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Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions

He recently concluded an entire Holy Year on trying to show the more merciful side of the church. Two huge tapestries made from century-old photographs of the children dressed in the traditional peasant garb of the times hung from the church that is now the focal point of the sanctuary visited by about seven million people each year. Read More »

Kochi Metro appoints 23 transgenders for various duties

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The better educated members will be positioned at ticket counters, the rest will be engaged in housekeeping jobs at the stations. "There will be no discrimination between them and women workers", said Elias George, KMRL's MD. "We are getting more respect from other workers in Metro". "We are waiting for the final list for deploying them". Vincy, a newly employed transgender shared her excitement with The Guardian saying "I feel very comfortable there. Read More »

Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

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Still, among ISIS suicide attacks outside of their main Afghan territory in Nangarhar, this was among the biggest, raising the concern that despite multiple anti-ISIS offensives and multiple claims that the group has been "wiped out" in Afghanistan, their capabilities continue to grow. Read More »

Bye bye cheap weekend tickets: Karnataka theatres get stay on price cap

The government issued the order capping multiplex ticket price on May 2 and it was implemented with effect from May 5. Vacation Judge Justice PS Dinesh Kumar passed the order after hearing the petitioners and the state government. He also said the cap i uniformly applied in all tiers of cities i the state, including Bengaluru, while ex pressing surprise as to how such a club bing can be done. Read More »

Talks between USA and North Korea possible

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology in North Korea, from which two professors were recently arrested by authorities, has drawn dozens of US citizens and Christian missionaries despite grave risks. BEIJING (AP) - A top North Korean diplomat said Saturday that Pyongyang would be willing to meet with the Trump administration for negotiations "if the conditions are set". Read More »

Tillerson Signs Arctic Climate Change Declaration

Under the Obama administration, the USA urged Arctic Council members to participate in the Paris agreement , but now, President Trump has indicated the US may pull out of the commitment to reduce global greenhouse gasses. " In order to promote health and well-being in the Arctic we must balance environmental protection with economic stability,"said Canada's Bill Erasmus, global chair for the Arctic Athabaskan Council, which has members in Canada and Alaska". Read More »

Netanyahu against Abbas: "He didn't speak the truth"

Leading up to Abbas's White House visit, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out against the PA's payment of stipends to Palestinian terrorists and their families. moved the embassy to Jerusalem. Abbas said he hoped the United States could be "true partners" to bring about a historic settlement. The new charter recognises the PLO as the political framework for Palestinian national aspirations, and aligns with Fatah's position regarding a solution to the conflict. Read More »

Karnataka records 67.87% pass in SSLC exams

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The minister said that the reduction in pass percentage could not be because of teachers' vacancies. Karnataka recorded a drop in its pass percentage in the state's second year PU results, with an average pass percentage of 52.38%, said Minister for Primary and Higher Education, Tanveer Sait on Thursday. Read More »

Egypt discovers new necropolis in Minya, first in area

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The new discovery also includes six sarcophagi, two clay coffins, two papyri written in demotic script as well as a number of vessels, he said. The mummies were elaborately preserved therefore likely belong to officials and priests, he said. Read More »

Mattis: Devil is in the details of Russia's Syria proposal

Mattis said it is not clear overall whether the plan will work. Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Syrian foreign minister Walid Moallem insisted the Assad regime would not accept worldwide forces acting as "buffer zones" between rebel fighters and government troops, a key part of the agreement signed by Russia, Iran and Turkey in Astana last week. Read More »

Merkel says wants close cooperation with France's Macron

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Like outgoing Socialist President Francois Hollande in 2012, Macron's Monday meeting with Merkel will be his first overseas port of call since winning the May 7 election. President-elect Macron was welcomed by Merkel when he visited Berlin in March whilst on the campaign trail. Seeking to seize the moment after publicly backing Macron over nationalist candidate Marine Le Pen , Merkel said Germany's economy pulled ahead of France after a labor-market overhaul under former Chancellor ... Read More »

North Korea demands handover of suspects in Kim Jong Un assassination plot

House of Representatives adopted the 'Korea Interdiction and Modernization of Sanctions Act, ' a measure we strongly condemn and totally reject", the statement read. North Korea says it has the right to "ruthlessly punish" United States citizens who have been detained for crimes against its government. Once North Korea comes to the table, all four states then have to be ready to take yes for an answer, offering a combination of security and economic incentives to make denuclearization a ... Read More »

James Clapper on collusion between Russia, Trump aides: There could be evidence

President Trump claims Comey assured him three times that he was not under investigation, including at a January dinner that he says Comey requested. Trump was referencing Clapper's testimony before Senate Judiciary subcommittee Monday that he was not aware of any evidence demonstrating collusion, but Clapper also said he had been unaware of an FBI investigation into the matter until FBI Director James Comey announced it publicly at a House hearing in March. Read More »

BJP dubs Congress government in Karnataka 'utter failure'

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Yeddyurappa said that the Law and Order in the State has completely failed with crime and extortion rates witnessing a drastic rise across the State. Even as the Opposition released a "charge sheet" against the Congress-led government as it completes four years of its tenure, the chief whip of government in Legislative Council Ivan D'Souza countered the move by releasing a "charge sheet" against the former chief minister The BJP spokesman said Yeddyurappa's tour during which he has ... Read More »

BJD removes MP Baijayant Panda as its spokesperson

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A terse one-liner, signed by party vice-president and food supplies minister Suryo Patro BJD, said Patnaik has removed Panda from the post with immediate effect. To this Panda had retaliated saying Satpathy spoke out of his 'experience having once been suspended from BJD and join another party.' Baijayant could not be contacted for a reaction on the issue. Read More »

Global cyberattack hits 99 countries

She said less than 1% of its computers were affected, and that the virus is now "localized". In Spain, some big firms took pre-emptive steps to thwart ransomware attacks following a warning from Spain's National Cryptology Centre of "a massive ransomware attack". Read More »

Amber Rudd chairs emergency meeting after NHS cyber attack

The breadth of the attack seems to indicate that the software had been spreading around the globe possibly for weeks but lay dormant when first introduced into a network, said Sean Dillon, a senior security analyst with RiskSense Inc. Patrick Ward, a 47-year-old sales director, said his heart operation, which was scheduled for Friday, was cancelled at St. Bartholomew's Hospital in London . Read More »

Comey Was Disloyal, a Showboat, and Wouldn't Kill the Russia Probe

During the transition, Mr Trump's advisers floated the idea of moving the media from the White House to the nearby Executive Office Building to accommodate media interest. Tass photographer Alexandr Scherbak claimed on Facebook Thursday that he covered the meeting as part of the Russian Foreign Ministry press pool. "I said I will see him". Read More »

India doesn't walk the talk on human rights: Amnesty

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He repeatedly mentioned the role the judiciary played in upholding human rights in India. The UPR is a regular assessment of the human rights records of 193 member states of the UN. India is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 1 to 12 May, which also marks the commencement of the third UPR cycle. Read More »

UP govt considering 'no school bag day' on Saturdays

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However, girls' secondary schools would be only for girls, stated the government order. There are 562 government inter colleges in UP. Co-education would also be encourage in these institutions. Sharma, who also holds the portfolio of secondary education, said that this move would not only help strike a good relation between teachers and students, but would also lead to the child's holistic development. Read More »

Jakarta Governor Sentenced to Jail for Insulting Islam

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He was "found to have legitimately and convincingly conducted a criminal act of blasphemy, and because of that we have imposed two years of imprisonment", head judge Dwiarso Budi Santiarto told the court . Purnama, a Christian and member of the country's ethnic Chinese minority, is somewhat of an unusual case in the country in that he is the first non-Muslim leader of Indonesia's sprawling capital, Jakarta , in over 50 years. Read More »

Bill Maher Blames Bill Clinton for FBI Director Comey Firing

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Never mind that these same Democrats, just a few days ago, were calling for Comey's ouster because he had obviously cost Hillary Clinton the election. regardless of recommendation, I was going to fire Comey". McCabe also testified FBI agents had "broad support" for Comey and that the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election will continue despite his firing. Read More »

In angry letter, Page discloses 'brief interactions' with Russian official

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This latest move to investigate Russia's interference in the USA election comes as former national security adviser Michael Flynn was "warned" about his contacts with the Russian ambassador during the transition. Stone said he has had no communications with Russian officials other than previously disclosed communications with Guccifer 2 .0, the online persona that officials believe was actually Russian intelligence officers. Read More »

Kapil Mishra's mother takes on 'corrupt' Kejriwal

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AAP insisted that Ankit Bhardwaj, the man was in police custody, was a office-bearer of the BJP's youth wing. "Even before the police could take him away, (AAP leader) Sanjay Singh made a statement declaring him to be a BJP worker". Bhardwaj, a resident of Moti Bagh, had allegedly attacked Mishra and tried to grab his neck. Police haven't confirmed his involvement with any organisation or party although Mishra's supporters claimed him to be an AAP member. Read More »