Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Rimsevics has been in charge of the Bank of Latvia since 2001 The detained head of Latvia’s central bank, Ilmars Rimsevics, is suspected of seeking a bribe of at least €100,000 (£88,610; $124,128), Latvia’s anti-corruption agency (KNAB) says. The Bank of Latvia governor was arrested on Saturday and his
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Image copyright Reuters Oxfam has revealed that three of the men accused of sexual misconduct in Haiti physically threatened witnesses during a 2011 investigation. The charity has published its internal report on alleged abuse by some of its staff following public pressure. In the 2011 report, Oxfam said “more needed” to be done to prevent
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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Hamas has governed the Gaza Strip for more than a decade Authorities in Gaza have blocked the launch of a women’s television channel there, just before it was due to go on air. Officials from the Palestinian militant Islamist group Hamas, which dominates the territory, said Taif TV had not
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Australia, US, India And Japan In Talks To Establish Belt And Road Alternative: Report

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Xi Jinping has heavily promoted the One Belt One Road initiative, inviting world leaders to Beijing Sydney, Australia:  Australia, the United States, India and Japan are talking about establishing a joint regional infrastructure scheme as an alternative to China’s multi billion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative in an attempt to counter Beijing’s spreading influence, the Australian
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Alexander Krushelnitsky won bronze in the mixed doubles alongside wife Anastasia Bryzgalova An anti-doping case has been opened against Russian medal-winning curler Alexander Krushelnitsky, says the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas). Krushelnitsky, who won bronze with his wife in the mixed doubles at the Winter Olympics on Tuesday, is suspected of testing positive for
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Image copyright PA Image caption Lawrence won an Oscar for Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O Russell She’s an Oscar winner and one of the world’s highest-paid actresses but now Jennifer Lawrence is turning her back on Hollywood – for a year, anyway. The Hunger Games star is taking 12 months off acting to
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In China, Terracotta Warrior Thumb Theft Triggers Outrage

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Accused made his way into the Terracotta Warriors exhibit in December but it was closed. Beijing:  Chinese authorities have demanded “severe punishment” for a man who allegedly stole the thumb of a terracotta warrior statue on display in the US, state media reported on Monday. The 2,000-year-old statue, worth $4.5 million, is one of 10
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Image copyright AFP / Ho / Tasnim News Image caption Helicopters are trying to reach the crash site, which is high in the Zagros mountain range Search and rescue teams are continuing to search for an Iranian plane that crashed in bad weather on Sunday. Officials told state media that the wreckage had been found,
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Donald Trump Slams Oprah Winfrey, Challenges Her For 2020 Run

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Trump has weighed in on a potential run by Winfrey before and said he would beat her if she runs. (File) Washington:  US President Donald Trump has slammed Oprah Winfrey as “very insecure”, saying he hopes to see her run for President in 2020 so “she can be exposed and defeated”. Winfrey appeared on CBS’
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Image copyright Getty Images Religious groups have condemned a bill in Iceland’s parliament that would ban circumcision for non-medical reasons. The draft law would impose a six-year prison term on anyone guilty of “removing part or all of the [child’s] sexual organs”, arguing the practice violates the child’s rights. Jewish and Muslim leaders however have
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Kremlin Says Charges Over US Election Tampering Prove Nothing

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US has provided no tangible proof about the involvement of kremlin: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov MOSCOW:  The Kremlin said on Monday that U.S. charges against 13 Russians and three Russian companies accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign contained zero proof of Russian state involvement. The comments were the Kremlin’s first reaction
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Maldives Leader Abdulla Yameen Seeks Approval To Extend State Of Emergency By 15 Days

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Maldives President Abdulla Yameen imposed the state of emergency on February 6 for 15 days. (File) MALE:  Maldives President Abdulla Yameen on Monday sought parliamentary approval to extend a state of emergency for 15 days in the Indian Ocean archipelago as the “the situation has not changed”, parliament’s Deputy Secretary General Fathmath Niusha told the
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