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Cardi B will pay funeral expenses for Bronx fire victims

Cardi B will pay funeral expenses for Bronx fire victims

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Hip-hop star Cardi B will cover the funeral costs of the 17 people killed in the Bronx apartment fire this month. © Mark Lennihan/AP Cardi B said she was “extremely proud to be from the Bronx” and that when she heard about the fire and the 17 people it killed, “I knew I needed to do something to help.”The Bronx native, whose legal name is Belcalis Almanzar, has also committed to paying the repatriation expenses for some of the victims who will be buried in Gambia, West Africa, according to a statement from the office of New York City Mayor Eric Adams. Almanzar said she was “extremely proud to be from the Bronx” and that when she heard about the fire and the 17 people it killed, “I knew I needed to do something to help.” “I cannot begin to imagine the pain and anguish that the fa...
Bomb blast kills 3 people in eastern Pakistan – police

Bomb blast kills 3 people in eastern Pakistan – police

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LAHORE, Pakistan, Jan 20 (Reuters) - A bomb blast ripped through a crowded market in eastern Pakistan on Thursday, killing three people and wounding over 20, police said. © ASSOCIATED PRESS Police officers stand guard as ambulances prepare to transport any injured people from the site of a bomb explosion, in Lahore, Pakistan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. Police said the powerful bomb exploded in a crowded bazar in Pakistan's second largest city of Lahore, killing several people and wounding dozens of others. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)"It was a bomb blast," a police spokesman Arif Rana told Reuters, saying a time device rigged to a motorcycle exploded outside a shop in the market. A nine-year-old boy is among the three dead, he said. A newly formed separatist group based in south...
‘If you protest again, we’ll kill you’

‘If you protest again, we’ll kill you’

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The armed men in uniforms checked every ward, shouting that they were looking for people wounded in mass unrest that had left scores dead. Asel, who had been shot in the violence and was being treated in the hospital in Kazakhstan's biggest city Almaty, recalled the chilling encounter."One of them shouted, 'if you go out to protest again, we will kill you'." She believes the men with guns were from the special police forces or security services and were rounding up anyone who had taken part in anti-government protests. They tried to take Asel with them but she was too badly wounded to walk. Her name has been changed to protect her identity. © Reuters Violence and looting on this scale had not been seen before in KazakhstanLike many others, she joined what started as peaceful pr...
Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

Djokovic has 80% stake in biotech firm developing Covid drug

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  The world No 1, who was deported from Australia earlier this week after the government canceled his visa in a dispute over a medical exemption relating to his unvaccinated status, bought an 80% stake in QuantBioRes in 2020. Ivan Loncarevic, the company’s chief executive, confirmed the investment to Reuters. He subsequently told the Financial Times that he has not spoken to Djokovic, who has won more than $150m in prize money, since November and that the tennis star is “not anti-vax”. Djokovic flew out of Australia on Sunday after losing a legal challenge to overturn the cancellation of his visa by Alex Hawke, the country’s immigration minister, who said the tennis player’s presence in Australia might risk “civil unrest” as he is a “talisman of anti-vaccination senti...
Supreme Court refuses to block House Jan. 6 panel from receiving Trump documents

Supreme Court refuses to block House Jan. 6 panel from receiving Trump documents

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Wednesday to block the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack from getting former President Donald Trump's administration documents. The brief decision avoided a detailed analysis of Trump's argument that the documents should remain confidential, which could have redefined the contours of executive privilege for the first time in nearly 50 years. © Provided by USA TODAY 'Presidents are not kings': Trump appeals after federal judge refuses to withhold records from January 6 committee "The questions whether and in what circumstances a former President may obtain a court order preventing disclosure of privileged records from his tenure in office, in the face of a determination by the incumbent President to waive the privilege, a...
Women barred from front seat of trucks in Ugandan city

Women barred from front seat of trucks in Ugandan city

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A traders association in northern Uganda has banned women from riding up front in trucks after deciding that short skirts and bare thighs could be distracting drivers and causing accidents. © Brian ONGORO Trucks wait to enter Uganda where one city has prohibited drivers from permitting 'even their wives' in the front cabin of lorriesThe order handed down in Lira city prohibits drivers from permitting "even their wives" in the front cabin of lorries. An association representing local traders and vendors said the decision banning female passengers was made in the name of safety. "Some of them wear short dresses which expose their thighs and distract drivers, and the drivers end up causing accidents and people on board die," Patrick Opio Obote, chairman of Lira's mobile market ve...
Winter Olympians warned over speaking out

Winter Olympians warned over speaking out

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Athletes at next month's Beijing Winter Olympics face punishment for behaviour that is against the spirit of the Games or Chinese rules, an official has said. © Getty Images The staging of the Winter Games in China have prompted protests It comes after Human Rights Watch held a briefing to warn of the dangers of athletes speaking out at the Games. Athletes were told to "stay silent" about human rights issues as they will "not be protected" in an "Orwellian surveillance state". The Games start on 4 February, followed by the Winter Paralympics from 4 March. China has been accused of committing genocide against Uighurs and other mainly Muslim peoples, an allegation China has repeatedly rejected. "Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I'm sure will be protect...
Blinken arrives in Ukraine, says Russia could attack at short notice

Blinken arrives in Ukraine, says Russia could attack at short notice

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KYIV, Jan 19 (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Kyiv on Wednesday in a whistle-stop diplomatic push to defuse tensions with Moscow over Ukraine, warning that Russia could launch a new attack at "very short notice". © Thomson Reuters Secretary of State of U.S. Antony Blinken speaks as he greets embassy staff at the U.S. embassy, in Kyiv, Ukraine, January 19, 2022. Alex Brandon/Pool via REUTERSBlinken will meet Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy and then travel to Berlin for talks with allies before going to Geneva to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov after negotiations last week produced no breakthrough. Russia has massed tens of thousands of troops near Ukraine's borders in what Kyiv and its allies fear could be preparation for a ...
Pakistani Taliban claim killing police officer in Islamabad

Pakistani Taliban claim killing police officer in Islamabad

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ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani Taliban on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an overnight gun attack on police in the Islamabad that killed an officer and both assailants, raising fears insurgents had a presence in one of the country's safest cities.© Getty Policemen march past the coffin of a police officer who was killed in an overnight gunmen attack during the funeral ceremony in Islamabad on January 18, 2022. (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)Mohammad Khurasani, the spokesman for the outlawed Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, took to Twitter to claim responsibility for the attack in Pakistan's capital. He said the TTP also targeted police in two separate attacks in the northwest a day earlier. There was no official confirmation of the militan...
New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over ‘unprecedented’ Omicron risk

New Zealand closes borders to new arrivals over ‘unprecedented’ Omicron risk

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New Zealand has temporarily cut off the only pathway home for overseas citizens and visa holders, citing the risk of the Omicron variant. Officials announced on Tuesday evening that new spaces in the country’s managed isolation and quarantine system (MIQ) would not be released.© Provided by The Guardian Photograph: ReutersThe Covid-19 response minister, Chris Hipkins, said on Wednesday that while the pause was “temporary” there was no date for when spaces would again be available – meaning New Zealand’s border would be closed for an indeterminate time to citizens without an existing booking. “Pausing the next MIQ lobby is a temporary position while MIQ is under extreme pressure from New Zealanders returning with Omicron,” he said. “No decisions have been made on the date,...