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Delhi: Fire breaks out at Sadar Bazaar

A fire broke out in Sadar Bazaar, one of the largest wholesale market in Delhi on 23 November.

According to initial reports, 9 fire tenders have been rushed to the hospital and currently making efforts to douse the raging flames. The cause of the fire has not yet been ascertained. There are no reports of casualties as yet.

The situation is now said to be under control.

This comes days after a number of houses were gutted after a huge fire broke out in the slum areas near Sadar Bazar late on 7 November. Locals present there alleged that the fire was sparked a cylinder blast.

Donald Trump makes a complete U-turn; drops threat to press investigation on Hillary Clinton

US president-elect Donald Trump made a complete U-turn on 22 November dropping off the threat to prosecute his political rival Hillary Clinton and press for investigation into her private email server case and financial operations of her family's foundation.

Trump was quoted during a meeting with New York Times editorial staff saying that it would be "very divisive for the country".

"I don't want to hurt the Clintons, I really don't," Trump was quoted as saying by the paper's staff. "She went through a lot and suffered greatly in many different ways."

During the US presidential campaign, Trump refered to Hillary Clinton as "Crooked Hillary" and had said that she would be in jail if he becomes the president.

Senior Al-Qaeda leader killed in US military strike

A senior Al-Qaeda leader in Syria who previously operated in Afghanistan is reportedly killed in a US military strike.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook announced that the Al-Qaeda figure Abu Afghan al-Masri, was involved in attacks on the United States and had joined Al-Qaeda around seven years ago, Associated Press reported.

Cook further informed that the strikes took place near Sarmada in northwestern Syria on 18 November strike near Sarmada in northwestern Syria targeted Abu Afghan al-Masri, Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said.

"This is someone who helped organize al-Qaida activities and was directly affiliated with senior leaders there as well, and this is someone who's been on our radar for some time," AP quoted Cook as saying.

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1% of Indians control almost 60% of India's wealth

A recent study commissioned by UNESCO highlighted inequality as one of the biggest problem the world is facing and India is a prime example of why.

The latest report by Credit Suisse has shown that India's wealthiest 1% now controls 58.4% of the country's wealth. This is up 5.5% from the 53% of wealth they accounted for last year, a sharp, if unsurprising, rise.

The report, which has been published every year since 2010, has shown that the rich are getting weather at an increasingly rapid pace with each passing year.

80,000 reindeer starve to death due to melting ice

While the polar bear is the animal most associated with the drastic effects of climate change on the world's fauna, reindeer are being affected far more severely.

According to a study in the science journal Biology Letters, over 80,000 reindeer in Siberia have died due to climate change.

The deaths were caused due to the melting of sea ice in the adjacent Barents and Kara seas, which led to unnaturally severe rainfall in Siberia. This in turn froze due to low temperatures in the region. The result was that lichen, the natural food source of the region's reindeer, was frozen beneath the snow, making it inaccessible to reindeer and creating a massive food scarcity.

The study comes shortly after earlier news of mass puffin deaths also being linked to climate change.

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FBI hack 120 countries on single, illegal warrant

Earlier in the year it was reported that the FBI had hacked into the computers of a number of American visitors to a child pornography website, Playpen, on the dark web.

However, it has now emerged that the hack, authorised by a single warrant, allowed the FBI government sanction to hack computers of over 8,000 people in 120 countries including Australia, Sweden and Norway.

More shocking than just the scale of the hack was that the warrant was technically invalid as the judge who issued it didn't have the jurisdiction to authorise warrants for action outside of her district. This has meant that a number of cases built on the basis of the hack have had to be thrown out.

This is the largest known law enforcement hacking exercise ever and paints a bleak future for online policing.

 
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