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Tanzanian politicians, citizens quarrel over tax on wigs and hair extensions

Tanzanian politicians, citizens quarrel over tax on wigs and hair extensions

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A forthcoming tax on wigs and hair extensions is getting mixed reviews in Tanzania.As a fairly traditional country, Tanzania's beauty standards tend to gravitate towards natural hair, but wigs and extensions like those worn in Western culture are starting to become more popular.hilip Mpango, the country's finance minister, announced on Thursday that a 25 percent tax will be imposed on imported wigs and hair extensions beginning next month, as well as a 10 percent tax on those made locally, BBC reports.Supporters of the tax argue that it will increase revenue and encourage women to embrace their natural hair, but detractors say it feels like a punishment for women who want to change their looks.KENYA LAWMAKER ACCUSED OF SLAPPING FEMALE COLLEAGUE FACES ASSAULT CHARGE As a fairly traditi
Australian cult: The Family leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne dies

Australian cult: The Family leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne dies

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Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Hamilton-Byrne thought she was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ Australian cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne has died in Melbourne at the age of 98.Her cult, The Family, was accused of imprisoning and brainwashing children in the 1970s and 80s. Hamilton-Byrne thought she was a reincarnation of Jesus Christ and blended drug-taking with mysticism and Christianity.For most of the accusations against her, she never faced trial and suffered from dementia in her later years.Originally a yoga teacher, she founded the cult in the late 1960s; it operated for more than 20 years, until police raided its property in the state of Victoria in 1987.She and her husband Bill Byrne took children through adoptions,...
Oil tanker attack: Ship owner rubbishes torpedo attack ‘something came flying at the ship’ | World | News

Oil tanker attack: Ship owner rubbishes torpedo attack ‘something came flying at the ship’ | World | News

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The US blamed Iran for the attacking the Kokuka Courageous and another tanker, the Norwegian-owned Front Altair, on Thursday, but Tehran denied the allegations. The Norwegian ship was “suspected of being hit by a torpedo”, according to Taiwan’s state-owned petrol company and the US claimed it had video evidence of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard removing an unexploded mine from the side of the Japanese tanker.But Yutaka Katada, President of Kokuka Sangyo which owns the Japanese ship said there was no possibility the ship, carrying 25,000 tonnes of methanol, was hit by a torpedo.Mr Katada said: "The crew told us something came flying at the ship, and they found a hole. Then some crew witnessed the second shot."The crew saw an Iranian military ship in the vicinity on Thursday night Japan time,
Beijing walks a thin line as Hong Kong erupts at the worst possible time

Beijing walks a thin line as Hong Kong erupts at the worst possible time

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Facing a weakening economy, and with trade tensions with the United States at an all-time high, experts say Xi is under pressure to deliver on the enormous power he's amassed since coming to power in late 2012.Tens of thousands of mostly young protestors took to the streets again on Wednesday, temporarily shutting down Hong Kong's Legislative Council and surrounding streets, and forcing a delay in the proposed reading of the bill. At least 81 people were injured throughout the day, as an estimated 5,000 riot police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters. Experts say Beijing doesn't want to be seen to back down on the extradition law but can't afford to inflame matters with a serious crackdown. The dilemma has left the normally blunt Xi administration with a narrow line to walk ...

Bob Hawke memorial service: thousands gather to pay tribute to Labor’s greatest PM – politics live | Australia news

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2.13am BST02:13 Bob Hawke was declared Victoria’s “father of the year” in 1971, which his family found bemusing, given his drinking and flirtations were not exactly state secrets. But they have also spoken of the “gentleness” which covered him, in his later years. ABC News (@abcnews) "He wasn’t the perfect father, but he was very much a loving father. And he was loved in return by all of us,” @JezNews is joined on the steps of the Opera House by members of Bob Hawke's family. #bobhawke #auspol pic.twitter.com/WhxClHdi7x June 14, 2019 2.08am BST02:08 It looks like the ushers are trying to get everyone to take their seats ahead of the official memorial service, but everyone is having catchups. It will settle down soon. In the meantime, this from Gareth Evans
Unhappy at Twitter, thousands of Saudis crash pro-Trump social network

Unhappy at Twitter, thousands of Saudis crash pro-Trump social network

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A surge of about 200,000 users believed to be from Saudi Arabia who are frustrated at what they say is censorship by Twitter have helped crash the small social media network Parler, which styles itself as a “free speech-driven” space. A computer screenshot of social media site Parler shows a post from the company's official account as thousands of new users who said they were from Saudi Arabia joined the site, previously used mostly by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump, taken June 12, 2019. Parler via REUTERS The unexpected arrival of the new accounts since Sunday more than doubled the total number of Parler users and crippled some functions, CEO and co-founder John Matze told Reuters. The influx of users has created unusual bedfellows on Parler, which
‘We have the power to demand democracy’

‘We have the power to demand democracy’

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At dawn on Wednesday, thousands of young people gathered outside Hong Kong’s government complex, determined to stop what the adults had not.The city’s legislature was scheduled that morning to discuss an extradition plan that would make it easier to ship criminal suspects elsewhere, including mainland China. The bill has drawn the ire of residents, government opponents, religious groups, businesses, and international governments, all saying that such a law would endanger people critical of the Chinese government.Thousands of teenagers and college students, many wearing black clothes and sanitary masks, surged onto the city’s major highway during morning rush hour, aiming to thwart entrance to the legislature. Within hours they were joined by tens of thousands of people. The throng manag
Pictures From The Hong Kong Extradition Bill Protests Show Police Using Rubber Bullets And Tear Gas

Pictures From The Hong Kong Extradition Bill Protests Show Police Using Rubber Bullets And Tear Gas

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Demonstrators in Hong Kong protesting a proposed bill that would allow people to be extradited to mainland China have been faced with police using rubber bullets and tear gas.There were thousands of people outside the government headquarters in semiautonomous Hong Kong on Wednesday, as protesters managed to delay a debate over the bill. But the bill, which would allow criminal suspects in Hong Kong to be sent for trial on the mainland, is still expected to become law later this month.The proposed law has provoked the largest protests in Hong Kong since 1997, when it was returned to Chinese sovereignty by the United Kingdom, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets.While the protests have been largely peaceful up until this point, on Wednesday police also used...
India Heat Wave, Soaring Up to 123 Degrees, Has Killed at Least 36

India Heat Wave, Soaring Up to 123 Degrees, Has Killed at Least 36

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NEW DELHI — One of India’s longest and most intense heat waves in decades, with temperatures reaching 123 degrees, has claimed at least 36 lives, and the government has warned that the suffering might continue as the arrival of monsoon rains has been delayed.India’s heat waves have grown particularly intense in the past decade, killing thousands of people and affecting an increasing number of states. This year, the extreme temperatures have struck large parts of northern and central India, with Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra among the worst-hit states.Anup Kumar Srivastava, an expert at India’s National Disaster Management Authority, said the number of Indian states hit by heat waves had grown to 19 in 2018 from nine in 2015, and was expected to reach 23 this y
Philippine official seeks strong protest over boat sinking

Philippine official seeks strong protest over boat sinking

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MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine defense chief will recommend Manila file a strongly worded diplomatic protest after a fishing boat was hit in the disputed South China Sea by a suspected Chinese vessel that abandoned the 22 Filipino fishermen as their boat sank.Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana strongly condemned the sinking of the F/B Gimver 1 on Sunday due to the collision at Reed Bank off western Palawan province and the abandonment of its Filipino crew. A Vietnamese boat rescued them.Lorenzana told The Associated Press on Thursday, "A strongly worded diplomatic protest is in order" and added that the Filipino fishermen say the vessel that hit theirs was Chinese.The Philippine coast guard said Wednesday it was checking whether those involved were Chinese fishermen or from other
‘Balloon bomb’ launched from Gaza explodes in Israel, report says

‘Balloon bomb’ launched from Gaza explodes in Israel, report says

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A “balloon bomb” launched from the Gaza Strip reportedly exploded over a community in southern Israel on Wednesday, as tensions along the border escalated. The explosion, which did not cause any injuries or damage, came as Gazans have stepped up launches of balloon-born incendiary devices into Israel, The Times of Israel reported, citing government officials. A local government spokesperson told the outlet that the device detonated “near a community in the Eshkol region” and “residents reported a loud blast heard in the community."TRUMP LAMENTS NETANYAHU FAILURE TO FORM ISRAEL GOVERNMENT: 'IT'S TOO BAD'The explosion marked the first explosive attack of its kind from the Gaza Strip since an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire was reached following two days of intense fighting in early May, whic
Very Hungry Caterpillar still being devoured 50 years on

Very Hungry Caterpillar still being devoured 50 years on

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Image copyright Eric Carle Image caption Its 50 years since The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published "In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf." It's probably one of the most memorable opening lines in children's literature, and this month The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The best-selling book which tells the story of a ravenous caterpillar eating its way through the week was first published in June 1969 and has since been translated into 62 languages. Eric Carle, the New York born creator of the simple but everlasting tale, began writing children's books in his late 30s. From his home in the Florida Keys, Carle told the BBC why he thinks the story has endured for five decades. "For man...