Month: November 2018

Papua New Guinea’s ‘gay village’ offers sanctuary, hope

As an openly gay man in Papua New Guinea, where sex between men is illegal and stigma and violence widespread, 24-year-old Kapera Patrick remembers thugs pelting him with abuse, stones and bottles. His life changed when he was taken in by a family in Hanuabada, a settlement in […]

Damascus accuses Israel of first Syria strikes since air defence upgrade

Damascus Friday accused Israel of striking Syria, in what a monitor said were the such first missiles to hit the country since an air defence upgrade after the downing of a Russian plane in September. The Syrian regime claimed its air defence systems shot down all “hostile targets” […]

Polluters in the room: big energy ‘undermining’ UN climate talks

Oil and coal giants are exploiting a lack of conflict-of-interest protection at UN climate talks to push for continued fossil fuel use despite its contribution to harmful climate change, several sources have told AFP. As policymakers from around the world prepare to gather in Poland for the COP […]

The Latest: White House: Putin meeting canceled over Ukraine

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — The Latest on President Donald Trump at the Group of 20 summit (all times local): 1:10 p.m. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders is insisting that President Donald Trump canceled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin because of Russia’s actions in Ukraine and […]

US urged to send Ebola experts in as Congo outbreak worsens

JOHANNESBURG  — Global health experts are urging the Trump administration to allow U.S. government disease specialists — “some of the world’s most experienced” — to return to northeastern Congo to help fight the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history. The U.S. experts have been sidelined for weeks, ordered away […]

Tom Hanks in talks to join Disney’s live-action ‘Pinocchio’

Los Angeles, Nov 30: Hollywood star Tom Hanks is in early negotiations to play the fatherly figure Geppetto in Disney’s live-action adaptation of its classic animated story “Pinocchio”. Paul King is directing the film to be produced by Andrew Miano and Chris Weitz, reported Variety. King, Weitz, and Simon […]

Prabhu met several sovereign wealth funds to attract investments

New Delhi, Nov 30:  Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has held a series of meetings this week with global sovereign wealth funds including those from Australia, Canada, Singapore, and Korea to attract investments in India, an official said. “In the last two days, the minister separately met global […]

SC notice to Ramdev on book publisher’s plea against HC order

New Delhi, Nov 30:  The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to Yoga guru Ramdev on a plea by a publisher challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict restraining sale and publication of a book purportedly on his life. The high court had passed the restraining order after Ramdev claimed that […]

GDP growth slows to 3-quarter low of 7.1 pc in Q2

New Delhi, Nov 30: India’s economy grew at 7.1 per cent in July-September, lowest in three quarters, but still remained ahead of China to retain the tag of the world’s fastest growing major economy. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at constant prices (2011-12) had grown at 6.3 per cent […]

The Latest: Russian cleric: Ukraine raid on home ‘political’

MOSCOW  — The Latest on Russia-Ukraine tensions (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A senior Russian Orthodox Church cleric says the raid at his home was meant to put the “political” pressure on his church. The Ukrainian intelligence agency earlier on Friday raided the home of the father superior […]

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