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19/06/2019

Shanahan pulls out of Pentagon job as domestic violence reports emerge

Shanahan pulls out of Pentagon job as domestic violence reports emerge >> FILE PHOTO: Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan fires a modified painted ball gun that shoots pepper balls during a tour of the US-Mexico border at Santa Teresa Station in Sunland Park, New Mexico, February 23, 2019. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Pool via REUTERS Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday he had withdrawn from consideration to head the US military as reports of domestic violence in his family surfaced, stoking uncertainty about the leadership of the Pentagon as tensions with Iran rise. Shanahan said he made the decision,...
18/06/2019

Trump creates doubt over use of US force to protect Gulf oil

Trump creates doubt over use of US force to protect Gulf oil >> A US military image released by the Pentagon in Washington on June 17 shows what the Navy says is the hull penetration and blast damage on the starboard side of the Japanese owned motor tanker vessel Kokuka Courageous, which was sustained from a June 13 limpet mine attack while operating in the Gulf of Oman and photographed by the US military the following day on June 14, 2019. US Navy handout via Reuters US President Donald Trump said he was prepared to take military action to stop...
18/06/2019

Japan promotes peace through sport: Embassy

Japan promotes peace through sport: Embassy Senior Correspondent, The Japanese embassy in Dhaka has said Tokyo promotes “peace” through sports. Japan will host Rugby World Cup for the first time in Asia, and the matches will be organised across the country from September to November this year. Following this event, Tokyo will host the Olympics and Paralympic Games in summer 2020.Ambassador Hiroyasu Izumi hosted a reception on Tuesday to enhance sport exchanges.State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russel, and representatives from Bangladesh Olympic Association as well as other sport organisations attended the reception.Earlier on June 17, on the...

18/06/2019

China's President Xi to visit N Korea this week

China's President Xi to visit N Korea this week >> Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit North Korea for two days from Thursday, state media in both countries reported on Monday, making him the first Chinese leader to visit in 14 years. Neighboring China is reclusive North Korea’s only major ally, and the visit comes amid renewed tensions between the United States and North Korea over efforts to persuade Pyongyang to give up its nuclear weapons.“Both sides will exchange views on the (Korean) peninsula situation, and push for new progress in the political resolution of the peninsula issue,” China’s official...
18/06/2019

Death toll from China quakes rises to 11

Death toll from China quakes rises to 11 >> The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in key regional cities, such as the provincial capital of Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing.People rushed into the streets and cracks were left in some buildings by the quakes, pictures posted on...
18/06/2019

Alabama orders 'Chemical Castration' of some child molesters

Alabama orders 'Chemical Castration' of some child molesters >> The New York Times Gov. Kay Ivey of Alabama has signed a so-called chemical castration measure into law, her office announced on Monday, leaving the state poised to set a stringent new parole condition for certain sex offenders. Supporters of the law contend that it will enhance public safety and reduce the risk of convicted sex offenders committing similar crimes once they are released from prison. But critics of the law, which will take effect in September, think it may prove unconstitutional.Here is a guide to the procedure, which is used...

18/06/2019

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini detained in Qatar World Cup probe

Ex-UEFA chief Michel Platini detained in Qatar World Cup probe >> Michel Platini, the former head of European football association UEFA, was detained for questioning by French police on Tuesday over the awarding of the 2022 World Cup football tournament to Qatar, a judicial source told Reuters. Platini's lawyer William Bourdon was not immediately available for comment. The detention of the former football star was first reported by French investigative website Mediapart.France's national financial prosecutor's office (PNF), which specialises in investigating economic crimes and corruption, has been leading a probe into the awarding of the 2022 tournament to the Gulf...
18/06/2019

Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links

Turkey orders arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected Gulen links >> FILE PHOTO: US-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen at his home in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, US Jul 10, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Mostoller/File Photo Turkey has ordered the arrest of 128 military personnel over suspected links to the network accused by Ankara of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday. Police were looking for just over half of the suspects in the western coastal province of Izmir and the rest across 30 other provinces, Anadolu said.They were suspected of being supporters of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah...
18/06/2019

Death toll from China quakes rises to 11

Death toll from China quakes rises to 11 >> The death toll from two strong earthquakes in China rose to 11 on Tuesday, with 122 people injured, state media said, adding that rescuers pulled some survivors from rubble in a part of the country that often suffers strong tremors. The quakes, roughly 30 minutes apart, hit the southwestern province of Sichuan late on Monday, with shaking felt in key regional cities, such as the provincial capital of Chengdu and the metropolis of Chongqing. People rushed into the streets and cracks were left in some buildings by the quakes, pictures posted...

18/06/2019

New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of mass shooting

New Zealand man jailed for sharing video of mass shooting >> A New Zealand man was sentenced to 21 months in prison on Tuesday for distributing videos of a massacre at two mosques in the city of Christchurch, media reported. The lone gunman who killed 51 people in New Zealand's worst peace-time mass shooting on March 15 broadcast the massacre live on Facebook. Radio New Zealand said Philip Arps, 44, pleaded guilty to two charges of distributing objectionable material after sharing copies of the livestreamed video with about 30 people. Arps also shared a video that was modified to add...
18/06/2019

'Systemic failure' of UN ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: Review

'Systemic failure' of UN ahead of Myanmar military crackdown: Review >> There was a “systemic failure” of the United Nations in dealing with the situation in Myanmar ahead of a deadly 2017 military crackdown because it did not have a unified strategy and lacked Security Council support, according to an internal report. The crackdown drove more than 730,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee to Bangladesh. UN investigators have said the operation was executed with “genocidal intent” and included mass killings, gang rapes and widespread arson.Myanmar denies widespread wrongdoing and says the military campaign across hundreds of villages in northern Rakhine was...
18/06/2019

Venezuela frees jailed opposition lawmaker ahead of UN rights chief's visit

Venezuela frees jailed opposition lawmaker ahead of UN rights chief's visit >> Venezuela on Monday freed opposition lawmaker Gilber Caro, who was detained in April in what allies said was a violation of his parliamentary immunity, the opposition-controlled National Assembly said on Twitter. The move by President Nicolas Maduro's government, which faces a challenge to its legitimacy from National Assembly leader Juan Guaido, comes days before a visit by Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, to meet victims of rights abuses and speak with both leaders."The parliamentarian Gilber Caro should never have been jailed," the National...