Friday, 17 August 2018


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Turkey slaps retaliatory tariff hikes on key US products

ISTANBUL: Turkey hiked tariffs on imports of several key US products in retaliation for American sanctions against Ankara, as a bitter dispute between the two allies that has battered the Turkish lira showed no sign of ending. The lira – which lost just under a quarter of its value on ...

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US threatens more Turkey sanctions if pastor not freed

WASHINGTON: Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin warned the United States would levy more sanctions on the troubled Turkish economy if Ankara does not soon release a jailed American pastor. Deepening a spat that has rattled financial markets and threated to split a long-standing defense and political alliance, Mnuchin suggested the next ...

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Former Indian prime minister Vajpayee passes away

NEW DELHI: Three-time Indian prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee died Thursday, sparking tributes from across the political spectrum as current leader Narendra Modi mourned the “irreplaceable loss” of the respected statesman. The 93-year-old had battled poor health for years but his condition deteriorated sharply in recent days, with doctors placing ...

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3-year-old dies in Thailand after being left in school van

BANGKOK: A three-year-old kindergartener died after she was left behind in a hot school van in Thailand, police said Thursday after arresting the driver. The girl was discovered Wednesday afternoon after her mother went to pick her up at the end of school in the southern province of Pattani and ...

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Malaysia court rules N. Korea assassination trial can proceed

KUALA LUMPUR: The murder trial of two women accused of assassinating the half-brother of North Korea’s leader can proceed, a Malaysian court ruled, in a blow to their families who insist the pair were tricked into carrying out the dramatic hit. After hearing the prosecution case, the judge said there ...

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Models protest Denmark’s burka ban at Copenhagen Fashion Week

Copenhagen-Danish designer Reza Etamadi used the runway to make a political statement at Copenhagen Fashion Week. The fashion show for his streetwear label’s latest collection MUF10 featured models in burkas and niqabs alongside police officers. It took place just days after Denmark’s full-face veil ban came into effect. “I have ...

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1,000 Child’s Sexually Abused By US Priests

PENNSYLVANIA: A monumental grand jury report shows that over 300 priests sexually abused over 1,000 minors in Pennsylvania for 70 years,  while the church protected perpetrators, blamed victims. A Pennsylvania grand jury released its report of a two-year investigation into sexual abuses by Catholic priests across 67 counties throughout the ...

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Masked Gangs set fire to dozens of vehicles in Sweden

STOCKHOLM: Up to 80 cars were set on fire overnight across western Sweden by masked vandals, police said on Tuesday, in what they suspect was a coordinated attack weeks before a general election. Most of the cars were burned at around 20 locations in Sweden’s second largest city of Gothenburg ...

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At least 39 people killed in Italian bridge collapse

  MILAN: Rescuers scoured the wreckage of Italy’s bridge collapse on Wednesday (Aug 15) as the death toll climbed to 39 and the government blamed the bridge’s private owner, demanding resignations and moving to strip its toll concession. “We’re currently at 39 confirmed deaths and some people missing,” Deputy Prime ...

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