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Israel’s Parliament passed a controversial Jewish Nation Bill

JERUSALEM: Israel’s parliament on Thursday approved a controversial piece of legislation that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people but which critics warn sidelines minorities. The government says the bill, passed in the early morning hours, will merely enshrine into law Israel’s existing character. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called its passage a […]

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Record three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs, says UN

GENEVA: Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 — a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UN’s HIV/AIDS agency said Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they […]

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Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit record high: UN

KABUL: The number of Afghan civilians killed in the country’s long-running conflict hit a record high in the first six months of 2018, UN figures showed Sunday, with militant attacks and suicide bombs the leading causes of death. The toll of 1,692 fatalities was one percent more than a year earlier and the highest since […]

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Imran Khan taunts Nawaz Sharif over his ‘friendship’ with Modi

Islamabad :    Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan has taunted former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over his “friendship” with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused the two of creating the law and order situation in the country and tension at the border to manipulate the situation in favour of the rival PML-N. Sharif […]

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UN Secretary-General backs Zeid’s call for Kashmir human rights investigation

UN:-UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has backed Human Rights High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein’s call for an international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir saying that it represents the “voice of the UN”. He also defended at a news conference on Thursday his own report on children in armed conflict that referred to situations […]

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US court orders Johnson & Johnson to pay USD 4.7 bn in talc cancer lawsuit

St Louis: A St Louis jury in the US on July 13 awarded nearly USD 4.7 billion in total damages to 22 women and their families after they claimed asbestos in Johnson & Johnson talcum powder contributed to their ovarian cancer in the first case against the company that focused on asbestos in the powder. […]

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Air strike in eastern Syria kills at least 28 people

Beirut: An air strike killed at least 28 people in an Islamic State-held area of eastern Syria near the border with Iraq, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday. The Syrian state news agency and the pro-Damascus al-Watan newspaper, in its online edition, said the US-led coalition carried out the air strike near […]

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Afghan officials: Taliban kill at least 15 troops, 4 police

KABUL, — The Taliban struck Thursday in Afghanistan’s northern province of Kunduz, leaving 15 soldiers dead there, and in western Farah province, where they killed four policemen, officials said. In Kunduz, Taliban fighters tried to overrun a military security post in the district of Dasht-e-Arch, using artillery shells, according to army spokesman Mohammad Hanif Rezaie, […]

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Afghanistan: Suicide Bomber Kills 10 in Jalalabad

Jalalabad: A suicide bomber blew himself up on Tuesday in the Afghan city of Jalalabad near a security forces vehicle. The attack left at least 10 people dead, government officials said. No militant group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Inamullah Miakhel, a spokesman for the provincial health department in the eastern city, confirmed […]

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World War II bomb defused at Volkswagen site in German city

BERLIN  — A World War II bomb found on the premises of automaker Volkswagen in the German city of Wolfsburg has been defused after some 4,000 people were evacuated from the surrounding area. City authorities said on Twitter that the bomb was defused Sunday lunchtime. People within a 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) radius, an area that includes […]

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