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Media freedom index: Pakistan ranks 139 out of 180 countries

Media freedom index: Pakistan ranks 139 out of 180 countries

Europe is still a beacon of press freedom, but its good performance relative to other parts of the world masks an overall decline in standards, according to the Press Freedom Index , published on Wednesday (26 April). The Russian Federation is 148th - quite close to the bottom, 180th place, that quite expectedly lists the most secretive country in the world, North Korea. Read More

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Leading Candidate in French Presidential Race

Leading Candidate in French Presidential Race

The Front National (FN) is the French far-right party that is headed by presidential candidate Marine Le Pen . And as if Le Pen making the final round against a centrist candidate wasn't worrying enough, the rise of far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in recent weeks will have compounded the EU's woes. Read More

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Netanyahu refuses to meet German minister in diplomatic spat

Netanyahu refuses to meet German minister in diplomatic spat

Israeli Environment Minister Zeev Elkin, a confidante of Netanyahu, told Israel radio it was " unthinkable " for a minister to meet groups working against the country he was visiting. "Germany and the European Union are important partners of Israel and I strongly believe that these relations have been mutually beneficial to both sides in spite of existing challenges". Read More

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United States defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

United States defense secretary makes crisis trip to Afghanistan

During his first visit Defense Secretary Mattis will meet President Ghani as well as other government officials. It was not immediately clear who would replace Defence Minister Abdullah Habibi and Army Chief of Staff Qadam Shah Shahim. On Sunday, U.S. National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster spoke to his Afghan counterpart, Haneef Atmar, and condemned the terrorist attack. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis checks his watch as he arrives via helicopter at Resolute Support headquarters in ... Read More

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UN hosts aid-pledging conference for beleaguered Yemen

The conference, co-sponsored by the United Nations, Switzerland and Sweden, raised pledges for over half of the 2.1 billion dollars (£1.64 billion) sought by the UN this year in an appeal that was only 15% funded previously. " We are witnessing the starving and the crippling of an entire generation ". The injured and patients suffering from chronic diseases are dying avoidable deaths, while the most vulnerable groups-children, pregnant women, and the elderly-are at heightened risk of disease. Read More

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Rifle to celebrate Arbor Day

Rifle to celebrate Arbor Day

According to the release, more than 250 million Arbor Day Foundation trees have been planted throughout the world in the past 44 years as part of various Arbor Day festivities and as a way to address issues such as air quality, water quality, climate change, deforestation and more. Read More

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Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

Trump raps Iran as violating 'spirit' of nuclear deal

U.S. president Donald Trump described the Iran deal during his election campaign as the "worst deal ever negotiated" , pledging to abolish the agreement, though has so far not followed through on his promises to revoke it. But Iran has not lived up to the spirit of the agreement. Trump spoke during a news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni. "The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran". Read More

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VP Pence arrives in Australia, last stop in Asia

US Vice President Mike Pence (left) shakes hands with Indonesian Vice President Jusuf Kalla during a business forum in Jakarta o Friday. The speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives, Setya Novanto, who Trump described as "one of the most powerful men and a great man", made a weird appearance at a Trump press conference in NY in late 2015. Read More

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Belgium had sought suspect in foiled French election attack

Polls show Macron easily winning such a run-off, which would pit two very different views of France's future and its relationship with Europe against one another. Crowds danced on a Paris plaza as Socialist presidential candidate Benoit Hamon held what was seen as a last-chance rally and concert. France's presidential candidates have been blanketing the country with campaign events amid increased security to try to inspire undecided voters just four days before a nail-biting election. Read More

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Woods hits first public shots

Woods hits first public shots

Speaking Tuesday at the unveiling of his design for a new course in Missouri, Woods sounded resigned to the uncertainty. Woods also will design a par-3 course at the nearby Big Cedar Lodge, with a similar goal of getting families together to enjoy nature and the game of golf together. Read More

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North Korea says Syria airstrikes prove its nukes justified

If not, we will solve the problem without them! In the interview, Trump said, "I do like a low-interest rate policy, I must be honest with you". "That's the first time I've heard them say that in a bilateral context", he said. On Friday, before he strolled with the US President on the grounds of his Mar-a-Lago resort, President Xi spoke of their "many common understandings" and "deepening our friendship". Read More

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Pence Tells North Korea: 'The Era Of Strategic Patience Is Over'

Vice Foreign Minister Han Song-Ryol has ramped up the tension between the two nations by saying: "We'll be conducting more missile tests on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis". North Korea launched a ballistic missile on Sunday but it blew up nearly immediately, the U.S. Pacific Command said. But Trump's very strong preference is for China to take the lead on dealing with North Korea, said the person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Read More

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US general confident North Korean missile can be intercepted

The Pentagon can defend against any North Korean missile threat, but Pyongyang's rapidly evolving weapons program is shrinking the warning time ahead of a launch, a top United States general said on Thursday. "We are now certain it was a liquid-fueled Scud", said a senior White House official, speaking on the condition of anonymity. But he also said the missile launch was hard to understand because North Korea benefits from the US and China being at odds with one another. Read More

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Russian Federation vetoes over Syria

Russian Federation has vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding a swift investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria. "We shall see whether the current session of the OPCW executive council will lead to some more sensible and different results unlike yesterday's show which was put up by our colleagues from the United States, the United Kingdom and France in the Security Council", Ryabkov said. Read More

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Israel Police: Palestinian stabs woman in Jerusalem

Bladon was a theology student at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, who had begun her guest studies at the Hebrew University, which confirmed her identity to the media, in January. The University of Jerusalem has condemned what it calls "an act of terror" on "a student who came to Jerusalem to study and widen her academic horizons". Read More

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Italy's Emma Morano, the World's Oldest Person, Dies at 117

Ms Morano has said that her longevity was partly down to genetics: her mother reached 91 and several sisters reached their centenary. "He told me, "Either you agree to marry me or I will kill you, '" Morano said ". In an interview with AFP news agency past year, Morano put her longevity down to her diet. She had clung to her independence, only taking on a full-time carer a couple of years ago, though she had not left her small two-room apartment for 20 years. Read More

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Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe

Seeking to salvage ties, US and Russia agree on Syria probe

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was met with a stern scolding by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday, as the two leaders convened for a full day of meetings in Moscow. Lavrov criticized the US for airstrikes on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, warned that similar action was unacceptable to Russian Federation, and chided the Trump administration for an inconsistent foreign policy and vacant positions at the State Department. Read More

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Syria's President Says Government's Role in Chemical Attack Is '100 Percent Fabrication'

Neither did Russian Federation deny the event occurred: Moscow claimed the deaths were the result of a regime airstrike on a chemical weapons stockpile on the ground, controlled by "terrorists". Denouncing the attack as a "heinous" act, he highlighted the need to provide peace and comfort to the victims, especially to those whose loved ones died in the incident. Read More

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