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China to deploy battalion to S Sudan

China to deploy battalion to S Sudan

China is set to deploy an infantry battalion to South Sudan with the aim of strengthening the UN peacekeeping mission in the African country. UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous said on Thursday that Beijing had agreed to send a “battalion” of 850 soldiers within the next few months. He noted that the UN is expecting, [&hellip

Household poverty on rise in Italy

Household poverty on rise in Italy

Official reports show that about two million Italian households have suffered economic hardships in the past two years, Press TV reports. A new report by Italy’s national statistical agency (ISTAT) revealed that more than two million Italian families were in dire economic need between 2012 and 2013 as a result of high levels of unemployment [&hellip

‘Syria militants fighting in east Ukraine’

‘Syria militants fighting in east Ukraine’

Ukrainian mercenaries, who have fought alongside the militants in Syria, are now participating in operations against pro-Russia protesters in southeastern Ukraine, a Russian source says. A source in the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces told ITAR-TASS news agency on Thursday that about 300 militants who have been fighting against the government of President [&hellip

Hodgson impressed with England form

Hodgson impressed with England form

​England manager Roy Hodgson says he would love to “bottle” his side’s training performances and release them during the World Cup. Hodgson’s side play their last home friendly before the tournament in Brazil when they meet Peru on Friday.​ England begin their World Cup campaign against Italy on 14 June. “The training sessions have been [&hellip

Ford recalls affect 1.4 million vehicles

Ford recalls affect 1.4 million vehicles

​Ford issued four recalls today affecting almost 1.4 million vehicles in the North America, including almost 1.2 million in the US, for problems ranging from floor mats to loss of power steering in some popular utility vehicles. The largest recall affects 915,216 Ford Escape and Mercury Mariner SUVs from the 2008 through 2011 model years [&hellip

‘5mn UK kids to face poverty by 2020’

‘5mn UK kids to face poverty by 2020’

Almost five million British children could face a lifetime of poverty by 2020 due to the government’s changes to the country’s welfare system, a new study shows. According to the research, which was commissioned by the Save the Children charity and whose results were released on Wednesday, the number of children living in poverty in [&hellip

S Korea worried over Japan-North deal

S Korea worried over Japan-North deal

South Korea has expressed concern over a decision by Japan to relax sanctions against North Korea, underlining the need to keep a united front against Pyongyang’s nuclear program. The South Korean Foreign Ministry said in a Friday statement that the united stance between Japan, South Korea and the US on the need for the denuclearization [&hellip

Palestine inmates keep up hunger strike

Palestine inmates keep up hunger strike

Hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails say they will continue their strike despite being in critical health conditions. Israeli medical officials said on Thursday that the prisoners were receiving emergency treatment to recover. Forty Palestinian prisoners, whose hunger strike has entered its second month, were hospitalized after developing severe health conditions. Israeli officials further expressed [&hellip

Syrians in Lebanon vote for president

Syrians in Lebanon vote for president

Hundreds of Syrians living in Lebanon have queued outside Syria embassy near Beirut to cast their ballots ahead of the country’s presidential election. Expatriates lined up on Thursday outside the Syrian embassy in the town of Yarze, southeast of Beirut, as voting extended for a second day in Lebanon. On Wednesday, clashes erupted between voters [&hellip

UN concerned over Lebanon deadlock

UN concerned over Lebanon deadlock

The United Nations Security Council has expressed concern over the failure of the Lebanese parliament to elect a new president for the country. “The Council urges the Parliament to uphold Lebanon’s longstanding democratic tradition and to work to ensure that presidential elections take place as soon as possible and without external interference,” the Security Council [&hellip