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Zika Virus A Global Health Emergency: WHO

GENEVA/LONDON: The World Health Organization on Monday declared the mosquito-borne Zika virus an international public health emergency due to its link to thousands of birth defects in Brazil, as the U.N. agency sought to build a global response to the threat. WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international …

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Terrorists have no country, religion or sect: COAS

RAWALPINDI : Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif visited National Counter Terrorism Training Centre (NCTC), Pabbi and witnessed Pak–Sri Lanka–Maldives Trilateral Exercise “ Eagle Dash-I”, today (Thursday), the Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) reported. Foreign military delegates from Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Maldives and South Africa witnessed the exercise …

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A third of world population lives in nations without freedoms – rights group

NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – More than a third of the world s population, or 2.6 billion people, live in nations and territories gripped by repression, corruption and human rights abuses, with the worst being Syria, Tibet and Somalia, an advocacy group said on Wednesday. The year 2015 – …

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Afghan Taliban flex muscles with new telecom ‘tax’

KANDAHAR (AFP) – The Taliban have demanded a hefty new “protection tax” from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy. At a secret meeting last month, the Taliban’s central leadership …

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