Beijing’s smoke busters point the way for national ban

BEIJING, June 1, (APP/AFP) - Wielding an “inspector” badge, volunteer Liu Li follows his nose as he sniffs out violators of China’s toughest-ever tobacco control...

Number of Afghan Internally Displaced People has doubled to 1.2 million: Amnesty

NEW YORK, May 31 (APP): Amid daily battles between government forces and Taliban insurgents, the number of internally displaced Afghans has risen to 1.2 million...

UN report paints mixed picture of global responses to declining air quality

UNITED NATIONS, May 31 (APP): Noting that from 2008 to 2013, air pollution levels in urban areas increased by eight per cent, a new...

17 killed in India army ammunition depot fire: reports

MUMBAI, May 31, (APP/AFP) A fire at a massive military ammunition depot in central India on Tuesday has killed at least 17 people and left...

UNICEF alarmed at refugee and migrant deaths in the Mediterranean

UNITED NATIONS, May 30 (APP): The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed alarm at the number of migrant and refugee deaths in the past...

I.Coast’s ex-first lady prepares for second trial

ABIDJAN, May 30 (APP/AFP): Ivory Coast’s former first lady Simone Gbagbo will be tried for crimes against humanity starting Tuesday, having already been jailed for...

Peace in Afghanistan essential to banish terror from region: Maleeha

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 29 (APP): Pakistan's massive military  operation aimed at rooting out terrorism is in its "final phase", but the menace is not...

WHO rejects Rio Olympics postponement call over Zika

UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP): The World Health Organization, which in February declared the spread of Zika in the Americas a global emergency, said...

World Heritage sites at risk from climate change: UN report

UNITED NATIONS, May 28 (APP): Some 31 natural and cultural World Heritage sites in 29 countries across the world are becoming increasingly vulnerable to...

Prayers offered in US for PM Sharif’s successful operation, early recovery

WASHINGTON, May 28 (APP): Prayers were offered in several mosques in  the capital Washington and the neighbouring state of Virginia and Maryland for early...

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