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Cuba condemns parliamentary coup in Brazil

ISLAMABAD- UNS :Sectors of the right wing representing the oligarchy, in alliance with the reactionary press in Brazil, openly supported by the corporate media and imperialism, have consummated in the country’s House of Deputies the first step in what constitutes a parliamentary coup d’etat against the legitimate government of the …

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Army Chief arrives in Qatar on one-day visit to discuss Afghan talks

DOHA (UNS/ AP) – Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Raheel Sharif has arrived in Doha on one-day official visit to Qatar, the army spokesperson confirmed in a message posted on Twitter today (Monday). During his stay, the Army Chief will meet Qatari political and military leadership and discuss cooperation …

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The next UN secretary general

By the end of 2016, when Ban Ki-moon’s second term ends, the UN General Assembly will appoint the next secretary general “upon the recommendation of the Security Council”. The UN Charter describes the secretary general as the “chief administrative officer” of the world organisation who also performs “such other functions” …

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Oil prices extend gains as Iran welcomes output freeze

SINGAPORE: Oil prices extended gains in Asia Thursday as traders welcomed comments from Iran’s oil minister praising a conditional agreement between Saudi Arabia and Russia to freeze output levels, fuelling hopes for stability in the commodity market. Bijan Zanganeh said Tehran will “support any measure that can stabilise the market …

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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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Pakistan only Saarc country to improve Corruption Perceptions Index score: TI

ISLAMABAD-UNS/APP: The Transparency International (TI) maintained on Tuesday that Pakistan was the only country among the five Saarc countries that improved its Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) score. The other four countries scored the same or less points as compared to the score in 2014, the TI said in its report …

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Al-Qaeda, IS are direct threat to American people: Obama

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Barack Obama addressed Americans nervous about terror and a changing economy. In a farewell State of the Union address Tuesday that drew sharp contrast with Republicans, he said that Americans should not fear the future. In a marquee address that bubbled with 2016 election politics, Obama …

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