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Labour MPs attack 'hostile' Corbyn for giving allies key jobs in reshuffle
- October 07, 2016

Elsewhere in the reshuffle, key Corbyn ally Diane Abbott has been promoted to Shadow Home Secretary. In her new role, she replaces Andy Burnham, who has left Labour's front bench to concentrate on his campaign to become mayor of Greater Manchester in an election to be held next year. (more...)
SL to build 2nd refinery jointly with India SL to build 2nd refinery jointly with India
- October 07, 2016

The Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement (ETCA) between India and Sri Lanka will be signed by the end of the year, Prime Minister Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying at the India Economic Summit. He was replying to a query about Sri Lanka's views on the "surgical strikes" that the Indian Army carried out on the terror infrastructure in areas under the control of Pakistan in the early hours on September 29. (more...)
Eastern Aleppo 'could be destroyed in months'
- October 07, 2016

Syria expert Thomas Pierret said the move could be meant to undercut growing global pressure for action over the plight of civilians in east Aleppo. "It is illegal by worldwide law and it is the reality of 861,000 Syrians", said Mr. Egeland, adding: "We need to be [ruthlessly] honest with ourselves, and there is no doubt that we are failing an increasing number of civilians in Syria at this point". (more...)
Thailand detains Hong Kong teen activist Joshua Wong
- October 06, 2016

Nathan Law, legislative council of Hong Kong member and chairperson of Demosistō, will make a few brief remarks to the media at the airport. Malaysian officials said he was banned from entering the country but did not explain why. The well-known activist flew from Taiwan to Thailand on invitation by a student group to speak Thursday at an event commemorating the 40th anniversary of the October 6 Massacre, in which dozens of left-wing students were killed by paramilitary and police forces. (more...)
Wits to reopen with heavy security: Habib
- October 06, 2016

Several female student protesters at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg , South Africa, took off their clothes after violent clashes between protesters and police. Last Thursday, the university conducted a poll asking students if they wanted to resume classes on Monday. Campus security and the police were monitoring the groups to ensure that operations are not disrupted‚ UCT management said in an update at 11am. (more...)
Chiefs head into week off reeking of loss to Steelers
- October 05, 2016

When the Steelers got blasted by the Philadelphia Eagles 34-3 last week, Pittsburgh had something to look forward too, knowing one of their best players was returning from suspension in running back LeVeon Bell. I just can't wait to get out there and play. In the blowout win Sunday, Bell had a 5-yard carry with 5:57 left, then was promptly taken out of the game by coach Mike Tomlin. (more...)
'Duchess' blazer by Canadian brand Smythe apparent staple for Kate 'Duchess' blazer by Canadian brand Smythe apparent staple for Kate
- October 05, 2016

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived in the handsome region of Haida Gwaii off off of Canada's West Coast in a 25-foot Haida war canoe on Friday. Once ashore, the were met by Haida chiefs, elders and others from the community before walking to the Haida Heritage Centre and Museum . "The historic link between the Crown and the First Nations people is strong, and something that I hold dear to my heart". (more...)
Stop politicising surgical strikes: Congress
- October 05, 2016

The All India Congress Committee expressed solidarity with the government and said the party "unequivocally supported the Indian Armed Forces" and the Centre's efforts to fight terrorism. "Politics over national interest", Nirupam said in a Twitter message. Earlier in the day the ruling BJP attacked Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior Congress leader P. (more...)
Hurricane Matthew drenches Haiti, threatens catastrophe
- October 05, 2016

The Category 4 storm was already dropping heavy rains on parts of Haiti , where, as the news wire notes, many people live in areas prone to flooding. Forecasts differ on where the storm will go from there, but there's a chance that it will slam into South Florida on Thursday . The heavy rain also fell in Jamaica and threatened the Dominican Republic, which adjoins Haiti . (more...)
Netflix Converting Coffee Shops Into 'Gilmore Girls' Luke's Diner Netflix Converting Coffee Shops Into 'Gilmore Girls' Luke's Diner
- October 05, 2016

One of the constants on the beloved TV show Gilmore Girls is the copious amount of caffeine that Lorelai and Rory consume, usually at Luke's classic diner. It's part of a nationwide promotional event, taking place less than two months before Netflix releases its hotly anticipated four-episode Gilmore Girls revival. (more...)
Gary Johnson stands by being skeptical of elected officials, foreign leaders Gary Johnson stands by being skeptical of elected officials, foreign leaders
- October 05, 2016

Several weeks ago, Johnson came under fire for not being able to identify Aleppo as both the capital of Syria and a major Middle Eastern tension point that fuels the refugee crisis. "Among young people, we have just pulled equal to Hillary among millennials, the largest demographic group that exists in America today", Johnson told his supporters at the Phoenix Airport Marriott on 44th Street. (more...)
US service member killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan US service member killed by roadside bomb in Afghanistan
- October 05, 2016

Former Taliban militants past year became affiliated with the Islamic State with an estimated 3,000 fighters. To the best of his knowledge no other USA or Afghans injured in this attack , Cook added. Counterterrorism missions are commonly carried out by Special Operations troops. Cook also said there were no other casualties. "Clearly this was a service member who faced risk alongside Afghan partners". (more...)
Xiaomi finally launches its budget 4K Android TV in the US Xiaomi finally launches its budget 4K Android TV in the US
- October 05, 2016

The Mi Box is powered by Android TV which means it can run all of the apps and games that are available on the Google Play Store for Android TV. "We believe everyone is entitled to benefit from technological breakthroughs, and Mi Box is a reflection of that belief". (more...)
Pope in emotion-charged visit to Italy quake zone
- October 05, 2016

I took account of the conditions you were living in and I did now want to create a disturbance. After spending time in Amatrice, he visited two other towns hit hard by the quake. He also sent six members of the Vatican gendarmerie to help guarantee the security of people and their property in this place now reduced to rubble. "Always look ahead", he told the survivors. (more...)
Russian Federation suspends plutonium deal with USA amid worsening ties Russian Federation suspends plutonium deal with USA amid worsening ties
- October 04, 2016

Vladimir Putin has scrapped a key nuclear control agreement over "unfriendly" actions of the United States towards Russian Federation, in the latest rupture in the troubled relationship between the two countries. He also argued that the policy change would give the USA "return potential", or a chance to recycle the material back into the weapons-grade plutonium. (more...)
Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban Women in Poland strike to protest proposal for abortion ban
- October 04, 2016

They marched through the country's streets wearing black to symbolize their "grieving" for their reproductive rights in the protest, which was dubbed #BlackMonday by its organizers. He estimated that thousands of protesters congregated in Castle Square in Warsaw, and said majority were women. It is unclear how many women are taking part in the action and how widespread it will be beyond big cities. (more...)
Turkey-backed Syrian rebels lose 15 in battles with IS
- October 04, 2016

Only one of the city's four hospitals remains fully functional after the shelling of facilities last week. The short-lived cease-fire, which collapsed September 19, was followed by an intensive bombing campaign that hit infrastructure, hospitals and water stations in the besieged eastern part of Aleppo, which houses 275,000 people. (more...)
Katara murder: SC gives 25-yr-jail term to Vikas, Vishal Katara murder: SC gives 25-yr-jail term to Vikas, Vishal
- October 04, 2016

The Delhi court had handed out a life term for 25 years in jail without remission and an additional five years for destruction of evidence to the Yadav brothers, while awarding their acquaintance Sukhdev Yadav alias Pehelwan an enhanced life sentence of 25 years. (more...)
Hoyer leads Bears by Lions for first win Hoyer leads Bears by Lions for first win
- October 04, 2016

With a final score of 17-14, the three points were vital. DOWN ON DEFENSE: The Lions' defense clearly missed the injured Ezekiel Ansah and DeAndre Levy, considering they gave up 408 yards to a team that came into the game 27th in total offense . (more...)
Clinton says Trump gives 'aid, comfort' to IS recruiters Clinton says Trump gives 'aid, comfort' to IS recruiters
- October 04, 2016

But Trump leads her 51% to 33% elsewhere in the Peach State. I believe little that Mrs. Clinton says, like the time Mr. Updike pointed out, she claimed "we left the White House broke and in debt", she and her husband have raked in huge sums of money giving speeches, wow, I might pay $10, or not. (more...)
Solidarity Gesture: Indian films banned in Pakistani cinemas
- October 03, 2016

Indian Border Security Force soldiers patrol near the India-Pakistan worldwide border area at Gakhrial boder post in Akhnoor sector, about 48 kilometers from Jammu , India, Saturday, Oct. We will not be indifferent to territory being used to kill innocent citizens of our country, " he said. However on Sunday rubbishing Pakistan's claims that the attack was false, IANS reports that Indian Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh lauded the Indian soldiers for making the country proud by carrying ... (more...)
GOP looks into 9/11-bill fixes after override of veto on suits GOP looks into 9/11-bill fixes after override of veto on suits
- October 03, 2016

Of course, as the President has argued, the sword cuts both ways, and this could lead to foreign governments taking action against American interests around the globe. Other top Republicans and Democrats such as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, R-Tenn., are already working on proposed fixes to the law. (more...)
Hungary PM banks on anti-migrant vote to defy European Union 'elite' Hungary PM banks on anti-migrant vote to defy European Union 'elite'
- October 03, 2016

Voter turnout was 43.7%, according to data published on the Hungarian National Election Office website, short of the 50% participation required to make the referendum valid under Hungarian law. Just 27% of Budapest voters have voted so far, which is considerably lower than the national average and lower than any county in Hungary . "The question is phrased in such a way that it practically only invites one answer", said a 40-year-old farmer who accompanied his mother to a polling station in ... (more...)
Canadian expat, 74, killed in Mexico Canadian expat, 74, killed in Mexico
- October 02, 2016

State prosecutor spokesman Baruch Velasquez identified the Canadian as Barbara McClatchie Andrews. She said the photographer visited Merida in 2005, and "fell in love with the architecture and the sculpture and the people". A spokeswoman from Global Affairs said Canadian officials are in contact with local authorities. According to the gallery's website , McClatchie Andrews spent part of her early career as a photojournalist, publishing in National Geographic. (more...)
Fatal police shooting in Los Angeles sparks small protest
- October 02, 2016

Barry Montgomery told reporters, adding that a pursuit began after the driver refused to step out of the vehicle. They attempted a traffic stop near Western Avenue and 106th Street when the auto failed to stop and a chase began. Barry Montgomery said. Los Angeles County sheriff's officials say Thomas was armed with a knife when struggled with police officers, who used a Taser on him. (more...)
Britain ramps up humanitarian aid in Iraq ahead of Mosul offensive
- October 02, 2016

Late last month, Iraqi forces retook the town of Qayara, about 70 kilometers (45 miles) south of Mosul . Qayyarah: Iraqi forces backed by coalition aircraft retook Qayyarah from ISIL in August. The top us military officer told Congress on Thursday that he believes Russian Federation bombed a humanitarian aid convoy in Syria earlier this week, killing 20 civilians in an "unacceptable atrocity", as the bitter feud between. (more...)
India's Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for regional summit India's Modi scraps planned visit to Pakistan for regional summit
- October 02, 2016

Reports say Pakistan had asked India on August 19 to settle "outstanding disputes pertaining to India's construction of hydroelectric plants" on two of the rivers governed by it. The IWT is an worldwide treaty worked out under the auspices of the World Bank. Pakistan sees such a violation as an "act of war", the country's top foreign official said. (more...)
Want Pakistan, India to resolve differences through diplomacy
- October 02, 2016

Aiyar said that allies like Russian Federation and Iran have shifted their stands and are actively engaging with Pakistan. The report was released by the Punjab Chief Minister's Office, Dawn reported. The statement is part of a pattern to mislead the world opinion and to cover up India's reign of terror in IOK". Asserting that terrorism is the enemy of humanity, Prime Minister Modi called upon the global community to join hands to defeat terrorism. (more...)
Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia Defense secretary: US will sharpen 'military edge' in Asia
- October 02, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said . SAN DIEGO-Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he is preparing the Pentagon to enter another phase of the USA "rebalance" to Asia by harnessing emerging capabilities such as undersea drones, longer-range munitions, new torpedoes and cyber advances to sharpen the us edge in the region. (more...)
Netherlands summons Russian envoy over MH17 probe criticism
- October 02, 2016

The US has also committed to work with the JIT during its operation. The Boeing 777 passenger jet was brought down over rebel-held eastern Ukraine in July 2014 on a routine flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board including 196 Dutch citizens. (more...)
Massive typhoon hits eastern China, Taiwan, killing 5 Massive typhoon hits eastern China, Taiwan, killing 5
- October 01, 2016

Rainstorms are expected in Fujian, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Jiangxi and Anhui over the next three days. Megi, the 17th typhoon this year, brought downpours to the coastal areas of the province. The official China News Service reported that one person had died after several structures collapsed in Quanhou. Nearly 300 flights were either cancelled or delayed on Wednesday and train services were still stopped. (more...)
Philippines military alliance 'ironclad': Pentagon chief Philippines military alliance 'ironclad': Pentagon chief
- October 01, 2016

On Carter's flight from San Diego to Hawaii later Thursday, a senior defense official aboard the plane told reporters that Carter expects to hear concerns from some Southeast Asian ministers, including those from Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines, about the threat they perceive from an expected return of extremists who have been fighting for the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. (more...)
Bullet-pens used to sign historic Colombia-FARC peace deal
- October 01, 2016

Fifteen Latin American presidents as well as UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry were on hand to witness the signing. "Welcome to democracy", Santos told the rebels upon singing the accord. The stiff domestic opposition, which will make implementation even tougher, contrasts with nearly universal acclaim overseas for the accord. (more...)
Brexit is 'golden opportunity' for British free trade, minister says
- October 01, 2016

In a separate development, a German business group, the Federation of German Industries, said it would be better for the United Kingdom to pursue a so-called hard Brexit that involves fully leaving the single market. "As we establish our independent position post-Brexit, we will carry the standard of free and open trade as a badge of honor", he said. The plans say that Britain could complete its withdrawal from the European Union well within the two-year time limit laid down by Article ... (more...)
Pakistan Rejects India's Claims About Militant Strikes 'Completely' Pakistan Rejects India's Claims About Militant Strikes 'Completely'
- October 01, 2016

The Indian army said it had conducted "surgical attacks " in the disputed region to foil a "terrorist attack", according to India's Director General of Military Operations. Despite persistently urging Pakistan to not allow territory under its control to be used for terrorist activities, nothing was done, said Singh, adding that the strikes were carried out considering very specific and credible information that some terrorist units had positioned themselves to infiltrate. (more...)