Friday, 15 December 2017

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Markle adds sparkle to British royal Christmas

Britain's Prince Harry poses with Meghan Markle in the Sunken Garden of Kensington Palace, London

LONDON: Meghan Markle is to become the first fiancee invited to spend Christmas with the British royal family – a move hailed on Thursday as a sea change in the monarchy’s traditionalist attitude. Prince Harry’s bride-to-be will join the royals at Sandringham, Queen Elizabeth II’s private estate in Norfolk, eastern ...

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Afghan women officers train at Indian military academy

Afghan women officers train

KABUL: From shooting an AK-47 to dealing with computer-simulated sieges, 20 Afghan women officers are being put through their paces at a military training academy in India. They are the first Afghan women to attend the academy in the south Indian city of Chennai, which has been training men from ...

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Britain First leader arrested in Belfast

Paul Golding

BELFAST: The leader of the far-right group Britain First was arrested in Northern Ireland on Thursday over speeches made at a Belfast rally. Paul Golding, 35, was detained after accompanying his deputy, Jayda Fransen, to a court appearance in Belfast, where she faces charges of “using threatening, abusive, insulting words ...

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David Cameron: Donald Trump’s fake news tweets are dangerous

David Cameron

David Cameron has launched a scathing attack on Donald Trump, accusing the US president of “undermining democracy” with his attacks on the media. In his first UK speech since leaving Downing St last year, the former prime minister said Mr Trump’s tactic of dismissing criticism as “fake news” was weakening ...

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At least 6,700 Rohingya killed in Myanmar, says aid group

Rohingya

BANGKOK: International aid group Doctors Without Borders said its field survey has found at least 6,700 Rohingya Muslims were killed between August and September in a crackdown by Myanmar’s security forces. The group, known by its French acronym MSF, said in a statement made available Thursday that it had conducted ...

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Westminster rape trial: victim fed story to press

LONDON: A woman who claims she was raped by a Tory aide approached the press the next day ‘to ensure a sympathetic write-up’, a court heard. Samuel Armstrong, 24, is accused of raping the woman in the early hours of October 14 last year. At Southwark Crown Court today, jurors ...

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Feminism is word of year for 2017

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WASHINGTON: Merriam-Webster dictionary on Tuesday announced its word of the year for 2017 is “feminism”. “Feminism” was the word most looked up in its online dictionary throughout the year, generating 70 percent more searches than last year, said Merriam-Webster. The word is defined in Merriam-Webster as “the theory of the ...

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‘Monster’ Fatberg Set To Be Exhibited In London Museum

'Monster' Fatberg London Museum

LONDON: A slice of the “monster” fatberg that clogged up sewers in London is set to go on display in the Museum of London next year. The 130-tonne blob, over 250 meters (820 feet) long, was a congealed mass of waste products and included fat, oil, grease, wet wipes and sanitary products. It was found ...

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Bangladesh police question New York bomber’s wife

Akayed Ullah

DHAKA: Bangladeshi counter terrorism officers on Tuesday questioned the wife of New York subway bomber Akayed Ullah and said he had visited the family in Dhaka in September. Police said Ullah, an immigrant from Bangladesh who set off a crude bomb strapped to his body in a crowded New York ...

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Russia begins troop withdrawal from Syria

Russia-Syria

MOSCOW: Russia has begun a partial withdrawal of its troops in Syria under the order of President Vladimir Putin, local media reported on Tuesday. Putin announced the withdrawal during an unannounced visit to the Hmeymim military airfield in Syria on Monday. The first withdrawal includes 23 warplanes, two Ka-52 helicopters, ...

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