Friday, 18 January 2019

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World ‘way off course’, UN warns at crunch climate summit

UN: The world is “way off course” in its plan to prevent catastrophic climate change, the United Nations warned Monday as nations gathered in Poland to chart a way for mankind to avert runaway global warming. After a string of damning scientific reports showing humanity must drastically slash its greenhouse ...

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Thousands of Georgians protest ‘stolen election’

TBILISI: Around 25,000 Georgians protested Sunday against the election of a ruling party-backed candidate to the presidency and demanded snap parliamentary polls in a move that threatens to complicate the transition of power in the Western-backed nation. Holding Georgian and EU flags, protesters alleged vote-buying and other irregularities as they ...

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Violent clashes in Paris as anti-Macron protesters return

PARIS-AFP: Groups of masked protesters battled police through clouds of tear gas near Paris’ Champs Elysees Saturday as thousands took part in a third weekend of “yellow vest” demonstrations, which have morphed from anger over fuel taxes into a broader anti-government movement. The violence broke out early after crowds began ...

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Trump aides caught in web of deception over Russia contacts

WASHINGTON-AP: One lied about his knowledge of Russian-hacked emails, another about a Russian real estate deal, a third about dialogue over sanctions with a Russian ambassador. A pattern of deception by advisers to President Donald Trump, aimed at covering up Russia-related contacts during the 2016 campaign and transition period, has ...

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Egypt unearths eight ancient mummies

CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered eight mummies dating back over 2,300 years at a pyramid complex south of Cairo, authorities said Wednesday. “The Egyptian archaeological mission working at the south eastern area of King Amenemhat II’s pyramid in Dahshur Necropolis has uncovered a number of ancient burials with eight coffins,” the ...

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Five dead, 32 injured in Hong Kong coach crash

HONG KONG: Five people were killed and 32 injured when a coach carrying Cathay Pacific staff to Hong Kong´s airport collided with a taxi on Friday, police said, with passengers thrown from the coach´s windows on impact. The back half of the taxi was completely crushed and both sides of ...

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Piece of Eiffel Tower staircase sells for 169,000 euros in Paris auction

PARIS: A piece of the original spiral staircase from the Eiffel Tower, Paris’s most famous attraction, was sold for 169,000 euros ($190,885) on Tuesday, a spokesman for auction house Artcurial said, three times the initial estimate. The successful bidder, an unidentified collector from the Middle East, acquired a section of ...

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The National Assembly largely votes against the ban on spanking

LONDON: Towards the end of spanking or slapping for children? The National Assembly adopted in the night of Thursday to Friday, a bill of largely symbolic scope aimed at prohibiting the “ordinary educational violence”, on which the opponents made themselves discreet. The text of the MoDem, co-signed by elected representatives of ...

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Opera on Benazir Bhutto’s life to open in Pittsburgh next year

NEW YORK: A noted American company is producing an opera on the life and legacy of Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, the former prime minister of Pakistan who was assassinated in 2007. Created by eminent Emirati-American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and award-winning Pakistani author Mohammed Hanif, the opera titled Bhutto will premier in ...

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