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One trick Tory? BoJo gets blasted on social media for ‘get Brexit done’ overkill

Boris Johnson is campaigning on the promise that he’ll finally deliver Brexit, but his insistence on constantly repeating his pledge has irked the internet. Doesn’t BoJo have anything else to say? netizens have asked. Read Full Article at RT.com
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One trick Tory? BoJo gets blasted on social media for ‘get Brexit done’ overkill

Boris Johnson is campaigning on the promise that he’ll finally deliver Brexit, but his insistence on constantly repeating his pledge has irked the internet. Doesn’t BoJo have anything else to say? netizens have asked. Read Full Article at RT.com

In Thailand, Pope Condemns Exploitation of Women, Children, Migrants

During first papal visit to Thailand since 1984, Francis condemns exploitation of women and children for sex tourism, trafficking of migrants and laborers.
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In Thailand, Pope Condemns Exploitation of Women, Children, Migrants

During first papal visit to Thailand since 1984, Francis condemns exploitation of women and children for sex tourism, trafficking of migrants and laborers.

Beijing appreciates Putin’s stance on attempts to contain Russia, China — diplomat

The diplomat claims that some states, guided by the principles of «unilateralism,» turn to the sanctions mechanism
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Beijing appreciates Putin’s stance on attempts to contain Russia, China — diplomat

The diplomat claims that some states, guided by the principles of «unilateralism,» turn to the sanctions mechanism

Seychelles Pension Fund acquires 20 percent stake in Cable and Wireless; opposition LDS raises red flags

The Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF) has acquired a 20 percent equity share in the Cable and Wireless of Seychelles with the aim of diversifying its investment portfolio, said the chairperson of the Board on Thursday. The Pension Fund invested $24 million to bu
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Seychelles Pension Fund acquires 20 percent stake in Cable and Wireless; opposition LDS raises red flags

The Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF) has acquired a 20 percent equity share in the Cable and Wireless of Seychelles with the aim of diversifying its investment portfolio, said the chairperson of the Board on Thursday. The Pension Fund invested $24 million to buy the 20 percent share ownership in Cable and Wireless, which has ensured it a seat on the board of the company. «The board feels it is a good investment and an opportunity. To date, the Pension Fund has invested in the Seychelles Commercial Bank, SACOS (State Assurance Corporation), Seychelles Breweries Limited and it has always been our wish invest in telecommunications,» said Jacquelin Dugasse, the chairperson of the fund's board. Seychelles' opposition political party warned that the Fund may have paid too high of a price for the purchase and called for «immediate action» to protect the Fund's beneficiaries. Cable and Wireless Seychelles was purchased by a consortium of local entrepreneurs earlier this month at $130 million from Liberty Global, one of the world's largest television and broadband companies. The purchase makes CWS the country's first completely Seychellois-owned telecommunication company. The new owners include the JFA Group comprising Jamshed Pardiwalla, Ravji, Rahhwani and Andy Bainbridge, as well as Victoria-based professional services firm ACM, which represented the shareholders in the deal. Dugasse told reporters that «the company is promising despite competition and dynamic market, and it is an investment that we will continue to monitor closely.» The chief executive of the fund, Lekha Nair said that diversifying the portfolio ensures that pension can be paid to the over 43,000 contributing members for life after retirement. The representative of CWS, Gregory Albert, explained why the company approached the pension fund to buy shares in the telecommunications company. «We expressed that there were 43 percent of unallocated shares, and we expressed that we were looking in mechanism to share it with Seychellois. In this context, we saw that PensioFund comes perfectly aligned with this decision, because this is one way to reach a maximum number of Seychellois – over 43,000 people - in a fast manner and at all level,» said Albert. He added that the company is now «working on how to continue to reach out to every level of Seychellois when it comes to the remaining amount of shares.» The deal between the pension fund and CWS was finalised after the two parties agreed on a set of conditions set by the fund. Firstly, Seychelles Pension Fund asked that conditions given to shareholders should be equal for all. Secondly, the fund requested that the $24 million contribution made is used to pay off part of the $84 million debt owed by the consortium. CWS is a highly leveraged company with 60 percent debt and 40 percent equity, increasing the risk element. Thirdly, should SPF request to exit the company, its will be able to sell it shares at the highest value. The fund explained that the decision to purchase shares in Cable & Wireless of Seychelles follows detailed investment appraisal including due diligence, financial assessments and approvals through its finance and investment committee and Seychelles Pension Fund's board of trustees. Seychelles' opposition coalition party, Linyon Demokratik Seselwa (LDS), has raised concerns over the transaction and called for a full inquiry. In a press release on Thursday, LDS said that it «is alarmed at the possible ramifications of the transaction by the Seychelles Pension Fund (SPF) over the purchase of shares in Cable and Wireless Seychelles and calls for immediate action on several fronts to avert what may be an attempt to exploit the resources of the Fund for the benefit of some individuals.» In the press conference, Dugasse said that the fund paid a higher price for the shares than what the initial investors paid for. «LDS finds this feature of the transaction totally unacceptable. Not only did the SPF miss the opportunity to make the investment  in a timely manner at a better price if it wished to do so, but it may have been served as simply a vehicle to enrich other persons,» stated the press release.

Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after corruption indictment

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday became the country's first prime minister to be indicted in office, on corruption charges, but defiantly condemned the «coup» against him and vowed to hold onto power. The shock announcement compounded the
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Israeli PM Netanyahu defiant after corruption indictment

Israel's Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday became the country's first prime minister to be indicted in office, on corruption charges, but defiantly condemned the «coup» against him and vowed to hold onto power. The shock announcement compounded the political chaos gripping Israel, which has been without a government for months and faces the prospect of its third election in a year. After months of suspense, Israel's longest-serving premier was charged by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit with bribery, fraud and breach of trust. Netanyahu immediately hit back in an often vitriolic 15-minute speech, accusing the judiciary, police and others of plotting against him with «false» and «politically motivated» allegations. «What is going on here is an attempt to stage a coup against the prime minister,» he charged in a televised address. «The object of the investigations was to oust the right from government.» He vowed to stay on as interim premier despite potential court dates and intense political pressure. «I will continue to lead this country, according to the letter of the law,» he said. Political rival Benny Gantz, who had been trying to form a coalition government, said it was a «very sad» day for Israel to indict a leader, but called on Netanyahu to «step down from his position and focus on the charges against him». «There is no coup in Israel, but rather those that have barricaded themselves in power,» he said. - 'Hard and sad day' - The 70-year-old premier, nicknamed «Mr Security» and «King Bibi», has been in power since 2009 and dominates Israel's political scene. The indictment comes with crunch talks due on forming a government, after two inconclusive general elections left the country's political system deadlocked. Netanyahu is not legally required to resign unless he is convicted and any subsequent appeals process is exhausted, but political pressure is likely to be intense. He may now ask the parliament, or Knesset, to grant him immunity from prosecution. The charges against Netanyahu range from receiving gifts worth thousands of dollars to a deal to change regulatory frameworks in favour of a media group in exchange for positive coverage. Mandelblit said it was a «hard and sad day» for Israel to indict a leader, but it showed no citizen was above the law. «The citizens of Israel, all of us, and myself, look up to the elected officials, and first and foremost to the prime minister,» Mandelblit said. «Law enforcement is not a choice. It is not a matter of right or left. It's not a matter of politics.» On a day of high political drama, dozens of Netanyahu supporters gathered outside his official residence, many holding pictures of the PM and slogans attacking Mandelblit. «We are all Netanyahu,» one sign read. But on Twitter, many hailed the day's events, and «happy day» quickly became Israel's top trending phrase. - 'Fight for political life' - A perennial fighter, Netanyahu has outlived many political rivals. Hugh Lovatt, Israel-Palestine analyst at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said he wouldn't give up power easily. «Now more than ever Netanyahu will be fighting for his political and personal life,» Lovatt said. Of the three cases against Netanyahu, the third, known as Case 4,000, is seen as the most serious and carries bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges. He is alleged to have negotiated with Shaul Elovitch, the controlling shareholder of Israeli telecommunications giant Bezeq, to secure positive coverage on his Walla! news site in exchange for policies benefiting Bezeq. Elovitch and his wife were also indicted. Case 1,000 involves allegations Netanyahu and his family received gifts including luxury cigars, champagne and jewellery from wealthy individuals, estimated to be worth more than 700,000 shekels ($200,000, 185,000 euros), in exchange for financial or personal favours. Another, Case 2,000, concerns allegations Netanyahu sought a deal with the owner of the Yediot Aharonot newspaper that would have seen it give him more favourable coverage. - Political turmoil - The next steps in the process remain unclear, with no trial date yet set. The developments were set to only deepen the political turmoil in Israel, which has been without a stable majority government for much of the year. Neither Likud leader Netanyahu nor rival Gantz, head of the centrist Blue and White party, have been able to form a coalition government following deadlocked elections in April and September. Netanyahu has remained interim prime minister. The Knesset has 21 days remaining to find a candidate capable of commanding the support of the majority of the country's 120 MPs, and the indictment is likely to strengthen former army chief Gantz's claims. Gantz has reportedly tried to woo Likud MPs to join him in a broad national unity government, but so far there have been no takers. © Agence France-Presse

Sri Lanka president to call snap parliamentary election in March

Sri Lanka's new president said Friday that he will call a snap parliamentary election in March following his sweeping victory at the weekend. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is hoping to ride a wave of popularity by calling an election six months before the current parli
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Sri Lanka president to call snap parliamentary election in March

Sri Lanka's new president said Friday that he will call a snap parliamentary election in March following his sweeping victory at the weekend. Gotabaya Rajapaksa is hoping to ride a wave of popularity by calling an election six months before the current parliament's five-year term expires on March 1. «I will consult the people at the earliest opportunity I get under the constitution,» he said, after swearing-in a new cabinet headed by his brother Mahinda, a former president who will now serve as premier and finance minister. The brothers are credited with brutally defeating Tamil separatist militants in 2009 to end Sri Lanka's bloody civil war, making them adored among the majority Sinhalese-Buddhist majority. For the same reason they are feared by many Tamils, and also among the Muslim minority who have seen increased hostility since Islamist extremist attacks killed 269 people in April. Currently the Rajapaksas and their allies have just 96 lawmakers in the 225-seat parliament, making it hard for them to pass legislation. The opposition of outgoing premier Ranil Wickremesinghe is also six MPs short of a majority. The new 16-member cabinet also includes another Rajapaksa brother, Chamal, who was made minister of agriculture and irrigation in addition to trade. Foreign affairs was given to Dinsesh Gunawardena, 70, a leader of a small Sinhala nationalist party in coalition with the ruling party. The only female in the cabinet, Pavitra Wanniarachchi, will take on women's affairs and health. Nobody was named to the defence or law and order portfolios. The International Monetary Fund said earlier this month that Sri Lanka's economy was slowly recovering from the devastating effects of the April 21 attacks. But the international credit rating agency Fitch warned Thursday that the new president's pledges to increase social spending, public-sector wages and pensions could damage Sri Lanka's public finances. During Mahinda's 2005-15 presidency, Sri Lanka borrowed almost $7 billion from China for infrastructure projects -- many of which turned into white elephants mired in corruption -- pushing up Sri Lanka's debts. In a possible sign that he intends to avoid a repeat of Sri Lanka's strategic drift towards Beijing under his brother, Gotabaya's first official trip abroad will be to India next week. © Agence France-Presse

Family members of former PMs will not be guarded by SPG: Sources

The family members of former prime ministers will not be guarded by the elite Special Protection Group commandos, as per the amendments approved by the Union cabinet to the SPG Act, official sources said. MoS for parliamentary affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said t
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Family members of former PMs will not be guarded by SPG: Sources

The family members of former prime ministers will not be guarded by the elite Special Protection Group commandos, as per the amendments approved by the Union cabinet to the SPG Act, official sources said. MoS for parliamentary affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal said that the SPG Act (Amendment) Bill had been listed in the government's business for next week.

Maharashtra govt formation moves: Uddhav meets Sena legislators

As the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators to discuss the political situation in the state. Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that the meeting was convened to a
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Maharashtra govt formation moves: Uddhav meets Sena legislators

As the government formation process picked momentum in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray on Friday met his party's legislators to discuss the political situation in the state. Sena MLA Bhaskar Jadhav told PTI that the meeting was convened to apprise the legislators of the government formation process and meetings of Congress-NCP leaders in Delhi.

Shiv Sena, NCP, Cong alliance opportunistic; their govt unlikely to last beyond 6-8 months: Nitin Gadkari

"Opportunism is the base of their alliance. The three parties have become united with the only motto to keep the BJP out of power. I have doubts whether this government will be formed... Even if it is formed, it will not last beyond six to eight months,” Ni
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Shiv Sena, NCP, Cong alliance opportunistic; their govt unlikely to last beyond 6-8 months: Nitin Gadkari

"Opportunism is the base of their alliance. The three parties have become united with the only motto to keep the BJP out of power. I have doubts whether this government will be formed... Even if it is formed, it will not last beyond six to eight months,” Nitin Gadkari said.

Mistrusts delaying exploration of oil, natural gas

Mistrusts among major players in oil and natural gas are delaying further exploration and development of the sector, experts said yesterday, calling upon a national dialogue to find solution to the challenge.
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Mistrusts delaying exploration of oil, natural gas

Mistrusts among major players in oil and natural gas are delaying further exploration and development of the sector, experts said yesterday, calling upon a national dialogue to find solution to the challenge.

Maputo urged to free 18 monitors

Mozambique must free 18 voting monitors arrested during last month’s disputed election, a group of 30 African and international civil society and rights groups said on Wednesday.
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Maputo urged to free 18 monitors

Mozambique must free 18 voting monitors arrested during last month’s disputed election, a group of 30 African and international civil society and rights groups said on Wednesday.

Somali-Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet, African Union says

Preliminary investigations show a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet earlier this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while her family prepared her memorial.
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Somali-Canadian peace activist was killed by stray bullet, African Union says

Preliminary investigations show a young Somali Canadian peace activist was killed by a stray bullet earlier this week in Mogadishu, the peacekeeping mission in Somalia said Friday, while her family prepared her memorial.

Глава Сербии прокомментировал скандал с российским разведчиком, передающим деньги сербскому военному

Александр Вучич подтвердил подлинность записи, на которой сотрудник главного управления Генштаба ВС России давал деньги сербскому военному
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Глава Сербии прокомментировал скандал с российским разведчиком, передающим деньги сербскому военному

Александр Вучич подтвердил подлинность записи, на которой сотрудник главного управления Генштаба ВС России давал деньги сербскому военному. При этом президент Сербии отметил, что "не видит логики" в действиях военного, однако сам инцидент не повлияет на отношения страны с Россией.

СМИ сообщили о «ядерном взрыве» на подлодке КНР в Южно-Китайском море и высоком уровне радиации

Утверждается, что взрыв произошел на глубине 50 м и его мощность составила от 10 до 20 килотонн в тротиловом эквиваленте. При этом официального п
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СМИ сообщили о «ядерном взрыве» на подлодке КНР в Южно-Китайском море и высоком уровне радиации

Утверждается, что взрыв произошел на глубине 50 м и его мощность составила от 10 до 20 килотонн в тротиловом эквиваленте. При этом официального подтверждения этих данных нет, а эксперты указывают, что взрыв такой мощности вызвал бы цунами высотой до 30 метров.

В США российского хакера приговорили к 4 годам тюрьмы

Осужденный Станислав Лисов причастен к созданию "трояна" NeverQuest, с помощью которого хакеры пытались похитить миллионы долларов. Защита р
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В США российского хакера приговорили к 4 годам тюрьмы

Осужденный Станислав Лисов причастен к созданию "трояна" NeverQuest, с помощью которого хакеры пытались похитить миллионы долларов. Защита россиянина заостряла внимание на том, что у него было тяжелое детство, а в возрасте шести лет Лисов "бежал из Чечни от исламистов", после чего жил в нищете.

Архив, библиотеку и письма адмирала Колчака, вывезшего золото из России, продали с аукциона в Париже за 3 млн евро

В архиве Колчака было почти 400 лотов - книги, фотографии, дневники, письма жене Софье Федоровне, ее стихи. Одним из редчайших документов стала
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Архив, библиотеку и письма адмирала Колчака, вывезшего золото из России, продали с аукциона в Париже за 3 млн евро

В архиве Колчака было почти 400 лотов - книги, фотографии, дневники, письма жене Софье Федоровне, ее стихи. Одним из редчайших документов стала рукописная декларация Временного правительства в Омске от 23 февраля 1919 года с исправлениями и дополнениями Колчака.

Гражданин Малайзии казнен в Сингапуре за попытку ввоза 16 граммов наркотиков

У иностранца сингапурские пограничники изъяли героин. Все просьбы властей Малайзии помиловать соотечественника были отклонены или проигно
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Гражданин Малайзии казнен в Сингапуре за попытку ввоза 16 граммов наркотиков

У иностранца сингапурские пограничники изъяли героин. Все просьбы властей Малайзии помиловать соотечественника были отклонены или проигнорированы. Правозащитники говорят, что казни не помогают в борьбе с наркоторговлей.

AMISOM commences probe into killing of Somali peace activist Almaas Elman

MOGADISHU (HOL) - AMISOM said Friday it has commenced investigations into the killing of Somali peace activist Almaas Elman Wednesday afternoon.
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AMISOM commences probe into killing of Somali peace activist Almaas Elman

MOGADISHU (HOL) - AMISOM said Friday it has commenced investigations into the killing of Somali peace activist Almaas Elman Wednesday afternoon.

Monsanto pays out $10mn as it admits spraying BANNED toxic pesticide on Hawaii crops

Embattled biotech company Monsanto will pay a hefty fine for stockpiling over 72kg of highly dangerous pesticide and spraying it on “research crops,” even after it was banned by the US government. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Monsanto pays out $10mn as it admits spraying BANNED toxic pesticide on Hawaii crops

Embattled biotech company Monsanto will pay a hefty fine for stockpiling over 72kg of highly dangerous pesticide and spraying it on “research crops,” even after it was banned by the US government. Read Full Article at RT.com

Pompeo urges Iranian protesters to send him videos so that US can ‘expose & sanction’ Tehran for alleged abuses

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an appeal in Farsi to protesters in Iran, asking them to share photos and videos exposing abuses. Pompeo apparently hopes to use the footage to justify more sanctions on Tehran. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Pompeo urges Iranian protesters to send him videos so that US can ‘expose & sanction’ Tehran for alleged abuses

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has made an appeal in Farsi to protesters in Iran, asking them to share photos and videos exposing abuses. Pompeo apparently hopes to use the footage to justify more sanctions on Tehran. Read Full Article at RT.com

FLAMES burst from plane during takeoff at Los Angeles airport (VIDEO)

A video filmed from the ground and posted to social media purportedly shows a Boeing 777 shooting flames from one of its engines during takeoff in Los Angeles. Read Full Article at RT.com
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FLAMES burst from plane during takeoff at Los Angeles airport (VIDEO)

A video filmed from the ground and posted to social media purportedly shows a Boeing 777 shooting flames from one of its engines during takeoff in Los Angeles. Read Full Article at RT.com

Has US shale seen its profits peak?

For the US shale industry, the third quarter was more of the same: new record highs in oil production, but another quarter of negative cash flow. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Has US shale seen its profits peak?

For the US shale industry, the third quarter was more of the same: new record highs in oil production, but another quarter of negative cash flow. Read Full Article at RT.com

Fragile glass, handle with care: BULLETPROOF windows on Elon Musk’s electric truck crack during awry live demo (VIDEO)

Made to withstand bullets and sledgehammers, the side windows of Elon Musk’s futuristic Cybertruck vehicle cracked easily from... metal balls thrown by hand during Tesla’s pompous livestream presentation. Read Full Article at RT.com
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Fragile glass, handle with care: BULLETPROOF windows on Elon Musk’s electric truck crack during awry live demo (VIDEO)

Made to withstand bullets and sledgehammers, the side windows of Elon Musk’s futuristic Cybertruck vehicle cracked easily from... metal balls thrown by hand during Tesla’s pompous livestream presentation. Read Full Article at RT.com

BJP, AAP clash in Rajya Sabha over water quality in Delhi

BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members clashed in Rajya Sabha on Friday over the quality of water being piped to households in the national capital, prompting an angry response from chairman M Venkaiah Naidu who asked members to maintain decorum. Trouble start
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BJP, AAP clash in Rajya Sabha over water quality in Delhi

BJP and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) members clashed in Rajya Sabha on Friday over the quality of water being piped to households in the national capital, prompting an angry response from chairman M Venkaiah Naidu who asked members to maintain decorum. Trouble started when BJP's Vijay Goel was called to make his Zero Hour submission on the quality of water in Delhi.

INX Media case: ED grills P Chidambaram in Tihar

A senior ED official said that a team has gone there to question Chidambaram and also to confront him with some documents. The financial probe agency's action comes a day after a Special CBI Court allowed ED to interrogate Chidambaram for two days in connecti
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INX Media case: ED grills P Chidambaram in Tihar

A senior ED official said that a team has gone there to question Chidambaram and also to confront him with some documents. The financial probe agency's action comes a day after a Special CBI Court allowed ED to interrogate Chidambaram for two days in connection with the money laundering case in INX Media deal.

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