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  • Caring for ‘chosen family’ gains ground in sick-leave laws

    9 March, 2018 5:27 AM 12

    They are friends so close they’ll come through like family when someone is ill. And these “chosen families” have quietly been gaining political recognition in some laws that require paid sick time. In the last two years, Arizona, Rhode Island and the three biggest U.S. cities New York, Los Angeles and Chicago have passed laws that let workers use those

  • Strong 6.8 quake hits off Papua New Guinea

    9 March, 2018 3:48 AM 13

    A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the Papua New Guinea coast early on Friday, officials said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at 3:39am local time at a depth of 15 km about 20 km offshore of the New Ireland town of Taron, the US Geological Survey said. A spokesman for the Port Moresby-based

  • Nitrogen dioxide caused thousands of premature deaths, finds German study

    8 March, 2018 11:51 AM 31

    The Germany government says thousands of people die prematurely each year from the harmful effects of nitrogen dioxide, a gas that’s also produced by diesel engines. According to a study released March 8 by the Federal Office for the Environment, almost 6,000 people died prematurely in 2014 from illnesses that are known to be caused or aggravated by nitrogen

  • Baloch activists take their fight against Pakistan to the UN

    8 March, 2018 4:45 AM 77

    Balochis have repeatedly accused Pakistani establishment of imposing economic sanctions, committing genocide and neglecting the socio-economic needs of Baloch people and region. Keeping the pressure up on Pakistan for committing atrocities against locals in Balochistan, the Baloch Republican Party on Wednesday took their protest right up to the doors

  • Pakistan Senate body recommends punishment for false blasphemy accusers

    6 March, 2018 4:50 PM 42

    A parliamentary panel in Pakistan on Tuesday recommended that anyone falsely accusing someone of blasphemy should be subjected to the same level of punishment as a person who has been convicted of blasphemy. The Senate Special Committee on Human Rights drafted proposals after several reports about the alleged misuse of blasphemy laws in the country

  • Trump hails U.S. court decision upholding decision to end DACA

    6 March, 2018 3:39 PM 35

    President Donald Trump is hailing a federal judge’s decision upholding his right to end a program for immigrants brought to the country illegally as children. But Monday’s ruling by a judge in Maryland does not alter a nationwide injunction issued by a federal judge in San Francisco. The earlier decision requires the administration to continue renewing

  • Trump says more staff will leave as he seeks ‘perfection’

    6 March, 2018 1:29 PM 41

    President Donald Trump is denying his White House is chaotic but says more staff will leave as he seeks “perfection.” Mr. Trump tweets on Tuesday- “The new Fake News narrative is that there is CHAOS in the White House. Wrong! People will always come & go, and I want strong dialogue before making a final decision.” Mr. Trump says- I still have some people

  • Hairdressers in northwest Pakistan ban French, English beard

    6 March, 2018 1:14 PM 36

    Hairdressers in Pakistan’s conservative Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province have imposed a ban in their shops on stylish French and English beard and haircuts, terming it un-Islamic. Speaking at a news conference in Peshawar on Monday, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Sulemani Hair Dressers Association president Sharif Kahlo said over 200,000 hairdressers were members of his organisation

  • Child marriages decline, led by big fall in South Asia

    6 March, 2018 11:06 AM 37

    A significant fall in the number of child marriages in South Asia has helped reduced the rate of marriage for girls globally, the U.N. children’s agency said on Tuesday. More educational opportunities for young girls, government investments in adolescent girls and strong advocacy about the illegality of child marriage saw 25 million fewer child marriages

  • Trump-Netanyahu meeting is chance to project common front vs Iran

    5 March, 2018 6:20 AM 60

    U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold talks on Monday that offer a chance to project a common front against Iran but are expected to do little to advance seemingly stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace prospects. Mired in corruption investigations threatening his political survival, Netanyahu - questioned at his home by police