Sunday, 23 February 2020

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A decade of climate change: Earth’s temperature hottest on record

MADRID (Reuters) – The past decade is almost certain to be the hottest on record, weather experts warned on Tuesday, painting a bleak picture of vanishing sea ice, devastating heatwaves and encroaching seas in a report launched at a climate summit in Spain. An annual assessment of the Earth’s climate ...

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France: Massive strikes strangle Paris for 12th day

PARIS: Massive strikes in France continued for a 12th day to protest President Emmanuel Macron’s proposed pension reform, causing serious disruptions in transportation, health and the public sector in the capital Paris and other cities. In Paris, eight metro lines and around 20 metro stations were closed with other lines ...

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Johnson wins ‘huge’ mandate for swift Brexit in UK election

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union within weeks. The Brexit divorce represents Britain’s biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world’s ...

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British-Indian candidates register strong result in UK election

MANCHESTER: All the Indian-origin MPs from the previous Parliament were successful in clinching their seats, with Gagan Mohindra and Claire Coutinho for the Conservative Party and Navendru Mishra for Labour among the first-timers. Indian-origin candidates across both the Conservative and Labour parties on Friday registered strong results in the UK’s ...

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Two dead in India as protests escalate over citizenship law

GUWAHATI: Violent mobs in India’s northeastern state of Assam torched buildings and clashed with police, leaving two dead and 11 with bullet wounds, as protests grew over a new citizenship law for non-Muslim minorities from some neighbouring countries. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist government has said the Citizenship Amendment ...

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Suu Kyi criticised in court over ‘silence’ on Myanmar rape claims

LONDON: The Gambia condemned Aung San Suu Kyi’s “silence” over the plight of Rohingya Muslims after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate defended Myanmar against genocide charges at the UN’s top court. Lawyers for the mostly Muslim African country said her arguments that Myanmar’s 2017 military crackdown was a “clearance operation” ...

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Police report arson attacks, vandalism overnight in Hong Kong

HONG KONG police said they arrested three people in connection with arson and vandalism in Kowloon late Wednesday. In a news release on Thursday morning, the police said three people – a 15-year-old girl, a 16-year-old boy and a 29-year-old man – were arrested in connection with vandalizing public buses. ...

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Boycott rallies rock Algeria day before presidential poll

ALGIERS: Algerian police violently dispersed an anti-vote protest in Algiers, on the eve of a widely unpopular presidential election. As a helicopter flew overhead, more than 200 anti-riot police charged protesters assembled outside the capital’s central post office, injuring at least eight people, an AFP journalist said. About 30 protesters ...

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70 soldiers killed in attack on Nigerian military camp

NIAMEY: Suspected militants attacked a military camp in western Niger, killing at least 70 soldiers, authorities said, according to local media. The overnight attack took place in the village of Inates near the border with Mali, where fighters linked to Islamic State have long been active. “It was a position ...

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