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Pope Francis faces tensions on trip over church abuse allegations

Pope Francis holds a statue of baby Jesus during the Christmas night Mass in Saint Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican December 24, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile NEWS DESK: Pope Francis’ trip to South America this week is supposed to be all about peace, unity and hope. But the pontiff could also be welcomed with protests, threats…

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Beijing professor dismissed as sexual harassment allegations spark campus activism

BEIJING: A professor in China accused of sexually harassing students under his supervision has been removed from teaching posts by a top Beijing university, in a case that has sparked national media coverage and a nascent #MeToo movement in the country, reported Reuters. Beihang University said in a statement on its official Weibo account late…

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Samsung scion denies corruption charges as legal appeal nears end

SEOUL: The heir to South Korea’s Samsung Group, convicted of bribing the country’s former president, on Wednesday denied allegations of wrongdoing as the appeals trial of his five-year jail term for corruption neared its end, reported Reuters. Jay Y. Lee, the 49-year-old heir to one of the world’s biggest corporate empires, has been detained since…

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Reuters journalists in Myanmar remanded for another 14 days: lawyer

FILE PHOTO: Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski/File Photo YANGON: A court in Myanmar agreed on Wednesday to remand two Reuters journalists in custody for a second 14-day period as authorities…

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Harvey Weinstein: Model says she was ‘forced into exile’ after trying to take him down

NEWS DESK: The model at the centre of one of the most high profile sexual assault cases against Harvey Weinstein has said she feels “vindicated” after suffering years of condemnation for speaking out, reported The Independent. Ambra Gutierrez, born in Italy, was introduced to Weinstein at a theatre reception at Radio City Music Hall, after…

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Modi accuses Pakistan and Congress of collusion; Islamabad says ‘don’t drag us’

NEWS DESK: As absurd as that may sound, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accused its opposition party Indian National Congress of colluding with Pakistan to defeat his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the Gujarat polls. Naturally, Pakistan had to respond. Foreign Office spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal, in a tweet, requested that Pakistan should not to…

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Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target: US ambassador to UN

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley (L) and U.S. President Donald Trump participate in a session on reforming the United Nations at UN Headquarters in New York, U.S., September 18, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo WASHINGTON: Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said on Sunday that any woman who has…

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Israelis march in Tel Aviv to protest against Netanyahu, corruption

TEL AVIV: Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office, reported Reuters. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday’s demonstration, which was by…

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Muniba Mazari: I left him and I’m glad I did.

NEWS DESK: Activist Muniba Mazari’s former husband recently filed a case against her for “blaming and bashing him for all her afflictions”. The activist has finally spoken out, saying that she “left him” and that she’s “glad” she did. Here’s what she said while replying to tweets on the issue: Clarifying divorce when world thinks you…

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Hollywood’s #MeToo hits Washington

Washington: From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after…

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Nawazuddin Siddiqui and brother summoned for online fraud case

NEWS DESK: Nawazuddin Siddiqui and his brother Shamas Nawab Siddiqui appeared on Thursday before the Enforcement Directorate office’s zonal office in Lucknow in connection with an online fraud case, reported Times of India. They were investigated by the authorities for an hour. Calling the allegations baseless, Shamas reportedly said that all allegations levelled against them…

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Republican Senate candidate Moore hit by sexual misconduct allegations

NEWS DESK: A woman has accused Roy Moore, the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Alabama, of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 years old and he was 32, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, prompting top Republicans to say he should step aside if the allegations prove true. According…

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Another actress accuses Weinstein of rape

Los Angeles: Actress Paz de la Huerta has accused Harvey Weinstein of raping her twice in 2010, joining dozens of women who have levelled sexual assault allegations against the disgraced Hollywood mogul. The 33-year-old, known for her role in hit TV series “Boardwalk Empire”, described the alleged assaults, which police are investigating, to Vanity Fair…

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Watch: Charges against Sharif family in NAB case

The Accountability Court on Thursday indicted ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter and son-in-law on corruption charges spiralling from the Panama Papers leak, in a case that could ultimately see the former leader jailed. Watch detail of the charges filed against the Sharif family

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Woody Allen ‘sad’ for Harvey Weinstein over sexual assault allegations

NEWS DESK: Woody Allen has said he is “sad” for Harvey Weinstein as the producer faces numerous allegations of sexual assault, reported BBC. The filmmaker said he had heard rumours but not “these horror stories” after a number of women came forward to accuse Weinstein of assault. Weinstein was voted off the board behind the…

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Harvey Weinstein expelled from Oscars Academy over mounting sexual harassment allegations

NEWS DESK: The organisation behind the Oscars has expelled film producer Harvey Weinstein over a string of sexual assault and harassment allegations made against him, reported The Independent. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, convened an emergency meeting on Saturday about how to deal with the scandal that has enveloped Hollywood. Dozens of…

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Weinstein Co board ousts Harvey Weinstein after harassment allegations

NEWS DESK: The Weinstein Co has fired co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, effective immediately, following reports of sexual harassment allegations against the executive, who was one of Hollywood’s biggest power brokers, the film production company said on Sunday, reported Reuters. The departure leaves Weinstein’s brother Bob, a co-chairman, and chief operating officer David Glasser at the helm of…

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Imran misappropriated party funds for NA-120 by-election: Ayesha Gulalai

ISLAMABAD: Estranged Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MNA Ayesha Gulalai accused on Tuesday Imran Khan of usurping donation money, adding that party funds were misappropriated on a large scale, reported APP. Talking to media after submitting reply with the Election Commission in disqualification case, the lawmaker stated that the reference was filed against her to malign her…

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After serious allegations, Imran Khan vows to emerge ‘stronger’

NEWS DESK: MNA Ayesha Gulalai leveled scathing allegations against PTI chief Imran Khan on Tuesday. She accused him of sexual harassment in text messages, termed PTI an ‘anti-women’ party and blamed K-P CM for corruption. She even challenged Imran Khan to make public his exchange of text messages with Gulalai on his Blackberry phone. The…

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Analysis: Why the allegations made by Ayesha Gulalai need to be probed

By Minerwa Tahir MNA Ayesha Gulalai quit PTI on Tuesday, leveling serious allegations against party chief Imran Khan. She spoke about inappropriate texting on part of the PTI chief and said the party was anti-women. As is customary in our society, character assassinating vitriol – that activists and supporters of almost all mainstream political parties…

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Video: Hanif Abbasi demands probe into Gulalai’s allegations

PML-N leader Hanif Abbasi said that Aisha Gulalai’s allegations against PTI Chairman Imran Khan need to be investigated.

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