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Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

Two human rights campaigners killed in Philippines

MANILA: Two campaigners investigating alleged human rights abuses have been shot dead in the Philippines, authorities said Wednesday, deepening concerns that a “climate of impunity” is threatening rights activists. The pair, who were looking into accusations of land-grabbing by a mayor on the central island of Negros, were riding a motorcycle when gunmen on two other […]

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

Ivanka Trump a ‘rockstar’ in India, despite criticism

  HYDERABAD: Ivanka Trump on Wednesday pushed business leaders to change their attitudes toward women at an Indian summit where she has drawn mixed reviews amid criticism over her White House role and clothes brand. US President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter stole the show at the summit in Hyderabad, where Indian officials feted the 36-year-old presidential […]

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

Britain’s May to visit Saudi Arabia to discuss Yemen war with crown prince

British Prime Minister Theresa May is to visit Saudi Arabia for talks on Wednesday with its assertive crown prince over the kingdom-led war in Yemen, the second European leader to specifically seek him out as he amasses power. May’s visit is expected to include her asking Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to allow humanitarian aid […]

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Defends Confederate Monuments

Trump Chief of Staff John Kelly Defends Confederate Monuments

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly waded into the long-simmering dispute over the removal of memorials to Confederate leaders on Monday night, saying in a televised interview that “the lack of an ability to compromise led to the Civil War.” In the interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” host Laura Ingraham asked Kelly […]

Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA best player award

Ronaldo joins Messi as five-time winner of FIFA best player award

AP Cristiano Ronaldo has caught up with Lionel Messi to become a five-time winner of FIFA’s best player award. The Real Madrid forward was crowned player of the year on Monday at the FIFA Best ceremony at the London Palladium theater attended by runner-up Messi and third-placed Neymar. A second successive honour for Ronaldo was […]

Lehmann plans coaching Aussie Test side only

Lehmann plans coaching Aussie Test side only

Lehmann plans coaching Aussie Test side only SYDNEY: Australia coach Darren Lehmann Tuesday said an increasingly punishing cricket calendar may leave him with “no choice” but to hand over responsibility for the country’s ODI and T20I sides, leaving him to focus solely on Tests. Health issues and a heavy workload has seen the 47-year-old miss several […]

North Korea looms large as Trump’s challenges Iran

North Korea looms large as Trump’s challenges Iran

WASHINGTON: As President Donald Trump prepares to decide on certifying the Iran nuclear deal, the White House has come to see a rapidly escalating standoff with North Korea as both a complicating factor and a cautionary tale. By the close of business Friday, Trump is expected to declare that a landmark agreement curbing Iran’s nuclear program […]

Raise sons to be feminists like daughters: Justin Trudeau

Raise sons to be feminists like daughters: Justin Trudeau

NEW YORK: Boys need to be raised to be feminists as much as girls because “our sons have the power and the responsibility to change our culture of sexism,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote in an essay published on Wednesday. He said teaching boys to be feminists gives them a sense of justice and empathy […]

Australia tightens English requirements for foreign students

Australia tightens English requirements for foreign students

AFP SYDNEY: Australia is tightening English language requirements for foreign students in what it said on Thursday is a bid to improve standards across the country’s Aus$28 billion ($22 billion) international education market. There are more than 550,000 international students in Australia, according to government data, which lists the lucrative sector as the country’s third-largest export […]

Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

Spain gives Catalan leader 8 days to drop independence

Monitoring Desk MADRID/BARCELONA (Reuters) – Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Wednesday gave the Catalan government eight days to drop an independence bid, failing which he would suspend Catalonia’s political autonomy and rule the region directly. His move could deepen the confrontation between Madrid and the northeastern region but also signals a way out of […]

Thirteen dead in Mexican prison as authorities put down riot

Thirteen dead in Mexican prison as authorities put down riot

By AFP Relatives of inmates wait for news of their loved ones outside the Cadereyta state prison after a riot broke out at the prison, in Cadereyta Jimenez, on the outskirts of Monterrey, Mexico October 10, 2017. PHOTO: REUTERS/Daniel BecerrilMONTERREY:  Mexican security forces used lethal force Tuesday to put down a prison riot in clashes that […]