No reason why I can’t rule Catalonia remotely, exiled leader Carles says

MADRID, JANUARY 19 (Reuters): The sacked former leader of Catalonia said on Friday he was perfectly eligible to be re-elected as regional president and there was no reason why he couldn’t rule the Spanish region remotely from self-imposed exile in Brussels.   Supporters of Carles Puigdemont, who faces arrest for charges including sedition and rebellion […]

32 children from ‘terrorist school’ in Somalia rescued

MOGADISHU,JANUARY 19 (REUTERS): Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group.   “The 32 children are safe and the government is looking after them. It is unfortunate that terrorists are recruiting children to their […]

Philippines halts sending workers to Kuwait over deaths, abuses

MANILA, JANUARY 19 (REUTERS): The Philippines suspended the sending of workers to Kuwait on Friday, its labour minister said, a day after the country’s president complained of abuses being inflicted on Filipino domestic helpers, leading to several suicides.   Labour Secretary Silvestre Belo said the halt on sending workers to Kuwait would be in force […]

I’ll be a prime minister and a mum: New Zealand PM announces pregnancy

I’ll be a prime minister and a mum: New Zealand PM announces pregnancy

Jacinda Ardern, along with her husband, speaking to reporters outside her Auckland home after the announcement.   The popular 37-year-old politician’s pregnancy is one of the very few examples of an elected leader holding office while pregnant and the first in New Zealand’s history. Pakistan’s Benazir Bhutto gave birth while she was prime minister in […]

GST slashed on 29 items, 54 services

New Delhi, January 19 (IANS): The Goods and Services Tax Council on Thursday decided to slash the GST rate on 54 services and 29 items, including old and used motor vehicles, public transport buses run on bio-fuels, sugar-boiled confectionery and packaged water, but could not finalise measures for simplification of the GSTN returns. The much-talked […]

News in brief

Honda Cars India recalls over 22,800 units New Delhi, January 19 (IANS): Automobile manufacturer Honda Cars India (HCIL) on Friday recalled 22,834 vehicles as part of its “precautionary global recall” to fix a faulty passenger-facing front airbag. “HCIL today announced that it will voluntarily replace Takata passenger front airbag inflators of 22,834 vehicles of 2013 […]

Over 21k new registrations on Day 1 of e-way Bill portal launch

New Delhi, January 19 (IANS): Over 21,000 new registrations were received by the e-way bill portal on the first day of opening registrations for the system in all the states of the country, the Goods and Services Tax Network (GSTN) said on Friday.   According to the statement, taxpayers and transporters have shown enthusiastic response […]

More Rohingya flee Myanmar as B’desh prepares to start repatriation

TEKNAF, JANUARY 19 (REUTERS): More than 100 Rohingya Muslims have crossed into Bangladesh from Myanmar since Wednesday, with the latest refugees saying army operations are continuing in troubled Rakhine State, raising doubts about plans to send back 655,500 who had already fled.   Scores more were waiting to cross the Naf river that forms the […]

Rohingya leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

Rohingya leaders draw up demands ahead of repatriation

A Rohingya refugee looks at the full moon with a child in tow at Balukhali refugee camp near Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. (REUTERS File Photo)   KUTUPALONG, JANUARY 19 (REUTERS): Rohingya leaders in a Bangladesh refugee camp have drawn up a list of demands they want Myanmar to meet before authorities begin sending back hundreds of […]

China to enshrine Xi’s thought into state constitution

China to enshrine Xi’s thought into state constitution

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron, not shown, at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on January 9. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING, JANUARY 19 (REUTERS): China’s ruling Communist Party will enshrine President Xi Jinping’s political thought into the country’s constitution, state media said on […]

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU

An illustration picture shows a man starting his Twitter App on a mobile device in Hanau near Frankfurt. (REUTERS File Photo)   BRUSSELS, January 19 (REUTERS): Social media companies Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube have accelerated removals of online hate speech, reviewing more than two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show. […]

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