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Day: September 6, 2017

The best two universities in the world named Oxford and Cambridge
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

The best two universities in the world named Oxford and Cambridge

    The top two universities in the world are to be found in the UK, according to a new league table. Oxford held on to first place in the latest annual Times Higher Education World University Rankings, with Cambridge rising from fourth place to take second. It is the first time that the two prestigious institutions have taken the top two spots in the 13-year history of the rankings. Out of 31 UK universities to make the top 200, 16 have seen a fall in their position, compared to last year. Phil Baty, editorial director of the THE global rankings, said UK higher education is facing "intense political pressure", but that the data shows that the nation has "many of the very best universities in the world. Overall, the rankings show Oxford in first place, followed by Cambridge an...
Murder of man investigating missing plane MH370 sparks conspiracy theories
Asia, ENGLISH

Murder of man investigating missing plane MH370 sparks conspiracy theories

    The murder of a man who spent years searching for the debris from missing plane MH370 has fuelled conspiracy theories surrounding the plane's disappearance in 2014. Zahid Raza, Honorary Consul of Malaysia, was shot dead in Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar, last week. Authorities are still trying to identify a motive. His death has prompted speculation by French news website ZINFOS 974 that he was involved in a kidnap conspiracy in 2009, while others have expressed concern about possible links between his death and his work to piece together the puzzle of the doomed Malaysian Airlines flight. US lawyer Blaine Gibson, an amateur investigator who is retrieving washed up debris from the Malaysian Airlines plane, said his friend Raza had been due to deliver new items to ...
Donald Trump Can’t Disappoint Me, We’re Not Married
ENGLISH, Europe

Donald Trump Can’t Disappoint Me, We’re Not Married

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump’s so-called bromance is not on the rocks because there was never romance to begin with, Putin told reporters on Tuesday. While visiting China for a summit of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), Putin addressed journalists questions about the increasingly cool relations between Moscow and Washington. Both administrations have said that tensions between the two countries stemming from the conflict in Ukraine reached a post-Cold War peak and have only increased in recent months, despite Putin and Trump trading pleasantries in the press. Putin refused to discuss calls in the U.S. to impeach Trump, and when he was asked for a personal assessment of his American counterpart’s performance a...
Myanmar laying landmines to prevent return of Rohingyas
Asia, ENGLISH

Myanmar laying landmines to prevent return of Rohingyas

    Myanmar has been laying landmines across a section of its border with Bangladesh, said two government sources in Dhaka, adding that the purpose may have been to prevent the return of Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence. Bangladesh will on Wednesday formally lodge a protest against the laying of land mines so close to the border, said the sources, who had direct knowledge of the situation but asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter. An army crackdown triggered by an attack on 25 August by Rohingya insurgents on Myanmar security forces has led to the killing of at least 400 people and the exodus of nearly 125,000 Rohingya to neighbouring Bangladesh, leading to a major humanitarian crisis. ‘They are putting the landmines in their territory along the barbe...
North Koreans Will Eat Grass for Kim’s Weapons
Asia, ENGLISH

North Koreans Will Eat Grass for Kim’s Weapons

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un would allow his people to eat grass before he ever gives up his nuclear and missile defense programs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday at a news conference in China. Kim and his military claimed to have tested a hydrogen bomb Sunday, the sixth overall nuclear test conducted by a regime that believes its threats keep the United States and its Asian allies at bay as they plan a pre-emptive strike to overthrow the authoritarian government. Kim is willing to go so far as to starve his people in order to keep power, Putin said while also condemning the weapons tests and saying diplomacy was the best route to handle the North. "They will eat grass but they will not turn away from the path that will provide for their security," Put...