Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape, sex crime charges

Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape, sex crime charges

Harvey Weinstein indicted on rape, sex crime charges © Don Emmert / AFP | In this file photo taken on May 25, 2018, Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein surrenders to authorities in New York. A Manhattan grand jury voted Wednesday to indict disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein on rape and sex crime charges, prosecutors announced. The move is the next step in efforts by New York prosecutors to bring the […]

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On first foreign visit, Cuban leader vows ‘unconditional‘ support for Maduro

On first foreign visit, Cuban leader vows ‘unconditional‘ support for Maduro

On first foreign visit, Cuban leader vows ‘unconditional‘ support for Maduro © Juan Barreto, AFP | Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel (L) and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro chat during a meeting at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas on May 30, 2018. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel rallied to the defense of embattled ally Nicolas Maduro on his first foreign visit Wednesday, calling on Latin American nations to support his Venezuelan counterpart‘s […]

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Trump awaits Kim letter as North Korea summit edges nearer

Trump awaits Kim letter as North Korea summit edges nearer

Trump awaits Kim letter as North Korea summit edges nearer © Behrouz Mehri / AFP | A screen in Tokyo on May 25, 2018 shows a news report on US President Donald Trump‘s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. A top aide to Kim Jong Un makes a rare visit to Washington Friday to deliver a letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said after […]

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Denmark full-face veil ban ‘discriminatory‘

Denmark full-face veil ban ‘discriminatory‘

Denmark has passed a ban on full-face veils. Women wearing niqab exit the Danish Parliament in Copenhagen, Denmark, on May 31, 2018. Photo: AFP It becomes the latest in a number of European countries to pass such a ban, which mainly affects Muslim women wearing a niqab or burka. The law was passed by 75 votes to 30 in parliament on Thursday and will come into force on 1 August. […]

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US raises steel and aluminium tariffs on key allies

US raises steel and aluminium tariffs on key allies

The US is to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from allies in Europe and North America. Steel produced by companies in countries like France face heavy new levies. Photo: AFP The US said a 25 percent tax on steel and 10 percent tax on aluminium from the EU, Mexico and Canada will start at midnight. The move immediately triggered vows of retaliation from Mexico and the EU, which […]

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Spain PM faces defeat in confidence vote

Spain PM faces defeat in confidence vote

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is likely to be forced out of office after a key party said it would support a motion of no confidence against him. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy attends a debate on a no-confidence motion. Photo: AFP The no-confidence vote is scheduled to take place on Friday (local time) and was tabled by the opposition Socialist party. Socialist leader Pedro Sánchez needs a majority of 176 […]

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Outrage over ‘naked‘ school choir in SA

Outrage over ‘naked‘ school choir in SA

A “naked” choir performance by a group of South African schoolgirls has led to calls for investigation by the country‘s education minister. The footage emerged earlier this week at a competition. Photo: YouTube/Daily Dispatch Angie Motshekga said she was “extremely disappointed” after seeing footage of the Xhosa girls performing wearing only a small apron, known as an “inkciyo”. The basic education minister said it was an “indignity [which] goes against […]

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Pig‘s blood used in Russian journalist‘s hoaxed death

Pig‘s blood used in Russian journalist‘s hoaxed death

Russian dissident journalist Arkady Babchenko has revealed how Ukrainian authorities faked his death on Tuesday as part of a sting operation to foil an alleged Russian assassination plot. Anti-Kremlin journalist Arkady Babchenko addresses a press conference in Kiev. Photo: AFP Pig‘s blood and a make-up artist were used to pull off the stunt, he said at a press conference in Kiev on Thursday. Ukraine has been sharply criticised for the […]

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Mummified body found in Australian hoarder‘s home

Mummified body found in Australian hoarder‘s home

A former occupant of a Sydney house may have hidden a mummified body that was found by cleaners clearing out mountains of rubbish. Photo: Australian Police Cleaners started clearing out the Greenwich property on Tuesday and found the body rolled up in a carpet. Police said the body found this week had been at the home for a “considerable time” and are treating the death as suspicious. Forensic officers have […]

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Nasa discovers methane ice dunes on Pluto

Nasa discovers methane ice dunes on Pluto

Scientists say they have found evidence of dunes of frozen methane on Pluto. In this image of Pluto‘s surface, the red luminance corresponds to the infrared data acquired by the Ralph/MVIC instrument carried by New Horizons. Photo: NASA/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY/SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INSTITUTE/ZLDOYLE The research, which is published in the journal Science, suggests that the distant world is more dynamic than previously thought. Pluto‘s atmosphere was believed to […]

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