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‘UN Watch, a human rights organization, monitoring the performance of the United Nations, has strongly condemned the appointment of Saudi Arabia to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), citing Riyadh’s poor women’s rights record and widespread gender inequality.

“Electing Saudi Arabia to protect women’s rights is like making an arsonist into the town fire chief. It’s absurd,” Hillel Neuer, the UN Watch chief, said.’

Read More: UN Watch outraged as Saudi Arabia takes place on UN Women’s Right Commission


‘The operation, set to take place in June, will prepare for the safe exit of around 230,000 Americans in the case of conflict.

If the Pyongyang was to attack, tens of thousands of American civilians, including military dependents residing in and around the capital city of Seoul, could very well be caught in the crossfire.

A major dilemma for the US is how to keep these Americans safe and evacuate them in the event of hostilities.

Seoul is just 35 miles from the border, well within range of more than 12,000 North Korean artillery guns that they have already positioned to strike from dug-in and well-camouflaged positions.’

Read More: US prepares to evacuate 230,000 Americans from South Korea as part of WW3 military drills


‘On Friday, Syrian President Bashar Assad told Sputnik in an interview that Damascus is interested in Russian next-generation air defense systems as over 50 percent of Syrian air defense weapons had been destroyed by terrorists. He added that Moscow and Damascus were holding talks on the supplies of additional air defense systems to war-torn Syria.

“The necessary quantity [of air defense systems] can be supplied on a priority basis, it will not require additional burden for the defense industry,” the chairman of the Russian upper house defense and security committee, Ozerov said.

According to him, “there is nothing special about such deliveries [if the deal is reached] as Syria is at war with terrorists and Russia helps it to fight terror.”’

Read More: Russia Ready to Prioritize Air Defense Systems Deliveries to Syria


‘Linguistic experts have warned that the Icelandic language is at risk of dying out in the modern society.  The widespread use of English in the country, both for tourism and for voice-controlled electronic devices, has slowly reduced the numbers of people speaking Icelandic to less than 400,000.

Asgeir Jonsson, an economics professor at the University of Iceland, said without a unique language the country could experience a brain drain.

“A British town with a population the size of Iceland has far fewer scientists and artists, for example. They’ve simply moved to the metropolis,” he said.’

Read More: Linguistic experts warn Icelandic language is at risk of dying out because smartphones don’t speak

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‘As President Donald Trump is approaching the 100-day benchmark in the White House, his approval rating has hit a historical low of 42 percent. Twelve of his predecessors averaged 61-percent at this point, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll showed.

An average of 42 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s performance as president, while 53 percent disapprove. Past presidents’ ratings averaged 69 percent approval and 19 percent disapproval by their 100th day in office, the poll shows.’

Read more: Trump’s presidential approval rating after 100 days in office lowest since 1945


‘North Korea has vowed to sink the USS Carl Vinson, which is scheduled to arrive in the waters around the Korean peninsula “within days.” Meanwhile, Japan said two of its ships have joined the aircraft carrier group for a “joint exercise.”’

Read more: N. Korea ready to sink US aircraft carrier with a ‘single strike’ – official paper


‘Suspects are said to have attacked victims with knives, clubs, metal bars and other weapons. They wanted to prevent romantic ties between their targets and Jewish women, police say.

Six Jewish residents of Be’er Sheva, including two conscripted soldiers and a minor, were charged with a series of racist attacks against Arabs in the city, police said Sunday.’

Read more: Six Israeli Jews, Including Two Soldiers, Accused in Series of anti-Arab Attacks


‘Cassini has used a gravitational slingshot around Saturn’s moon Titan to put it on a path towards destruction. Saturday’s flyby swept the probe into an orbit that takes it in between the planet’s rings and its atmosphere.

This gap-run gives the satellite the chance finally to work out the length of a day on Saturn, and to determine the age of its stunning rings. But the manoeuvre means also that it cannot escape a fiery plunge into Saturn’s clouds in September.

The US space agency (Nasa) is calling an end to 12 years of exploration and discovery at Saturn because the probe’s propellant tanks are all but empty. Controllers cannot risk an unresponsive satellite one day crashing into – and contaminating – the gas giant’s potentially life-supporting moons, and so they have opted for a strategy that guarantees safe disposal.’

Read More: Cassini probe heads towards Saturn ‘grand finale’

US ‘may launch strike’ if North Korea goes through with nuclear weapons test – reports
‘North Korea has warned Australia of a possible nuclear strike if it continues to “blindly and zealously toe the US line.” It comes after Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Pyongyang poses a “serious threat” to peace and stability in the region.

“If Australia persists in following the US moves to isolate and stifle the DPRK and remains a shock brigade of the US master, this will be a suicidal act of coming within the range of the nuclear strike of the strategic force of the DPRK,” a spokesman for the North Korean Foreign Ministry said, as quoted by the official KCNA news agency.’

Read more: N. Korea accuses Australia of ‘blindly toeing US line,’ threatens nuclear strike