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Ethiopia hits back against international criticism of detentions

NAIROBI (Reuters) - International criticism that the Ethiopian government is arresting citizens based on their ethnicity is incorrect and undermines Ethiopia's

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Elizabeth Holmes to resume testimony as fraud trial nears end

By Jody Godoy SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is expected to face further cross-examination on Tuesday

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In Shringla’s Bangladesh visit, focus on bilateral cooperation, boosting connectivity

Cooperation in areas such as connectivity, green energy, e-commerce and water-sharing figured in foreign secretary Harsh Shringla’s meetings with Bangladeshi officials in Dhaka on Tuesday

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Jamal Khashoggi: France arrests one of suspected killers

An alleged member of the Saudi hit team dispatched to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been arrested at Paris’ Charles de Gaulle International airport as he was about to board a flight to Riyadh. French RTL radio cited unnamed officials as saying that Khaled Aedh Al-Otaibi, a 33-year-old former Royal Guard of Saudi Arabia, was arrested on Tuesday morning on a Turkish Interpol warrant and will appear in court on Wednesday. His detention and likely judicial appearance will mark the first time that anyone allegedly involved in the Washington Post columnist’s gruesome murder in Istanbul in 2018 is being held accountable in an international court. Saudi authorities, who last year held a trial for the alleged killers that was widely dismissed as a sham, described the murder as a rogue operation initiated by confidantes and close advisers of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s de facto ruler. However, United States intelligence officials have alleged that Prince Mohammed likely ordered the killing. The Saudi government has denied any involvement by the crown prince and rejected the report’s findings. After more than three years of efforts by the Saudi leadership to at first deny and then downplay the killing, the arrest could further damage the reputation of Prince Mohammed, frequently referred by the initials MBS. “There is a rehabilitation of MBS; time has gone by and people are less outraged about the Khashoggi affair,” said Giorgio Cafiero, an analyst at Gulf State Analytics, a Washington consultancy. “But this does seem to be a reminder to MBS that this file is still open.” Mr Otaibi is an alleged member of the Saudi kill team dispatched to Turkey to abduct, murder, and dismember Khashoggi. While he was arrested on a Turkish warrant, experts say that Mr Otaibi is also on US, European Union and United Nations wanted lists. “I would be very surprised if this causes a diplomatic incident,” said Cinzia Banco, a scholar specialising in relations between Europe and the Gulf at the European Council on Foreign Relations. “The Saudi leadership must know that all of those named in Turkey’s warrant are fair game in Europe and the US.” Mr Otaibi was placed in judicial detention by border police at the airport. The alleged killer was traveling under his real name, RTL reported. Under French law, a court must decide whether to honour the Turkish arrest and extradition request. According to RTL, Mr Otaibi will appear before the public prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, when he will likely be placed into formal custody pending an extradition hearing. The unexpected arrest puts pressure on the French government of President Emmanuel Macron, which is eager to sell advanced weapons to Gulf monarchies, including Saudi Arabia. Mr Macron met Prince Mohammed on Saturday in Jiddah for the final leg of a two-day Gulf tour. But the development could also help Mr Macron, who has come under heavy criticism ahead of 2022 elections for meeting with Prince Mohammed. “The whole profile of Macron is quite toxic politically,” said Ms Bianco. “With this arrest, he can claim that meeting MBS doesn’t mean brushing away what happened with Khashoggi.” Read More Saudi agents who killed dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi received US paramilitary training, says report US intelligence ‘likely’ knew of threat to Khashoggi before he was murdered, says UN investigator Fiance of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi asks Justin Bieber to cancel F1 show Germany has first gender-equal cabinet for the first time Who is incoming German chancellor Olaf Scholz? Ex king of Spain Juan Carlos seeks immunity in English court over harassment claims

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‘Croydon Cat Killer’ really was foxes and not human, suggests new study

The so-called Croydon Cat Killer was likely foxes, and not a human, a new study has found. A hunt for an alleged cat serial killer was sparked after hundreds of felines were reported mutilated across London between 2014 and 2018. After a three-year probe - costing £130,000 - Scotland Yard declared in 2018 the beloved pets were likely mutilated by scavenging wildlife. More than 20,000 people signed a petition at the time protesting the Met’s conclusions - but on Tuesday, a new report said police were likely right. Researchers at the Royal Veterinary College carried out DNA tests and autopsies on the bodies of 32 of the dead cats between 2016 and 2018. “The results found a clear link between cat carcass mutilation and the presence of fox DNA on the carcass,” said the study. “There was also a clear association between puncture wounds, consistent with scavenging by carnivores, and the deceased cats.” No evidence of human involvement was found, and on ten of the cats, researchers discovered puncture wounds like those made by foxes on lambs. For the other cats examined, antifreeze, being hit by a car, and liver failure, were among the causes of death. “The narrative of the so-called ‘cat killer’ was a good example of the human tendency to pick out what we want from data, demonstrating our inclination to stop investigating when we think we have made a major discovery or noticed a particular pattern,” said the RVC’s Dr Henny Martineau. “It is the job of scientists – in this instance, veterinary pathologists – to identify and overcome such confirmation bias.” Stuart Orton, East Hertfordshire Chief Inspector, said he hoped the findings would bring comfort to owners who believed their pets were targeted by a serial killer. “While the subject was a matter of much speculation at the time online, we now believe that there was no human involvement,” he said. The study was published in the journal Veterinary Pathology. Read More Police release new images of men following antisemitic abuse Met ‘considers’ complaints No 10 Xmas parties breached Covid rules Police seek three men after antisemitic attack on Hanukkah party bus

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Mark Meadows to halt cooperation with January 6 committee

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows will no longer cooperate with the House select committee investigating January 6 insurrection, according to a letter from his attorney to the panel, which was obtained by CNN on Tuesday.

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Emma Hayes insists it’s ‘business as usual’ for Chelsea against Juventus after recent FA Cup glory

Chelsea boss Emma Hayes is confident there will be no hangover from her side’s FA Cup final triumph when they face Juventus on Wednesday. With a comprehensive 3-0 win over Arsenal at Wembley, Chelsea secured a delayed domestic treble for the 2020/21 season, adding FA Cup glory to their Women’s Super League and League Cup titles. They now go straight into another big game, at home to Juventus in the Champions League. Chelsea are top of Group A as it stands, three points ahead of the Italian side. Hayes has no worries that her side will let their standards slip just a few days after success at Wembley. “We’ve been here so many times and because of that we just know how to do it,” Hayes said. “It’s not unusual for us any more to be in a cup final at Wembley, or play Juventus three days later. This is normal for us so I just think it’s business as usual.” The women’s Champions League introduced a group stage this season, rather than the straight knockout competition that was in place for previous campaigns. Hayes has welcomed the change, and believe it is helping her personally as a manager. “I love the group stage, it’s such a great idea, it’s really needed,” Hayes said. “It’s helped my team, and it will help every team and develop a pool of quality teams across Europe so there’s no doubt it’s really helped. “I love Champions League football, I like big games. I like to test myself and be in those situations where I’m having to improve. “I like to get better, I want to keep working as a coach to see different ideas, find different solutions, keep challenging the group to finding their best level. (That’s) the thing I love the most about coaching.” Read More Arsenal 0-3 Chelsea: Sam Kerr and Fran Kirby star in Women’s FA Cup final as Blues win belated domestic treble Jonas Eidevall wants immediate reaction from Arsenal players as Chelsea triumph in Women’s FA Cup final Emma Hayes hails Chelsea players after securing domestic treble - ‘We’ve painted Wembley blue’

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European Gas Prices Jump as U.S. Weighs More Sanctions on Russia

(Bloomberg) -- European natural gas futures jumped as traders weighed the risk of fresh international sanctions against top supplier Russia

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Senate ratifies bicam report on bill for learners with disabilities

MANILA, Philippines — The Senate ratified on Tuesday the bicameral conference committee report on a bill seeking to establish services for learners with disabilities in support of inclusive education.The bicam report was on the reconciled version of Senate Bill No. 1907 and House Bill No. 8080.Approved on third and final reading in the Senate in May, Senate Bill No. 1907 seeks to establish and maintain at least one Inclusive Learning Resource Center (ILRC) in all cities and municipalities.Among the services that centers will offer are linguistic solutions for deaf learners’ concerns, speech-language pathology and audiology services, physical and occupational therapy, coun

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Kellogg to permanently replace striking workers as union rejects new contract

By Praveen Paramasivam (Reuters) -Kellogg Co said on Tuesday a majority of its U.S. cereal plant workers have voted against

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Ahan Shetty and KL Rahul twin in white at event, actor’s girlfriend Tania Shroff joins them. See photos

Ahan Shetty was joined by KL Rahul and Tania Shroff at a cafe launch in Mumbai. See pictures here.

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The rise of Vicky Kaushal: A look at the groom to be’s career milestones

As Vicky Kaushal gets married to his ladylove Katrina Kaif, we take you through the 33-year-old’s career trajectory and journey from being an assistant director to one of Bollywood’s most sought-after actors

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CSAB Special Round 2 seat allocation result 2021 out at csab.nic.in, direct link

CSAB Special Round 2 seat allocation result: Central Seat Allocation Board (CSAB) on Tuesday, December 7 released the CSAB Counselling 2021 special Round 2 seat allocation results.

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Arshdeep Singh hopes to answer India's call for left-arm pacers

The 22-year-old has been impressive for Punjab Kings in IPL, but wants to hone his bowling further in domestic cricket and then push for India selection.

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Omicron: Even The Good News Seems Bad

Would you like to hear something that sounds like good news but may be swamped by the bad? Early data from South Africa finds that the Omicron variant may lead to a less severe illness than first feared. Preliminary data from the Steve Biko and Tshwane District Hospital Complex in Pretoria showed that on December 2 only nine of the 42 patients on the Covid ward were being treated for the virus and were in need of oxygen. The remainder of the patients, all of whom were unvaccinated, had tested positive but were asymptomatic and being treated for other conditions, data from the South African Medical Research Council found. Milder symptoms are certainly better than the alternative, and I don’t want to be one of the men of the internet who goes ‘heyyy actually that good news is bad for reasons, tweet 1/59’. However... It is also becoming clearer that Omicron is more transmissible than Delta. Professor Neil Ferguson told The Times that data “suggests a doubling time of three days or less” for Omicron. Boris Johnson told his Cabinet as much today. A more transmissible virus, even with less severe symptoms, still has the ability to drive many more hospitalisations and swamp healthcare systems in this country and around the world. It is simple mathematics. The hope is of course that with 81 per cent of Brits double vaccinated and more than one-third having received a booster, we can avoid that eventuality. Elsewhere in the paper, the Trafalgar Square Christmas tree could be replaced. Oslo Council is set to vote on whether to send a new tree after people took to social media to complain parts of the one gifted this year were missing. However, the opposition leader of the Conservative Party in Oslo, Anne Haabeth Rygg said she was worried a new tree wouldn’t arrive in time. How is this not a straight to Netflix Christmas caper starring Jennifer Aniston and Will Ferrell? In the comment pages, Matthew d’Ancona writes that an office Christmas party might foreshadow the Prime Minister’s fall, because while voters are not shocked by lies, hypocrisy is a different matter. Meanwhile, City Editor Oscar Williams-Grut warns SSE’s management to be wary of activist investor Elliott Advisors’ blasting tanks. Finally – and my only regret is I could not quite bring myself to lead with it – via the world-famous Londoner’s Diary: Andrew Neil tells Jennifer Arcuri he’ll take legal action over her tweet falsely alleging links between him and paedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This article appears in our newsletter, West End Final – delivered 4pm daily – bringing you the very best of the paper, from culture and comment to features and sport. Sign up here. Read More Sturgeon warns of ‘significant risks’ of Omicron after tenfold rise in cases Weekly reported cases of Covid-19 in UK highest since January Discounted theatre tickets on offer to support West End recovery

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Biden backlash in Nevada raises Republicans' hopes of taking back Senate in 2022

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't get the candidate he wanted in New Hampshire. He's seen states like Pennsylvania and Arizona turn into brutal primary fights. And he's had to deal with the constant barrage of attacks from former President Donald Trump over his leadership.

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Fortnite Miles Morales, Green Goblin Skins Teased

Epic Games appears to have teased skins for Miles Morales and the Green Goblin through a combination of in-game and online hints.

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Explainer: Malaysian ex-PM Najib and the 1MDB scandal

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A court in Malaysia will on Wednesday deliver its verdict on an appeal by former premier

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Maggie Wilson posts cryptic message about 'truth,' denies romantic relationship with another businessman

Former beauty queen Maggie Wilson posted a cryptic message on social media about “truth.” On Instagram Dec. 7, Maggie wrote: “There are 3 things that cannot be hidden for long. The sun, the moon, and the truth. Soon!” Is she going to make a big reveal soon? Could it be the truth on her separation with former husband businessman Victor Consunji? On Sept. 27, Maggie announced her breakup with Victor. They were married for almost 11 years. They have a son, Connor. Maggie said on IG she just arrived in Manila. Also, businessman Tim Connor denied rumors he and Maggie were in a romantic relationship. Maggie shared a post from Tim’s Instagram Story. “We both get asked this countless times a day. Despite what you may have heard to be absolutely clear, neither @WilsonMaggie nor I had an affair with each other,” wrote Tim. Maggie and Tim have appeared together on the cover of a Dubai-based lifestyle magazine.

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U.S. bank executives worried about sustained high inflation

By Matt Scuffham NEW YORK (Reuters) -U.S. bank executives on Tuesday raised concerns about the impact of a sustained period

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Deluge triggers flood watches in Hawaii as more rain expected in western islands

(Reuters) -Hawaii prepared for more rainfall on Tuesday after the Pacific island chain was beset with torrential downpours that caused

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Soccer-Rangers fans can now attend Lyon game after travel ban lifted

(Reuters) -Rangers have been put in an "impossible situation" after a U-turn by French authorities on allowing their fans to

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EU may face shortage of key materials for diagnostics, cancer treatments

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The European Union may face a shortage of radioactive isotopes key to diagnosing a range

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Exclusive-Up to 1 million COVID vaccines wasted in Nigeria last month

By Edward McAllister, Libby George and Stephanie Nebehay DAKAR (Reuters) - Up to one million COVID-19 vaccines are estimated to have

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Iceland Cuts Power to Industry, Turns Away New Bitcoin Miners

(Bloomberg) -- A lack of power in Iceland has caused the island’s main utility, Landsvirkjun, to reduce supplies to some

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