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Day: December 21, 2015

Miss Universe: Miss Colombia mistakenly crowned as winner
ENGLISH

Miss Universe: Miss Colombia mistakenly crowned as winner

    The host of the Miss Universe has apologised after mistakenly naming the wrong woman as winner, leaving Miss Colombia empty handed. After the error, Ariadna Gutierrez was instead declared runner-up and surrendered her crown to Miss Philippines, Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach. #MissUniverse2015 became Twitter's biggest trend of the night as social media users expressed their disbelief. Ms Wurtzbach has since told reporters that she wishes Ms Gutierrez well. "I'm very sorry, I did not take the crown away from her and I wish her well in whatever she wants to pursue after this pageant," she said. Ms Gutierrez also addressed fans in a backstage video that has been shared on the pageant's official page. She said: "Everything happens for a reason so I'm happy for all that I did." At the en...
Umrah visas open for Bangladeshis
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Umrah visas open for Bangladeshis

    The government of Saudi Arabia has lifted restrictions on issuing Umrah visas to Bangladeshi pilgrims. A high official of the foreign ministry confirmed the development to The Bangla Media in Dhaka. Earlier in March this year, Saudi authorities stopped issuing Umrah visas to the Bangladeshis on the allegation of smuggling of migrants into the Arab country.
91 missing from landslide that buries buildings in China
Asia, ENGLISH

91 missing from landslide that buries buildings in China

    Rescuers were searching Monday for at least 91 missing people a day after a mountain of excavated soil and construction waste buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen. China's official Xinhua News Agency said the landslide buried or damaged 33 buildings in the industrial park in Shenzhen, a major manufacturing center in Guangdong province across the border from Hong Kong that makes products used around the world ranging from cellphones to cars. Aerial photos on the microblog of the Public Security Ministry's Firefighting Bureau showed the area awash in a sea of red mud, with several buildings either knocked on their side or collapsed entirely. Posts on the microblog said mud had thoroughly infused many of ...
Six ways the Government plans to improve road safety
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Six ways the Government plans to improve road safety

    The Department for Transport (DfT) has revealed a series of proposals in a bid to improve safety on Britain’s roads. A series of consultations on each of the specific proposals will take place in 2016, and they could come into force over the next few years. Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “Britain has some of the safest roads in the world but we are always looking to improve that record. “Today we are delivering common sense proposals that balance tougher penalties for dangerous drivers with practical steps to help youngsters and other more vulnerable groups stay safe on our roads.” The proposals, outlined below, come after a series of new laws were introduced in 2015 – including a ban on smoking in cars containing children, and an increase in speed limits of ...
Review of police gun use ordered by David Cameron
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Review of police gun use ordered by David Cameron

    The prime minister has ordered a review of the use of guns by police in England and Wales following the Paris attacks, the BBC understands. The review will examine whether the law gives enough support to officers making a "split-second" decision to shoot. It follows concerns from senior police that firearms officers do not have the necessary legal or political backing to work with confidence. Labour has warned of possible damage to community relations with the police. Gunmen and suicide bombers killed 130 people in Paris when they attacked a concert hall, a major stadium, restaurants and bars almost simultaneously on 13 November. BBC political correspondent Chris Mason says the atrocity has provoked deep soul-searching within government and among the police, raising the qu...