The two patients “are both currently receiving treatment for suspected exposure to an unknown substance at Salisbury District Hospital,” Wiltshire police said. “They are both in a critical condition,” the police said, adding that they considered the situation a “major incident”. The two people, a man and a woman both in their 40s, were discovered unconscious on Saturday June 30 at a house in the village of Amesbury, which is around a dozen kilometres from Salisbury. Sergei and Yulia Skripal were found slumped on a bench in the city in southwestern England where the former double agent lived in March, sparking a bitter diplomatic crisis between Moscow and London, which says a ..
                 

Trump interviews three more for Supreme Court justice nominee

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Washington, July 4 US President Donald Trump has interviewed three more people as potential nominees to replace Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, taking the total to seven, including Indian-American Amul Roger Thapar. Trump told a gathering of his supporters at a dinner in West Virginia that his nominee would be a home run. He plans to announce his nominee on July 9. The announcement comes after Justice Anthony Kennedy (81) announced his retirement last month. “I’ve spent the last three days interviewing and thinking about Supreme Court justices. Such an important decision. We’re going to give you a great one. We’re going to announce it on Monday. And I think you’ll be very impressed,” he said. “These are very talented people, brilliant people and I think you’re going to really love it, like Justice Gorsuch. We hit a home run there, and we’re going to hit a home run here. And step by step, we are making America great again..
                 

Pakistan, US to work towards peace in Afghanistan

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Islamabad, July 4 Pakistan and the US have agreed to remain engaged for peace in Afghanistan, a media report said on Wednesday. The agreement came during a meeting between US Deputy Assistant Secretary at the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Ambassador Alice Wells and Army Chief Gen Qamar Bajwa here on Tuesday, reports Dawn news. “Both reaffirmed the commitment towards the common goal of peace and stability in the region and discussed measures towards that end. Both also agreed on continued engagement at multiple levels,” the Inter-Services Public Relations said in a statement. Wells was on a three-day visit to Pakistan to again seek Pakistani authorities’ help for the Afghan peace process. She met Finance Minister Shamshad Akhtar, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua, Chief of the Army Staff Gen Qamar Bajwa and Chief of the General Staff Lt Gen Bilal Akbar. During her visit to Kabul, which preceded the Islamabad trip, Wells said th..
                 

Google Doodle commemorates British engineer who invented vacuum cleaner

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Washington DC, July 4 Google on Wednesday celebrated English engineer Hubert Cecil Booth on his 147th birthday with a special Doodle. Born in Gloucester in 1871, he is best known for the invention of the vacuum cleaner. Before Booth introduced his version of the vacuum cleaner, cleaning machines blew or brushed dirt away, instead of sucking it up. "After seeing a demonstration of the "pneumatic carpet renovator" blowing dirt out of railway cars, Booth tried an experiment. Laying his handkerchief on a restaurant chair, he put his mouth on the table cloth and sucked air through it. Inspired by the results he set to work on his first design-nicknamed "Puffing Billy"-which was powered by an engine so big it had to be pulled around by horses and parked outside the house to be cleaned," a Google release read. He is also credited with designing Ferris wheels and suspension bridges. Booth died on 14 January 1955 in Croydon, England. — ANI...
                 

Merkel’s migrant deal hangs on Social Democrats, EU approval

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Berlin, July 3  A migrant policy deal struck by German Chancellor Angela Merkel to save her government ran into a snag on Tuesday when her Social Democrat coalition partners withheld their immediate consent, saying they needed to scrutinise the compromise. However, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker responded positively to the plan, which needs the backing of fellow EU states if it is to succeed. Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their long-time Bavarian Christian Social Union (CSU) allies agreed on Monday to set up special transit zones at the border with Austria where migrants already registered in other EU countries will be held. They would then be sent back to the countries where they had registered first. The plan appeared to settle a dispute between the two conservative partie. Merkel needs not only backing from the Social Democrats, who rejected a similar plan three years ago, but European Union states must also agree to take migrants back. Austri..
                 

‘Superman’ drone crashes into nuclear plant

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Paris: Greenpeace crashed a Superman-shaped drone into a French nuclear plant on Tuesday to demonstrate its vulnerability to outside attacks, the environmental group said. Greenpeace said it had flown the drone — piloted by an activist — into the no-fly zone around utility EDF's Bugey nuclear plant, near Lyon, and then crashed it against the wall of the plant's spent-fuel pool building. This action highlights extreme vulnerability such buildings that contain high amount of radioactivity, Greenpeace said. Reuters China firm develops ‘laser gun’ Beijing: A Chinese firm has developed a laser gun designed for police use that can set fire to protesters’ hair or banners from a range of almost one kilometre. The 15-mm calibre weapon weighs 3 kg, has a range of 800 metres (2,600 feet) and can pass through glass and other transparent obstacles. A ZKZM fiber laser company official said the weapon will “immediately” produce a “strong pain response..
                 

Former Malaysian PM Najib arrested over graft probe

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Kuala Lumpur, July 3  Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested by anti-corruption investigators Tuesday, officials said, the latest dramatic development in a widening graft probe that has engulfed the ex-leader. Najib will be charged today, a taskforce set up to investigate corruption involving Malaysian state fund 1MDB said in a statement adding the arrest "was made at his home". The arrest is the latest in a series of stunning moves by investigators which suggest the legal noose is tightening around Najib, his family and many of his close political and business allies. Allegations of massive corruption were a major factor behind the shock election loss in May of Najib's long-ruling coalition to a reformist alliance headed by his former mentor Mahathir Mohamad. Najib and his cronies were accused of plundering billions of dollars from the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund to buy everything from US real estate to artworks. Najib and the fund deny any wrongd..
                 

UK fugitive held in Switzerland for spy banker fraud

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‘AMLO’ wins Mexican presidency

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Mexico City, July 2  Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador swept to victory in Mexico’s presidential election today, in a political sea change driven by voters’ anger over endemic corruption and brutal violence. The sharp-tongued, silver-haired politician known as “AMLO” won 53 per cent of the vote, according to an official projection of the results. It is the first time in Mexico’s modern history a candidate has won more than half the vote in a competitive election, and a resounding rejection of the two parties that have governed the country for nearly a century.  It is a major shift in Mexican politics: Lopez Obrador will be the country’s first leftist president in recent history when he takes office on December 1. “This is a historic day, and it will be a memorable night,” Lopez Obrador said in a victory speech, as thousands of ecstatic supporters flooded the capital’s central district, chanting &ld..
                 

Thai rescue teams find 13 missing in cave alive

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CHIANG RAI, July 2  Twelve boys and their assistant soccer coach have been found alive by rescuers inside a Thai cave complex nine days after they went missing, Chiang Rai province’s governor said on Monday. The boys, aged between 11 and 16, went missing with the 25-year-old after soccer practice on June 23 after they set out to explore the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai. A massive international rescue effort has been under way since, with rescue teams battling through thick mud and high water to try to reach the group. “Thai Navy seals have found all 13 with signs of life,” Governor Narongsak Osottanakorn told reporters. Rescuers had been working on Monday to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside the flooded cave complex in a search operation that has been hampered by heavy rain. It remains unclear whether any of the group are injured or in need of medical attention. — Reuters..
                 

UAE to tow Antarctic icebergs for water needs

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Dubai, July 2  A UAE firm plans to spend $50 million to tow huge icebergs from the Antarctica to the country’s coastline in an ambitious 12,000-km journey by early 2020 to provide fresh water and bring more rain to the region, media reports said. An average large iceberg contains more than 20 billion gallons of water, enough for one million people for over five years, the firm claimed. The presence of new giant icebergs in waters off the UAE, under the $50-million ‘UAE Iceberg Project’, would help bring more rain to the arid landscape, the Gulf News quoted the National Adviser Bureau Limited as saying. The icebergs are expected to cause a unique climatic phenomenon, attracting the clouds over the Arabian Sea to the centre of the icebergs, thus creating a vortex that will cause rainfalls, the company said. It will also assist in providing fresh water to the region, making the UAE a hub for exporting water to the world, it said. Vessels will attempt the 12,000..
                 

Belgium charges two for attack plot on Iran opposition in France

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Brussels, July 2 Belgium on Monday charged a husband and wife over a plot to bomb a weekend rally by an exiled Iranian opposition group in France where close Donald Trump ally Rudy Giuliani was in attendance. Amir S. 38, and Nasimeh N, 33, both Belgian nationals, “are suspected of having attempted to carry out a bomb attack” on Saturday in the Paris suburb of Villepinte, during a conference organised by the People’s Mujahedin of Iran, a statement from the Belgian federal prosecutor said. The couple, described by prosecutors as being “of Iranian origin”, were carrying 500 grams (about a pound) of the volatile explosive TATP along with a detonation device when an elite police squad stopped them in a residential district of Brussels. Belgian prosecutors said an alleged accomplice was under arrest in France, while two others were released after questioning by French police. The statement said an Iranian diplomat at the Austrian embassy in Vienna, a conta..
                 

Afghan Sikhs, Hindus grieve after suicide attack kills 19

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Jalalabad, July 2 Grief mixed with anger among Afghanistan’s minority Sikh and Hindu community on Monday as they prepared for funerals of loved ones, including an election candidate, killed in a suicide attack. At least 19 people were killed and 21 wounded when a suicide bomber blew himself up in a crowd of Afghan Sikhs and Hindus waiting to meet President Ashraf Ghani in the eastern city of Jalalabad yesterday. Scores of mourners shouted “death to Ashraf Ghani” and “death to the government” as they placed coffins in ambulances that would take them to a temple for funeral ceremonies. Among the dead were 17 Sikhs and Hindus, officials said, including Avtar Singh, the only Sikh candidate running in the October 20 legislative elections, and Rawail Singh, a prominent social activist. “This attack has killed many of our elders, those who loved their country more than anything else,” Narendar Singh told AFP as he took the body of his father, Avt..
                 

Japan to buy advanced US radar for missile defence system

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Tokyo, July 2 Japan will next week pick a US-made advanced radar for its multibillion-dollar missile defence system, an upgrade that could help ease trade friction with Washington and provide cutting-edge protection against the arsenals of North Korea and China, sources said. “Aegis will be a big-ticket purchase; it will be a nice gift for President Trump,” said a Japanese government official, referring to the ground-based Aegis Ashore system. Japanese officials could make their radar choice as early as Monday for two Aegis Ashore batteries it wants to deploy in 2023. That means the purchase can be added to a defence budget proposal slated for release in August, three sources with knowledge of the plan told Reuters, declining to be identified because they are not authorised to speak to the media. The candidates are Raytheon Co’s SPY-6 and a version of Lockheed Martin Corp’s Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR), the sources said. Japan had sought the SPY-6 ..
                 

Mexican political activist shot dead

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Mexico City, July 2 A Mexican Workers’ Party activist was shot dead in the western Michoacan state shortly before polls opened for general elections, local law enforcement officials said. Flora Resendiz Gonzalez died “after she was shot at 6:30 am (1130 GMT) on Sundasy while she was at home” in the town of Contepec, the officials added. The murder darkened what is already considered to be the most violent electoral campaign in Mexican history, with at least 145 politicians killed since September, according to the consulting firm Etellekt. Shortly before news of the killing, the head of Mexico’s INE electoral institute Lorenzo Cordova had praised a “peaceful election day, with no major incidents.” Besides choosing their president for the next six years, Mexico’s 88 million voters are electing both houses of Congress, with a total of more than 18,000 federal, state and local posts at stake—the largest elections in Mexican history. &mdas..
                 

Thai navy divers widening passage in search for boys lost in cave

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Chiang Rai (Thailand), July 2 Rescuers in Thailand scrabbled to clear a constricted passageway for divers deep inside a flooded cave complex on Monday as the search for 12 boys and their soccer coach entered a ninth day. The boys, aged between 11 and 16, and their 25-year-old coach disappeared on June 23 during an outing to the Tham Luang cave, which runs for 10 kilometres (6 miles) beneath the mountains in northern Chiang Rai province. Aside from belongings left at the mouth of the cave and handprints on cave walls, there has been no trace of them found since. With the way out of the cave blocked by flood waters from the heavy rains, rescuers are hoping that the boys made it through to an elevated rock mound that cavers have nicknamed “Pattaya Beach” after one of Thailand’s best known tourist destinations. The search for the boys has gripped the nation, with news bulletins dominated by updates on progress made by a mammoth rescue effort involving more than 1,00..
                 

4 civilians killed, soldiers injured in Mali attack on French troops

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Bamako, July 2 French soldiers on patrol in troubled northern Mali were targeted in a “terror” attack in which four civilians were killed and dozens wounded, including four soldiers, Malian and French officials said. Citing hospital sources, Malian authorities said the attack in Gao yesterday left four civilians dead and 23 others injured in an apparent car bombing. In Paris late last night, the French army chief told AFP that four soldiers with the Barkhane force in Mali were wounded in the attack and that there were at least two civilians dead. “Terrorism has again hit Mali in a cowardly way,” the French army minister Florence Parly said in a tweet. According to a Western military source,  “some French soldiers with the Barkhane force leaving the city fell into an ambush set up by terrorists on the road that leads toward Bourem.” Gao resident Fatouma Wangara said the French patrol was deliberately targeted by a suicide car bomb. “A..
                 

Indiana police say they seized 'Trump-shaped ecstasy pills'

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Peru (Indiana), July 2 Some drug traffickers appear to be using President Donald Trump's image to brand their illegal wares. An Indiana State Police news release about 129 arrests in a series of drug busts in northern Indiana includes a photo of what police describe as "Trump-shaped ecstasy pills."    They are orange and stamped with a face. On the back are the words "great again," an apparent reference to Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."                 Traffickers sometimes produce uniquely shaped or coloured drugs as a marketing technique to encourage buyers to return for more. Friday's release doesn't provide details, including how many of the pills were seized. The six-day operation in June involved traffic stops by state and city police, as well as sheriff's departments. LSD, cocaine and other drugs were also seized. AP..
                 

Pantheon burial honours French rights icon:

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Frances President Emmanuel Macron holds a moment of silence as he pays his respects by the coffin of former French politician and Holocaust survivor Simone Veil during the burial ceremony at the Pantheon in Paris on Sunday. The Pantheon in the heart of Paris houses the remains of many great French figures, including Voltaire, Victor Hugo and Emile Zola. AFP Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg shot dead at 21       Toronto: Canadian rapper Smoke Dawg has been shot dead here in an incident which left another man and a woman injured. Smoke was 21. “Multiple shots” were fired in the Entertainment District of the city on Saturday evening, the police said, reports independent.co.uk. One of the two male victims succumbed to his injuries, the Toronto Police Operations Centre said on Twitter. Smoke Dawg’s death comes just weeks after XXXTentacion, a US rapper, was shot dead in Florida. Smoke Dawg of Trinidadian, Jamaican and Somalian heritage, was part of an up and co..
                 

Skirts on way out as UK schools go gender-neutral

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London, July 1 Skirts as an option for schoolgirls is increasingly on the way out as schools across Britain adopt more gender-neutral uniform policies. According to a “Sunday Times” analysis of the uniform policies of schools in England, at least 40 secondary schools have stopped girls from wearing skirts, while others are consulting on a ban. The change to trousers for all comes as schools try to cater to the needs of transgender pupils. The move by schools comes as the UK government prepares to clarify the rights of transgender people in changes to the country’s Gender Recognition Act. A consultation paper is expected on Tuesday. Priory School in Lewes, East Sussex, which banned skirts last year, said pupils had questioned why its uniform was different for boys and girls, and that the needs of transgender students must be taken into account. Crawshaw Academy, near Leeds, is “consulting on implementing a gender-neutral uniform (trousers only)”, the n..
                 

Iran eyes private exports to help beat US oil sanctions

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Dubai, July 1  Iran will allow private companies to export crude oil, part of a strategy to counter US sanctions, and is urging fellow OPEC members, including regional rival Saudi Arabia, not to break output agreements, state media and officials said on Sunday. Iran is looking at ways to keep exporting oil as well as other measures to counter sanctions after the United States told allies to cut all imports of Iranian oil from November. “Iranian crude oil will be offered on the bourse and the private sector can export it in a transparent way,” First Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri told an economic event in Tehran broadcast live on state television. “We want to defeat America’s efforts ... to stop Iran’s oil exports,” he said. “Oil is already being offered on the bourse, about 60,000 barrels per day, but that has been only for exports of oil products,” Jahangiri said. Iran has an oil and petrochemicals bourse as part of its mercant..
                 

Sikh parliamentary candidate among 19 dead in Afghan suicide blast

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Jalalabad (Afghanistan), July 1  A suicide bomber blew himself up in a city in eastern Afghanistan where President Ashraf Ghani was visiting, killing at least 19 people, many of them Sikhs, officials said on Sunday, in the latest violence to rock the country. The attacker struck a market located hundreds of metres from the provincial governor's compound where Ghani was holding meetings, governor spokesman Attaullah Khogyani told AFP. A politician representing the minority Sikh community was killed in the blast. Officials said Avtar Singh Khalsa, who had planned to stand in October's parliamentary elections, was dead. Among the 19 dead were 12 Sikhs and Hindus, he told AFP. Another 20 people were wounded. There were scenes of anguish at the hospital where grieving relatives wept and hugged each other as they waited for news of their loved ones. "It is over for us, we are finished, they have massacred us, at least 10 of us," a man told AFP, too upset to give his..
                 

Opportunities for Afghan money traders as Iran sanctions loom

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Herat (Afghanistan), July 1 Aziz Ahmad is one of the unlikely winners of the stand-off between the United States and Iran, turning his modest transport service into an international foreign exchange operation that is providing much-needed dollars to the stricken Iranian economy. A driver in the western Afghan city of Herat, he crosses the border regularly, taking passengers in his transit van to Mashhad in Iran and carrying thousands of dollars to a country desperately starved of foreign exchange. “Lately it’s been possible to make good money with dollars in Iran,” he said. On each trip, he takes about $5,000-6,000 with him, making around $100 on the exchange rate alone and buying foodstuffs and other products to sell back home. “Usually, I bring back a few things you can make a profit on here,” he said. Iran’s rial has lost 40 per cent of its value since President Donald Trump’s decision on May 8 to pull the United States out of Iran&rsqu..
                 

19 injured in suicide bombing at Iraq ballot warehouse

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Kirkuk, July 1 A suicide bombing on Sunday targeting a warehouse in Kirkuk where ballot boxes from Iraq’s May elections were stored wounded 19 people, days before a vote recount, a security source said. “Nine policemen, six members of a counter-terrorist unit and four civilians were wounded when a car bomb driven by a suicide bomber exploded at the main gate of the warehouse,” the source said. The building was damaged by the blast but the ballot boxes were unaffected, said Rakan al-Juburi, the governor of Kirkuk north of Baghdad. Iraq’s Supreme Court has ordered a manual vote recount in polling stations where results from the May legislative elections were contested following allegations of fraud. The ballot was won by populist Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr’s electoral alliance with Communists, as long-time political figures were pushed out by voters seeking change in a country mired in conflict and corruption. The vote recount is expected to begin on T..
                 

He will finally cut fingernails, after 66 years

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NEW YORK: Shridhar Chillal, 82, from Pune, will finally perform an ordinary chore that he has not done in the last 66 years — cut his fingernails, the longest in the world. The Guinness World Record holder has not cut the fingernails on his left hand since 1952. The Ripley's Believe It or Not museum in Times Square here will host a "nail clipping ceremony". Chillal's longest single nail is his thumbnail, measuring 197.8 cm. He had requested that his cut nails be immortalised in a museum. PTI WhatsApp starts labeling forwarded messages            California: WhatsApp is a hub for all things users mention to be 'Forwarded as received'. Well, no more. WhatsApp has added a new feature to its platform that will make it easier for users to identify messages or content that is being circulated across groups and individual chats by labeling them 'Forwarded', a report said. The idea behind the new feature is to help people identify and distinguish..
                 

Holocaust memorial vandalised in Greece

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Afghan deported from Germany commits suicide in Kabul hotel: Officials

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Kabul, July 11 An Afghan man deported from Germany has been found dead in a hotel room in Kabul after committing suicide, officials said on Wednesday. The 23-year-old man, who has not been identified, was forcibly returned to the Afghan capital on July 4 along with 68 other failed Afghan asylum seekers. He had been staying at a hotel used by the International Organisation for Migration as temporary accommodation for returnees while he waited to go to the western city of Herat. His body was found on July 10. A police investigation into his death is under way, but an IOM official said the man had “apparently” committed suicide.     Afghanistan’s refugees and repatriations ministry spokesman Hafiz Ahmad Miakhail confirmed one of the 69 deportees had killed himself while staying at a temporary shelter. The IOM issued a statement calling for “assisted voluntary return and reintegration” instead of deportations. “Forced returns ..
                 

Thai Navy SEALs footage shows sedated group carried from cave

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Lanka govt approves capital punishment for drug offences

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Top ANP leader among 13 killed in suicide blast at poll rally in Pak

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Peshawar, July 11 At least 13 people, including a senior Awami National Party leader, were killed and 50 others injured in a suicide bomb attack targeting an election rally in Pakistan’s northwestern Peshawar city, the second terrorist attack on a poll rally ahead of the July 25 general elections. The blast took place shortly before Tuesday midnight when ANP leader Haroon Bilour along with other party workers gathered for a corner meeting in the congested Yakatoot area. The blast occurred near the vehicle of Bilour, son of the late ANP leader Bashir Bilour, who was also killed in a suicide attack when a Pakistani Taliban bomber blew himself up at a party meet in Peshawar in 2012. Thirteen people were killed and 47 others were injured in the blast, said the officials at the Lady Reading Hospital, where the victims were shifted. City police chief Qazi Jameel said Bilour, the ANP candidate from PK 78 constituency in Peshawar city, was among those killed. Fireworks were being ..
                 

China says tit-for-tat tariffs will 'destroy' US-China trade

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Beijing, July 11 China on Wednesday said tit-for-tat tariffs will "destroy" trade between the world's top two economies, after Washington fired the next shot in a ballooning trade war, readying fresh levies on US$ 200 billion in Chinese goods. "The outburst of large-scale mutual levying of tariffs between China and the United States will inevitably destroy Sino-US trade," assistant minister of commerce Li Chenggang told a forum in Beijing. US policy "actually interferes with the process of economic globalisation" and "damages the world economic order," charged Li. On Friday, the US imposed 25-per cent tariffs on around US$ 34 billion in Chinese goods, sparking an immediate dollar-for-dollar retaliation from Beijing. Washington today announced it was starting the process to slap 10-per cent tariffs on another USD 200 billion in Chinese export goods as soon as September. Analysts have warned that a spiralling trade war between the world's two..
                 

Nobel widow leaves China after 8 years’ house arrest

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Beijing: China has allowed the widow of Chinese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo to be freed from house arrest and leave for Berlin, ending an eight-year ordeal that drove the poet into depression and drew intense criticism of Beijing’s human rights record. The release of Liu Xia, who has never been charged with any crime, comes just days before the one-year anniversary of the death of dissident Liu Xiaobo while he was serving a prison sentence for inciting subversion. ap 600-kg crocodile caught after 10-year search  Canberra: Park rangers in Australia’s Northern Territory have caught one of the region’s biggest crocodiles after a decade-long hunt. The male saltwater crocodile measuring 4.71 m in length and weighing in at 600 kg was trapped by the rangers in the Katherine River, 320 km south of Darwin, on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency. Another 2.37-m crocodile was also caught in the river on the same day, approximately 60 km downstream of the town of ..
                 

Hollywood heart-throb of the 1950s Tab Hunter dies at 87

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