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Thousands of scientists protest against Trump slashing research budgets
Washington, April 23: Bearing protest signs and many wearing lab coats, thousands of scientists from around the US began gathering here to express their objections to the cutbacks in scientific research proposed by President Donald Trump.The protest on Saturday, dubbed the March for Science and coinciding with Earth Day, is being held in more than 500 cities around the world, but all eyes are on Washington, where the organisers hoped to attract as many as 75,000 people, Efe news reported.The first scientists started arriving around 8.00 a.m. (local time) at the Washington Monument, looking toward the South Lawn of the White House, from where the protest was to set out at 2.00 p.m. down the National Mall and wind up in the streets around Congress.While hundreds of people were lining up to join the march, dozens of volunteers were handing out signs with the official slogan of the protest: "Science, not Silence".The organisers had insisted that the march should not be an anti-Tr...




UN chief highlights need to invest in preventing conflicts
The UN chief stressed that the best and most necessary investment was an investment in prevention and in addressing the problems of fragility before it turns into conflict United Nations, April 22: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday highlighted the need to invest in prevention, which he believes is the best way to prevent conflicts.The UN chief made the remarks at the World Bank Spring Meetings along with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, Xinhua news agency reported.The UN chief stressed that the best and most necessary investment was an investment in prevention and in addressing the problems of fragility before it turns into conflict."It is absolutely essential to find a way to divert the massive use of resources in managing crises to what is necessary to do to prevent them and to build the capacity of societies to solve their own problems," Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for Guterres, said.The UN ...




135 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack on army base
Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said Taliban militants wearing army uniforms stormed the compound during Friday prayers Kabul, April 22: At least 135 Afghan soldiers were killed and 60 injured in a deadly attack by Taliban militants on an Afghan army base in Balkh province, an official said on Saturday.Ten Taliban militants were killed by the forces during Friday's attack on the 209 Shaheen Corps Headquarters, one of the largest military bases in Mazar-e-Sharif city, Tolo News quoted an official as saying on condition of anonymity as the government has not released the official figure.The Taliban group has claimed responsibility for the attack.The official said the toll is expected to rise further as some of the injured are in critical condition.Defence Ministry spokesman Dawlat Waziri said Taliban militants wearing army uniforms stormed the compound during Friday prayers.The militants entered the base in a military vehicle and began shooting at the soldiers as they pray...




WHO claims unprecedented progress against neglected tropical diseases
The report documented one billion people treated for at least one neglected tropical disease in 2015 alone as one of key achievements against NTDsGeneva, April 20: Remarkable achievements have been made in tackling neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) since 2007 with one billion people receiving treatment in 2015 alone, World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday in a report."WHO has observed record-breaking progress towards bringing ancient scourges like sleeping sickness and elephantiasis to their knees," Xinhua news agency quoted WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, as saying. The WHO report, Integrating Neglected Tropical Diseases in Global Health and Development, demonstrates how strong political support, generous donations of medicines, improvements in living conditions, have led to sustained expansion of disease control programmes in countries where these diseases are most prevalent.The report documented one billion people treated for at least one neglected tropic...




Europe sees largest increase in social hostilities against Muslims
IndiaTomorrow.net, April 16: Europe had the largest increase in use of force by governments and social hostilities against Muslims in the year 2015, says the latest report on Global Restrictions on Religion released by the Pew Research Center.   "More than half of the 45 countries in the region (53%) experienced an increase in government harassment or use of force from 2014 to 2015. Twenty-seven European countries (60%) saw widespread government harassment or intimidation of religious groups in 2015, up from 17 countries in 2014," says the report.   "Two countries in Europe, France and Russia, each had more than 200 cases of government force against religious groups - mostly cases of individuals being punished for violating the ban on face coverings in public spaces and government buildings in France, and groups being prosecuted in Russia for publicly exercising their religion," the report said.   However, the report says, the Middle East-North...




Americans name dissatisfaction with govt, political leadership as top problem
Washington, April 16: Americans list their dissatisfaction with the government and political leadership as the top problem in the country, according to a new Gallup poll.The April 5-9 poll found that 21 per cent of Americans think dissatisfaction with government/poor leadership is the most important problem facing the country, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.It was followed by healthcare at 9 per cent, immigration at 8 per cent, and economy also at 8 per cent, in the list of top concerns by Americans.The current level of dissatisfaction with the government is the highest since October 2013 to January 2014, after the partial government shutdown that October.The only other period when a higher percentage of Americans cited government as the most important problem was in 1973 and 1974 during the Watergate crisis, according to Gallup.Perhaps reflecting Americans' dissatisfaction with government, overall satisfaction with the way things are going in the United States remains low, at...




Turkey votes in landmark presidential referendum
Ankara, April 16: Voting began on Sunday in Turkey in a landmark referendum that will determine whether President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will be granted new powers, the media reported.Erdogan is seeking to replace Turkey's parliamentary system with an executive presidency, the BBC reported.A "yes" vote could see Erdogan remain in office until 2029 and would give him vastly enhanced powers to appoint cabinet ministers, issue decrees, choose senior judges and dissolve parliament.On Saturday, Turkish politicians made their final appeals to voters preparing to cast their ballots on one of the most sweeping programmes of constitutional change since Turkey became a republic almost a century ago.Some 55 million Turkish voters are eligible to cast their ballots, according to Hurriyet Daily News.The referendum is expected to attract a high turnout, with 1.2 million young people eligible to vote for the first time.The Supreme Board of Election has announced that 167,140 ballot boxes will...




Protests in Pakistan against lynching of student
The 23-year-old journalism student from Abdul Wali Khan University was stripped, shot, thrown from the second floor of the hostel and brutally beaten to death by a mob on Thursday Islamabad, April 15: Protests led by civil society organisations were held in different parts of Pakistan to condemn the killing of university student Mashal Khan for allegedly "publishing blasphemous content online".Demonstrations took place in Zaida village of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday as Mashal Khan was laid to rest, The News International said.The 23-year-old journalism student from Abdul Wali Khan University was stripped, shot, thrown from the second floor of the hostel and brutally beaten to death by a mob on Thursday.At least 20 persons were arrested in connection with the incident.In Peshawar, demonstrators chanted slogans against the university administration and police.According to the protesters in Lahore, it was an unprecedented incident in the history of Pakhtuns.They demanded a ju...




World must stop lethal 'lords of war': Pope Francis
I think that today sin manifests itself with all its destructive force in war, different forms of violence and maltreatment and in the abandonment of the weakest: Pope Francis  Vatican City, April 14: Pope Francis on Thursday urged the world to "stop the lords of war" who sinfully stoke deadly conflicts for their own financial gain -- at "immense" human cost."The world must stop the lords of war, because those who suffer most are the last and the helpless," Francis told Italian daily La Repubblica in an interview."I think that today sin manifests itself with all its destructive force in war, different forms of violence and maltreatment and in the abandonment of the weakest," he said."I always ask myself: Does violence allow us to obtain long-lasting objectives? Are not the results only a further escalation of reprisals and a spiral of lethal conflicts, which benefit only a few lords of war?"Wars cause forced migration, "imme...




Over 200 children protest against Trump's immigration policies
Under the slogan "We belong together", the protesters on Thursday gathered at Lafayette Park, in front of the presidential mansion, to "raise the community's awareness that we should be united" Washington, April 14: Over 200 children along with other demonstrators staged a protest outside the White House against US President Donald Trump's immigration policies, the media reported.According to the organisers, the group included children from Miami, New York, Colorado and the Washington D.C. area who began their journey to the capital last week to "send a message" to the President, The Hill magazine reported.They stopped in Atlanta and the Raleigh-Durham area in North Carolina before ending their trip here.Under the slogan "We belong together", the protesters on Thursday gathered at Lafayette Park, in front of the presidential mansion, to "raise the community's awareness that we should be united"."The reason why I'm here is th...




First Muslim female judge in US found dead
Since 2013, Judge Abdus-Salaam had been one of seven judges on the State Court of Appeals, reported The New York Times New York, April 13: Sheila Abdus-Salaam, the first-ever female Muslim judge in US history and the first African-American woman to serve on New Yorks highest court, was found dead in the Hudson River, police said.The body of Judge Abdus-Salaam, 65, was discovered floating fully clothed on the Manhattan side of the river by the Henry Hudson Parkway -- just a mile from her central Harlem home -- on Wednesday afternoon, officials said.She was taken to a pier on the Hudson River and was pronounced dead by paramedics, New York Daily News reported.The police were investigating how she ended up in the river, and it was not clear how long Judge Abdus-Salaam, who lived nearby in Harlem, had been missing.There were no signs of trauma on her body, the police said. She was fully clothed.A law enforcement official said investigators had found no signs of criminality. Her husban...




Pakistan rules out immediate execution of Kulbhushan Jadhav
Kulbhushan Jadhav faced charges of spying for India, working against Pakistan's integrity, sponsoring terrorism and attempting to destabilise the country Islamabad, April 12: Kulbhushan Jadhav, an alleged Indian 'spy' who has been awarded death sentence by a military court in Pakistan, will not be immediately executed, Defence Min­ister Khawaja Mohammad Asif has said. Asif said three appellate forums are available under the law to Jadhav, whose family lives in Mumbai, Dawn online reported. According to the minister, the trial of Jadhav, who Pakistan said was working for the Research and Analysis Wing and arrested in March 2016 in Balochistan, lasted three and a half months. He faced charges of spying for India, working against Pakistan's integrity, sponsoring terrorism and attempting to destabilise the country. Asif said Jadhav had the right to move the Pakistan Army's Court of Appeal against his conviction within 60 days, followed by submission of mercy ...




United Airlines apologises after Asian doctor dragged off flight
Chicago, April 11: The United Airlines has apologised after an Asian doctor was forcibly dragged off an "overbooked" flight as he refused to give up his seat for United Airlines staff.The airlines said it had to "re-accommodate" the customers on the United flight at Chicago's O'hara International Airport on Sunday night.United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz on Monday said: "This is an upsetting event to all of us here at the United."He said the airlines was "reaching out to this passenger" and "further address and resolve this situation".The elderly doctor was violently pulled out of his seat and dragged away on the aisle of the aircraft by police and airline staff.The incident was recorded by at least two passengers and the videos went viral on social media, sparking a national outrage.The airline offered $1,000 for volunteers to give up their seats on the Chicago to Louisville, Kentucky, flight to accommodate four airline employees on the f...




Church Bombing: Egypt's cabinet approves three-month emergency
Cairo, April 10: A day after two church bombings claimed by the Islamic State killed at least 49 people, Egypt's cabinet on Monday approved a countrywide state of emergency for three months.The state of emergency took effect from 1 p.m. (local time), the cabinet said in a statement."The state of emergency allows both the armed forces and the police to execute those procedures necessary to combat the threats of terrorism and its financing, maintain security around the country and protect public and private property, as well as preserving the lives of citizens," the statement read.President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi declared the measure in a televised address on Sunday following the attacks, reported Al Ahram online."This is only to protect our country and prevent any targeting of its capabilities," Sisi said."The war against the jihadists would be 'long and painful'... What is happening now is another attempt to destroy our country," he added.The President also ...




First Hindu Congresswoman slams Syria strikes
It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government: Tulsi Gabbard Washington, April 7: The first Hindu elected to the Congress, Hawaiian Democrat Tulsi Gabbard, slammed President Donald Trump's decision to strike against Syria as reckless, the media reported."This administration has acted recklessly without care or consideration of the dire consequences of the US attack on Syria without waiting for the collection of evidence from the scene of the chemical poisoning," The Hill magazine quoted Gabbard as saying on Thursday."It angers and saddens me that President Trump has taken the advice of war hawks and escalated our illegal regime change war to overthrow the Syrian government."This escalation is short-sighted and will lead to more dead civilians, more refugees, the strengthening of Al Qaeda and other terrorists, and a possible nuclear war between the ...




70 killed in gas bomb attack in Syria, world outraged
Victims died -- some writhing, choking, gasping or foaming at the mouth -- after breathing in poison that possibly contained a nerve agent or other outlawed chemicals, according to witnesses, doctors and rescue workers. Damascus, April 6: One of the worst chemical bombings in Syria that killed at least 20 innocent children and 50 other persons, sparked an international outrage on Wednesday and prompted the United Nations to call for a probe into the attack and to view it as a possible war crime.The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said in a statement the use of chemical weapons as well as any deliberate targeting of medical facilities "would amount to war crimes and serious violations of human rights law"."It is imperative for perpetrators of such attacks to be identified and held accountable," said the independent panel led by Brazilian expert Paulo Pinheiro.World leaders, including President Trump, blamed the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad...




Govt. committed for safety of African nationals - valued partners of India: MEA
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, April 4: "The Government is committed to ensuring safety and security of all foreign nationals in India, including African nationals, who remain our valued partners," said the Ministry of External Affairs on Monday following a joint statement from the African Heads of Mission strongly condemning the last week's attack on some Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida, near the National Capital.   While terming the attack as "xenophobic and racial in nature" the envoys had said they may take the matter to international human rights bodies for an independent investigation if the government failed to take legal action against the perpetrators or took "sufficient or visible deterring measures" to avoid repeat of such incidents.   In response, the MEA said: "It is unfortunate that a criminal act triggered following the untimely death of a young Indian student under suspicious circumstances has been termed as xenophobi...




UN wants attackers of Africans in India brought to justice
Arul Louis, United Nations, April 4: The UN wants those responsible for attacks on Africans in India to be brought to justice, Stephane Dujarric, the spokesperson of Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday.He was answering a reporter's question about that African ambassadors in New Delhi want to take to the UN the "xenophobica" attacks on their citizens."There's no UN involvement that I'm aware of," Dujarric said. "We do very much hope that these people who are responsible for these attacks are brought to justice."Earlier on Monday, the Ambassador of Eritrea, who is the dean of African diplomats in India, issued a statement on behalf of the envoys decrying the recent spate of attacks on African students in and around Delhi as "xenophobic and racial in nature".The African ambassadors "agreed to take further actions, including the call for an independent investigation by the (UN) Human Rights Council as well as other human rights bod...




Trump may get involved in India-Pakistan peace process: Haley
Arul Louis, United Nations, April 4: The US is concerned about the state of India-Pakistan relations and President Donald Trump himself may get involved in a peace process between the two South Asian antagonists, Nikki Haley, the US Permanent Representative to the UN said on Monday."This administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward," Haley, who holds a cabinet rank in the Trump administration, said."I would expect that the administration going to be in talks and try and find its place to be part of that (process)."She added, "And also wouldn't be surprised if the President participates as well."India has opposed external involvement in bilateral issues with Pakistan.During his campaign in 2016, Trump had offered to mediate between India and Pakistan, but was careful to add that it was only if the two nations wanted him to.In an interview to The...




African envoys threaten to take attack issue to Human Rights Council, demand visible deterring measures
New Delhi, April 3: African Heads of Mission have strongly condemned last week's attack on Nigerian nationals in Greater Noida, calling it "xenophobic and racial in nature", and kept open the possibility of taking the matter to international human rights bodies for an independent investigation if the government failed to take legal action against the perpetrators or took "sufficient or visible deterring measures" to avoid repeat of such incidents.A statement issued after a meeting of the envoys -- representing 54 countries of the African continent -- following the incident and dated March 31 said: "As regards the recent unfortunate incident in Greater Noida, the African Heads of Mission strongly condemn the incident and express their deep concern and also take note that these reprehensible events, both outstanding and unresolved cases against Africans, were not sufficiently condemned by the Indian authorities. The meeting unanimously agreed that those reaccumul...




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