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Day: May 11, 2017

What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea
Asia, ENGLISH

What Other Countries Are Doing About North Korea

    South Korean President Moon Jae-in vowed Wednesday during his swearing-in ceremony to work with government leaders across the world to rein in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and his threats of global conflict. If it is necessary, I will fly immediately to Washington and also visit Beijing and Tokyo," he said. "Under the right conditions, I will also go to Pyongyang. For peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do. With North Korea reportedly taking steps to conduct a sixth nuclear test, world leaders are increasingly debating how to stop the rogue nation from acting on its threats. In the U.S., President Donald Trump has said the tensions could result in a major, major conflict and has urged China, a close ally to Kim's government, to use its influen...
Earthquake kills eight in western China
Asia, ENGLISH

Earthquake kills eight in western China

    An earthquake rocked China’s western Xinjiang region on Thursday, killing eight people and injuring another 23 as more than 1,500 homes crumbled, state media reported. The shallow 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 5:58 am (2158 GMT Wednesday) 213 kilometres (133 miles) south-southwest of the ancient Silk Road city of Kashgar, the US Geological Survey said. Some people were buried after their adobe homes collapsed, said Wang Fuyou, Communist Party chief of Taxkorgan county, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Rescuers were searching for people trapped in the rubble in Quzgun, the worst-hit village, which has a population of 449, Wang said. More than 1,500 homes collapsed in Quzgun, Xinhua said. More than 9,000 people were relocated in the region while 1,000 soldiers a...
Brigitte Trogneux très chic or très fou: France’s First Lady and her unorthodox
ENGLISH, Europe

Brigitte Trogneux très chic or très fou: France’s First Lady and her unorthodox

    Brigitte Trogneux She's 25 years older than her husband, new French president Emmanuel Macron, but school teacher Brigitte Macron has already caught the attention of style critics for her fashion-rule breaking outfits. After falling in love when Macron attended her literature and theatre classes while she taught at La Providence a Jesuit high school in Amiens the politician described their love as a love often clandestine, often hidden, misunderstood by many before imposing itself. On May 7, Macron defeated Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election with a comfortable 65.1% to Le Pen's 35.9%, and Mrs Macron became France's new First Lady, all set to move her colourful wardrobe into Élysée Palace. As the First Lady of the world's most stylish country, a lot of eyes a...
Corbyn misses campaign appearance amid fallout from leak of draft manifesto
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Corbyn misses campaign appearance amid fallout from leak of draft manifesto

    Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has pulled out of a planned campaign appearance as the party dealt with the fallout from the sensational leak of its draft General Election manifesto. The 43-page document, which sets out plans to nationalise key industries and reverse years of austerity, was denounced by Tories as a recipe for taxes and borrowing which would put the UK on the road to ruin. But Labour’s joint election co-ordinator Andrew Gwynne played down the significance of the leak, which he said had put the party’s transformational policies at the top of the news agenda. Stressing that the document was only a draft which could be amended by a meeting of senior party and trade union figures in London on Thursday, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: It’s not ideal, but on t...
Is triple talaq fundamental to Islam, India SC asks
Asia, ENGLISH

Is triple talaq fundamental to Islam, India SC asks

    The Supreme Court on Thursday heard a batch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of triple talaq and to know whether it was fundamental to Islam. We are going to decide the validity of triple talaq, said Chief Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar, heading a Constitution bench. He asked the parties concerned to focus on whether triple talaq was fundamental to Islamic religion. The Chief Justice said that petitioners and respondents would address the court on whether triple talaq was an enforceable fundamental right. The bench sought suggestions on the broad parameters of the directions the court may issue while deciding the validity of triple talaq. Other judges on the Constitution bench are Justice Kurian Joseph, Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Uday Umesh La...
News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London
ENGLISH, London

News Brief: Bangladesh High Commission London

President M Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in separate messages greeted the Buddhist community on the occasion. President M Abdul Hamid yesterday urged all irrespective of party affiliation, opinion and religious belief to play a proper role for the national development upholding communal harmony and tradition. He was exchanging greetings with the Buddhist community at Bangabhaban on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. The President hoped that the Buddhist community would continue to put their efforts for country’s overall development upholding the traditional norms and containing the immortal ideology of Lord Buddha. Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist community, was celebrated amid religious fervour and festivity across the country yesterday. Buddha P...