Sunday, 7 March 2021

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U.S. Govt probes Microsoft’s effort to boost diversity

NEW YORK: Microsoft says the U.S. Labor Department is scrutinizing its efforts to boost Black employment and leadership at the tech company. Microsoft disclosed in a blog post that it received a letter from the agency last week asking about the company’s June pledge to double the number of Black ...

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Armenia ready to talk cease-fire amid Azerbaijan clashes

YEREVAN: Officials in Armenia said Friday the country is ready to discuss a cease-fire in the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, where heavy fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces has continued for six straight days, killing dozens and leaving scores wounded. This week’s fighting is the biggest escalation in years in ...

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Former Audi chief on trial in Volkswagen’s scandal

FRANKFURT: The former head of Volkswagen’s Audi luxury car division and three others went on trial Wednesday on charges related to the company’s cheating on diesel car emissions tests. The proceedings represent the first criminal trial in Germany over the scandal that erupted five years ago and has cost the ...

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Tensions mount as Armenia and Azerbaijan continue fighting

LONDON: Armenian and Azerbaijani forces accused each other of attacks on their territory on Tuesday, as fighting over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh continued for a third straight day following the resumption of violence in the decades-old conflict. The renewed fighting prompted calls from around the world for a ceasefire, before hostilities ...

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At UN, Pakistani leader calls India a sponsor of hate

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday assailed India’s Hindu nationalist government and its moves to cement control of Muslim-majority Kashmir, calling India a state sponsor of hatred and prejudice against Islam. Khan said at the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders that Islamophobia rules India and threatens the ...

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Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

CAIRO: An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses and some of their acquaintances, ...

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EU unveils plan to combat racism, increase diversity

BRUSSELS: The European Commission presented a series of measures aimed at tackling structural racism and discrimination, acknowledging a blatant lack of diversity among the European Union’s institutions. The bloc’s executive arm set out its action plan for the next five years, which includes strengthening the current legal framework, recruiting an ...

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Man sentenced to prison for stalking Taylor Swift

NASHVILLE, Tenn: A federal judge has sentenced an Austin, Texas, man to 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty to stalking and sending threatening letters and emails to pop star Taylor Swift’s former record label. According to records filed in federal court, Eric Swarbrick was given the sentence during ...

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Crews battle wildfires in western United States as smoke travels world

PORTLAND: As fire crews continued to battle deadly wildfires sweeping the western United States, thousands of evacuees in Oregon and other states faced a daily struggle while scientists in Europe tracked the smoke on Wednesday as it spread on an intercontinental scale. With state resources stretched to their limit, President ...

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