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Female Sherpa from Nepal scales new heights

When Dawa Yangzum Sherpa first set her sights on being a mountain guide, she was told it was no job for a girl. Now she has proved her doubters wrong, becoming Nepal’s first woman to earn a prestigious international qualification. Last month, the 27-year-old completed a rigorous course run by the Swiss- based International Federation of Mountain Guides, often described ...

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US government shuts down; Dems, GOP blame each other 

The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, halting all but the most essential operations and marring the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration in a striking display of Washington dysfunction. Last-minute negotiations crumbled as Senate Democrats blocked a four-week stopgap extension in a late-night vote, causing the fourth government shutdown in a quarter century. Behind the scenes, ...

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South Korea asks North to explain canceled visit 

South Korea on Saturday requested North Korea to explain why it abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation over the weekend to prepare for a visit by an art troupe during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said that the countries could hopefully reschedule a visit soon. North Korea also hasn’t responded to the South ...

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Oscar winner Dorothy Malone, mom on ‘Peyton Place,’ has died 

Actress Dorothy Malone, who won hearts of 1960s television viewers as the long-suffering mother in the nighttime soap “Peyton Place,” died Friday in her hometown of Dallas at age 93. Malone died in an assisted living center from natural causes days before her 94th birthday, said her daughter, Mimi Vanderstraaten. After 11 years of mostly roles as loving sweethearts and ...

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A year later, Trump bends, but doesn’t break, Washington 

In his first year in office, President Donald Trump has frequently bent Washington to his will. He’s shattered long-standing norms that have governed the capital and plunged politics to a new level of corrosiveness. And he’s wielding his executive power to start rolling back his predecessor’s policies on the environment, education and America’s role around the world. But at times, ...

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Lebanon says foiled Daesh holiday attacks using informant

  Lebanon thwarted militant plans to attack places of worship and government buildings over the holidays after gaining rare access to a Daesh operative, the interior minister said Friday. Nohad Machnouk said at a press conference that an elite unit in Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces (ISF) had arrested an Iraqi Daesh commander in Beirut last June. The commander, known as ...

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Agenda 2030 and international aviation

Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary-General of the International , explores how international aviation contributes to Agenda 2030 by empowering local sustainable development through global connections Every 24 hours, some 10 million global travellers are being carried around the world on just over 100,000 flights. Commercial aircraft also carry over half of the world’s 1.4 billion tourists to their destinations annually and ...

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Britain and Italy to bolster troop presence in Africa’s Sahel

Britain is set to send helicopters to bolster a key French counter-terrorism operation in Mali in a package of measures to be agreed at a summit near London on Thursday. The commitment will come as Prime Minister Theresa May meets French President Emmanuel Macron at an army base near the British capital, with immigration and global aid also on their ...

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Kazakhstan bus fire claims 52 lives

Fifty-two people have been killed after a bus in which they were travelling caught fire in Kazakhstan’s north-western Aktau region. The country’s interior ministry said on Thursday that only five passengers managed to escape the burning vehicle. The passengers could not be identified immediately, reports Reuters citing the ministry.

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Tillerson cagey on presiding at London embassy opening 

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is cagey about whether he’ll preside over the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in London next week. President Donald Trump tweeted last week that he would not come for the formal opening ceremony because the gleaming new embassy in a former industrial neighborhood represented a poor investment. Tillerson could take Trump’s place. Tillerson confirmed ...

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