Monthly Archives: December 2016

Messi meets Afghan boy famed for plastic bag shirt

A six-year-old Afghan boy, who shot to Internet fame this year by sporting a Lionel Messi shirt made out of a plastic bag, fulfilled his dreams on Tuesday by meeting the Argentine soccer great. Murtaza Ahmadi, from Ghazni province in rural eastern Afghanistan, accompanied Messi on to the field in Qatar before a friendly match between Barcelona and Saudi Arabia’s ...

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Girl held in Saudi Arabia for posting photo without hijab on Twitter

A Saudi woman in her 20s has been arrested by the police for tweeting her photo without hijab. The news has been published in local Arabic-language Al-Sharq newspaper and reported by ‘The Guardian’ of UK. The report says the girl in question is Malak-al-Shehri as mentioned by Fayaz Al-Maiman, a spokesman of Saudi police. The police officer said the girl ...

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Donald Trump delays announcement on his businesses until January

US President-elect Donald Trump has delayed until January an announcement originally set for this week on how he plans to step back from running his business empire to avoid conflicts of interest, his spokesman says. Among Trump’s holdings are hotels and golf resorts from Panama to Scotland, besides a winery and modelling agency. Legal experts say the only way he ...

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Clashes erupt as Aleppo evacuation delayed

The planned evacuation of rebel districts of Aleppo stalled on Wednesday as air strikes and heavy shelling hit the city and Iran was said to have imposed new conditions on the deal. Iran, one of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s main backers in the battle for Aleppo, wanted a simultaneous evacuation of wounded from the villages of Foua and Kefraya that ...

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Gas shortages force clay stoves back to Dhaka

Mounting shortage of cooking gas over the past two weeks has forced many in Dhaka to turn to traditional ‘chulhas’ or clay stoves. The well-off can afford to buy LPG cylinders, but lower-income households find them too expensive and are turning to clay stoves. Madhu Khan, a resident at Dhaka’s Agargaon, has just made a stove from clay he bought ...

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Bangladesh remembers its sharpest minds after hanging top pro-Pakistan killers

Bangladesh is observing the first Martyred Intellectuals Day after the execution of the Al-Badr commanders who had killed the brightest minds in wanting to take out the guiding lights of an emerging nation. Sensing defeat in the Liberation War in 1971, the Pakistani occupation army and its collaborators killed many university teachers, doctors, artists, writers, journalists and other prominent Bengalis ...

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