Tag Archives: The Independant

Niger ambush: Questions still remain over attack that killed four US soldiers

After menbers of Congress questioned the transparancy of the Trump administration over the ambush in Niger that killed four US troops, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Joseph Dunford has sought to answer questions but shed little light on the circumstances of the attack. “We owe families” and the American public more answers on what happened on 4 October, said Marine Corps ...

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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: 'Boris, I want my wife and daughter home for Christmas,' says husband Richard

In April 2016 Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as she tried to return home to London with her 21-month-old daughter Gabriella after a two-week holiday. The dual British-Iranian national has been in jail in Iran ever since – despite all who know her saying it is ludicrous to suggest the 38-year-old charity worker had anything to do with ...

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Murder case seized on by Trump to justify border wall opens with judge ruling out any mention of politics

The judge overseeing the trial of an illegal immigrant whose shooting of a young woman was seized on by Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, has ruled that the politics of immigration and gun control must not be raised during the hearing. Defendant Jose Ines Garcia Zarate has acknowledged fatally shooting Kate Steinle in the back while she was walking ...

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Stephen Hawking's PhD thesis he wrote at 24 completely crashes website due to popularity

Stephen Hawking’s PhD thesis is proving so popular that it has broken the internet, sort of. Or rather, it has broken the part of the internet that Cambridge University used to put it online. So many people are trying to access the important essay that the website has completely broken. The university expected the essay to prove popular, since it ...

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Gay men speak out about Azerbaijan's LGBT crackdown: 'They gave me electric shocks'

Several men have come forward with firsthand accounts of an alleged crackdown on the LGBT community in Azerbaijan. One of the men, who remained anonymous, said he was detained for nine days and tortured. “They gave me electric shocks,” he said in an interview with Radio Free Europe. “They beat me with a stick on my knees. I couldn’t move ...

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Bill Murray takes stingy fan to task while exchanging Puerto Rico donations for autographs

Bill Murray is using his fame to help raise money for Puerto Rico relief, and he’s not abiding by cheapskates. A TMZ video shows the movie star signing autographs in exchange for $20 donations in Washington, but he wasn’t about to bargain for negotiate the price. “Three dollars? OK, go get a job and come back,” Murray says at one ...

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lieke Martens clinch Best Fifa Player Awards

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA men’s player of the year award while Lieke Martens was named the women’s player of the year. Ronaldo retained the prize after scoring 44 goals in 48 appearances in 2017, including 33 for Real Madrid and 11 for Portugal. The forward collected his award at a ceremony held at the London Palladium on Monday, ...

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North Korea could be mass-producing biological weapons, warns new report

North Korea is likely to be developing biological weapons alongside its nuclear programme, a new report has warned.  A new study by the Belfer Centre, a US thinktank, warns that Pyongyang is likely to have a programme to develop its biological weaponry. Based on testimony from defectors, it  is believed to have begun in the 1960s after the Korean War between 1950 ...

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The Indy Football Podcast: A closer look at the Merseyside malaise after Liverpool & Everton's weekend to forget

It was damning weekend for both Merseyside clubs, with Liverpool succumbing to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Tottenham and Arsenal thumping Everton in a 5-2 rout at Goodison Park. Ronald Koeman paid for such a result with his head (with the announcement of his dismissal coming in the wake of Monday’s recording) while the pressure remains on Jurgen ...

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Scientists baffled over prehistoric tree mystery

Trees that grew more than 300 million years ago had a far more complex structure than their counterparts today, research has shown. The earliest trees had an astonishingly intricate anatomy for reasons scientists do not understand. Scientists examined the exceptionally well preserved fossilised trunk of a 374 million-year-old cladoxylopsid tree from Xinjiang, north-west China. What they found surprised them. All ...

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