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Vietnamese ‘Mother Mushroom’ released, arrives in US

NEW YORK: The high-profile Vietnamese dissident and writer known as ‘Mother Mushroom’ arrived in the US with her children and mother after being released from jail. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh left Vietnam on Wednesday to fly to Houston, Texas, immediately after her early morning release, said a BBC News report. Please like & share: Read More »

Pompeo in Turkey as Saudi faces new claims over Khashoggi

AFP   ANKARA US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday held talks with the Turkish leadership in Ankara over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as Riyadh faced new claims he was killed inside its Istanbul consulate. Pro-government Turkish media published gruesome new allegations Khashoggi was killed by being gradually dismembered by a Saudi assassination squad some of ... Read More »

Canada legalises sale, use of cannabis

IANS   OTTAWA Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. The nationwide market for cannabis opened Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety, the BBC reported. Shops in the province of Newfoundland, the most easterly time zone in Canada, opened as midnight ... Read More »

Anyone entering US illegally will be arrested, detained, deported: Trump

Lalit K Jha | PTI   WASHINGTON Anyone entering the US illegally would be arrested, detained and then deported back, President Donald Trump has warned as he threatened three Central American nations to halt a migrant caravan from heading to America or lose millions of dollars in foreign aid. Trump’s warning comes amidst reports that a new migrant caravan from ... Read More »

Britain records surge in religious hate crimes: Home Office data

PTI   LONDON Britain has witnessed a surge in the incidents of religious hate crime over the past few years, mostly aimed at Muslims, according to official figures released on Tuesday. The UK Home Office data revealed that 94,098 hate crimes were recorded by the police in England and Wales in 2017-18, an increase of 17 per cent on the ... Read More »

Pompeo holds crisis talks in Riyadh on missing journalist

AGENCIES   RIYADH US top diplomat Mike Pompeo held talks with Saudi King Salman on Tuesday seeking answers about the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, amid US media reports that the kingdom may be mulling an admission he died during a botched interrogation. “Rogue killers” could be to blame for the disappearance of Khashoggi, who has not been seen since ... Read More »

Microsoft co-founder, investor, philanthropist Allen dies at 65

AGENCIES   SAN FRANCISCO Paul Allen, who founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in the 1970s and later went on to become an investor, philanthropist and sports team owner, has died after his latest battle with cancer at age 65. “My brother was a remarkable individual on every level. While most knew Paul Allen as a technologist and philanthropist, for us ... Read More »

China justifies re-education camps in Xinjiang, says it prevented terror attacks

PTI   BEIJING Amid global criticism, China on Tuesday justified its controversial move to keep thousands of Uygur Muslims in “vocational training institutions” in the volatile Xinjiang region, insisting that its stringent measures have prevented terror attacks in the province in the last 21 months. Xinjiang, bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, has been restive for the past several years over ... Read More »

North, South Korea seek to maintain peaceful relations

UNI   SEOUL North and South Korea are trying their best to build a peaceful relation on Monday via a high-level talk which led to a host of agreements, alongwith planning a groundbreaking ceremony for an ambitious project to connect their roads and railways. Japan Today reports that this agreement has come amidst growing unease in Washington over the speed ... Read More »