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Britain warns charities over sex misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

Posted by on 11/02/2018
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Britain warns charities over sex misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

Britain warns charities over sex misconduct as Oxfam scandal widens

LONDON: The British Government said yesterday it is warning all charities that receive UK aid to step up efforts to tackle sexual misconduct among staff or face having their funding cut, amid further fallout from a prostitution scandal involving Oxfam workers in Haiti in 2011. The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt revealed she was writing […]

Victims accuse Abdeslam of ‘mocking’ Belgian terror trial

Posted by on 08/02/2018
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Victims accuse Abdeslam of ‘mocking’ Belgian terror trial

Victims accuse Abdeslam of ‘mocking’ Belgian terror trial

BRUSSELS: Lawyers for police officers hurt in a shootout with Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam accused him of scorning Belgian justice after he refused to appear at his trial when it resumed yesterday. Abdeslam, 28, accused judges of being anti-Muslim, refused to answer questions, and proclaimed he put his “trust in Allah” on the first […]

German parties reach coalition deal

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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German parties reach coalition deal

German parties reach coalition deal

Merkel’s conservatives make big concessions BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) yesterday agreed to a coalition deal, taking Europe’s economic powerhouse closer to a new government after months of uncertainty that unnerved allies and investors. In a move likely to mean a shift in Germany’s euro zone policy, media reported […]

Misery for commuters as snow paralyses Paris

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Misery for commuters as snow paralyses Paris

Misery for commuters as snow paralyses Paris

PARIS: Exceptionally heavy snowfall brought public transport in Paris and surrounding regions to a near halt yesterday, spelling misery for commuters after hundreds were forced to abandon their cars to sleep in emergency shelters overnight. Icy streets were largely empty as officials urged people to leave vehicles at home following the 12 centimeters of snow […]

Pope emeritus Benedict final ‘pilgrimage’

Posted by on 07/02/2018
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Pope emeritus Benedict final ‘pilgrimage’

Pope emeritus Benedict final ‘pilgrimage’

ROME: Pope emeritus Benedict XVI hinted yesterday that is is nearing death and ready for his final “pilgrimage” at the age of 90. “In the slow decline of my physical strength, internally, I am on a pilgrimage to the House (of the Lord)”, Joseph Ratzinger wrote in a letter published in the Corriere della Sera […]

100 years of women suffrage: How one group changed British history

Posted by on 06/02/2018
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100 years of women suffrage: How one group changed British history

100 years of women suffrage: How one group changed British history

One great tragedy put an end to intolerable torture LONDON: British women won the right to vote 100 years ago after an intense struggle marked by a violent fringe campaign that shocked the country but helped to change the world. On February 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Bill became law and added to […]

UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for improved health gains

Posted by on 06/02/2018
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UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for improved health gains

UK experts urge smokers to switch to e-cigs for improved health gains

Likely to be far less harmful than regular tobacco cigarettes LONDON: Vaping, or using e-cigarettes, poses only a fraction of the health risk of tobacco smoking and should be encouraged among smokers to reap substantial health benefits, British public health experts said on Tuesday. In a review of evidence on e-cigarettes commissioned by the government-backed […]

‘I put my trust in Allah’: terror suspect

Posted by on 05/02/2018
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‘I put my trust in Allah’: terror suspect

‘I put my trust in Allah’: terror suspect

Salah Abdeslam defies Belgian judges BRUSSELS: The only surviving suspect in the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, defied Belgian judges yesterday and said he put his “trust in Allah” on the opening day of his trial for a shootout that led to his capture. The 28-year-old, who was transferred under heavy security from a jail […]

Vatican’s delicate Chinese mission runs into trouble

Posted by on 03/02/2018
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Vatican’s delicate Chinese mission runs into trouble

Vatican’s delicate Chinese mission runs into trouble

Complex row sparks a new war of words – China’s roughly 12 million Catholics are divided VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis is facing a complex row over the Vatican’s warming ties with Communist China, which have sparked a new war of words with a Hong Kong cardinal and growing bitterness among some Chinese faithful. Beijing and […]

The last surviving Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

Posted by on 01/02/2018
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The last surviving Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

The last surviving Paris attacks suspect faces trial in Belgium

Has stayed silent under interrogation since his arrest BRUSSELS: The main terror suspect behind the 2015 Paris attacks, Salah Abdeslam, goes on trial in Belgium under tight security next week over a shootout in Brussels that led to his capture. It will be the first public glimpse of the 28-year-old who led police on a […]

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims

Posted by on 01/02/2018
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Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims

Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan held in Paris over rape claims

‘He choked me so hard that I thought I was going to die’ PARIS: Prominent Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan remained in custody in Paris yesterday after spending a night behind bars over rape allegations that emerged in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. The Oxford professor was taken into custody on Wednesday as part […]

100 years of women’s suffrage: How one group changed British history

Posted by on 01/02/2018
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100 years of women’s suffrage: How one group changed British history

100 years of women’s suffrage: How one group changed British history

A major step that put the country ahead – “The intolerable torture of women” LONDON: British women won the right to vote 100 years ago after an intense struggle marked by a violent fringe campaign that shocked the country but helped to change the world. On February 6, 1918, the Representation of the People Bill […]