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World War II aircraft that crashed in India found after 77 years

World War II aircraft that crashed in India found after 77 years

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The C-46 transport aircraft was found in the Himalayas following a treacherous search that led to the death of three guides.A missing World War II plane has been identified in India’s remote Himalayas nearly 80 years after it crashed with no survivors, following a treacherous search that led to the death of three guides. The C-46 transport aircraft was carrying 13 people from Kunming in southern China when it disappeared in stormy weather over a mountainous stretch of Arunachal Pradesh state in the first week of 1945. “This aircraft was never heard from again. It simply disappeared,” said Clayton Kuhles, a US adventurer who led the mission after a request from the son of one of those on board the doomed flight. The wreckage of the World War II aircraft found in the northeastern Indian stat...
South Korea unveils $12bn budget to cushion blow of COVID curbs

South Korea unveils $12bn budget to cushion blow of COVID curbs

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Restaurants, bars and gyms have been hit hard by a business curfew that will remain in place until at least February 6.South Korea unveiled a 14 trillion won ($11.75bn) supplementary budget on Friday to support the self-employed and small businesses that have taken a heavy hit from extended COVID-19 curbs. Some 11.5 trillion won will be used to help small business owners and compensate their losses caused by the extension of virus-related measures, the finance ministry said. Another 1.5 trillion won is earmarked to secure COVID-19 treatment pills for 400,000 people and 25,000 hospital beds. The other 1 trillion won will be used as contingency reserves should the Omicron coronavirus variant spread further and require more support. To finance the extra stimulus, the government will issue 11....
World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga amid water, food shortage

World rushes aid to tsunami-hit Tonga amid water, food shortage

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UN says some 60,000 people affected by damage to crops, livestock, and fisheries due to ashfall, saltwater intrusion and potential for acid rain.More ships and aircraft carrying aid are due to arrive in Tonga in the coming days as the international community responds to calls for urgent assistance from the Pacific island nation following a devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami. A New Zealand maritime sustainment vessel, the HMNZS Aotearoa, carrying 250,000 litres of water and able to produce 70,000 litres per day through a desalination plant, is expected to arrive in Tonga on Friday. The first flights from Australia and New Zealand landed in Tonga on Thursday with much-needed supplies of water for sanitation and hygiene as well as shelter, communication equipment, and power generators....
Netflix misses subscriber target, shares fall on weak forecast

Netflix misses subscriber target, shares fall on weak forecast

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During the reporting season of October to December, the world’s largest streaming service released star-studded movies Red Notice and Don’t Look Up.Netflix Inc fell short of Wall Street forecasts for new subscribers at the end of last year and offered a weaker-than-expected forecast for early 2022 as rivals amped up the competition in the battle for streaming television viewers. The world’s largest streaming service added 8.3 million customers from October to December, when it released a heavy lineup of new programming including the star-studded movies Red Notice and Don’t Look Up and a new season of The Witcher. Industry analysts had projected Netflix would add 8.4 million customers, according to Refinitiv IBES data. Shares of Netflix dropped 10 percent in after-hours trading on Thursday....
Barbados PM hails governing party’s landslide election victory

Barbados PM hails governing party’s landslide election victory

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Mia Mottley’s Labor Party won all 30 legislative seats in Barbados’ first vote as a republic, preliminary results show.Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley has hailed a landslide victory in the Caribbean nation’s first general election since it became a republic last year, as preliminary results showed her governing party won every seat in the national legislature. Mottley in December called the snap election for January 19, saying it would help promote unity as the island nation battled the coronavirus pandemic, which has damaged its tourist economy. Preliminary results released on Thursday indicated Mottley’s Barbados Labor Party (BLP) had secured all 30 seats in the House of Assembly, the lower house of the island’s parliament. “We stand today on the morning of the 20th of January confid...

‘Build Back Better’ Hit a Wall, but Climate Action Could Move Forward

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WASHINGTON — A small but growing number of Democrats in Congress want to move ahead with the climate portion of President Biden’s stalled spending bill, saying the urgency of a warming planet demands action and they believe they can muster enough votes to muscle it past Republican opposition.Faced with the possibility that Democrats could lose control of Congress in November’s midterm elections, the party is now looking to salvage what it can from the $2.2 trillion Build Back Better Act. The sweeping climate-change and social-policy bill passed the House but came to a halt last month when Joe Manchin III, the West Virginia Democrat and swing vote in the Senate, said he opposed it.But Mr. Manchin has suggested that he might back various climate provisions in the legislation, leading some De...
Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial after juror revealed abuse

Ghislaine Maxwell requests new trial after juror revealed abuse

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Maxwell lawyers say ‘incontrovertible grounds’ for new trial after a juror shared personal abuse story in deliberations.Ghislaine Maxwell has formally requested a new trial, less than a month after her conviction on sex trafficking charges. The British socialite’s lawyers raised concern about a juror’s possible failure to disclose before the trial that he was sexually abused as a child. Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for recruiting and grooming teenage girls to have sexual encounters with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Maxwell, who had pleaded not guilty, faces up to 65 years in prison. In a Wednesday letter to US District Judge Alison J Nathan, Maxwell lawyer Bobbi Sternheim said the motion for a...
Biden’s warning risks destabilising Ukraine-Russia crisis: Moscow

Biden’s warning risks destabilising Ukraine-Russia crisis: Moscow

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The US president said Russia would face ‘a disaster’ if it invades Ukraine, a comment the Kremlin says did little to ease tensions.US President Joe Biden has risked further destabilising the Russia-Ukraine crisis with his harsh warning to Moscow, the Kremlin said. On Wednesday, Biden told reporters at the White House: “Russia will be held accountable if it invades – and it depends on what it does … It is going to be a disaster for Russia if they further invade Ukraine.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday the comments “in no way contribute to defusing the tension that has now arisen in Europe”. “Moreover, [they] can contribute to the destabilisation of the situation,” he told reporters on a conference call. Washington and its Western allies have repeatedly threatened sweeping ...
Cyberattack on ICRC exposes data on 515,000 vulnerable people

Cyberattack on ICRC exposes data on 515,000 vulnerable people

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The International Committee of the Red Cross says the intruders and their motive for the hacking are unknown.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says there has been a hacking attack on its data servers that compromised confidential information on more than half a million vulnerable people. The Geneva-based agency said on Wednesday the breach by unknown intruders this week affected data on more than 515,000 people “including those separated from their families due to conflict, migration and disaster, missing persons and their families, and people in detention”. The information originated in at least 60 Red Cross and Red Crescent chapters around the world. “An attack on the data of people who are missing makes the anguish and suffering for families even more difficult to endu...
N Korea may resume nuclear, long-range missile tests: State media

N Korea may resume nuclear, long-range missile tests: State media

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Pyongyang blames US ‘hostility’ as experts warn of return to ‘vicious cycle of provocation and sanctions’.A meeting of the powerful politburo of North Korea’s ruling party, presided over by leader Kim Jong Un, has said that it will consider resuming “all temporarily suspended” nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests amid an ongoing effort to boost the country’s military against a “hostile” United States, state media reported. The country’s Rodong Sinmun newspaper quoted politburo members saying they were looking to “examine the issue on resuming all actions, which had been temporarily suspended”, in an apparent reference to a self-imposed moratorium on the testing of nuclear weapons and ICBMs that began in 2017. In recent months, Pyongyang has stepped up its rhetoric ag...