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Monday, January 22, 2018
The global unemployment rate is stabilizing after years in a slump due to a faltering economy, the International Labor Organization reports in "World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018." However, unemployment — which the ILO says stands at more than 192 million people globally — is expected remain persistently high in many parts of the world. The ILO reports that unemployment in wealthier countries is expected to drop to 5.5 percent this year, the lowest rate since... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The Japanese capital of Tokyo on Tuesday dug out from more than 20 cm of snow that had snarled traffic, trapping cars on bridges and in tunnels, although transport delays remained around the metropolis. The snow that began on Monday morning tapered off early on Tuesday after dumping some 23 cm on a city that rarely has snow accumulate, with freezing temperatures keeping snow-choked roads slick and pedestrians wary. Most commuter lines were operating normally, but a number of train... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The EU’s justice commissioner is working on a proposal that could oblige member states such as Poland, which has clashed with Brussels over reforms to its courts, to pass tests on the independence of their judicial systems before receiving funding. Vera Jourova said there was agreement within the executive European Commission to work on ideas to encourage strong judiciaries in planning for the new budget from 2021. “One way could be to insist that independent justice systems are... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
A U.N. report on the increase in peacekeepers killed in violent attacks blames many of the fatalities on inaction in the field and "a deficit of leadership'' from U.N. headquarters to remote locations. It urges greater initiative, determination, action and use of force when necessary. "Nobody attacks a stronger opponent,'' the authors say. The report released Monday was authorized by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and funded by China. It was led by... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The key U.S. question about Turkey's offensive in northwestern Syria is whether Ankara pushes on from Afrin to Manbij, where U.S. forces and their allies against the Islamic State militant group are on the ground, U.S. officials said on Monday. Turkey shelled targets in northwest Syria on the third day of a campaign by its forces and Syrian rebel allies against Kurdish YPG fighters, which Ankara sees as allies of Kurdish insurgents who have fought the Turkish state for... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
The number of confirmed cases of yellow fever outbreak in Brazil has tripled in recent weeks, with 20 deaths since July, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday. Of 35 confirmed cases, 20 were in Sao Paulo state, which includes South America's largest city, Sao Paulo. Earlier this month, a case of the disease was confirmed in the Netherlands for a traveler who had recently been in that state. The WHO recommended last week that foreign travelers get vaccinated before... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
Facebook took a hard look in the mirror with a post Monday questioning the impact of social media on democracies worldwide and saying it has a “moral duty” to understand how it is being used. Over the past 18 months, the company has faced growing criticism for its limited understanding of how misinformation campaigns and governments are using its service to suppress democracy and make people afraid to speak out. “I wish I could guarantee that the positives are destined to outweigh the... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will build a "Great Wall" around its borders to prevent the infiltration of militants from outside the country, state media reported on Tuesday citing the regional governor. Hundreds of people have been killed in Xinjiang in the past few years in violence between Uighurs, a mostly Muslim people who speak a Turkic language, and ethnic majority Han Chinese, especially in the heavily Uighur southern part of... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
"The Lord of the Rings" director Peter Jackson is going from Middle Earth to the Western Front, transforming grainy black-and-white footage of World War I into 3-D color for a new documentary film.   Jackson's movie, announced Monday, is among dozens of artworks commissioned by British cultural bodies to commemorate 100 years since the final year of the 1914-18 war.   The New Zealand-based director of "The Hobbit" and "Lord of the Rings" series... (Full Story)
Monday, January 22, 2018
U.S. singer-songwriter Neil Diamond, one of pop music's all-time best-selling artists, has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease and plans to retire from touring, his official website said on Monday. The onset of the disease has made it difficult for him to travel and perform on a large-scale, a statement on the site said, adding he will be cancelling upcoming concert dates in Australia and New Zealand and offering refunds. "It is with great reluctance and disappointment... (Full Story)
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