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Australian Wuhan evacuees arrive on Christmas Island - media

SYDNEY, Feb 4 (Reuters) - A plane load of Australians evacuated from China's Wuhan city arrived in the Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island, where they will be quarantined to prevent the spread of a new flu-like coronavirus, media reported on Tuesday.
 

British aviation industry outlines plans for net-zero emissions by 2050

By Susanna Twidale. LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Britain's aviation industry has set out plans to reach a target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, even with the building of a third runway at Heathrow airport which is expected to drive up flight numbers.

Russia postpones annual investment forum over coronavirus fears

MOSCOW, Feb 4 (Reuters) - Russia is postponing an annual investment forum in the Black Sea city of Sochi that had been scheduled to take place next week due to coronavirus concerns, a government order said on Monday. The Russian Investment Forum, which is attended by a string of high-ranking....

Silliman University sets up online classes amid coronavirus threat

HIBBARD. Hibbard Hall at Silliman University in Dumaguete, Negros Oriental. NEGROS ORIENTAL, Philippines - Classes from pre-school to senior high school at Silliman University (SU) in Dumaguete City will be conducted online starting Wednesday, February 5, as part of its preventive measures following....

With acquittal expected, Democrat calls for Trump censure

THE DON. US President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel on October 12, 2019 in Washington, DC. Photo by Eric Baradat/AFP. WASHINGTON, USA – A Democratic senator called Monday, February 3 for the censure of Donald Trump over the Ukraine scandal, saying the US....

GDA hosts training programme for Bapco, Adnoc employees

Gulf Downstream Association (GDA) recently organised a three-day Refinery Business Economics course for employees of Bahrain Petroleum Company and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in co-ordiantion with industrial giant Honeywell UOP. GDA was founded by Saudi Aramco, Bapco, Kuwait Petroleum....

'Long journey' over for first mixed-sex civil partners The Guardian

© PA Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan outside Kensington and Chelsea Register. The couple whose legal battle paved the way for a change in the law has walked out of a register office as one of the first heterosexual couples in England and Wales to enter into a civil partnership.

GoZone Has WiFi Advertising Solution for Retailers

, a US-based venue intelligence and guest engagement company, has released an advanced WiFi advertising solution which allows venues to further monetize guest WiFi networks. The company's newest feature release includes interactive campaigns on captive portal and landing pages that enable venues to....

Campaigners call for cap on skilled workers seeking jobs in post-Brexit Britain

The campaign group has warned migrant numbers will soar and millions of workers could face increased competition for their jobs unless unless a cap is introduced. It said easing visa restrictions on the numbers, qualifications and salary levels of skilled migrants from both the EU and non-EU....

Movita Johnson-Harrel: Pennsylvania’s First Female Muslim State Rep. Resigns in Embezzlement Scandal [VIDEO]

*A West Philadelphia woman recently elected as the first Muslim woman to the state legislature has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, including theft and tampering with public records, state Attorney General Josh Shapiro said. State Rep. Movita Johnson-Harrell turned herself into the state Attorney....

Scheme to grip onto power in Qld revealed

With their 32-year reign over Queensland facing a collapse in 1989, the state's National Party devised a scheme to delay an upcoming election. Support for the party was fading after the Fitzgerald Inquiry found systematic corruption in the state's police force and government just two years earlier.

Macron set to stand firm in pension strike standoff

French President Emmanuel Macron will address the nation Tuesday in a bid to win support for a pension overhaul that has prompted the biggest transport strike in decades, upending travel plans for thousands over the holidays. The strike -- now the longest such transport stoppage since the mid 1980s....

China's Anbang Insurance in fresh attempt to sell stake in Chengdu bank

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s Anbang Insurance Group, which was taken over by the government last year, said it has put its 35% stake in Chengdu Rural Commercial Bank up for sale for 16.5 billion yuan ($2.4 billion), its second attempt to offload the lender.

Violent protests erupt around U.S. Embassy in Baghdad after U.S. air strikes

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Protesters and militia fighters enraged by U.S. air strikes on Iraq staged a violent demonstration outside the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday, torching a security post and hurling stones as security forces and embassy guards hit back with stun grenades and tear gas.

Angola freezes assets of ex-president's daughter in graft probe

Since ending ex-President Jose Eduardo dos Santos’ nearly 40-year grip on power in 2017, Lourenço has been trying to reduce the influence of the former first family, recover lost assets and privatise state firms. Africa’s wealthiest woman, Isabel dos Santos amassed a fortune widely estimated at more....

Thousands lose jobs, casinos shut as Cambodia bans online gambling

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - More than 7,000 Cambodians have lost their jobs and dozens of casinos have been shuttered since a ban on online gambling in August, with more losses expected when the government begins inspections this week, officials said on Tuesday.

Germany shuts nuclear plant as it phases out atomic energy

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is shutting down one of its seven remaining nuclear power plants as part of a planned phase-out of atomic energy production by the end of 2022. Utility company EnBW has said it will take the Philippsburg Nuclear Power Plant off the grid at 7 p.m. (1800 GMT) Tuesday. The plant’s license to operate expires at midnight.

Kashmir: text messaging services to be restored in disputed region

Authorities in Indian-controlled Kashmir are to restore text messaging services in the disputed region, almost five months after India’s government downgraded its semi-autonomy and imposed a strict security and communications lockdown. A local government spokesman, Rohit Kansal, said the decision was made after a review of the situation.

'What an insult': CES names Ivanka Trump as keynote speaker

;’I am excited to join this year for a substantive discussion on the how the government is working with private-sector leaders to ensure American students and workers are equipped to thrive in the modern, digital economy,’ Ivanka Trump said. Photograph: Ammar Abd Rabbo/AFP via Getty Images.

National Colorado town says it was scammed out of $1 million KMGH Staff 8:29 AM, Dec 31, 2019

to cover the construction of a bridge. The town said unknown perpetrators were able to steal $1,016,233.80 meant for SEMA Construction, Inc, the primary contractor in the construction of the Erie Parkway bridge. On Oct. 21, someone completed an electronic form on the town’s website requesting a....

Young Arabs are Changing their Beliefs and Perceptions: New Survey

The main findings were published by The Economist on 5 December 2019, showing that ‘across the region the share of people expressing much trust in political parties, most of which have a religious tint, has fallen by well over a third since 2011, to 15 per cent. … The doubts extend to religious leaders.

Turkey and Libya: Bilateral Deal Ushers ...

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (C) holds a press conference after his meeting with Chairman of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) at the headquarters of the Republican People’s Party (CHP) prior to Turkish parliament session for possible military deployment in Libya, in Ankara, on December 30, 2019.

SHC stops PIA CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik from working

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday stopped the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) CEO Air Marshal Arshad Malik from performing his functions as the airline's chief executive officer. A petition challenging Malik's appointment as the CEO by Safdar Anjum, the general secretary of the....

Governor fires 34 prison guard trainees who gave Nazi salute

Republican Gov. Jim Justice announced his decision Monday after receiving a report from state investigators that the trainees regularly gave the Nazi salute "as a sign of respect" for their instructor in the weeks prior to the release of the photo. Its release earlier this month triggered widespread outrage.

Pakistan starts heath cards for trans people to improve care

Trans people have often been denied treatment in Pakistan because doctors could not decide whether to treat them in a male or female ward, and have even died for lack of care. The government plans to set up separate wards in hospitals around the country for transgender patients, according to Dr.

Facebook tracks you offline: How to make it stop

You may not agree with Facebook’s practices, but it’s hard to argue against its effectiveness. Advertisers are willing to pay big bucks to access your data collected through the social media platform. Depending on your settings, social media sites and other big tech — Facebook included — monitor....

Syd Mead, 'Blade Runner' visual artist, dead at 86

Autoline journalist John McElroy first reported the news, which was confirmed by his spouse Roger Servick to several media outlets. Mead was set to receive the Art Directors Guild’s William Cameron Menzies Award during the Guild’s 24th Annual awards in February for his contributions on “Aliens,” “ Blade Runner ” and “Star Trek: The Motion Picture....

School student raped by police officer in Sudan’s Blue Nile state

On 12 December, a police officer raped a 16-year-old girl in Geisan in Sudan’s Blue Nile state. The police refused to record a complaint . The Kampala-based Sudanese human rights organisation HUDO reported in a press statement on Monday, that a police sergeant lured the victim to his house in Medina-12 village, where he raped her.

Why Israeli law gives MKs immunity, lets an indicted PM stay in office

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has to decide whether to ask the Knesset to grant him immunity from prosecution on the corruption charges that Attorney-General Avichai Mandelblit seeks to submit against him, with a deadline looming at the end of this week.

World greets new year amid fires, protests

New Zealanders were among the first to welcome the new year, with fireworks lighting up the night sky over Auckland. Large crowds thronged Sydney harbour to watch Australia's famous New Year's Eve fireworks, even as smoke turned the evening sky in nearby coastal towns blood-red.

What's Open On New Year's Day In U.S.: Walmart

Here are the stores and chain restaurants that will be on Jan. 1, 2020. (Shutterstock) Jan. 1 might be the first day of a new decade, but that doesn't mean your shopping and dining needs are any less real. Several chain restaurants, grocery stores and retailers will be open throughout the United States on New Year's Day.
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