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Foreign powers working against India as it moves to become global guru – defense minister - rt

Foreign powers working against India as it moves to become global guru – defense minister

“Many foreign powers” are seeking to undermine the Indian government, fearful of the nation’s rise to global prominence, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has warned.
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Indian officials want to obscure river’s ‘foul smell’ ahead of Trump’s Taj Mahal visit in latest elaborate welcome plan - rt

Indian officials want to obscure river’s ‘foul smell’ ahead of Trump’s Taj Mahal visit in latest elaborate welcome plan

Local authorities will go the extra mile to make sure US President Donald Trump doesn't get the stench coming from India's Yamuna River while enjoying the view of the iconic Taj Mahal mausoleum.
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An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic” - quartz

An expert booted off the Diamond Princess says Japan’s coronavirus control is “completely chaotic”

Kentaro Iwata said he had never feared being infected in 20 years of working at epicenters of disease outbreaks—until he set foot on the quarantined cruise ship.
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At least 4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia (PHOTOS, VIDEO) - rt

At least 4 killed after two planes COLLIDE MID-AIR near Melbourne, Australia (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

A horrific plane crash has left four people dead after a mid-air collision over the town of Mangalore north of Melbourne, destroying both aircraft. Rescue workers are on the scene of both crashes.
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What a RICO charge means for Huawei - quartz

What a RICO charge means for Huawei

Huawei has been hit by the US federal anti-racketeering law.
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Stephen Fry: Greek myths can teach politicians ‘the punishment of hubris’ - channel 4

Stephen Fry: Greek myths can teach politicians ‘the punishment of hubris’

For the first time, the multi-award winning writer, actor and comedian Stephen Fry has put his writing to music.
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Inside the mass protests sweeping through Lebanon – where young revolutionaries believe their time has come - channel 4

Inside the mass protests sweeping through Lebanon – where young revolutionaries believe their time has come

A bus without brakes, hurtling towards a brick wall. That's one view of Lebanon - which has been wracked by mass protests since October, toppling one government along the way.
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“The problem is a systemic problem” – Columnist Rachel Sylvester questions government’s vetting of Andrew Sabisky. - channel 4

“The problem is a systemic problem” – Columnist Rachel Sylvester questions government’s vetting of Andrew Sabisky.

We spoke to The Times columnist Rachel Sylvester and Peter Cardwell, who was a government adviser for the past three and a half years, until he was sacked last week in the reshuffle.
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Minister urges No 10 to review vetting after aide resigns - channel 4

Minister urges No 10 to review vetting after aide resigns

Racist and offensive - that's how one government minister has described the views of a man not relegated to the political fringe - but working at the heart of government.
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UK/EU ‘very far away’ as they prepare for talks – European Parliament Brexit trade negotiator - channel 4

UK/EU ‘very far away’ as they prepare for talks – European Parliament Brexit trade negotiator

The European Union's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has declared that the UK cannot expect a future trade deal with the EU to be similar to that with Canada - because it's simply too close, geographically.
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Jury begins deliberations in Weinstein trial - channel 4

Jury begins deliberations in Weinstein trial

The jury in the Harvey Weinstein trial have begun their deliberations over whether to find him guilty or not guilty on charges of sexual assault and rape.
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150 million people are under Coronavirus lockdown in China - channel 4

150 million people are under Coronavirus lockdown in China

In China itself - as many as 150 million people, more than twice the population of Britain are now living in unprecedented lockdown
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British couple on cruise ship ‘may have coronavirus’ - channel 4

British couple on cruise ship ‘may have coronavirus’

Now a British couple on board the Diamond Princess, the quarantined cruise ship in Japan, where hundreds of people have come down with coronavirus - have told their son that they have both tested positive for the virus.
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‘More homes would have been flooded if it wasn’t for investment put in’ – Environment Minister Rebecca Pow - channel 4

‘More homes would have been flooded if it wasn’t for investment put in’ – Environment Minister Rebecca Pow

The Environment Minister Rebecca Pow says that even more homes would have been flooded if it weren’t for 20 years of flood defence investment.
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Residents evacuated as river levels rise - channel 4

Residents evacuated as river levels rise

Hundreds of homes have been evacuated - in one area, drinking water is running out - swollen rivers are threatening to breach flood barriers - while much of one sizeable town has been cut off.
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Airports are one place e-commerce can’t touch - quartz

Airports are one place e-commerce can’t touch

Record numbers of travelers are visiting their stores, and retailers are making the most of the opportunity.
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Thanks to “Parasite,” we know what it takes for Americans to see an international film in theaters - quartz

Thanks to “Parasite,” we know what it takes for Americans to see an international film in theaters

Its success underscores just how many obstacles a foreign-language film must overcome to make its mark.
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‘Girl, 3, ended pedophile’s reign of terror by coming forward to tell police about his rapes’ - metro

‘Girl, 3, ended pedophile’s reign of terror by coming forward to tell police about his rapes’

John Tucker is feared to have raped at least four children aged between two and seven years-old
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Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk? - quartz

Ready to buy a trip to orbit from Elon Musk?

Elon Musk will offer the super-wealthy an unprecedented adventure.
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Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question - rt

Extraordinary Neanderthal skeleton found at famous burial site could finally answer ancient DEATH-RITES question

The landmark discovery in Iraq of the skeleton of a 70,000-year-old Neanderthal has reignited a debate about whether these ancient humans were sophisticated enough to have burial rituals.
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Ivanka Trump’s car rentals help push the administration’s Davos travel costs past $4 million

Ivanka Trump’s car rentals help push the administration’s Davos travel costs past $4 million

quartz - 4 weeks ago
Senior adviser to the President, Ivanka Trump, listens during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan at the World Economic Forum, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Davos, Switzerland.

Vehicles rented by the US Secret Service to shuttle Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and advisor, around Davos will add another $34,000 to the cost of the administrations two-day trip to this years World Economic Forum, helping nudge the total price tag past $4 million.

The expenditure is posted to a publicly-accessible federal database under the heading, WEF2020 USSS MARVEL RENTAL OF VEHICLES, using Ivanka’s Secret Service code name. All payments are being picked up by taxpayers through the State Department budget.

Additional rental car expenses in Davos include $736,000 by the White House travel office, and two more hotel bookings for the presidents entourageone for $286,000, and one for $29,000have now combined to make Team Trumps two-day jaunt to Davos the priciest yet.

The total does not include security costs, salaries, or the estimated $2.2 million necessary to fly Air Force One round-trip between the US and Zurich and the Marine One helicopter flight from Zurich to Davos.

Last year, Trump abruptly canceled his trip to Davos at the last minute amid a partial government shutdown. Those travel costs were set to hit $3.6 million but still set Americans back around $3.2 million in unused hotel rooms and rental cars.

This is Trumps second visit to the exclusive gathering, having never been invited as a private citizen. His first trip to the WEF, in 2018, cost a bit more than $1.8 million for lodging both in and around Davos, and at the Zurich airport Radisson Blu.

The final tally for the Davos trip may be higher still; there is often a lag of weeks or months from officials spending money to filing a record of the charges. Conversely, some expenditures may also later be revised to levels lower that originally stated.

A 2018 vacation Ivanka took to the Dominican Republic cost Americans nearly $60,000, and raised ethics questions about the Trump Organization’s business ties to the island.

President Trump, who delivered the WEF’s keynote speech on Tuesday, was booed by the crowd after decrying the “nasty, mean, fake” press. Trump’s address included a “laundry list of his domestic accomplishments,” and a swipe at climate campaigners as “prophets of doom,” according to CNN. He did not take questions from WEF founder Klaus Schwab or members of the audience.

Cabinet officials attending Davos 2020 alongside Trump include Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin, US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, labor secretary Eugene Scalia, and transportation secretary Elaine Chao. Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law and also an adviser to the president, is there too. (Kushner’s Secret Service code name is “Mechanic.”)

Before Trump, the only sitting US president to appear at Davos was Bill Clinton, who went in 2000, his final year in office. Ronald Reagan gave a number of speeches via video, and George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama skipped the forum altogether.

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