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150 feared killed as jetliner crashes in France

Paris : An Airbus A320 of a German budget airline with 150 people on board crashed on Tuesday in southern France while flying from Barcelona to Dusseldorf. French President Francois Hollande said no survivors are expected.

Confirming on Tuesday that its flight 4U9525 met with an accident over the French Alps, Germanwings put the toll at 150. Earlier media reports said the plane carried 142 passengers and a crew of six.

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Obama vows L-1B visa reform to attract global business

By Arun Kumar,

Washington : Declaring that "America is proudly open for business", President Barack announced plans to reform the L-1B visa category to allow global corporations to temporarily move workers to the US in a faster, simpler way.

"And this could benefit hundreds of thousands of non-immigrant workers and their employers; that, in turn, will benefit our entire economy and spur additional investment," he said addressing the second SelectUSA Investment Summit here.

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South Sudan armed group releases 250 child soldiers

United Nations : Up to 250 child soldiers, including four girls, were released by an armed group in South Sudan over the weekend, a UN spokesperson said on Monday.

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said another 400 should be released over the next two days, UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq was quoted as saying by Xinhua.

The armed group, the South Sudan Democratic Army Cobra Faction, has advised UNICEF that they have up to 3,000 child soldiers, said Haq.

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Netanyahu apologises to Arab Israelis over remarks

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday apologised to the Arab Israelis in a bid to walk back his controversial comment made at the height of last week's parliament election.

In a statement, Netanyahu made the apology to members of the Arab community in an apparent attempt to heal rifts and quell criticism from home and abroad, Xinhua reported.

Just a few hours before polling stations were to close across Israel, he said the Arab Israelis are being bussed "in droves" by left-wing organisations in order to topple his government.

'Israel grabbing Palestinian soil in the name of preserving history'

London: Israeli settlers are colonising Palestinian territory under the guise of protecting archaeological sites, the British government has said, according to media reports.

British ministers have warned that the Israeli government agency responsible for preserving historic artefacts is undermining efforts for peace in the region by working with a group of “radical” settlers, The Independent reported on Monday.

The “Elad” group of settlers is known for aggressively colonising Palestinian areas, including evicting Palestinian residents from their homes in urban areas.

UN voices support for legitimacy of Yemeni president

United Nations: The UN Security Council on Sunday adopted a presidential statement on Yemen, voicing support for Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi and calling upon all parties to refrain from taking actions that undermine the legitimacy of the president.

Work towards two-state solution, UN chief urges Netanyahu

United Nations: UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday urged Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renew his country's commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The UN chief called up Netanyahu to congratulate him on his electoral victory, and said that he looked forward to working with the new government upon its formation, the UN spokesperson's office said, according to a Xinhua report.

Ban, in his conversation with Netanyahu, reiterated that the two-state solution was the only way forward.

Myanmar urges international election monitors to follow rules

Yangon : Myanmar's Union Election Commission (UEC) has issued a notification calling on accredited international election monitors to abide by the rules of the commission during the upcoming 2015 general election tentatively set for early November.

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Obama offers support to Tunisia following museum attack

Washington : US President Barack Obama called Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi to offer condolences and support following the terrorist attack that left 23 people dead at a museum in Tunis.

Obama "extended sympathy, on behalf of all Americans, to the victims' families and loved ones," and offered continued US assistance and support in the ongoing investigation, Xinhua reported citing a statement issued by the White House.

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Obama orders reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent

Washington : President Barack Obama on Thursday signed an executive order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by the federal government by 40 percent over the next decade, a move made as part of his administration's efforts to fight climate change.

The executive order also set a target for 30 percent of the electricity consumed by the federal government to come from renewable sources.

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