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The solitude of female politicians in South Asia

To deflect the sexist charge of being barren viragos, female politicians in the region have to deny their sexuality. Al Jazeera News Mukul Kesavan All the women who have become heads of government in India have been single. It’s an unwritten job requirement. Indira Gandhi, who became… The solitude of female… Read More »

Let Ivanka be first lady

If she surrenders her business interests, there’s no reason why Ivanka shouldn’t do what other first daughters have done throughout US history. Politico Josh Zeitz The team at Trump Tower turned heads last week when word slipped that Ivanka Trump, the incoming first daughter, is eyeing an office suite in the East Wing normally reserved for the first lady. A spokesperson for the… Let Ivanka be… Read More »

Missing MH370: Investigators looking in the wrong place

Investigators conclude MH370 site is unlikely to be found in area crews focused on for two years. Al Jazeera International investigators hunting for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 have admitted after combing the Indian Ocean for two years search crews were likely looking in the wrong place. Tuesday’s conclusion raises the… Missing MH370: Investigators looking… Read More »

Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to remain despite negligence over state payout to businessman

International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde has been found guilty of negligence for failing to challenge a 400 million euro ($575 million) state arbitration payout to a business tycoon in 2008 when she was French finance minister. ABC Despite the ruling, the judges imposed no punishment, citing her preoccupation at the time with the global financial crisis. She had denied the… Christine Lagarde: IMF boss to… Read More »

The surprising origins of famous Christmas carols

The familiar tunes never fail to get us in the festive mood – but many of them have remarkably un-Christmassy roots, writes Mark Forsyth. BBC Mark Forsyth The Christmas carol service was invented in Truro in 1880 by a chap called Edward WhiteBenson. The story goes that on… The surprising origins of… Read More »

Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts conflict that will bring ‘THE END OF THE WORLD’

A CALAMITOUS conflict in 2017 will create “the End of The World” according to an ancient ritual using the blood of an Italian patron saint. Express Aletha Adu Italy’s Catholic Church perform a global miracle three times a year which declares the safety of the world, using San Gennaro’s blood, the patron Saint of Naples known globally as Saint Janarius. In January and September, the religious… Armageddon in 2017: Ancient omen predicts… Read More »

Turkey, Russia and an Assassination: The Swirling Crises, Explained

Turkey and Russia, whose up-and-down relationship has helped shape the Syrian war and its related crises, shared a new trauma on Monday after an off-duty Turkish police officer assassinated Russia’s ambassador. The New York Times Max Fisher The killing of Andrey G. Karlov in Ankara caused global alarm and raised questions about the larger consequences. On social media, many drew… Turkey, Russia and an… Read More »

‘Our worst fear has now been tragically realised’: Police Union

The WA Police Union says its worst fears have been realised after the stabbing death of a woman at Joondalup court on Tuesday. WA Today Phil Hickey The union has been pushing for its officers to be fully armed in WA courts for some time and has previously raised security issues at court buildings in the past. “We have been warning the… ‘Our worst fear has now been… Read More »

Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot dead in Ankara

Andrey Karlov was speaking at a photo exhibition event in the capital when he was shot by a Turkish off-duty policeman. Al Jazeera News Russia’s ambassador to Turkey was shot dead in front of a crowd at a posh art gallery in the capital Ankara as the angry gunmen screamed “don’t forget Aleppo”. Police later killed the assailant on… Russian ambassador Andrey Karlov shot… Read More »

Apple’s rotten appeal

Rather than addressing the merits of the case, the tech giant is playing the pity card. Politico Richard A. Epstein On Monday, an angry Apple appealed against an August ruling by the European Commission ordering the company to pay Ireland some €13 billion in back taxes, plus interest. Disappointingly, the Silicon Valley tech giant failed to… Apple’s rotten… Read More »

Turkey blames usual suspects for murder of Russian ambassador

Off-duty police officer Mevlut Mert Altintas assassinated Andrei Gennadyevich Karlov, Russia’s ambassador to Turkey, at an art gallery in the Turkish capital Ankara on Dec. 19. Al Monitor Barın Kayaoğlu Police forces subsequently killed Altintas in a gunfight. What we know so far about… Turkey blames usual… Read More »

Farms to focus on more dairy, hogs; less corn planting in 2017

The most important and market-moving stories from the Chinese-language media Asia Times Poo Yee Kai and Liu Hsiu Wen China will reduce inefficient planting of corn on 10 million mu (1.65 million acres) of land in 2017 while expanding and improving the dairy and hog industries, the Ministry of Agricultural said in a report by the Shanghai Securities… Farms to focus on more dairy… Read More »

More Africans at risk of chronic illness: WHO

NAIROBI Daily Nation City life and its modern trappings have brought bad habits to developing African nations that will see more die of chronic illness than infectious diseases by 2030, a study showed Tuesday. A World Health Organization (WHO) survey of… More Africans at risk of chronic… Read More »