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LIVE! Trump to skip White House Correspondents' Dinner

09:03  Trump to skip White House Correspondents’ Dinner:  United States President Donald Trump has said that he would not attend the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) annual dinner, in a break from tradition.

‘I will not be attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year,’ Trump announced on Twitter.

‘Please wish everyone well and have a great evening!’ he said.

In the past few days, Trump has accused the mainstream American media as real enemy of the country.

Said to be the most high profile annual event in Washington, DC, the dinner has traditionally been attended by the US President and celebrities mainly from Hollywood. 

It was held for the first time in Washington DC in 1920. This year’s dinner has been scheduled for April 29.

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08:40  They were educated youth, well aware about India: Indian doc freed from IS:  Dr K Ramamurthy, Indian doctor who has been freed from the captivity of Islamic State in Libya narrates his ordeal.

Thanking Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and other officials for the help, he says he will never forget what he went through.

“They used to force me to get into operation theatres, but I never did any surgery or stitches. They did not do anything to me physically, but abused me verbally, they were educated youth well aware about India,” Dr Ramamurthy said.

“One day, ISIS fighters came to my room and told me to come with them; There was another Indian; They took two of us to their Central jail in Sirte.

“In jail, we met another two other Indians, who were captured from outskirts of Sirte (Libya) and had already finished two months in jail.

“ISIS people forced us to watch videos of what they did to Iraq, Syria, Nigeria and other places; It was bit difficult to watch them:,’ Dr Ramamurthy said.

“Then organisation people taught about Islam and how to pray five times a day, how to clean up before prayers; this went on for two months.

“After that, for unknown causes, they took us to another underground jail. After one month, they again shifted us to an area in Sirte. There, we met some Turkish people, Koreans and others. ISIS members taught us about Islam organisation, their rules and regulations,” he said.

“At that time, Libyan military forces from Misurata declared war on ISIS. Bombings and all scared them, so they kept moving prisoners.

“During Ramadan 2016, ISIS people approached me as they needed doctors at their hospitals; I refused as I was 61 at that time. I told them that I’m medically trained and not surgically, but still they posted me at hospital in Sirte that was near sports club,” he said.

“While I was working at a camp, within 10 days I got bullet injuries to my left hand and both legs; they shot me 3 times,” Dr Ramamurthy said. — ANI

Source: Rediff