Day: December 5, 2018

Indian court orders Briton held during copter bribery probe

NEW DELHI  — An Indian court on Wednesday ruled that officials may hold a British man while they investigate him for alleged bribery in a canceled $670 million helicopter deal between India and an Italian defense company. Judge Arvind Kumar allowed Briton Christian James Michel to meet briefly […]

1st baby born using uterus transplanted from deceased donor

LONDON — Brazilian doctors are reporting the world’s first baby born to a woman with a uterus transplanted from a deceased donor. Eleven previous births have used a transplanted womb but from a living donor, usually a relative or friend. Experts said using uteruses from women who have […]

Facebook emails show how it sought to leverage user data

LONDON — A U.K. Parliament committee accused Facebook on Wednesday of cutting special deals with some advertisers to give them more access to data as it released 250 pages worth of documents on the tech giant’s internal discussions about the value of users’ personal information. Parliament’s media committee […]

Turkey seeks arrest of 2 former aides to Saudi crown prince

ISTANBUL — Turkey is seeking the arrest of two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The U.N.’s human rights chief, meanwhile, said an international probe is needed into Khashoggi’s death. […]

Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Hundreds of police in Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands arrested at least 84 suspected mobsters and seized around 2 million euros ($2.3 million) Wednesday in a series of coordinated raids targeting a powerful Italian organized crime syndicate. “Today we send a clear message […]

Protesters, now joined by unions, reject French concessions

PARIS  — Trade unions and farmers pledged Wednesday to join nationwide protests against President Emmanuel Macron, as concessions by the government failed to stem the momentum of the most violent demonstrations France has seen in decades. The “yellow vest” protests began over a plan to raise fuel taxes, […]

Macron retreats on fuel tax hikes in bid to calm French protests

The French government has backed down on planned fuel tax hikes in a bid to draw the heat out of fierce protests that have escalated into the deepest crisis of Emmanuel Macron’s presidency. The concessions, coming after an earlier 500-million-euro ($570 million) relief package for poorer households, mark […]

Turkey prosecutor seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder

A Turkish prosecutor has demanded that arrest warrants be issued against two Saudi nationals close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Turkish source close to the investigation said Wednesday. Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after entering the Saudi consulate in […]

Guj doctor performs ‘world’s first’ telerobotic coronary

Ahmedabad, Dec 5: A city-based cardiologist Wednesday performed what he claimed to be the “world’s first” telerobotic coronary intervention by remotely operating robotically controlled instruments from a distance of 32 kms. Sitting at Akshardham temple complex in Gandhinagar, Dr Tejas Patel performed the surgery on a middle-aged woman, who […]

Briton says psychologically tortured in UAE detention

A British man convicted in the United Arab Emirates for spying said Wednesday he was psychologically tortured and that his captors asked him to turn double agent against the British government. Matthew Hedges, a university researcher, was detained at Dubai airport on May 5, held in solitary confinement […]

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