Archive for February, 2017

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:43pm

Friends and family mourn for slain Srinivas Kuchibhotla

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Hundreds of grieving family and friends in southern India have attended the funeral of a 32-year-old man killed in an apparently racially motivated shooting in the United States that shocked the Indian-American community. Srinivas Kuchibhotla, an engineer with the US GPS-maker Garmin, died after a navy veteran is suspected of opening fire in a crowded […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:43pm

EU vote paves way for Marine Le Pen’s immunity lifting

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European Union politicians have paved the way for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to lose her parliamentary immunity over the tweeting of pictures of ISIL atrocities, according to officials from the 28-nation bloc. French prosecutors opened an investigation in December 2015 into the graphic series of tweets by the National Front (FN) leader, which […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:43pm

Donald Trump set to make first speech to Congress

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US President Donald Trump is set to address a joint session of Congress for the first time, in a televised speech laying out his agenda for the next year. Aides said Tuesday’s speech would focus on immigration, economic opportunity and national security. “All I can do is speak from the heart and say what I […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:39am

Palestinian prisoners urged to boycott Israeli courts

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Ramallah, Occupied West Bank – Palestinian officials have called for a boycott of Israel‘s military court system after Nael Barghouti, a Palestinian freed in a prisoner exchange, was rearrested and sentenced to a life term plus 18 years. Palestinian Prisoners’ Club director, Qadura Fares, told Al Jazeera that the military court system was discriminatory against […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:39am

Citizenship as commodity: Free movement for the rich

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Citizenship is one thing that is never supposed to depend on how much money you have. The sheer luck of birth and “blood” is supposed to determine what rights and privileges you have, where you can travel. But wherever blood flows, money follows. In Britain, citizenship can increasingly be bought, or at least priced. This […]

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017 at 10:39am

Helmand: Taliban kill policemen and confiscate weapons

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Taliban fighters in southern Afghanistan attacked a checkpoint with firearms and hand grenades, killing 11 policemen and confiscating weapons and ammunition. But a provincial official said Tuesday’s attack in Helmand province’s capital Lashkar Gah could be an “insider attack” as one of the guards was still missing. “An investigation is ongoing to find out if […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:39pm

Abdul Sattar Edhi: Why Google honours him today

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Abdul Sattar Edhi founded the world’s  largest volunteer ambulance network in Pakistan, the Edhi Foundation. Unlike wealthy individuals that fund charities in their names, Edhi dedicated his life to the poor from the age of 20, when he himself was penniless in Karachi . The reach of Edhi’s foundation grew internationally, and in 2015 the […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:39pm

Trump ‘seeks $54bn increase’ in military budget

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Donald Trump has reportedly proposed an increase in the 2018 US defence budget by $54bn, while imposing funding cuts to other domestic programmes and foreign aid. Administration officials, speaking on condition of anonymity at the White House’s insistence, spoke about the bid to boost military spending by about 10 percent on Monday, the same day […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:39pm

Syria opposition calls for Russian backing in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland – Syria’s main opposition group has urged Russia to put pressure on the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the hope of invigorating a crumbling peace process. The rebels’ comments on Monday at a fourth round of UN-backed talks in Geneva came as a ceasefire at home fell apart. The High Negotiations Committee […]

Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:27am

Moonlight wins best picture Oscar after onstage gaffe

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The coming-of-age drama, Moonlight, has won the Academy Award for best picture, in an extraordinary Oscar upset and an unprecedented gaffe that saw one winner swapped for another.  Best Picture: Moonlight Best Directing: Damien Chazelle – La La Land Best Actress: Emma Stone – La La Land Best Actor: Casey Affleck – Manchester by the Sea […]

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