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Singapore follows India’s lead, demands legalisation of homosexuality

Singapore’s top court on Wednesday heard the first legal challenges to its colonial-era gay sex law since similar legislation was scrapped in India last year, an issue that divides the socially-conservative city-state. Three activists are arguing that Section 377A, a rarely-used law under which a man found to have committed an act of gross indecency […]

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US President impeachment hearing: Trump prioritised Biden probe over Ukraine aid, say top aides

The top US diplomat in Ukraine, in the first public hearing of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, on Wednesday linked the president more directly to a pressure campaign on Ukraine to conduct investigations that would benefit him politically. William Taylor was one of two career diplomats who testified before the US House of […]

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to be chief guest at 2020 Republic Day celebrations

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Wednesday accepted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations next year. Modi, who is in Brazil for the 11th Brics Summit which will focus on building mechanisms for counter-terrorism cooperation and strengthen India’s ties with the world’s five major economies, met Bolsonaro […]

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Climate change blamed as floods overwhelm Venice, swamping basilica and squares

Venice’s mayor declared a state of emergency on Wednesday after “apocalyptic” floods swept through the lagoon city, flooding its historic basilica and inundating squares and centuries-old buildings. Thoroughfares were turned into raging torrents, stone balustrades were shattered, boats tossed ashore and gondolas smashed against their moorings as the lagoon tide peaked at 187 cm (6ft […]

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Erring recruiting agencies warned

The State government is considering blacklisting the recruiting agencies that intentionally cheat jobseekers, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. He was replying to the debate on the Non-Resident Keralites’ Welfare (Amendment) Bill, 2019 as reported by the Subject Committee in the Assembly on Wednesday. Mr. Vijayan said the government had given ₹7 crore to 550 […]

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‘Kerala Rafi’ Cochin Azad passes away

Popular singer Cochin Azad, who enthralled music lovers through his soulful rendition of legendary Mohammed Rafi songs, died here on Wednesday. He was 62. The death occurred following a heart attack around 3 a.m., according to family members. The final rites were held at the Mohammed mosque in Thangal Nagar, Palluruthy. Azad, a resident of […]