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18/02/2019 06:15:31  

Four Indian soldiers and civilian killed amid hunt for those behind recent bombing

Four Indian soldiers and a civilian have been killed in a firefight in disputed Kashmir, a police official has said, as India launched a hunt for suspected members of an Islamist militant group that killed 44 Indian paramilitary police last week.

A police spokesman in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir said Indian troops had cordoned off Pinglan village in Kashmir’s Pulwama district, where a suicide bomber rammed into a convoy of paramilitary police on Thursday.

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18/02/2019 06:15:28  

Vatican under pressure to show it is serious about dealing with crisis at Rome meeting

More than 100 senior Roman Catholic bishops from around the world will gather in Rome this week for a summit Pope Francis has called to address clerical sexual abuse – the most serious crisis in the church since the Reformation, according to a Catholic historian.

The Vatican has sought to downplay expectations surrounding the four-day meeting, which begins on Thursday. But survivors and advocacy groups say it must deliver clear outcomes if it is to begin to restore the church’s damaged credibility on the issue and avoid being seen as a talking shop.

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18/02/2019 06:14:55  

Yes, we're all overwhelmed with email. One recent survey suggested that the average American's inbox has 199 unread messages. But volume isn't an excuse for not replying. Ignoring email is an act of incivility, reads an opinion piece. From the story: "I'm too busy to answer your email" really means "Your email is not a priority for me right now." That's a popular justification for neglecting your inbox: It's full of other people's priorities. But there's a growing body of evidence that if you care about being good at your job, your inbox should be a priority. When researchers compiled a huge database of the digital habits of teams at Microsoft, they found that the clearest warning sign of an ineffective manager was being slow to answer emails. Responding in a timely manner shows that you are conscientious -- organized, dependable and hardworking. And that matters. In a comprehensive analysis of people in hundreds of occupations, conscientiousness was the single best personality predictor of job performance. (It turns out that people who are rude online tend to be rude offline, too.) I'm not saying you have to answer every email. Your brain is not just sitting there waiting to be picked. If senders aren't considerate enough to do their homework and ask a question you're qualified to answer, you don't owe them anything back. How do you know if an email you've received -- or even more important, one you're considering writing -- doesn't deserve a response? After all, sending an inappropriate email can be as rude as ignoring a polite one. [...] Whatever boundaries you choose, don't abandon your inbox altogether. Not answering emails today is like refusing to take phone calls in the 1990s or ignoring letters in the 1950s. Email is not household clutter and you're not Marie Kondo. Ping!

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18/02/2019 06:11:51  

Burning Man has uninvited one "turnkey" camp to stem the flow of super rich "influencers" at the event.
18/02/2019 06:11:51  

A 68-year-old jailed for stealing fruit tells the BBC's 100 Women why she did it.
18/02/2019 06:11:48  

A man from Niger expelled from Israel has been stranded at an airport in Ethiopia since November.
18/02/2019 06:11:48  

Anthony Weiner, who was jailed for sending explicit texts to a minor, has been transferred to a halfway house.
18/02/2019 06:11:47  

India warns of rising communal tensions after the worst attack on soldiers in Kashmir for decades.
18/02/2019 06:11:39  

A witty backbench Labour MP who represented his Newport West constituency for over thirty years
18/02/2019 06:11:38  

Lara Rebecca, 18, says she knows the "darkest of the darkest" after recovering from her eating disorder.
18/02/2019 06:11:37  

England cruise to a 171-run win in their only warm-up match before the one-day series in the West Indies.
18/02/2019 06:11:36  

At least four MPs look likely to break away after criticising the leadership on Brexit and anti-Semitism.
18/02/2019 06:11:33  

BBC Earth aims to "place sustainable fashion at the heart" of London Fashion Week.
18/02/2019 06:11:25  

The huge investment comes as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman seeks to shore up Saudi's Asian allies.
18/02/2019 06:11:24  

UK intelligence chiefs reportedly conclude the Chinese tech giant Huawei can bid for telecoms projects.
18/02/2019 03:16:46  

US government said to have sounded out PM Shinzo Abe after Trump’s summit with Kim Jong-un last year

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe nominated Donald Trump for the Nobel peace prize late last year only after receiving a request from the US government to do so, the Asahi newspaper reported on Sunday.

The report follows Trump’s claim on Friday that Abe had nominated him for the coveted prize for opening talks and easing tensions with North Korea.

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18/02/2019 03:16:31  

Methodist bishop says ‘historic’ protest is first time since revolution that churches have agreed on a cause

More than 100 married couples dressed in their wedding clothes have gathered on the Malecón coastal boulevard to renew their wedding vows and protest against gay marriage being allowed in Cuba.

The protest is the latest in an unprecedented campaign by evangelical churches against elements of the island’s new constitution, which will be put to a referendum next Sunday.

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18/02/2019 03:16:26  

When the writer Peter Pomerantsev was a teenager, he was sent to a school that was part of the European Schools network, which counts Boris Johnson among its alumni. He discusses what the project can tell us about the EU. Plus: the Guardian’s UK technology editor, Alex Hern, on AI advancements

The writer Peter Pomerantsev was 15 when his parents moved to Germany and enrolled him at the European School in Munich. The schools were set up in 1956 with the aim of educating the students to be “in mind Europeans, schooled and ready to complete and consolidate the work of their fathers before them, to bring into being a united and thriving Europe”. One of the architects of Brexit, Boris Johnson, attended one of the schools, in Brussels.

Pomerantsev discusses with Anuskha Asthana his experiences at the school and what the project tells us about the EU. He wonders whether the school successfully promoted integration, or actually had the opposite effect.

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18/02/2019 03:12:58  

Thousands of men seeking luck have tussled to find two sacred sticks as part of an ancient Japanese festival.
18/02/2019 03:12:51  

Campaigners say retailers want fees to only apply to smaller containers, rather than all plastic bottles.
18/02/2019 03:12:47  

Visual effects supervisor Julian Foddy explains how they helped make the film.