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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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3000 Foreigners Arrested in Biggest-Ever Human Trafficking Case

Human Trafficking

KUWAIT CITY – Kuwaiti Ministry of Interior has issued an order to arrest 2,900 foreigners of various nationalities in the biggest-ever human trafficking case in the country’s history, Middle East Monitor reported Friday. According to Kuwait News Agency, over the past few days, the Ministry took into custody around 90 …

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Pakistan, China are ‘All-Weather Strategic Cooperative Partners’: Qureshi

Pakistan

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that Pakistan and China are “all-weather strategic cooperative partners. According to Pakistan Today, Qureshi was chairing a preparatory meeting via video conference with the Pakistani ambassador to China regarding the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s upcoming visit to the country. …

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Oil Prices Climb for First Time in Three Days, But Trade War Fears Drag

Oil prices

TOKYO – Oil prices climbed for the first time in three days on Wednesday, but rising supply and fears over the outlook for demand amid the US-China trade war kept pressure on the market, Reuters reported. The website said, that Brent crude futures had gained 52 cents, or 0.7 percent, …

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North Korea Prepares for Inspectors to Visit Nuclear Test Site

North Korea

PYONGYANG, North Korea – North Korea may be preparing for a visit by international inspectors to its shuttered Punggye-ri nuclear test site, South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday, citing the country’s spy agency. According to “Japan Times”, Signs have been detected that North Korea is doing some preparations and …

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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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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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Top U.S., South Korean Officials Playing Role for North Korea Talks

North Korea

SEOUL – The top U.S. envoy for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, sought to inject momentum to nuclear talks with Pyongyang, saying he is “absolutely certain” that Washington and Seoul can work together to achieve their objective of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, Reuters said Monday. Biegun was in Seoul to …

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