Hate crime ‘daily reality’ in Wales

Four out of 10 hate crime victims in Wales know their abuser, while nearly a third think about moving house to escape the crime, says a new study.

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2013 Emmys: Winners, losers

In a wild night of upsets at the Emmy Awards, the final honors were anything but unexpected.

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Thai locals arrested over Rihanna Instagram photo

Two men in Thailand are in trouble with the law thanks to an Instagram photo posted by pop star Rihanna during her recent visit to the holiday island of Phuket.

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Thai arrests over Rihanna photo

Two men in Thailand are in trouble with the law thanks to an Instagram photo posted by pop star Rihanna during her recent visit to the holiday island of Phuket.

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Labour seeks bank levy for childcare

Labour says it plans to raise taxes on banks to fund free childcare for working parents of three and four year olds.

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Family of 5 found dead in Texas

A family of five was found dead inside a residence outside Rice, Texas, on Sunday night, authorities said.

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In appeasement: Govt slashes sales tax on purchases from unregistered persons

ISLAMABAD: The federal government on Sunday significantly slashed the sales tax rate imposed on purchases from unregistered persons and retailers exempt from registration, dealing a massive blow to its own efforts to document the black economy. The decision was taken alongside other ‘relief’ measures after the country’s trade bodies threatened to launch a countrywide strike from September 30. The move came ...

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Unanimity: Senate likely to pass information bill

ISLAMABAD: The Senate will take up the Access to Information Bill, 2013, and likely pass it in the coming session with majority. The draft bill was unanimously passed by the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting early this month. “Yes, the bill has been included in the house agenda and will be tabled by its chairman probably on the first ...

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Condemnation: TTP dialogue plans come unstuck, says PM

ISLAMABAD:  A visibly upset Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced on Sunday that his government could no longer move ahead with the all parties conference-endorsed plan for talks with the Taliban following Sunday’s twin bombings in a Peshawar church. “Such incidents do not augur well for negotiations,” he told reporters in London ahead of his flight to New York, where he ...

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‘Much ado about nothing’: PTI fails to shortlist names for key party posts

ISLAMABAD: The Central Executive Committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) failed on Sunday to develop consensus on choosing new names for two key party officers—secretary general and president for the provincial chapter in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P.) Despite the two-day hectic efforts, the CEC could not even shortlist the names as numerous aspirants made it difficult for the PTI Chairman Imran Khan to select ...

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National Assembly agenda: PPP to seek govt’s explanation on twin capital city plan

ISLAMABAD: Days after government’s plan for building a twin capital city across the Margalla Hills hit headlines, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) decided to take up the matter at the National Assembly. The mega project, with an estimated cost of billion, will be linked through a tunnel and includes construction of two ring roads in Rawalpindi-Islamabad and a new airport at Rawat. ...

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Anti-burqa initiative: Swiss canton set to ban full-face veil

GENEVA:   Switzerland’s Italian-language broadcaster RSI on Sunday revealed a partial count of votes in Italian-speaking Swiss canton (state) of Ticino which showed that 65% of the electorates have supported the measure to restrict the covering of faces in public areas by any group, including Muslims. Referendums are the foundation of Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, where citizen-campaigners able to force ...

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