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‘Black goat’ to thrive again in Israel

A breed of goat limited for decades by law in Israel is expected to prosper once again in the Jewish state. The black goat, also called the Syrian goat, has since 1950 been barred from forests and woodlands under a law that says they cause environmental damage. On Wednesday, parliament in a preliminary reading passed a bill to repeal that …

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‘Butcher of Bosnia’ found guilty of genocide, jailed for life

UN judges on Wednesday sentenced former Bosnian Serbian commander Ratko Mladic to life in prison after finding him guilty of genocide and war crimes in the brutal Balkans conflicts over two decades ago. But the man dubbed the “Butcher of Bosnia” was not present in court to hear the verdict, having been dragged out of the courtroom after loudly accusing …

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Eat with your family, ask for your rights, rural Indian women told

Indian women living in rural areas are traditionally the last to eat at home, serving the men first and then the children. The result: poor health and malnutrition, and a lack of critical conversations about the household, money and property. A project in the western state of Rajasthan to improve the health of women among poor tribal communities took on …

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In US, 4 in 10 cancers due to ‘modifiable risk’: study

About four in 10 cancers in the United States are due to lifestyle choices — such as smoking and eating poorly — and other risks that might be avoidable, researchers said Tuesday. The goal of the study was to calculate “the contribution of several modifiable risk factors to cancer occurrence,” said the report in the journal CA: A Cancer Journal …

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Rohingya refugees ‘drained’ by trauma, says U.N. refugee chief

Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who fled to Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar have been “drained” by the trauma they suffered during the crisis and a struggle to overcome desperate want, the United Nations refugee chief said on Wednesday. More than 600,000 Rohingya have fled Buddhist-majority Myanmar since late August this year for neighbouring Bangladesh, driven out by a …

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India: Police force Muslim woman to remove burqa at Yogi’s rally

– In another appalling incident of of state extremism, a Muslim woman was asked to remove her burqa at a rally attended by India s Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in Baila area. The local news channel reported that woman was a BJP worker. A video– posted by ANP on its twitter account—show three policewomen standing next to burqa-clad …

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Zimbabwe awaits new leader after Mugabe’s shock exit

Zimbabweans waited Wednesday to discover when their new leader would be appointed after president Robert Mugabe’s resignation brought a sudden end to a 37-year reign of authoritarian rule. Mugabe’s tenure ended in an announcement at a special joint session of parliament where MPs had convened to impeach the 93-year-old who dominated every aspect of Zimbabwean public life for decades. On …

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‘Inadequate teaching’: Graduate sues Oxford for 1 million pounds

– Faiz Siddiqui, an Oxford graduate is suing his university for £1m. Siddiqui, who studied at Brasenose College alleges that ‘inadequate’ teaching of the modern history course resulted in him getting a low upper second degree 17 years ago. Siddiqui’s failure to get a top degree has cost him a lucrative legal career, the High court has heard. According to …

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US Navy aircraft with 11 aboard crashes in Philippine Sea: military

A military aircraft with 11 people aboard has crashed into the Philippine Sea while en route to an aircraft carrier, the US said Wednesday, the latest accident to hit its armed forces in East Asia. “A United States Navy aircraft carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the ocean southeast of Okinawa,” a statement from the Navy said. “Personnel recovery …

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In pictures: Robert Mugabe’s 37 years in power

– After a long 37 years of rule, Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe resigned on November 21. According to BBC, a letter written by the president was read out by the speaker of the parliament, which stated that he resigned from his position voluntarily and has allowed smooth transfer of the power. Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa of the ruling party …

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