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Syria in ruins as war enters 9th year

Syria in ruins as war enters 9th year

SYRIA:  (DNA) – The Syrian crisis enters its ninth year this month, leaving in its wake a trail of death, destruction, destitution, displacement and division.The war has killed more than 500,000 people, displaced at least 12 million, and left the country’s economy and infrastructure in ruins.Syrian President Bashar Assad said in a speech on Feb. 17: “We have this romantic view sometimes that we are victorious.No, the war is not over.”Statistics and figures from Syrian Customs, provided by economist and financial advisor Dr. Humam Al-Jazaeri, show that the volume of foreign trade plummeted between 2010 and 2016 due to non-UN (US and EU) sanctions, the suspension of oil production, damage to physical infrastructure and the closure of border crossings with Jordan and Iraq.

Australian watchdog to probe broadcast of NZ terrorist live stream

Australian watchdog to probe broadcast of NZ terrorist live stream

CANBERRA, MAR 18 (DNA) – In Australia, the media watchdog has launched a formal investigation into possible breach of rules by networks which broadcast or put online images from a live stream of New Zealand mosques massacre.The Australian Communications and Media Authority chair Nerida O’Loughlin has, also urged to take greater measures to prevent the spread of violent imagery and speech.

Pakistan has not put Somalia in negative list: sources

Pakistan has not put Somalia in negative list: sources

ISLAMABAD, MAR 18 (DNA)-. The sources in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan have dispelled the impression given in a  section of the press that Somalia has been put in the negative visa list.It may be mentioned here that according to some websites, it was reported that according to new visa policy, Pakistan along with India has also put Somalia in the negative list.Sources say the news is correct only in the case of India while for Somalia no such decision has been taken.

Foreign Minister of New Zealand phones FM Qureshi

Foreign Minister of New Zealand phones FM Qureshi

ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – The Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of New Zealand, Rt. Honourable Winston Peters, called Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, on telephone and expressed his deepest condolences over the killing of Nine Pakistani nationals and one critically injured, in the terrorist attack on two mosques in the Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March.He conveyed his condolences and sympathies with the bereaved families of the innocent victims.

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

New Zealand wants answers from tech giants after mosque attack livestream

WELLINGTON: (DNA) – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday said she would be looking for answers from Facebook and other social media firms about how an attack that killed 50 mosque-goers was livestreamed on their platforms.Saying there were “further questions to be answered” by the tech giants, Ardern said Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had been in contact and “acknowledged what has occurred here in New Zealand”.A horrific video shot by the gunmen who carried out the mosque massacre was livestreamed on Facebook before being removed by the company.

Band performance; delicious cuisines add color to Francophonie festival

Band performance; delicious cuisines add color to Francophonie festival

ISLAMABAD, MAR 17 (DNA) – Spell-binding band performances and delicious delicacies of various Francophonie member countries added color to the Francophonie Festival held the French Culture Center.Embassies of Argentina, France, Tunisia, Belgium and Switzerland displayed various items at the stalls. Visitors enjoyed home-made delicacies especially prepared by the spouses of the ambassadors for the event.Visitors literally pounced upon the Tunisian stall when it was opened for people. A variety of Tunisian delicacies and traditional Tunisian handicrafts attracted audience in large number.

Iran envoy emphasizes strong counter-terrorism cooperation

Iran envoy emphasizes strong counter-terrorism cooperation

ISLAMABAD, MAR 16 (DNA): Ambassador of Iran to Pakistan Mehdi Honardoost has called for stronger counter-terrorism cooperation between Iran and Pakistan.The ambassador was speaking at a seminar on ‘Pak-Iran Relations: Current scenario and future prospects’ at Islamabad Policy Institute (IPI).“Iran and Pakistan are victims of terrorism. This concern should be at the top of the agenda of negotiations and consultations between the relevant authorities,” he said.