Saturday, 22 February 2020

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Bangladeshi acid victims appear on ramp in London

LONDON: A group of Bangladeshi acid attack victims took to the stage at a London fashion show in an awe inspiring act of defiance against violence towards women. The eight volunteers, who have all been subjected to violence or attacks themselves, stepped onto the catwalk at the Survivors’ Runway in a “moment ...

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Two arrested over deadly Marseille train station attack

PARIS: French police investigating the fatal stabbing of two young women in the southern city of Marseille, an attack claimed by Islamic State, have arrested two men, a judicial source said. The pair, aged 24 and 29, were arrested on Tuesday in Toulon, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) east of ...

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Man jailed after subjecting wife to 30 years of domestic abuse

SHETLAND: A Controlling husband who hosed his wife with cold water and forced her to keep a ‘mistake book’ during a 30-year reign of terror has been jailed for 32 months. Robert Simmons, 62, drew up timetables of tasks for wife Karen, divided into 15-minutes slots, and punished her if ...

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Ukraine detains two top defence officials in graft case

Ukraine’s anti-corruption bureau said it had detained a deputy defence minister and another top military official for allegedly embezzling millions in state funding through an illegal oil-purchase scheme. The announcement was the highest-profile indictment against any official since the Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) launched a graft case against the ...

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Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

MADRID/BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly. His move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and the northeastern region but also signals a way out of Spain’s ...

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Sex with child bride is rape, top Indian court rules

NEW DELHI: India’s top court on Wednesday ruled that a man is committing rape if he engages in sexual intercourse with his wife who is aged between 15 and 18, a landmark decision that will affect millions of child brides. The legal age of consent is 18 years. The law regards even consensual sex ...

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Spain’s PM demands clarity from Catalonia on independence

BARCELONA: Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Wednesday that the leader of Catalonia clarify whether he has declared the region’s independence, issuing a veiled threat that the central government could limit or rescind Catalan autonomy if he has. Rajoy said Catalan president Carles Puigdemont’s response would be crucial in deciding ...

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Trump threatens broadcaster NBC after nuclear report

US President Donald Trump has raised the prospect of challenging media licences for NBC News and other news networks after unfavourable reports. He took aim at NBC, which made him a star on The Apprentice, after it reported he wanted to boost America’s nuclear arsenal almost tenfold. Mr Trump labelled ...

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Ivana: I’m the Real First Lady; Melania: No, You’re Not

NEW YORK: Melania Trump’s spokeswoman defended the first lady following comments made by the president’s first wife, Ivana Trump, claiming she’s the one true first lady of this administration. Spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham said on behalf of Melania Trump that the first lady “has made the White House a home for ...

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Death penalty has no place in the 21st century : UN chief

UNITED NATIONS: The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, calling on all countries ,which have not forbidden the extreme practice, to urgently stop executions. “The death penalty has no place in the 21st century,” Guterres said, while speaking alongside Andrew ...

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