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Theresa May presents Trump with Scottish ancestry token

British Prime Minister Theresa May today presented US President Donald Trump with a special ancestral chart commemorating his mother's Scottish birth.

The illustrated ancestral chart of the Scottish heritage of the US President, currently on tour in the UK, is a nod to his mother Mary Anne Macleod, who was born in 1912 on the Isle of Lewis in the Hebrides.

New satellite launch to help fast-track digital India

The launch of a new mega satellite providing coverage over Asia will help fast-track Digital India and financial inclusion initiatives, according to a leading satellite industry expert.

Deepak Mathur, executive vice-president, Global Sales at SES Video, said the successful launch of SES-12 recently would help support India's growing direct-to-home (DTH) TV market, as more and more consumers in rural India embrace the medium.

Fugitive diamantaire stayed in Mayfair area of London

Indian billionaire Nirav Modi was living in a flat just above his jewellery store in the posh Mayfair area of London while he was being hunted in India for an alleged money laundering case linked to over $2 billion, according to a media report on Sunday. The 47-year-old diamantaire was able to travel in and out of Britain at least four times since the Indian authorities canceled his passport in February.

Nirav Modi flees to UK, claiming political asylum

Nirav Modi, the billionaire jeweler at the heart of a more than $2 billion fraud case in India, has fled to the UK, where he is claiming political asylum, the Financial Times reported on Sunday, citing Indian and British officials.

Britain's Home Office said it does not provide information on individual cases. Nirav Modi could not be contacted by Reuters for comment on the FT report.

Nirav Modi is in London trying to claim asylum from what he calls "political persecution", the FT reported.

Mallya resigns as Force India F1 director, seeks appeal in assets case

Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya has resigned as director of his Formula One motorsport company Force India as his legal team filed an application to seek an appeal against a 1.145-billion pound UK high court ruling on freezing of his assets.

The 62-year-old Mallya, who is fighting extradition to India on fraud and money laundering charges worth an estimated INR 9,000 crore, resigned as director of Sahara Force India Formula One Team Limited on May 24, according to the UK Companies House records.

Try not (to) hate yourself

Benedict Cumberbatch says the best way to deal with bullies is to show them one’s “love.” The 41-year-old actor says one has to “empathise” with bullies and at the same time try “not (to) hate yourself,” Femalefirst reported. “This is a really, really difficult subject. As hard as it may seem, you have to meet it with love. You have to try and empathise with behaviour and not hate yourself but understand why people often want to damage other people, it’s because they’re damaged themselves,” Cumberbatch told 14-year-old YouTube star Sophia Grace.

High-skilled Indians step up protests against UK immigration policies

Indian professionals have stepped up their fight against what they characterise as a hostile immigration policies of the UK government and joined forces with migrants from other countries for a major protest outside the British Parliament here this week.

The Highly Skilled Migrants group, which represents nearly 1,000 doctors, engineers, IT professionals and teachers from countries outside the European Union (EU), will bring toge­ther migrants from Sou­th Asia and Africa for one of its biggest prot­ests so far on Wednesday.

#Baftagoesblacktoo

The ferocious female-led tragi-comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony. Martin McDonagh’s film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies on Sunday, including best film, outstanding British film and best actress, for Frances McDormand.

OPEC sees higher oil demand, more rival supply

OPEC on Monday said world oil demand would grow faster than expected in 2018 because of a healthy world economy, adding a tailwind to the producer group’s effort to remove a supply glut by cutting output.

But the global market will return to balance only towards the end of 2018, no earlier than previously thought, as higher prices encourage the United States and other non-member producers to pump more, OPEC said in a monthly report.

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