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Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence amid sexual harassment accusations

Harvey Weinstein to take leave of absence amid sexual harassment accusations

Entertainment
Oct. 5 (UPI) --Harvey Weinstein said Thursday he's taking a leave of absence from his production company after an investigative report laid out years of sexual harassment allegations against the film executive.The New York Times detailed multiple accusations, including one from actor Ashley Judd, who said Weinstein asked her to give him a massage or watch him shower in a Beverly Hills, Calif., hotel room."How do I get out of the room as fast as possible without alienating Harvey Weinstein?" she said she thought during the incident 20 years ago.Other former employees of Weinstein Co. and Weinstein's former company, Miramax, made similar allegations. The Times viewed documents indicating he settled with at least eight of his accusers.Weinstein, 65, issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times...
Monarch gets lifeline amid last-ditch survival talks

Monarch gets lifeline amid last-ditch survival talks

Business
Monarch has been granted a 24-hour extension to its tour operator's licence.Britain's fifth-biggest airline had a deadline of midnight on Saturday before its Air Travel Organiser's Licence (ATOL) expired.It follows a report by Sky's City Editor Mark Kleinman that Monarch's future was hanging by a thread as the company held emergency talks with regulators.This is the third time Monarch has been handed a temporary extension in four years, and sources had said that the operator's travel subsidiary was likely to be placed into administration within days if a further extension was not secured.It would have left 100,000 Monarch customers facing uncertainty about their journey back to the UK.The Civil Aviation Authority said: "We can confirm that ATOL protection will remain available for eligible...
Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

Mumbai railway station stampede kills 22 amid heavy rain

World
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceA stampede at a Mumbai railway station during the morning rush hour has left 22 people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials report.The incident at Elphinstone station, which connects two of the city's major local lines, was triggered by overcrowding and heavy rain, they said.The injured have been taken to a nearby hospital and senior railway officials are at the scene.The stampede was on a footbridge leading to the station.Railway spokesman Anil Saxena told reporters the covered bridge had been busy as large numbers of passengers who had been taking shelter from heavy rain tried to leave the station at the same time as other passengers."There was a huge crowd on the FOB [foot overbridge]. Everybody tried to leave at once and it appeared on...
Aldi reports record sales but profits drop amid price war

Aldi reports record sales but profits drop amid price war

Business
Aldi has reported record sales in the UK and Ireland for last year but its profits have fallen sharply amid a fierce price war among supermarkets.The German discounter said sales rose 13.5% to £8.7bn in 2016, but operating profit dropped 17%.The chain blamed the fall on its "continued investment in prices and infrastructure".Aldi chief executive Matthew Barnes said its strategy was to offer "the lowest prices in Britain"."We're doing everything we can to insulate customers from those cost increases, making sure our prices are the lowest in the UK, every day of the year," he said. Aldi, which currently has 726 stores in the UK, said it planned to open a further 70 this year and would invest a further £459m.The German chain currently has a 6.9% share of the market, according to the latest in
Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

Rohingya wait in no man's land amid landmine fears

World
A small muddy creek separates the two neighbours. On one side Myanmar. On the other Bangladesh. Between the two is what is known as no man's land, a buffer zone. Caught inside are thousands of Rohingya refugees.Armed Bangladesh border guards regularly patrol the strip, trying to stem the exodus of refugees.Image:Guards are stopping the Rohingya from entering BangladeshImage:Only children are allowed to cross the creek in order to get clean drinking waterSmall children navigate through the murky brown water carrying heavy vessels of clean water. They are the only ones who are allowed to cross the boundary.Hussein Ahmed is given permission to wade across the stream to speak to us.He is a 39-year-old farmer. He looks 15-20 years older. Wiry framed and hollow-eyed. It is obvious that he has su...