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Sea-level rise accelerating, say scientists

PARIS -UNS – Sea-level rise is accelerating, not declining as some have hoped, scientists said on Monday citing meltwater from Earth s ice sheets as the likely cause. In 2013, the UN s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said the global mean sea level …

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Lausanne deal could trigger a political earthquake

IRAN was reborn as a major Middle East nation when it agreed to limit its nuclear ambitions. Despite the “ifs” (if Iran complies with the “key parameters”, if Iran’s Revolutionary Guards don’t try to wreck the agreement, if Israel does not batter Iran’s nuclear facilities …

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Sales of books on Islam rocket after France attacks

PARIS -AFP/UNS – Books on Islam are selling out in France after deadly extremist attacks in the capital raised uncomfortable questions about Europe s fastest-growing religion. A special magazine supplement focused on the Quran has flown off the shelves, and shops are selling more books …

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Solar plane set for landmark round the world flight

ABU DHABI: A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight using nothing but the sun’s energy to power it, organisers said Tuesday. Solar Impulse 2, the first solar-powered plane to be able to fly …

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Pakistani cartoonists tread fine line in land of blasphemy laws

ISLAMABAD: In the face of Pakistan’s prolific use of blasphemy laws and a culture of political violence, cartoonists must tread a thin line. But they do find ways to poke fun at the powerful — including religious extremists. The conservative nation of 200 million people …

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Delhi rapes increase by one third in 2014

NEW DELHI (AFP) – The number of rapes reported in New Delhi increased by nearly a third in the last year, police said Friday, highlighting the alarming levels of sexual violence against women in the Indian capital. At an annual briefing with reporters, Delhi Police …

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2014 worst for journalist in a decade:PFUJ

KARACHI -UNS: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, PFUJ has termed the year 2014, as among the worst in a decade for Pakistani media, when journalists and media workers were killed inside their offices, while sitting in office van, chased and killed liked incidents were rare …

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Five disasters that could wipe out humanity

UNS REPORT ISLAMABAD: Everybody loves a horror movie, or maybe a film about the apocalypse. But how likely are these disasters to happen in real life? Here are five events that, if they happened today could wipe out humanity, or at very least – civilisation …

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Malala for peace,education: Text of Nobel speech by Malala Yousafzai

OSLO -UNS : Following is the text of speech delivered by Malala Yousafzai at Nobel Award ceremony in Oslo today. The speech was released by Nobelprize.org. Speech: Bismillah hir rahman ir rahim. In the name of God, the most merciful, the most beneficent Your Majesties, …

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Pakistan aiming for jet boost to defence exports

KARACHI (AFP) – A revamped version of Pakistan s JF-17 jet fighter took centre stage at a defence exhibition in Karachi this week as the restive nuclear-armed state looks to boost its role as a military exporter on the world stage. Pakistan s large, well-funded …

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