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Ban lauds Obama for engagement with China, India on climate

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has voiced appreciation for US President Barack Obama’s “personal engagement” with India, China and Brazil on climate change, saying he counts on his strong leadership to reach an agreement on the issue in Paris in December. “I really appreciate your personal engagement starting with China and Brazil and India, and many others. As I’m going to ...

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Memorials for MH17 victims as calls grow for justice

Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine exactly a year ago joined emotional memorials as calls mounted for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy. All 298 passengers and crew — the majority of them Dutch — died on July 17 last year when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight ...

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Microsoft’s partners in India ‘very progressive’: Schuster

Describing India as a “great market”, a top Microsoft executive said the company’s partners in the country are “very progressive” in the way they service the world and the Indian customers adapt to technology a lot faster than those in some other nations. “We have a great market in India and (it is) super strong. We have really tremendous partners ...

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NASA spacecraft captures mysterious dark spots on Pluto

Washington, Jul 12 (PTI) NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has captured its last and best image of the four mysterious dark spots on Pluto’s far side, ahead of its historic flyby of the dwarf planet. The spots appear on the side of Pluto that always faces its largest moon, Charon – the face that will be invisible to New Horizons when ...

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Typhoon Chan-Hom weakens after striking Chinese coast

Beijing, Jul 12 (PTI) Typhoon Chan-Hom, which?wreaked havoc in parts of China’s coast, has?weakened as it moved northeast, prompting?the country’s meteorological authority to downgrade the alert from red to orange today. Chan-Hom, the ninth typhoon this year, hit northern area of the east China sea yesterday, packing winds of up to 35 metres per second, the National Meteorological Center (NMC) ...

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Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers: officials

Herat, Jun 29 (AFP) At least 11 Afghan soldiers were killed in a Taliban ambush in western Afghanistan, officials said today, as security forces face their first fighting season without NATO combat support. “The Taliban ambushed a convoy of soldiers in Karukh district of Herat, killing 11 Afghan army soldiers last evening. The soldiers were riding in pickup trucks,” Ehsanullah ...

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Afghan opium output sparks rise in cheaper heroin supply: UN

Vienna, Jun 26 (AFP) Opium cultivation and production in Afghanistan have reached record levels, triggering “a large increase” in cheaper heroin supply in the US, the United Nations said on Friday. Afghan poppy fields covered some 224,000 hectares (553,500 acres) in 2014 — a seven-per cent rise from the 209,000 hectares the previous year, according to a new study by ...

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India trying to politicise UNSC sanctions committee: Pakistan

Islamabad, Jun 25 (PTI) Pakistan today accused India of politicising the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee by making unfounded “insinuations” against it, days after China blocked India’s move calling for action against Pakistan over 26/11 mastermind Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi’s release. Foreign Office spokesperson Qazi Khalilullah said that a recent complaint by India against Pakistan was discussed in one of the regular ...

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NATO says implementing ‘biggest’ defence boost since Cold War

NATO head Jens Stoltenberg has said the alliance was implementing its biggest defence reinforcement since the Cold War, as the region grapples with terrorism and an increasingly assertive Russia. He spoke a day after Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would add more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles to its nuclear arsenal this year. “NATO is facing a new ...

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UN: Sex exploitation by peacekeepers strongly underreported

Members of a UN peacekeeping mission engaged in “transactional sex” with more than 225 Haitian women who said they needed it for things like food and medication, suggesting that sexual exploitation remains significantly underreported in such missions, according to a new report. The draft by the Office of Internal Oversight Services looks at the way UN peacekeeping, which has about ...

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