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Sea ice hits new record low at both poles

MIAMI (AFP) – The sea ice cover in the Arctic and Antarctic hit new record lows for this time of year, marking the smallest polar ice caps in the 38-year satellite record, US government scientists said Wednesday. In March, the Arctic ice sheet should be at its biggest, but on …

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New Syria peace talks as fight comes to Damascus

BEIRUT – A fifth round of UN-backed Syria peace talks begins Thursday in Geneva with scant hope of a breakthrough against a backdrop of fighting in Damascus and no sign of compromise. The last session in February may have produced a “clear agenda”, according to UN Syria envoy Staffan de …

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Iraq forces gain ground, deploy snipers in Mosul

MOSUL, Iraq (AFP) – Iraqi forces gained ground from the Daesh group in Mosul and have deployed snipers in the Old City to target the militants, officers said on Tuesday. Iraqi forces launched a major operation to recapture west Mosul — the most-populated urban area still held by Daesh — …

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Tensions show as Trump and Merkel meet for first time

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Stark differences between President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on everything from trade to immigration were in full view during an icy first meeting at the White House Friday. In a frequently awkward joint press conference, Trump and Merkel showed little common ground as they …

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AUSTRALIA DAY IN SPRING CELEBRATES CULTURAL DIVERSITY

(Reported by Saqib Saleem Qureshi): The Australian High Commission celebrated Australia Day in Spring 2017 in Lahore this evening showcasing a musical performance that highlighted the shared and diverse cultural heritage of Pakistan and Australia. The performance featured Pakistani-Australian singer/songwriter Mahmood Khan, who had flown in from Australia especially to …

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India most ignorant country in world: survey

(Web Desk) – India has topped the list of most ignorant countries in a survey carried out by Ipsos MORI, which includes information from 27,250 interviews of people aged 16 to 64 carried out between September and November, the Independent reported on Saturday. Ipsos MORI surveyed people from 40 countries, …

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World Sleep Day 2017: Sleep soundly, nurture life

(Web Desk) – World Sleep Day is an annual event, intended to be a celebration of sleep and a call to action on important issues related to sleep, including medicine, education, social aspects and driving. Today, the globe will unite for World Sleep Day to host activities incorporating the slogan, ‘Sleep …

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