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Hemingway look-alike contest is won by Hemingway (no relation)

25 July 2016 04:18:59 South China Morning Post - News feed

For the first time in its 36-year history, an actual Hemingway has won a competition seeking the man who most looks like literary giant Ernest Hemingway.

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Afghan forces on new ISIS offensive

25 July 2016 04:12:21 The Asian Age

After two years of heavy casualties, the Afghan military is trying to retake the initiative in the war against militants with a new offensive against Islamic State group loyalists, an assault that will see American troops back on the battlefield working more closely with Afghan soldiers. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani recently announced a major assault against fighters loyal to the Islamic State group, who over the past year captured positions along Afghanistan’s eastern border with Pakistan, mainly in Nangarhar province. That goal to uproot ISIS from Afghanistan has taken on new urgency in the wake of a deadly suicide bombing of a protest march Saturday in Kabul that killed at least 80 people. The Islamic State group’s Aamaq online news agency quickly claimed responsibility for the attack, the first ISIS attack in the Afghan capital and one of the deadliest ever to hit Kabul. The inexperienced Afghan forces have largely stalled in the fight against Islamic militants ever since most international combat troops withdrew in 2014. American forces that remained shifted to a supporting role and US airstrikes diminished, letting the Afghan military take the lead in carrying out the war. Taliban forces have dominated the battlefield and the Islamic State group has been building a foothold — and that has meant mounting losses among Afghan troops. So far in 2016, Afghan troop deaths are 20 per cent higher than the same point last year. Casualty numbers are not officially released, but according to figures provided by military officials, at least 5,000 troops were killed in 2014, rising to more than 6,000 last year. So far in 2016, Afghan troop deaths are 20 per cent higher than the same point last year. In an acknowledgement of the deteriorating security situation, President Barack Obama in June gave a green light to a more assertive role for US troops, though still short of direct combat. With that boost, Afghans are shifting back on the offensive. The upcoming anti-ISIS operation will see the head of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John Nicholson, implementing an aggressive new strategy.

Více All News Time25 July 2016 04:12:21


Raja Farooq Haider likely to become PoK leader

25 July 2016 04:12:20 The Asian Age

Raja Farooq Haider Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) is likely to appoint Raja Farooq Haider as the Prime Minister in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir after the party’s victory in the recent polls. PML-N leaders said after the PML-N’s landslide victory in PoK general elections, a race was on among the top leaders of the party’s regional chapter for the coveted office. Although the party leadership has yet to make a decision, Raja Farooq Haider — the president of the PML-N PoK chapter — was being rated as the strongest contender for the office. PML-N sources said the party was expected to form the government before August 14. Shah Ghulam Qadir, Farooq Sikander, Chaudhry Tariq Farooq, Chaudhry Aziz, Chaudhry Yasin Gulshan and Mushtaq Minhas are among candidates likely to be assigned key governmental or legislative responsibilities. Shah Ghulam Qadir and Chaudhry Tariq Farooq were also being considered for premiership. Apart from the Prime Minister, the constitutional term of PoK President Sardar Yaqoob was set to expire in a little over a month. The PML-N, as such, will have to nominate a candidate for this position as well. Requesting anonymity, some PML-N stalwarts close to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said the selection of the next PoK premier was discussed with him when he visited Muzaffarabad on Friday. They said several political issues were deliberated upon during the visit and candidates for different portfolios, including the new PoK Prime Minister, speaker and deputy speaker, and reserved seats were considered. Some reports suggested journalist-turned-politician Mushtaq Minhas could be the next PoK Prime Minister. Credible sources, however, said Mr Minhas was not being considered for the office. Raja Farooq Haider neither confirmed nor denied reports that he may be the next PoK premier “Whatever the party decides shall be acceptable to me,” he said.

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Kabul mourns deadliest attack in 15 years

25 July 2016 04:12:20 The Asian Age

A relative of victims, killed in the twin suicide attack, grieves in Kabul. (Photo: AFP) Kabul was plunged into mourning Sunday after its deadliest attack for 15 years killed 80 people and left hundreds maimed, reigniting concern that the Islamic State group was seeking to expand its foothold in Afghani-stan. Tempers were frayed a day after the twin bombings that tore through crowds of Shia Hazara protesters, as many anxiously searched hospitals and morgues, looking among the mutilated bodies for missing relatives. “I promise you that I will avenge the blood of our loved ones on the perpetrators of this crime, wherever they are,” President Ashraf Ghani said, declaring Sunday a national day of mourning. Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned twin bomb attacks by the Islamic State group that ripped through crowds of minority Shia Hazaras in the Afghan capital, killing at least 80. “Afghanistan terror bombings another instance of depth of Daesh depravity: Shia and Sunni are both victims must unite to defeat extremists,” Mr Zarif tweeted on Saturday, using another name for ISIS. Foreign ministry spokesperson Bahram Ghasemi added that “eradicating this unfortunate phenomenon (ISIS) wouldn’t be possible without a joint co-operation”. The bombings occurred as thousands of Hazara protesters had gathered to demand that a multi-million-dollar power line pass through their electricity-starved province of Bamiyan, one of the most deprived areas of Afghanistan. The site of the attack remained littered with scorched metal, charred flesh and personal items, including shoes, ID cards and protest banners with messages such as “Don’t eliminate us”. Many protesters defiantly camped there overnight, holding candlelight vigils and reciting Quranic verses even though the government announced a 10-day ban on public gatherings on security grounds. Dozens of graves were dug with shovels and excavators at a nearby hilltop cemetery, where coffins were brought in, draped in traditional burial shrouds. Many who survived with grievous wounds overwhelmed city hospitals, with reports of blood shortages and urgent appeals for donors swirling on social media. "The lines of Afghan men and women who queued to donate blood for their injured compatriots was a poignant indicator of the Afghan peoples' resilience and solidarity in the face of terrible violence," the United Nations said.

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Fresh crisis in Nepal as KP Oli resigns

25 July 2016 04:12:20 The Asian Age

K.P. Oli Nepal’s embattled Prime Minister K.P. Oli resigned on Sunday ahead of a no-confidence vote, plunging the country into a fresh political turmoil after last year’s crippling Madhesi protests against the new Constitution. Mr Oli, who became Prime Minister last October heading Nepal’s eighth government in the past 10 years, has been facing a no-trust motion after the Maoists withdrew support from the coalition government. Mr Oli tendered his resignation after two key ruling alliance partners — Madhesi People’s Rights Forum-Democratic and Rastriya Prajatantra Party — decided to support the no-confidence motion tabled against him by the Nepali Congress (NC) and the CPN-Maoist Centre led by Prachanda. They had accused Mr Oli of not honouring his past commitments. Addressing the Parliament on the no-confidence motion, Mr Oli said that he came to power nine months ago when the country was in a grave crisis and was “sad” that the government was changing at a time when it is overcoming the hindrances following last year’s deadly earthquakes that killed nearly 9,000 people. “The game for a change in the government at this time is mysterious,” the 64-year-old CPN-UML leader said, adding he was punished for doing good work. Mr Oli said Nepal-India relations were all-time low during the time he assumed power last year. However, with his efforts the relations were normalised. He also mentioned about the Eminent Peoples Group’s meeting held in Kathmandu last week in which the discussions were held to review various treaties and agreements signed between Nepal and India, including the Nepal–India Peace and Friendship Treaty of 1950. “The relations between Nepal and China and the relations between Nepal and India are unique which cannot be compared with one another,” he said, adding his efforts have reduced Nepal’s economic dependency on a single country. Nepal signed transport and transit treaty with China so that it could have access in both of its borders. Now the people of Nepal would not have to face the difficulty it future like it had at the time of border blockade, he said. “Nepal should adopt equidistant in relations with its neighbours for the betterment of the country and the people. We respect the sensitivity of both our neighbours and we also expect the same from them.” However, we cannot accept interference in our internal affairs, though we want good relations with or neighbours, he added. The no-trust motion was democratic just in form, but its a conspiracy in essence, Mr Oli said, adding the motion was not natural and normal in terms of its time, condition and nature. He also said that attempts to bring down his government were made to hinder the implementation of the new Constitution. He warned that the nation would have to pay a high price for it. Nepal has been facing political crisis since adopting a new Constitution in September 2015. Madhesis, mostly of Indian-origin, have been opposing the new statute as they fear it would marginalise them by dividing the country into seven provinces. Nearly five-month-long Madhesi protests led to the closure of key trading points with India that led to the shortage of essential supplies in the land-locked country.

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Secrecy Reigns as U.N. Seeks a New Secretary General

25 July 2016 04:11:47 NYT > Americas

Diplomats emerged from the nearly two-hour voting session with lips sealed about whom they had given a thumb’s up or thumb’s down to.

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1MDB pilfering claim shines light on lack of money-laundering regulation for US lawyers

25 July 2016 04:07:55 South China Morning Post - News feed

When US prosecutors moved this week to seize US$1 billion in assets they say were stolen from Malaysian development fund 1MDB, they detailed a money flow through a New York law firm that renews questions about whether a lack of regulations on US lawyers encourages money l

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Elijah Wood Goes Full Barton Fink in Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

25 July 2016 04:03:00 WN.com - America News

Elijah Wood seems to be having the longest, darkest tea-time of the soul imaginable in the trailer for Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, released at Comic-Con. The setup, as the trailer frames it,...

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UN praises Colombia and FARC's agreement on women

25 July 2016 04:03:00 WN.com - America News

The UN has welcomed an agreement between the Colombian government and FARC rebels giving specific guarantees to women as part of a peace accord. Both sides agreed that women would have equal access to land after a final peace deal was signed. A...

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Business › Nintendo shares plunge 16% on Pokemon Go warning

25 July 2016 04:02:59 Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Nintendo shares dived in Tokyo on Monday in response to the videogame giant's warning over the "limited" impact of the hugely popular Pokemon Go app on its financial results. The stock plunged nearly 16% to 23,720 yen in early trading after more than doubling in a huge rally following the…

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FBI Investigates Alleged Terrorist Threat (Federal Bureau of Investigation - San Juan Field Office)

25 July 2016 04:02:59 WN.com - America News

(Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation - San Juan Field Office) Special Agent in Charge Douglas A. Leff of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) San Juan Field Office made the following announcement: Last week, the FBI began investigating an alleged ISIS terrorist threat based on information provided to a...

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Business › Japan logs first half-year trade surplus since Fukushima

25 July 2016 04:02:59 Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

Japan posted its first half-year trade surplus since the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster, after the accident sent the country's energy import bills soaring, data showed on Monday. The world's third largest economy logged a January-June surplus of 1.8 trillion yen, against a 1.69 trillion yen deficit in the same period…

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Sports › IOC decision to pass the buck on Russia doping ban sparks backlash

25 July 2016 04:02:59 Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion

The International Olympic Committee's decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games over state-run doping has divided international sports leaders with the opening ceremony 12 days away. Sunday's decision sparked an immediate backlash from groups that had demanded bold action against cheating. But others backed the IOC view, explained…

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BCC: UK firms focus on traditional funding routes (The British Chambers of Commerce)

25 July 2016 03:54:03 WN.com - Africa News

(Source: The British Chambers of Commerce) A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce and Bibby Financial Services has revealed that while almost half of businesses applied for finance in the past year, awareness of alternative funding options remains low amongst UK firms. Monday 25 July 2016 A new survey by the British Chambers of Commerce and Bibby Financial Services has revealed that while almost half of businesses applied for finance in the past year, awareness of alternative funding options remains low amongst UK firms. The survey of more than 1,000 businesses, undertaken before the EU referendum, highlighted a significantly lower awareness of alternative and equity finance...

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Harrow remembers Srebrenica (Harrow London Borough Council)

25 July 2016 03:54:03 WN.com - Africa News

(Source: Harrow London Borough Council) Almost exactly 21 years ago, one of the worst atrocities since the second world war took place in Srebrenica, Bosnia. More than 8000 innocent lives were tragically lost during a genocidal massacre in the Bosnian town. Harrow remembered the victims and their families during Srebrenica Memorial Week - 11 to 17 July which included a flag raising ceremony and a memorial event. On 11 July 1995 thousands of Bosnian Muslims were murdered by the Army of Republika Srpska - their only crime was their faith. The army set out to 'ethnically cleanse' and systematically remove Bosnian Muslims. More than twenty years on, mass graves are still being uncovered and...

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Suspected bomber dead and 10 injured after explosion in southern German city of Ansbach

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

Local police said the only fatality was 'a man, according to our current knowledge the perpetrator' after a blast in a Bavarian bar ......

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Theresa May to Assure Northern Ireland on Brexit Talks

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday will travel to Belfast, where she will underline her commitment to consulting with Northern Ireland on upcoming talks over the U.K.’s exit from the European Union. ......

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One Dead, Several Injured by Explosion in Germany

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

A man apparently set off a bomb in the German town of Ansbach on Sunday evening, killing himself and injuring at least 10 people, police said. ......

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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz Resigns as Tensions Threaten to Roil Convention

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

Legions of Bernie Sanders supporters are already out in force in Philadelphia, many still unwilling to come aboard Team Clinton. ......

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The Latest: Cowboys bus that crashed was headed to Las Vegas

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

A Dallas Cowboys bus that collided with another vehicle in Arizona, killing at least one person, was heading to Las Vegas ......

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Police: Man, likely attacker, dies in explosion in Germany

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

Police in the southern German city of Ansbach say a man was killed when an explosive device he was believed to be carrying went off near an open-air music festival, injuring 10 people ......

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The Latest: Fire surges to new life north of Los Angeles

25 July 2016 03:50:44 WN.com - World News

A wildfire in northern Los Angeles County is gaining ferocious new power two days after it broke out, sending so much smoke in the air that planes making drops on it had to be grounded ......

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Dallas Cowboys bus involved in fatal crash in Arizona

25 July 2016 03:50:43 WN.com - World News

A Dallas Cowboys bus collided with another vehicle on a highway in northwestern Arizona, and authorities say at least one person was killed ......

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'Like a freight train': California wildfire guts 18 homes

25 July 2016 03:50:43 WN.com - World News

Flames raced down a steep hillside "like a freight train," leaving smoldering remains of homes and forcing thousands to flee the wildfire churning through tinder-dry canyons in Southern California, authorities said Sunday. The fire that has destroyed at least 18 homes in northern Los Angeles County gained ferocious new power two days after it broke out, sending so much smoke in the air that planes making drops on it had to be grounded for part of the afternoon. "For this time of year, it's the most extreme fire behavior I've seen in my 32-year career," County fire Chief Daryl Osby said.A fast burning wildfire chases down a couple of engines down Sand Caynon, near the Bear Divide in the...

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The Latest: ASEAN Ministers Arrive for Unscheduled Talks

25 July 2016 03:50:43 WN.com - World News

Foreign ministers of Southeast Asian countries began arriving for an unscheduled last-ditch attempt to hammer a consensus on how to deal with China's territorial expansion in the South China Sea ......

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Heat wave, drought showing no signs of slowing down

25 July 2016 03:50:43 WN.com - World News

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Experts say the heat wave gripping most of the United States bringing triple-digit temperatures...

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Germany's strict gun laws didn't stop Munich shooter

25 July 2016 03:50:43 WN.com - World News

Laws are strict, but illegal weapons remain a threat. ......

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Quarterly Cashflow Report (Augur Resources Limited)

25 July 2016 03:45:53 WN.com - Asia News

(Source: Augur Resources Limited) Microsoft Word - pjn8528 Appendix 5B Rule 5.5 Mining exploration entity and oil and gas exploration entity quarterly report Introduced 01/07/96 Origin Appendix 8 Amended 01/07/97, 01/07/98, 30/09/01, 01/06/10, 17/12/10, 01/05/2013 Name of entity Augur Resources Ltd ABN Quarter ended ("current quarter") 79 106 879 690 30 June 2016 Consolidated statement of cash flows Cash flows related to operating activities Receipts from product sales and related debtors Payments for (a) exploration evaluation development production administration Dividends received Interest and other items of a similar nature received Interest and other costs of finance...

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Seibold proud of his Maroons time (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Limited)

25 July 2016 03:45:53 WN.com - Asia News

(Source: Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Limited) Sea Eagles Assistant Coach Anthony Seibold speaks about being involved in Queensland's Origin Series win this year. Seibold spoke to Manly Media Manager Wayne Cousins about his role as an Assistant Coach of the Maroons for the first time under Kevin Walters. WC:How different was your role during the six weeks of Origin compared to that at Manly? AS: My role was very similar to my club role so it was a smooth transition between the two. With regards to our preparation on the field the sessions were a little shorter, very intense and all opposed. Our prep around the game strategy and reviewing and previewing of the opposition was...

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Capricorn Identifies Major Growth-Opportunity Exploration Targets at Karlawinda Gold Project (Capricorn Metals Ltd)

25 July 2016 03:45:53 WN.com - Asia News

(Source: Capricorn Metals Ltd) Microsoft Word - 160722 Capricorn Targeting Major Growth Opportunity - Updated.docx ASX ANNOUNCMENT 25 July 2016 Australian Securities Exchange Code: CMM ABN: 84 121 700 105 Board of Directors: Mr Guy LeClezio Non-Executive Chairman Mr Peter Thompson Managing Director Mr Peter Langworthy Technical Director Mr Heath Hellewell Non-Executive Director Issued Capital: Shares 487M Options 18.8M Share Price A$0.14 Market Cap. A$68M EXPLORATION OFFICE: 1 Coventry Parade North Fremantle, WA 6159 REGISTERED OFFICE: 15 Lovegrove Close Mount Claremont, WA 6010 T +61 8 9384 3284 F +61 8 9284 3801 E enquiries@capmetals.com.au www.capmetals.com.au CAPRICORN IDENTIFIES MAJOR...

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