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Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

Philippine court upholds guilty verdict on US Marine in transgender woman’s killing

by: Agencies     MANILA, PHILIPPINES:  The Philippine Court of Appeals has upheld a guilty verdict on a US Marine for killing a transgender woman nearly three years ago, a case that stirred debate over the US military presence in its former colony. A lower court had found Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton guilty of […]

Major protest in Hungary over Soros university law

Major protest in Hungary over Soros university law

By AFP BUDAPEST:  Hungary saw the biggest anti-government protest in three years on Sunday, as tens of thousands demonstrated against new higher education legislation seen as targeting the respected Central European University. The marchers included students and staff of the university, many wearing the blue of the CEU and some waving Hungarian, EU as well […]

‘Militant’ wanted for Karachi airport attack, SP Aslam murder killed in Sukkur shootout

‘Militant’ wanted for Karachi airport attack, SP Aslam murder killed in Sukkur shootout

Crime Report A ‘highly wanted militant’ suspected of involvement in several incidents of terrorism including the 2014 Karachi airport attack, the Mehran base attack and the murder of Superintendent Police Chaudhry Aslam was killed in a Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) ‘encounter’ in Sukkur on Sunday night, police said. The suspected militant, identified as Kamran Jamshed Bhatti, […]

What the Mountbattens’ younger daughter knew about their life in India and their open marriage

What the Mountbattens’ younger daughter knew about their life in India and their open marriage

DEVAPRIYA ROY The success of Crown on Netflix has shown, yet again, the potential of the British aristocracy – as an idea – to weather in public perception all manner of progressive thinking, anti-imperial or anti-class, post-colonial or post-Church, that would blanket banish them, Sue Townsend-style, to some remote council estate or other. Apparently, the […]

AT STRATEGIC SHOAL, CHINA ASSERTS POWER THROUGH CONTROL, AND CONCESSIONS

AT STRATEGIC SHOAL, CHINA ASSERTS POWER THROUGH CONTROL, AND CONCESSIONS

SCARBOROUGH SHOAL – Far out in the South China Sea, where dark blue meets bright turquoise, a miles-long row of fishing boats anchor near Scarborough Shoal, backed by a small armada of coastguard projecting China’s power in Asia’s most disputed waters. China still calls the shots at the prime fishing spot and has boosted its […]

UK CONSUMER SPENDING GROWS AT SLOWEST RATE IN THREE YEARS: VISA

UK CONSUMER SPENDING GROWS AT SLOWEST RATE IN THREE YEARS: VISA

LONDON – British consumer spending increased at the slowest annual pace in more than three years in the first three months of 2017, in a further sign that one of the economy’s main engines is losing steam as Brexit preparations begin, a survey showed on Monday. Payment card company Visa (V.N) said real-terms spending increased […]

OIL PRICES FIRM ON STRONG DEMAND, POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY IN SYRIA

OIL PRICES FIRM ON STRONG DEMAND, POLITICAL UNCERTAINTY IN SYRIA

SINGAPORE – Oil prices were firm on Monday, supported by strong demand and political uncertainty in Syria, although another rise in US drilling activity kept a lid on gains. Brent crude futures LCOc1, the international benchmark for oil, were at $55.28 per barrel at 0226 GMT, up 4 cents from their last close. US West […]

ASIAN STOCKS STRUGGLE, DOLLAR SHINES AS GEOPOLITICAL RISKS GROW

ASIAN STOCKS STRUGGLE, DOLLAR SHINES AS GEOPOLITICAL RISKS GROW

HONG KONG – Asian stocks slipped on Monday as increased geopolitical risks prompted investors to favour safe-haven bets such as government debt while the greenback was supported by Federal Reserve policy tightening expectations. The rise in risks of a conflict contrasts with market watchers’ outlook for the global economy, which is perhaps the most optimistic […]

Janet Jackson splits from husband of five years

Janet Jackson splits from husband of five years

DESK REPORT Three months after having their first child, Janet Jackson and her husband Wissam Al-Mana have split ways. Sources close to the couple told DailyMail, “Sadly, Janet and Wissam have decided that it wasn’t working and to go their separate ways.” Though they’ll be separated, the two have decided to co-parent their first-born, Eissa […]

Ex-Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden details mission in new book

Ex-Navy SEAL who killed bin Laden details mission in new book

By News Desk Former Navy SEAL who claims he killed Osama bin Laden has penned a detailed account of how he took down the al Qaeda leader in his new book. Robert O’Neill, in his memoir The Operator: Firing the Shots that Killed Bin Laden, stands by his controversial claim that he was solely responsible for […]

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain

By AFP MADRID:  The wife of a Russian computer scientist arrested in Spain has reportedly been told by police he is being held over a computer virus linked to Donald Trump’s US election victory. The man was picked up at Barcelona airport on Friday “by officers of the police technological investigation unit following an international […]

Beijing offers cash rewards to unearth foreign spies

Beijing offers cash rewards to unearth foreign spies

By AFP BEIJING:  China’s capital is stepping up a campaign against foreign espionage from Monday, offering rewards ranging from $1,500 to $73,000 to citizens who blow the whistle on suspected spies, state media said. Since taking office in 2013, President Xi Jinping has overseen a raft of laws and campaigns to secure China’s national security […]

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