National Assembly four-day sitting kicks off 05.12.17

Author Lilian Galstyan

13:47 05/12/2017

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18:38 World
Myanmar: Bombs explode in capital of restive Rakhine state

A police officer was slightly injured in the blasts. It was unclear who was behind them, police said.

18:16 World
Bangladesh police free detained foreign aid workers

The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB), the elite force of the Bangladesh police, had on Friday detained 11 aid workers with a number of different non-government organizations (NGOs) and handed them over to local police.

17:45 World
India's Choksi claims innocence in PNB fraud with open letter

The businessmen are said to have been issued with illegal letters of undertaking (LOUs) from PNB over a seven year period, and to have used them to get loans from overseas branches of other, mostly Indian banks.

17:24 World
Geely chairman becomes Daimler's top shareholder with $9 billion stake

The stake, worth nearly $9 billion at the current market price for Daimler shares, makes Li the biggest-single shareholder in the Stuttgart-based maker of Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and vans.

17:00 World
World's fishing fleets mapped from orbit

Computers have crunched 22 billion identification messages transmitted by sea-going vessels to map fishing activity around the globe.

16:38 World
US Winter Olympics 2018 medal winners

Athletes from 92 nations are fiercely competing for a chance to stand on those coveted Olympic podiums in Pyeongchang, South Korea. There are 15 different sporting activities and a total of 102 events.

16:16 World
Egypt court fines leading activist over insulting judiciary

Saturday's ruling on Ahmed Douma, reported by the state-run Al Ahram newspaper, is a response to his appeal against a 2014 ruling in the case sentencing him to three years in prison plus the fine.

15:45 World
White House barrier hit by vehicle, Secret Service says

No officials were injured and US Secret Service officers arrested 35-year-old Jessica Ford of La Vergne, Tennessee, US media report.

15:27 World
Indian state offers free breast implants to the poor

Tamil Nadu officials say service provided to stop people taking loans they can not afford or opting for other methods.

15:01 World
More than 1 in 10 French women raped, study reports

Half the victims were children or teens at time of attack, which took place at home in 42% of cases.

14:44 World
Tech billionaire, ordered to reopen public beach, appeals to supreme court

Investor Vinod Khosla has battled regulators for years over Martin’s Beach, which can only be reached by road on his property.

14:26 World
China's Communist Party to meet on reform ahead of government reshuffle

In a statement on Saturday following a meeting chaired by President Xi Jinping, who is also head of the party, the official Xinhua news agency said the party’s Central Committee would hold a plenary session from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28.

14:02 World
Geely chairman builds $9 billion stake in Germany's Daimler

Only two or three manufactures will likely survive in the auto industry going forward, a source familiar with Li’s thinking told Reuters, prompting Geely to seek access to carmakers with a technological edge.

13:28 World
An experimental short film captures the dramatic dance of the seasons

Flowers have long been used as symbols of vitality and mortality, and the fire and ice these blooms are subjected to suggests a literal interpretation of those concepts.

12:43 World
Facebook drops shooting game demo at conservative event

The game allows the player to shoot imaginary weapons against enemies in a public train station.

12:29 World
Ledecka makes history taking gold in the Snowboard Parallel Slalom

Seven days after becoming the first snowboarder to win Olympic gold in alpine skiing, the Czech followed up her success in the super-G with gold in snowboarding's parallel giant slalom.

12:02 World
New genetic link reveals some ovarian cancer passed down by fathers

The finding, which reveals that a father's genes play an important role in a woman's ovarian cancer risk, could change the way doctors look for and treat one of the most lethal types of cancer.

11:38 World
The Empire Strips Back: how a Star Wars parody took the burlesque world by storm

The Star Wars burlesque parody show The Empire Strips Back has been packing out Australian theatres since 2011, when it opened in Sydney and swiftly became a word-of-mouth phenomenon.

10:27 World
China's January home prices rise even as top cities register decline

Average new home prices in China’s 70 major cities rose 5 percent in January from a year earlier and 0.3 percent month on month, according to Reuters calculations based on the data from the statistics bureau on Saturday.

10:00 World
Numbers starting to add up for Tesla trucks: DHL executive

He says the 10 trucks ordered are a test run and that he is still years away from switching the majority of his fleet of trucks to electric. 

20:09 World
Zurich shooting: Two people shot dead outside UBS bank, say Swiss media

The killings happened in broad daylight in the middle of the Swiss city's downtown area, according to local reports.

19:47 World
France unveils vast new plan to tackle radicalization

Prime Minister Edouard Philippe on Friday announced the program of 60 measures that puts the accent on prevention. It is the third effort in less than four years to try to prevent and control a phenomenon that numerous nations are grappling with.

19:24 World
Myanmar parliament approves $15M for Rakhine border fence

Lawmaker Myo Zaw Aung said Friday the budget was proposed by the Home Affairs Ministry, the Defense Ministry and the Border Affairs Ministry, which are all controlled by the military.

19:00 World
Children 'forced to watch rape' in South Sudan

A report by UN human rights investigators says that 40 officials may be individually responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

18:38 World
Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, U.N. body says

In a response to the report, the United Kingdom government said it did not accept women in Northern Ireland had been subject to grave and systematic violations of their rights.

18:16 World
Mixed-race Joan of Arc draws abuse from French far-right

The city chose Mathilde Edey Gamassou, 17, on Monday to act as the folk heroine at annual celebrations in May.

17:24 World
Venezuelans report big weight losses in 2017 as hunger hits

The annual survey, published on Wednesday by three universities, is one of the most closely-followed assessments of Venezuelans' well being amid a government information vacuum and shows a steady rise in poverty and hunger in recent years.

17:00 World
Astronaut: Trump's plan for the space station a huge mistake

The first part of this idea is good. The second is horrible. If enacted, it could well spell the end of NASA's human spaceflight for the foreseeable future.

16:16 World
Rwandan police say 5 Congolese refugees killed in protests

Police say in a statement that another 15 people were injured in the protests this week as several hundred refugees marched to the U.N. agency offices in Kiziba refugee camp in the west.

15:45 World
Germany says another citizen detained in Turkey released

Ministry spokesman Rainer Breul declined to provide further details of the latest case, citing privacy reasons.

15:01 World
Armed school resource officer stayed outside as Florida shooting unfolded, sheriff says

Scot Peterson never went in after taking a position on the west side of the building, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said at a Thursday afternoon news conference.

14:44 World
China seizes control of insurer that owns the Waldorf Astoria

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission said in a series of statements that Anbang Chairman Wu Xiaohui has been removed from his post and is being prosecuted for "economic crimes."

14:26 World
Robert Mueller files 32 new fraud charges against ex-Trump aides

The move marks the latest step in ratcheting up pressure on former Trump campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.

14:02 World
Steve Jobs’s pre-Apple, error-strewn CV could fetch $50,000 at sale

Résumé listed Jobs’s phone number as ‘none’; auction also includes letter from Amy Winehouse to Blake Fielder-Civil.

13:28 World
Macron offers tough love for farmers ahead of Paris show

The government is facing discontent over issues including trade talks with South American countries and an overhaul of subsidies for disadvantaged farm belts, sapping goodwill created by legislative proposals for fairer farmgate prices.

13:00 World
European Union MPs call on Xi Jinping to release Gui Minhai

Chinese state media attacks Guardian and Financial Times as politicians demand freedom of Swedish-national bookseller.

12:43 World
India's Modi meets Canada PM Trudeau amid controversy

The meeting comes a day after Canada withdrew an invitation to an alleged Sikh extremist to attend an official dinner with Mr Trudeau in Delhi.

12:29 World
Argentina foils diplomatic luggage cocaine plot

Police seized nearly 400kg of the drug from diplomatic luggage in an embassy annex after being told about it by the Russian ambassador in December 2016.

12:02 World
Barnaby Joyce quits as deputy prime minister and Nationals leader

Joyce saw his support diminish after the revelation on Thursday night that a sexual harassment complaint had been made against him to the country-based National party, the junior partner in the ruling Liberal-National Coalition.

11:38 World
Alina Zagitova, 15, wins Olympic figure skating title for OAR's first gold

The 15-year-old Zagitova edged her friend and training partner Evgenia Medvedeva to end the gold drought for the Olympic Athletes from Russia. 

10:45 World
2 held after firing shots at pro-N. Korea group's Tokyo headquarters

The bullets hit the gate and no one was injured in the incident, the police said. The two men were immediately arrested at the site by policemen stationed nearby.

10:27 World
Work has begun on whether Greece needs debt relief: EU rescue fund head

The technical work, to be done by junior finance ministers and treasury officials from euro zone countries, would link the size of potential debt relief to Greece’s economic performance over time.

20:30 World
Slovenia governmen sacks army chief over failed NATO tests

The decision comes after a battlegroup failed in all but one of five areas in a NATO combat readiness assessment at a training facility near the southwestern town of Postojna.

20:09 World
Iran says may withdraw from nuclear deal if banks continue to stay away

Despite that, big banks have continued to stay away for fear of falling foul of remaining U.S. sanctions - something that has hampered Iran’s efforts to rebuild foreign trade and lure investment.

19:47 World
North Korean closing Olympics delegation includes man blamed for deadly sinking

The latest visit by officials from the normally reclusive North will coincide with a visit by a U.S. delegation led by President Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka.

18:38 World
Avani Chaturvedi: First Indian woman to fly fighter jet

She flew a Mig-21 Bison for 30 minutes earlier this week, the air force said.

18:16 World
Game helps players spot 'fake news'

Bad News lets players build a social media following by choosing inflammatory headlines and images to share with their imaginary fans.

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