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Anti-India clashes erupt after troops kill 3 Kashmir rebels

Anti-India clashes erupt after troops kill 3 Kashmir rebels

World
Anti-India clashes have erupted between government forces and residents of a village in disputed Kashmir following a gunbattle in which troops killed three suspected militantsByThe Associated PressApril 2, 2021, 10:16 AM• 2 min readSRINAGAR, India -- Anti-India clashes erupted between government forces and residents of a village in disputed Kashmir on Friday following a gunbattle in which troops killed three suspected militants, police and residents said.The gunfight erupted shortly after scores of counterinsurgency police and soldiers launched an operation based on a tip about the presence of militants in Kakpora village in southern Pulwama district, Inspector General Vijay Kumar said.Kumar said two of the three slain militants had been involved in fatally shooting a policeman gua...
Matthew McConaughey in talks for HBO ‘A Time to Kill’ sequel

Matthew McConaughey in talks for HBO ‘A Time to Kill’ sequel

Entertainment
March 18 (UPI) -- Matthew McConaughey is going to play Jake Brigance again. McConaughey will reprise his role from the movie A Time to Kill in the HBO series A Time for Mercy. Deadline and Variety both confirmed that HBO acquired the rights to the book. Deadline sources say McConaughey is in final negotiations while Variety reports he is attached to the show. Advertisement The 1996 film adaptation of John Grisham's book was McConaughey's first leading role in a movie. Grisham's sequel, A Time for Mercy published in 2020. The series marks McConaughey's return to HBO after True Detective. Deadline reports plans for a 10 episode limited run. Warner Brothers released the 1996 film. The studio and HBO are both subsidiaries of WarnerMedia. In A Time to Kill, Brigance was a struggling Mississipp...
HS2: Could the pandemic kill off the rail project?

HS2: Could the pandemic kill off the rail project?

Science
EPALeading environmental groups have joined the call from protesters tunnelling under London's Euston station to review HS2 in the light of the pandemic.The high-speed rail line was planned to accommodate increased passenger numbers over the coming decades, but experts forecast that the home-working revolution may permanently reduce UK travel demand. Now, the government says the main justification is that HS2 is part of a long-term infrastructure plan serving future needs.But the head of the Department for Transport has admitted it has no idea of future travel patterns nor passenger numbers.Objectors to the project - a high-speed rail link between London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds - fear that emissions from construction work will outweigh any carbon savings for decades.HS2 begins ev...
Flash floods triggered by rain kill 15 people in NW Pakistan

Flash floods triggered by rain kill 15 people in NW Pakistan

World
Pakistani officials say flash floods triggered by heavy rains have killed at least 15 people and damaged scores of homes in the scenic northwestern Swat ValleyBy RIAZ KHAN Associated PressSeptember 2, 2020, 10:14 AM• 2 min readPESHAWAR, Pakistan -- Flash floods triggered by heavy rains killed 15 people and damaged scores of houses in Pakistan's scenic northwestern Swat Valley, a spokesman said Wednesday, as rescuers assisted residents in the port city of Karachi where last week's rains wreaked havoc that killed dozens.The latest floods-related fatalities were reported from the Swat region, a popular tourist destination where landslides overnight blocked a key mountain road, stranding scores of tourists who were being evacuated, said Taimur Khan, spokesman for a disaster management agency i...
Christchurch shooting: Gunman Tarrant wanted to kill ‘as many as possible’

Christchurch shooting: Gunman Tarrant wanted to kill ‘as many as possible’

World
Media playback is unsupported on your device The man who killed 51 people at two mosques in New Zealand in 2019 had plans to target a third mosque, his sentencing hearing has heard.Brenton Tarrant also planned to burn down the mosques, wanting to "inflict as many fatalities as possible". The Australian has pleaded guilty to 51 counts of murder, 40 attempted murders and one charge of terrorism.Tarrant, 29, faces life in prison, possibly without parole - a sentence never before imposed in New Zealand.He was confronted by survivors and relatives of the victims in court on Monday."You gave yourself the authority to take the souls of 51 innocent people, their only crime - in your eyes - being Muslims," said Maysoon Salama, whose son Atta Elayyan wa...