Category: World News

Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

21 April, New York: Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. “I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.” The audience at the fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community group in New York, greeted Clinton with multiple...

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One police officer killed, two injured in Paris shooting

21 April, Paris: One police officer was killed, and two others severely injured in a shooting incident Thursday evening on the Champs Elysees shopping street in Paris, authorities said. Spokesperson of the French interior ministry Pierre-Henry Brandet told local broadcaster BFMTV that the police officers were “deliberately targeted”, and the assailant was shot dead. The gunman, armed with a machine gun, got out of a car and opened fire at the police in front of the store on the street, reports quoted a witness as saying. He then began running away and injured two other officers before got shot...

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China signs over 130 transport pacts with Belt and Road countries

21 April, Beijing: China has signed more than 130 bilateral and regional transport agreements with countries involved in the Belt and Road, the Ministry of Transport said Thursday. Spokesman Wu Chungeng said at a press conference the agreements signed over the past three years covered rail, road, sea and air transportation, as well as postal services. “Transportation connectivity is the founding priority of the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative,” Wu said. The country has opened 356 international road routes for both passengers and goods, while maritime transportation services now cover all countries along the Belt and Road,...

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Former senior Taiwan affairs official sentenced to 15 years for graft

21 April, Zhengzhou: Gong Qinggai, a former senior official with the Chinese mainland’s Taiwan affairs body, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for accepting bribes totaling nearly 53.53 million yuan (around 7.78 million U.S. dollars) on Thursday. Personal assets worth five million yuan held by Gong, former deputy head of the Taiwan Work Office of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and the Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council, were confiscated, according to a statement from Anyang Intermediate People’s Court in Henan Province. His ill-gotten gains must be turned over to the state, the court...

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UK parliament votes on snap election in Brexit’s shadow

20 April, London: British Prime Minister Theresa May said Wednesday she wanted a “mandate to complete Brexit”, as MPs looked set to approve her bombshell call for a snap general election in June. In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons, May repeated that the vote would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to “frustrate the process” of leaving the European Union, which formally began last month. “I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it,” the Conservative leader said, to cheers from her lawmakers sitting behind...

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Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” executive order

19 April, Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in Kenosha, Wisconsin, initiating visa and government purchase reforms. “With this action, we are sending a powerful signal to the world: We’re going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first,” Trump told hundreds of factory workers before signing the document. The document will bring in major changes regarding the H1B visa program, including closing loopholes for immigration fraud and a shift from the current lottery system to a mechanism that favors higher paid and higher skilled workers....

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India bus crash kills 44: official

19 April, New Delhi: At least 44 people were killed and 12 others injured, some of them critically, after a passenger bus carrying them fell into river in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, officials said Wednesday. The accident took place near Guma in the remote area of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. “This afternoon, a bus carrying 56 people met with an accident and fell into river Tons, killing 44 people and injuring 12 others,” Rohan Chand Thakur, deputy commissioner of Shimla, told Xinhua via telephone.”We have rushed police and medical staff to the spot,” the...

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Police arrest 38 in major online child sex abuse swoop

19 April, The Hague: Police have arrested at least 38 suspects in over a dozen countries across Europe and Latin America after busting an online paedophile ring that used the WhatsApp chat service to distribute child pornography, Europol and Interpol said Tuesday. In coordinated swoops late last month, local and international authorities searched houses and seized hundreds of devices containing child sexual exploitation material in South and Central America as well as Germany, Italy and Spain, Europe’s policing agency Europol said in a statement. “These offenders are pushing the boundaries of modern technology to try to avoid being caught...

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More than 60 pct of Chinese read via WeChat

19 April, Beijing: A total of 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read via the popular messaging app WeChat in 2016, up 10.5 percentage points year on year, according to a survey released on Tuesday. About 68.2 percent of adults read digitally in 2016, up 4.2 percentage points than 2015, while 58.8 percent read paper books, only a 0.4 percentage-point increase, according to an annual poll on reading habits, which was carried out in 52 cities across the country. The survey, conducted by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, revealed that 66.1 percent of respondents read on their mobile...

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Mosul op has displaced nearly half a million: UN

18 April, Baghdad: The six-month-old operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has forced around half a million people to flee their homes, the United Nations said Monday. Iraqi forces began the country’s biggest military operation in years exactly six months ago and recaptured the east side of the city in January. But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mosul that lies west of the Tigris river has seen a sharp rise in displacement. “The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering,” Lise Grande, the UN’s...

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