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Friday, May 10, 2019

BBC fires presenter over racist royal baby chimp tweet
London:
Veteran British broadcaster Danny Baker was fired yesterday by the BBC after using a racist picture of a chimpanzee holding hands of a couple in a tweet, tagged with the caption "royal baby leaves hospital". Meghan Markle, wife of Prince Harry, gave birth on Monday to a baby boy, Archie, the first mixed race child to be born into a senior position in British royalty in recent history.

Bahrain gets first instalment of $10 bn Gulf package
Dubai:
Bahrain said yesterday it has received the first instalment of a $10-billion support package from key Gulf allies aimed at balancing its budget by 2022. The initial payment of $2.292 billion for the year 2018 had been received "in full", the government said a statement carried by the official BNA news agency.

First brown bear sighting in Portugal in over a century
Lisbon:
The first brown bear sighting in Portugal in more than a century was confirmed by wildlife experts yesterday, after reports of an animal in the northeast of the country. The bear, which most likely belongs to a population living in the western Cantabrian Mountains in northern Spain, is thought to have wandered across the border.

Lanka's Catholic schools to reopen next week
Colombo:
Sri Lanka's Catholic Church yesterday announced that all the Catholic schools will reopen next week while mass services would resume from Sunday depending on the country's security situation after the Easter bombings that killed 258 people. The schools were shutdown and public mass services were suspended following fears of a repeat of the April 21 attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels here.

EU urges China to 'change situation' in Xinjiang
Beijing:
The European Union has urged China to "change" the situation in Xinjiang, an EU diplomat said yesterday, as the bloc seeks to visit the northwest region where an estimated one million mostly Muslim minorities are held in internment camps. China has come under increasing global scrutiny over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities in Xinjiang, with the EU and the United Nations requesting access to the region.

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