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World’s fifth largest diamond discovered in Lesotho

MASERU: A diamond thought to be the fifth largest of gem quality ever found has been discovered in Lesotho, miner Gem Diamonds said Monday, and could be worth as much as $40 million. The company unearthed the D-colour stone at the Letseng mine in the landlocked southern African country and described the 910-carat find as of “exceptional quality”. “Since Gem …

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‘Feminist’ Deneuve apologises to sex assault victims

PARIS: French film star Catherine Deneuve who touched off a worldwide feminist backlash over an open letter she had signed bashing the #MeToo movement apologised to victims of sexual assault, and said there was “nothing good” about harassment. “I warmly greet all the victims of these hideous acts who might have felt offended by that letter which appeared in Le …

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Peace efforts can only resume under international mediation: Abbas

RAMALLAH: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said on Sunday he would only accept a broad, internationally-backed panel to broker any peace talks with Israel, but did not rule out a US role in such a panel. The Palestinians are seething at US President Donald Trump’s recognition last month of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Abbas told a meeting of senior Palestinian …

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Indian army chief’s remarks can’t help preserve peace of border area: China

BEIJING: Chinese Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Lu Kang on Monday said the Indian army chief’s negative remarks about China and the Donglong border area were against the consensus reached between the two countries. “Unconstructive remarks by the senior Indian official not only go against the consensus reached between the two heads of state, they also do not conform to the efforts …

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Remand extended for Palestinian teen in viral ‘slap’ video

An Israeli military court on Monday ordered a Palestinian teenager arrested after a viral video showed her hitting two Israeli soldiers held in custody for at least another two days. Ahed Tamimi, 16, was ordered to be detained until Wednesday to allow the court time to decide whether she should be allowed out on bail ahead of her trial. Prosecutors …

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Trump, condemned for ‘shithole’ countries remark, denies comment but acknowledges ‘tough’ language

President Trump’s comments about African countries and Haiti drew condemnation from around the world Friday, putting the White House and Republicans on the defensive while casting doubt on hopes of resolving disputes in the coming weeks over immigration legislation. In a tweet Friday, Trump seemed to deny using the term “shithole” to refer to some countries during a private White …

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This is how ignorant you have to be to call Haiti a ‘shithole’

Jonathan M. Katz, a freelance journalist, is the author of “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster.” He is the director of the media and journalism initiative at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute. The president had no respect for Haiti. He could see as well as anyone …

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Trump cancels much-anticipated trip to UK: reports

US President Donald Trump has reportedly cancelled a plan to inaugurate the new US embassy in London next month, according to reports from the British media. Trump allegedly called off the plan due to his concern of not receiving a warm welcome in the United Kingdom, the Independent claimed, adding that the American head of state will instead send Secretary …

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‘A mad scramble’: How Trump tweet on Pakistan blindsided US officials

WASHINGTON: A surprise New Year’s Day tweet by US President Donald Trump in which he appeared to decree an end to US aid for Pakistan, sent US officials scrambling to suspend security assistance without even knowing how much aid they were freezing, four US officials said. The decision to freeze up to about $2 billion in security aid, according to …

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