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Lebanon’s journalists suffer abuse, threats covering unrest

Lebanese journalists are facing threats and wide-ranging harassment in their work — including verbal insults and physical attacks, even death threats — while reporting on nearly 50 days of anti-government protests, despite Lebanon’s reputation as a haven for free speech in a troubled region. Nationwide demonstrations erupted on Oct. 17 over a plunging economy. They quickly grew into calls for ...

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India’s Maruti Suzuki recalls over 60,000 vehicles across 3 brands

India’s largest car manufacturer Maruti Suzuki has proactively recalled 63,493 certain petrol Smart Hybrid (SHVS) variants of Ciaz, Ertiga and XL6 vehicles, the company said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange late Friday. The vehicles were manufactured by an overseas global part supplier between Jan. 1 to Nov. 21 this year for a possible defect with the Motor ...

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Space project eXTP to set example of good cooperation with China: Czech scientists

The enhanced X-Ray Timing and Polarimetry mission (eXTP) could set an example of good cooperation between the Czech Republic and China, said Czech scientists attending an international workshop on Astronomical X-Ray Optics which closed here on Friday. The eXTP is a China-led cutting-edge satellite observatory that aims to explore still mysterious celestial bodies, such as black holes and neutron stars. ...

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Inter held by Roma leaving Juventus clear to reclaim top spot in Serie A

Inter Milan were held to a goalless draw by Roma at the San Siro on Friday leaving the way open for Italian champions Juventus to reclaim top spot in Serie A this weekend. Antonio Conte’s side have a two-point advantage on Juventus who play Lazio at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday. The match in the San Siro had been overshadowed ...

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Measles deaths ‘staggering and tragic’

More than 140,000 people died from measles last year as the number of cases around the world surged once again, official estimates suggest. Most of the lives cut short were children aged under five. The situation has been described by health experts as staggering, an outrage, a tragedy and easily preventable with vaccines.Huge progress has been made since the year ...

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General election 2019: Boris Johnson and Jeremy Corbyn clash over Brexit

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn clashed over Brexit in the final head-to-head debate before the 12 December election, reports BBC. During the live debate, Mr Corbyn said Labour would bring Brexit “to an end” by negotiating a new deal and putting it back to the public in a referendum, alongside a Remain option. Mr ...

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Trump impeachment: White House signals it will not attend hearings

The White House has indicated it will not take part in further impeachment hearings in Congress due next week, reports BBC. In a letter sent to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, it urges Democrats to “end this inquiry now”.The letter does not explicitly rule out attending but officials told US media that the administration saw no reason to ...

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15 killed in Iraqi capital as assailants fire live rounds

Gunmen in cars opened fire Friday in Baghdad’s Khilani Square. leaving at least 15 people dead and 60 wounded, Iraqi security and medical officials said. At least two of the dead were policemen. Protesters fearing for their lives ran from the plaza to nearby Tahrir Square and mosques to take cover. It wasn’t immediately clear who did the shooting. The ...

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UN chief lauds Sheikh Hasina’s leadership

UN Secretary General António Guterres has praised Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s leadership in addressing the issue of climate change in the international arena. He also mentioned Bangladesh’s remarkable contribution to peace operations as well as the reputation and professionalism of Bangladeshi peacekeepers. The UN chief made the remarks when Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Bangladesh to the United Nations Rabab ...

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PM attends Bangabandhu Memorial Trust meeting

Photo: PID A meeting of the Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Memorial Trust was held at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi in the city on Friday evening. Chairperson of the trust and elder daughter of the Father of the Nation Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting. “The meeting discussed the activities of Sheikh Fazilatunnessa Mujib Memorial ...

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