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At least 14 dead on refugee boat off Libya – Official

A Libyan official said at least 14 refugees died off the North African nation's coast while attempting to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe. Colonel Hisham Aldwaini, a spokesman for Misrata's security forces, said on Tuesday a wooden boat was found off the Libyan port city with two bodies on board. He added that 12 others had been thrown into Read More

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Mother ‘kept her two-year-old daughter’s body in her car for three days’ after her boyfriend ‘sexually assaulted her, beat her with a belt until she was unconscious and then tried to use a hairdryer to warm her up’

Tiaundra Christon, 21, and her boyfriend Kenny Hewett, 32, allegedly beat Hazana Anderson, two, with a belt on October 19 After realizing she was unconscious, they tried to revive her in a cold water bath Christon claims it was while removing the toddler’s clothes that she saw signs of sexual assault She drove around with her daughter’s body in her Read More

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Thousands of Swedes are getting microchip IDs inserted into their hands to swipe into homes, offices, concerts and even to access social media

More than 4,000 Swedes are being implanted with a microchip that contains details about their identity. The miniature technology bypasses the need for cash, tickets, access cards and even social media. BioHax International is the market leader in the innovate industry and has captured public imagination since it was started five years ago by Jowan Osterlund, a former professional body Read More

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Trump calls Saudi journalist’s murder ‘worst cover-up in history’

US President Donald Trump has called Saudi Arabia’s response to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi “the worst cover-up ever”. He added that whoever organised the plot “should be in big trouble”. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said, shortly afterwards, that the US “will punish those responsible” and is revoking visas of 21 identified suspects. The US has faced pressure Read More

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Saudi Arabia confirms murder of journalist Khashoggi but blames rogues

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Virginia Mayo/AP/REX/Shutterstock (6985518av) Jamal Khashoggi Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on . More than two dozen senior officials from key economies will try Saturday to agree on whether to send a political signal that a new global trade deal can, at last, be completed Read More

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Adultery no longer a crime in India

India’s top court has ruled adultery is no longer a criminal offence. The Supreme Court overturned a 158-year-old law which said any man who had sex with a married woman, without the permission of her husband, was guilty of the criminal act of adultery.   It is not clear how many men have been prosecuted under the law since its Read More

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New COSATU president urges SA government to downgrade relations with Israel

The newly-elected president of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), Zingiswa Losi, has called on South Africa’s ANC-led government to immediately downgrade diplomatic relations with Israel. Losi – who became the first woman to lead South Africa’s largest trade union federation – made the remarks on Thursday at COSATU’s 13th National Congress in Johannesburg. In her first public speech after being elected president, Read More

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Amazon investigates staff bribery claims

Amazon is investigating claims that its employees accepted bribes in exchange for leaking confidential sales data. Independent sellers were also allowed to delete negative reviews and restore banned accounts for payments of between $80 (£61; €69) and $2,000, according to allegations in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal said the practice was particularly “pronounced in China”. Amazon said it had Read More

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Donald Trump invited people to pay $70,000 to have a PHOTO with him

Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey tweeted a photo of the event invitation which highlighted the large costs. The money will go towards Trump Victory, a joint fundraising committee for the president’s 2020 presidential campaign and the Republican National Committee (RNC). The price is higher than the typical campaign event, but is not unheard of. In 2016, then-Democratic presidential Read More

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