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U.S. hopes for U.N. vote on new Syria toxic gas inquiry next week

The United States wants the United Nations Security Council to create a new inquiry into who is to blame for chemical weapons attacks in Syria, and U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Thursday she hopes to put it to a vote as early as next week. A previous international investigation, known as the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM), ended in November after Russia blocked for the third time in ...

New York sues Weinstein Co., Harvey Weinstein over sexual misconduct

New Yorks attorney general sued the Weinstein Company and Harvey Weinstein on Sunday alleging years of sexual harassment and misconduct by the movie producer, in a move that could jeopardize talks on a potential sale of the studio. Weinstein, co-founder of the Miramax studio, was one of Hollywoods most influential men before more than 70 women accused him of sexual misconduct, including rape. H...

Australia Child sex abuse: Victims to receive national apology

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he will deliver a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse. Mr Turnbulls pledge follows the conclusion of a four-year inquiry that found tens of thousands of children had been abused in Australian institutions. The crimes, over decades, took place in institutions including churches, schools and sports clubs. The apology would be...

Air strikes pound Syria's last rebel strongholds, gas chokes civilians

Warplanes launched heavy attacks on the two last major rebel-held areas in Syria, killing at least 29 people in the Ghouta suburb near the capital and choking people with gas in Idlib in the northwest, rescue workers and a war monitor said on Monday. President Bashar al-Assads government has vowed to retake all of Syria from rebels who have lost large swaths of the territory they have held in a...

CIAA puts on hold its inquiry into Ncell dividend repatriation

The Commission for Investigation of Abuse of Authority (CIAA) has halted its probe into the decision of the Nepal Rastra Bank to let Ncell, a private telecom operator, to repatriate its dividend. Between mid-August and mid-September 2016, the central bank had allowed Ncell to repatriate dividend worth Rs8.36 billion earned in the fiscal year 2011-12. The NRB decision had run into a controver...

SC releases Dr KC, orders probe on CJ’s citizenship

Considering his statement that he is into healthy criticism of the court and also the condition of his health, the Supreme Court on Wednesday released Dr Govinda KC. A division bench of justices Purushottam Bhandari and Bam Kumar Shrestha handed down the order to release Dr KC on tarekh. He was arrested two days ago on a charge of contempt of court for his allegations against Chief Justice Go...

Dr KC makes 11 allegations against CJ Parajuli

Rejecting the contempt of court charge brought against him, Dr Govinda KC has accused Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli of undermining the dignity of the judiciary. He was recording his statement at the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Dr KC, who was produced before the apex court in the morning, recorded his statement regarding the contempt of court case lodged against him in a suo moto notice on Monday....

Yet another political deadlock looms large following elections
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Yet another political deadlock looms large following elections

With the historic elections to the federal parliament and provincial assemblies over, the nation has now entered into a new political course of constitution implementation per se. This is the first election to be held in accordance with the constitution promulgated by the Constituent Assembly comprising the elected representatives of the people. All the three levels of elections as envisioned b...

Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released
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Australia child abuse inquiry: Final recommendations released

A five-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in Australia has released its final report, making more than 400 recommendations. The royal commission uncovered harrowing evidence of sexual abuse within institutions, including churches, schools and sports clubs. Since 2013, it has referred more than 2,500 allegations to authorities. The final report, released on Friday, added 189 recommendati...

Commonwealth Bank admits failures in money laundering case
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Commonwealth Bank admits failures in money laundering case

Australias biggest bank has admitted it was late to disclose more than 53,000 transactions that allegedly breached anti-money laundering laws. In August, the nations financial intelligence agency launched court action against the Commonwealth Bank over claims it had failed to refer the transactions, made through smart ATMs. On Wednesday, the bank acknowledged some failures. However, it de...

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