Thursday, 18 October 2018

World

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Smoke forces Melania Trump’s plane back to military base

  WASHINGTON: First lady Melania Trump’s plane was forced to return to a Washington area military base because of smoke in the cabin, temporarily delaying her trip to a Philadelphia hospital. Her spokeswoman, Stephanie Grisham, said “everyone is fine and everyone is safe” after the plane returned to Joint Base ...

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UAE charges British PhD student with spying

DUBAI – The United Arab Emirates has charged a British PhD student with spying in the Gulf country, as his wife called on Britain to defend his innocence. Matthew Hedges stands accused of “spying for a foreign country, jeopardising the military, political and economic security of the state”, UAE attorney ...

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UK visa cost to rise for non-EU immigrants

LONDON: The overall cost of a UK visa for non-EU citizens willrise from December as part of plans to raise the immigration health surcharge (IHS), payable when students, professionals and family members apply for a visa. The current surcharge is £200 a year, and it will increase to £400, with ...

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Ethiopian PM hands half of cabinet to women

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed unveiled a downsized cabinet where, in a first, half the members are women, a top official said. Women occupy key positions in the 20-member cabinet that includes a newly created Ministry of Peace to oversee the federal police and intelligence agencies, Abiy’s Chief of Staff ...

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Canada now world’s largest legal marijuana marketplace

TORONTO: Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland. Power was first in line ...

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Stormy Daniels fails in defamation case against Donald Trump

WASHINGTON: A US federal court judge has dismissed porn actor Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit against US President Donald Trump. Daniels alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 and sued him in April. The lawsuit came after Trump tweeted about a composite sketch of a man Daniels says threatened ...

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Prince Harry, Meghan Markle expecting a baby

LONDON: Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are expecting a baby in the spring of 2019, an official statement said. “The Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very pleased to announce that the Duchess of Sussex is expecting a baby in the spring ...

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Australia gives $37-million boost to spending on youth mental health

Australia will spend an extra A$51.8 million ($37 million) on support to young people with mental health issues, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The announcement comes a week ahead of a crucial by-election for Morrison’s ruling Liberal-National coalition, and the money will go to Headspace, a government youth group that ...

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Texas: 4 killed in shooting at toddler’s birthday party

TEXAS: An argument escalated into a backyard shooting at a toddler’s birthday party in South Texas, leaving four men dead and a fifth man wounded, authorities said Sunday. The shooting happened at a child’s first birthday party Saturday afternoon in Taft, 12 miles (19 kilometers) north of Corpus Christi, the ...

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France floods: Death toll revised to at least 11

  AT LEAST 11 people died when violent rainstorms turned rivers into raging torrents in southwest France on Monday, prompting some of the deadliest flooding in years, officials said. The equivalent of three months of rain was dumped overnight in the region of Carcassonne in just a few hours, sending ...

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