Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Twitter rolls out new feature 'Fleets'

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California [US], November 17 (ANI): Social networking service Twitter has got a new feature, called Fleets. The new tool will allow a user to write text, post photos, videos, or add earlier tweets into a little visual info-nugget that disappears after 24 hours.

According to Mashable, the feature very much identical to Instagram Stories, which themselves are a rip-off of Snapchat Stories.

The feature is rolling out globally, starting Tuesday, so it may not be available to some users right away. It should be on everyone's Twitter for iOS and Android "in the coming days," Twitter said.

In March this year, Twitter started testing Fleets in several countries, including Brazil, Italy, India, and South Korea, and the feedback was probably good enough for the company to introduce them globally. "Because they disappear from view after a day, Fleets helped people feel more comfortable sharing personal and casual thoughts, opinions, and feelings," the company said in a press release.

Mashable reported, aside from their temporality, Fleets are different from tweets in other ways. They do not allow retweets, likes, or replies, but a user can reply to them in the form of Direct Messages.

The idea, according to Twitter group product manager Mo Aladham is for users to use Fleets to share "casual, everyday thoughts." (ANI)

Will EU push China to respect human rights obligations? asks EU Parliamentarians

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Brussels [Belgium], November 17 (ANI): Members of the European Parliament (MEP) have censured coercive work programs in Tibet and called the European Union (EU) to act against China for the denials of basic freedoms in Xinjiang region and propel Beijing to regard its global commitments.

In an assertion gave on Tuesday, the MEPs asked "does the EU denounce these coercive work programs, which abuse the key privileges of Tibetans - including their entitlement to opportunity of development and to their own occupation?" and, in the structure of the EU China Human Rights Dialog, "what measures does the EU expect to take to push China to regard its worldwide common freedoms commitments?"

The MEPs likewise mentioned to know whether the EU means "to embrace focused on sanctions (visa boycotts, resource freezes and so forth) against people liable for the foundation of these projects in Tibet?"

The parliamentarians in the assertion said that the European Commission has gotten various inquiries as of late on China's abusive arrangements towards minority networks in the nation.

This comes after the Washington, D.C.- based organization Jamestown Foundation delivered a report in September uncovering China's huge scope program of coercive work in the Tibet Autonomous Region.

The reports uncover how the Tibet Autonomous Region in 2019 and 2020, acquainted new approaches with advance orderly, brought together and enormous scope preparing and to move excess country laborers to different pieces of the domain.

As per a Jamestown Foundation report, in the primary portion of 2020 over a large portion of 1,000,000 ranchers and shepherds, representing 15 percent of the Tibetan populace, had been tried out military instructional hubs, with a view to their enrollment in industry.

As per the Chinese Communist Party, Tibetans are individuals who must be 'reconstructed' by limiting the negative impact of Buddhism, and by changing their perspectives and their character by learning both work discipline and the official Chinese language. A lot of weight is put on authorities to accomplish these extreme outcomes.

Reacting to the reports, the MEPs said that these demonstrations of intimidation and influence plainly imperil the semantic, social and otherworldly legacy of the Tibetan minority and comprise basic liberties' infringement.

Before this, in October this year, nine cross-party, dish European Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) tended to a parliamentary inquiry to Josep Borrell, the Vice-President of the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy with respect to China's proceeded with persecution of the Tibetan people group.

The MEPs had posed three pointed inquiries; the first being "how does the Vice-President/High Representative mean to make a move to secure the privileges of the Tibetan public?" which they followed with "will he consider, in future dealings with the People's Republic of China, the constrained osmosis crusade in purported re-schooling camps that is utilized against ethnolinguistic minorities?"

In their last inquiry, the MEPs had requested the Vice-President from the Commission and High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in the event that he will "proceed with dealings with those gatherings that don't notice vote based and human standards?"

These inquiries follow comparative inquiries raised by different parliamentarians worried about China's severe approaches towards Tibetans.

The Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy is required to answer in the coming weeks, the delivery said. (ANI)

Putin says Moscow Declaration adopted after BRICS Summit

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Moscow [Russia], November 17 (ANI/Sputnik): The Moscow Declaration, the BRICS Anti-Terrorism Strategy and the BRICS updated strategy for the economic partnership until 2025 were approved at the end of the summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"We intend to approve the Moscow Declaration prepared for the summit today, which reflects general assessments of the state of affairs in the world," Putin said, addressing the leaders of BRICS countries.

"In addition, we need to approve two more documents -- the anti-terrorism strategy of the BRICS and the updated strategy for the economic partnership of the association until 2025. If no one has objections, I propose to consider these documents adopted," Putin added.

No objections were raised. (ANI/Sputnik)

Amidst charges of sexual misconduct, British-Pakistani steps down from House of Lords

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London [UK], November 17 (ANI): Amid numerous claims of sexual offense, Lord Nazir Ahmed has reported retirement from the House of Lords, the upper place of the United Kingdom's Parliament.

The British-Pakistani surrendered on November 14 yet a House of Lords Conduct Committee suggested that he ought to have been removed.

"...Lord Ahmed penetrated the Code of Conduct by neglecting to follow up on his own honor in the release of his parliamentary exercises by consenting to utilize his situation as an individual from the House to help an individual from the public however at that point; explicitly attacking the complainant, misleading the complainant about his aims to assist her with a grievance to the Metropolitan Police with respect to misuse by a confidence healer, abusing the complainant sincerely and explicitly regardless of realizing she was defenseless," expressed the board of trustees' report.

The advancement comes after a few ladies of Kashmiri-birthplace blamed Nazir for abusing ladies utilizing his situation as a parliamentarian.

As per the almost 300-page report, one of the casualties expressed that "when she approached Lord Ahmed for help, he at first connected of a sexual sort with her and later held out the guarantee of utilizing his impact to support her, when truth be told his point was to have intercourse with her."

"The Lord Conduct Committee has at the beginning of today distributed a report into the direct of Lord Nazir Ahmed of Rotherham, finishing up unexpectedly that a friend ought to be ousted. The report discovers Lord Ahmed to have penetrated the Code of Conduct for 'neglecting to follow up on his own honor over rape and misuse. As an individual for every, I accept that Mr Nazir has pre-empted his removal by picking to leave the House of Lords yesterday night," said one of his partners who didn't wish to be named.

Strangely, "he didn't reject that a sexual relationship had occurred" however wouldn't acknowledge that he was in break of the Code of Conduct.

Ruler Nazir isn't new to debates. The 63-year-old was conceived in Pakistan-involved Kashmir yet moved to the UK as a youngster with his folks. He has been a vigorous ally of Khalistani dread gatherings and a pundit of the Indian government's approaches.

Nazir Ahmed has been a predictable pundit of the Indian government's arrangements, especially concerning Jammu and Kashmir. He has likewise been an ally of Khalistani gatherings.

Despite the fact that he extended himself as a crusader of Kashmir cause yet truly he utilized his situation to explicitly misuse Kashmiri ladies.

A gathering of Kashmiri ladies in London dispatched a Hollywood style #MeToo challenge government officials including Nazir and confidence healers who are abusing weak ladies in the Kashmiri people group, the panel report expressed.

Prior this year, he and his two siblings were accused of rape on minor young ladies and young men in 1970s. "Nazir Ahmed - genuine rape against a kid younger than 11 and the foul attack of a similar kid; two checks of endeavoring to assault a young lady who was younger than 16. All charges identify with dates somewhere in the range of 1971 and 1974," the UK's media announced in April.

In spite of the fact that Lord Nazir's polluted certifications are notable, the Pakistani media is concealing his ouster as willful retirement. (ANI)

Malabar phase II exercise 2020 kicks off in Arabian Sea

Indian, US, Australian and Japanese warships, carrying out 'Malabar-2020' wargames in the Western Indian Ocean Region. (Photo credit: ANI)

New Delhi [India], November 17 (ANI): The second phase of the Malabar practice started on Tuesday in the Northern Arabian Sea with the support of Indian Navy plane carrying warship INS Vikramaditya, the American plane carrying warship USS Nimitz alongside other Indian, US, Australian and Japanese warships completing 'Malabar-2020' wargames.

The Australian Navy is participating with its warship HMAS Ballarat and Japan with destroyer JS Murasame. The second period of the Malabar exercise will be led in the Northern Arabian Sea till November 20.

"Taking forward the cooperative energy accomplished in the as of late closed Phase 1 of Exercise Malabar 2020, which was led in the Bay of Bengal November from 03 to 06, this stage will include composed activities of expanding intricacy between the naval forces of Australia, India, Japan and the United States," an official delivery on Monday.

"Stage 2 of Exercise Malabar 2020 will observer joint activities, revolved around the Vikramaditya Carrier Battle Group of the Indian Navy and Nimitz Carrier Strike Group of the US Navy. The two transporters, alongside different boats, submarine and airplane of the taking an interest naval forces, would be occupied with focused energy maritime tasks more than four days," the delivery added.

The delivery expressed that these activities incorporate cross-deck flying tasks and progressed air guard practices by MIG 29K warriors of VikramadityaandF-18 contenders and E2C Hawkeye from Nimitz.

What's more, cutting-edge surface and hostile to submarine fighting activities, seamanship advancements and weapon firings will likewise be attempted to additional improve interoperability and cooperative energy between the four agreeable naval forces.

Notwithstanding Vikramaditya and its warrior and helicopter air-wings, indigenous destroyers Kolkata and Chennai, secrecy frigate Talwar, Fleet Support Ship Deepak and indispensable helicopters will likewise partake in the activity, driven by Rear Admiral Krishna Swaminathan, Flag Officer Commanding Western Fleet. Indigenously fabricated submarineKhanderiand P8I oceanic observation airplane of the Indian Navy will likewise grandstand their capacities during the activity.

US Navy's Strike Carrier Nimitz will be joined by cruiser Princeton and destroyer Sterett notwithstanding P8A sea observation airplane. The Royal Australian Navy will be spoken to by frigate Ballarat alongside its vital helicopter. Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force will likewise partake in the activity.

"The Malabar arrangement of activities, which started as a yearly two-sided maritime exercise among India and the US in 1992, has seen expanding degree and multifaceted nature throughout the long term. The 24th version of Malabar, which is by and large as of now embraced, features improved union of perspectives among the four dynamic vote based systems on sea issues, and grandstands their pledge to an open, comprehensive Indo-Pacific and a guidelines based worldwide request," the delivery said. (ANI)

Chinese journalist faces imprisonment of up to 5 years for reporting on COVID-19 outbreak

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London [UK], November 17: In another move by China to check opportunity of articulation, a resident writer from China, who has been kept since May for revealing the COVID-19 episode from Wuhan, is confronting a sentence of as long as five years in prison after she was officially prosecuted on charges of spreading bogus data.

Zhang Zhan, who is a previous legal counselor, is being held in a confinement office in Shanghai subsequent to being captured for more than a half year as she investigated the infection flare-up, detailed The Guardian.

Moreover, Zhang was blamed for 'getting squabbles and blending inconvenience'. These allegations are regularly utilized against pundits and activists in China.

As per the arraignment record, the prosecution sheet on Monday asserted that Zhang had sent conventional data through content, video and other media through the Internet media, for example, WeChat, Twitter and Youtube.

"She additionally acknowledged meetings from abroad media Free Radio Asia and Epoch Times and malignantly hypothesized on Wuhan's COVID-19 plague," it said.

The Guardian detailed that the NGO Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) had expressed that Zhang's reports included 'the detainments of other autonomous columnists and provocation of groups of casualties looking for responsibility from the focal point through her WeChat, Twitter and YouTube accounts'.

The CHRD further referenced that she was likewise recently kept on comparative allegations by Chinese experts in 2018 and in the next year for voicing support for Hong Kong activists. Zhang is among the few columnists who have been captured for the current year in the wake of making a trip to Wuhan to investigate the infection flare-up and reaction, revealed The Guardian.

A few writers have been captured in China after the public security law was actualized in Hong Kong this year.

The draconian law is pointed toward pulverizing dispute in the past British province which saw huge supportive of majority rule government fights a year ago. The enactment, which happened on July 1, rebuffs what Beijing terms severance, disruption, illegal intimidation, and unfamiliar impedance with up to life in jail. (ANI)

Nawaz Sharif's PML-N slams Imran Khan govt for mistreating party chief Shehbaz Sharif

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Lahore [Pakistan], Nov 17: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) has pummeled the decision government for conveying a brutal therapy to party president Shehbaz Sharif by proceeding to ship him from prison to courts in spite of the National Assembly Opposition pioneer experiencing constant spinal pain.

"We denounce the moving of Shehbaz Sharif to [General] medical clinic [for his CT Scan there] in a heavily clad vehicle as opposed to being given a superior vehicle, keeping in see his persistent spinal pain issue," said party representative Marriyum Aurangzeb in an assertion here on Monday, announced Dawn.

Charging that Prime Minister Imran Khan was doing governmental issues on the strength of the resistance chief, she said Khan could just prod Sharif as the Prime Minister invested wholeheartedly in oppressing the resistance while his gathering Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was neglecting to run the nation.

She further asserted that the Gilgit-Baltistan political decision was taken by detaining Sharif.

Then, Dawn announced that PML-N Punjab data Secretary Azma Bukhari expressed that the prosperous Punjab of Shehbaz Sharif was presently helpless before "wheat and sugar mafias" as the public authority was occupied with "oppression" of the previous boss clergyman and his child Hamza Shehbaz.

She additionally asserted that the Punjab bureau meeting hung on Monday talked about available resources to additional pain the Sharifs through strategies like driving the Anti-Corruption Establishment to act against the resistance.

The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Sunday enrolled bodies of evidence against Sharif and his two children among others in the multibillion rupee sugar trick, under tax evasion, extortion, and different charges.

A year ago, Sharif and his child Hamza were prosecuted regarding the Ramzan Sugar Mills case.

Capture had then claimed that Sharif abused his post as the previous Punjab boss priest to construct an extension adding up to rupees 500,000,000 to encourage the Ramzan plants. (ANI)

Armenia to be held responsible for infrastructure destruction in Nagorno-Karabakh : Aliyev

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Baku [Azerbaijan], November 17: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said Armenia would be considered liable for the devastation of foundation in domains in unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh that had gone under the control of Azerbaijan.

Aliyev on Monday visited the Fuzuli and Jabrayil locale, which went under the control of the Azerbaijani Armed Forces.

"The adversary devastated the whole framework. They will respond in due order regarding everything in a worldwide court. I said and I need to rehash that global structures, specialists will be included, all the harm will be determined, and we will request remuneration for a very long time. Nowadays they demolished Kalbajar, houses, timberlands. They will likewise respond in due order regarding this," he said. Parts of the president's discourse were posted on an informal community by his better half.

On November 10, the heads of Russia, Azerbaijan, and Armenia - Vladimir Putin, Ilham Aliyev, and Nikol Pashinyan - marked a joint articulation on complete suspension of threats in Nagorno-Karabakh. As per the assertion, Armenia and Azerbaijan stop at their involved positions, various areas go under Baku's control, the sides trade detainees, and Russian peacekeepers are conveyed along the contact line and the Lachin hallway interfacing Karabakh with Armenia.

Pashinyan said the choice to consent to the arrangement had been very hard for him. In his words, if the archive had not been marked, it would be a lot of more regrettable for Armenia. Aliyev considered the marking of the assertion an acquiescence of Armenia. As per him, the arrangement is generally valuable to Azerbaijan, the military stage has been finished and it is conceivable to proceed onward to policy centered issues. (ANI/Sputnik)

Over 100 natural disasters occurred worldwide amid pandemic since March - IFRC

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Moscow [Russia], November 17: Over 100 catastrophic events influencing in excess of 50 million individuals happened in the main a large portion of a year alone since the Covid pandemic was formally declared in March, expressed the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) in its yearly World Disasters report on Tuesday.

"Numerous individuals are by and large straightforwardly influenced by the pandemic and atmosphere driven catastrophes at the same time, and the world's least fortunate and most in danger individuals are being hit first and hardest. More than 100 fiascos occurred between March 2020 (when the pandemic was declared) and a half year later when this report was concluded, and more than 50 million individuals were influenced," the IFRC said.

This incorporates around 250,000 individuals who were influenced by upwards of 10 unique debacles during this period, as indicated by the World Disasters 2020 report.

The IFRC saw that the recurrence of calamities had expanded in the course of recent years, and the portion of atmosphere and climate related catastrophes among them had expanded also.

"In the previous ten years, 83 percent of all catastrophes set off by characteristic risks were brought about by extraordinary climate and atmosphere related occasions, for example, floods, storms and heatwaves," it was expressed in the report.

The IFRC highlighted the way that environmental change didn't quit during the pandemic and that the impact of both joined had put the heaviest weight on the least fortunate nations and most weak social orders. The association has called for reallocating the worldwide COVID-19 recuperation assets in a way thinking about the necessities of such weak networks.

"Atmosphere transformation work can't take a secondary lounge while the world is distracted with the pandemic: the two emergencies must be handled together," IFRC's Secretary General Jagan Chapagain stated, as cited in a public statement on the IFRC site.

Chapagain encouraged for what is depicted as "shrewd subsidizing" in the official statement, with an emphasis on early notice and preemptive activity to expectant activity to decrease hazards and forestall calamities before they occur. (ANI/Sputnik)

SpaceX Crew Dragon flight carrying 4 astronauts docks at ISS

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Washington [US], November 17 (ANI): The SpaceX Crew Dragon shuttle that dispatched from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Sunday with four space travelers on board securely docked with the International Space Station (ISS) at around 11 pm ET on Monday (9:30 am IST, Tuesday).

The shuttle skimmed toward the station, shutting the hole prior to hooking onto a port on the ISS's middle module, detailed CNN.

The shuttle and the ISS were going at generally a similar speed, at in excess of 17,000 miles for every hour, the speed important to keep objects circling the Earth.

NASA is relied upon to live stream a "welcome service" at 1:40 am ET (12:10 pm IST) on Tuesday, when the group, NASA space explorers Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, Shannon Walker, and Soichi Noguchi, a space traveler with Japan's space office, can leave their rocket unexpectedly since mid-evening Sunday, announced CNN.

The four space explorers will join NASA space traveler Kate Rubins and Russia's Sergey Ryzhikov and Sergey Kud-Sverchkov, who are as of now ready the ISS.

The protected docking marks the finish of the primary leg of a milestone mission for NASA and SpaceX, which have been cooperating for 10 years to restore human spaceflight abilities to the United States and guarantee the multibillion-dollar ISS remains completely staffed.

The private space dispatch goliath SpaceX shuttle conveying four space travelers took off into space on Sunday, revealed CNN.

Taking to Twitter, Space X stated, "Hawk 9 dispatches Crew Dragon on its first operational trip with space travelers ready, starting normal team trips to the @space_station from the U.S."

It further detailed that the outing would have been more limited had the Crew Dragon had the option to dispatch on Saturday, as NASA initially arranged on the grounds that the ISS would have arranged so as to permit the shuttle to arrive at the space station in around eight hours. In any case, the arrangement was thwarted because of Hurricane Eta. (ANI)

PTM holds massive public gathering against enforced disappearances, killings in Pakistan's North Waziristan

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North Waziristan [Pakistan], November 17 (ANI): The Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) held a public gathering in Miran Shah, North Waziristan on Sunday, calling for an end to the brutalities in the country in the form of enforced disappearances, killings and abuses of civilians, and asked the Pakistan military to abide by the Constitution.

PTM members had reached Miran Shah in vehicles from far off distances of Pashtunistan to attend the rally and were carrying white and black flags, reported News Intervention.

The gathering was attended by thousands of Pashtuns, demanding justice for victims of such brutalities.

PTM leader Mohsin Dawar in his speech said that the grand rally was a public referendum in which people are demanding justice for the victims of terrorism.

"Our people are not ready to be used in any future games of the state," he said

The meeting was addressed by Manzoor Pashteen, PTM chief, North and South Waziristan lawmakers Ali Wazir and Dawar, and also included former Pakistan Peoples' Party (PPP) Senator Farhatullah Babar, former Awami National Party (ANP) leader Afrasiab Khattak and Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party Senator Usman Kakar.

"Those who say that PTM is over, if they come here today, they will see PTM everywhere," said Pashteen.

News Intervention reported that although Pakistani media continued its unofficial ban on showing the PTM rallies and press conferences in its news reports, photos, videos and news of the rally were widely shared across social media platforms.

The PTM is a civil rights movement that emerged in Pakistan in response to State-enforced terrorism and human rights abuses of Pakistan's army and intelligence agencies in the Pashtun Belt of Pakistan including enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killing, and landmines.

The Pashtuns are facing genocide in the hands of the Pakistan army as a large number of civilians are killed and many are victims of enforced disappearances. They allege that Pashtuns are becoming victims in the hands of the Pakistan army and the terrorists in the region.

The PTM has been demanding that a commission be set up to investigate state abuses, punish those responsible in accordance with the law, withdraw false cases, compensate the families of victims of terrorism and improve the overall situation in Pashtunistan. It has also demanding setting up a conciliation commission.

According to News Intervention, the Pakistani military has accused the PTM of having the support of Afghanistan and India, and being involved in anti-state activities, though PTM denies these allegations as 'government propaganda'.

PTM leaders have been under the Pakistani state institutions including its army and intelligence agencies. This year in May, PTM leader Ali Wazir's cousin Arif Wazir was shot in front of his home, who later succumbed to his injuries in Islamabad.

Before that, Pashteen was arrested from Peshawar for his speech in Dera Ismail Khan where he stated that the 1973 Constitution violated basic human rights, while a day later Dawar was arrested from outside the Islamabad Press Club along with several others for protesting Pashteen's detention.

Last year, Arman Looni, a core committee member of PTM was allegedly tortured to death by the police. (ANI)

PDM to hold rally in Peshawar on Nov 22 despite Imran Khan's ban on 'jalsas'

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Karachi [Pakistan], Nov 17: The Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) has answered to continue with its show in Peshawar on November 22, paying little heed to Prime Minister Imran Khan's assertion that "jalsas" won't be held in Pakistan in wake of the rising number of COVID-19 defilements. 

"The PDM's November 22 show in Peshawar will be held by plan," the media coordinator for the Opposition social affairs' partnership, Abdul Jalil Jan, said Monday, uncovered Geo News. 

Jan zeroed in on that the PDM's focal authority had recently decided to hold all the social occasions. "We won't allow the rulers to seek shelter behind the Covid pandemic," he said. 

Amidst the creating question over the emerging political choice achieves the Gilgit Baltistan territory, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday announced a limitation on congregations and parties. 

In an area after a get-together of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) on Covid, the Prime Minister had proclaimed a restriction on political gatherings and parties, similarly as a forbiddance on social affairs and crowds of more than 300 people, Geo News itemized. 

"The focal minister of Gilgit-Baltistan uncovered to us that the Covid spread basically after the political races," he said. 

India has pounded Islamabad for its decision to hold choices in the improperly elaborate region of Gilgit-Baltistan, saying that any action to change the status of the zone has no legal reason. (ANI)

Trump anticipated to order further troop withdrawal from Afghanistan, Iraq

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Washington [US], November 17 (ANI): US military leaders are envisioning that a conventional request given by President Donald Trump when this week will start a further withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq before Trump leaves office on January 20, as per two US authorities on Monday.

The authorities said that the Pentagon has given a notification to officers known as a "notice request" to start wanting to diminish the quantity of troops in Afghanistan to 2,500 soldiers and 2,500 in Iraq by January 15, revealed CNN.

Presently, there are roughly 4,500 US troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 soldiers in Iraq.

On October 7, Trump had tweeted: "We ought to have the little leftover number of our BRAVE Men and Women serving in Afghanistan home by Christmas!"

Previous Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sent an ordered reminder not long ago to the White House affirming that it was the consistent proposal of the hierarchy of leadership that the US not draw down its troop presence in Afghanistan any further until conditions were met, sources educated. The reminder is accepted to be one reason why Esper was terminated by Trump.

As per CNN, Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell didn't scrutinize Trump straightforwardly on Monday while talking about the drawdown designs yet cautioned of the expected repercussions of a fast withdrawal of US powers from Afghanistan, saying it would "hurt our partners".

"There's no American who doesn't wish the battle in Afghanistan against fear mongers and their empowering influences had just been convincingly won," he said. "In any case, that doesn't change the real decision before us now. A quick withdrawal of the US powers from Afghanistan currently would hurt our partners and pleasure - enchant - the individuals who wish us hurt," he said in a discourse from the Senate floor.

The choice to haul extra soldiers out of Iraq comes as the Trump organization has moved to diminish the US military's impression there as of late.

In the interim, CNN detailed that however State Department authorities realized it was conceivable Trump could arrange an extra troop drawdown in Afghanistan yet they didn't realize that the Pentagon had sent this admonition request, two State Department authorities said. (ANI)

12th BRICS Summit to be held virtually today

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Moscow [Russia], November 17 (ANI): The 12th edition of BRICS Summit facilitated by Russia, under the topic of 'Worldwide Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth', will be held for all intents and purposes on Tuesday.

PM Narendra Modi will go to the highest point at the greeting of Russian President Vladimir Putin, educated the Ministery of External Affairs (MEA) on Monday.

"During the twelfth Summit, held in the setting of the 75th Anniversary of UN and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, pioneers would examine intra-BRICS collaboration and main points of contention in the worldwide setting, including the change of the multilateral framework, measures to relieve the effect of the continuous COVID-19 pandemic, participation in counter-psychological warfare, exchange, wellbeing, energy and individuals to individuals trades," MEA said.

India will be assuming control over the chairship of the BRICS, which would be the third BRICS Presidency for the nation since its commencement, after 2012 and 2016, and will have the thirteenth BRICS Summit in 2021, the proclamation said.

PM Modi will confront Chinese President Xi Jinping for the second time after the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) highest point, in the midst of progressing outskirt questions between the two nations.

The members of the culmination will examine participation possibilities and global plan said the Russian unfamiliar service on Monday.

"The heads of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa will talk about the present status of participation inside the body and its possibilities, they will trade assessments on squeezing issues on the global and territorial plan, they will recap the consequences of Russia's BRICS administration this year, and furthermore organize positions considering the G20 highest point, booked for November 21-22," Russian unfamiliar service said in an assertion, Sputnik cited.

The culmination is being held in the setting of the 75th commemoration of the United Nations and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

Restrictive measures stopped explosive growth in COVID-19 incidence: Merkel

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Berlin [Germany], November 17 (ANI/Sputnik): The prohibitive measures presented in Germany in November assisted with halting the unstable development in the occurrence of the novel Covid illness (COVID-19) in the nation and the specialists will settle on additional activities one week from now, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

Germany forced a "delicate" lockdown from November 2 until the month's end, which, in addition to other things, suggests limitations on cooking foundations (just takeaway or conveyance orders are conceivable), retraction of amusement occasions, and limitation of contacts.

On Monday, Merkel examined with the heads of German locales the circumstance with the COVID-19 spread in the nation. The sides didn't arrive at agreement on a potential fixing of measures, however embraced stricter proposals to residents to restrict contacts.

"For an interval appraisal, this is a decent choice. We will keep on planning for another gathering, where longer-term arrangements will be examined, consistently dependent on the objective that we ought to have the option to follow contacts [of those infected]. This implies [to accomplish the objective of] 50 new cases for every 100,000 populace in seven days," Merkel told columnists after the gathering.

"We actually have far to go, however fortunately we have halted remarkable development and this satisfies us all," she said. (ANI/Sputnik)

Canada allots USD 1.1 million to fight COVID-19 misinformation

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Ottawa [Canada], November 17 (ANI/Sputnik): Canada is contributing USD 1.15 million towards fighting misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, Global Affairs Canada said in a statement at the conclusion of the Global Conference on Media Freedom.

"[Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe] Champagne ... announced USD 1.5 million [USD 1.15 million USD] for the Lifeline Project to Tackle the COVID-19 Infodemic, a BBC Media Action project working with journalists in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Indonesia to create clear, fact-based COVID-19 content," the statement said on Monday.

The second Global Conference for Media Freedom was co-hosted by Canada and Botswana. The summit coalesced world leaders, media experts and advocates to explore solutions to what experts referred to as growing distrust in traditional media sources, a tide of disinformation and misinformation among other issues.

During the six-hour event, experts rankled over striking the right balance between competing principles of censorship, objectivity and freedom of the press and expression in the context of growing social media influence and amid the deadly global pandemic.

The policy- and decision-makers also urged governments to ensure the independence and freedom of the press and called for greater access and security for members of the media.

Champagne later told reporters that Estonia will be hosting next year's edition of the conference. (ANI/Sputnik)

Thousands of chickens culled in Denmark as new bird flu outbreak emerges

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Copenhagen [Denmark], November 17 (ANI/Sputnik): A bird flu outbreak has forced the Danish authorities to cull about 25,000 chickens in central Jutland, according to the country's Veterinary and Food Administration.

"Samples from the Statens Serum Institut showed on Monday afternoon that a chicken herd in Trustrup near Randers has been affected by the contagious bird flu H5N8, which has a high mortality rate among chickens," the agency said in a statement.

According to the release, all the infected birds were culled and two restriction zones (3 and 10 kilometres) have been created to monitor birds and poultry in the area close to the farm.

Earlier this month, bird flu was found in wild birds in Denmark's Jutland region.

The H5N8 strain of avian influenza (bird flu) is currently circulating in different parts of Europe, including Germany and France.

The French Agriculture and Food Ministry announced on Monday that a case of the highly pathogenic avian influenza had been confirmed in Haute-Corse (Upper Corsica), at the pet department of a garden center located near Bastia.

The H5N8 bird flu strain has no history of reported infections in humans. (ANI/Sputnik)

WHO expert confirms 65 coronavirus cases among headquarters staff since beginning of the pandemic

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Geneva [Switzerland], November 17 (ANI): The World Health Organization on Monday (nearby time) uncovered that 65 individuals from staff have tried positive for Covid since the start of the pandemic.

"Since the beginning of the pandemic, an aggregate of 65 WHO staff positioned in Geneva- - telecommuting and on location - have tried positive for COVID-19. We have not yet settled whether any transmission has happened nearby, yet are investigating the issue," WHO tweeted.

In the accompanying tweet, it stated, "WHO staff who were affirmed positive with COVID-19 in Geneva have gotten the essential clinical consideration. WHO did full contact following and related conventions. Upgraded cleaning conventions were actualized in significant workplaces."

"Out of the 65 recorded COVID-19 cases among WHO HQ staff to date, 49 have happened over the most recent two months, in accordance with the epidemiological circumstance in Geneva and encompassing regions," WHO added.

As per the most recent information by Johns Hopkins University, internationally upwards of 54,678,159 individuals have tried COVID-19 positive and 1,321,403 passings have been accounted for up until this point. (ANI)

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