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The girl who was ‘stolen’ by a soldier

The girl who was ‘stolen’ by a soldier

Image copyrightISABELINA PINTO FAMILY ARCHIVES Image captionIsabelina Pinto (second from right) is seen here as a child a few days before she was taken away When she was only five years old, Isabelina Pinto was taken from her family by an Indonesian soldier. She was one of thousands of children taken to Indonesia during its […]

Brazil meat scandal: China and others lift ban

Brazil meat scandal: China and others lift ban

Image copyrightEPA Image captionChina and Hong Kong combined buy a quarter of Brazil’s red meat exports China has lifted a total ban on imports of Brazilian meat imposed over allegations that companies have been selling unsafe produce for years. Brazil’s Agriculture Minister Blairo Maggi says the move follows a “giant effort” by officials to explain […]

Sylhet blasts kill four amid Bangladesh militant raid

Sylhet blasts kill four amid Bangladesh militant raid

Image copyrightAFP Image captionSecurity forces have been exchanging gunfire with a group of suspected militants holed up in an apartment building in Sylhet Six people – two police officers and four civilians – have been killed in twin bombings in north-eastern Bangladesh, officials say. The blasts in Sylhet occurred near an apartment building where commandoes […]

Night-time loo trips ‘linked to salt in diet’

Night-time loo trips ‘linked to salt in diet’

Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES Image captionNot again… People who wake at night with an urge to go to the loo may need to cut back on salt in their diets, doctors from Japan are suggesting. The problem – called nocturia – which mainly affects the over-60s, leads to disrupted sleep and can significantly affect people’s lives. […]

Hong Kong election: Beijing-backed Lam first female leader

Hong Kong election: Beijing-backed Lam first female leader

Media captionHong Kong’s three candidate: the nanny, Mr Pringles or the judge? Carrie Lam has been elected as Hong Kong’s new leader – the first woman to hold the top job. Mrs Lam, 59, had the backing of the Chinese government in Beijing and was widely expected to win. Hong Kong has a degree of […]

Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership

Beijing favourite Lam wins Hong Kong leadership

AFP Carrie Lam is accompanied by her husband and son after she won the election for Hong Kong’s Chief Executive.—Reuters Beijing favourite Carrie Lam was selected as Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday by a mainly pro-China committee, in an election dismissed as a sham by democracy activists who fear the loss of the city’s […]

Trump asked his supporters to watch Fox News host. She then called on Paul Ryan to step down.

Trump asked his supporters to watch Fox News host. She then called on Paul Ryan to step down.

House Speaker Paul Ryan leaves after telling the news media that he has pulled the health-care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Speaking about the failure of the bill: Ryan said: “We came really close today, but we came up short.”  A Fox News personality – whom President Donald Trump […]

China recovers $1.25bn from 2,566 fugitives

China recovers $1.25bn from 2,566 fugitives

REUTERS BEIJING: China has captured 2,566 fugitives who had fled to more than 90 countries and regions and recovered 8.6 billion yuan ($1.25 billion) of illicit funds from 2014 to 2016, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday. Among them, 1,283 turned themselves in or were persuaded to return to China, Xinhua reported, citing […]

US military investigating alleged civilian casualties in Mosul strike

US military investigating alleged civilian casualties in Mosul strike

AFP BAGHDAD: The US-led coalition against the militant Islamic State group said on Saturday that it struck a location in west Mosul where civilians were reportedly killed by aerial bombing. “An initial review of strike data… indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi security forces, the coalition struck (IS) fighters and equipment, March 17, […]

Thousands march in London against looming Brexit

Thousands march in London against looming Brexit

AFP LONDON: Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters took to London’s streets on Saturday, in defiance of the terror threat, to mark the bloc’s 60th anniversary just days before Brexit begins. Organisers said around 80,000 people had joined the march calling for Britain to stay in the European Union, even as Prime Minister Theresa May […]

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

For Trump, it was the lost art of the deal

Web Desk WASHINGTON: In the end, the Closer couldn’t close the deal. For President Donald Trump, the collapse on Friday of his first legislative priority, a healthcare reform bill, was an embarrassing loss of face after he and his administration insisted up until the time of the vote by the US House of Representatives that […]

A dangerous crossroads

A dangerous crossroads

THE soldier was grinning, his wounds bandaged but blood still on his hands. He had the weary, cynical, joyful eyes of a man who had survived. Gunfire cracked around the little concrete hut in which he talked, outgoing mortars and a tank that blazed away into Jobar every few minutes from an outcrop of the […]

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