Bill Gates doffs his hat to the Indian prime minister. Here’s why

April 27, 2017

Image: VCG via Getty Images Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, who’s one of the four global leaders in TIME’s ‘Most Influential People’ list, has a new admirer in Bill Gates. The software billionaire took to social media to acknowledge Modi for putting “the spotlight” on India’s open defecation problem through the Swachh Bharat (Clean India) mission. SEE ALSO: India bans one of its oldest symbols of VIP culture Gates wrote: “Indian Prime …

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Malaysia Reaches Deal on $2.5 Billion of 1MDB Bonds

April 24, 2017

The battle over the repayment of 1MDB bonds may be coming to an end. Malaysia has reached an agreement to pay Abu Dhabi $2.5 billion as partial debt settlement for embattled government fund default in April 2016. The agreement removes a key hurdle amid investigations from the U.S. to Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland into money laundering and embezzlement linked to 1MDB. Representatives from 1MDB and the prime minister’s department couldn’t be immediately reached for comment by …

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General election: MPs ready to approve snap poll on 8 June – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… mood” among his colleagues. The source said Labour “was ready to fight it”, but criticised the prime minister for what he called “her deceit of the country over calling the election”. BBC political correspondent Chris Mason said the leader had told his MPs: “I don’t underestimate how much there is to do, we’ve got six weeks to do it, let’s get out there and do just that.” ‘Selfish interests’ However, one of Mr Corbyn’s …

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Do snap elections actually deliver bigger majorities? – BBC News

April 19, 2017

… rewarded in October 1959 with a 100-seat majority. The third Tory prime minister who initially got the top job by virtue of his support in the party rather than in the country was John Major. He waited 16 months after replacing Margaret Thatcher before calling an election in 1992, but while his victory left the Conservatives with a much reduced majority, he had avoided what two years previously looked like certain defeat. History, then, appears to be on Theresa May’s side. But, given the …

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Trump’s congratulatory call to Erdogan is revealing

April 19, 2017

… Jacobs and others on Twitter. (Jacobs tweeted during Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s visit, “Trump’s press corps has been placed in a basement suite at Jupiter golf club. Black plastic over windows to give Trump privacy as he golfs.” In this case, the blacked-out windows merely hid a golf game. Yet the model of media-government relations they conjure — a press that’s blinded, and cut off from knowledge of what’s going on and who’s doing it …

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Salt Bae sprinkling his vote is the only good thing to come out of Turkey referendum

April 17, 2017

… bet. The 18 additional constitutional amendments will eliminate the position of prime minister, give Erdogan more power over the judiciary, and allow him to run for at least two more five-year terms. He’s been criticized around the world for increasingly cracking down on journalists and political opponents in recent years. (Yes, there are serious questions about the legitimacy of the election results. The opposition party is calling for a recount for around a third of the votes.) So, as …

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Hungarians Press on With Protests as Orban Takes Aim at Soros

April 16, 2017

Anti-government protests resumed in Hungary after prime minister Viktor Orban said billionaire investor George Soros is the target of legislation to tighten rules on foreign colleges and civil-society groups for his support of open borders in Europe. Thousands packed a square in central Budapest on Saturday evening to protest what they said were Orban’s attempts to quash dissenting voices in the European Union member state. Though smaller than some earlier demonstrations that drew …

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Airtel, BSNL working with Nokia to bring 5G in India

April 11, 2017

Image: Getty Images Indian telecom operators are finally feeling the need for speed. SEE ALSO: India’s prime minister wants everyone to tell their friends about this app For years, carriers in India have been criticised for being too slow at upgrading their networks, but thats changing quickly. As Indian carriers push to bring 4G to the local market, two carriers are already working on getting 5G in place. Airtel, Indias largest telecom operator by subscribers count (for now) and …

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CNN 10 – April 10, 2017

April 10, 2017

… arrested. On Friday, a delivery truck was driven into a department store in the Swedish capital of Stockholm. Four people were killed in that attack and some of the 15 people injured were in critical condition as of last night. Thousands gathered on Sunday to remember the victims. (BEGIN VIDEOTAPE) MAX FOSTER, CNN CORRESPONDENT: There’s been a fierce determination here in Sweden to get life back to normal. That message has come from the king and the prime minister, right down to the …

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Swedish Police Confident They’ve Caught Terrorist Behind Rampage

April 9, 2017

… seven decades, with border-controls imposed and parts of the capital were still under lock-down on Saturday. People flocked to the place of the carnage, turning construction fences at the scene into a wall of flowers. Crown Princess Victoria and prime minister Stefan Lofven were among the visitors. The man, who was caught on security cameras fleeing the scene, was arrested late Friday in a shop in Marsta, a suburb north of Stockholm. Police said he drew attention to himself after behaving in a …

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Brexit vote a ‘bad decision’, says Irish minister – BBC News

April 7, 2017

… Northern Ireland and the Republic. The comments come after prime minister Theresa May met European Council President Donald Tusk in London. Brexit: All you need to know May and Tusk urge ‘positive’ Brexit tone Ahern warns on Brexit Irish unity link Mr Flanagan told BBC’s Newsnight it was “absolutely essential” there was no return to a hard border on the island of Ireland – which is expected to be a key element of Brexit negotiations between the UK and EU. …

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PM suggests free movement extension – BBC News

April 5, 2017

… “That’s exactly what we will do when we come out of the European Union.” Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Nagging questions about the future after Brexit continue to follow the prime minister at home and abroad. The shape of future immigration policy is high on the list. One key change, Mrs May said, would be that borders and immigration policy would be under British control. That clearly left open the possibility of free movement continuing, at least temporarily. She …

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Sexism is the new clickbait. It’s time to find another route to internet fame.

April 1, 2017

… Legs-it!” alongside a photograph of Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and British prime minister Theresa May and a pain staking analysis of their legs, prompted the ire of thousands on social media. And this is one of the reasons why today ppl are marching, striking, protesting! @USPAAH #saveyourself from misogyny! #epicfail #IWD2017 pic.twitter.com/3a2kvWal03 Edvige (@edvigeb) March 8, 2017 And, just this week, London estate agent Marsh & Parsons was dragged on Twitter …

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China versus the US: Australia’s increasingly hard choice

March 29, 2017

(CNN)At the start of his five-day visit to Australia, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told parliamentarians in Canberra that “peace was the most precious thing.” That might be Chinese diplomatic boilerplate, but Li was speaking at Parliament House, where security had been tightened following the appalling atrocity in London, so it would have felt very real to those in the room. Of course, Premier Li insisted in his Canberra speech that China “will never seek dominance.” …

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More police to patrol London, which is still the ‘safest global city,’ mayor says

March 24, 2017

… emergency services and because we’ve practiced and prepared for events such as this,” Khan said. London ‘returning to normal’ Eight people have been arrested so far as police continue to investigate the deadliest terror attack in central London in 12 years. Police shot and killed the perpetrator, who prime minister Theresa May said was British-born and had been linked to violent extremism, after he plowed a car through crowds, then tried to storm Parliament. …

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London mayor shuts down Trump Jr. tweet: I have more important things to do

March 24, 2017

… live incident?” Condolences The White House issued a more conciliatory response to the terrorist attack. The President spoke by phone with British prime minister Theresa May, and White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Wednesday it would be “irresponsible” to speculate only hours after the attack on what precisely happened or who was responsible. Khan and Trump Sr. had sharp words for one another during the campaign: Khan, who is Muslim, criticized Trump’s …

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Not even Girl Guides of Canada are comfortable traveling to the U.S. thanks to travel ban

March 15, 2017

While President Donald Trump recently made nice with Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau at the White House, one Canadian group is having none of it. The Girl Guides of Canada (Canada’s equivalent of America’s Girl Scouts) have announced they’re putting a stop to travel to the U.S., including “trips that are over or under 72-hours and any travel that includes a connecting flight through an American airport.” In a statement, the Girl Guides say their primary …

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Turkey suspends high-level diplomatic relations with Dutch

March 14, 2017

(CNN)Turkey will not allow the Dutch ambassador to Ankara to return to Turkey and has suspended high-level diplomatic relations between the two countries, deputy Turkish prime minister Numan Kurtulmus announced in Ankara on Monday as a disagreement between the two countries escalated. Turkey’s action came after the Netherlands’ refusal to allow Turkey’s foreign minister to visit for a political rally over the weekend. That minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, is demanding answers …

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Brexit: Peers to press for parliamentary veto over deal – BBC News

March 7, 2017

Hague: Early poll to boost Brexit hand Brexit: All you need to know Goodbye Britain – EU ponders the future The prime minister wants to notify the EU by the end of March that the UK is leaving the bloc – triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – but needs the approval of Parliament to do so. The House of Commons has approved legislation which would kick-start the two-year process, but the Lords has already amended the bill and Labour, Lib Dem and crossbench peers are …

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MSPs call for ‘bespoke’ Brexit deal for Scotland – BBC News

March 7, 2017

… “minority view” included as an annexe. They said the UK government had “developed an ambitious proposal to maintain a close trading relationship with the EU and to develop and deepen the UK’s trade with other countries in the world”. They added: “The prime minister’s commitment to pursuing a ‘new, comprehensive, bold and ambitious free trade agreement’ with the EU will ensure that Scotland and the UK can continue to trade in goods and …

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Somalia drought: At least 110 die as fears of famine grow

March 5, 2017

(CNN)At least 110 people, most of them women and children, have died from starvation and drought-related illness in Somalia in the past 48 hours, prime minister Hassan Ali Khaire said Saturday. Khaire made the announcement while speaking to the drought committee in Mogadishu, four days after President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo declared the drought a national disaster. The death toll covers those who died in the rural areas of Somalia’s southwestern Bay region where the drought is more …

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