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Global economic growth to moderate slightly this year amid rising risks: IMF Chief

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed the hope that global economic growth this year will remain moderate slightly as the risks to a balanced global recovery have become even more pronounced. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva in an interview said the most immediate obstacle is the 'Great Vaccination Divide' leaving too many people unprotected from COVID. She said economic output...

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Global economic growth to moderate slightly this year amid rising risks: IMF Chief

International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed the hope that global economic growth this year will remain moderate slightly as the risks to a balanced global recovery have become even more pronounced. IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva in an interview said the most immediate obstacle is the 'Great Vaccination Divide' leaving too many people unprotected from COVID. She said economic output...

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78 countries call for early implementation of UN anti-racism declaration

  ,,At the United Nations seventy-eight countries, including China have called for speeding up the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action, putting an end to discrimination, racism and xenophobia. In a joint statement, on the occasion of 20th anniversary of the DDPA, these countries expressed deep alarm and reaffirmed the global fight against racial discrimination, xenophobia, intolerance,...

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Australian border to reopen for first time in pandemic

Australia will reopen its international border from next month, allowing vaccinated travellers into the country for the first time after 18 months. According to report, Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra are currently in lockdown due to outbreaks of the virus.

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UN Chief ‘shocked’ as Ethiopia expels 7 UN humanitarian officials

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Gutters has expressed shock after the Ethiopian government announced the expulsion of seven senior UN humanitarian officials working in the strife-torn country. The UN Chief in a statement said that he has full confidence in the UN staff who are in Ethiopia doing this work. He said in Ethiopia, the UN is delivering lifesaving aid, including...

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North Korea fires unidentified projectile, criticizes US ‘hostile’ policy

North Korea fired an unidentified projectile towards the sea off its east coast on Tuesday. Japan's defence ministry said it appeared to be a ballistic missile. The announcement came just before North Korea's Ambassador to the United Nations Kim Song urged the United States to give up its hostile policy towards Pyongyang. He said no one can deny his country's...

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Turkey may buy more Russian missiles: Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country is considering buying a second Russian missile system despite strong objections by the United States. In an interview with American broadcaster CBS News, Erdogan said Turkey would make decisions on its defence systems independently. Earlier, talking to journalists before departing New York, Erdogan said Turkey would buy new missile defence systems if...

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Germany’s Social Democratic Party wins most seats in elections

In Germany, Social Democrats have narrowly won the federal elections and have claimed a clear mandate to lead a government for the first time since 2005. The possible government of SDP will bring to an end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel. The SPD secured 25.7 percent of the vote, while the ruling conservative bloc gained 24.1 percent.

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Three killed, several injured as train derails in US

In the United States, at least three people have been killed and several others injured when a train derailed in the state of Montana. The rail operator Amtrak has confirmed the deaths and injuries to the people in the accident.

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Germany: Polling for elections of lower house of the Parliament being held today

In Germany, polling for the elections of lower house of the Parliament, the Bundestag is being held on Sunday. Some 60.4 million Germans over the age of 18 are eligible to cast the vote to elect 598 member parliament. Pre-poll surveys show Merkel's conservative alliance led by Armin Laschet is slightly behind challenger Olaf Scholz's Social Democratic Party and is...

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Myanmar facing alarming prospect of escalating civil war: Michelle Bachelet

The United Nation's Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet has warned that Myanmar is facing the alarming prospect of an escalating civil war. Speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet said that time is running out for other countries to step up efforts to restore democracy and prevent a broader conflict. Bachelet urged countries to support...

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UN Chief warns no region immune to climate disasters

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that no region is immune to climate disasters, and that our window of opportunity to prevent the worst climate impacts is rapidly closing. Speaking in a UN Security Council debate on climate and security, he urged the G20 industrialized nations to step up and drive action before the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow,...

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European Commission decides to maintain GSP+ status for Pakistan

The European Commission has decided to maintain the Generalized Scheme of Preferential Plus (GSP+) status for Pakistan. The Commission, in a statement, said it has introduced six new conventions related to providing facility to people with physical disability, tackling climate change and child labour. The Commission, which reviewed the status of several other countries along with Pakistan, said that talks...

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UNGA adopts political declaration on fight against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia

The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) has adopted a political declaration on fight against racism, Islamophobia and xenophobia. The declaration was adopted at a high-level meeting to mark the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action. It calls on all states, the UN system, international and regional organizations, inviting all relevant stakeholders to fully...

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Beijing speeds up building digital trade demonstration zone

In recent years, Beijing has ramped up efforts to build a digital trade demonstration zone, attracting an array of major projects. These include Beijing International Big Data Exchange, China Beijing Environment Exchange (now China Beijing Green Exchange), Ueda Yagi Money Broking (China), the first entirely foreign-owned money broker in China and Allianz Insurance Asset Management, China’s first fully foreign-owned insurance...

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Zabiullah admires PM Imran’s efforts for peace in Afghanistan

Taliban Spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid has admired Prime Minister Imran Khan's efforts for peace, stability and inclusive government in Afghanistan. Addressing a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday, he said we do not see the positive statements of Prime Minister Imran Khan as interference in the internal matters of Afghanistan. He said Pakistan, Qatar and China are playing active role for...

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GCC stresses importance of int’l efforts for achieving political solution in Yemen

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for Arab States has stressed the importance of supporting international and regional efforts to reach the political solution in Yemen. Secretary-General of GCC, Dr. Nayef Falah Mubarak Al-Hajraf said this during his meeting in Riyadh with UN Special Envoy for Yemen Hans Grundberg. They reviewed the latest developments of the situation in Yemen and urged...

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