Thursday, 17 October 2019

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Singapore seizes 8.8 tonnes elephant ivory, pangolin scales

SINGAPORE: Singapore authorities have seized 8.8 tonnes (8,800kg) of elephant ivory, its largest ever seizure to date. Authorities estimate that the tusks, valued at $12.9m (£10.4m), have come from nearly 300 African elephants. Some 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales valued at $35.7m were also seized. It is believed to have ...

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Boris Johnson wins race to become next British prime minister

LONDON: Former London mayor Boris Johnson on Tuesday won the race to become Britain’s next prime minister, defeating Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt in the Conservative Party leadership contest. Johnson defeated Hunt by 92,153 votes to 46,656 votes cast by members of the Conservative party. He will officially replace outgoing Prime ...

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India denies Modi asked Trump to mediate Kashmir issue

NEW DELHI: India’s foreign minister was forced to issue a strenuous denial to an infuriated opposition in parliament on Tuesday, after US President Donald Trump said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had invited him to mediate in the conflict with Pakistan over Kashmir. While Pakistan has often sought third-party mediation in ...

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President Trump likely to restore $1.3 billion aid to Pakistan

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump hinted at the possibility of restoring $1.3 billion aid to its strategic ally Pakistan, which was suspended last year. The US president spoke about the possibility of restoring aid during after he met with PM Pakistan Imran Khan at the White House. President Trump said that ...

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Kenya’s finance minister to resign before arrest over corruption

NAIROBI: Kenya’s Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said on Monday July 22nd that the country’s Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury Henry Rotich, along with other senior officials, will be obliged to resign and will then be arrested over corruption, agency reported. Rotich and 27 other officials are accused ...

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Iran says it arrested 17 CIA spies and sentenced to death

DUBAI: Iran said Monday it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country’s nuclear and military sites, and that some of them have already been sentenced to death. The arrests took place over the past months, and those taken into custody ...

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Son of Australian police chief, US girlfriend found dead in Canada

TORONTO: Two homicide victims found this week in western Canada were the son of a high-ranking Australian police official and the young man´s US girlfriend, Canadian police said. The bodies of Lucas Robertson Fowler, a 23-year-old Sydney native, and Chynna Noelle Deese, 24, from the US state of North Carolina, ...

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Scotland Yard Twitter and emails hacked

LONDON’s Metropolitan Police apologised Saturday after its Twitter, emails and news pages were targeted by hackers and began pumping out a series of bizarre messages. After a series of messages late Friday that read simply “test” or seemingly random letters, the police sites began using foul language with anti-police sentiment ...

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Hong Kong on security alert amid wave of protests

HONG KONG: Tens of thousands marched in sweltering heat in Hong Kong yesterday as anti-government protests show no sign of let-up. Yesterday’s rally is the seventh weekend in-a-row that residents have come out en-masse. Large protests began last month in opposition to a contentious extradition bill that would have allowed ...

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1,000 firefighters battle wildfires in central Portugal

LISBON: Some 1,000 firefighters are working to contain wildfires in central Portugal that have already injured eight firefighters and 12 civilians, authorities said. Portugal’s Civil Protection Agency said the fires broke out Saturday across three fronts in the district of Castelo Branco, 200 kilometres (124 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the ...

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