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UN experts condemn President Trump’s media criticism

President Donald Trump’s media attacks raise the risk of violence against journalists, UN experts have warned. In a statement, David Kaye and Edison Lanza of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights called the attacks “strategic” and said they undermined press freedom and “verifiable facts”.   The comments follow hours after Mr Trump’s daughter Ivanka distanced herself from her father’s attacks. ...

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Myanmar floods leave 12 dead, 132,000 displaced

Flooding in Myanmar has killed 12 people and forced more than 132,000 others to take shelter at nearly 300 temporary camps, a report said Wednesday. The state newspaper Global New Light of Myanmar cited the National Natural Disaster Management Committee as saying the highest death toll was in Bago region north of Yangon, where four people died and more than ...

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OAS human rights body counts 317 dead in Nicaragua unrest

The human rights arm of the Organization of American States said Thursday that 317 people have been killed during violence surrounding anti-government protests in Nicaragua that began in April. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights said the toll included 23 minors and 21 police officers.   President Daniel Ortega has acknowledged 195 dead, while the independent Nicaraguan Pro-Human Rights Commission ...

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Yemeni officials say Saudi-led airstrikes kill 28 in Hodeida

Yemeni medical officials said the Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Shiite rebels conducted airstrikes in the rebel-held port city of Hodeida on Thursday, killing at least 28 people and wounding 70. But the coalition denied carrying out any attacks in the city. The airstrikes took place close to the city’s main public hospital, al-Thawra, and near a popular fish market, the ...

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Siemens sees lower profit, but books more big-ticket orders

Frankfurt, Aug 02 : Siemens AG saw net profit fall 14 percent in the most recent quarter as higher taxes and lagging profits at its oil and gas business weighed on earnings. On the positive side, the Munich-based company said Thursday it booked sharply higher orders, a key factor for earnings down the road. Those included 800 million euros for ...

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ASEAN asked to brace amid trade feuds, repel protectionism

Singapore, Aug 02 : Southeast Asia’s top diplomats opened an annual meeting Thursday to tackle a slew of security concerns, including South China Sea territorial disputes, with host Singapore calling on the bloc to brace for external tumult such as rising protectionism. North Korea’s rapprochement with South Korea and the U.S. is expected to be welcomed by the Association of ...

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New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern returns from maternity leave

Photo: New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Wellington, Aug 2 : New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has returned to work after spending six weeks away on maternity leave, Reports BBC. Ms Ardern, 38, gave birth to her first child in June, making her only the second world leader to give birth while in office. On Saturday she recorded a ...

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Radio host Art Bell died of prescription overdose

Las Vegas, Aug 2 : Art Bell, a former syndicated AM radio host best known for nightly shows in the 1990s featuring paranormal themes and conspiracy theories, died of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs, authorities in Nevada said Wednesday. An autopsy found the 72-year-old Bell’s death April 13 at home in rural Pahrump was from “multiple drug intoxication from ...

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Family of hostage killed by Los Angeles police files claim

Los Angeles, Aug 2 : The family of a woman fatally shot by Los Angeles officers while firing at a man who held a knife to her throat filed a claim against the police department and the city, lawyers announced Wednesday. Elizabeth Tollison’s family, who filed the claim Tuesday, said at a news conference Wednesday that officers showed no regard ...

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Leading Kansas Democrat under scrutiny for backing voter ID

Topeka, Aug 2 : The leading Democratic candidate for Kansas governor is under attack for her past vote in favor of tough voter identification policies. Democrats are anticipating the very real possibility that their author and aggressive champion, conservative Kris Kobach, will win the Republican nomination. No state had gone further in requiring prospective voters to provide papers documenting their ...

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