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Nepal believes looking at this child goddess will bring you luck
This is Yunika, and she is the seven-year-old ‘Goddess’ worshipped in Nepal. Draped in traditional costume and decorated in face paint, the young girl is known as a Kumari — a centuries-old tradition that means she will give luck to anyone who lays eyes on her. The Kumari’s (which translates to Goddess) are chosen within...
2627 points by New York Post | Newa people Kumari Newar Hinduism Prime minister Buddhism in Nepal Marriage
Large majority of Russians want equal role for women in politics, research shows
Almost four-fifths of all Russians welcome women’s participation in national politics, citing the qualities of intuition, calmness and a good grasp of social problems as major benefits of female politicians, according to a recent public opinion poll. Read Full Article at
57 points by Russia Today | Lower house Politics Russia Opinion poll Prime minister RIA Novosti State Duma House of Lords
Norway Accuses Facebook of Censorship Over 'Napalm Girl' Photo
Facebook faced accusations of censorship from Norway following its decision to delete posts containing the Pulitzer-winning image of a girl fleeing napalm bombs during the Vietnam War.
1926 points by The Wall Street Journal | Facebook Mark Zuckerberg Napalm Vietnam War United States Prime minister Dustin Moskovitz Social network service
Thailand names new army chief from outside dominant faction
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Friday endorsed a new army chief in an annual reshuffle, an appointment from outside the faction that has dominated the army for several years, surprising some experts.
202 points by Reuters | Head of state Constitutional monarchy Thailand Monarchy Bhumibol Adulyadej Reuters Prime minister Thomson Reuters
Uzbekistan’s new leader pledges better ties with Russia, U.S.
MOSCOW - The acting president of Uzbekistan, chosen following the death of the country’s authoritarian leader, says he wants closer ties wit...       
7 points by USA Today | United States Uzbekistan Central Asia Islam Karimov Republic War in Afghanistan Prime minister Canada
Increased Eid rush slows down traffic on highway to northern region
There is no unbearable gridlock as was experienced in the past two days, but traffic on Dhaka-Tangail Highway is moving very slowly on the first day of the Eid-ul-Azha vacation.
235 points by | Road Prime minister Types of roads Holiday Dhaka Bypass Bangladesh Eid ul-Fitr
Eid holidaymakers take trains to leave Dhaka at ease
Although thousands are suffering at the bus counters and on highways due to huge tailbacks, it is a completely different scene at the Kamalapur Railway Station in Dhaka for people leaving the capital to spend the Eid-ul-Azha vacations with their families.
214 points by | Geneva Train station International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement Train Holiday Prime minister
NSA leaks show US spooks use UK base to launch ‘kill-capture’ missions
Leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how his former employer used the US spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire to conduct ‘kill or capture’ missions in its global shadow war. Read Full Article at
1761 points by Russia Today | Central Intelligence Agency Director of National Intelligence National Security Agency United States Department of Defense Prime minister Intelligence Human rights Classified information
Gabon election: Jean Ping challenges result in court
Jean Ping lodges complaint with Constitutional Court contesting the official results of last month's presidential vote.
258 points by Al Jazeera English | Voting Ali Bongo Ondimba Gabon Constitution Fraud European Union Democracy Prime minister
Turkey suspends 11,000 teachers for suspected PKK links
More than 11,000 Turkish education staff suspended as Turkey conducts largest-ever operation against Kurdish fighters.
4852 points by Al Jazeera English | Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdo?an Abdullah Gül Justice and Development Party Politics of Turkey Mustafa Kemal Atatürk Prime minister Terrorism
‘Sharon Stone moment’ by Tory MP caught on camera during Theresa May’s Questions
An unfortunate camera angle during this week’s grilling of UK Prime Minister Theresa May caught one of her Conservative colleagues crossing her legs in a moment many have compared to the film “Basic Instinct.” Read Full Article at
623 points by Russia Today | Basic Instinct Lower house Westminster system Film editing Prime minister House of Lords Sharon Stone Danny Elfman
Uzbekistan appoints PM Shavkat Mirziyoev as acting president
Ed AdamczykTASHKENT , Uzbekistan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Shavkat Mirziyoev, Uzbekistan's prime minister, was named acting president Thursday after the death of longtime President Islam Karimov.
11 points by UPI | Vladimir Putin United Press International International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst President Uzbekistan Prime minister
Armenia: Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian resigns
Hovik Abrahamian steps down after two years following series of protests and a sharp economic downturn.
447 points by Al Jazeera English | Presidential system Prime minister Westminster system President Cabinet Head of state United States Cabinet Poverty in the United States
Obama guidance, press schedule Sept. 8, 2016. Laos, Japan, Alaska
Below, from the White House… THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 7, 2016   DAILY GUIDANCE AND PRESS SCHEDULE FOR THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2016   In the morning, the President will attend a U.S.-ASEAN meeting. There will be a pool spray at the top of this meeting. Afterward, the […]
-1 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Narendra Modi United States Air Force Vientiane President of the United States Convention President Prime minister Air Force One
Kazakhstan's prime minister dismissed by Nazarbayev
Andrew V. PestanoASTANA, Kazakhstan, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Karim Massimov, the prime minister of Kazakhstan, has been dismissed by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and reassigned to the National Security Committee.
2 points by UPI | Nursultan Nazarbayev United Press International Kazakhstan International News Service News World Communications William Randolph Hearst Prime minister United States
PM Hasina inaugurates 'Rice at Tk 10 per kg' project for poor families
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has inaugurated a programme to sell rice at Tk 10 per kilogram to five million poor families across Bangladesh.
280 points by | Prime minister Westminster system Cabinet Government ministers President Bangladesh Islam Poverty
Eid holidaymakers throng Dhaka's railway station
The great Eid rush has picked up at the central railway station in Dhaka on Thursday, the last working day before the holidays.
263 points by | Dhaka Bangladesh Train Train station Holiday Prime minister Public transport Trains
US judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
Amos Yee, accused of insulting the island's late leader and religious groups, was jailed for weeks in 2015 and 2016.
-1 points by Al Jazeera English | Singapore Prison Prime minister Sentence Law United States Prime Minister of Singapore The Asylum
US immigration judge grants asylum to Singapore teen blogger
CHICAGO — A teenage blogger from Singapore whose online posts blasting his government landed in him jail was granted asylum to remain in the United States, an immigration judge in Chicago ruled Friday.Amos Yee has been detained by federal immigration authorities since December when he was taken into custody at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. Attorneys said the 18-year-old could be released from a Wisconsin detention center as early as Monday.Judge Samuel Cole issued a 13-page decision more than two weeks after Yee's closed-door hearing on the asylum application.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Associated Press Singapore Prime minister United States Lee Hsien Loong Parliament of Singapore Immigration to the United States Prison
Trump issues pipeline permit to TransCanada
The company will abandon its bankruptcy claim through NAFTA.         
-1 points by Arizona Republic | North American Free Trade Agreement United States President of the United States North America Alberta 2016 Prime minister 2015
Canada passes M-103 motion against Islamophobia
Non-binding motion tasks Canadian government with study to develop ways to address racism and discrimination.
60 points by Al Jazeera English | Democracy Pierre Trudeau Islam Canada Racism Parliament Debut albums Prime minister
American man on 25th anniversary holiday last victim of London terror attack to be named
The third victim of the terrorist attack outside Parliament in London on Wednesday has been named by his family as Kurt Cochran, a US tourist who was on a holiday around Europe with his wife for their 25th anniversary. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Prime minister Police Attack Terrorism Police officer Constable Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Attack!
Khalid Masood identified as suspect in London terror attack
London police have identified the suspect in Wednesday’s deadly terror attack as Khalid Masood.
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London Attacker, Born in U.K., Had Criminal Convictions, Was Probed for Extremism
Police identified the suspected Islamist terrorist who carried out the deadly rampage outside Parliament as Khalid Masood, a 52-year-old British-born man with a range of previous convictions unrelated to terror offenses.
-1 points by The Wall Street Journal | United Kingdom Westminster system Prime minister Jihad Canada Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom British Empire Parliament
Mark Galeotti: Trump's WH looking a lot like Putin's Kremlin
Critical media voices denounced as "enemies of the people."
-1 points by CNN | Russia Prime minister Policy Minister National security President Foreign policy Moscow
Ex-Swedish PM on Trump: 'What has he been smoking?'
President Donald Trump's reference to "what's happening last night in Sweden" during a Saturday rally in Florida raised questions in Sweden and around the internet about what he really meant.
4034 points by CNN | Sweden Moderate Party Carl Bildt Prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt France White House President of the United States
Sweden mocks President Trump's remark about imaginary incident
Political leaders and residents in the Scandinavian country were confused and amused by Trump's statement.
3515 points by Daily News | Sweden Moderate Party Carl Bildt Scandinavia Fredrik Reinfeldt Prime minister English-language films Finland
Trump cites (fake) attack in Sweden
There has been no recent terrorist attack in Sweden.       
40896 points by USA Today | Terrorism Hillary Rodham Clinton Prime minister Sweden Bill Clinton Moderate Party Head of state Carl Bildt
Trump treats Cabinet interviews like reality-TV show: report
President Trump turned his interviews with potential Cabinet members into a reality TV-type show for members of his New Jersey golf club by encouraging them to stop by and view the parade of candidates, a report said. “We’re dong a lot of interviews tomorrow – generals, dictators, we have everything. You may want to come...
593 points by New York Post | President of the United States Prime minister United States Cabinet 2008 Republican National Convention Mitt Romney Rudy Giuliani Japan White House
Iraq launches offensive to recapture western Mosul from Islamic State
Iraqi forces early morning Sunday began a large-scale offensive to seize the western side of Mosul, Islamic State's de-facto capital in Iraq. It was the second phase of the campaign liberate the city from Islamic State. An earlier offensive had taken the eastern half of the city late January. As...
4 points by Los Angeles Times | Iraq United States Army Rocket Iraq War Arabic language Prime minister Vietnam War Saddam Hussein
Iraq starts operation to drive ISIS out of west Mosul
Iraq has launched an operation to regain control of western Mosul from ISIS militants, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said Sunday.
409 points by CNN | Iraq Iraqi Air Force Iraq War Iraqi Army Fighter aircraft Prime minister Turkey Iraqi Kurdistan
World briefs: After 10 years, Ecuador votes for a president
QUITO, Ecuador — Ecuadoreans go to the polls today to elect a successor to President Rafael Correa, the mercurial, charismatic leftist whose social welfare and highway projects earned him widespread support among the poor but whose authoritarian tendencies over a decade in power raised the ire of human rights and media freedom backers.
-2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Ecuador Rafael Correa Vladimir Putin Geert Wilders Election Voting Prime minister Russia
Tuxedoed Trudeau gives ironic but inspiring speech at elite banquet
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told an elite audience in Hamburg that it is time to “get real” about rising inequality which is causing anger among the middle class, urging businesses to “pay your taxes” and “pay a living wage.” Read Full Article at
2574 points by Russia Today | Full-time Management Minimum wage Employment Political philosophy Psychology Prime minister Mind
Under police probe, Israel's Netanyahu leaves helm of communications ministry
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Friday he would shelve his additional role as communication minister after police questioned him over allegations he negotiated a deal for good press coverage with a newspaper owner.
110 points by Reuters | Ehud Olmert Ariel Sharon Benjamin Netanyahu Likud Kadima Prime Minister of Israel Prime minister Reuters
'Sit down': Trump calls Jewish magazine reporter a liar
In response to a question Thursday about threats to Jewish centers nationwide, President Donald Trump called a Jewish reporter a liar, told him to sit down and later said anti-Semitism was coming from "the other side."
3291 points by CNN | Antisemitism Ivanka Trump Anti-Defamation League Donald Trump Judaism Benjamin Netanyahu Question Prime minister
Fillon inquiry to remain open: prosecutor
France's financial prosecutor said Thursday that its investigation into presidential candidate François Fillon will remain open, in what must be another blow to a campaign dogged by allegations of corruption.
41 points by CNN | Socialist Party Prime minister National Front Judge Fraud Republic Jean-Marie Le Pen Marine Le Pen
Thai forces besiege temple in standoff over monk
BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai forces surrounded the country's biggest Buddhist temple on Thursday and the junta leader declared he was imposing control after it failed to hand over an influential monk wanted for money laundering.
1737 points by Reuters | Reuters Thomson Reuters Police Politics Prime minister Sri Lanka News agency News
While the White House tries to contain fallout over Flynn's resignation, Trump starts tweeting again
Lawmakers call for investigation into Flynn's contacts with Russia Feb. 15, 2017, 6:49 a.m. A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington: Democrats push for an independent inquiry into White House ties with Russia White House takes a step back from two-state solution in...
77 points by Los Angeles Times | Benjamin Netanyahu Secrecy Israel Conspiracy theory Classified information Prime minister Shimon Peres President
Merkel Asks Tunisia to Take Back More Nationals
German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Tunisia to take back more of its nationals who fail to secure asylum in Berlin’s latest effort to reduce the number of undocumented migrants in the country.
171 points by The Wall Street Journal | Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel Prime minister Arabic language Cabinet Chancellor Westminster system Algeria
Dominican newspaper apologizes after identifying photo of Alec Baldwin in costume as President Trump
Alec Baldwin‘s President Donald Trump impersonation has reached new heights.A Dominican Republic newspaper has apologized after misidentifying the actor – who has portrayed the president on Saturday Night Live since fall of last year – as Trump in a recent edition.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Saturday Night Live Prime minister Israel NBC Donald Trump President Benjamin Netanyahu Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Onstage with a fellow world leader, Trump acts the part
It appears as though he has been chosen to play the very serious role of President of the United States.
329 points by The Washington Post | Mexico Pierre Trudeau President United States Prime minister Head of state President of the United States Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
Romania: Parliament approves anti-corruption referendum
Politicians back a vote on anti-corruption reforms after weeks of angry protests at attempts to sideline graft laws.
104 points by Al Jazeera English | Democracy United Kingdom Prime minister President Voting system President of the United States Romania Speaker
Trump presidency gets social with detailed posts, photos
There was President Donald Trump, in the middle of his Mar-a-Lago resort, conferring with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on decisions with national security implications over iceberg wedge salads. The Florida club members snapped photos and posted them to Facebook with detailed narratives about...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Bill Clinton President of the United States Donald Trump White House Prime minister Hillary Rodham Clinton Palm Beach Florida National security
Patio discussion of N Korea missile launch raises concerns
President Donald Trump's patio strategy session at Mar-a-Lago on Saturday evening is drawing scrutiny for its open-air nature, including aides' use of cell phone flashlights to illuminate potentially sensitive documents.
38608 points by CNN | Mobile phone President of the United States The Washington Post Washington D.C. President Telephone George W. Bush Prime minister
Letter: Trump vs. Obama
Trump vs. ObamaAlbert Sanborn claims a “great start” for Trump (Monitor letters, Feb. 7), and that Trump has gotten “more done in past two weeks than Obama got done in eight years.” True, he has done a lot. For instance: Trump has (will) succeed in filling his Cabinet with billionaires and unqualifi...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Barack Obama President of the United States George W. Bush Republican Party Great Depression Prime minister Bill Clinton United States
Japan's Economy Slows Again
Japan’s economy decelerated again in the final quarter of 2016 as feeble spending by consumers left growth lagging behind the pace targeted by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration.
39 points by The Wall Street Journal | Cabinet Westminster system Business Prime minister Investment Economic growth Macroeconomics Head of state
White House renews defense of travel ban
But immigration activists decry an “enforcement surge” by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers        
-2 points by The Detroit News | United States President of the United States Barack Obama George W. Bush Bill Clinton Democratic Party Prime minister Joe Biden
Trump and Trudeau meet face to face for the first time
OTTAWA, Ontario — The first face to face meeting between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Trump could be the most important meeting for Canada in decades between leaders of the two neighbors. Trudeau will be at the White House on Monday at a time many Canadians fear Trump will enact protectionist measures that could hurt their economy and worry the new president could be as combative as he was with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Pierre Trudeau Canada United States International trade President of the United States North American Free Trade Agreement President Prime minister
White House defends travel ban as provocations mount
PALM BEACH, Fla. — A top White House aide renewed support for President Donald Trump's embattled immigration order and praised a surge in deportations Sunday, as the new president faces a new provocation in the form of an apparent missile test by North Korea.The White House continues to weigh its options following a legal blow last week to Trump's immigration order suspending the nation's refugee program and barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.
-2 points by Boston Herald | United States President of the United States Barack Obama George W. Bush Bill Clinton Democratic Party Prime minister Illinois
Netanyahu cautions ministers to expect limitations from Trump
Ben HooperFeb. 12 (UPI) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cautioned his ministers Sunday not to expect U.S. President Donald Trump to allow Israel to act without limitations.
32 points by UPI | Israel Likud Benjamin Netanyahu Ariel Sharon Barack Obama Jerusalem Prime Minister of Israel Prime minister