Friday, 16 April 2021

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Diners at clandestine Paris soiree fined for lockdown breaches

(FILES) (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP) PARIS – More than 110 people dining at a clandestine restaurant were fined late yesterday for violating a Covid-19 lockdown, Paris police said, days after the government denied allegations that ministers had attended similar underground soirees. The swoop in the French capital’s 19th ...

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26 killed after quake rocks Indonesia’s Java island

JAKARTA – At least 26 people were killed after a 6.0 magnitude quake struck off the coast of Indonesia’s main Java island, its disaster agency said Saturday, as the country reels from a cyclone disaster in another part of the archipelago. The afternoon quake hit offshore about 45 kilometres southwest ...

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Indian troops shoot dead 4 in fresh election bloodshed

KOLKATA – Five people were killed in fresh election bloodshed in the Indian state of West Bengal on Saturday, including four shot dead by paramilitary troops “in self-defence”, officials said. West Bengal in eastern India has seen thousands killed in decades of political violence, and the current state election campaign ...

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Japan steps up marijuana warnings following legalization in NYC

(photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images) TOKYO – Following the recent legalization of the recreational use of marijuana in New York and New Jersey, the Foreign Ministry in Japan is urging its citizens visiting or living in those states to continue to stay away from the drug. The ...

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Prince Philip dead at age 99

(Photo by Adrian DENNIS / POOL / AFP / Files) LONDON – Britain’s Prince Philip, a constant presence at Queen Elizabeth II’s side for decades, died Friday at age 99, Buckingham Palace announced. The death of the Duke of Edinburgh is a profound loss for the 94-year-old monarch, who once ...

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US climate envoy Kerry praises but prods coal-hungry India

US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry. File/AFP US climate envoy John Kerry has praised India as a “world leader” in renewable energy but said during a visit to the fossil fuel-dependent nation that the globe needs to phase out coal faster. India is the world’s third-biggest emitter of ...

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Britain slams ‘bullying’ Myanmar over London embassy standoff

Myanmar’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Kyaw Zwar Minn, waits unsuccessfully for an answer on the intercom, as police officers stand on duty outside the Myanmar Embassy in London. – AFP LONDON (AFP) – Britain condemned “bullying” by the Myanmar junta after the country’s ambassador to London was ousted in ...

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Xi urges Europe to ‘make positive efforts with China’ in Merkel call

Photo by Wu Zhiyi/China Daily BEIJING – President Xi Jinping told German leader Angela Merkel during a phone call Wednesday that he hoped Europe would “make positive efforts with China”, Chinese state media reported, following an international row over the treatment of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. The call ...

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