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Bengal govt's Kanyashree scheme bags United Nations award

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It also aims towards skill development and prevent child marriage. The United Nations Public Service Award is the most prestigious global recognition of excellence in public service and innovations in governance. The award was presented at The Hague, Netherlands. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday appealed to the Bengali community here to bring software industries. Read More »

North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death is a 'mystery'

In North Korea's first public comment on Warmbier's death, a spokesman for North Korea's foreign ministry said claims that Warmbier was beaten and tortured in captivity were "groundless". Rabbi Jake Rubin, executive director of the Brody Jewish Center at the University of Virginia, called Warmbier "one of the most intellectually curious people I've ever met" during the June 22 service at Wyoming High School near Cincinnati, the Associated Press reported. Read More »

China denies entry to Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims

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India on Friday said that there were "some difficulties" in the movement of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims via Nathu La in Sikkim but discussions were on with China . "So they can not proceed any further", a source said here. Almost 40,000 pilgrims and tourists, around 80% of them from India, take part in the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra every year, which takes place between May and July. Read More »

Ted Cruz Could Be About To Derail 'Blood Money' Obamacare Repeal

And in a separate statement , Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown says the GOP Senate bill would hamper the state's progress in slowing the opioid epidemic, calling Medicaid the "number one tool" in the fight against opioids. The 142-page bill which seeks to reverse the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) has been pushed forward for Senate voting next week. He was preceded by introduction by Sandoval, who praised the expansion for dramatically lowering the uninsured rate in Nevada. Read More »

Otto Warmbier's family hid his Jewishness to aid negotiations with North Korea

So many showed up that officials had to turn about a hundred people away once roughly 2,000 had filled an auditorium, cafeteria and gym for the service. Beerck described Warmbier as a "goofy kid" who would "drop anything to help his friends". "He always just lived life to the fullest". A bagpiper played as the casket was carried to a hearse. Read More »

Some Republicans Voice Concerns About Senate Replacement for Obamacare

Heller, who is widely believed to be the most vulnerable Republican senator up for re-election in 2018, is the first moderate lawmaker to oppose the legislation. Heller's comments that the bill "takes insurance away from tens of millions of Americans" could cause a political headache for Republicans in other competitive races, including those of House Republicans who have voted for their chamber's bill and are considering U.S. Read More »

Emirati Princesses Found Guilty of Human Trafficking, Mistreating Servants

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In the Arab world princesses act less like dignified royalty and more like slave drivers if one looks at the human trafficking case placed by Belgium against eight princesses from the United Arab Emirates. The court of Brussels sentenced them to 15 months of conditional imprisonment and fines for 165 thousand Euro each. The mostly female servants were forced to eat leftovers and sleep for just a few hours on the floor outside the bedrooms of the princesses. Read More »

North Korea: Otto Warmbier's death 'is a mystery to us'

The spokesman also said that "groundless" speculation of torture and beatings could be refuted by American doctors who came to the North to examine Warmbier before his release and allegedly acknowledged that North Korean doctors had "brought him back alive" after his heart almost stopped. Read More »

Russia Tensions Prompt Australia to 'Temporarily' Suspend Air Missions over Syria

The White House said on Monday coalition forces fighting IS militants in Syria would retain the right to self-defence, and the United States would work to keep the lines of communication open with Russian Federation. Syrian opposition activists say a truce that went into effect three days ago in the southern city of Daraa has collapsed amid a government offensive near the Jordanian border. Read More »

At least 11 killed in twin blasts in Pakistan

Another 14 people were killed and 20 injured in a separate suicide attack in the south-western city of Quetta. Local official Nasrullah Khan said the first blast came during rush hour in a market in Parachinar, the capital of the Kurram tribal district. Read More »

May thanks military for `fantastic job´ on Armed Forces Day

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Toby Carvery Morecambe is inviting local armed forces personnel to enjoy a free breakfast or carvery on Saturday June 24, as a way of saying thank you for all their hard work. The cavalcade was just one of several events and activities taking place throughout the city ahead of the national day. Since its launch in 2006, Armed Forces Day has been a huge success, providing the opportunity to raise awareness of the contribution made by those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces. Read More »

Oklahoma elections not targeted by Russian hackers, state says

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Manfra and other officials testifying on Wednesday reiterated that US elections are resilient to hacking in part because they are decentralized and largely operated on the state and local level. Last month, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey , who was leading the agency's Russian Federation probe. 'I believe the reference to the hoax is about the fact that they're trying to delegitimize his win in the election process, and less about the hack itself, ' she said. Read More »

Merkel to gather European G-20 participants next week

Last year, 345,000 visitors were hosted within its halls, making it the largest games event in the world, even if E3 holds the crown the most reveals. Gerald Böse, president and CEO of the Koelnmesse, said in a press release . A representative for BIU told Polygon that the company could not provide further details at this point, except to confirm that Merkel will appear on August 22, the opening day of this year's show. Read More »

Macron set for success as party dominates French elections

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According to projections from Sunday night, candidates from the centrist'sEn Marcheparty took a huge advantage in Sunday's first-round elections despite relatively low turnout. Seven to 12 seats will be claimed by other candidates. "It is neither healthy nor desirable for a president who gathered only 24 per cent of the vote in the first round of the presidentials and who was elected in the second round only by the rejection of the extreme right should benefit from a monopoly of national ... Read More »

Dean Heller Joins Republican Opposition to Senate Health Care Plan

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A fifth GOP senator has come out against the Senate Republicans' health care bill, which can only afford to have two GOP senators vote against it. That group said the legislation did not go far enough in its repeal of Obamacare . Trump publicly celebrated the House bill's passage, only to criticise it in private as "mean". The Senate bill also proposes eliminating many ACA taxes, and the employer penalties associated with the employer and individual mandates would be repealed ... Read More »

Arab nations give Qatar demands

NHRC also pointed out that some of the conditions in the list of demands related to gross violations of human rights such as the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the right to nationality and the right to asylum. Still, he suggested the penalties would only be economic and diplomatic, adding, "There is no military element to this whatsoever". "The measures that have been taken are there to stay until there is a long-term solution to the issue", said Yousef al-Otaiba, ambassador to ... Read More »

London homes evacuated on fire issues

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The Department for Communities said 27 apartment blocks had failed tests, from London in the southeast to Manchester in the north and Plymouth on the southwest coast. Dozens refused to leave their homes. Dan Daly, assistant commissioner for fire safety with the London Fire Brigade (LFB), said in a statement on Saturday that the evacuation was ordered after potential safety defects were found in the building, in addition to the combustible cladding. Read More »

800 households evacuated in London among fire concerns

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Edward Strange, who lives on the 11th floor of the Taplow Tower, was on his way to the airport when he heard about the evacuation on the radio and returned to find council workers in neon security vests directing residents to a nearby community centre, where they were offered air beds on a badminton court. Read More »

Top Trump advisor Kushner met Netanyahu, Abbas in peace push

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Originally, the USA had demanded that Ramallah stop all payments, but later watered-down conditions to some 600 prisoners serving life sentences for murder. " Kushner and Greenblatt discussed with President Mahmoud Abbas priorities for the Palestinians and potential next steps, acknowledging the need for economic opportunities for Palestinians and major investments in the Palestinian economy", the White House statement said. Read More »

U.S. lays down gauntlet to China on N. Korea regime

The North had earlier Friday denied torturing or mistreating Warmbier, in the first official reaction to his death. When North Korea returned Warmbier to the United States on June 13, he was found to have severe neurological injuries. A State Department spokesman has said the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year had nothing to do with Warmbier's release . Earlier this week, President Trump said China has tried to help the United States solve increasing tensions with North Korea, ... Read More »

Queen's Speech: Brexit bills dominate government agenda

The aim, said the monarch, was for Britain to make a success of Brexit. The Labour leader said it was he, rather than May, who was "ready to offer real strong an stable leadership in the interest of the many not the few". She said her government would seek "to build the widest possible consensus on the country's future outside the European Union", amid divisions within May's own cabinet over the best strategy. Read More »

North Korea's neighbour launches 'defiant' missile capable of striking Pyongyang

The officials told Fox News that the latest engine test on Thursday was conducted in the city of Yun Song, where previous rocket tests have taken place. "China is willing to maintain communication and coordination with relevant parties including the United States to ease tensions on the peninsula", State Councillor Yang Jiechi said, according to the ministry. Read More »