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Day: August 10, 2016

Mayor of London Calls For Delay In Setting Brexit
ENGLISH, London

Mayor of London Calls For Delay In Setting Brexit

    The Government should postpone triggering Article 50 until next autumn, the Mayor of London has told to the British Media. Sadiq Khan said that waiting until after French and German elections next year will give European negotiators latitude to achieve a deal with Britain that squares the circle of access to the single market without freedom of movement. Mr Khan was speaking in Sky's special documentary Out & Proud: Where Brexit Leaves Us Now. He said: "I lost the argument and now it's for them to persuade the EU how we can get the best of both worlds, how it's possible to have access to the single market and not have free movement of labour. Maybe waiting for French and German elections to be out of the way gives the new French president or German chancellor more of a...
India’s Iron Lady ends hunger strike to enter politics
Asia, ENGLISH

India’s Iron Lady ends hunger strike to enter politics

    An Indian rights activist who has waged what is thought to be the world's longest hunger strike ended her 16-year fast yesterday after vowing to continue her struggle by standing for election in her home state, reports AFP. Irom Sharmila, dubbed the Iron Lady of Manipur for her unwavering protest against alleged rights abuses by security forces in the insurgency-hit northeast Indian state, was released on bail after she promised a court she would end her fast. The 44-year-old had been held in judicial custody on charges of attempting suicide -- still a criminal offence in India -- and confined to a hospital where she was force-fed through a nasal tube. Speaking to journalists outside the court in the Manipur capital Imphal, she said her long campaign had not worked. "I wen...
Russia can outgun British troops on the battlefield
ENGLISH, Europe

Russia can outgun British troops on the battlefield

    The Russian army can outgun British troops on the battlefield, a leaked report suggests, following military advances by the Kremlin. The assessment by the British Army's warfare branch, seen by The Times newspaper, warned that Russian weapons, including rocket launchers and air defence systems, were more powerful than their British equivalents. It came as Vladimir Putin and Theresa May on Tuesday spoke for the first time since she took office and both expressed dissatisfaction with the current state of Russian-British relations . The announcement by the Kremlin could herald the start of improved relations between the two countries that have been strained since the 2006 poisoning death of ex-Russian spy Alexander Litvinenko and the Ukraine crisis, among other issues. In the...
Jamayat Leader ex MP Shakhawat sentenced to death penalty
Bangladesh, ENGLISH

Jamayat Leader ex MP Shakhawat sentenced to death penalty

    Former MP Sakhawat Hossain has been give death penalty and life term imprisonment to seven others for their crimes against humanity during the Liberation War. The three-member ICT-1 led by justice Md Anwarul Haque pronounced the verdict. Of the accused, Mawlana Sakhawat and Md Billal Hossain Biswas are in custody while six others remain fugitive. Besides, Lutfor Morol died of cardiac arrest in police custody on May 6, 2016. A three-member ICT bench headed by Justice Anwarul Haque fixed the date yesterday for announcing the verdict. Earlier, on July 14, the tribunal kept the verdict on CAV (curia advisory vault, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict). All the accused are facing five charges for crimes against humanity committed during the War of Liberation in ...
Fire in Baghdad hospital at Maternity ward: Kills newborn 12 babies
Arab world, ENGLISH

Fire in Baghdad hospital at Maternity ward: Kills newborn 12 babies

    A fire ripped through a maternity ward at a Baghdad hospital overnight, killing 12 newborn babies, government officials said Wednesday, a deadly blaze that was likely caused by faulty electrical wiring. By morning, grief-stricken fathers searched for their missing newborns in vain while angry relatives gathered outside the Yarmouk hospital in western Baghdad blamed the government for the tragedy. The hospital director, Saad Hatem Ahmed, said the blaze broke out late on Tuesday night and that the initial investigation indicated it was an electrical fire. Ahmed said 29 female patients and eight babies were moved from the ward where the fire broke out and transferred to another hospital. Baghdad authorities initially sealed off the hospital but later allowed some media into t...