Japanese Airlines To Alter Routes To Avoid North Korea Missile

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Delhi Police Special Cell arrests IS suspect

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Delhi Police Special Cell arrests IS suspect

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Solange Knowles Loses Wedding Ring During Mardi Gras Parade

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Lisa Edelstein Almost Played Carrie Bradshaw on ‘Sex and the City’


When Yahoo! got a hold of the actress, Parker revealed just how much she thinks the ending of the series and ultimately how her character and Mr. Big’s played by Chris Noth was the ideal ending to the story in the series. “I’m embarrassed to even do a selfie with a nice person on the street”, she said.

But what does Sex and the City’s original creator, Darren Star, think of Bradshaw’s ultimate marriage decision? “It all depended on whether she said yes”, Edelstein said in reference to Parker’s indecision.
Six years after the last SATC movie wrapped, fans still have mixed feelings about Carrie finally tying the knot with her longtime boyfriend, Big, after a tumultuous relationship that had him first marrying another woman and then leaving the long-suffering sex columnist at the altar years later.
Lisa in 2016 (left) and Sarah Jessica in 1998 (right).
Far from disregarding Star’s comments, however, Parker pragmatically asserted that his views are symptomatic of the complexity of the characters who he created for the small screen – and the strength of feeling that everyone who watched the show developed for them. “But I think the show ultimately betrayed what it was about, which was that women don’t ultimately find happiness from marriage”.
He went on to explain that the point of the show was to be “off script” from other romantic comedies that had come before it. ‘That’s what had made women so attached, ‘ he claimed.
That said, is there any chance that Carrie and Big could get divorced?
While Parker is not one to post a selfie herself, she has been pictured in a fair few such as this one with Stella McCartney in 2014.
After hearing the creator’s ultimate disagreements towards the show’s end, Parker channeled her iconic role to bring a positive light to one of HBO’s legendary chronicles of New York City.

Orders to US factories fell sharply in December


What stands out is that new orders for transportation goods fell by 12.6% month over month, and virtually all the drop came in the category of defense and non-defense aircraft and parts where the drops were almost 69% and 30%, respectively.

Read the Census release.
The Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI) and the SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA) have fallen 3.7% and 4.2%, respectively, over the past month as of February 4, 2016.
December’s fall was the biggest decline since December 2014. The economy grew by 1.7 per cent past year.
German factory orders declined slightly more than expected in December, dragged down by lower demand at home and in other eurozone countries.
Economists polled by Reuters had forecast factory orders falling 2.8 per cent in December after a previously reported 0.2 per cent dip in November. New orders for transportation equipment totaled $71.16 billion in December, down from $81.79 billion in October and $81.40 billion in November. Excluding transportation, new orders fell 0.8 percent to $385.3 billion. With the slowdown in demand, manufacturers are cautious about holding on to inventories. Inventories of nondurable goods fell $1.0 billion or 0.4 percent and included a 2.6 percent decrease in petroleum and coal products.
But the factory downturn could be close to bottoming, though dollar strength and weak overseas demand could remain a challenge. Let’s take a look at non-manufacturing sector data in the next article.

Mohammed Amir takes hat-trick in Pakistan Super League


Lahore Qalandars were unable to get any momentum in their 20 overs innings and set a low target of 126 for Karachi Kings.

Karachi Kings have won their first game of their Pakistan Super League (PSL) campaign as they defeated one of the best teams Lahore Qalandars in a very one-sided game by 7 wickets as Muhammad Amir made the headlines once again by taking a hat-trick.
Karachi Kings captain Shoaib Malik, Shakib Al Hasan, Sohail Tanvir and Imad Wasim shared a wicket each. Simmons struck eight fours and two sixes for his 62 not out, while Shakib’s 35-ball 51 featured three fours and sixes each; the pair added 109 runs for the third wicket.
But there were not fireworks from the Qalandars who suffered an early shock after their hard-hitting opening batsman Chris Gayle was dismissed in the first over by Malik.
Mohammad Rizwan top-scored with a 31-ball 37, but lacked support from the other end, as the likes of Chris Gayle (6), Azhar Ali (18), Cameron Delport (17) and Sohaib Maqsood (22) came and went at regular intervals.
The 23-year-old removed West Indian Dwayne Bravo with the second ball of the 19th over followed by the wickets of countryman Zohaib Khan and another Caribbean player, Kevon Cooper, to finish with 3-27 in his four overs.
Bravo dropped a dolly of Shakib al Hasan on the same score and this was when the game turned against them.

Nigerian children ‘burned alive’ in Boko Haram attack


The death toll of the Saturday attack on Maiduguri has risen to a total of 91 people, as more bodies were recovered, officials said.

Boko Haram fighters have made several attempts to retake Maiduguri – the birthplace of the jihadist movement – since they were pushed out three years ago. The assailants also tried to strike a nearby camp for people displaced by Boko Haram but were repelled by troops, he added.
We had just finished evening prayers when the gunmen came to our village and indiscriminately opened fire and set fire to homes”, resident Kulo Sheriff said. The shooting, burning and explosions from three suicide bombers went on for four hours, in unprotected areas, claimed survivors.
Mallam Hassan, another villager, gave a similar account. “Boko Haram is no longer able to operate freely as in the past or control territories as they did”, he said. Since then, the group has been attacking soft targets, increasingly with suicide bombers.
A Nigerian military spokesman told the wire service that Boko Haram militants attacked the village of Dalori, near the city of Maiduguri in Nigeria’s northeast.
Boko Haram was blamed last week when multiple suicide bombings killed at least 15 civilians and a soldier in Chibok.
Soldiers from Niger hold up a Boko Haram flag that they seized in the town of Damasak, Nigeria.
An aid worker who did not want to be named, said the bodies of the victims had been evacuated to the hospital. Over 100 people were killed by the insurgents and 300 houses razed.
It killed more people than ISIS, to which it reportedly pledged allegiance previous year, the report says. An official of the State Emergency Agency said: “We can’t even pick those ones, they were seriously burnt”.
“There is a real bias against media coverage of terrorist attacks in Africa, and especially in Nigeria“, Max Abrahms, assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University in Boston, told RT.
Boko Haram, the world’s deadliest terror group, has once again shown why it is as fearsome, if not more so, than the Islamic State (ISIS) militants in the Middle East.
The six-year Islamic uprising has killed about 20 000 people and driven 2,5 million from their homes.

United States judge strikes down Hardin County right-to-work law


However, U.S. District Judge David Hale ruled Wednesday that counties could not pass such ordinances, nullifying their actions.

The leader of the Kentucky AFL-CIO says labor groups are ready to fight future efforts to pass what supporters call right-to-work laws.
Officials for a Kentucky county will appeal a federal judge’s ruling that invalidated its right-to-work law, the county’s lawyer said on Thursday.
A federal judge has struck down a Hardin County law that prohibits labor agreements that require employees to pay union dues – but the county plans to appeal the decision “in a matter of days”.
John T. Lovett, an attorney with Louisville-based Frost Brown Todd, who represents the county in the case, told IL he would file a notice of appeal “in a matter of days”.
Hale heard arguments from both sides in a hearing held in August in Louisville, determining ultimately that the section of the National Labor Relations Act that exempts states or territories from union-security agreements does not extend to counties or municipalities.
Attorneys representing Hardin County and the co-defendants also asserted that provisions in state law allowed counties to regulate commerce and promote economic growth, and thereby establish local right-to-work ordinances. Eventually, 11 other counties, including Hardin County, would join them.
“We were very happy”, Leightty said. By the court passing the ordinance we were hoping to send a message along with the counties around us that if someone is looking to move here, we are business friendly.
For now, the ruling does not directly affect any county other than Hardin because only Hardin was named in the suit, Yessin said.
“If employees believe in it, they do contribute to it”, Lovett said.
Judge Executive Logan Chick had said the decision was purely an economic one, and not one against unions.
The union said the ruling, among other things, means “the county can not prevent companies and unions from requiring all workers who benefit from a union contract to pay a fair share of the expenses the union incurs on their behalf”. According to the National Workrights Institute, who opposes Right-to-Work laws, the title itself is misleading and that Right-to-Work laws do not create a right to work, nor do they protect workers from being fired for unjust reasons.

Broncos’ Smith preparing to play Super Bowl with heavy heart


A teen with a life-threatening condition is going to get to see his favorite team, the Denver Broncos, play in the Super Bowl this weekend.

“I let her pick her own house in a neighborhood right now to get used to it”, Thomas said.
Smith missed so much, missed her son signing with Georgia Tech, where he would be compared to Calvin Johnson and was forced to watch the Broncos draft him on a television from jail.
“I know I probably should not have said that, ” Thomas said.
She’s making a bet with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock on the outcome of the Super Bowl. I don’t have to talk to her on the phone anymore. To have her at games, I don’t have to think no more, wish she was at the game.
Sanders said Wednesday that while he thinks Norman is a good player, he suggested Norman was a media creation.
Thomas will give his mother the ball once he collects signatures from his teammates at her request.
Each day of Super Bowl week, BroncosTV will produce and live stream to DenverBroncos.com a half-hour program featuring Super Bowl discussion and analysis by a team of Broncos insiders, plus interviews with players and coaches and practice footage.
Thomas spoke openly about his excitement in seeing Smith this week; she’s scheduled to arrive in the Bay Area on Thursday. “They’re deserving because of the success we’ve had as an organization, the excellence they showed as players, and I hope it happens for all of the guys”.
“It was wonderful. I was saying to myself, ‘She’s finally free, ‘” Thomas said.
Fellow Broncos receiver Emmanuel Sanders has been a source of support for him.
“After the last Super Bowl, she just said ‘Keep your head up”.
He had no idea who would play in the Super Bowl, but told the Make-A-Wish Foundation his wish hadn’t changed.
He will be cheered on at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara by “the five closest people in my heart”, he said. Beyond it being a longer trip than a typical one-night away game, there are more players on the move (the whole practice squad and all injured reserve players travel too), and Newman has to help faciliate friends and family getting to the Big Game. “I know Peyton is completely about this team and winning this for the team. I allowed myself to beat myself and beat my team, and that was criminal”.
“She’s a woman full of joy”, Thomas said.
Bronco fans might have tacked on a few more for Thomas. “Whether it was racing or playing basketball, we always competed”. It drew me to him in the same way knowledge draws some of my brothers in to me. It wasn’t just the media regularly seeking a fresh update to the feel-good story.

African confederation backs Sheikh Salman in Federation Internationale de Football Association election


Africa, the largest of FIFA’s continental confederations with 54 voting countries, is seen as the bloc that could clinch the vote for one of them.

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) agreed to support the Bahraini’s bid to succeed Sepp Blatter as president of world governing body FIFA in an election in Zurich later this month.
The Spanish FA is the latest to offer their backing to Gianni Infantino ahead of the Federation Internationale de Football Association presidential elections on February 26.
Four candidates, Gianni Infantino, Sheikh Salman of Bahrain, Jerome Champagne and Tokyo Sexwale, are in Kigali to campaign. Prince Ali had decided against traveling, his campaign team said.
The decision is a blow to the hopes of South African candidate Tokyo Sexwale, who had been aiming to get the support of his own continent but has recently been under pressure to withdraw.
CAF second vice-president Almamy Kabele Camara said the decision to support the 50-year-old Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president had been reached “unanimously” at the meeting during the African Nations Championship tournament in Kigali.
Infantino has campaigned widely in Africa, posting regularly on social media as he watched worldwide games in countries like Madagascar and Senegal, caught a flight and took selfies with the Gabon team, and when he met last month with Rwandan President Paul Kagame.
Sexwale, an apartheid-era political prisoner who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela, recognised that possibility when he said in a radio interview last week that he would like to see FIFA’s next president be “an African or an Asian”.
“Naturally I am confident I now have a reasonably strong position to work from with such support”, added Salman.
The other candidate is former FIFA Vice president Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan. “Who can prevent us from doing this?” he said.
But in a compromise that saved Sexwale from an embarrassing exit from the race‚ the former Gauteng premier was allowed to stay on as a candidate when Safa made a decision to leave his fate in the hands of the Confederation of African Football (Caf).
Sexwale didn’t comment to an AP reporter at Serena Hotel as he rushed to a meeting.
“I will speak to you later”, he said, “when I am more settled”.

World Health Organization advises against blood donations from people returning from Zika areas

Though Zika causes mild symptoms it can cause devastating birth defects in the unborn babies of pregnant women who contract the disease. Many of those tests will be administered to pregnant women and new mothers – among those most susceptible to Zika infection – who recently traveled overseas to affected areas. A rainy, humid winter already had mosquito control officials on alert statewide and door-to-door inspections have been increased in neighborhoods where 12 Zika cases have been reported, all from people who have traveled overseas.

The disease has been linked to the neurological disorder known as microcephaly, which causes babies to be born with abnormally small heads, and Guillain-Barre, a rare syndrome that causes the immune system to damage nerve cells, leading to muscle weakness and even paralysis.
In Britain, the National Health Service Blood and Transplant agency has said that from Thursday, anyone returning from Zika-affected countries would be made to wait 28 days before being allowed to donate blood, as a “precautionary measure”.
An outbreak in Latin America triggered warnings this week from the World Health Organization and the CDC for pregnant woman not to travel to the countries affected.
“When people come together for mass gatherings like the Olympic Games, if there is an epidemic going on, when they go back to their countries, they may bring back something other than a souvenir”, says Besser. He emphasized that the four new possible cases are all among travelers.
Thompson described the virus as being “contained” locally.
“I don’t know that [Brazil is] up to doing the Olympics and epidemic control at the same time”, says Arthur Caplan with New York University.
The kind of mosquito that spreads Zika is found along the southern states, so experts think it’s likely the pests may end up spreading the virus there. Since 2007 there have been more than two dozen cases diagnosed in the United States all travellers who are believed to have caught it overseas.
Officials fear mosquitoes carrying the disease could soon be breeding the warm, moist waters of American coastal states.
“We need to practice that now”, Thompson said.
On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the explosive spread of the virus in the Americas is an “extraordinary event” that constitutes an worldwide public health emergency.

FGM: 70 million more victims than previously thought


The researchers found the practice was particularly common in Indonesia, where 60 million women and girls have had the procedure done, based on a national survey.

Since 2008, more than 15,000 communities have abandoned FGM including 2,000 past year alone.
International Day for Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a yearly event which aims to raise awareness of FGM and promote its eradication. The report gives a lot of details on the geographical distribution of young victims all around the world.
NY Times reported that, the addition of Indonesia is largely responsible for raising the global tally of women and girls who have undergone the practice to 200 million from 130 million, and the number of countries where it is concentrated to 30 from 29.
“While we believe the majority of FGM cases take place outside this country, this is an under-reported crime and we know it happens here in the United Kingdom and in South Yorkshire”.
The fifth SDG, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”, specifically calls for the end of “all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere” and the elimination of “all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilations”. “If current trends continue the number of girls and women subjected to FGM will increase significantly over the next 15 years“.
Plan UK chief executive Tanya Barron said the full scale of FGM in England had been hidden until now.
“There is now have an established process in place that allows regulated health and social care professionals and teachers to complete their obligations of mandatory reporting of “known” cases of FGM in under 18s which they identify in the course of their professional work directly to the police”. In every case FGM violates the rights of girls and women.
Five countries have passed laws criminalizing the practice, Kenya, Uganda, Guinea-Bissau and recently Nigeria and Gambia in 2015.
However, despite the remarkable gains, the progress cannot keep up with the population growth, according to Cappa.
UNICEF, with UNFPA, co-leads the largest global programme towards the elimination of FGM. “We must all accelerate efforts – governments, health professionals, community leaders, parents and families – to eliminate the practice”.
Some 5,484 instances of the “brutal” and potentially lethal practice were reported from October 2014 to September 2015, and experts say many other victims go unreported.
“In Yemen, 85 percent of girls experienced the practice within their first week of life, ” the report said.
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Japanese Airlines To Alter Routes To Avoid North Korea Missile


Previously, North Korea has released a few video clips criticizing social developments in South Korea, such as the dissolution of a minority progressive party, the increasing suicide rate, labor reform and the “humiliating” agreement with Japan regarding so-called Comfort Women. The multiple-rocket launchers have a range of 20 kilometers (12.4 miles); North Korea used them to shell Yeonpyeong Island in November 2010. South Korea warned on Wednesday of “searing” consequences if North Korea doesn’t abandon plans to launch a long-range rocket that critics call a banned test of ballistic missile technology.

However, if North Korea insists on pushing ahead, “there will be no reason for China to persuade other countries to mitigate the sanctions”, Jin said. It said coverings obscured whether a space-launch vehicle was present on the pad.
Japanese and South Korean airlines are altering some flight paths to avoid possible falling rocket parts after North Korea said it planned to launch a satellite.
Nevertheless, Jeff Kingston, director of Asian Studies at the Japan campus of Temple University, says that North Korea “hasn’t been an entirely innocent actor down the years by any means”.
Obama and Xi also said they would coordinate efforts to respond to North Korea’s nuclear test last month and said they would not accept North Korea as a nuclear weapon state.
There are questions, however, over whether any sanctions will force real change in the North because China, the North’s last major ally and a veto-wielding UN Security Council member, is reluctant to join in any harsh punishment against the North. The headline on the screen reads “North Korea plans to launch a missile”.
South Korean President Park Geun-Hye said on Thursday a rocket launch by Pyongyang following “its nuclear test is a threat to peace on the Korean peninsula and to the world, and should never be tolerated”.
Meanwhile, Japan’s two biggest airlines said they plan to change some of their routes.
Scientists from the Korea Meteorological Administration point at the screen showing seismic waves near Seoul, South Korea, caused by a North Korean hydrogen bomb test on January 6, 2016.
Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani said the country will shoot down any missile that could potentially fall on Japan, while Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch a “serious provocation”.
North Korea has spent decades trying to develop operational nuclear weapons along with missiles capable of striking the mainland United States.
North Korea’s launch of a long-range rocket is seen as another sign of disrespect towards its chief.
North Korea, an autocracy run by the same family since 1948, is estimated to have a handful of crude nuclear devices and a larger number of short- and medium-range missiles.