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No lottery for single women going to Haj

No lottery for single women going to Haj It's therefore possible for countries to have bilateral agreements with Riyadh to facilitate non- mehram travel for over-45 women Haj pilgrims, and India's minority affairs ministry has made a decision to do so for Haj in 2018. "And I'm glad that our government paid heed to this matter". On October 7, when the committee tasked to draw up the Haj policy for 2018-22 recommended that mehram b... [Full Article...]

Teen arrested in deaths of 4 on New Year's Eve in NJ

Teen arrested in deaths of 4 on New Year's Eve in NJ Police arrived on the scene shortly after receiving a call from inside the home about shots fired at 11:43 p.m. on December 31, a statement from the prosecutor's office said. Officials say a 16-year-old boy related to three of the four victims is in custody after the shooting on Wall Street. The gun was legally owned and registered to the address when the incident unfolded. [Full Article...]

Greece on Turkey asylum row: democracies can not threaten or be threatened

Greece on Turkey asylum row: democracies can not threaten or be threatened The decision by Greek asylum authorities is a blow to Ankara, which has repeatedly requested for the co-pilot to be extradited, but the judges ruled that his human rights would be at risk. "If such an event was undertaken against Greece, we would have been very careful". More than 140,000 people including judges, lawyers, journalists and academics have been sacked or suspended in Turkey since th... [Full Article...]

Texas man 'nearly decapitates girlfriend in horrific samurai sword attack'

Texas man 'nearly decapitates girlfriend in horrific samurai sword attack' They found Aracely Jernigan, 36, dead in the living room, and a samurai sword nearby. Court records show Kenneth Wayne Lockings Jr's relatives convinced him on Thursday (Friday NZT) to surrender to police. His grandmother said that Lockings had received the samurai sword as a Thanksgiving gift. Lockings is due in court Wednesday and is being held in Harris County Jail without bail. [Full Article...]

Catalan crisis cost Spain RM5 billion, says foreign minister

Catalan crisis cost Spain RM5 billion, says foreign minister Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy holds his end-of-the-year press conference in Madrid. "As president, I demand the Spanish government and those who support it. Catalonia's former leader, Carles Puigdemont, has urged Spain to reinstate the secessionist government that he headed but that was dismissed following an illegal independence referendum. [Full Article...]

Recreational Marijuana Is Legal Starting At Midnight in California

Recreational Marijuana Is Legal Starting At Midnight in California A law allowing the state's first legal retail pot sales went into effect at 12:01 a.m. The arrival of the new year in California brings with it broad legalization of marijuana. However, the two largest cities in the state - Los Angeles and San Francisco -have not yet started issuing licences to sell cannabis commercially for recreational use. [Full Article...]

What's at play in Iranian protests?

After Trump tweeted Friday that the Iranian government should respect its people's rights to express themselves, Iran's state-run TV service addressed the widespread protests with a message Saturday. "Those who damage public property, disrupt order and break the law must be responsible for their behavior and pay the price", Interior Minister Abdolrahman Rahmani Fazli said on Sunday. [Full Article...]

First baby of the year born in Limerick

First baby of the year born in Limerick Both mom and baby are resting comfortably, and at the request of the family photos were not provided. The first baby of 2018 was born in Limerick University Maternity Hospital. There have been three babies born in the hospital so far in 2018. In the Coombe, the first baby was born at 1.41am. Baby Ella-Louise weighed in at 3.85kg or nearly 9lbs. [Full Article...]

Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests Official media outlets have provided few details about the protests. Durov's use of the phrase "peaceful protesting" is key here as Telegram has already voluntarily blocked one channel being used during these protests that explicitly called for violence. [Full Article...]

Iran blocks Telegram, Instagram amid protests

Iran blocks Telegram, Instagram amid protests In the biggest challenge to Tehran since 2009, protests across the country continued for a third day . On Sunday evening, police reportedly deployed tear gas and water cannon to disperse a small rally in Tehran's Enghelab Square. Protesters "must certainly know that improper behavior will be to their detriment, and the nation will come out and stand against these actions and throw a hard punch ... [Full Article...]

Two more Iranian protesters killed, bringing total to four

Two more Iranian protesters killed, bringing total to four Some called on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to step down and chanted against a government they described as thieves. In his first intervention, President Rouhani warned on Sunday that violence would not be tolerated at the protests. [Full Article...]

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15

Blast at funeral in eastern Afghanistan kills 15 Initial reports indicated a suicide bomber was behind the attack , but later authorities came to believe it was a remotely detonated explosive device hidden in a motorcycle. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack in Nangarhar where Daesh has a stronghold. Militants have launched repeated attacks against Afghan army outposts, police checkpoints and the USA -led coalition... [Full Article...]

Guterres Issues Red Alert for World

Guterres Issues Red Alert for World Given the current circumstances, the UN Secretary General has called for unity, as only together, the nations of the world will be able to tackle the burning issues of modern politics and forge lasting peace on the planet. Unity is the path . U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres attends a joint news conference with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo, Japa... [Full Article...]

This week in the Trump-Russia investigation

This week in the Trump-Russia investigation In an unplanned interview at his Palm Beach golf club, characterized by Donald Trump's standard bluster and hyperbole, the President spoke to the New York Times about the Department of Justice, Robert Mueller's ongoing investigation, North Korea, and the media. [Full Article...]

Two Iranian Protesters Killed in Anti-Government Demonstrations

Two Iranian Protesters Killed in Anti-Government Demonstrations Two people were killed and Iran's government limited access to various social media applications as anti-government protests in the country entered their fourth day on Sunday. "Authorities in Iran have blocked numerous country's citizens from accessing the Telegram messaging application after the company refused to close down several channels, according to the firm's founder and CEO". [Full Article...]

Costa Rica plane crash claims all 12 lives

Costa Rica plane crash claims all 12 lives Ten of the victims were U.S. citizens, along with two local crewmembers. The US embassy said it was aware of the crash and was "trying to confirm if any US citizens are on board". "To them, who lost their loved ones, peace and resignation in this hour of deep pain". The family attended the Westchester Reform Temple in Scarsdale. [Full Article...]

Trump says no protection for Dreamers without wall

Trump says no protection for Dreamers without wall The expected flurry of legislative activity comes as Republicans and Democrats begin to set the stage for midterm congressional elections in November. Donald Trump says he won't protect young people from deportation unless the Democrats commit to pay for his border wall. "The Democrats have been told, and fully understand, that there can be no DACA without the desperately needed WALL at the Sout... [Full Article...]

Who Is Matthew Riehl? Colorado Shooting Gunman Was Iraq War Veteran

Who Is Matthew Riehl? Colorado Shooting Gunman Was Iraq War Veteran One police officer was killed and five others were injured after being shot as they responded to a domestic violence call at a home in Denver , Colorado, on Friday. O'Donnell was shot and injured by Riehl at that time. "They had many hopes and dreams and he was doing his job, and he was doing his job well, and his life was taken from us this morning", Spurlock said. [Full Article...]

India charges 3 agents for trafficking 23 children to France

India charges 3 agents for trafficking 23 children to France In their visa application, the agents had shown that the 25 children in the age group of 13-18 years were going to attend a rugby training camp in Paris. Only two children could return to India. The agency also carried out searches at the four premises associated with the agents and documents have been seized. [Full Article...]

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb tapped as British knights

Ringo Starr, Bee Gee Barry Gibb tapped as British knights Though being a knight IRL is not almost as cool as they make it look in the movies, he does get to be called "Sir" Ringo Starr in any and all future obituaries, so there's that. He was recognised for services to music and charity. "I want to acknowledge how responsible my brothers are for this honor". He achieved success with his 1973 album Ringo, which peaked at number seven in the United Kin... [Full Article...]


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