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Tears, despair and shattered hopes : The families torn apart by Trump’s travel ban

Five-year-old Gamila Almansoob has asked the same question for years: “When are we going to daddy?” Each time, the Yemeni girl’s mother gives the same reply: “When we get the paperwork.” Gamila’s father, Ramy Almansoob, a US citizen, moved to Virginia in 2015 with the hopes that his wife and three daughters could soon follow and escape their war-torn home country. After a lengthy vetting process, the visas ...

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Two heterosexual Irish men marry to avoid inheritance tax on house

Two Irish men have married in Dublin to avoid paying €50,000 inheritance tax on a house. Best friends Matt Murphy and Michael O’Sullivan are both heterosexual, but decided to get married when they discovered how much tax would have to be paid on the house Murphy, 83, intended to leave in his will to O’Sullivan, 58, who is his carer. “I’ve known Matty for 30 years. We became very friendly after my second rel ...

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Should you be worried about this year’s ‘spider invasion’?

’Tis the season when our lives become festooned with spiders. The humungous webs of plump orb-weaver spiders block our path outside, while indoors we are greeted by amorous male house spiders, which are not seeking to terrify us but simply searching for a mate. Some experts suggest this year’s warm summer will produce a bumper crop, although “invasions” of “sex-crazed” spiders are recycled every autumn by m ...

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South Korean seaside : Moon Hoon brings colorful ‘fantasy’ villa

South Korean architect Moon Hoon walks through his newest project with a sense of mischief. Tracing the bright yellow lines with his finger, he says, "Architecture has been about reality, but also about fantasy." That's exactly what he set out to accomplish with his Pumda Pool Villa in the sleepy southern seaside town of Namhae, South Korea. Stacked and staggered, the villas mimic the surrounding rice terra ...

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We would rather die than stay there !

On the hilltops of Tarifa, the Spanish city that faces Morocco across the Strait of Gibraltar and mainland Europe’s southernmost point, gusts of wind power the turbines dotting the landscape. For the surfers who pack the city’s hotels, the wind is a welcome sign of challenging waves. But for the Spanish coastguard and NGOs, the gusts are a warning that the record numbers of migrants and refugees attempting ...

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Trial will end very soon : Rezaur Rahman

On the eve of the 13th anniversary of the Aug 21 grenade attack, the State’s chief counsel in the two cases over the carnage says the trial will end ‘very soon’. Speaking to visionnews24.com on Sunday, Syed Rezaur Rahman said 12 of the 20 defence witnesses have testified in court. The court will start hearing the arguments after the end of testimony and then it will deliver the verdict. Rezaur, a member of ...

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Diana tapes reveal Queen’s reply to her sobbing plea over loveless marriage

Intimate revelations – direct from the mouth of Diana, Princess of Wales –about her courtship and married life to Prince Charles are to be aired on British television next month after years of dispute about the recordings. Speaking to a video camera four years before her death, Diana will tell of Charles’s early unexpected attempts to woo her as a teenager and of the sorrow that enveloped her soon after her ...

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Day-long solo photography exhibition of Ahamed Nurul Hasan Sakkhor held at Barisal

  Our Correspondent. Barisal A day-long photography exhibition captioned as ' I See, Eye See’ of Ahamed Nurul Hasan Sakkhor held at Barisal Reporters Unity on Saturday. Prof. Muhammad Ziaul Haque, chairman of Barisal Education Board inaugurated the exhibition. The inaugural ceremony was presided over by out going BRU president Anisur Rahaman Swapan. Prodip Kumar Ghosh Putul freedom fighter, Nurul Alam ...

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Glitz, glamour and tragedy!

Gianni Versace changed fashion. Plenty of designers change fashion – a gamechanging hemline here, a much-copied dress there – but not like him. Versace transformed what fashion meant. He put fashion in the middle of a new celebrity solar system and clothes at the centre of popular culture. This change was already in the air 20 years ago, on the July morning when the 50-year-old designer was shot. But it was ...

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Why child domestic workers are prime victims

The photo of a battered young maid with black eyes swollen to the extreme shook the conscience of those who saw it circulating on social media the past week (“Tortured domestic help moved to Dhaka CMH”, The Daily Star, July 4, 2017). The child was identified as 11-year-old Sabina Akhter from Tangail district, who was working as a maid in an army officer's house for the last six months in the capital's Mirpu ...

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