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Greta Thunberg dominates Nobel Peace Prize list

IANS Oslo Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, Brazilian indigenous leader Raoni Metuktire and Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed have dominated the Nobel Peace Prize lists, the awards for which will be announced here today. A little over a year ago the 16-year-old Swedish teenager began a weekly school strike in front of her country’s Parliament calling for stronger measures against …

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Singapore to become first country to ban ads for very sugary drinks

AFP Singapore Singapore will become the first country in the world to ban ads for the most unhealthy sugary drinks in its latest move to combat rising diabetes rates, the health ministry said Thursday. Products deemed “less healthy” must now display labels grading their nutritional and sugar content, with those considered to be most unhealthy banned from appearing in ads …

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N Korea threatens to resume nuke, missile tests

AP Seoul North Korea threatened again on Thursday to resume nuclear and long-range missile tests, accusing the US of having instigated some members of the UN Security Council to condemn its recent weapons tests. The warning by Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry followed the weekend breakdown of North Korea-US nuclear negotiations in Sweden, the first such talks between the countries in more …

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Apple pulls Hong Kong app used by protesters

AFP Hong Kong Apple on Thursday removed an app criticised by China for allowing protestors in Hong Kong to track police, as Beijing steps up pressure on foreign companies deemed to be providing support to the pro-democracy movement. The tech giant’s pulling of HKmap.Live was blasted as bowing to China and comes as high-profile brands, including the NBA and its …

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Global slowdown impact more pronounced in India, says IMF

Washington: The largest emerging market economies like India are experiencing an even “more pronounced” effect of the global downturn, new IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has said, warning that the global economy is witnessing “synchronised slowdown” which will result in slower growth for 90 per cent of the world this year. The managing director of International Monetary Fund pointed out that …

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Saudi Arabia assures world oil needs will be met

Riyadh: The Council of Ministers on Tuesday reemphasised the kingdoms readiness to meet the world oil needs as the most reliable, safe and independent oil exporter of the world. Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman chaired the weekly session of the Cabinet at Al-Yamamah Palace in Riyadh, the Saudi Gazette reported. In a statement to the Saudi Press …

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3 win Nobel in Chemistry for work on lithium-ion batteries

Stockholm: Three scientists on Wednesday were awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their contributions to the development of lithium-ion batteries, which have reshaped energy storage and transformed cars, mobile phones and many other devices in an increasingly portable and electronic world. The prize went to John B Goodenough of the University of Texas; M Stanley Whittingham of the State …

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Pelosi doesn’t back down, goes for the kill

Washington: Speaker of the US House of Representatives and Trump’s principal bete noire Nancy Pelosi is not lying down and rolling over in the joust with the President. In a scathing response to the White House Press Secretary’s statement, Pelosi strong armed a blistering broadside saying – «Mr President, you are not above the law, you will be held accountable.» It is …

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Johnson to hold talks with Irish leader to avoid no-deal Brexit

London: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will hold talks with his Irish counterpart Leo Varadkar later this week in a last ditch attempt to avoid a no-deal Brexit, a Downing Street spokesman said here on Tuesday. Johnson and the Irish Prime Minister spoke by telephone for about 40 minutes, the Xinhua news agency reported. “Both sides strongly reiterated their desire …

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US sanctions on Iran Central Bank ‘war crime’: Minister

Tehran: Iran›s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday said the US move to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran is a «war crime». “The US administration›s decision to impose new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is tantamount to a war crime, because it obstructs the purchase of medicines and foodstuff,” Zarif was quoted as …

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