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30,000 animals to be sacrificed at Nepal temple festival

Kathmandu: Nepal’s Gadhimai temple is all decked up for a five-yearly sacrificial ritual that will see over 30,000 animals, including buffaloes, sacrificed over two days at a massive slaughterhouse set up at the temple premises, ignoring protests by animal rights groups and an apex court order. Gadhimai, located in Bariyapur 100 km from Kathmandu, comes alive every five years when …

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2010s hottest decade in history: UN

Madrid: This decade is set to be the hottest in history, the United Nations said Tuesday in an annual assessment outlining the ways in which climate change is outpacing humanity’s ability to adapt to it. The World Meterological Organization said global temperatures so far this year were 1.1 degrees Celsius (two degrees Farenheit) above the pre-industrial average between 1850-1900. That …

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North Korea says it’s up to US to choose ‘Christmas gift’

Seoul: North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North. The statement, attributed to a senior diplomat, came as North Korea continues to dial up pressure on Washington and Seoul ahead …

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No funds to safeguard human health from climate change: WHO

Madrid: Climate risks to health were growing but countries lack funding to safeguard human health from climate change, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday. In a report released at the ongoing UN climate change negotiations here, it said about 50 per cent of out of 101 countries surveyed reported having a national health and climate change strategy or plan yet …

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Malaysian ex-leader Najib takes stand in 1MDB trial

Kuala Lumpur: Former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak was a “victim” of the multi-million dollar 1MDB scandal that saw state coffers drained on his watch, his lawyer said Tuesday, as the ex-premier gave evidence in his own fraud trial. Huge sums were stolen from sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, allegedly by the ex-prime minister and his cronies, and spent …

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Guterres commits to fight for ambitious climate action

IANS Madrid UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said the great injustice of the climate crisis is that its effects fall most on those who are least responsible for it. Committing to continue fighting for ambitious climate action and for small islands and least developed countries, Guterres at the Climate Vulnerable Forum in the UN climate conference said: “We must …

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2 Indian students killed in US hit-and-run accident

PTI Washington Two Indian students have been killed in a hit-and-run accident on the Thanksgiving night in the US state of Tennessee and the owner of the pickup truck involved in the incident has surrendered, authorities said. Judy Stanley (23) and Vybhav Gopisetty (26), were graduate students of the Tennessee State University (TSU) and were pursuing food science degrees in …

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Pak FM Qureshi meets Sri Lankan counterpart Gunawardena

PTI Colombo Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday apprised his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena about the “dire situation” in Kashmir as the two leaders met here and discussed issues including bilateral trade, investment and tourism. Qureshi arrived in Colombo on Sunday night on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka during which he will meet the country’s …

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China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong unrest

AFP Beijing China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. Last week US President Donald Trump signed the …

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After Rafale, Modi gets another French offer to counter terror

Paris: “We want to invent the future together with India,” remarked the man at the thick of world›s futuristic innovation – Marco Erman. The Chief Technical Officer of Thales, the French company that is involved in the Delhi Metro, supply of passport readers for the government and the Mirage 2000 upgrade programme, and even the Rafale team, now has another …

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