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SC allows ban on most refugees – US won’t issue some visas in 4 nations

WASHINGTON, Sept 13, (Agencies): The Supreme Court is allowing the Trump administration to maintain its restrictive policy on refugees. The justices on Tuesday agreed to an administration request to block a lower court ruling that would have eased the refugee ban and allowed up to 24,000 refugees to enter the …

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Kuwait 96 in Human Capital rank

KUWAIT CITY, Sept 12, (Agencies): Kuwait ranked 96th out of 130 countries with a score of 56.08 in the Human Capital Report 2017 released by the World Economic Forum. The report ranks countries based on four key areas of human capital development as follows: 1. Capacity: past investment in formal …

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Which countries do ‘offer’ a passport without migrating?

The vast majority of people believe that the process of obtaining a second citizenship or another nationality is long and tedious. Most look to countries such as the US, Canada, Australia and the UK, along with other European countries, only to be faced with their stringent requirements. These requirements are …

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Oman secures India priest release

MUSCAT, Sept 12, (AFP): Muscat has secured the release of an Indian priest who was abducted last year during a deadly attack by Islamist militants in Yemen, Oman’s official news agency said on Tuesday. Thomas Uzhunnalil had been held captive since March 2016, when jihadists attacked a care home operated …

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India sets up migrant center

CHENNAI, India, Sept 12, (RTRS): A new resource centre for Indian migrants employed in Gulf states will help reduce the risk of workers being trafficked to fake jobs and exploited, officials said Tuesday. With a 24-hour helpline and a team of advisers, the Indian Workers’ Resource Centre in Sharjah in …

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Irma death toll rises, evacuees return – Quarter of houses in Florida Keys destroyed

FLORIDA CITY/MIAMI, Sept 12, (Agencies): Residents returned on Tuesday to parts of the Florida Keys archipelago that was hammered by Hurricane Irma’s high winds and storm surge, while the death toll rose in the second major hurricane to hit the United States this year. Irma, which had rampaged through the …

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Storm death toll 4 – Duterte allocates annual budget of ‘$20’ for Human Rights agency

MANILA, Sept 12, (Agencies): Philippine lawmakers allied with President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday voted to allocate an annual budget of just 1,000 pesos ($19.66) to the Commission on Human Rights, a public body investigating Duterte’s bloody war on drugs. About 119 of the 151 lower house members present supported the …

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Iran in compliance: IAEA

VIENNA, Sept 11, (AFP): The UN atomic watchdog hit back Monday at US criticism of the Iran nuclear deal, insisting its inspections there are the world’s toughest and that Tehran is sticking to the accord. “The nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under (the 2015 accord) are being implemented,” International Atomic …

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Land OK’d to camp Rohingya – Muslim nations slam ‘brutal acts’

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Sept 11, (Agencies): Bangladesh has agreed to free land for a new camp to shelter some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims who have fled recent violence in Myanmar, an official said Monday. The new camp will help relieve some pressure on existing settlements in …

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Indian traders of ‘kidney’ smuggle donors to Egypt – Debt drives kidney harvesting

MUMBAI, Sept 11, (RTRS): Indian police are investigating a major organ trade racket after they arrested two men, including an alleged kingpin, at Mumbai airport for trafficking poor people for their kidneys to Egypt, officials said on Monday. The men — identified as Nizamuddin and Suresh Prajapati — were arrested …

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