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Day: December 7, 2016

Scottish transport minister caught driving without insurance
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Scottish transport minister caught driving without insurance

    Holyrood Transport Minister Humza YousafHolyrood Transport Minister Humza Yousaf made an “honest mistake” after a routine roadside check found he was driving with no insurance. The Scottish Government minister said he would not be contesting the charge after he got behind the wheel of a friend’s car when he was not insured to drive other vehicles. Police Scotland pulled the car over on the A835 near Dingwall at around 7pm on Friday December 2, the Scottish Sun reported. Transport Minister Humza Yousaf at Edinburgh Waverley stationIt is understood he was sharing the driving with a friend on the way to a St Andrew’s Night dinner in Ullapool in the Scottish Highlands at the time. The incident comes at a time when Mr Yousaf is under pressure at Holyrood over the performance on...
Hundreds of nude selfies of women taken as collateral for Chinese loans
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Hundreds of nude selfies of women taken as collateral for Chinese loans

    Women were asked to send naked photos of themselves (picture posed by a model)Hundreds of photos and videos of naked women used as collateral for loans on a Chinese online lending service have leaked onto the web, highlighting regulatory problems in the fast-growing peer-to-peer marketplace. A 10-gigabyte file posted on the internet exposed the personal details of more than 160 young women who were asked to provide the explicit material to secure money through online lending platform Jiedaibao. Launched by JD Capital in 2015, Jiedaibao allows lenders to operate anonymously but requires borrowers to reveal their real names when making transactions. Loan amounts and interest rates can be customised to meet the needs of users - often people who have a hard time accessing loan...
Saudi Arabia sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran
Arab world, ENGLISH

Saudi Arabia sentences 15 people to death for spying for Iran

    A Saudi court on Tuesday sentenced 15 people to death for spying for the kingdom's arch-adversary Iran, Saudi-owned media reported, a ruling that could heighten antagonism between the regional powers. The Specialised Criminal Court in Riyadh sentenced 15 other defendants to prison terms ranging from six months to 25 years, and acquitted two of them, the Arabic-language al-Riyadh newspaper said on its website. The defendants - comprising 30 Saudi Shi'ite Muslims, one Iranian and an Afghan - were detained in 2013 on charges of espionage for Iran and went on trial in February. Tuesday's rulings are subject to appeal, and death sentences must go to the king for ratification. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi denied that any Iranian spying had occurred in Saudi A...
Singer Junaid Jamshed accused of blaspheming Muhammad feared dead in Pakistan plane crash
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Singer Junaid Jamshed accused of blaspheming Muhammad feared dead in Pakistan plane crash

    Iconic singer Junaid Jamshed is feared dead following the crash of a Pakistan International Airlines flight. Local reports claim the pop star turned entrepreneur and preacher was travelling with his wife on the flight, which went missing on its route from Chitral to Islamabad on 7 December. It is reported that 47 people were on flight PK-661 when the aircraft lost contact with ground control. Jamshed's death is yet to be confirmed but local reporter Hamid Hir tweeted: Close friends of Junaid Jamshed are saying he along with his wife were travelling on PIA plane crashed coming from Chitral to Islamabad. Jamshed, 52, was best known as a recording artist and began his music career in 1983 after completing a degree in engineering from the University Of Engineering And Technolo...
Trump is Time magazine Person of the Year
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Trump is Time magazine Person of the Year

    Time magazine has named US President-elect Donald Trump as its Person of the Year. "It's a great honour, it means a lot," Mr Trump told NBC's Today show in an interview shortly after the announcement. Time's managing editor Nancy Gibbs called the choice "straightforward". The magazine wrote that it had chosen Mr Trump for reminding America that demagoguery feeds on despair and that truth is only as powerful as the trust in those who speak it, for empowering a hidden electorate by mainstreaming its furies and live-streaming its fears, and for framing tomorrow's political culture by demolishing yesterday's. Every TIME Person Of The Year Cover EverIt is the 90th time the magazine has named a person who has had "the greatest influence, for better or worse, on the events of the...
UK facing tsunami threat could devastate British coastal towns
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

UK facing tsunami threat could devastate British coastal towns

    UK facing tsunami threat from unstable Canary IslandThe UK is facing the threat of a tsunami which is being downplayed, an expert has claimed. Unstable volcanic land in La Palma, Canary Islands, could trigger an eruption and set off the natural disaster , scientists warn. Research suggests a part of land the volume of the Isle of Man could break away from Britain and smash into the Atlantic Ocean. This could result in a huge tsunami with waves up to three metres high, threatening to swallow coastal towns such as Plymouth. The looming tsunami would travel faster than a jet aircraft, and would devastate much of southern Britain as well as the eastern seaboard of America, reports Plymouth Herald . Dr Simon Day, of University College London, said the country needed to prepare ...