Tuesday, 18 January 2022

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Second Rwanda war crimes suspect, found in France

France has opened an investigation after a former Rwandan spy chief, wanted for alleged crimes against humanity, was found in France by an investigative news organisation. Aloys Ntiwiragabo was tracked down by Mediapart to Orleans, a city about 100km south-west of Paris, after the international agencies failed to find him. Ntiwiragabo is ...

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Muslims begin downsized Hajj

MAKKAH: Muslim pilgrims on July 29 begin the annual Hajj, dramatically downsized this year as the Saudi hosts strive to prevent a coronavirus outbreak during the five-day pilgrimage. The Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a must for able-bodied Muslims at least once in their lifetime, is usually ...

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Peaceful protests a ‘fundamental human right’: UN

GENEVA: As authorities worldwide grapple with swelling demonstrations over issues like political rights and racial justice, a UN committee reaffirmed that protesting peacefully, online or in person, is a fundamental human right. The independent experts on the Human Rights Committee published a fresh interpretation of the right of peaceful assembly, ...

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Iran batters dummy US aircraft carrier in Gulf exercises

TEHRAN: Iran’s Revolutionary Guards blasted a mock-up of a US aircraft carrier with missiles on Tuesday during military exercises in sensitive Gulf waters, state television reported. The exercises – dubbed “Prophet Mohammed 14th” – were held near the Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for a fifth of global ...

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China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, UK

China announced the suspension Tuesday of Hong Kong’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and Britain in a tit-for-tat move following similar decisions by those countries over a controversial new security law. Western nations have angered Beijing over their responses to the law imposed on Hong Kong which they see as ...

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New travel curbs imposed as world tackles second COVID-19 wave

LONDON/SYDNEY: Nations in Asia imposed new restrictions and an abrupt British quarantine on travellers from Spain threw Europe s vaunted summer reopening into disarray, as the world confronted the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections. In the United States, where infection rates have climbed since June, President Donald ...

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Number of global coronavirus cases tops 16 million

PARIS: The global number of coronavirus cases crossed 16 million on Sunday, more than half of them in the Americas and the Caribbean, according to an AFP tally from official sources. The 16,050,223 cases include 645,184 fatalities with the United States the worst hit country, registering 4,178,021 cases and 146,460 ...

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Oxford Student messaged teen for Sex jailed for 18 months

Oxford 27 years old student, Shiraaz Kureembokus, was jailed for 18 months after being caught out in a police sting operation. He thought he was speaking to a 14-year-old boy when in actual fact, it was a police officer. Kureembokus, who is a registered doctoral student, had been messaging the ...

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Bangladesh: Floods death toll up as conditions worsen

DHAKA: At least 111 people have now died in Bangladesh due to floods that have ravaged the country’s northern parts for almost a month, authorities said on Saturday. Eleven more fatalities were reported in various flood-hit areas as the situation continues to deteriorate since the onset of monsoon rains at the ...

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‘Anti-vaxxers are nuts’: PM Boris Johnson

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson described people opposed to vaccinations as “nuts”, as he promoted the government’s expanded programme of flu jabs. “There’s all these anti-vaxxers now. They are nuts, they are nuts,” he said as he toured a medical centre in east London. Johnson’s government has widened its ...

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