India court orders cinemas to play national anthem

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Indian cinema theatres must play the national anthem before each film screening, India’s Supreme Court ordered on Wednesday, according to lawyers linked to the case.

The order comes amid a debate in the country about the rise of aggressive nationalism in India under the Hindu-right wing Bharatiya Janata Party government.

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South Korean President offers to resign

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Embattled South Korean President Park Geun Hye on Tuesday said she was prepared to resign, but would let the parliament decide on her exact political fate.

Speaking in a televised address in Seoul, Ms. Park added that she would be prepared to let the lawmakers decide how long she should remain in office, if necessary.

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Nine Philippine troops including president’s guards hit by blast

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Nine members of the military were wounded, including seven from the country’s elite Presidential Security Group (PSG), in a roadside explosion in southern Philippines on Tuesday.

Military spokesman Restituto Padilla said the attack occurred in Marawi City in Lanao del Sur province.

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Plane carrying football team crashes

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A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian first division football team heading to Colombia, has crashed on its way to Medellin’s international airport.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the team was going to Colombia for a regional tournament final.

Aviation authorities said there are however reports of at least six survivors.

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Former Cuban leader, Fidel Castro, dies

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Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States is dead.

Mr. Castro, who for five decades defied U.S. efforts to topple him, died on Friday at the age of 90, state-run Cuban Television said.

Mr. Castro had been in poor health since an intestinal ailment nearly killed him in 2006 and he formally ceded power to his younger brother, Raul, two years later.

It was Raul who announced his brother died on Friday evening.

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Trump Election: Wisconsin Elections Commission ready for recount of presidential votes

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A request for a recount of Wisconsin’s presidential vote was on Friday filed with the Wisconsin Elections Commission in Madison, commencing processes for the recount of the November 8 presidential votes in the state.

Wisconsin Elections Commission administrator, Mike Haas, confirmed on Friday that the commission received the recount petitions by Green Party’s presidential nominee in the election, Jill Stein.

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Two dead, 4 injured in U.S. Thanksgiving Day shooting

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Two persons were killed and four were injured in a shooting at a Thanksgiving Day football tournament in Kentucky on Thursday.

The shooting occurred at Shawnee Park, where a youth football tournament called the Juice Bowl is held every year on Thanksgiving Day.

Louisville Metro Police said officers responded to a call of multiple shootings at Shawnee Park on Thursday afternoon.

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U.S. Green Party files for votes recount, raises $4.5 million

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The Green party candidate in the U.S. presidential election, Jill Stein, has announced that the party would file for a recount of votes in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.

Ms. Stein, who suspected electoral fraud in the election, said the recount would check the accuracy of the machine-counted vote tallies in these states in order to ensure the integrity of the election.

The Stein/Baraka Green Party Campaign launched the votes recount funding effort on Wednesday.

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Boyz II Men’s Shawn Stockman apologises for infidelity

Shawn Stockman, one of the prominent members of the American award-winning vocal group, Boyz II Men, aired his dirty line

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n in public when he apologised to his wife and fans for infidelity on Instagram.

Stockman, who has been married to Sharonda Jones for 15 years, shared a heartfelt video with his 48,000 Instagram followers and sought for their forgiveness.

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EU Parliament wants freeze of Turkey membership talks

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The European Parliament has voted overwhelmingly in favour of freezing the EU’s membership negotiations with Turkey.

Of the 623 lawmakers present for Thursday’s vote in Strasbourg, France, 479 were in favour, 37 against and 107 abstained.

The non-binding vote has no legal impact on the talks, but it sends a strong political signal to Ankara and puts pressure on the European Commission, which is leading the negotiations.

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