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University students, nature lovers collect trash from Pakistan’s Margalla Hills

More than 100 university students, volunteers and nature lovers participated in the hiking and cleanup drive of the Margalla Hills Trail-5 on Sunday despite inclement weather. From the winding paths of Trail-5, they picked trash, including empty bottles, used shopping bags, juice cans and tissue paper. The hiking-cum-cleanliness expedition was organised by a local non-government […]

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Macron announces Saudi-French effort to patch up Lebanon rift

French and Saudi leaders called Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati to stress that Paris and Riyadh were committed to supporting Lebanon through its crisis. French President Emmanuel Macron has announced a Saudi-French initiative to solve a diplomatic row between several Gulf states and Lebanon. Macron, who was in Saudi Arabia for talks with Crown Prince […]

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UN says contemporary forms of slavery exist in Sri Lanka

​​​​UN special rapporteur Obokata said about 1 percent of Sri Lankan children are involved in some type of child labor, most of it considered hazardous. Women and girls are disproportionately affected by contemporary forms of slavery, with females predominantly filling jobs in demanding sectors such as plantation, garment industry and domestic labour. Women and girls […]

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Biden to resume ‘deeply flawed’ Trump-era migrant policy

President Biden’s administration will restart a controversial Trump-era border programme that forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico for US immigration hearings, in keeping with a federal court order. Nearly two-thirds of migrants caught crossing US-Mexico border this fiscal year have been expelled. (AP) US has reluctantly announced plans to accept the Trump-era policy which […]

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WHO: Low vaccination, lack of testing amplifying variants

Covid-19 has infected more than 263M people and killed over 5.2M worldwide. Here are the latest coronavirus-related developments Thursday, December 2, 2021 WHO warns of dangers of vaccination apathy WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has issued stern warnings on the dangers of vaccination apathy. “Globally, we have a toxic mix of low vaccine coverage, and […]