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Harvard University chief Claudine Gay quits, cites personal threats and ‘racial animus’ in resignation letter
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Harvard University chief Claudine Gay quits, cites personal threats and ‘racial animus’ in resignation letter

Gay was engulfed by scandal after she declined to say unequivocally whether calling for genocide of Jews violated Harvard’s code of conduct, during testimony to Congress alongside the heads of MIT and the University of Pennsylvania last month

Gaza war spreads to Beirut with killing of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri
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Gaza war spreads to Beirut with killing of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Arouri

Lebanon’s heavily armed Hezbollah, a Hamas ally, has been exchanging near-daily fire with Israel across Lebanon's southern border since the war in Gaza began in October

China calls on Taiwan's people to promote 'peaceful reunification'
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China calls on Taiwan's people to promote 'peaceful reunification'

China has offered Taiwan a 'one country, two systems' model of autonomy, but no mainstream Taiwanese party supports that idea

South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung stabbed in neck
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South Korean opposition leader Lee Jae-myung stabbed in neck

According to video from South Korean media stations, Lee was struck in the neck by a guy who lunged at him as he was strolling among a group of journalists after seeing the proposed location of a new airport

China-backed fintech firms in India face fresh ED raids in money laundering probe
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China-backed fintech firms in India face fresh ED raids in money laundering probe

The recent raid on certain fintech firms that are believed to be backed by China led to the discovery of certain firms using "dummy" directors and local subscribers to operate on behalf of Chinese entities within India

Japan probes Tokyo crash as concerns over runway safety mount
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Japan probes Tokyo crash as concerns over runway safety mount

All 379 people aboard a Japan Airlines plane escaped after a collision with a De Havilland Dash-8 Coast Guard turboprop that killed five of six crew on the smaller aircraft. Experts have cautioned it is too early to pinpoint a cause and said most accidents are caused by a cocktail of factors

‘You have blood on your hands’: Israel thrashes WHO after US media reports Al-Shifa hospital was Hamas military base
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‘You have blood on your hands’: Israel thrashes WHO after US media reports Al-Shifa hospital was Hamas military base

A NYT report cited an American intelligence official claiming that the US continued to believe that Al-Shifa hospital was used by Hamas as command and control centre and for storing arms and ammunition for terror activities

How Japan Airlines crew helped save lives of 367 flyers as jet burst into flames
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How Japan Airlines crew helped save lives of 367 flyers as jet burst into flames

All 367 passengers, including eight children, evacuated safely as flames erupted on a Japan Airlines flight after it collided with a smaller Coast Guard plane. Experts have praised the crew doing an 'incredible job' and pulling off a great escape

‘Ready for any scenario’: Israel dares detractors after scalping Hamas dy chief Saleh al-Aruri even as Lebanon fumes
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‘Ready for any scenario’: Israel dares detractors after scalping Hamas dy chief Saleh al-Aruri even as Lebanon fumes

Saleh al-Aruri was believed to have played a major role in the 7 October attacks; shortly before the attacks, he had met with Hassan Nasrallah, the Hezbollah leader, to discuss strategies

How Sheikh Hasina's life and politics has shaped Bangladesh
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How Sheikh Hasina's life and politics has shaped Bangladesh

Ahead of the vote, Hasina has flaunted some of her signature achievements, such as Dhaka’s metro and the country’s longest bridge, which she inaugurated in 2021. She has cast herself as the leader of an impoverished nation aspiring to become an upper-middle-income country by 2031

ISIS trying to establish foothold in Pakistan, Ministry of Interior tells Senate
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ISIS trying to establish foothold in Pakistan, Ministry of Interior tells Senate

Pakistan's Interior Ministry has said that Pakistan, which is currently grappling with a significant influx of Tehreek-i-Taliban terrorists in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, is also facing threat of the Islamic State (ISIS), which is making efforts to establish a presence

Bangladesh Elections 2024: Armed forces deployed nationwide ahead of 7 January polls
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Bangladesh Elections 2024: Armed forces deployed nationwide ahead of 7 January polls

Bangladesh polls 2024: Armed forces in the country will remain on field duty for eight days from 3-10 January as per Section 126 of the constitution's 'In Aid to the Civil Power'

China’s BYD to reward dealers with gifts worth 2 billion Yuan for hitting sales target, beating Tesla
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China’s BYD to reward dealers with gifts worth 2 billion Yuan for hitting sales target, beating Tesla

Dealers who were able to hit their sales target will be rewarded with 666 yuan or roughly $93 for each car they sold. Given that BYD sold over 3 million EVs and hybrids, it is expected to out over 2 billion yuan, or roughly $281.7 million

South Korea: Police raids of man who stabbed opposition leader in the neck
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South Korea: Police raids of man who stabbed opposition leader in the neck

The suspect was detained by police immediately after the attack. Police said he told investigators he attempted to kill Lee and that he had plotted his attack alone, but his motive is unknown

Elon Musk’s X does a U-turn, starts showing headlines in news articles posted on platform
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Elon Musk’s X does a U-turn, starts showing headlines in news articles posted on platform

Elon Musk had earlier decided to remove headlines from posts with links to other websites, saying that it would make the platform look and feel more beautiful and aesthetic. However, just months after removing headlines, the platform was forced to reverse its decision

Harvard president quits: The controversial term of Claudine Gay
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Harvard president quits: The controversial term of Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay, the president of Harvard University, has announced her resignation, making her tenure the shortest in the history of the institution. Her term has been riddled with controversy – from her handling of the antisemitic speeches on campus to allegations of plagiarism in her papers

Now a gang-rape in metaverse: How sexual predators roam free in the virtual world
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Now a gang-rape in metaverse: How sexual predators roam free in the virtual world

A UK teenager, under 16, was sexually attacked by a gang of strangers in the metaverse in a virtual reality video game. The police are now investigating the case, the first virtual sexual offence in the country. However, sexual assault is not rare in the virtual world

Apple in trouble, $100 bn wiped off from market cap after stock downgrade by Barclays
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Apple in trouble, $100 bn wiped off from market cap after stock downgrade by Barclays

Apple's stock fell by 3.6 per cent after Barclays downgraded their stock. This downgrade led to $107 billion to be wiped off from Apple's market cap. This is one of the sharpest dips that Apple has seen in recent months

Hong Kong: Foreign figures dispute accusations made during Jimmy Lai's security trial
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Hong Kong: Foreign figures dispute accusations made during Jimmy Lai's security trial

A conspiracy to publish seditious publications is another charge brought against him. Before the trial opened, a supporter shouted "hang in there" to Lai, as he sat inside a glass dock surrounded by prison guards

3 months in war with Hamas, Netanyahu's popularity plummets; Israelis don't want him as PM after conflict ends
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3 months in war with Hamas, Netanyahu's popularity plummets; Israelis don't want him as PM after conflict ends

Only 15 per cent of Israelis are in favour of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stay in office after the war on Hamas ends, found a survey conducted by the Israel Democracy Institute