Category: World News

S. Koreans think 67.2 is appropriate age to be considered old: poll

26 April, SEOUL(Yonhap): The age at which South Koreans think a person can be considered old has been pushed back to reflect the general aging of the population, a new poll showed Tuesday. The survey released by Hyundai Research Institute (HRI), a private think tank, showed respondents believed 67.2 should be viewed as the age at which a person can be seen as being old. Those in their 20s said they consider people aged 65.7 years as old. In comparison, people over 60 thought those above 69 should be considered old. A separate poll in 2009 found that South...

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ADB lending hits record high amid rising infrastructure demand

26 April, Manila: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) annual operations exceeded the 30 billion U.S. dollars mark for the first time in its 50-year history last year as regional demand for development finance and knowledge, particularly on infrastructure, continues to grow, said the bank’s 2016 annual report released on Tuesday. The new report said ADB’s total lending in 2016, including cofinancing, reached 31.70 billion U.S. dollars, or an 18 percent increase from 2015. The total includes 17.47 billion U.S. dollars in approvals for loans and grants, 169 million dollars for technical assistance, and 14.06 billion dollars for cofinancing, which...

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Over 25 million children out of schools in conflict zones: UNICEF report

25 April, United Nations: More than 25 million children between six and 15 years old, or 22 percent of children in that age group, are out of school in conflict zones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Monday. At the primary school level, South Sudan has the highest rate of out-of-school children with close to 72 percent of children missing out on education, followed by Chad and Afghanistan, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, at the daily news briefing, citing UNICEF. The three countries also have the highest rate of girls who...

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Trump denounces anti-Semitism on Israel Holocaust day

24 April, New York: President Donald Trump vowed to wipe out anti-Semitism in a message to mark Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day after his administration was criticised for past statements about the genocide. In a four-minute taped video played to the World Jewish Congress in New York, the US leader called the Holocaust “the darkest chapter of human history” and pledged “never again” would such horror occur. “Six million Jews, two-thirds of the Jews in Europe, murdered by the Nazi genocide. They were murdered by an evil that words cannot describe, and that the human heart cannot bear,” he...

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Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threat

23 April, Sydney: Australia and New Zealand stiffened their rhetoric against North Korea Sunday after the isolated state threatened Canberra with a nuclear strike, urging it to think twice before “blindly and zealously toeing the US line”. The move comes as US Vice President Mike Pence wraps up an Asia tour, which has included visits to South Korea, Japan and Australia partly to reassure allies amid fears that Pyongyang may be readying for a sixth nuclear test. “If Australia persists in following the US’ moves to isolate and stifle North Korea… this will be a suicidal act,” a North...

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‘Rising anti-globalisation pose challenges to global growth’

23 April, Washington: China has said that political and policy uncertainties, the rising anti-globalisation and protectionism sentiment against international trade and investment pose challenges to global growth. Zhou Xiaochuan, Governor of the People’s Bank of China in his statement to the International Monetry Fund (IMF) said most member countries face common challenges of ageing population, declining productivity growth, and rising inequality. “In particular, political and policy uncertainties, and the rising anti-globalisation and protectionism sentiment against international trade and investment, pose challenges to global growth,” Zhou said yesterday, during the annual Spring meeting of the IMF and the World Bank....

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Over 100 killed, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan military base: govt

22 April, Kabul: More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country’s defence ministry said Saturday. Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility. “The majority of our soldiers were offering Friday prayers” at the time of the assault, the ministry said in a statement, adding that “over 100 Afghan army forces were martyred and wounded”.The government toll of the attack...

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Turkey says close to S-400 missile purchase deal with Russia

22 April, Ankara: Turkey’s talks with Russia about the purchase of the S-400 air missile defense system have reached the “final stage,” Turkish Defense Minister Fikri Isik said on Friday. “It is clear that Turkey needs a missile defense system but NATO member countries have not presented on offer which is financially effective,” Isik said during a news conference in Ankara, local broadcaster CNNTurk reported. “Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean let’s sign a deal tomorrow morning,” he added. The minister also clarified that Turkey will use Russian S-400...

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Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure

21 April, New York: Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they’ve achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting. “I know that the election hit a lot of us hard,” Clinton said of her bitter loss to Trump in November. “But I can tell you this: Even when it feels tempting to pull the covers over your head, please keep going.” The audience at the fundraising dinner for The Center, an LGBT community group in New York, greeted Clinton with multiple...

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One police officer killed, two injured in Paris shooting

21 April, Paris: One police officer was killed, and two others severely injured in a shooting incident Thursday evening on the Champs Elysees shopping street in Paris, authorities said. Spokesperson of the French interior ministry Pierre-Henry Brandet told local broadcaster BFMTV that the police officers were “deliberately targeted”, and the assailant was shot dead. The gunman, armed with a machine gun, got out of a car and opened fire at the police in front of the store on the street, reports quoted a witness as saying. He then began running away and injured two other officers before got shot...

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