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Iran is hoping to attract up to one million Chinese tourists from next month in a bid to shore up its falling economy, badly hit by US sanctions.Vali Teymouri, Iran's deputy director for tourism affairs, told the South China Morning Post that the Iranian government’s new visa waiver program for Chinese visitors – first announced in June – could be implemented as early as the end of this month.Teymouri said Iran expected to “attract one million Chinese in the near future” through the…

Ned Sharpless, the Acting Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, issued a statement on Thursday which said the FDA was committed to overseeing the manufacturing, marketing, and sales of e-cigarettes, according to Reuters. The statement came one day before a federal judge ordered the FDA to impose a 10-month deadline for the submission of e-cigarette applications, which puts more pressure on e-cigarette companies like Juul Labs Inc for their continued popularity among underage users.

The World Wildlife Fund said half of the shark and ray species in the Mediterranean sea were under threat on Friday, with nearly a third already fished to the brink of extinction, according to The Brussels Times. Even though sharks are one of the apex predators of the sea, they are still at risk of disappearing from both overfishing and plastic pollution. The report was released just before Shark Awareness Day said Libya and Tunisia were two of the worst culprits in the…

Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned on Friday amid the continued fallout from his plea deal with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein who was charged with human trafficking girls as young as 14 last week by the FBI, according to BuzzFeed News. President Donald Trump announced Acosta's resignation with the Labor Secretary at his side. Trump said the secretary made the decision to resign. “I thought the right thing was to step aside,” Acosta said. Trump was defensive of Acosta earlier this week, claiming

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The United Nations Security Council is making a four-day visit to Colombia to check on the implementation of the landmark peace deal that ended the world's longest-running armed conflict, according to Al Jazeera. Representatives from the UNSC started arriving on Thursday to see how the various reforms and programs agreed to in the peace deal have fared, including several agrarian programs expanded across the isolated Colombian countryside to help slash coca plantations. The deal also promised to

Transparency International and Afrobarometer released the latest edition of the Global Corruption Barometer for Africa on Thursday which indicated most people on the continent think corruption is growing and governments are not doing enough to combat the spread, according to Deutsche Welle. The report said one in three Africans believe corruption is endemic in politics in their home country after the organizations surveyed more than 47,000 participants across 35 countries. The Democratic

Sources told ABC News President Donald Trump was planning to reverse course and drop his plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census on Thursday, but he would still order the government to conduct the survey by other means. White House officials declined to comment before Trump's remarks, which are scheduled for later on Thursday. Initial reports on Thursday said Trump was planning to announce some type of executive action to conduct a survey to determine which Americans are citizens

The United Kingdom raised the threat to British shipping vessels in Iranian waters to the highest level on Thursday after Iranian boats tried to impede a British oil tanker in the region the day before, according to BBC News. The British Ministry of Defense said the Iranian ship was driven off by a Royal Navy ship after Iran threatened to retaliate for the seizure of one of its own tankers, but Tehran denied any attempted seizure occurred on Wednesday. The Department for Transport…

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There’s been a significant policy change at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and it’s one that’s been in the works for a while. In the future, when workers grow dissatisfied with their union at their place of employment, the employer, within ninety days of the end of a contract, will be able to suspend bargaining and announce that the union will be ousted at the end of their current contract. The rights of the

The small Teutonic Cemetary inside the walls of Vatican City is home to historic artists, cardinals, and royals but police are making one last search for an Italian girl who disappeared 36 years ago without a trace on Wednesday, according to AFP. The Vatican will pry open two 19th century graves on Thursday morning to allow forensic experts to search for the remains of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi, the daughter of a Vatican bank employee whose family lived inside of Vatican City. The girl…

President Donald Trump's Labor Secretary Alex Acosta defended his actions during a press conference on Wednesday over his role in prosecuting billionaire Jeffrey Epstein a decade ago, according to The Guardian. Acosta has faced accusations of prosecutorial malfeasance since many felt state prosecutors allowed Epstein to walk away from the charges of sexual assault. The Miami Herald even called Acosta's actions the "deal of a lifetime" for Epstein, though the Labor Secretary said he secured a

UNICEF said more than 3,000 Rohingya refugee families have already been affected by landslides and floods in Bangladesh on Tuesday, with at least three people killed, according to Forbes. The UN organization said children and the elderly are particularly at risk due to the spread of water-borne diseases and weather warnings indicate the rain is likely to continue throughout the next four months of the monsoon season. "Conditions in the camps and host communities are deteriorating rapidly because

Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini attended the closure of what once was Europe's largest migrant reception center in Mineo, Sicily on Tuesday, according to BBC News. Salvini, of the right-wing League Party live-streamed his tour of the empty Mineo center after previously campaigning heavily on a hardline stance on migration. "Promise kept," Salvini said after the center's final inhabitants were removed last week as they were sent to another center in Calabria. Salvini previously claimed

One man was killed and three other workers were injured when a stadium in southern China collapsed during demolition work on Monday.The Shenzhen Stadium came down at about 11.40am while the work was being carried out and the cause of the collapse was being investigated, the Futian district government said.By 12.30pm, two workers had been rescued from the rubble and were taken to hospital, where one – a 50-year-old man surnamed Wang – later died, the government said.Two other workers who were…

Porters, cleaners and security staff in Bradford plan to walk out for seven days More than 300 hospital staff in Bradford are to strike this week in a dispute over what union leaders have described as the “backdoor privatisation” of the NHS. Porters, cleaners and security staff voted to take

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Sabine S. traveled to Syria and Iraq to marry an Islamic State (IS) fighter and praised jihadi life in several blogs. She left her two children in Berlin after becoming radicalized. ...

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(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Christian Taylor, George Mason University (THE CONVERSATION) Al-Qaida has recruited an estimated 40,000 fighters since Sept. 11, 2001, when the Osama bin Laden-led extremist group attacked the United States, according to the not-for-profit Council on Foreign Relations. Despite a United States-led global “war on terror” that has cost US$5.9 trillion, killed an estimated and