Saturday, 20 April 2019

AFP

China to complete $545mn modernisation for Tajik smelter

DUSHANBE: China’s state-owned engineering company CMEC will modernise Tajikistan’s flagship aluminium smelter in a $545 million deal, a representative for the smelter told AFP Friday. A representative for Talco confirmed to AFP via telephone that “the contract between CMEC (China Machinery Engineering Corporation) and Talco was signed on April 15,” ...

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Journalist killed in ‘terrorist attack’ in Northern Ireland

LONDON: A 29-year-old journalist was killed night in Northern Ireland in a “terrorist incident,” local police said. Lyra McKee, who had been observing a police operation in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry, was shot dead, according to the police. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the shooting ...

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England’s Archer takes aim at Pakistan as World Cup looms

LONDON: Jofra Archer insisted his focus was on Pakistan following an England call-up that could see him make a late charge into the hosts World Cup squad. Dynamic all-rounder Archer was included Wednesday in a 17-man squad for next month s one-day internationals against Pakistan and Ireland. The Barbados-born rising ...

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Uber wins $1bn investment from Toyota

TOKYO: Japanese car giant Toyota and investment fund SoftBank Vision Fund on Friday unveiled an investment of $1 billion in US company Uber to drive forward the development of driverless ridesharing services. The latest cash injection, expected to close in the third quarter this year, came amid fevered anticipation of ...

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Bangladesh film star sorry after India election expulsion

DHAKA: A Bangladesh film star has apologised after he was expelled from India for taking part in election campaigning, but found support in his country’s foreign minister who said the giant neighbour had overreacted. Ferdous Ahmad has starred in more than 200 films, and was kicked out of India on ...

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Bangladesh schoolgirl burned to death on teacher’s order

DHAKA: A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday. The death of the 19-year-old, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, last week sparked protests across the country, with the prime minister promising to prosecute ...

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Facebook stored ‘millions’ of unencrypted Instagram passwords

SAN FRANCISCO: “Millions” of Instagram users had their passwords stored in unencrypted form on internal servers, Facebook said, raising its original estimate of tens of thousands. “We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” ...

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Sri Lanka sack Malinga as World Cup captain

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka axed Lasith Malinga as captain for the upcoming World Cup, and announced Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne was being brought in to lead the side. Chairman of selectors Asantha de Mel said they wanted “somebody who can get the team together” at the event in England and Wales. ...

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6.1 strong earthquake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed while some panicked schoolchildren fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan county, according to reports. The quake was felt across the island and a highway connecting Yilan and ...

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Malian PM resigns as anger mounts over massacre

BAMAKO: Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye ...

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