Published:  12:01 AM, 13 October 2019

Worldwide waffling

Worldwide waffling

The Jammu and Kashmir administration withdrew tourism-related restrictions from the state, in further signs of normalcy returning to the region. The government had imposed the restrictions on tourism at the start of August, just days ahead of the move to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution. On August 2, the government had issued a security advisory asking the tourists to immediately leave the Valley in view of a terror threat.

Donald Trump defended his decision to withdraw US troops from Syria and enable a Turkish offensive against US-backed Kurdish fighters in the region by noting the Kurds didn't fight alongside the US in the second world war. The US president told reporters that the Kurds "didn't help us in the second world war, they didn't help us with Normandy as an example - they mention the names of different battles, they weren't there", in a staggering comment following the signing of executive orders on the federal regulation at the White House. "We have spent a tremendous amount of money helping the Kurds," the president said. "They're fighting for their land. When you say they're fighting with the US, yes.

Rihanna has surprised her New Zealand mega-fan with an amazing gift. Shannon Roberts from West Auckland posted photos of her gifts from the star, which appears to be a signed copy of the artist's new photobook. "I have loved you for 12 years of my life. and you have loved me for 8. thank you so much to rihanna and fenty corp for this amazing gift, I am speechless, it is beautiful!! (and heavy asf)," she captioned the Facebook post. Rihanna announced on Instagram this week she is releasing The Rihanna Book in collaboration with publisher Phaidon.

Lunch hour in Penn Hills has taken on an entirely new meaning for people waiting in lines to get a Rally's meal. "The traffic is terrible," said Rob Schneider, summing it up while standing outside his vacuum distribution office on Frankstown Road. His office happens to be across the road from the brand new Rally's fast-food chain. Tampa-based Checkers & Rally's Restaurants Inc. officially opened Oct. 7 in a vacant building along Frankstown Road that formerly housed a Taco Bell. Between the honks, yells and revving engines speeding by as they escaped the standstill trap, Schneider said: "And it's not even that bad today."

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