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Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

Princess Latifa urges UK police to reopen sister’s kidnap case

World
SUPPLIEDPrincess Latifa, the captive daughter of Dubai's ruler, has appealed to UK police to re-investigate the kidnap of her older sister from a Cambridge street more than 20 years ago.In a letter shared with the BBC, Latifa tells Cambridgeshire police this could help free Princess Shamsa, who was captured on the orders of their father. Shamsa, who was just 18 then and is now 39, has not been seen in public since.The government of Dubai has not responded to BBC requests for comment.A High Court judge ruled in 2019, that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum had abducted both daughters and held them against their will. Last week BBC Panorama broadcast shocking videos Latifa had secretly recorded on a phone she had been given, in which she described how she was being held "hostage" by h...
Italy’s president, pope mark year anniversary of first Italian COVID-19 case

Italy’s president, pope mark year anniversary of first Italian COVID-19 case

World
Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Italy's President Sergio Mattarella and Pope France marked the one-year anniversary of the first Italian COVID-19 case by honoring health workers. The first Italian COVID-19 case was identified in Lombardy on Feb. 20, 2020 in a 38-year-old man, a research article shows. Two tourists from China had tested positive in Rome on Jan. 30. A few days after the first Italian tested positive, additional cases popped up in the surrounding area, and soon other cases, mostly in the northern area. Areas in Lombardy and Veneto went into lockdown first and by March 8 lockdowns began nationwide. Advertisement Mattarella announced the creation of a National Day to honor "health, social welfare and volunteer personnel," in a message Saturday to the President of the National Federation of O...
PMLA case: Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar gets bail

PMLA case: Former ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar gets bail

Finance
Mumbai: Former ICICI Bank CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar was granted bail by a special PMLA court here on Fridayin connection with the ICICI Bank-Videocon money laundering case. The special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had on January 30 summoned Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot and other accused in the case after taking cognisance of the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) charge sheet.Let's block ads! (Why?) Banking/Finance-Industry-Economic Times
PMLA case: Kochhars, Venugopal Dhoot told to appear in court on February 12

PMLA case: Kochhars, Venugopal Dhoot told to appear in court on February 12

Finance
Mumbai: A special PMLA court in Mumbai on Saturday issued summons to former ICICI Bank managing director Chanda Kochhar and other accused after taking cognizance of the charge sheet filed against them by the Enforcement Directorate in a money laundering case and asked them to appear before court on February 12. The ED filed its first charge sheet against Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot on money laundering charges in November. Special PMLA Judge AA Nandgoankar took cognisance of the complaint filed by ED on Saturday and directed all the accused to remain present before it on February 12. The ED had filed a money laundering case against the Kochhars, Dhoot and others for "illegal sanctioning of loans amounting to Rs 1,875 crore to the Videoc...
The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

The Latest: New Zealand reports 1st community case in months

Health
WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand has reported its first coronavirus case outside of a quarantine facility in more than two months, although there was no immediate evidence the virus was spreading in the community.Director-General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said Sunday the case was a 56-year-old woman who recently returned from Europe.Like other returning travelers, she spent 14 days in quarantine and twice tested negative before being returning home on Jan. 13. She later developed symptoms and tested positive.He said health officials will conduct genome testing but are working under the assumption that the case is a more transmissible variant of the virus.He said they are investigating to see whether its possible she caught the disease from another returning traveler who was staying ...