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At least 91 killed in mudslides, floods due to heavy rains in Sri lanka

Written by | May 26, 2017 | 0
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s government said the death toll from floods and mudslides that have lashed the island in the last 24 hours has risen to 91. Nearly 8,000 people were driven out of their homes in the southwestern region of Kalutara, one of the worst affected, according to the DMC. Home Affairs Minister Vajira Abeywardana told reporters Friday that the adverse weather conditions in southern and western parts of the island could still worsen in the next 72 hours. The rains were the most destructive this year. The National Building Research Organisation (NBRO) alerted the public to be vigilant on possible landslides in mountainous areas in Galle, Kegalle, Ratnapura, Kalutara, Matara and Hambanthota districts, Colombo Page reported. Heavy rains have lashed several parts of the country

Trump tries to pressure Senate Republicans on health care

Written by | May 9, 2017 | 0
Branchburg: President Donald Trump urged Senate Republicans today to “not let the American people down,” as the contentious debate over overhauling the US health care systems shifts to Congress’ upper chamber, where a vote is potentially weeks, if not months, away. Some senators have already voiced displeasure with the health care bill that cleared the House last week, with Republicans providing all the “yes” votes in the 217-214 count. They cited concerns about potential higher costs for older people and those with pre-existing conditions, along with cuts to Medicaid. Senator Susan Collins of Maine, a moderate Republican whose vote will be critical to getting a bill to Trump’s desk and who voiced similar concerns, said the Senate would not take up the House bill. “The Senate

Trump confers with Asia allies on North Korea nuclear threat

Written by | May 1, 2017 | 0
Washington: Trump spoke to the prime ministers of Thailand and Singapore in separate phone calls about the North Korean threat and invited both of them to Washington, U.S. officials said. “They discussed ways to maintain diplomatic and economic pressure on North Korea,” one U.S. official said of the calls, speaking on condition of anonymity. Trump’s calls to the two Asian leaders came two days after North Korea test-launched another missile that Washington and Seoul said was unsuccessful but which drew widespread international condemnation. Trump talked on Saturday night with Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, who was also invited to the White House. Duterte has been criticized by human rights groups for an anti-drug campaign in which more than 8,000 people have died. A

Hijab-wearing woman quits White House job after Trump’s Muslim ban

Written by | February 26, 2017 | 0
A hijab-wearing woman quit her job merely eight days into the Donald Trump administration, due to the Muslim ban imposed by the 70-year-old American president. Rumana Ahmed, a Bangladeshi immigrant whose family moved to the US in 1978, penned a long piece in The Atlantic to talk about the tenuous eight days she worked for the Trump administration. Ahmed, in her 30s, had joined the White House in 2011 and later moved to the National Security Council under the Barack Obama administration. She wrote glowingly about the previous administration, writing that she always felt “welcomed and included”, but the incoming administration’s continuous vilification of the Muslims and the eventual travel ban on Muslims from seven countries firmed her mind to leave her West Wing job. The George

17th-Century French Noble Couple Were Buried With Each Other’s Hearts

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
Historically speaking, marriage has been a far less romantic institution than we conceive of it now. Until relatively recently, people married less for love and more for practical reasons having to do with things like lineage, social mobility, and property. While the vast majority of marriages in the past could be attributed to these pragmatic concerns, we shouldn’t assume that romance simply didn’t exist between husbands and wives — just look at this 17th century French couple! An archaeological dig at a convent in Rennes, France unearthed the burial spot of a noble lady named Louise de Quengo. She was buried with a number of possessions, but one small box in particular lead researchers to uncover a historical romance unlike any other! A recent archaeological excavation at a convent

Trump refers to non-existent Sweden terror incident

Written by | February 19, 2017 | 0
US President Donald Trump was speaking to supporters on Saturday when he apparently referred to the Scandinavian country as the site of a terror incident the latest example of his administration naming a non-existent attack. The Republican was addressing a campaign-style rally in Florida when he launched into a list of places that have been targeted by terrorists. “You look at what’s happening in Germany, you look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” he said in an energetic stream-of-consciousness speech, defending his order last month that blocked refugees and travelers from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the United

Online sales for the Ivanka Trump brand fell 26 percent in January

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
While Nordstrom dropping Ivanka Trump merchandise got a lot of headlines, it’s not the only online retail partner seeing slower sales for the brand. According to an analysis of email receipts by Slice Intelligence, online, Nordstrom sells the most by revenue, followed by Macy’, third is (owned by Amazon), Amazon (where most is sold by third-party sellers) is fourth, and Bloomingdale’ (owned by Macy’s) rounds out the top five.

Setback to Donald Trump as US federal court declines to reinstate Muslim ban

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
Washington: A US federal appeals court has unanimously declined to reinstate Donald Trump’s controversial executive order to temporarily ban refugees and people from seven majority-Muslim nations, prompting the President to call the judgement as a “political decision”. The judgement by a three-judge bench is seen as a major setback for the Trump Administration which argued that executive order was a major step to prevent entry of radical Islamic terrorists from entering the country. Trump soon reacted to the court order in his tweet. “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” Trump wrote indicating that he is deeply disappointed on the decision of the San Francisco-based Ninth Court of Appeal. The Trump Administration has reached out to the court asking it to lift

Eiffel Tower to get bulletproof glass wall armor for protection from terrorists

Written by | February 10, 2017 | 0
Paris: Eiffel Tower is the symbol for love worldwide. It is the attraction point for all. Rather the tourist attraction point of Paris is Eiffel Tower. Also it stands one of the most favorite destinations across the globe. Due to terror threat Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo announced of building a high-bulletproof transparent wall to improve security. On Thursday the Mayor of Paris spoke about the project which will have the permanent 2.5-meter-high bullet-proof transparent wall. The project costs around €300 million which aims to improve security and enhance the reception and comfort of the more than six million visitors that make the Eiffel Tower the most visited monument in the world. Officials said that the purpose of the wall is to deter attacks. Earlier the tower was surrounded by the

Canadian woman guilty of hiding 6 dead babies in storage locker

Written by | February 7, 2017 | 0
The 42-year-old woman from Winnipeg refused to submit to a DNA test, but investigating police performed one with a warrant. Montreal: A Canadian woman was found guilty on Monday of intentionally hiding in a storage locker the remains of six babies to whom she gave birth. The 42-year-old woman from Winnipeg refused to submit to a DNA test, but investigating police performed one with a warrant, using a sanitary napkin from her home. She was shown to have given birth to all the infants. “All of these children were likely born alive,” Judge Murray Thompson said and found Andrea Giesbrecht guilty of six counts of concealing the body of a dead child. “There is no evidence of complications in these pregnancies,” the Judge added. Each count carries up to two years in prison. Ms

US Court of Appeals to hear challenge to Trump’s ban

Written by | February 7, 2017 | 0
Three federal judges in San Francisco will on Tuesday hear oral arguments in the challenge to US President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration. The hour-long hearing, to be conducted by telephone among the judges of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals at 6 p.m. will determine the immediate fate of the nationwide temporary restraining order against Trump’s travel ban, CNN reported. The case will be heard by Judge William C. Canby Jr., appointed by Jimmy Carter; Judge Michelle T. Friedland, appointed by Barack Obama; and Judge Richard R. Clifton, appointed by George W. Bush. Attorney generals for Washington and Minnesota, who challenged the executive order, said that the temporary restraining order should remain in place because the President had “unleashed chaos”

This Couple Has Been Living In A Sewer For 22 Years

Written by | February 3, 2017 | 0
There are 2 types of people in the world. One, who crib about anything and everything, and two, who make peace with whatever they have. This happy Colombian couple falls in the latter. The couple lives in a sewer and despite no means of luxury or worldly comforts, they’re content with their lives. It’s hard to believe but Maria Garcia and her husband Miguel Restrepo have been living inside a sewer for the last 22 years. Maria and Miguel were both drug addicts when they met in Medellin, Colombia. The area is notoriously known for violence and narcotics trafficking. They lived on the streets and drug addiction was ruining their lives. It was in the time of distress that they found solace in each other’s company and together, they decided to quit drug addiction. With no friends

UN rights chief urges end to rights violations against Rohingya Muslims

Written by | February 3, 2017 | 0
The UN human rights chief has blasted Myanmar for committing “grave” human rights violations against its Rohingya Muslims, calling on the Naypyidaw government to stop the crimes against the persecuted minority. “The Government of Myanmar must immediately halt these grave human rights violations against its own people, instead of continuing to deny they have occurred,” Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein said in a statement on Friday. The statement cited a report compiled by the world body on rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar’s Rakhine State since last October, when Yangon placed the state under a military lockdown. The measure was part of a “counterinsurgency” push since an alleged attack on the country’s border guards on October 9. Nine police officers were killed

Every U.S. President Since 1850 Has Owned Shoes From The Same Brand. Who Would’ve Known?

Written by | February 2, 2017 | 0
He is where all bucks stop. The first citizen of the richest nation, the commander in chief of the strongest armed forces, and arguably the most crucial political figure in the world. Yes, boys and girls, we’re talking about the American President. And, we bet you didn’t know, there’s an unlikely connection between every American president since 1850. They wear shoes from the same manufacturer called Johnston & Murphy! Over the years, several shoemakers have come and gone, but Johnston & Murphy managed to not just stick around but even thrive in the shoe industry for more than 150 years. The founder William J Dudley was well-versed in the craft of English Shoemaking and that’s one of the primary reasons that the brand caught on so quickly. At first, he started making dress shoes

Trump visits with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Washington

Written by | February 2, 2017 | 0
WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump met on Thursday with Jordan’s King Abdullah ahead of an annual prayer breakfast in Washington, a White House spokeswoman said. There was no immediate information provided about what Trump and the King discussed. Abdullah, the first Arab leader to hold talks with the new administration, had earlier in the week discussed the fight against Islamic State, the Syria crisis, and other issues with Vice President Mike Pence.

Iran ‘put on notice’ for firing ballistic missile, says US President Trump

Written by | February 2, 2017 | 0
US President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that “Iran has been put formally put on notice” for firing a ballistic missile, after his administration said on Wednesday it was reviewing how to respond to the launch. The early morning Twitter post also said: “Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them!” Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile.Should have been thankful for the terrible deal the U.S. made with them! ” Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2017 A second tweet read: “Iran was on its last legs and ready to collapse until the U.S. came along and gave it a life-line in the form of the Iran Deal: $150 billion” Trump has frequently criticized the Iran nuclear deal, calling

Anti-immigration, anti-Muslim, what next?

Written by | January 31, 2017 | 0
The ban is symbolic of politics, not just in the US but in the rest of the world whereby the electorate is led astray by personality politics. In the West this focuses on immigration issues. You cannot look at these incidents in isolation, they are part of a larger global phenomenon. What is good for politics may not be what is best for the country. Politicians do what is best for the gallery. Trump is just catering to a large segment of Caucasians who think that banning ‘immigrants’ will keep them safe and their jobs secure. In the same line of thought, India has far more critics of demonetization now than they did on November 9, last year. Trump has emerged a strong figure, and it is a ridiculous policy, but the state of politics in the world is ridiculous. It is what voters buy. This

Trump displays classic traits of mental illness, psychologists claim

Written by | January 31, 2017 | 0
Washington: After only a few weeks of holding office as president of the United States, many the world over have come to the conclusion that Donald Trump is unfit to be president. Some psychologists have now started questioning Trump’s state of mind, assessing his psyche and mental health. As many psychologists are publishing their diagnosis of Trump, John D Gartner most recently said Trump “is dangerously mentally ill and temperamentally incapable of being president.” As per his findings, he believes Trump shows signs of “malignant narcissism,” which is defined as a mix of antisocial personality disorder, narcissism, aggression and sadism. Among the many diagnoses of Trump put forward by psychologists, narcissism is among the most common. “Narcissism impairs his ability to see

You’re fired: Trump sacks top govt lawyer who defied ‘Muslim ban’

Written by | January 31, 2017 | 0
Washington: President Donald Trump fired the federal government’s top lawyer Sally Yates on Monday after she took the extraordinarily rare step of defying the White House and refused to defend new travel restrictions targeting seven Muslim-majority nations. Yates said late on Monday that the Justice Department would not defend in court Trump’s directive that put a 120-day hold on allowing refugees into the country, an indefinite ban on refugees from Syria and a 90-day bar on citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Yates said she did not believe defending the order would be “consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right.” Hours later, she was fired. The White House said Yates “has

Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai ‘heartbroken’ by Donald Trump’s order on refugees

Written by | January 28, 2017 | 0
New York: Noble Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani student activist, said she was “heartbroken” by Donald Trump’s order on refugees and urged the US president not to abandon the world’s “most defenceless.” “I am heartbroken that today President Trump is closing the door on children, mothers and fathers fleeing violence and war,” said the 19-year-old, shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012 after publicly advocating education for girls in her home country. “In this time of uncertainty and unrest around the world, I ask President Trump not to turn his back on the world’s most defenceless children and families,” she added in a statement just moments after Trump signed the decree. Yousafzai is the youngest ever recipient