The United Arab Emirates has spread a "climate of fear" among Qataris living there, splitting families and causing "substantial pain" during a year-long blockade, the UN's top court heard on Friday (Jun 29). Qatar, a small peninsula nation, found its only land border closed, its state-owned airline barred from using its neighbours' airspace, and Qatari residents expelled from the boycotting countries. (Photo: AFP/Karim Jaafar) As the bitter Gulf crisis moves to the world tribunals, Doha is appealing to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague to order emergency measures to lift restrictions imposed on Qataris in June 2017 by Abu Dhabi. "Many Qataris still resident in the UAE live in perpetual fear, they live in the shadow of the UAE's expulsion order," leading British barrister Peter Goldsmith, acting for Doha, told the court. On Jun 7, 2017, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and other allies severed ties with Qatar, accusing it of backing terrorism, and imposed … [Read more...] about Qatar urges UN’s top court to end UAE ‘climate of fear’
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Viet Nam News By Thu Hằng Have you ever seen a garbage bag sitting (and stinking) in front of your house, even though you hung a sign saying, “Please do not leave trash here”? It doesn’t take much looking around to see the effects of indiscriminate litter in the countryside and in big cities. Piles of trash make the streets look bad and seriously affect the environment and human health. Unfortunately, littering occurs daily and is very difficult to control. Some claim the reason is that rubbish bins have not been arranged properly on the streets and in public spaces. Others simply follow others’ behaviour because they think their awareness alone won’t solve the problem. An image depicting the indiscriminate discharge of waste has been shared on social networks in recent days. It has attracted a great deal of concern, and many people have hailed it as one solution to the social evil of littering. The photograph shows a banner on the wall … [Read more...] about Do litterbugs deserve public naming and shaming?
Illustrative Image. — Vietnamnet.vn HCM CITY — On a recent Saturday morning in the meeting room of Tâm Đức Heart Hospital in District 7, HCM City, a seminar was held on “Atrial fibrillation effective management: the role of new generation anticoagulants in preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation patient”. It was a unique event in the fact that all participants were heart disease patients or people with an elevated risk of stroke. The seminar disseminated useful information as doctors discussed what causes atrial fibrillation (AF), how to control it and what new generation anti-coagulants are available to treat atrial fibrillation. The seminar has been a regular activity organised by Tâm Đức Hospital in recent years for its stroke patients club. Dr Tôn Thất Minh, the hospital’s director, said the incidence of stroke is increasing globally and in Việt Nam due to modern habits like smoking and eating … [Read more...] about Prevent strokes since curing is difficult: doctors
North Korea released three American prisoners and handed them over to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday, clearing a major obstacle to an unprecedented summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The men, who were freed after Pompeo met Kim, were on their way home aboard the chief U.S. diplomat’s plane, and Trump said he would greet them when they arrived at Andrews Air Force Base outside Washington on Thursday morning. “We would like to express our deep appreciation to the United States government, President Trump, Secretary Pompeo, and the people of the United States for bringing us home,” the three said in a statement released by the State Department as their plane stopped over in Alaska. “We thank God, and all our families and friends who prayed for us and for our return. God Bless America, the greatest nation in the world.” The release, praised by the White House as a “gesture of goodwill,” … [Read more...] about Three Americans freed by North Korea head home, thank Trump
An image grab taken from a video released by the Syrian civil defence in Douma shows unidentified volunteers giving aid to children at a hospital following an alleged chemical attack on the rebel-held town. (HO/AFP/SYRIA CIVIL DEFENCE) An alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead in Syria's rebel-held town of Douma sparked international outrage on Sunday (Apr 8), with US President Donald Trump warning there would be a "big price to pay". As condemnation of Saturday's attack poured in, rebels began evacuating Douma, the last sliver they held of their one-time stronghold Eastern Ghouta, under a deal with Syria's regime. Trump's threat came exactly a year and a day after the US fired cruise missiles at a Syrian air base in retaliation for a deadly sarin gas attack in 2017. "Many dead, including women and children, in mindless CHEMICAL attack in Syria," Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday, lashing out at Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia's Vladimir Putin, a key ally of the … [Read more...] about Trump warns of ‘big price’ after suspected Syria gas attack