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 Nothing done to fight climate change

Nothing done to fight climate change

AFP, Switzerland:Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on Tuesday slammed global inaction on climate change in front of the world's top business leaders, as the annual Davos forum faced up to

Migrants crossing the Suichate River, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico.

Migrants crossing the Suichate River, the natural border between Guatemala and Mexico.

Putin sends his constitutional proposals to Parliament

AP, Moscow :Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday submitted to parliament a package of constitutional amendments widely seen as an attempt to secure his grip on power well after his

No evidence of Sudan paras fighting in Libya found: UN

No evidence of Sudan paras fighting in Libya found: UN

AFP, United Nations :A United Nations panel said Monday it had no "credible evidence" of Sudanese paramilitaries fighting in conflict-wracked Libya for military strongman Khalifa Haftar as alleged by some

General Bipin Rawat downplays China's presence in Indian Ocean

General Bipin Rawat downplays China's presence in Indian Ocean

PTI, Thanjavur :Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Monday downplayed the question of China's growing presence in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and said every nation looked at

Pompeo urges end to ‘tyranny’ of Venezuela’s Maduro

Pompeo urges end to ‘tyranny’ of Venezuela’s Maduro

AFP, Bogota :US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called Monday for cooperation in the struggle to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro from office amid a long-running crisis in the South

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Spanish PM to meet head of Catalan separatist govtAFP, MadridSpain's prime minister has said he will meet the head of Catalonia's separatist government in early February, although discussion on any

Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

Trump to offer first detailed impeachment defense as pivotal week begins

Reuters, Washington  :After refusing to cooperate with the Democratic Party-led impeachment probe in the House of Representatives, President Donald Trump will on Monday offer his first comprehensive defense, before his

PM Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

PM Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit Monday that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in its new life outside the

SARS-like virus spreads in China, nearly 140 new cases

AFP,  Beijing:China on Monday reported a mysterious SARS-like virus had spread across the country, including to Beijing, raising concerns as millions begin trips for the Lunar New Year.A third person

Abe strikes conciliatory note on S.Korea, row may be easing

Abe strikes conciliatory note on S.Korea, row may be easing

Reuters, Tokyo :Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday that South Korea was its "most important neighbour" and that the two shared basic values, taking a conciliatory tone towards

Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result

Millions go hungry in wealthy Canada - and some die young as a result

Reuters, Rome :Canadians who cannot afford regular meals are more likely to die early, according to a study released on Monday, showing that people are dying from hunger even in

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Mahathir says ruling coalition could be a one-term govtReuters, LangkawiMalaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said on Monday his ruling coalition could be a one-term government if it does not make

Maduro ready to open direct talks with US

Maduro ready to open direct talks with US

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said he was still comfortably in charge and open to direct negotiations with the US, in an interview published Saturday by The Washington Post.The interview was

Police fire tear gas to disperse thousands in central Hong Kong

Police fire tear gas to disperse thousands in central Hong Kong

Reuters, Hong Kong  :Police fired tear gas on Sunday to disperse thousands of anti-government protesters who gathered in a central Hong Kong park but later spilled onto the streets, briefly

SpaceX to simulate astronaut ejection in final test

SpaceX to simulate astronaut ejection in final test

SpaceX will on Sunday simulate its emergency abort system on an unmanned spacecraft, the last major test before it plans to send NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.The space

Germany hosts Libya summit in bid to curb military meddling

AP, Berlin :Germany is bringing together the key players in Libya's long-running civil war in a bid to curb foreign military meddling, solidify a cease-fire and help relaunch a political

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Snow shuts schools, delays flights in Iran capitalAFP, TehranHeavy snow covered the streets of Tehran on Sunday, causing major flight delays and forcing the closure of schools, authorities in the

Taliban aim to sign deal with US by end of month

Taliban aim to sign deal with US by end of month

AFP, Kabul :The Taliban are aiming to reach a withdrawal agreement with the US by the end of January and are prepared to "scale down" military operations ahead of signing

Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests

Pakistan court jails dozens of Islamists over Asia Bibi protests

AFP, Islamabad :A Pakistani court has sentenced more than 80 Islamists to 55 years in prison each after protests linked to the 2018 acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman

World's shortest man, who measured 67.08 cm, dies in Nepal

World's shortest man, who measured 67.08 cm, dies in Nepal

AFP, Kathmandu :The world's shortest man who could walk, as verified by Guinness World Records, died Friday at a hospital in Nepal, his family said.Khagendra Thapa Magar, who measured  67.08

UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer

UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer

AP, London :The British government has announced plans for special events on the night of Jan. 31 when the country officially leaves the European Union but the country's treasury chief

Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

Experts warn over scale of China virus as US airports start screening

AFP, Hong Kong :The true scale of the outbreak of a mysterious SARS-like virus in China is likely far bigger than officially reported, scientists have warned, as countries ramp up

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Louisiana, Alaskan tribes file UN climate change complaintAP, Baton RougeFour coastal Louisiana tribes and one in Alaska that say the U.S. government violated their human rights by failing to take

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait less than week after election

US warship sails through Taiwan Strait less than week after election

Reuters, Taipei :A US warship sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Thursday, the island's defense ministry said, less than a week after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election by

Facebook misleading people, its behaviour shameful: Pelosi

Facebook misleading people, its behaviour shameful: Pelosi

Agencies, Washington : In a rare rebuke of Facebook, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has accused the social networking platform of misleading the American people and "schmoozing" US President

Japanese suicides decline to lowest in over 40 years

Japanese suicides decline to lowest in over 40 years

Reuters, Tokyo :Suicides in Japan in 2019 fell to their lowest number in more than 40 years, police said on Friday, marking the 10th straight year of declines.Though suicide

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New Guatemala President cuts ties with VenezuelaReuters, Guatemala City:Guatemala's new President Alejandro Giammattei said on Thursday his country was cutting diplomatic ties with Venezuela and closing its embassy in

Heavy rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage

Heavy rain hits Australian fires, but blazes still rage

AFP, Sydney :Heavy rain fell on bushfires in eastern Australia on Friday (Jan 17) for a second straight day, offering further relief from a months-long crisis, but dozens of

India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at UN

India asks China to avoid raising Kashmir dispute at UN

AP, New Delhi  :India on Thursday asked China to avoid raising the Kashmir dispute at the United Nations Security Council, insisting it is a bilateral matter between India and