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Catalan students rally en masse to kick off protest strike


October 18, 2019

BARCELONA: Catalan separatists were back out on the streets again Thursday, with students rallying as they kicked-off a two-day strike and thousands more pressing on with a long cross-country march towards Barcelona. Around 25,000 striking students and their supporters took part in a midday rally outside of Barcelona city hall, according to municipal police. Some insulted police officers and others …

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Brexit on a knife edge as PM Johnson stakes all on ‘Super Saturday’ vote


October 18, 2019

LONDON:  Britain’s exit from the European Union hung on a knife-edge on Friday as Prime Minister Boris Johnson scrambled to persuade doubters to rally behind his last-minute European Union divorce deal in an extraordinary vote in parliament. In one of the most striking flourishes of the three-year Brexit drama, Johnson confounded his opponents on Thursday by clinching a new deal …

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NZ cops trial armed patrols after mosques shooting


October 18, 2019

WELLINGTON: New Zealand police announced the introduction of armed patrols Friday in response to the Christchurch mosques massacre in which 51 Muslim worshippers were killed. The force prides itself on operating largely as an unarmed service, but Commissioner Mike Bush said changes needed to be implemented after the worst mass shooting in modern New Zealand history in March. “Following the …

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New York approves closure of notorious Rikers Island jail


October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON: New York officials on Thursday approved a multi-billion-dollar plan to close the city´s notorious Rikers Island prison and replace the sprawling complex with smaller jails. Rikers is one of America´s most high-profile prisons and has incarcerated celebrities including Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols, rapper Tupac Shakur and former International Monetary Fund managing director Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Lawyers and criminologists …

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Trump announces departure of Energy Secretary Rick Perry


October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump said Thursday Energy Secretary Rick Perry, who has been caught up the impeachment probe engulfing the US president, was standing down, marking the latest departure of a senior figure from the administration. “Rick has done a fantastic job at Energy but it was time — three years is a long time,” Trump said, speaking in Texas. “We …

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Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian is back on Twitter


October 18, 2019

BEIJING: Senior Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian is back on Twitter after he was transferred to Foreign Ministry after completing his tenure in Pakistan as Deputy Chief of Mission at Islamabad Embassy. Zhao, one of the most famous Chinese officials on Twitter, was a prolific social media user during his Pakistan posting and a staunch supporter of Pak-China ties. He was …

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Donald Trump inaugurates new Louis Vuitton US site


October 18, 2019

ALVARADO: The opening of a new Louis Vuitton production site in Texas provided a rare chance for Donald Trump to meet with a foreign business leader — and not just any business, but one the president says he knows “very well.” “It cost me a lot of money over the years,” he joked of the posh French handbag maker. Among …

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Most overrated general Mattis takes swipe at Trump


October 18, 2019

NEW YORK: Former US defense secretary James Mattis said he was honored to be the “world’s most overrated general” in a swipe at his former boss Donald Trump who insulted him earlier this week. At a gala charity dinner in New York Thursday evening, Mattis told diners he had now “achieved greatness”.”I’m not just an overrated general. I am the …

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At least 28 killed, 55 wounded in Afghan mosque blast: officials


October 18, 2019

JALALABAD: At least 28 worshippers were killed and dozens wounded by a blast inside an Afghan mosque during Friday prayers, officials said, a day after the United Nations said violence in the country had reached “unacceptable” levels. The explosion, which witnesses said collapsed the mosque´s roof, took place in eastern Nangarhar province and wounded at least 55 people, provincial governor …

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In first, spacewalk conducted by two women: NASA TV


October 18, 2019

WASHINGTON: The first ever spacewalk with an all-female team began Friday, footage broadcast by NASA showed. US astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir´s mission to replace a power controller outside the International Space Station officially began at 1138 GMT. “Christina, you may egress the airlock,” spacecraft communicator Stephanie Wilson told the two. “Friday’s all-woman spacewalk is generating public interest we …

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