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Category Archives: World

Japan calls for text-based negotiations on Security Council reform

  United Nations: Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called to urgently revitalise the long-stalled Security Council reform process by adopting a text on which to base the negotiations during the current General Assembly session. “The reform of the Security Council is an urgent task necessary for the Council to more effectively address threats to international…

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US may stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working

  Washington: US President Donald Trump’s administration is set to propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of H1-B visa holders eligible to work while in the US, potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs, the media reported. Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have…

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‘Passive scrolling on Facebook can make you feel worse’

  San Francisco: Facebook has said that passively scrolling through posts on the social media platform can make people feel worse — while active engagement on the platform may have the opposite effect. Citing scientific research on well-being and social media, Facebook on Friday highlighted the two sides of using social media — the good and…

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South Africa’s ruling ANC preparing to replace Zuma

  Johannesburg: South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) is preparing to choose a new party leader on Saturday to succeed incumbent President Jacob Zuma. The main candidates are Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, 65, and former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, 68, President Zuma’s former wife, reports the BBC. The tense leadership battle has raised fears that…

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Trump lawyers set for key meeting with Special Counsel

  Washington: US President Donald Trump’s private lawyers are slated to meet Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is currently probing alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, next week, the media reported. While the lawyers have met with Mueller’s team before and might again, the upcoming meeting has greater significance because it comes after the…

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US regulator repeals Obama’s net neutrality rules

  Washington: The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to roll back “net neutrality” rules adopted in 2015 that required internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally. In the rules adopted in 2015 under then US President Barack Obama, internet service providers were not allowed to block or degrade access to legal content,…

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US dollar declines on soft inflation data

  New York: The US dollar fell against most major currencies as the country’s soft inflation data continued to weigh on the market. In late New York trading on Thursday, the euro rose to $1.1799 from $1.1789, and the British pound climbed to $1.3441 from $1.3368, Xinhua news agency reported. The Australian dollar increased to $0.7676…

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US House Speaker Ryan dismisses retirement reports

  Washington: US House Speaker Paul Ryan has dismissed swirling media reports that he is going to retire from the Congress. Asked at the end of his weekly press conference on Thursday whether he was leaving Congress “soon”, Ryan said: “I’m not, no”, Xinhua news agency reported. Earlier on Thursday, Politico published a lengthy report saying…

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Putin to focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare if re-elected

  Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he will focus on improving infrastructure, healthcare, education, advanced technologies, labour productivity and incomes of citizens if he wins the Russian presidential election next year. “The most important issues on which the authorities and the entire society need to focus their attention on are the development of infrastructure,…

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