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Mohammed bin Zayed, Abu Dhabi's crown prince, proposed to set up an assassination programme targeting top Taliban leaders during a meeting with the top US diplomat earlier this year, the Middle East Eye (MEE) news website has reported. The crown prince made the offer during Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to the UAE on January 12 amid disagreements over the progress of peace talks between US and Taliban negotiators, MEE reported on Thursday, citing to a source with detailed knowledge of the meeting. According to the source, bin Zayed told Pompeo that Washington risked allowing Afghanistan to fall back into the hands of the "backward, bearded bad guys" and proposed hiring mercenaries to kill Taliban leaders to weaken the group's negotiating position.CNN
Theresa May's attendance at the EU summit in Brussels on Thursday was supposed to be the final appearance of a British Prime Minister in the European club before Brexit took place next week. But after months of wrangling with lawmakers, resulting in a failure to get her deal approved by parliament, May will instead ask her fellow EU leaders for three more months to get Brexit completed. Widespread outrage proves, once again, how Theresa May's political tactics have backfired. May's decision to create a dividing line between the people and parliament -- at a time when lawmakers have faced death threats and abuse over Brexit -- enraged politicians on all sides last night, and justifiably so. FromEmirates24|7
Ariana Grande has seemingly suggested she broke up with Pete Davidson because he couldn't "help but hurt" her, in a new cryptic social media post. The 25-year-old singer ended her engagement with the 'Saturday Night Live' star - who is now dating Kate Beckinsale - late last year after a whirlwind romance, and in a cryptic quote posted on social media, she seems to have hinted that his "demons" were part of the reason for the split. The quote, originally by Horacio Jones and titled 'Letting Someone Go', read: "Sometimes, the reason for letting someone go is because they can't help but hurt you during this phase of their life. When you love someone deeply, you learn what demons live within themAl Jazeera
New Zealand police say they made a mistake when they charged the man believed responsible for the country's worst massacre that killed 50, and that the victim they allege he murdered is alive. Police charged an Australian citizen on Saturday with a single count of murder of one man, with further charges expected when the alleged attacker is due back in court on April 5. The police now say that victim is not dead. "An error was made in the charging document prepared for the first court appearance of the man charged with murder in relation to the Christchurch terror attacks. The error saw an incorrect victim name included in the charging document," a police spokesman said in a statement. "We haveArab News
BEIJING: A car rammed into a crowd in central China Friday, killing six people and injuring seven others, and the driver was fatally shot by police, state broadcaster CCTV reported. The injured were taken to hospital following the early morning incident in Zaoyang City in Hubei Province, CCTV said. China has suffered a spate of similar incidents in recent months. Last September, 11 people died and dozens were injured when a car struck a crowd in a public square in the central Hunan province city of Hengdong. Police detained the driver, a man in his 40s, and described him as a “vengeful repeat offender” who had daggers in his car and intended to “cause serious damage.” In late November, a carEmirates24|7
Emma Roberts is "exploring a relationship" with Garrett Hedlund. The 28-year-old actress was recently reported to have ended her engagement to 'American Horror Story' co-star Evan Peters - whom she had been in an on and off relationship with since 2012 - and it has now been claimed she's already testing the waters with new beau and 'Triple Frontier' star Garrett. News: "They have gone on a few casual dates and are exploring a relationship, but it is definitely not anything serious yet. Emma reportedly started spending time with Garrett in various "social settings," before things began to turn "romantic", and sources say the pair have only been dating for a "few weeks" since her split with Evan is still recent.Al Jazeera
Millions of Hindus across India and other South Asian countries are celebrating Holi - the festival of colours - to mark the arrival of spring. Celebrants daub themselves in brightly coloured powder, or gulal, to celebrate the victory of good over evil, fertility and love. The festival, observed for centuries, holds mythological importance. It is also associated with the eternal love of Lord Krishna and Radha. People from all classes and age groups come together during the festival to play with colours, dance and sing, and distribute sweets.