G7 to call for establishment of U.N. “cultural peacekeeping force” at the request of Italy

The G7 will, at the request of member state Italy, call for the establishment of a cultural protection force, which would be added to the current U.N. peacekeeping force. The move comes as major historical sites and relics, including the ancient cities of Timbuktu and Palmyra, have been plundered, looted, and destroyed by militant groups. […]

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Trump, Ryan pull GOP Healthcare bill, Obamacare to remain for “foreseeable future”

In a blow to House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Donald Trump’s political capital, the American Health Care Act, the replacement bill to former President Barrack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, has been pulled. Following a report that 20 million Americans would lose coverage, many moderate Republicans announced they wouldn’t back the plan, as members of […]

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U.S., U.K. ban large electronics on flights from certain countries

The U.S. and U.K. governments have banned large electronics from the passenger cabin on flights originating in several Middle Eastern and North African countries. The American ban affects Egypt, Turkey, Kuwait, Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia; and the United Arab Emirates. The British ban affects Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The bans will not affect cellphones […]

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Norway overtakes Denmark to become world’s happiest country

On World Happiness Day 2017, the annual World Happiness Report saw Norway overtake its Scandinavian neighbour Denmark to become the world’s happiest country. The report, which evaluates happiness on factors including prosperity, life expectancy, low inequality, and a stable and trusted government, named Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, Netherlands, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Sweden in […]

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Jason Kenney wins Progressive Conservative leadership race in Alberta

Former MP and Federal Minister Jason Kenney, who served under former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has won the leadership of Alberta’s Progressive Conservative party on the first ballot. Kenney campaigned to bring the Progressive Conservative party, who governed the province for over four decades before a 2015 loss to the NDP’s Rachel Notley, and […]

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ESCWA head resigns following report calling Israel an “apartheid state”

The head of the U.N.’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, which comprises of 18 Arab countries, resigned on Friday after pressure from the United States and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to retract a report calling Israel “an apartheid state.” The report, which blasted Israel’s activities in the Gaza strip and the West Bank, was […]

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