Monday, 24 September 2018

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Boris Johnson splits from wife

LONDON: Britain’s former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, who is tipped as a future prime minister, revealed Friday that he has separated from his wife and the couple are getting a divorce. The 54-year-old, who quit his role in July in opposition to the government’s plan for Brexit, made the announcement ...

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Hopes fade for Japan quake survivors

TOKYO: Japanese rescue workers with bulldozers and sniffer dogs scrabbled through the mud Friday to find survivors from a landslide that buried houses after a powerful quake, as the death toll rose to 18. Around 22 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma, where ...

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India court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling

NEW DELHI: In a historic verdict, India’s Supreme Court ruled that gay sex is no longer a criminal offence in the country. The ruling overturns a 2013 judgement that upheld a colonial-era law, known as section 377, under which gay sex is categorised as an “unnatural offence”. It is one ...

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Migration truce shatters in Germany after violence

BERLIN: A tense truce within German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative camp imploded Thursday after her hardline interior minister defended protests marred by neo-Nazi violence and blasted immigration as “the mother of all political problems”. The latest shots across Merkel’s bow came just two months after the minister, Horst Seehofer, threatened ...

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UN condemns twin bombings in Kabul sports centre

  KABUL: The United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) condemned an attack on a Kabul sports centre on Wednesday, which killed at least 22 people, including first-responders, sportsmen, and two journalists who were covering the initial bombing for a local news agency. Around 75 others were wounded, according to ...

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Mass grave site with 166 bodies found in Mexico

MEXICO CITY: Mexican authorities discovered at least 166 bodies at a mass grave site in Veracruz state, prosecutors said Thursday, the latest horrifying find in a region hit by bloody drug cartel turf wars. Home to the city of Veracruz, one of Mexico’s largest ports, the eastern state has a ...

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Sajid Javid demands action from tech giants over child abuse

LONDON: Britain warned that internet giants could face new laws if they fail to tackle online child abuse content, revealing that up to 80,000 people in the country were deemed to pose a threat. “The threat has evolved quicker than industry’s response and industry has not kept up. I am ...

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UK seeks two Russian ‘agents’ over spy poisoning

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said that two Russian military intelligence officials carried out a nerve agent attack on a former spy on British soil, as prosecutors issued a warrant for the suspects’ arrest. Police identified Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov as the men who allegedly tried to kill ...

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Fukushima nuclear plant worker death from radiation

TOKYO: Japan has announced for the first time that a worker at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant has died after being exposed to radiation, Japanese media reported. The man aged in his 50s developed lung cancer after he was involved in emergency work at the plant between March and December ...

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China fumes as British warship sails near South China Sea islands

BEIJING: China expressed anger on Thursday after a British Royal Navy warship sailed close to islands claimed by China in the South China Sea late last month, saying Britain was engaged in “provocation” and that it had lodged a strong complaint. The HMS Albion, a 22,000 ton amphibious warship carrying ...

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