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Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

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Syrian Crisis Causing Child Labor: Report

The conflict and humanitarian crisis in Syria are pushing an increasing number of children into exploitation in the labor market, and much more needs to be done to reverse the trend, according to a new report released by Save the Children and UNICEF. The report shows that inside Syria, children are now contributing to the [...]

Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

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Getting Closer to a Solution: UN Libya Envoy

Previewing what he hopes will be the last round of United Nations-backed political talks on Libya, the UN envoy for the country said Thursday the fact that all the participants in the dialogue have accepted a fourth draft proposal as the basis for a final political solution is “extremely encouraging” that agreement could be reached [...]

Narendra Modi Launches Smart Cities Project

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Narendra Modi Launches Smart Cities Project

Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, said Thursday that for the first time in the country, the people, and the urban leadership would play the pivotal role in deciding the future course of their cities. He was speaking at the launch of three major urban development initiatives: AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban [...]

Congress Blames Modi for Farmers’ Distress

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Congress Blames Modi for Farmers’ Distress

In a fresh attack on ruling BJP in India, the opposition Congress party has once again blamed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his party’s anti-farmer policies. Congress said today that Modi had promised 50% profit for farmers in his election speeches. With a Rs. 50 per quintal hike (announced for paddy) the Indian farmer’s profit [...]

Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

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Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

The government’s response to a decade-long insurgency in Dagestan, a southern Russian republic, has been marked by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday. Insurgents also have attacked civilians. The 97-page report, “‘Invisible War’: Russia’s Abusive Response to the Dagestan Insurgency,” and an accompanying video document human rights violations [...]

Security Council Calls for Political Solution to Libyan Crisis

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Security Council Calls for Political Solution to Libyan Crisis

The Security Council has emphasized the urgency for Libyan stakeholders to reach a political solution to the country’s crisis amid ongoing United Nations-facilitated talks. In a statement issued Wednesday, the 15-member Council “strongly encouraged” all participants of the Libyan Political Dialogue “to positively consider” the proposals contained in the fourth draft of the political agreement [...]

Police Dragnet to Catch Bad Guys of Aam Aadmi Party

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Police Dragnet to Catch Bad Guys of Aam Aadmi Party

Given the ugly state of affairs in Delhi, it won’t be a bad idea to terminate the AAP government and impose President’s rule in Delhi. By Rakesh Raman Delhi’s ruling political outfit Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), which is already in troubled waters because of rising corruption and sluggish governance in the state, is facing yet [...]

Iraq, U.S. Discuss Progress in Fight Against ISIS

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Iraq, U.S. Discuss Progress in Fight Against ISIS

The U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with the speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives and a delegation of Iraqi parliamentarians at the Pentagon last week. In a statement summarizing the meeting, Defense Department officials said Carter, Speaker Salim Jabouri and the Iraqi legislators discussed progress in the fight against the Islamic State of [...]

President Obama Urges the House to Pass TAA

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President Obama Urges the House to Pass TAA

  According to a White House statement, Republicans and Democrats in the House took an important step Friday by voting to help the United States negotiate and enforce high-standard trade deals. But they also failed to renew Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), despite the fact that it provides vital support to about 100,000 workers, and passed [...]

Sonia Gandhi Attacks Modi Government

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Sonia Gandhi Attacks Modi Government

Addressing the Chief Ministers of Congress-governed states Congress President Sonia Gandhi today attacked Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and his BJP government. “There is a dangerous duplicitous game that is being played out. On one hand, the PM wants to project himself as a champion of good governance and on the other, he allows his [...]

U.S. Says Coalition Forces Defeating ISIS Terrorists

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U.S. Says Coalition Forces Defeating ISIS Terrorists

“Despite facing one of the most complex operational environments in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), coalition air power has enabled nearly every victory on the battlefield,” a senior U.S. Central Command official said Friday. During a telephonic call with Pentagon reporters, Air Force Lt. Gen. John [...]

Thailand Urged to Drop Charges Against Student Activists

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Thailand Urged to Drop Charges Against Student Activists

Thai authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against 11 student activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2015, Thai authorities arrested more than 40 activists in Bangkok and other provinces who were holding peaceful rallies to mark the first anniversary of the coup by the National [...]