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Pope meets Myanmar’s Suu Kyi as Rohingya crisis looms large

NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar (AFP) – Pope Francis held talks with Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Tuesday, a pivotal moment in a visit aimed at alleviating religious and ethnic hatreds that have driven huge numbers of Muslim Rohingya from the country. After meeting Suu Kyi in the capital Naypyidaw, the pontiff will deliver a keenly-awaited address — his first opportunity …

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Ivanka on India visit urges to boost women in workplace

HYDERABAD (AFP) – Ivanka Trump urged India on Tuesday to close its yawning gender gap in the job market, telling a business summit in her biggest foreign mission yet that this would bring huge economic benefits. President Donald Trump s eldest daughter urged India to seize the untapped potential in women in a speech before Prime Minister Narendra Modi and …

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Uncle of UK’s duchess Kate sentenced after hitting wife

LONDON: The uncle of Kate Middleton, Britain’s Duchess of Cambridge, behaved “like a nasty drunk” when he hit his wife during a late-night argument last month, a magistrate said on Tuesday. Gary Goldsmith, 52, was given a community order and told to attend 20 sessions of rehabilitation after admitting assaulting his wife, 47. He was also fined 5,000 pounds ($6,650). …

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Turkey opposition accuses Erdogan family of offshore transfers

ANKARA: Turkey’s main opposition party leader on Tuesday claimed he had documents to prove President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s family sent millions of dollars to a company in a tax haven. Republican People’s Party (CHP) chief Kemal Kilicdaroglu alleged members of the president’s family, including his brother, transferred around $15 million to Bellway Limited, based in the low-tax British Crown Dependency …

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Flipping lids! Chinese barber offers eyelid shaves

CHENGDU: Chinese street barber Xiong Gaowu deftly scrapes a straight razor along the inside of his customer’s eyelid. “You should be gentle, very, very gentle,” said Xiong, who performs traditional eyelid shaves at his roadside location in Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan. Customers swear by the practice of “blade wash eyes”, as it is known in …

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George H. W. Bush: The longest living US president

Breaking the record previously held by Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush has been named the longest living former President of the United States. Born on June 12, 1924, Bush Sr. served as the 41st President of the United States, and held office from 1989 to 1993. Celebrating his 93rd birthday in June, Bush has now broken former President Gerald …

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Prince Harry to marry Meghan Markle next year

(AFP) – Britain’s Prince Harry will marry his US actress girlfriend Meghan Markle early next year after the couple became engaged earlier this month, royal officials announced Monday. “His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is delighted to announce the engagement of Prince Harry to Ms Meghan Markle. The wedding will take place in Spring 2018,” Clarence House, Prince Charles’s …

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Saudi Arabia bans selfies, photos and videos at Islam’s holiest sites

The Saudi Arabian government has banned pilgrims from taking photos and videos using any devices for any purpose at Makkah’s Grand Mosque and Masjid-e-Nabvi in Madinah. The development surfaces days after Russian-born Israeli Jew Ben Tzion posted a selfie of a visit to Masjid-e-Nabvi, prompting backlash from certain individuals on social media. Instagram later suspended his account. The change in …

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Indian Army official arrested with heroin worth Rs400mn in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: An Indian army official was arrested in occupied Kashmir for possessing heroin worth Rs400 million, confirmed a top police official. The Kashmir Media Service quoted IG police as saying that the Indian army official was arrested on Sunday and the heroin recovered from his possession had Afghan markings. Around eight kilograms of pure heroin was recovered. “The consignment, which …

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