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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Nepal ex-Speaker gets clean chit in attempt to rape case

February 18, 2020 5:20:25 am

K B Mahara, a senior leader of the ruling Nepal Communist Party, walked free from the Dillibazar jail soon after a judge at the Kathmandu district court read out his judgment declaring Mahara innocent in the case.

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Silicon Valley heads to Europe, nervous about new rules

February 17, 2020 9:57:37 pm

The main reason so many Silicon Valley executives are paying court in the European Union’s capital: EU lawmakers are debating a new digital policy, including first-of-its-kind rules on the ways that artificial intelligence can be used by companies.

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Europe’s busiest airport hit by a second day of disruptions

February 17, 2020 8:10:13 pm

About 60 arrivals at Heathrow Airport were disrupted, reflecting almost 10 per cent of the total number. Those troubles come a day after some 130 flights airlines were cancelled.

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Indian taxi driver saved elderly woman from being scammed out of $25,000 in US

February 17, 2020 8:51:15 pm

Raj Singh, the owner of Roseville Cab, picked up a 92-year-old woman who mentioned that she was headed to a bank to withdraw a large sum of money to settle an Internal Revenue Service debt, CNN reported on Sunday.

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Burning tyres and sore feet: Lagos bristles under bike ban

February 17, 2020 6:13:12 pm

Lagos state Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu outlawed the loosely regulated motorbikes and rickshaws, citing safety and security concerns.

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Japan on brink of recession as economy contracts, virus heightens risk

February 17, 2020 5:26:00 pm

"There's a pretty good chance the economy will suffer another contraction in January-March. The virus will mainly hit inbound tourism and exports, but could also weigh on domestic consumption quite a lot," said Taro Saito, executive research fellow at NLI Research Institute.

IMF’s Georgieva says lack of reforms is hurting global economy

February 17, 2020 2:18:30 pm

Even before the scale of the coronavirus outbreak in China became clear, the IMF predicted the world economy will strengthen in 2020 at a slightly weaker pace than previously anticipated amid threats related to trade and tensions in the Middle East.

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China’s Xi Jinping, under fire, says he led Coronavirus fight early on

February 17, 2020 10:35:33 am

Authorities have acknowledged for the first time that Xi was aware of the epidemic and involved in the response nearly two weeks before he first spoke publicly about it — and while officials at its epicenter in the city of Wuhan were still playing down its dangers.

Australia should ease travel ban on foreigners from China – ambassador

February 17, 2020 10:35:09 am

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said Canberra would be guided by advice from medical experts, despite growing pressure on the Australian economy.

One dead, 4 wounded in Connecticut club shooting

One dead, 4 wounded in Connecticut club shooting

February 17, 2020 8:50:26 am

A 28-year-old man died in the shooting at the Majestic Lounge in Hartford's South End early Sunday, police Lt. Paul Cicero said.

China sees rise in new virus cases, death toll rises by 105

China sees rise in new coronavirus cases, death toll rises by 105

February 17, 2020 8:43:19 am

The 2,048 new cases followed three days of declines but were up by just 39 cases from the previous day's figure.

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Afghan President Ghani: US-Taliban deal to come within days

February 17, 2020 8:03:54 am

At the Munich Security Conference, the Afghan leader refused to confirm the US-Taliban deal but said a proper announcement will be made in a week to ten days. He also said the US and Afghanistan are now on the same page.

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UN says Libya arms embargo a ‘joke’, demands accountability

February 16, 2020 9:55:52 pm

"It's complicated because there are violations by land, sea and air, but it needs to be monitored and there needs to be accountability," UN Deputy Special Representative to Libya Stephanie Williams told a news conference, adding that Libya was now awash with advanced weapons.

Iran: Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Qeshm island in Persian Gulf

Iran: Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Qeshm island in Persian Gulf

February 16, 2020 8:45:40 pm

The United States Geological Survey gave the magnitude of the quake as 5.5. Qeshm island lies close to the Strait of Hormuz, a vital waterway through which about a fifth of the world's oil passes.

Afghanistan: Nine homeless drug users shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul

Afghanistan: Nine homeless drug users shot dead by unidentified gunmen in Kabul

February 16, 2020 4:26:01 pm

There are an estimated 2.5 million drug users in Afghanistan, the Ministry of Public Health says, with most thought to addicted to heroin made from opium poppies grown in Afghanistan.

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One dead, four wounded in Connecticut club shooting: Police

February 16, 2020 8:07:39 pm

In a tweet posted around 3 a.m., police described the location as a nightclub in Hartford's South End. The address provided in the tweet corresponds to the location of Majestic Lounge.

To tame coronavirus, Mao-style social control blankets China

February 16, 2020 5:07:49 pm

The nation is battling the coronavirus outbreak with a grassroots mobilization reminiscent of former Communist Chairman Mao Zedong’s mass crusades, not seen in China in decades — essentially entrusting front-line epidemic prevention to a supercharged version of a neighborhood watch.

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A presidency increasingly guided by suspicion and distrust

February 16, 2020 2:19:04 pm

In the last week and a half, Trump has pushed out two witnesses who testified in the House inquiry, stripped a nomination from an official he blamed for being insufficiently loyal and assailed prosecutors, a judge and even the jury forewoman in the case of his friend Roger Stone.

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The end of Australia as we know it

February 16, 2020 12:14:40 pm

A recent Australia Institute survey found that 57% of Australians have been directly affected by the bush fires or their smoke. With officials in New South Wales announcing Thursday that heavy rain had helped them finally extinguish or control all the state’s fires that have raged this Australian summer, the country seems to be reflecting and wondering what comes next.

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UN official says airstrikes kill over 30 civilians in Yemen

February 16, 2020 11:08:51 am

Yemen conflict has killed over 100,000 people, including fighters and civilians, according to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project, which tracks violence reports in Yemen. The war also created the world's worst humanitarian crisis, leaving millions suffering from food and medical shortages.