Monday, 17 June 2019

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India’s top judge accused of sexual harassment

NEW DELHI: India’s most senior judge has been accused of sexual harassment by a former Supreme Court employee. Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi called the accusations made by a 35-year-old junior court assistant “unbelievable” and said they were an attempt to stop him from hearing important cases. Saying judicial independence was at ...

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Egypt vote on referendum extending el-Sissi’s rule to 2030

Egyptians were being asked on Saturday to vote on constitutional amendments that would allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in power until 2030. The three-day voting period for the nationwide referendum starts at 9am (0700 GMT) on Saturday on proposed changes that would also further enshrine the military’s role in ...

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Journalist killed in ‘terrorist attack’ in Northern Ireland

LONDON: A 29-year-old journalist was killed night in Northern Ireland in a “terrorist incident,” local police said. Lyra McKee, who had been observing a police operation in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry, was shot dead, according to the police. Assistant Chief Constable Mark Hamilton said the shooting ...

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Japan to continue buying F-35 jets despite recent plane crash

TOKYO: Earlier this month, Tokyo announced that the whole fleet of Japan Air Self-Defence Force (JASDF) F-35A stealth fighters would be temporarily grounded in the wake of a plane crash that happened during drills. Japanese Defence Minister Takeshi Iwaya announced on Saturday that Tokyo would continue buying American fighter jets despite the ...

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No Pakistani killed in Indian air strike: Sushma Swaraj

AHMADABAD: Speaking at a women’s rally in Ahmadabad, India’s External Affairs Minister and BJP leader Sushma Swaraj had acknowledged that no Pakistani soldier or citizen had died in the Balakot air strike. She claimed the air strike had been carried out in “self-defence”. “When we carried out air strike across ...

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Bangladesh schoolgirl burned to death on teacher’s order

DHAKA: A schoolgirl was burned to death in Bangladesh on the orders of her head teacher after she reported him for sexually harassing her, police said on Friday. The death of the 19-year-old, Nusrat Jahan Rafi, last week sparked protests across the country, with the prime minister promising to prosecute ...

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6.1 strong earthquake hits Taiwan

TAIPEI: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake jolted Taiwan, the US Geological Survey said, disrupting traffic and injuring 17 people. In the capital Taipei, highrises swayed while some panicked schoolchildren fled their classrooms in eastern Yilan county, according to reports. The quake was felt across the island and a highway connecting Yilan and ...

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Malian PM resigns as anger mounts over massacre

BAMAKO: Mali’s prime minister resigned along with his entire government following criticism over their handling of an upsurge of violence in the centre of the country and a massacre last month that left 160 people dead. A statement from President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita’s office said he had accepted Soumeylou Boubeye ...

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Armed groups attack Haftar-controlled air base in Libya

TRIPOLI: The World Health Organisation (WHO) stated that as many as 205 people have been killed and 913 more injured since the beginning of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) offensive on Tripoli. An armed group attacked on Thursday a key air base in Southern Libya under the control of Field Marshal ...

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Notre-Dame to get temporary wooden ‘ephemeral cathedral’ during rebuilding

PARIS: Catholic worshippers feeling orphaned by the fire that ravaged part of Notre-Dame will be welcomed in an “ephemeral cathedral” of wood in front of the Paris monument until it reopens, Notre-Dame’s chief priest said Thursday. Speaking to France’s CNews television channel Monsignor Patrick Chauvet said, “We mustn’t say ‘the ...

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