Actor Dares Assad In Snow Bucket Challenge
Damascus: A Syrian actor has urged President Bashar al-Assad to do more to support refugees sheltering in makeshift camps as the country is experiencing one of its worst snow storms in decades. In a video posted online, Ehab Yousef Syrian actor gets himself covered in snow and challenges the Syrian president to come out in the cold for two minutes with his children or spend a night in a camp. Assad “needs to come out from his hideout and show support for the people who are dying in the refugee camps”, Yousef said as he launched the snow bucket campaign ‘Think of us when you are warm.’
Nepal’s Vice Prez Bats For Hindi In UN
Kathmandu: Nepal’s Vice President Parmananda Jha, who had got into trouble for taking oath of office in Hindi, suggested on Monday that the language be added to the list of six official languages in the United Nations. Jha was incidentally suspended for six months shortly after being elected to the post for taking the oath of office and secrecy in Hindi in 2009. To promote Hindi language in Nepal, it should be linked with day-to-day life, he said.
69 Die After Drinking Contaminated Beer
Maputo: Authorities in Mozambique say the number of people who died after drinking the contaminated traditional beer Pombe has gone up to 69. As many as 196 people have been admitted to hospitals in the northeastern Tete province. Pombe is made from millet or corn flour. The exact source of the contamination is still unknown.
China’s Top Spy Chief Held For Graft
Beijing: China’s top spy Chief, Ma Jian, has been detained for alleged corruption as part of President Xi Jinping’s widening crackdown on graft. Besides Ma, several of his close relatives were under the scanner. Confirmation of Ma’s detention is sure to cause a stir in the international intelligence community where he is well- known.
Qatar Denies Plans To Expel Hamas Leader
Doha: Qatar’s top diplomat today dismissed as “just rumours” an Israeli claim that the tiny Gulf nation agreed to expel a leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas, saying he is a “dear guest” of the energy-rich country. The Israeli Foreign Ministry last week issued a statement saying it welcomed Qatar’s decision to expel Hamas political bureau head Khaled Mashaal to Turkey.
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