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Mahmoud Abbas kicks off India visit

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas began a three-day visit to India on Monday with a tour of an IT facility that is helping Ramallah build a high-end tech hub.   Abbas, who arrived late Sunday, will hold talks on the Middle East peace process, among other issues, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in coming days.   But his first stop was ...

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Germany warns pulling out its NATO troops from Turkey base

Berlin on Monday slammed Ankara’s refusal to allow German lawmakers to visit a NATO base near Syria and warned it could move its troops elsewhere.   The German foreign ministry described as “absolutely unacceptable” Turkey’s latest ban on a visit to the Incirlik base in southern Turkey, used by the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group.   Germany has ...

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France’s Macron picks PM from the right, blowing apart old boundaries

Newly-inaugurated French President Emmanuel Macron appointed a conservative prime minister on Monday in a move to broaden his political appeal and weaken his opponents before legislative elections in June. Edouard Philippe, 46, a lawmaker and mayor of port city Le Havre, is from the moderate wing of the main centre-right The Republicans party and will be a counterweight to former ...

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200,000 users, 150 countries hit by ransomware: Europol chief

Friday’s global cyber-attack has affected more than 200,000 victims in 150 countries, Europol chief Rob Wainwright said on Sunday. “The latest count is over 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries. Many of those victims will be businesses, including large corporations. The global reach is unprecedented,” BBC quoted Wainwright as saying in an interview with Britain’s ITV. Wainwright said he ...

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Facebook ‘likes’ may help reduce exam anxiety

 Reading supportive comments, ‘likes’ and messages from Facebook friends just before taking an exam may help anxious students reduce their nervousness and improve test scores, a new study has found. Researchers at the University of Illinois in the US found that undergraduate students with high levels of test anxiety who sought support from their online friends and read the messages ...

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NHS Cyber attack , four London hospitals limits on business’

A London NHS Trust is one of six yet to return to normal after an international cyber attack struck hospitals across the country.Speaking after an emergency Cobra meeting on Saturday, home Secretary Amber Rudd said “there’s always more” that can be done to protect against viruses after 48 ( NHS) trusts were hit. The Barts Health( NHS) Trust, which runs ...

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War forces two million South Sudanese children to flee homes

War and famine have forced more than two million children in South Sudan to flee their homes, creating the most worrying refugee crisis in the world, the United Nations said on Monday. The civil war in the oil-producing country began two years after it won independence from neighbouring Sudan, when president Salva Kiir fired his deputy in 2013. The fighting ...

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Trump congratulates Macron for ‘big win’ in French election

US President Donald Trump congratulated Emmanuel Macron on his victory in France’s presidential election on Sunday.   Trump had backed neither Macron nor his far-right rival Marine Le Pen ahead of the vote’s second round, reports AFP.   “Congratulations to Emmanuel Macron on his big win today as the next President of France,” he tweeted. “I look very much forward ...

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Saudi Arabia hosts 895,175 Yemeni, Syrian refugees as guests: KSRelief chief

Royal Court Adviser and General Supervisor of the King Salman Center for Relief and Humanitarian Aid (KSRelief) Abdullah Al-Rabeeah, underscored the Kingdom’s leading role in humanitarian work and its commitment to the international humanitarian law, which corresponds to the teachings of Islam that call for the preservation of human dignity and sparing mankind suffering. Al-Rabeeah who is visiting the province ...

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Obama to meet ex-Italian PM Renzi in Milan

Barack Obama will meet in Milan on Monday with Matteo Renzi, the former Italian prime minister who was recently elected as the new head of that country’s governing Democratic Party   The former US president — who will be in Milan to speak to a conference on innovation, food security and climate change — will meet Renzi privately Monday afternoon, ...

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