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Day: May 5, 2017

Trump to wade into Middle East politics on first foreign trip
America, ENGLISH

Trump to wade into Middle East politics on first foreign trip

    US President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will travel to Saudi Arabia and Israel this month as part of his first foreign trip, wading directly into the tangled diplomacy of Middle Eastern politics. Trump said he would also visit the Vatican along with his swing through the Middle East, which was added to a trip that includes a NATO meeting in Brussels on May 25 and the Group of Seven summit in Sicily on May 26. In a speech in the Rose Garden at an event on religious liberty, Trump cast his trip as an effort to build cooperation and support between Muslims, Christians and Jews for fighting terrorism. Our task is not to dictate to others how to live but to build a coalition of friends and partners who share the goal of fighting terrorism and bringing safety, opportunity ...
Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day
ENGLISH, Europe

Macron stretches lead as French presidential campaign enters final day

    Centrist French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron extended his lead in the polls over his far-right rival Marine Le Pen on Friday, the final day of a tumultuous election campaign that has turned the country’s politics upside down. The election is seen as the most important in France for decades with two diametrically opposed views of Europe and France’s place in the world at stake. The National Front’s Le Pen would close borders and quit the euro currency, while independent Macron, who has never held elected office, wants closer European cooperation and an open economy. The candidates of France’s two mainstream parties were both eliminated in the first round on April 23. According to an Elabe poll for BFM TV and L’Express, Macron will get 62 percent of the votes in th...
Japan rejects more than 99% of refugee applications
Asia, ENGLISH

Japan rejects more than 99% of refugee applications

    Japan rejects more than 99 per cent of refugees attempting to claim asylum in the country, accepting only 28 people in 2016. That was an increase of one person on 2015’s refugee intake. The country approved a further 97 people for Japanese residence on humanitarian grounds last year. Japan saw its highest ever number of applicants for refugee status in 2016, at 10,901, an increase of 3,315 compared to the previous year. Refugee advocates have argued Japan – which has one of the wealthiest economies in the world - has a humanitarian duty to do more, especially given its shrinking population. Japan is a highly homogenous society and has traditionally been sceptical of immigration. Here they do not pay for your studies, they do not help you to get bank loans, or give you soci...
India’s top court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case
Asia, ENGLISH

India’s top court upholds death penalty in Delhi gang rape case

    India’s top court on Friday upheld death sentences against four men who fatally gang raped a woman on board a bus in 2012, a crime that sparked widespread protests and drew international attention to violence against women. It’s a barbaric crime and it has shaken the society’s conscience, Justice R. Banumathi told a packed courtroom as the three-judge Supreme Court panel threw out an appeal on behalf of the defendants. The five men and a juvenile lured the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist and her male friend on to a minibus in New Delhi on Dec. 16, 2012, repeatedly raping the woman and beating both with a metal bar before dumping them on a road. The woman died of grave internal injuries two weeks later in a Singapore hospital. Applause broke out in court among relatives...
South Asia Satellite to be launched today
Asia, ENGLISH

South Asia Satellite to be launched today

    A new horizon of cooperation in space and telecommunication among the South Asian nations is going to be opened up as the much-awaited South Asia Satellite will be launched on Friday. After the launching of the South Asia Satellite into orbit, the top leaders of the seven South Asian nations will join a videoconferencing from their respective countries. ‘Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will join the videoconferencing from her official Ganabhaban residence in the evening,’ said PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the videoconferencing from New Delhi. Besides, the heads of state of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal and Bhutan are expected to join the videoconferencing from their respective countries, s...