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India: Bullied for friendship with a Muslim, Hindu woman commits suicide

(Web Desk) – Social media harassment over friendship with a Muslim man led to the suicide of a Hindu woman in the southern Indian state of Karnataka. Screenshots of a WhatsApp exchange with a friend, in which the 20-year-old stated that she ‘loved Muslims’, were shared widely on social media. Following continuous interrogation over her friendship with the man, police …

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Swiss government appeals to voters to let it levy taxes

ZURICH: Swiss Finance Minister Ueli Maurer on Tuesday pleaded with voters on Tuesday to let the federal government keep levying taxes when they decide on a new public finance law in March. Under Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, voters on March 4 will have their say on extending the federal government’s right to levy federal income tax and value-added tax. …

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Trump urges lawmakers to tackle bipartisan immigration reform

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump reiterated his demands for immigration reform during a bipartisan meeting with lawmakers on Tuesday, saying any bill to address young immigrants brought to the United States illegally must also provide a border wall. Trump, speaking to reporters as he convened the group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House, said he wants a …

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Naturalised American from India stripped of US citizenship

NEW YORK: A naturalized American from India has been stripped of his US citizenship, the first case under a government initiative designed to clamp down on fraudulent immigration, widened under the Trump administration. Baljinder Singh, 43, from Carteret, New Jersey became a naturalized citizen in 2006 after marrying his American wife. But he arrived in the Untied States in 1991, …

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North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South

SEOUL (AFP) – North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. Seoul urged that reunions of families divided by the 1950-53 Korean War — …

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Pope calls for dialogue in Korea, ban on nuclear weapons

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis called on Monday for all nations to support dialogue to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and to work for a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. In an annual speech to diplomats that has come to be known as his “State of the World” address, Francis also repeated his call for the “status quo” of …

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Fire breaks out on roof of Trump Tower

NEW YORK: Firefighters responded to an early morning fire at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, but no injuries were reported, the New York Fire Department said on Monday. According to US media outlets, the fire was caused by an electrical box and no one was injured as a result. US President Donald Trump was in Washington at the time. The …

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India: Man arrested for allegedly harassing Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter

(Web Desk) – A 32-year-old man was arrested by Mumbai police on Sunday morning for allegedly harassing and threatening to kidnap Sara Tendulkar – the daughter of former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar. Debkumar Maity, who is being reported as mentally unstable by Indian media, was arrested by a team of Mumbai police in coordination with East Midnapore district in Bengal. …

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Macron bets on horse diplomacy in China

XIAN (AFP) – In a response to panda power, French President Emmanuel Macron bet on equine diplomacy during his first state visit to China, presenting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping with a horse as a gift. The animal, a retired Republican Guard horse named Vesuve de Brekka, is in quarantine in China. But Macron was set to show a photo …

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Oprah for president? Winfrey fans urge White House run after #MeToo speech

LOS ANGELES: Oprah Winfrey fans lit up Twitter on Monday with calls for her to run for US president after the entertainment star gave an inspiring “new day” speech at an awards show in support of those who have exposed sexual misconduct in Hollywood and beyond. A surge of tweets carrying “#Oprahforpresident” and “#Oprah2020” hashtags followed her speech at the …

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