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Day: December 17, 2017

Welsh woman ties knot in Oz’s first gay marriage in Australia
Australia, ENGLISH

Welsh woman ties knot in Oz’s first gay marriage in Australia

    Australia's first same-sex wedding has taken place following the country's vote to legalise gay marriage. Welsh-born Lauren Price, 31, and Amy Laker, 29, tied the knot in Sydney where they were pronounced "wife and wife" in front of 65 guests. It had been thought that the first possible date for same-sex weddings would be 9 January because of a four-week waiting period after the ground-breaking legislation was passed earlier this month. But the brides had special permission to marry without giving a month's notice to the New South Wales registry of births, deaths and marriages under a special exemption on financial grounds. Ms Price's family had already making the trip down under from Wales as the couple had planned to marry at the British consulate under UK law b...
Indian woman’s UK visa rejected for being over qualified in English
Asia, ENGLISH

Indian woman’s UK visa rejected for being over qualified in English

    An Indian woman’s visa application was rejected by authorities in the United Kingdom because her English-language proficiency is much higher than what is required by the immigration department, she claimed in a Facebook post. Alexandria Rintoul, who is originally from Shillong, Meghalaya, passed an advanced version of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), but the visa requirement is for a much easier exam, reports the Hindustan Times. ‘Some applicants for visas to settle in the UK need to pass an English language test at an approved centre that is specified in the immigration rules,’ a Home Office spokeswoman told the BBC. ‘Rintoul failed to do this and also failed to submit the necessary supporting evidence for her application. It is open to her to re...
Brexit plans will not be derailed
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Brexit plans will not be derailed

    The Prime Minister has claimed her Government is "proving the doubters wrong" after securing a deal in the first phase of Brexit negotiations. Theresa May said her Brexit plans will not be "derailed" as senior ministers prepare to consider the future shape of the UK's relationship with the EU. She said talks would now begin on an "implementation period" immediately after the formal date of Brexit. But some Tory Eurosceptics have already warned they will not accept arrangements which resemble continued EU membership during the transition to a new relationship. Boris Johnson called for Mrs May to strike a deal with Brussels that would allow the UK to ditch EU laws, warning that being unable to diverge from the bloc's regulations would leave the UK a "vassal state". Writing i...
Six dead in very difficult and upsetting crash
ENGLISH, United Kingdom

Six dead in very difficult and upsetting crash

    Six people have been killed and another critically injured in a "very difficult and upsetting" crash in Birmingham. The collision, which involved six vehicles, happened shortly after 1am at the entrance to the underpass on Lee Bank Middleway near Edgbaston. West Midlands Police have warned the road is likely to remain closed "for a very long time", with detectives describing the circumstances of the "serious collision" as "very difficult and upsetting". Three men died after being thrown out of their car, while a black cab driver and his two passengers also died. Three other cars collided as they tried to avoid the initial crash. Birmingham car crash Police have launched an investigation. West Midlands Ambulance Service, which dispatched five ambulances and three paramedics...
9 killed in suicide attack on Pakistan’s Church
Asia, ENGLISH

9 killed in suicide attack on Pakistan’s Church

    At least nine people were killed and 16 injured in a suicide attack on the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church on Quetta’s Zarghoon Road on Sunday afternoon. All casualties were shifted to Civil Hospital Quetta. Hospital sources initially said they had received four bodies and around 20 injured, including women and children. Four of the injured later passed away while receiving treatmen, reports the DAWNt. At least two suicide attackers had struck the Bethel Memorial Church while Sunday service was ongoing. There were 400 worshipers inside the church when it came under attack, Balochistan’s Inspector General of Police (IG) Moazzam Ansari and Home Minister Sarfaraz Bugti confirmed to DawnNews. Police assigned to the church’s security reacted in a timely manner and averted a mu...