Thursday, 22 August 2019

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Tensions high as Albania heads into disputed local polls

TIRANA: Albania will on Sunday hold bitterly disputed municipal polls that have snowballed into a democratic crisis, with the opposition boycotting the vote and refusing to recognise its results. The tense election run-up has seen bouts of violence as opposition supporters attacked polling stations around the country in a bid ...

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Bangladesh ‘Tree Man’ Wants Hands Amputated To Relieve Pain

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi known as the “Tree Man” because of bark-like growths on his body said Monday he wanted his hands amputated to relieve him of unbearable pain. Abul Bajandar has had 25 operations since 2016 to remove growths from his hands and feet caused by a rare syndrome. Doctors ...

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Pregnant woman stabbed in London, baby in critical condition

LONDON: A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder, after the pregnant woman was pronounced dead at the scene. A 26 year-old woman has been stabbed to death at a home in Raymead Avenue, Thornton Heath, Croydon, London Metropolitan Police reported. The police also said that her baby was ...

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European heatwave sets new June temperature records

FRANCE: A heatwave affecting much of Europe is expected to intensify further with countries – including France, Spain and Switzerland – expecting temperatures above 40C (104F) later on Thursday. On Wednesday, Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic recorded their highest temperatures for June. Meteorologists say hot air drawn in from ...

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Jailed daughter of late Uzbek leader returns $1.2 bn to state

TASHKENT: The jailed daughter of Uzbekistan’s former leader has begged his successor to release her after claiming she gave more than $1.0 billion to the state, while an anti-fraud ruling in her former home of Switzerland deepened her troubles. Gulnara Karimova, the 46-year-old daughter of the late strongman Islam Karimov, ...

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UN slams Taliban’s threat against Afghan media

UNITED NATIONS: The head of the United Nations mission in Afghanistan has denounced the Taliban for publicly threatening to turn media outlets in the war-torn country into military targets, stressing freedom of the press is critical and civilians should never be deliberately targeted with violence. Noting that “words must never ...

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India arrests two after women’s heads shaved for resisting rape

BIHAR: Two people have been arrested in India’s Bihar state after a group of men shaved the heads of two women as “punishment” for resisting rape. The group, which included a local official, ambushed the mother and daughter in their home with the intent of raping them, police said. When ...

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Images of drowned Salvadoran migrant and 2-year-old child stir outrage

CIUDAD VICTORIA (MEXICO) – Shocking images of a drowned Salvadoran migrant and his two-year-old daughter who died while trying to cross the Rio Grande river from Mexico to the United States have sparked outrage, underscoring the dangers faced by asylum-seekers. Twenty-five-year-old Oscar Martinez Ramirez fled El Salvador with his 21-year-old ...

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French mosque shooting: Gunman wounds two including Imam

BREST: A gunman opened fire outside a mosque in northwestern France on Thursday, wounding the local imam and another person, before fleeing the scene and later being found dead, officials said. It was not immediately clear what motivated the incident in the port city of Brest in Brittany, but Interior ...

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