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7-yr-old Indian girl takes dad to police over lack of toilet

A seven-year-old Indian girl tried to have her father arrested after he failed to build a toilet at home as he promised, local police said on Wednesday. Living with her parents in the town of Ambur in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Hanifa Zaara did not want to defecate in the open and asked her father to build a …

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South Africa joins African Tripartite Free Trade Area

South Africa has deposited the instrument of ratification of an agreement establishing the Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said on Thursday. The TFTA comprises three regional economic blocks — the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the East African Community (EAC), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC). South Africa did …

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UK PM May says she will leave by 2022 election

British Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed that she will step down before the country holds its next scheduled national election in 2022. Arriving at an EU summit in Brussels on Thursday, May said “I think it is right that another party leader takes us into that general election.” Late Wednesday May survived a no-confidence vote among her Conservative Party …

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Death toll rises to 4 in Strasbourg shooting in France

The death toll of the shooting near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg Tuesday evening has risen to four, several were wounded, local media reported. Security officers have cordoned off the area, while the injured were transported to a local hospital center. Interior Minister Christophe Castaner told reporters that several of the wounded were in critical condition …

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British PM on mission to rescue Brexit deal as EU insists “no renegotiation”

British Prime Minister Theresa May launched her mission Tuesday to attempt to rescue her Brexit deal with a round of meetings with European Union (EU) member leaders. Political commentators described it as a mission impossible after Brussels indicated it would not alter the deal already agreed between the EU and May’s government. Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European Commission, said …

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Trump says to let military build border wall if Democrats reject funding

U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he will have the military build his promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border if Democrats in Congress block the legislation approving the funding for the project. Trump made the threat in a series of tweets hours before a scheduled meeting with Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. “If the …

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Trump, Democratic Congress leaders exchange blasts over border wall

U.S. President Donald Trump said he would be “proud to shut down the government for border security” during a heated meeting with Democratic congressional leaders inside the White House on Tuesday. Trump’s meeting with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was meant to prevent a potential government shutdown later this month, but “has spiraled downwards,” …

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Celebrities flock to Indian business scions’ lavish wedding

In a season of big Indian weddings, the marriage of two business scions on Wednesday is set to be the biggest of them all. Isha Ambani is the Ivy League-educated daughter of Mukesh Ambani, chairman and majority stakeholder in oil and gas giant Reliance Industries, whose net worth Forbes estimates at over $43 billion. Her groom, Anand Piramal, is the …

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U.S. returns 3 church bells taken as war booty from Philippines in 1901

Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago have been returned to the Philippines. Locals from Balangiga, a seaside town in Eastern Samar province in the central Philippines, used the church bells to signal an attack against American soldiers at dawn on Sept. 28, 1901. American occupation troops took the bells from a …

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Russian cosmonauts find hole on Soyuz spacecraft during spacewalk

During an “unprecedented” spacewalk, Russian cosmonauts Oleg Kononenko and Sergey Prokopyev have found the hole on the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft which caused a pressure leak at the International Space Station (ISS) in August, the Russian Mission Control Center (MCC) said on Wednesday. Russian Space Agency Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin wrote on Twitter Tuesday that the spacewalk would be “unprecedented by …

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