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Prince Harry, Meghan Drop ‘Her Royal Highness’ Titles, Forgo Public Funds in Settlement with Queen

Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Canada House in London, Britain. (Image: Reuters) The queen’s announcement is her second on the royal crisis — dubbed Megxit in honour of Britain’s painful battle over Brexit — ahead of Harry and Meghan’s effective resignation on March 8. AFP Last Updated: January 19, 2020, 8:01 AM IST ...

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When sexual abuse was called seduction: France confronts its past

Image copyright JF Paga/AFP Image caption Vanessa Springora has detailed what happened to her at the age of 14 in her book about Matzneff An 83-year-old French writer once feted by the Paris intellectual set now finds himself ostracised because of his writings about sex with teenage boys and girls. From the 1960s onwards, Gabriel Matzneff made no secret of ...

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A Surge of Migrants Rushes a Mexican Border Crossing

CIUDAD TECÚN UMÁN, Guatemala — After days of walking and hitchhiking, a crowd of migrants rushed a bridge at Guatemala’s border with Mexico on Saturday and clashed with Mexican police who used pepper spray and closed the crossing’s large metal gates to keep them out. More than 1,000 migrants were trying to cross the bridge spanning the Suchiate River, which ...

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The rescue worker who refuses to leave a bombed-out town

Image copyright Getty Images Few now remain in Saraqeb, a half-destroyed town in Syria’s last opposition-held province, Idlib. Not long ago it was home to more than 60,000 people, but over the last few months most families have fled the incessant bombing, hunger and winter cold. Among the hardened group sticking it out is civil defence volunteer, Laith al-Abdullah. Before ...

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In Germany, a Jewish Millennial Argues That the Past Isn’t Past. And Indian-Origin Germans are Thankful

cityGrowing up in the 1990s in Berlin, writer Max Czollek remembers, he and classmates occasionally unearthed human bones when they were playing outside their school. Years later, he learned that the site had been used as a deportation center during the Holocaust.“This was a place where Nazis gathered Jews and tortured them,” he said. From there, he came to ...

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Australia fires: Have gum trees made the bushfires worse?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Burning eucalyptus bark can be carried by the wind and spread wildfires. Several readers have asked whether Australia’s famous eucalyptus trees have helped spread the bushfires which have raged for months. Also known as the gum tree, these forests are some of the most flammable in the world. How do eucalyptus trees spread fires? ...

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FBI Launches Probe Into Vandalisation of Newly Inaugurated California Gurdwara

Representative image (Reuters) The Guru Maneyo Granth Gurdwara Sahib located in Orangevale was vandalised with white nationalist graffiti, which included the phrase ‘White Power’ and depicted a swastika on a concrete slab. IANS Last Updated: January 17, 2020, 2:01 PM IST San Francisco: The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched a probe into the vandalisation of a ...

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Acclaimed scientist gets brain surgery for alcohol addiction

Image copyright Courtesy Sunnybrook Hospital Image caption Microbiologist Frank Plummer is recognised globally for his research into the HIV virus Microbiologist Frank Plummer has been on the frontlines of the battle against of some of the world’s most alarming epidemics, from HIV to Ebola – but his illustrious career masked a growing reliance on alcohol. Now, the researcher has become ...

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Ukrainian Prime Minister Offers to Quit after Audio of Him Criticising President Zelensky Gets Leaked

File photo of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. (Credits: Twitter) He said that he had offered to resign to remove any doubts about ‘respect for and trust in the president’. AFP Last Updated: January 17, 2020, 2:09 PM IST Kiev Ukraine’s prime minister offered his resignation on Friday after audio was leaked of him reportedly criticising President Volodomyr Zelensky’s ...

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