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_97040346_e0046abf-b516-4911-8762-63f42c7e60c7 Venezuela row after Congress appoints judges
Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly has appointed 33 judges to the Supreme Court, prompting accusations of an attempted usurpation of power, BBC report. The Assembly says it has the right to name and fire justices under the country's constitution. The court, which has largely pro-government members, described the move as illegal. The government will not allow serving judges..
a Sad news for Justin Bieber’s Chinese fans…
Canadian pop star Justin Bieber has been banned from performing in China, according to Beijing's Culture Bureau, BBC report. In a statement, the ministry said it was not appropriate to allow in entertainers who have engaged in "bad behaviour." "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer, but he is also a controversial young foreign singer," it added. The statement was issued in response to a..
a Linkin Park singer Bennington dies aged 41, how they made rap metal memorable
Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington, who has died aged 41, changed the dynamics of nu metal with his searingly personal lyrics and musical curiosity, BBC report. Linkin Park weren't the first band to fuse metal and rap, but they were the most successful. Their first album, Hybrid Theory, was certified diamond in the US, representing 10 million sales. Around the world, they sold more than 50..
a Three Palestinians killed during clashes with Israeli security forces
Three Palestinians have been killed during clashes with Israeli security forces in East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, Palestinian officials say, BBC report. Hundreds were injured in the violence, after days of friction over a Jerusalem holy site boiled over. Palestinian factions had called for a "day of rage" in protest at new Israeli security measures at the compound. Tensions..
a White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer quits
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has quit, reportedly in protest at an organisational shake-up, BBC report. Mr Spicer stepped down because he was unhappy with President Donald Trump's appointment of a new communications director, reports the New York Times. Combative Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci has been picked for the role that Mr Spicer partially filled. Mr Spicer's..
a 3 persons held for defrauding woman of Rs 5.6 m via Facebook in Nepal
Police on Thursday arrested three persons for their alleged involvement in defrauding a woman of around Rs 5.6 million who they befriended her via the social networking site of Facebook, THT report. In a statement today, Metropolitan Crime Division said sleuths from MCD arrested conmen from assorted locations in Kathmandu Valley recently.   The arrestees are Suman Lama aka Puran..
a Two largest dark web marketplaces shut down
Two of the largest dark web marketplaces have been shut down following a "landmark" international law enforcement investigation, BBC report. The AlphaBay and Hansa sites had been associated with the trade in illicit items such as drugs, weapons, malware and stolen data. According to Europol, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals on AlphaBay. Hansa was..
a Simpson makes case for prison parole
Former US football star and actor OJ Simpson is appearing before a parole board to ask to be released after nine years in a Nevada prison, BBC report. Simpson, who was acquitted for a double murder in 1995, is serving time for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and 11 other charges. The sentence, which carries a maximum of 33 years, stems from a 2007 confrontation at a Las Vegas..
a UK and EU still at odds over citizens’ rights
The UK and EU are still at odds over citizens' rights and the amount the UK will pay to leave the bloc, at the end of the second week of Brexit talks, BBC report. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said the UK had not been clear enough about where it stands on these issues and that was hampering progress. UK Brexit Secretary David Davis said the negotiations on the so-called divorce bill had been..
a Trump and Putin had another, undisclosed meeting at G20
US President Donald Trump and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed conversation at this month's G20, the White House has confirmed, according to BBC. They spoke towards the end of a formal dinner but the White House has not revealed what was discussed. President Trump has condemned media revelations of the talks as "sick". The two leaders' relationship is..
a Saudi-led bloc ammends demands to end Qatar crisis
The four Arab nations leading a boycott of Qatar are no longer insisting it comply with a list of 13 specific demands they tabled last month, BBC report. Diplomats from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt told reporters at the UN they now wanted it to accept six broad principles. These include commitments to combat terrorism and extremism and to end acts of..
a Thailand general jailed for trafficking
A former Thai general has been sentenced to 27 years in jail for human trafficking at a landmark trial, BBC report. Manas Kongpan is among more than 60 people convicted in Bangkok of trafficking Bangladeshis and Rohingya Muslims, a minority fleeing Myanmar. Another top former official was sentenced to 75 years in prison. More than 100 defendants were on trial. Muslim Rohingya have been..
a Miniskirt video of woman creates debate in Muslim country
Saudi police have released a young woman who appeared in a video wearing a miniskirt and crop-top in public without charge, BBC report. She was summoned for questioning after a video of her dressed in "indecent" clothing sparked a heated debate in the Muslim country. Some demanded she be punished for breaking the strict Saudi dress code. But the public prosecutor has now closed the case,..
_97006892_capture3 Supporters take to social media to remember Xiaobo
A social media movement - styled as a "global memorial" - has been launched to mourn and commemorate the loss of Nobel Peace Prize laureate and Chinese democracy activist Liu Xiaobo, BBC report. On Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, supporters are posting pictures of an empty chair next to the sea with the hashtag #withliuxiaobo. At 17:35 Beijing time (09:35 GMT) on Wednesday, and even shortly..
_92960714_mediaitem73989073 Afghan Vice-President Dostum’s plane ‘denied Afghan landing’
Afghan Vice-President Abdul Rashid Dostum tried to fly back from Turkey late on Monday but was denied permission to land, officials say, according to BBC. It is unclear who stopped the landing but a source close to President Ashraf Ghani told the BBC the return had not been co-ordinated with the government. Gen Dostum left for Turkey in May amid claims he ordered his men to kidnap, beat and..
_96982358_53ee1fe9-9848-45c4-8b0e-3c9658f9311f North Korean TV anchor feared abducted
South Korean intelligence officials are investigating whether a prominent defector from the North has been kidnapped back to Pyongyang, BBC report. The woman, known as Lim Ji-hyun, fled to South Korea in 2014, where she became a popular TV personality. However, a woman resembling her appeared in a propaganda video in the North's capital on Sunday - prompting speculation she may have been..
Trump plans Obamacare fail
President Donald Trump has said the new Republican healthcare policy should be to allow the current law to collapse, BBC report. "As I have always said, let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!" he tweeted. Support for the Republican Senate bill fell apart on Monday when two more senators said they could not back it. The party's Senate leader,..
a Spanish football chief Angel Maria Villar Llona arrested
The president of the Spanish Football Federation and his son have been held as part of a corruption investigation, police in Spain say, BBC report. Angel María Villar Llona was arrested on suspicion of embezzling funds, El Pais and Efe news agency reported. Mr Villar, a former Spain international footballer, has been president of the association since 1988. His son Gorka was among a..
_96980956_gettyimages-490064628 R&B singer Kelly denies holding several women in ‘abusive cult’
R&B singer R Kelly has denied allegations that he is holding several young women in an "abusive cult", BBC report. The singer's lawyer said he would work "diligently and forcibly to pursue his accusers and clear his name". A BuzzFeed report accuses the singer of brainwashing women, who got closer to him in an effort to boost their musical careers. Kelly has faced previous accusations..
_95977843_0a72456d-21d4-4953-85bb-256e701df0ec Australian Senator Waters resigns over dual citizenship row
Australian Senator Larissa Waters has announced she will resign after learning she holds dual citizenship, BBC report. Ms Waters, from the left-wing Greens party, was born in Canada. Under Australia's constitution, a person cannot run for federal office if they hold dual or plural citizenship. Ms Waters is the second senator since Friday to resign for having dual citizenship, following..