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  1. YANGON: Bangladesh and Myanmar will start repatriating refugees in two months, Dhaka said Thursday, as global pressure mounts over a crisis that has forced more than 600,000 Rohingya to flee across the border. The United Nations says 620,000 Rohingya have arrived in Bangladesh since August to form the world's largest refugee camp after a military crackdown in Myanmar that Washington has said clearly constitutes "ethnic cleansing". The statement from Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is the strongest US condemnation yet of the crackdown, accusing Myanmar´s security forces of perpetrating "horrendous atrocities" against the group. Following talks between Myanmar's civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and Dhaka's Foreign Minister A.H. Mahmood Ali held after weeks of tussling over the terms of repatriation, the two sides inked a deal in Myanmar´s capital Naypyidaw on Thursday. In a brief statement, Dhaka said they had agreed to start returning the refugees to mainly Buddhist Myanmar in two months. It said that a working group would be set up within three weeks to agree with the arrangements for the repatriation. "This is a primary step. (They) will take back (Rohingya). Now we have to start working," Ali told reporters in Naypyidaw. Impoverished and overcrowded Bangladesh has won international praise for allowing the refugees into the country, but has imposed restrictions on their movements and said it does not want them to stay. Suu Kyi's office called Thursday's agreement a "win-win situation for both countries", saying the issue should be "resolved amicably through bilateral negotiations". However, it remains unclear how many Rohingya will be allowed back and how long the process will take. Rights groups have raised concerns about the process, including where the minority will be resettled after hundreds of their villages were razed, and how their safety will be ensured in a country where anti-Muslim sentiment is surging. 'Won't go back' The stateless Rohingya have been the target of communal violence and vicious anti-Muslim sentiment in mainly Buddhist Myanmar for years. They have also been systematically oppressed by the government, which stripped the minority of citizenship and severely restricts their movement, as well as their access to basic services. Tensions erupted into bouts of bloodshed in 2012 that pushed more than 100,000 Rohingya into grim displacement camps. Despite the squalid conditions in the overcrowded camps in Bangladesh, many of the refugees say they are reluctant to return to Myanmar unless they are granted full citizenship. "We won't go back to Myanmar unless all Rohingya are granted citizenship with full rights like any other Myanmar nationals," said Abdur Rahim, 52, who was a teacher at a government-run school in Buthidaung in Myanmar´s Rakhine state before fleeing across the border. "We won't return to any refugee camps in Rakhine," he told AFP in Bangladesh. The signing of the deal came ahead of a highly-anticipated visit to both nations from Pope Francis, who has been outspoken about his sympathy for the plight of the Rohingya. The latest unrest occurred after Rohingya rebels attacked police posts on August 25. The army backlash rained violence across northern Rakhine, with refugees recounting nightmarish scenes of soldiers and Buddhist mobs slaughtering villagers and burning down entire communities. The military denies all allegations but has restricted access to the conflict zone. Suu Kyi´s government has blocked visas for a UN-fact finding mission tasked with probing accusations of military abuse.
  2. TURBAT: As many as two insurgents were killed in a search operation at Turbat on Tuesday, informed security officials. A security official was also martyred in the operation. According to the sources, the Frontier Corps conducted a search operation on the information of presence of insurgents in the area. On their arrival at the site, the insurgents opened fire on the forces. In retaliatory fire, two militants were killed while an FC official embraced martyrdom. Three security personnel were also injured during the operation. On the suspicion of presence of insurgents, the security personnel are conducting search operations in the adjoining areas. Terrorist involved in murder of Turbat victims killed: ISPR ISPR said Younas Taukali, a top BLF commander, was involved in killing of 15 Punjab-based mein in Turbat, Balochistan Meanwhile, the army informed on November 17 that a terrorist involved in murdering 15 people in Turbat had been killed during an intelligence-based operation. Fifteen bullet-riddled bodies were recovered from the Buleda area of Kech district in Turbat, Balochistan last week. The victims hailed from various areas of Punjab. According to the Inter Services Public Relations, FC Balochistan conducted an operation near Alandur, Abdul Rehman village, Turbat. "As soon the troops cordoned the area, the terrorists opened fire. During the exchange of fire, terrorist Younas Taukali was killed," the ISPR said in its statement. The army has identified Taukali as one of the top eight commanders of the banned outfit Balochistan Liberation Front. Moreover, the army said Taukali was involved in laying IEDs for ambushing FC convoys and killing many civilians including, Rehmatullah Shohaz (founding member of Balochistan National Movement who later surrendered), Ghulam Jan (Lala Nazir's cousin), Akram Hayathuk, Habibullah Taher and Saddam
  3. Director George Clooney is interviewed at the premiere for "Suburbicon" in Los Angeles, California, US, October 22, 2017. Photo: Reuters LOS ANGELES: George Clooney will make his return to television in a serialised adaptation of ?Catch-22,? Paramount Television said on Thursday, nearly 20 years after he left hit show ?ER? to become one of film industry?s biggest names. Clooney will direct and star in the six-episode series, based on US author Joseph Heller?s darkly comedic 1961 novel ?Catch-22,? for Viacom Inc?s Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, shooting in early 2018, the studio said. The show has not yet been acquired by a network for distribution but is likely to draw eager bidders given Clooney?s involvement. ?Catch-22? follows a US soldier named Yossarian during World War Two, who is infuriated that his own army keeps raising the number of missions that a soldier must complete to be released from duty. Yossarian?s only way to avoid the missions is to declare insanity, but the only way to prove insanity is a willingness to embark on dangerous missions, thus creating the novel?s absurd ?catch-22.? Clooney, 56, will play Yossarian?s commander, Colonel Cathcart. No other cast has yet been announced. The actor?s move to television comes on the heels of Oscar-winning stars such as Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Julia Roberts, Robert De Niro and Michael Douglas, who have all taken on small screen projects in recent years. Clooney played Dr Doug Ross in the 1990's series, ER. Photo: NBC/Everett Collection More than 400 scripted TV shows are currently produced every year in the United States across traditional broadcast and cable networks and services such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and newcomer Apple, contributing to what many have said is ?a new golden age? of television.? Clooney broke out as an actor on television series such as ?The Facts of Life,? ?Roseanne? and as part of the original cast of medical drama ?ER? in 1994, playing Dr Doug Ross. He left ?ER? in 1999 and since then has carved a successful career with films such as the ?Ocean?s Eleven? franchise, ?Up in the Air? and ?Gravity.? He most recently directed and co-wrote Paramount Pictures? dark comedy-thriller ?Suburbicon.?
  4. KARACHI: At least two brothers were reported injured near Hassan Square area of Karachi after dacoits opened fire during an attempted robbery in the wee hours of Friday. According to eyewitnesses, the car met an accident before the firing incident occurred. The passenger opened fire on dacoits while resisting the attempted robbery, said an eyewitness. The injured were identified as brothers Ismail and Sohail. Both the injured were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. Police are further investigating the actual cause of firing, whether it was personal animosity or resistance to a robbery attempt.
  5. The US Capitol building is seen on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, January 28, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Bourg/Files WASHINGTON: Two US lawmakers stood accused of sexual harassment Tuesday, including one who allegedly exposed himself to a young staffer, amid mounting concern over abuse on Capitol Hill. With a broadening national spotlight on sexual misconduct in Hollywood, the media, and politics, Congress has begun to address the accusations of abuse and demands by some 1,500 former staffers that comprehensive reforms be instituted. The claims also come as conservative ex-judge Roy Moore, a candidate for US Senate, faces startling accusations by five women claiming he sexually assaulted or pursued them when they were teenagers in Alabama. House Democrat Jackie Speier, an advocate for an improved anti-harassment system in Congress, said she was aware of two sitting congressmen, a Republican and a Democrat she did not name, who "have engaged in sexual harassment". "I have had numerous meetings and phone calls with staff members, both present and former, women and men, who have been subjected to this inexcusable and often times illegal behavior," she told the House Administration Committee. She painted a picture of sexual predation on Capitol Hill, which included "victims having their private parts grabbed on the House floor." Her colleague, House Republican Barbara Comstock, told the panel of a young staffer who delivered documents to her lawmaker boss' residence and was greeted by the congressman, who was wearing only a towel. "At that point, he decided to expose himself. She left, and then she quit her job," Comstock said. "But that kind of situation ? what are we doing here for women right now who are dealing with somebody like that?" 'Deep concern' As for Moore, he has denied the allegations against him, but his support among mainstream Republicans has plummeted one month before the December 12 special election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan have called on him to exit the race, while the editorial board of the Alabama Media Group branded him "grossly unfit for office." Speaking to reporters outside the Senate, McConnell acknowledged the Moore scandal has rattled the party as it seeks to maintain its 52-48 majority in the chamber. "There's no question that there's deep concern here," McConnell said, adding that he has spoken with President Donald Trump about how to deal with Moore. "He's obviously not fit to be in the United States Senate, and we've looked at all the options to try to prevent that from happening." The House hearing addressed the need to update the chamber's policies on misconduct claims and bipartisan calls to implement mandatory sexual harassment training for both lawmakers and staff. On cue, Speaker Ryan announced that "going forward, the House will adopt a policy of mandatory anti-harassment and anti-discrimination training for all members and staff." The goal is not only to raise awareness, he said, "but also make abundantly clear that harassment in any form has no place in this institution." Speier herself acknowledged last month that she was the victim of abuse when she worked as a congressional staffer decades ago. "Many of us in Congress know what it's like because Congress has been a breeding ground for a hostile work environment for far too long," she said in an October video encouraging other staffers to tell their stories.
  6. Accuser Beverly Young Nelson points to a photograph of herself in her high school yearbook after making a statement claiming that Alabama senate candidate Roy Moore sexually harassed her when she was 16, in New York, US, November 13, 2017. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson1 WASHINGTON: Two more women have accused embattled US Senate candidate Roy Moore of sexually inappropriate conduct, media reported Wednesday, but the Alabama politician gave no sign of dropping out of the race as his campaign denied assault allegations. The website reported that a woman ? from Moore's hometown of Gadsden, Alabama ? said Moore groped her behind when she visited his law office in 1991. The media outlet also said another woman claimed that Moore asked to date her in 1982 when she was just 17 and he was in his mid-30s and that Moore told her he went out "with girls your age all the time". The allegations are the latest in a series of explosive claims against Moore ? a conservative former Alabama Supreme Court judge. Five women have previously come forward to accuse Moore, including a woman who claimed he initiated a sexual encounter with her decades ago when she was 14. Moore, now 70, is the Republican nominee in a special Alabama election December 12 to fill the seat of now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Appearing before media in Alabama, Moore's lawyer Phillip Jauregui denied the allegation of one accuser, Beverly Young Nelson, who this week said Moore sexually assaulted her in his car in 1977 when she was 16. Nelson showed reporters her yearbook that Moore apparently signed, as evidence that they knew one another. Jauregui said the campaign wants the yearbook released so that a handwriting expert can determine, "is it genuine or is it a fraud?" In the new sexual harassment allegation detailed in, which includes the Birmingham News and Huntsville Times newspapers, Tina Johnson said Moore made her feel uncomfortable during a meeting in his office when he "kept commenting on my looks". Johnson was then 28 and in a strained marriage, and was visiting with her mother who had hired Moore to handle a custody petition involving Johnson's son. As the women left Moore's office, Johnson said, he groped her posterior. "He didn't pinch it; he grabbed it," she said. The second woman, Kelly Harrison Thorp, said she he was just 17 when Moore asked her out. She declined. Mainstream Republicans in Washington have made it clear they want Moore to exit the race. President Donald Trump has appeared to equivocate on the matter, saying last week that Moore should step aside if the claims proved true while adding that a mere allegation should not destroy the Alabama politician's life. On Wednesday, Moore tweeted that "we will not quit".
  7. Copies of tax legislation are seen during a markup on the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" on Capitol Hill in Washington, US, November 15, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein WASHINGTON: A Senate Republican tax plan that would repeal the Obamacare mandate and give permanent tax cuts only to US corporations drew fire from two Republican lawmakers on Wednesday in what could be a sign of trouble for the sweeping measure. Republican Senator Ron Johnson of Wisconsin said he would not support the current Senator proposal, or a separate tax bill being debated in the House of Representatives, because he believes they unfairly benefit corporations over other kinds of enterprises, including small businesses. Senator Susan Collins, one of three Republicans who opposed a Republican Obamacare repeal effort earlier this year, warned that some middle-income taxpayers could see tax cuts wiped out by higher health insurance premiums if the repeal of the Affordable Care Act?s mandate goes through. Their views could signal problems for Senate Republicans, who want to pass tax legislation by December but can afford to lose no more than two votes from their ranks because they have only a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Democrats have called the Republican tax plans a giveaway to the rich and corporations. ?Neither the House nor Senate bill provide fair treatment, so I do not support either in their current version,? Johnson said in a statement, adding he would still work with his Republican colleagues to produce better legislation. Senate Republicans produced a new plan late on Tuesday that would guarantee permanent tax cuts for corporations but only temporarily lower tax bills for individuals and small businesses while tying the overall package to an effective repeal of a key part of Obamacare, former Democratic President Barack Obama?s signature healthcare law. Exposing the tax-cut initiative to the same political risks that wrecked a mid-2017 anti-Obamacare push by Republicans, Senate tax committee chief Orrin Hatch unveiled an amendment that he defended as helpful to the middle class. Collins, a Maine Republican, told reporters that adding the mandate repeal was a mistake. ?This is going to be difficult and I just don?t know why we had to complicate it by bringing up the ACA,? she said. Several moderate Republicans including Collins and John McCain have not said if they support the tax plan. The new Republican plan, Hatch said at a committee meeting, would expand the child tax credit and slightly reduce some middle-class tax rates. Taken together, those changes ?will let us channel even more tax relief to the middle class,? he said. But those changes would be temporary, while a deep cut in the corporate tax rate would be permanent under Hatch?s plan, which was widely expected to become the main vehicle for Republicans efforts to revamp the tax code before year end. The effort is seen by Republicans as critical to their prospects of retaining power in Washington in the November 2018 congressional elections. So far, Republicans and President Donald Trump have no major legislative victories from 2017 to show voters despite controlling the White House and Congress. They are hoping the tax cut will fix that problem and have made progress in recent days while Trump toured Asian capitals. He returned late on Tuesday and was scheduled to meet with lawmakers on Thursday. The House began debating its tax bill on Wednesday, with a full vote expected on Thursday. The Senate and House tax plans must eventually be reconciled and merged into a final plan that can pass both chambers before it goes to Trump to sign into law. Excluding Democrats By including an effective repeal of Obamacare?s individual mandate, Senate Republicans likely ended any possibility of gaining support from Democrats. ?This is not just another garden variety attack on the Affordable Care Act, or ACA. This is repeal of that law,? said Senator Ron Wyden, the finance committee?s top Democrat. He blasted Republicans for setting a ?double standard? by guaranteeing permanent tax cuts only for corporations. The individual mandate clause of Obamacare requires healthy younger people to buy insurance or pay a federal penalty. The aim is to hold down coverage costs for those sick or older. By repealing that penalty, Republicans would raise more than $318 billion over a decade to pay for tax cuts, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, a nonpartisan unit of Congress. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office separately estimated last week that repealing the mandate would increase the number of uninsured Americans by 13 million by 2027. Trump backed the inclusion of the mandate repeal in the tax bill, as do Republican conservatives in the Senate and House. US House Speaker Paul Ryan told CNBC on Wednesday that while the House tax plan did not repeal the mandate, Republicans in that chamber would likely approve a final measure hammered out with the Senate that included it. Hatch?s Senate plan would also expand access to deductions for ?pass-through? businesses and increase the child tax credit to $2,000 from the earlier proposed $1,650. But those benefits would expire at the end of 2025. The changes would still allow the measure to comply with a deficit requirement that must be met if Senate Republicans are to pass the legislation with a simple majority. The Senate tax plan is required to add no more than $1.5 trillion over 10 years to the federal deficit and national debt. Otherwise, Senate Republicans would need 60 votes.
  8. Hurriyat leaders: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Yaseen Malik. Photo: File SRINAGAR: Indian police arrested over two dozen Hurriyat leaders and activists including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik from Srinagar on Wednesday, informed the Kashmir Media Service. The Hurriyat leaders and activists were arrested when they arrived at the head office of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, which Malik heads, to lead a protest march at Lal Chowk against the Indian state?s atrocities. The detained activists include Hilal Ahmad War, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi, Syed Imtiaz Haider, Omar Aadil Dar, Rameez Raja, Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, Muhammad Yasin Attai, Muhammad Yasin Butt, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Muhammad Siddiq Shah, Nisar Hussain Rathar, Muhammad Ashraf Changal, Shabbir Ahmad, Zahoor Ahmad, Bashir Kashmiri, Farooq Ahmad and Merajuddin. The arrestees were lodged at Kothi Bagh police station in Srinagar. As soon as the leaders after addressing a press conference tried to proceed towards Lal Chowk, a huge contingent of Indian police stopped and arrested them. During the arrest, Kashmiri activists raised pro-Pakistan, pro-freedom and anti-India slogans on the occasion. The protesters condemned military operation in south Kashmir where people including women and children are being targeted in houses. Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani telephonically addressed the press conference at his residence. The leaders condemned the raids and arrests by India?s National Investigation Agency, brutalities of Indian forces in South and North Kashmir and the repeated invoking of black law, Public Safety Act, against unlawfully detained leaders. They said that there was police raj in occupied Kashmir. They criticised "puppet" Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti for adhering to extremist RSS ideology in Kashmir.
  9. Fog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as 0Km. Photo: Geo News Over the past 24 hours, a number of road accidents occurred due to low visibility, claiming lives of two people and wounding dozens at Kasur. Traffic continues to be adversely affected due to the weather, especially at the Motorway. Moreover, a number of international and domestic flights have either been canceled or postponed at the Allama Iqbal International Airport. Flights to Karachi, Muscat and Doha have been canceled. One dead as smog continues to disrupt daily life in Punjab Smog has also seriously disrupted the residents? mobility as visibility has plunged to as low as zero from Multan to Khanewal Meanwhile, a rain system has entered Pakistan. Quetta, Chaman, Noshki and other adjoining areas of Baluchistan have received first rainfall of the winter season. Pakistan Metrological Department has predicted rain in Karachi, parts of Punjab, Islamabad, Khyber Pakhtunkhuwa, FATA, Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan. The environmental experts believe that the rainfall will clear the smog enveloping the cities. The Punjab government has imposed Section 144 in the province, banning the burning of crops, tyres, and garbage until further notice. Smog in the provincial capital had crossed all the international benchmarks early this week as the lever of PM 2.5, which is termed the most dangerous pollutant in the air across the world, remained between 450ug/m3 and 500ug/m3 against the notified standards of 35ug/m3 per day. As per World Health Organization standards, the daily average level of PM 2.5 should not be more than 10ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 25ug/m3 in a day whereas as per a gazette notification of the Punjab government, the daily limit of PM2.5 is 15ug/m3 and aggregated annual mean 35ug/m3 per day.
  10. A French soldier stands guard under the Eiffel Tower ? as France officially ended a 'state of emergency' regime, replacing it with the introduction of a new security law ? in Paris, France, November 1, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann/Files PARIS: Two years after militants killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris, French officials say there remains an unprecedented level of ?internal? threat from both within and outside the country. With Daesh losing ground in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of French citizens ? and in some cases their children ? have started to return to France, leaving the government in a quandary over how to deal with them. For the first time as president, Emmanuel Macron will pay tribute on Monday to the victims of the mass shootings and suicide bombing that took place across Paris and in the city?s northern suburb of Saint-Denis on November 13, 2015. The attacks ? the deadliest on French soil since World War Two ? prompted the country to strike back, joining international military operations targeting Daesh and other extremist groups in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and elsewhere. There has also been the passage of more stringent French legislation, with the most recent law ? effective this month ? giving police extended powers to search properties, conduct electronic eavesdropping, and shut mosques or other locations suspected of preaching hatred. Conservative politicians say the regulations don?t go far enough, while human rights groups express alarm, saying security forces are being given too much freedom to curtail rights. Macron ? often parodied for his ?on the one hand, on the other hand? policy pronouncements ? has emphasized the need to balance security and liberty. While he has ended the state of emergency brought in after the attacks, heavily armed soldiers still patrol the streets of Paris daily, and barely a week goes by without a police operation to round up suspects. 'More disappointed than sorry' According to the interior ministry, extraordinary measures have helped intelligence agencies thwart more than 30 attacks in the last two years. Last week, the police arrested nine people and another was apprehended in Switzerland in a coordinated counter-terrorism operation. ?What worries us are plans for terrorist attacks prepared by teams that are still operating in fighting zones in Syria and Iraq,? Laurent Nunez ? the head of France?s internal intelligence agency DGSI ? told French daily Le Figaro in a rare interview. The risk of a home-grown attack also remains strong, with a risk of more attacks from isolated individuals using ?low-cost? methods ? such as cars or knives ? to kill, he said. The hypothesis of a car bomb attack or suicide bomber cannot be excluded either although his services had not uncovered any such plan, he said. Of particular concern is what to do about hundreds of French citizens who went to fight with Daesh and may now seek to return home, now that the militant group has lost nearly all the territory its self-proclaimed caliphate ruled in Syria and Iraq. Visiting Abu Dhabi last week, Macron said those returning would be studied on ?a case-by-case? basis. ?Some of them will be coming back (by their own means), others will be repatriated and some, in specific circumstances, will be facing trial with their families in the countries where they are currently, Iraq in particular,? he said. ?A majority doesn?t want to come back to France given the legal proceedings they face upon their return. But some women, widows, with their children, are inclined to travel back,? French prosecutor Francois Molins said. ?We should not be naive. We are dealing with people who are more ?disappointed? than ?sorry.'?
  11. LEFT: An unexploded metal bomb ? filled with explosive powder and lined with metal pellets ? is seen in a still handout image, Boston, Massachusetts, March 18, 2015. US Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters; RIGHT: Paul George Dandan, 30 ? a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Booking photo released on November 11, 2017. AFP/Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office1 WASHINGTON: Police in North Carolina have arrested and charged two men ? one an airport employee ? for possessing a homemade bomb, police said. They said a man named Derrick Fells, 39, had constructed the device. Upon his arrest Sunday ? following a 911 phone call from an unidentified informant ? Fells admitted making the device, which was described as a pipe bomb. Fells told police in Charlotte he had intended to use the bomb against a neighbour with whom he had been arguing, but changed his mind and gave it to Paul Dandon, 30, a full-time employee of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Police said Dandon's job gave him access only to an offsite air traffic control tower, but not to any restricted area in the airport terminal or to any aircraft. In a separate statement, the FAA said Dandon's access to those facilities had been terminated and that he was cooperating with authorities, including agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Dandon was charged with possession of a weapon of mass destruction (WMD) and related charges. Fells was charged with three counts, including manufacturing a weapon of mass destruction. While the US Defense Department defines WMDs as those capable of causing mass casualties, the Justice Department has given prosecutors broad flexibility to apply the term to weapons including bombs, grenades, and certain guns.
  12. Have you ever tried to resist one bad habit that you consciously indulge in despite being aware of its harmful effects on your health, career, and relationships? After all, we are all human and imperfect which means that we are easily prone to bad habits. But as the human experience dictates, anything in excess is always harmful, so what if one day you decide to break that habit and save your relationship, career or anything that is of utter importance in your life. © the278thword First of all, you will decide to quit that habit of yours, then you will look for motivation outside and for the most part, you will fail. If failing is a part of this exercise, why take this worthless journey and all the suffering along with it? Maybe because you know you deserve a better life than this? There will come a time when you will fail again and again, multiple times but here is a specific strategy that could help you minimise those chances of failure immensely. According to a study published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the use of the words "I can't" versus "I don't." could prove to be one of the most powerful ways to secure the achievement of your goals. Here is the clue, read carefully. As per the study the participants who wanted to have healthier eating habits were asked to say "I don't eat X" (i.e. "I don't eat chocolate") or "I can't eat X" when faced with an "unhealthy option such as an ice cream or an opportunity to miss a workout." It was observed that those who used the phrase "I don't" before refusing temptation were found to choose a healthier alternative far more than those who used the phrase "I can't." It is that simple, just a game of two words. In another experiment, it was seen that 20 women who were working toward fitness goals used "I don't" or "I can't" when they were tempted to skip their workout or eat unhealthily. The study showed that 80% of the women using "I don't" in place of "I can't" were still pursuing their fitness goals successfully, while 90% of those who used "I can't" failed to do so by the end of the study. Now, you may ask, how can the use of a language in a certain way affect your actions? The answer is simple, it strengthens the structure inside your brain working towards achieving that particular goal. It's all a game of psychology. You develop a brain muscle against everything that is stopping you from achieving your goal. © Thinkstock/Getty Images So when you use "I don't" instead of "I can't," you experience increased feelings of empowerment and strong levels of determination. That's the magic of these simple but incredible words. To strengthen your belief in these words, here is what Oliver Burkeman, journalist and author of the book, 'The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can't Stand Positive Thinking', has to say, "The 'can't' framing implies an external restraint, which feels disempowering...To say that you 'don't' do something, by contrast, suggests autonomy, as well as long-term commitment." From now on, say “I Don't” in place of “I Can't” and accomplish what you want to because no one can stop you now, not even yourself.
  13. Indian army officials during an operation in IoK. Photo: Reuters/File SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred two youth in Baramulla district of occupied Kashmir on Sunday, the Kashmir Media Service reported. The youth were killed in Uri area of the district during a siege and cordon operation in the area. An Indian army spokesman in a statement in Srinagar claimed that the youth were killed during a gunfight. However, the identity of the martyred youth could not be ascertained, immediately. Indian troops have killed three youth in Kashmir in the past two days. Earlier, they killed a youth in Machil area of Kupwara district on Friday. Meanwhile, a policeman was killed and another injured in an attack outside a police station at Rajpora in Pulwama district yesterday. A police official said that a police party was targeted outside the police station, eight kilometres from Pulwama town. ?Two cops were injured in the attack. Both of them were shifted to Pulwama district hospital immediately where from they were airlifted to Srinagar,? he added. He said that one injured, Constable Abdul Salam Khan, succumbed to his injuries in the evening.
  14. Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein at the Elysee Palace, Paris, France, March 7, 2012. AFP/Eric Feferberg/Files OTTAWA: A Canadian actress sued disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein Wednesday for two alleged sexual assaults in Toronto in 2000, her lawyer said. The woman, identified only as "Jane Doe" in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court and cited by the daily Toronto Star, is also suing Miramax, The Walt Disney Company and Barbara Schneeweiss, who worked for Weinstein and is accused of "facilitating" the assaults. The plaintiff is seeking a total of Can$14 million (US$11 million). In the court documents, Doe says she was in her early 20s and working on her first movie in Toronto when Weinstein approached her on set and said she looked like a famous movie star. Weinstein's assistant later called to invite her to his hotel "to discuss her career". Once alone with Doe, Weinstein allegedly asked if she liked massages, to which she replied yes but added that the subject was "not an appropriate one for a business meeting". There was an "uncomfortable silence" while Weinstein "stared intently at her for several seconds," she said in the court filings. She added he then "overpowered" her and pushed her onto the bed and "told Doe that he had made various famous actresses' careers and could make Doe's career as well." Afterward, he pulled down her skirt and held her down by her wrists as he "forcibly performed oral *** on her without her consent," says the statement of claim, which adds Doe eventually freed herself and left. But in the hours that followed, Doe said Weinstein left several messages asking her to return to the hotel so that he could apologize to her in private. "Fearful that her movie career, which had barely begun, could be destroyed if she did not return to the hotel and give Weinstein a chance to apologize," she went back. But as soon as she entered, she said "he threw his weight onto her and tried to stick his tongue down her throat," before she pushed him off and left. More than 80 women including stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, and Mira Sorvino have accused 65-year-old Weinstein of sexual abuse and harassment, although he denies forcing himself on anyone.
  15. LAHORE: Police on Wednesday arrested two suspects, who are blood brothers, for allegedly raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl. The minor, who is a daughter of a rickshaw driver, went missing three days back from the city?s Sabzazar area. According to the police, the suspects raped the minor before killing her. Their father then dumped the body near Jinnah Hospital. Raped minor girl found from stream in Karachi According to details available to Geo News, her body bore severe torture marks around the neck and hands. The father is still at large and efforts for his arrest are under way, the police said. Multiple cases of rape of minors have emerged this year. A 13-year-old gave birth to a child in March after being raped at her Quran teacher's house in Rajanpur. In another harrowing case, an eight-year-old girl was found near a stream in Karachi after being sexually assaulted.
  16. TOKYO: A Japanese man, arrested after police found nine dismembered corpses rotting in his house, has confessed to killing all his victims over a two-month spree after contacting them via Twitter, media reports said Wednesday. Authorities were quizzing 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, who has reportedly confessed to hacking the flesh off the bodies and throwing it out with the trash, then sprinkling cat litter over the remains in an effort to cover up the evidence. The grisly case has stunned Japan, which enjoys an extremely low crime rate, and pictures of the nondescript house in a quiet residential area were splashed across the country's front pages. "Killing room," splashed the Nikkan Sports tabloid. "One murder a week," wrote the Sports Nippon. Shiraishi has told police he contacted his prey via Twitter and killed them "on the day he met" them, according to several media citing police sources. He moved to the flat in Zama, a southwestern suburban of Tokyo, on August 22 and contacted victims by tweeting that he would help their suicide plans, the Mainichi Shimbun daily reported. Police were led to Shiraishi and his secret stash of bodies while investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman. Local reports said this woman had earlier tweeted she was looking for someone to die with her. Authorities then discovered a link between her and Shiraishi. Neighbours later said they had noticed a foul smell coming from the flat. The 27-year-old accused has now been turned over to prosecutors, a policeman told AFP. For now, he has been charged with improper disposal of one body but police are searching for evidence he killed all nine. While Japan prides itself on its low crime rate, it is no stranger to high-profile violent crimes. Earlier in October, a 32-year-old father was arrested on suspicion of stabbing his daughter to death. He also admitted torching the house in which his wife and four other children were found dead. In Japan's bloodiest crime for decades, Satoshi Uematsu faces charges of killing 19 people and attempting to kill or injure 24 others at a disability centre near Tokyo in July 2016. In 1997 a 14-year-old schoolboy decapitated an 11-year-old acquaintance and placed the head at the gates of his school.
  17. Members of the media gather in front of an apartment building where media reported nine bodies were found in Zama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan in this photo taken by Kyodo on Oct 31, 2017. Kyodo/Reuters TOKYO: Japanese police have found nine bodies, including two with their heads severed and dumped in a cool box, in a flat in the Tokyo suburbs, media reported on Tuesday. Police confirmed to AFP they had arrested 27-year-old Takahiro Shiraishi, who lives in the apartment in Zama, south of Tokyo. According to public broadcaster NHK, Shiraishi told police: "I killed them and did some work on the bodies in order to hide the evidence." Jiji Press said Shiraishi had told police that he chopped up the bodies in a bathroom and a saw was found in his room. The bodies were of eight women and one man, several media reported. A police spokesman could not immediately confirm these reports. According to Jiji Press, police found the two heads inside a cool box at the entrance of the apartment before making the grisly discovery of the other bodies. Police found the other bodies in a number of large boxes in the apartment, reports said. Authorities had been investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman and discovered a connection between her and Shiraishi. This woman had earlier tweeted "I´m looking for someone to die with me," according to the Sankei Shimbun daily. Other media said Shiraishi and the woman had connected via a website featuring information about suicides. Television pictures showed a heavy police presence blocking off a nondescript white-tiled terraced apartment. CCTV captured Shiraishi and the 23-year-old woman walking together last Monday. She had been missing since September 21 and her older brother called in her disappearance to police on Tuesday, the Asahi Shimbun reported.
  18. Paul Manafort ? the former chairman of Trump's 2016 election campaign ? leaves US Federal Court after being arraigned on twelve federal charges in the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election in Washington, US, October 30, 2017. REUTERS/James Lawler Duggan WASHINGTON: Federal investigators probing Russian interference in the 2016 US election charged President Donald Trump?s former campaign manager Paul Manafort and another aide, Rick Gates, with money laundering on Monday. A third former Trump adviser ? George Papadopoulos ? pleaded guilty in early October to lying to the FBI, it was announced on Monday. It was a sharp escalation of US Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Mueller?s five-month-old investigation into alleged Russian efforts to tilt the election in Trump?s favour, and into potential collusion by Trump aides. 68-year-old Manafort ? a longtime Republican operative ? and Gates were arraigned at a federal courthouse in Washington. Both men pleaded not guilty to the charges against them in a 12-count indictment, ranging from money laundering to acting as unregistered agents of Ukraine?s former pro-Russian government. The judge ordered house arrest for both men and set a $10-million unsecured bond for Manafort and an unsecured bond for Gates at $5 million. With unsecured bonds, they are released without having to pay but will owe money if they fail to appear in court. There will be another hearing on Thursday. Mueller?s investigation and others by congressional committees into alleged Russian efforts to influence the election have cast a shadow over the Republican president?s first nine months in office. Neither Trump nor his campaign was mentioned in the indictment against the pair. The charges, some going back more than a decade, centre on Manafort?s work for Ukraine. A White House spokeswoman said the indictment had nothing to do with Trump or his campaign and showed no evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia. ?We?ve been saying from Day One there?s no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, and nothing in the indictment today changes that at all,? spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a news briefing. The charges against Manafort could put pressure on him to cooperate with Mueller?s Russia investigation, said Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago. ?If I were the defence lawyer, I?d be looking into cooperating,? he said. Guilty plea In a development directly related to Trump?s 2016 election campaign, it emerged on Monday that Papadopoulos ? a former campaign adviser ? pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. Mueller?s office said Papadopoulos had lied to FBI agents about the timing of contact between him and a professor in London who claimed to have information that would hurt Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Papadopoulos ? a little-known former foreign policy adviser to the campaign ? made a plea bargain, which stated that he has since ?met with the Government on numerous occasions to provide information and answer questions?, according to a court document. White House spokeswoman Sanders played down Papadopoulos? campaign role, saying it was ?extremely limited? and that he was a volunteer. ?He asked to do things (and) he was basically pushed back or not responded to in any way,? she told a news briefing. ?Any actions that he took would have been on his own.? US intelligence agencies say Russia interfered in the election, by hacking and releasing embarrassing emails and disseminating propaganda via social media to discredit Clinton. Manafort ran the Trump campaign from June to August of 2016 before resigning amid reports he might have received millions of dollars in illegal payments from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine. Trump on Monday reiterated his frustration with the Mueller probe, which he has called ?a witch hunt?. Moscow also denies the allegations. ?Sorry, but this is years ago, before Paul Manafort was part of the Trump campaign. But why aren?t Crooked Hillary & the Dems the focus?????,? Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to Clinton. Mueller has been investigating Manafort?s financial and real estate dealings and his prior work for the Party of Regions ? a political group that backed former pro-Kremlin Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich. Both Manafort and Gates generated tens of millions of dollars of income from Ukraine work and laundered money through scores of US and foreign entities to hide payments from US authorities, the indictment said. They concealed from the United States their work and revenue as agents of Ukrainian political parties and used their wealth to lead a ?lavish lifestyle? without paying taxes on the income, it says. Gates was a longtime business partner of Manafort and has ties to Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs. He also served as deputy to Manafort during his brief tenure as Trump?s campaign chairman. Democratic Senate leader Chuck Schumer called for the Trump administration to avoid interfering with Mueller?s probe. ?The rule of law is paramount in America and the investigation must be allowed to proceed unimpeded. The president must not, under any circumstances, interfere with the special counsel?s work in any way,? Schumer said.
  19. The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Mir Mohallah in Hajin area of the district, media reports said. Photo: Geo News file SRINAGAR: Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in Bandipora district of the Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Sunday, the Kashmiri Media Service reported. The troops killed the youth during a siege and search operation at Mir Mohallah in Hajin area of the district, media reports said. The operation was underway till the last reports were received. Earlier today, an Indian policeman was killed and two others were injured in an attack in the same area, the KMS said. Forceful demonstrations have erupted in Hajin against the operation and the killing of the youth. People have taken to the streets raising high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian police and troops continue to use brute force and firing teargas shells to disperse the protesters, as clashes between the demonstrators and the forces? personnel continue.
  20. file photo KHYBER AGENCY: Two terrorists from across the border were killed on Sunday in a shootout with the Aman lashkar (peace force) in Khyber Agency?s Zakha Khel. According to security sources, the terrorists from across the border attacked checkposts of Aman lashkar. Due to retaliatory fire, two terrorists died and others fled. Sources said that the terrorists attacked through mortar shells and rocket launcher. The bodies of the terrorists are in the possession of the Aman lashkar.
  21. Over a hundred dengue patients are admitted to different hospitals in the province, according to hospital sources. Photo: Geo News PESHAWAR: Dengue claimed two more lives in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday, raising the death toll to 63 in the province. According to the Dengue Response Unit of the health department, the deceased ? Shabnam and Arshad Ali ? were receiving medical treatment at the Khyber Teaching Hospital and Lady Reading Hospital, respectively. Over a hundred dengue patients are admitted to different hospitals in the province, according to hospital sources.
  22. MOGADISHU: A car packed with explosives blew up outside a hotel in Mogadishu on Saturday as a minibus also exploded at a nearby junction, with the emergency services reporting "many dead bodies". Witnesses reported hearing gunfire and said the entire area around the Nasa Hablod hotel was sealed off by security forces to keep people away. "A car loaded with explosives went off at the entrance of Nasa Hablod Hotel and there is gunfire," police official Ibrahim Mohamed told AFP, saying it looked like a coordinated attack. "There was another minibus loaded with explosives which went off a nearby intersection," he said, confirming there were casualties but without giving an initial number. The blasts occurred just two weeks after a huge truck bombing in the Somali capital which killed at least 358 people, making it the deadliest attack in the country's history. Somalia's Aamin ambulance service said there were "many dead bodies" in a posting on its official Twitter feed, adding that it had already evacuated 15 wounded people from the area. An AFP correspondent at the scene also reported seeing two people lying on the ground but their condition was not immediately clear. The Nasa Hablod is a popular hotel located in the north of the city.
  23. Indian Police on Thursday seized balloons with ?I love Pakistan? written on them from a shop and arrested the two shopkeepers in Kanpur, Indian media reported. According to the police, advocate Ajai Pratap Singh, who is associated with an extremist militant Hindu group, noticed the balloons at a shop in the Govind Nagar area when he visited the store to shop for his son?s birthday. Singh ?immediately passed on the information to Govind Nagar police who swung into action and detained the retail vendor and supplier,? said the Indian news agency PTI. Police have registered a complaint about making assertions prejudicial to national integration under the Indian Penal Code. The detained persons said that they purchased the balloons from ?Gubbarey Wali Gali? in Sadar Bazar, the biggest and the oldest wholesale market in Delhi. A team has been sent there for further investigation.
  24. The shooting took place around midnight outside a dormitory at Grambling State University, a historically black public institution in the northern part of the state. Photo: AFP file WASHINGTON: A gunman shot to death a student and his friend early Wednesday on a university campus in Louisiana, and then fled, officials said. The shooting took place around midnight outside a dormitory at Grambling State University, a historically black public institution in the northern part of the state. Grambling spokesman Will Sutton told AFP the victims were identified as Grambling student Earl Andrews, 23, and his friend Monquiarious Caldwell, 23, both of Farmerville, Louisiana. Caldwell was not a student at the school. "No one else (was) hurt," Sutton added. The Lincoln Parish Sheriff´s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but the shooting reportedly began after an altercation that began inside one of the dorms. Classes and business were due to take place as usual. "Grambling State University offices are open with normal business hours and students are expected to attend classes as schedule," the school announced on Twitter. The university is currently celebrating its homecoming season, with an American football game at which alumni are invited due to take place Saturday.
  25. FILE PHOTO: A combination photo of Republican Senators Jeff Flake (L) of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee are shown in Washington, U.S., on March 31, 2017 and October 24, 2017. Photo: Reuters1 WASHINGTON: Tensions among Republicans about President Donald Trump boiled over on Tuesday as two senators accused Trump of debasing US politics and the country?s standing abroad, a rebellion that could portend trouble for his legislative agenda. The extraordinary public criticism of the president from Jeff Flake and Bob Corker further strained what had already been a fraught relationship between Trump and fellow Republicans as they try to enact tax reform and other policy items. In an emotional speech on the Senate floor, Flake repeatedly targeted Trump?s style of governing, saying American politics had become ?inured? to ?reckless, outrageous and undignified? behavior from the White House. ?The instinct to scapegoat and belittle threatens to turn us into a fearful, backward-looking people,? said the Arizona lawmaker, who announced he would not run for re-election next year. ?I will not be complicit or silent,? Flake said. Trump, via Twitter, has been unrelenting in his criticism of Corker and Flake, accusing them of supporting Democratic priorities, and using sometimes slashing language, such as his dismissal of Corker as ?liddle Bob Corker.? By announcing he will be leaving when his term ends in early 2019, Flake effectively freed himself up to speak his mind, without having one eye on voter reactions in his home state. A Morning Consult survey conducted Sept. 24 to Oct. 24 said Flake had an approval rating in Arizona of 30 percent. Corker, who has also said he is not running for re-election in Tennessee, accused Trump of telling falsehoods that could be easily proven wrong and willfully damaging the country?s standing in the world, eviscerating the president with comments that stirred deepening divisions in the Republican Party. ?You would think he would aspire to be the president of the United States and act like a president of the United States, but that?s not going to be the case apparently,? Corker told reporters. ?I?ve seen no evolution in an upward way. In fact, I would say, he?s almost devolved.? White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders dismissed the comments from Flake and Corker and said Trump wanted senators who could make progress on his policy goals. ?He wants people to be in the Senate that are committed to actually moving the ball down the field, and I don?t think these two individuals necessarily have been as focused on that,? she told reporters. ?DISTRACTIONS? Republican congressional leaders who have learned to tread carefully amid controversies surrounding Trump, largely stayed on the sidelines of the latest fight. ?We?re going to concentrate on what our agenda is and not any of these other distractions that you all may be interested in,? Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters. Republican House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan played down Corker?s criticism of Trump, urging reporters to ?put this Twitter dispute aside.? Great American Pac, a pro-Trump political group, declared victory over Flake and sent out a fund-raising appeal. ?Senator Flake wisely decided to give up on his own terms rather than fight a losing battle for re-election and have the voters retire him at the ballot box next year,? said the group?s top strategist, Ed Rollins. The president is seeking to build consensus around proposed tax cuts. Republicans control both chambers of Congress, but hold just a 52-48 majority in the Senate. Securing passage of his tax-cut plan is critically important to Trump, who has yet to get major legislation through Congress since taking office in January. Trump visited the Capitol on Tuesday for a policy lunch that was described by participants as productive. Over the summer, Trump pilloried Senate Republicans - as a group and some by name - after they failed to generate sufficient votes to repeal and replace the 2010 Affordable Care Act, popularly known as Obamacare, one of his top presidential campaign promises. The dollar lost ground on news that Flake would not seek re-election because it added to investor worries about the fate of the tax plan, which has widely been seen as a potential boost to American companies. It recovered after a Bloomberg report that Trump asked senators at a closed-door lunch whom they would support to become the next Federal Reserve chairman. Bloomberg quoted one senator as saying that John Taylor, viewed in the markets as an inflation hawk, got the most votes. Trump has also provoked the ire of another respected senior Republican, Senator John McCain, whose war record he mocked during last year?s campaign. Last week, former Republican President George W Bush, who has kept a low profile since leaving office in January 2009, took a thinly veiled swipe at Trump in a speech in which he decried ?bullying and prejudice? and denounced anti-immigrant sentiment.