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‘They threw me away so I would suffer as I died’: How rape is used as a weapon in Tigray conflict

‘They threw me away so I would suffer as I died’: How rape is used as a weapon in Tigray conflict

World
In the Ethiopian city of Adigrat, the general hospital may be the only thing that actually works in a community which now lacks all government-run services.The health facility's front door is firmly open and the wards are full. In fact, there are far more patients than beds, and we watched the staff treat gunshot wounds and shrapnel blasts and the after-effects of beatings in this war-ravaged corner of the Tigray region.The physical damage inflicted by this vicious conflict made a strong impression on our team but the trauma and distress was difficult to handle for there is so much pain in this dilapidated building.Warning: This article contains detailed descriptions of violent rape and other details some readers may find distressing Image: In t...
Muthoot Finance chairman MG George passes away

Muthoot Finance chairman MG George passes away

Finance
MG George Muthoot, the chairman of which is the largest gold loan NBFC in the country, passed away this evening in his New Delhi home after a fall, according to the family. The 71-year-old Muthoot was for long based in the National Capital even though his diversified group that runs over 20 businesses from gold loans to securities, realty estate to infrastructure, hospitals to hospitality and education, is headquartered in Kochi making it one of the largest business houses in the state. The company had not issued any statement till the filing of the story and its spokesperson could not be reached for confirmation. Mathai George George Muthoot was born in November 1949 in Kozhencherry in the present day Pathanamthitta district of Kerala as the son of M George Muthoot, who began the finan...

Op-ed: You’ve been asked to invest in a private venture. Here’s when to say ‘yes’ and when to walk away

Finance
Tetra Images | Tetra images | Getty ImagesA few years ago, I had a client tell me he invested in a fancy bowling alley — the new party hot spot in town. It's since shut down. Another client shared that he joined the board of a start-up and they're looking to raise capital. He wants to figure out the right dollar amount to invest.High-net-worth investors are approached often to put their money into a private company looking to grow. The offers come in all shapes and sizes: Small companies need capital to expand, start-ups often need several rounds of financing, and friends or family members with a "Shark Tank" type idea want to make a run at creating their dream.These investment ideas often sound exciting and exclusive and seem to hold the potential for much higher returns than a traditiona...

Record highs are justified because a booming economy is months away, market bull Ed Yardeni predicts

Finance
Long-time Wall Street bull Ed Yardeni believes the market's all-time highs are justified.Despite a record number of coronavirus cases and concerns surrounding the November jobs report, he maintains a "V"-shaped recovery is underway."I really wasn't that disappointed," the Yardeni Research president told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Friday. "Government had a drop of almost 100,000 [payrolls] because census workers just had part-time jobs. Excluding that, we were up over 300,000. Wages were up, and the workweek held up pretty well."According to Yardeni, the latest employment figures suggest the first quarter will avoid a double-dip recession. He predicts the economy will start booming by Spring when readily available vaccines result in pent-up demand for services that were avoided du...
Trump’s tweets ‘systematically divert media away from harmful topics’

Trump’s tweets ‘systematically divert media away from harmful topics’

Technology
Donald Trump's prolific tweeting masks a strategic use of the social media platform to divert the media from covering topics that are potentially harmful to him, according to new research.Behavioural scientists at the universities of Western Australia and Bristol have published a peer-reviewed paper into how the US president's messages on Twitter affect news coverage. The research follows Mr Trump's failure to be re-elected, something that he has responded to by repeatedly claiming on Twitter, without offering any evidence, that he has been the victim of electoral fraud. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player ...