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Anna Burns wins Man Booker for Milkman

Author Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish writer and the first woman since 2013, to win Britain’s reno-wned Man Booker Prize for her novel Milkman.

Judges of the annual a-ward praised the work, an exploration of Northern Ir-eland's three decades of se-ctarian violence told thro-ugh the voice of a young woman, as “utterly distinctive”. “None of us has ever read anything like this before,” said Kwame Anthony Appiah, chair of the 2018 judges.

Oil at $85 ahead of Iran sanctions

Oil traded near a four-year high on Wednesday, retreating from session peaks as top exporter Saudi Arabia said it increased output and after Reuters reported that Russia and Saudi Arabia had struck a deal to pump more.

Saudi energy minister Khalid al-Falih said the kingdom had raised output to 10.7 million barrels per day in October and would pump more in November.
The record high for Saudi output is 10.72 million bpd in November 2016.

Billionaire hires 12 to help daughter study at UK varsity

The daughter of an Indian billionaire has been dubbed the “poshest” student in the UK after it was claimed that her family is hiring 12 staff members to help her during her studies at a Scottish university.

The first-year student at the University of St Andrew on the east coast of Scotland will have a house manager, three housekeepers, a gardener, a lady’s maid and a butler on hand to help her, along with three footmen, a private chef and chauffeur, The Sun reported.

UK govt won’t say if it has legal advice on 2nd Brexit referendum

The British government has refused to confirm whether it has taken legal advice on holding a second referendum on the final Brexit deal, saying revealing such information would harm its negotiating position in talks with Brussels.

The Brexit department, which oversees the negotiations on Britain’s departure from the European Union next year, made the comment in response to a Reuters query submitted under the Freedom of Information law.

Police treat London crash as a terrorist incident

London’s Metropolitan Police say that they are treating the crash outside of Parliament as a terrorist incident.

Authorities said in a statement on Tuesday that a man in his 20s was arrested on suspicion of terrorist offenses after the silver Ford Fiesta collided with a number of cyclists and pedestrians before crashing into the barriers during the morning rush hour.

He is in custody. No one else was in the car, which is being searched at the scene of the accident.

Two people were hurt, but authorities said none of the injuries were life-threatening.

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.

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