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AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

BEIRUT – The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants are now battling to hang on to relatively....
 

Prisons authority threatens action against slander

The prisons authority has denied attempting to coerce Ahmed Adeeb’s family into giving consent for administering an injection to the jailed former vice president, condemning “false allegations” concerning the medical treatment of inmates. The Maldives Correctional Services said in a statement Monday....

Ex-PPM councillor facing prison sentence declares support for Yameen

A former Malé city councillor on trial for obstruction and unlawful acquisition and disclosure of information has switched factions in the divided Progressive Party of Maldives. “I have withdrawn the support I gave for President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the political arena since 2008,” Zaidul Ameen declared on his social media accounts.

No Chinese, no business: The Peking Pound and the Maldives

. On a Thursday evening, fishermen from the local market push buckets of fish guts to the low-lying seawall north-west of the capital, tipping the remains into the sea. Around a dozen whiptail stingrays, lured by the easy meal, scamper to the surface of the ocean for the feast.

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Rose Renton facing cannabis charges

Medicinal cannabis campaigner Rose Renton has appeared in court for supplying chronic pain sufferers and hospice patients with cannabidiol products. Renton appeared in the Nelson District Court on Tuesday facing charges of cultivating cannabis, processing cannabis and possession of cannabis for supply.

Basin googly? Consent for Wellington apartment block could hamper traffic solutions

"I think the designers will want to watch carefully to see what might happen during [...] consultation. The construction may not have started and perhaps they will gain some new insight and may shape if they still want to proceed. "Just because they have resource consent does not mean they must proceed.

Dangerous safety barriers removed from crossing after a few days

New Plymouth Mayor Neil Holdom issued a statement saying he sat down with Emma's parents, S'ean and Karen Warren, last week. "And (we) made a commitment to do whatever we could to improve road safety following her tragic death at this intersection. One of the things Emma's father S'ean said to us....

IAG to sue lines company Orion and Christchurch Adventure Park over Port Hills fires

Orion Group and the Christchurch Adventure Park have been dragged into a court battle over liability for millions of dollars of damage caused by the Port Hills fires. The fires, which started in Early Valley Rd in Lansdowne on February 13, destroyed homes, vehicles, buildings, trees and vegetation....

Storm Ophelia expected to bring further disruption to UK as rail lines blocked Storm Ophelia is causing further disruption after three...

Storm Ophelia is causing further disruption after three people died in hurricane-force winds and hundreds of thousands were left without power. Scotland is braced for gusts of up to 70mph and flood warnings are in place on its west coast as the remnants of the hurricane continue to batter the British Isles.

EU willing to be flexible and creative with... The European Union is willing to bend the rules for Northern Ireland after Brexit - something that...

The European Union is willing to bend the rules for Northern Ireland after Brexit - something that the province should take full advantage of, the Taoiseach has said. Leo Varadkar was speaking to BBC NI's Spotlight as the talks to restore Stormont reach a critical stage.

Industrial action ballot in dispute over full-time jobs for Night Tube drivers Drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for...

Drivers on London Underground are to be balloted for industrial action in a dispute linked to the Night Tube. Scores of members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will vote in the coming weeks on whether to launch a campaign of action. The union accused LU of failing to honour an agreement....

Clean-up operation under way as NI picks up the pieces

Shortly before midnight, NIE confirmed that around 8,000 customers would be without electricity overnight across the province. Supplies were restored to 41,000 customers, and crews in some areas worked through the night to repair the network. Southern and eastern areas were the worst affected.

'No deal' Brexit will cost families £500 - study

The poorest households would feel the biggest impact as they spend a greater proportion of their income on items such as food and essential clothing that would be affected by trade tariffs. This is according to a joint report by the Resolution Foundation and the UK Trade Policy Observatory, which....

Two-thirds of Afghan girls missing out on school: HRW

Kabul (AFP) - Two-thirds of Afghan girls do not attend school due to growing insecurity and poverty, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, underlining the challenges of educating women in the patriarchal country 16 years after the Taliban were ousted. While millions more girls are receiving an education....

Former Seoul police chief charged over protestor death

Seoul (AFP) - A former Seoul police chief and three other officers were charged Tuesday over the death of a protester hit by a water cannon during an anti-government protest two years ago. Baek Nam-Ki, a 69-year-old farmer, was knocked over by the jet of water during a huge protest against Seoul's....

Duterte declares Marawi City liberated Marawi City has been liberated from pro-Islamic State militants, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated from pro-Islamic State militants who have held the heart of the city for 148 days, media and a government minister say. Rodrigo Duterte has declared Marawi City liberated after two militant leaders were killed.

As Xi ascends, will economic reforms finally take off?

Beijing (AFP) - As Chinese President Xi Jinping prepares for a second five-year term, foreign investors will be watching for any sign that he finally intends to follow through on long-promised reforms to further open the world's second-largest economy.

Sethi to meet CM Sindh tomorrow for bringing PSL to Karachi

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi will meet Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday to discuss preparations for hosting Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in Karachi. Sethi took to Twitter to announce the news and asked fans to wish him luck.

Property: Tenancy and Landlord rights in Dubai according to RERA

Your tenancy contract is one of the most important documents to consider while residing in Dubai, and knowing your tenancy rights and obligations are key to ensuring that you have a mutually respectful relationship with your landlord. The most important thing for both parties to remember is that....

US urges negotiation after Iraq takes Kirkuk from Kurdish allies

Two weeks after fighting together against the Islamic State group, Iraqi forces pushed their Kurdish allies out of the disputed city on Monday, seizing oil fields and other facilities amid soaring tensions over a controversial referendum on Kurdish independence.

Storm Ophelia: Tourists and locals taken aback by Belfast’s dead zone

Shuttered shops and rapidly emptying streets were the sights which confronted locals and visitors in the normally-bustling centre of the Province’s capital as the storm approached yesterday. One taxi driver told the News Letter the last time he could remember such a “dead” Belfast city centre during normal business hours was during the Troubles.

Afghan officials: Taliban attacks kill 10 policemen

Afghan officials say Taliban attacks in the country's south, west and east have killed at least 10 policemen. In southern Ghazni province, the insurgents stormed a security compound, using a suicide car, and killed at least seven policemen. Provincial chief police, Mohammad Zaman, says the attack in....

China: After Mao and Deng, Xi may be named mentor in Communist Party’s statute

BEIJING: China's is set to mention President Xi Jinping as a mentor in the party constitution, an honour reserved so far for Communist stalwarts Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping. Two past presidents, Jiang Zeming and Hu Jintao , who jointly ruled for two decades, have not been mentioned by name in the party constitution.

Vasundhara Raje expands Annapurna Rasoi scheme in Rajasthan, launches 500 more mobile vans

AJMER: Along with a series of announcements on Monday, chief minister Vasundhara Raje launched 500 mobile kitchen vans of Annapurna Rasoi which serve subsidised food across the state. Raje, along with her ministers Kiran Maheshwari and Anita Bhadel, had breakfast at the Annapurna Rasoi mobile canteen.

In China, must pass litmus test of patriotism

BEIJING: The five-yearly Communist Party Congress beginning Wednesday is expected to produce a set of new rules that will force people in different walks of life, including businessmen and journalists, to observe "virtues of patriotism" besides remaining obedient to the party.

'Respect our sovereignty', China tells America after US warship sails through South China Sea

BEIJING: China said on Wednesday it has lodged a protest with the United States after an American warship sailed near disputed islands in the The US Navy missile destroyer Chafee entered into China's territorial waters near the Sansha islands on Tuesday, according to Beijing's foreign ministry.

Fraud scandals sap China's dream of becoming a science superpower

BEIJING: Having conquered world markets and challenged US political and military leadership, China has set its sights on becoming a global powerhouse in a different field: scientific research. It now has more laboratory scientists than any other country, outspends the entire European Union on....

Rashtrapati Bhavan, like Taj Mahal, is a sign of slavery, it too should be destroyed: SP's Azam Khan

Destroy Rashtrapati Bhawan and Red Fort also as they are remnants of the colonial age, says Azam Khan, Samajwadi Pa... https://t.co/4D922zzuS1 TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) 1508217223000 The BJP's Som said something similar a day earlier, in addition to calling Mughal emperors Babur, Akbar and Aurangzeb "traitors".

AP News Guide: The rise and fall of the Islamic State group

BEIRUT (AP) The Islamic State group, responsible for some of the worst atrocities perpetrated against civilians in recent history, appears on the verge of collapse. After brutalizing residents living under its command for more than three years, the militants are now battling to hang on to relatively....

Travel Regional Investment Forum discusses investment opportunities in tourism industry

Regional Investment Forum (RIF) is currently being held in Padang, West Sumatra, until Oct. 17. Among the attendants are West Sumatra Governor Irwan Prayitno, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) head Thomas Lembong and Tourism Minister Arief Yahya. During his opening remark, Irwan said the event is....

Contradictions of our education system

I am positing that the college assessments are so criterion-deficient that even students with severe deficits can get excellent grades. Teachers' colleges do not have specific standards of competence by which exams are set. Instead, exam questions are written with a mindset that only questions students are able to manage will be allowed.
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