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  • $14.8mn needed to fund basic services in Libya: Unicef
    Tripoli, November 10 (IANS): The UN Children's Fund (Unicef) has said that it needed $14.8 million to fund basic and life-saving services in Libya.   "The Unicef humanitarian response remains under-funded. The current funding gap stands at $ 14.8 million until the end of 2019 with major funding gaps in all life-saving health and nutrition, water, sanitation and hygiene, education and child protection activities," the world body said on Saturday.   Nearly 5,000 stu
  • Bolivian Gov's house set ablaze as protests continue
    La Paz, November 10 (IANS): The house of a Bolivian Governor was set on fire, allegedly by protesters opposed to the re-election of President Evo Morales, as widespread demonstrations and incidents continued with police insubordination reported in many places.   Videos released by supporters of President Morales' Movement for Socialism, which Governor Victor Hugo Vasquez belongs to, showed a group of people vandalizing and setting fire to his house on Saturday in Oruro depar
  • UK parties row over spending plans
    London, November 10 (IANS): A spending row has broken out after the UK's ruling Conservative Party published what it claimed would be the cost of an opposition Labour government over five years, ahead of the December 12 general election, it was reported on Sunday.   The report, compiled by the party and not the Treasury, is based on a number of commitments from Labour's annual party conference but not its manifesto, the BBC reported.   Chancellor Sajid Javid said
  • Trump may release transcript of April Ukraine call
    Washington, November 10 (IANS): US President Donald Trump has said that he was likely to release the full transcript of his April telephone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Volodymyr Zelensky on Tuesday, a day before public impeachment hearings were set to begin in the House.   "The witch hunt continues," Trump told reporters Saturday while departing the White House to attend the Louisiana State University Tigers vs. Alabama Crimson Tide football game.  
  • Three killed as cyclone Bulbul makes landfall in Bangladesh
    Dhaka, November 10 (IANS): At least three people were killed and six others injured as severe cyclonic storm 'Bulbul' made landfall in Bangladesh's western Khulna and southern Patuakhali districts, forcing evacuation of more than two million people, authorities said on Sunday. "So far we have received information on three deaths. They all died due to falling trees," said Health Emergency Operation Control Room spokesperson Enayet Hussain. Falling trees also caused th
  • Baghdadi Dead : What it means for Terrorism in West and South Asia?
    BY MAJOR GENERAL S.B. ASTHANA IANS | November 9   President Donald Trump's announcement that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the Islamic State(IS) commander, died during a US military operation in Syria, later confirmed by ISIS itself, was welcome news for all fighting terrorism or suffering from it in any part of the world. This was followed by the death of their spokesperson and arrest of his sister and wife by Turkey. After the decimation of IS caliphate, IS continues to exist in
  • Australian bushfires kill three, destroy at least 150 homes
    An Air-crane water bombing helicopter drops water on a bushfire in Harrington, Australia, November 8, 2019. AAP Image/Shane Chalker/via REUTERS   MELBOURNE, November 9 (Reuters) - Three people have died, four are missing and at least 150 homes have been destroyed as bushfires rage across eastern Australia, authorities said on Saturday.   The New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) confirmed two people had been killed by a fire near Glen Innes, more than 550 k
  • If Berlin Wall can go, so could LoC: Qureshi
    Kartarpur, November 9 (IANS) Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Quershi politicised the inauguration of the Kartarpur Corridor, saying if the Berlin Wall can be demolished, the temporary boundary of the Line of Control (LoC) can also be ended. In his address during the inauguration ceremony of Kartarpur Corridor, he said, "If the Berlin Wall can be demolished, if the Kartarpur Corridor can be opened, then the temporary boundary of the LoC can also be ended," adding that the prom
  • Bangladesh evacuates thousands ahead of cyclone Bulbul
    Dhaka, November 9 (IANS) Authorities in Bangladesh on Saturday ordered the evacuation of at least 100,000 people from coastal areas as Cyclone Bulbul was set to make landfall later in the day. The 'very severe' cyclonic storm surged northwards over the Bay of Bengal was centred about 280 to 475 km south-west of the maritime ports of Mongla, Payra, Chattogram and Cox's Bazar on Saturday afternoon, reports bdnews24. Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 km of the cyclone centre is
  • Trump opposes public hearings during impeachment inquiry
    Washington, November 9 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said that there should be no public hearings during the House of Representatives' impeachment inquiry against him, and directed White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney not to appear before the committees investigating Trump's phone call to Ukraine. "They shouldn't be having public hearings. This is a hoax," Trump said in a statement to the media on Friday before leaving on a trip to Georgia. That comment was in contrast
  • Ex-Brazilian President Lula released from prison
    Brasilia, November 9 (IANS) Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was freed from prison where he as held since April 2018, after a Supreme Court ruling that paved the way for his release. Lula's defence team on Friday morning had requested that he be freed after the court, in a 6-5 decision on Thursday night, ruled that defendants convicted of crimes cannot be imprisoned until they have exhausted all of their appeals, reports Efe news. Lula was one of the some 5,00
  • Ivanka Trump boosts female empowerment in Morocco
    Rabat, November 9 (IANS) Ivanka Trump has announced a set of female empowerment projects aimed at increasing women's employability and economic autonomy in Morocco on Friday on the last day of her trip to the north African country. The daughter and senior adviser on women's issues to United States President Donald Trump arrived in Morocco on Noveber 6 for a three-day visit with Sean Cairncross, director of the American cooperation fund Millenium Challenge Corporation (MCC). "It h
  • UK's Sussexes, Cambridges to reunite at Remembrance event
    London, November 9 (IANS) The Royal British Legion's annual Festival of Remembrance will witness the reunion of the UK's Prince William and Prince Harry along with their wives Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle, respectively on Saturday. They will join the Queen and other members of the Royal Family at the Royal Albert Hall to commemorate those who lost their lives in conflicts, the BBC reported. It comes ahead of the Remembrance Day service at the Cenotaph in central London on Sun
  • Brazil court ruling could free jailed ex-Prez Lula
    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves to the crowd from his home in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on March 5, 2016. (REUTERS File Photo)     Brasilia, November 8 (IANS): Brazil's top court has voted to overturn a rule about the jailing of criminals, a change which could lead to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being freed from custody, it was reported on Friday.   Justices voted to reinterpret the country's penal code i
  • Billionaires' wealth falls for first time since 2015
    Visitors are seen during the Monaco Yacht show, one of the most prestigious pleasure boat show in the world, highlighting hundreds of yachts for the luxury yachting industry and welcomes 580 leading companies, in the port of Monaco on September 27, 2017. (REUTERS File Photo)     ZURICH, November 8 (Reuters): The world's richest people became a little less well off last year, according to a report by UBS and PwC, as geopolitical turmoil and volatile equity market
  • Belgium formally arrests Catalan separatists at Spain's request
    Dismissed Catalan politicians Toni Comin (L), Lluis Puig (C) and Meritxell Serret (R) attend a protest in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, February 12, 2019. (REUTERS File Photo)     BRUSSELS, November 8 (Reuters): Two Catalan leaders sought by Spain for their involvement in a failed independence bid have been formally arrested in Belgium but then released pending an extradition hearing, Belgian federal prosecutors said in a statement
  • Brazil court ruling could free jailed ex-Prez Lula
    Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva waves to the crowd from his home in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on March 5, 2016. (REUTERS File Photo)     Brasilia, November 8 (IANS): Brazil's top court has voted to overturn a rule about the jailing of criminals, a change which could lead to former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being freed from custody, it was reported on Friday.   Justices voted to reinterpret the country's penal code i
  • Mauritius elects incumbent PM for five-year term
    Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters in New York, US on September 28, 2018. (REUTERS File Photo)   PORT LOUIS, November 8 (Reuters): Mauritius' ruling Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) has won more than half of parliamentary seats, securing incumbent Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth a five-year term, interim election results showed on Friday.   Thursday
  • Israel's planned Jerusalem cable car irks Palestinians
    The Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan is seen in the background as people walk on a promenade on the surrounding walls of Jerusalem's Old City on November 7, 2019. (REUTERS Photo)   JERUSALEM, November 8 (Reuters): An Israeli plan to run a cable car over Jerusalem to the walls of the Old City has angered Palestinians who say it would erase their heritage in areas they seek for a future state.   The proposed cable car would shuttle some 3,000 tourists and wor
  • Votes for women? Not without facial recognition technology in Afghanistan
    Afghan women stand in line while waiting for their turn to vote at a polling station in Mazar-i-sharif April 5, 2014. Voting was peaceful during the first few hours of Afghanistan's presidential election on Saturday, with only isolated attacks on polling stations as the country embarked on the first democratic transfer of power since the fall of a Taliban regime in 2001. (REUTERS File Photo)   KABUL, November 8 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): The first female founder of a