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Sham marriages in Europe: 17 Pakistani citizens arrested

A cross-Europe investigation into men entering into bogus marriages for immigration purposes has led to the arrest of 17 Pakistan citizens, officials of European agencies Europol and Eurojust announced on Tuesday. The men belonged to what officials called an ‘organised crime group’ that recruited dozens of European women into sham marriages. The arrests were carried […]

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New US rule likely to result in 10% reduction in H1-B visa approvals

A recent policy change favouring advanced degree holders for visas in US will lead to a hit on IT companies’ profitability as the number of H1-B visas approved gets reduced, a report said. In December 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) proposed reversing the process for H1-B selection favouring advance degree holders. […]

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Australian state to pump oxygen into rivers as fish die

Up to a million dead fish were found floating last week in the Darling River in western New South Wales state and the state government announced that 1,800 more rotting fish had since been found in Lake Hume in the state's south. An Australian state government on Tuesday announced plans to mechanically pump oxygen into […]

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Venezuela’s Maduro offers few fresh ideas as economy circles drain

Maduro, who first took power in 2013, has faced growing international sanctions since winning re-election last May in a vote widely considered fraudulent. This has cut Venezuela off from foreign financing and left his government with few friends abroad. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro kicked off his new term with a state-of-the-nation speech on Monday but […]

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My deal or no Brexit, says May

PM faces a crucial vote on Tuesday, and is expected to lose Prime Minister Theresa May has warned that no Brexit at all is the most likely outcome if MPs reject her withdrawal deal on Tuesday, as she sought to persuade wavering MPs to back her. With a clear majority of parliamentarians set to oppose […]

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Cargo plane crash in Iran kills 15, leaves one survivor

A decades-old Iranian Boeing 707 military cargo plane reportedly carrying meat from Kyrgyzstan crashed on Monday while trying to land west of Iran’s capital, killing 15 people on board and leaving a sole survivor, authorities said. The crash of the jetliner marked just the latest aviation disaster for Iran, which hoped to replace its aging […]

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Indonesia: Lion Air jet’s cockpit voice recorder found

The remains of some of the 189 people who died in the crash were also discovered at the seabed location Navy divers have located the cockpit voice recorder of a Lion Air jet that crashed into the Java Sea in October, Indonesian officials said ón Monday, in a possible boost to the accident investigation. Ridwan […]