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Christmas freedom for Venezuela detainees

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Christmas freedom for Venezuela detainees

CARACAS  – It’s the time for peace and reconciliation. In a Christmas gesture to the opposition, Venezuela decided on Saturday (Dec 23) to free about 80 people detained during demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro’s socialist government. Ms Delcy Rodriguez, the president of the assembly and head of its Truth Commission investigating the protests, said a […]

‘Every time they shot a Christian, they yelled God is great’

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‘Every time they shot a Christian, they yelled God is great’

Egypt: A 10-year-old Egyptian schoolboy who witnessed the brutal murder of his father by Islamic State militants in Minya, where 29 Christians were slaughtered in May 2017, says the jihadists cried out “God is great” every time they shot a Christian. Mina Habib told Reuters in a piece published Tuesday that his father, one of […]

It’s possible to end poverty in South Asia

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It’s possible to end poverty in South Asia

Annette Dixon of the World Bank writes: October 17 is the international day to end poverty. There has been much progress toward this important milestone: the World Bank Group’s latest numbers show that since 1990 nearly 1.1 billion people have escaped extreme poverty. Between 2012 and 2013 alone, around 100 million people moved out of […]

Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

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Heat hits Hops Harvest, brews Bad times for Beer !

Beer drinkers of the world, you are in for some really tough times, this extraordinarily hot summer! Craft beer companies may be facing tough times after a dry, sweltering summer scourged much of Europe, reducing the continent’s hop harvest and driving up prices for the ever-important crop, which is one of the four main ingredients […]

Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

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Fishermen grow mangroves in Sri Lanka

The fisher folk of Sri Lanka’s north-western coast, are convinced that well-tended mangroves can protect lives and property against the monsoon rains that lash the island from July to October. One such person is Milan Gamage, a 35-year-old woman, who planted mangroves behind her home on the edge of the Puttalam lagoon in 2008. They […]

Uber cabs fracas: France arrests managers

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Uber cabs fracas: France arrests managers

The Uber taxi service is under fire in other places besides India. Uber’s allegedly shady dealings prompted a nation wide violent taxi strike in France just last week. Regular, traditional taxi drivers pay more taxes than Uber, and they accuse Uber of unfair competition. Uber, meanwhile, argues that the French system is outdated and needs […]

Pakistan Tribal Court fines child for ‘adultery’

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Pakistan Tribal Court fines child for ‘adultery’

A ‘jirga’ or tribal court in southern Pakistan has convicted a 10-year-old boy of having an affair with a married woman in her late 30s and ordered him to pay a fine of $7,000, according to media reports. Jigras, like India’s Khap Panchayats, do not have a legal standing, but are powerful bodies in the […]