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Saradha scam: Calcutta HC vacates order granting protection from arrest to ex-Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar
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Saradha scam: Calcutta HC vacates order granting protection from arrest to ex-Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar

The Calcutta High Court on Friday vacated its order granting protection from arrest to former Kolkata Police commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with the Saradha chit fund scam.

Article 370 to be revoked: Move to make Jammu and Kashmir less dependent on Centre for funds
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Article 370 to be revoked: Move to make Jammu and Kashmir less dependent on Centre for funds

Over the years, Jammu and Kashmir had been at the receiving end of substantial financial support by the Centre

Explosion at Christian group building in Canberra, staff unhurt - media
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Explosion at Christian group building in Canberra, staff unhurt - media | Reuters

SYDNEY, A vehicle carrying gas bottles was driven into the headquarters of a Christian lobby group in the Australian capital of Canberra, causing an explosion, local media reported on Thursday.Lyle Shelton, managing director of the Australian Christian Lobby Group, tweeted a photograph of a burned out van and said that no staff were injured. “A vehicle has rammed our office in Canberra & exploded all staff are safe,” he posted on Twitter "I do not know the condition of the driver

German police search migrant shelter near Netherlands border - media
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German police search migrant shelter near Netherlands border - media | Reuters

BERLIN German police have begun searching a shelter for migrants in western Germany where a Tunisian man suspected of involvement in the truck attack in Berlin is believed to have lived, a newspaper said on Wednesday.Rheinische Post said the shelter is in the town of Emmerich, which lies some 140 kilometres (87 miles) north of the city of Cologne, near the border with the Netherlands. (Reporting by Paul Carrel; Writing by Joseph Nasr)

Trauma of Islamic State rule follows Iraqi women out of Mosul
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Trauma of Islamic State rule follows Iraqi women out of Mosul | Reuters

By Stephen Kalin | KHAZIR, Iraq KHAZIR, Iraq One wrong word to an Islamic State fighter in Mosul last year was all it took to set in motion a harrowing chain of events for an Iraqi woman who became so traumatised that she trembled in fear even after escaping the group's control.The widowed mother was being vetted to receive a pension from the ultra-hardline Islamists a few months after they seized the northern city in 2014 and turned it into the Iraqi capital of their self-styled caliphate."I made the mistake of telling them my husband had been a victim of terrorism," she said in an interview on Tuesday at a government-run camp in Khazir, east of Mosul.

Bolivia says airline, pilot responsible for plane crash
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Bolivia says airline, pilot responsible for plane crash | Reuters

LA PAZ A Bolivian government investigation into the plane crash that killed dozens of Brazilian soccer players last month concluded that a Bolivian airline and pilot were directly responsible, Public Works Minister Milton Claros said on Tuesday.The pilot, Miguel Quiroga, was one of 71 people killed when a plane operated by the Bolivia-based charter apparently ran out of fuel and crashed on a wooded hillside near the Colombian city Medellin.

Britain's May to outline more of her Brexit approach in early 2017
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Britain's May to outline more of her Brexit approach in early 2017 | Reuters

LONDON Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday she would outline more of her approach for Brexit early next year, underlining that her government did not intend to select "bits" of EU membership but forge a new relationship.Answering questions from sometimes irritated lawmakers, May offered little more detail on her plans for Britain to leave the European Union, repeating that she wanted to win the best deal and would not compromise her negotiating stance.Pressed whether she would offer parliament any more information on how she sees Britain's future relationship with the EU, May said she would make a speech early next year. "I will be making a speech early in the New Year setting out more about our approach and about the opportunity I think we have as a country to use this process to forge a truly global Britain that embraces and trades with countries across the world," she said."What we need to say is ... we are going to leave the European Union and we need to negotiate a new relationship with the European Union.

F-35 chief defends program after Trump criticism
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F-35 chief defends program after Trump criticism | Reuters

WASHINGTON Lockheed Martin Corp's (LMT.N) F-35 fighter jet program is essential for the security of the United States and its allies, a Pentagon official said on Monday, looking to defend the program a week after President-elect Donald Trump criticized it for delays and cost overruns."The F-35 program and cost is out of control," Trump wrote on Twitter last week, echoing campaign promises to cut waste in federal spending. "Billions of dollars can and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January 20th."Speaking with reporters on Monday, Air Force Lieutenant General Chris Bogdan, who runs the F-35 program for the Pentagon, said that if he had an opportunity to speak with the Trump transition team, he would tell them that the program is now under control after years of delays."There is a perception that this program is out of control," Bogdan said

Red Cross says employee kidnapped in northern Afghanistan
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Red Cross says employee kidnapped in northern Afghanistan | Reuters

By Sardar Razmal | KUNDUZ, Afghanistan KUNDUZ, Afghanistan An employee of the International Committee of the Red Cross is missing after being pulled from a vehicle in northern Afghanistan on Monday, the aid organisation said.The man was among several ICRC staff members travelling between Mazar-i-Sharif and Kunduz when gunmen stopped the vehicles. The other staff were released, the ICRC said.Sayed Mahmoud Danish, a spokesman for the Kunduz governor, said the group included two Afghan staff, one foreigner, and a driver, but the ICRC did not give any details about the kidnapped employee."We're extremely concerned for the safety of our colleague," the ICRC's head of delegation in Afghanistan, Monica Zanarelli, said in a statement. "We're doing our best to discover what precisely happened, and to secure his safe and unconditional release as quickly as possible." The aid organization said it was in contact with "various authorities" and had informed the man's family.

U.S. sees China returning drone as early as Tuesday in S.China Sea
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U.S. sees China returning drone as early as Tuesday in S.China Sea | Reuters

By Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON The United States expects China to soon return an underwater U.S. drone after a Chinese naval vessel seized it last week, with one U.S. official telling Reuters the exchange could happen as early as Tuesday at an agreed spot in the South China Sea.China's seizure of the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) triggered a diplomatic protest and speculation about whether U.S

Pentagon says China will return the U.S. underwater drone it seized
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Pentagon says China will return the U.S. underwater drone it seized | Reuters

WASHINGTON The Pentagon said on Saturday that Chinese authorities have agreed to return a U.S.

Zimbabwe's Mugabe confirmed as ruling party candidate for 2018
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Zimbabwe's Mugabe confirmed as ruling party candidate for 2018 | Reuters

By MacDonald Dzirutwe | MASVINGO, Zimbabwe MASVINGO, Zimbabwe Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe was confirmed on Saturday as his party's sole candidate for the next presidential election in 2018, when he will be 94.Supporters at a party conference sang a song titled "Mugabe should rule until eternity" as the veteran leader rose to give a speech in which he called for an end to infighting within the ruling ZANU-PF over his eventual successor."We came with our problems, which we heard. We also came knowing we had differences.

Trump picks U.S. Representative Mulvaney to head White House budget office - Wichita Eagle
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Trump picks U.S. Representative Mulvaney to head White House budget office - Wichita Eagle | Reuters

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Republican U.S. Representative Mick Mulvaney of South Carolina to be director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, the Wichita Eagle newspaper reported on Friday, citing a senior transition official.An announcement is expected to be made on Monday, the newspaper said. (Reporting by Eric Beech in Washington; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

Inmates take over prison wings in UK jail disturbance
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Inmates take over prison wings in UK jail disturbance | Reuters

By Peter Nicholls | BIRMINGHAM, England BIRMINGHAM, England Hundreds of rioting prisoners took control of at least two wings of an English jail on Friday, authorities said, in the latest and most serious disturbance at a British prison this year.The trouble erupted at HMP Birmingham in central England, which can hold 1,450 male prisoners, shortly after 0900 GMT, forcing staff to withdraw, according to G4S (GFS.L), the private firm that runs the prison."Our teams withdrew following a disturbance and sealed two wings, which include some administrative offices," said Jerry Pethericka, Managing Director for G4S custodial and detention services.

Philippines' president says he killed criminals to protect country
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Philippines' president says he killed criminals to protect country | Reuters

MANILA Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Friday killings he maintains he committed while mayor of a southern city, sometimes cruising the streets on a motor bike looking for "encounters to kill", were part of legitimate operations against drug pushers.Speaking to Filipino journalists traveling with him in Singapore, Duterte said he had killed three men during a hostage-taking incident in Davao City where he was mayor for more than 20 years."It was not because I was walking around that I killed," he said. "It was actually an event that was covered by the TV...I said I killed about three of them.

Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bombing - group's Amaq news agency
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Islamic State claims Cairo cathedral bombing - group's Amaq news agency | Reuters

CAIRO Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for a suicide bombing at Cairo's main Coptic cathedral and threatened more attacks against Christians. The militant group said in a statement that a suicide bomber whom it identified as Abu Abdallah al-Masri had detonated his explosive belt inside the church."Every infidel and apostate in Egypt and everywhere should know that our war ... continues," the group said in the statement, published by its Amaq news agency

Fire hits apartment block on Dubai's artificial Palm island
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Fire hits apartment block on Dubai's artificial Palm island | Reuters

DUBAI Fire broke out at an upmarket apartment block on the artificial Palm island in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on Monday but there were no immediate reports of any casualties, the emirate's media office said.It was the latest in a series of fires to hit tall buildings, including residential compounds and hotels, in the Gulf's tourism and business hub over the past two years.The Dubai Media Office said on its Twitter account that civil defence teams were battling the blaze which broke out at the Oceana, a residential compound on the palm-shaped island. "The building was safely evacuated and no injuries were reported," the Dubai Media Office said on its Twitter account

Interview: Is Brexit trigger reversible? Irish court case planned
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Interview: Is Brexit trigger reversible? Irish court case planned | Reuters

By Michael Holden | LONDON LONDON A crowdfunded legal challenge to determine whether Britain's divorce from the European Union can be reversed once it has been triggered will be submitted to the Irish High Court before Christmas, the lawyer behind the move said on Monday.British Prime Minister Theresa May plans to invoke Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty, the official means of leaving the bloc, by the end of March to launch two years of divorce talks.Lawyers for the British government have said the process is irrevocable once started, but some EU leaders say Britain can change its mind.Jolyon Maugham, a London tax lawyer, wants his case to go eventually to the European Court of Justice, the EU's highest court."This case does not stop Brexit, it does not remove democratic control from parliament," he told Reuters."It introduces a very simple safety valve in case time proves that the predictions of Brexit leading to some kind of economic revival for the country prove to be false."If the facts change, it is possible that people's views will change and if people's views change it will be a pity if the country was compelled to do something which the electorate no longer wished." Maugham and his supporters raised 70,000 pounds ($90,000) in 48 hours to fund their challenge. He said they were aiming to sign up members of the European Parliament to front their case before submitting legal papers to the High Court in Dublin before Christmas.Ireland was chosen as the case had to be brought in the EU but outside the UK, and its legal system was similar to Britain's, he said.

Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader
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Parties make their cases to Italy president for new leader | Reuters

By Antonella Cinelli and Isla Binnie | ROME ROME Political parties made their cases to Italy's head of state on Saturday for candidates to lead the country out of a government crisis prompted by Matteo Renzi's resignation as prime minister.President Sergio Mattarella, a 75 year-old former constitutional court judge, must decide if someone can lead the country to elections scheduled for 2018, or whether an interim government could serve until early elections in spring.Italians rejected Renzi's constitutional reform in a popular vote on Dec. 4, leading the 41 year-old to fulfil a pledge to resign as premier if he failed to rally support for it.Mattarella started with smaller parliamentary groups on Thursday, gearing up to finish with Renzi's Democratic Party (PD), which holds a majority in both houses, later on Saturday.Interior Minister Angelino Alfano, whose small centre-right grouping in the ruling coalition met Mattarella around midday, said his party would support a new mandate for Renzi, although a parliamentary source said last week the PD leader had ruled out - for the moment - staying on as a caretaker

Trump says to stop visa abuses that undermine U.S. workers
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Trump says to stop visa abuses that undermine U.S. workers | Reuters

BATON ROUGE, La U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Friday pledged to stop companies from abusing the visa process for foreign workers in a way that undermines the labour market for Americans.Speaking at a rally in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Trump said he had spent time during the presidential campaign with workers who were laid off but forced to train foreign hires brought in to replace them."That's actually demeaning," Trump said. "We're not going to let that happen any more." Without naming companies, he said firms would withhold severance pay from the workers unless they trained their foreign replacements.