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Global Internet Freedom Declines for Eighth Consecutive Year

Freedom House

WASHINGTON – Freedom House report finds more and more countries are cracking down online, Internet freedom around the world has declined for the eighth consecutive year, raising fears that state censorship online is becoming the norm rather than the exception, the Week reported Friday. The website says that a new …

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UN Agencies Warn of Human Loss if Malnutrition not Ended

malnutrition

BANGKOK, Thailand – Four specialized agencies of the United Nations on Friday warned of a colossal human loss to Asia and the Pacific and its economies if countries in the region do not recommit themselves to ending all forms of malnutrition and achieving zero hunger by 2030, Relief Web reported. …

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Pentagon Sending 5,200 Troops to Mexico Border Week Before Midterms

Pentagon

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon said on Monday that it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that …

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Russia Plans Missile-Firing Exercise Off Norway Amid NATO Drills

Missile

STOCKHOLM, Norway – The Russian Navy plans to test missiles in international waters off Norway’s coast this week, Norwegian and NATO officials say, as the Western military alliance conducts its largest military exercise since the end of the Cold War, Daily Sabah reported on Tuesday. The alliance was informed last …

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South Korean Court Orders Japan Firm to Compensate Labors

South Korean

SEOUL – South Korean Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a lower court ruling from several years ago that ordered a Japanese steel firm to compensate four South Koreans who were victims of forced labor during Japanese colonial rule, Kyodo News reported Tuesday. According to the South Korean news agency, Nippon …

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EU Ramps Up Navies to Counter Russia, Germany Takes the Lead: Reports

EU

MOSCOW – The European Union (EU) states have started major naval exercises in the Baltic Sea, with Germany taking a leading role; they are preparing themselves for the Russian threat, Sputnik reported Monday. The nations of Europe seem to be bulking up their navies, and Germany is taking the lead …

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World Needs Non-Proliferation Treaty for Ocean Pollution: Kerry

Kerry

NUSA DUA, BALI – Former US secretary of state John Kerry said on Monday that the world must step up cooperation to fight climate change the same way it did to thwart nuclear war, the Straits Times said Monday. He said at the Our Ocean Conference in Bali, “In the …

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Lion Air Plane Crashes Into Sea with 189 on Board

Lion Air

JAKARTA – Lion Air passenger flight, with 189 on board, crashed into the sea on Monday morning after minutes of take-off, Indonesia’s search and rescue agency said. The flight that took off from Jakarta to the city of Pangkal Pinang off the island of Sumatra crashed into the sea. A …

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US Military Presence is Key to Security in Europe: Polish FM

Polish

WARSAW – Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said Friday that US military presence is essential to ensuring security in Europe. According to the Polish foreign ministry, speaking at an international conference in Warsaw, Jacek Czaputowicz said that there were differences in how security was understood in the United States and …

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Iran will Overcome US Sanctions: Zarif

Zarif

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has expressed confidence that the Islamic Republic will manage to overcome sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, the “Iran Front Page” said Tuesday. Zarif said in an interview with Kyodo News on Monday, that “Many countries have shown readiness …

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