Queen champions Charles as next Commonwealth chief

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LONDON: Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday openly voiced her wish for her son Prince Charles to succeed her as head of the Commonwealth as she opened the group’s summit for potentially the final time. Queen Elizabeth, who turns 92 on Saturday, welcomed leaders from the 53 Commonwealth nations — mostly former British colonies — to Buckingham Palace to start two days of talks focused on trade, marine protection and tackling cyber crime. In her opening speech, Queen Elizabeth spoke of her own “extraordinary journey” since pledging to serve the Commonwealth…

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Facebook to put 1.5bn users out of reach of strict EU privacy law

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Starting next month, 1.5 billion Facebook users outside of the European Union, including those in India, will not be governed by the Terms of Service (ToS) framed under its operations in Ireland, news agency Reuters said on Thursday. While the move is being seen as the social networking behemoth’s hedge against the impending stringent General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which comes into force in the European Union on May 25, Facebook claimed that it is “offering everyone who uses Facebook the same privacy protections, controls and settings, no matter where…

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Picking up pieces but future tense for Rohingya in B’desh

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COX’S BAZAR: In August 2017 when international aids agencies had sent relief to the Kutupalong megacamp at Cox’s Bazar, a Rohingya lady had boiled a sanitary napkin, while another had tried to wash her hijab with milk powder! Eight months later, the refugees know better. The hilly tract of land that’s been converted into a tent city now offers shelter to close to eight lakh of them. Multiple bamboo bridges connect a dusty road from the entrance of the camp to the main valley that is dotted with shelter homes,…

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