Category: World

President Xi Jinping Says Internet Control Key to China Stability

April 21, 2018: China must strengthen its grip on the internet to ensure broader social and economic goals are met, state news agency Xinhua reported on Saturday citing comments from President Xi Jinping, underlining a hardening attitude towards online content. Under Xi’s rule China has increasingly tightened its grip on the internet, concerned about losing […]

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A New Era Opens in Cuba; A Look Back at the Castro Years

(DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — A new chapter is beginning in Cuba, with the country’s National Assembly meeting to elect a new president. Raul Castro, 86, is stepping down from his position as head of state after serving two five-year terms. It’s the end of a 59-year reign by the Castro brothers as well as for a whole […]

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Why India Is Carrying Out 10,000 Sorties of Combat Aircraft Fleet in 3 Days

Meanwhile, the IAF has launched a very ambitious $19.5 billion program to buy 110 military fighters on transfer of technology and performance based logistics basis. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — India is aiming to prepare itself for a short and swift two-front war against its neighbors China and Pakistan who are very close–the ‘Iron Brothers’ have jointly undertaken […]

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Asian Dev Bank Sees Afghan Need For Private Investment to Stimulate Recovery

The Asian Development Bank is supporting electric connections between three central Asian countries, a project that could be a net gain for Afghanistan. (BE2C2) — The Asian Development Bank–a potential energy player in the region, said Wednesday that Afghanistan needs more investments to stimulate recovery. The ADB expects the Afghan economy is stalled out at […]

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For Many Migrants, No Land Is Sweeter Than Home

RAFIQUL ISLAM SARKER—Most migrants to Europe, Australia and the United States from Rangpur in northern Bangladesh leave home at a young age and return when they have just passed middle age. Intensely connected and immersed in family bonds and Bangladeshi cultural values, they tend to return to their birthplace despite obtaining citizenship from a second […]

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Turkey to Deport 3,000 Afghan Migrants, Starting With 691 This Week

(PKONWEB) — Turkey, bridge to Europe, on Sunday started deporting around 700 Afghan migrants back home on special flights, in a major operation after thousands illegally entered the country in recent weeks. Early on Sunday morning 227 Afghan migrants boarded a chartered flight from Erzurum in northeastern Turkey back to Kabul, the Dogan news agency […]

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Financial Inclusion Funding In Sub-Saharan Africa Rise 270 Percent to $4.7Bln

OLGA TOMILOVA & EDLIRA DASHI—For the first time in over a decade, Sub-Saharan Africa is a top priority for international funders investing in financial inclusion, with 30 percent of all active projects focused on the region. Ten years ago, the 23 largest international funders who reported to the CGAP Cross-Border Funder Survey committed $1.73 billion […]

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OIC Condemns New Wave of Violence in Indian Occupied Kashmir (Pics, Videos)

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said heavy weaponry was being used by the Indian forces at the Line of Control (LoC) and continuing ceasefire violations by them could pave way for a major war between the two neighboring countries. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) General Secretariat has condemned indiscriminate use of force […]

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Kashmir Bleeds: 20 Youth Killed by Indian Forces in Himalayan Valley

Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir opened fire on villagers trying to stop the arrest of suspected armed separatists. (DESPARDES/PKONWEB)— Twenty people were killed in India-held Kashmir in some of the fiercest clashes this year in the region, police said on Sunday, as authorities braced for more violence. Thirteen Kashmiris described by Indian authorities as militants […]

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China Hammers US Products With Tariffs as ‘Sparks’ Fly in Trade War

(BE2C2) — China has increased tariffs by up to 25 percent on 128 US products, including certain fruits and nuts, escalating a dispute between the world’s biggest economies in response to US duties on imports of aluminum and steel imposed by the Trump administration. The tariffs, to take effect on Monday, were announced late on […]

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KPMG Hit by Hong Kong High Court in US$400 Million China Medical Fraud

(BE2C2) — Global accounting firm KPMG has suffered a major setback in its battle against liquidators of former U.S.-listed healthcare firm China Medical Technologies Inc, whose executives have been charged in the U.S. with defrauding investors out of over US$400 million. The China Medical case is the most high-profile and closely watched contest in years […]

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Can Saudi Arabia Help Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan? The U.S. Hopes So

(PKONWEB Report) — Saudi Arabia has agreed to play a leading role in starting a new peace process in Afghanistan, part of the latest U.S.-led two-pronged strategy to find a political solution to America’s longest war while militarily scaling up efforts to force the Taliban to the negotiating table. The Department of Defense has said […]

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Sexual Abuse Where UN Chief Has No Jurisdiction To Act

THALIF DEEN— As sexual harassment charges in the UN system keep piling up, the UN Secretariat has a new administrative problem on its hands: accusations of sexual abuse in the New York office of the International Civil Service Commission (ICSC) whose members are elected by the 193-member General Assembly – but not answerable either to […]

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Pak Army Chief in Brunei; What’s Behind the Sultanate’s New Defense Budget Hike?

(PKONWEB Report) — Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa who is on an official visit to Brunei Darussalam, met leadership of the country. The Army Chief met sultan of Brunei, Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Muizzaddin Waddaulah. Matters of mutual interest including bilateral defense cooperation and military to military ties between both the countries […]

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