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Trump pushes wall plan in US-Mexico border visit

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WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned of murderers and gangsters spreading across the country during a visit to the US-Mexican border Thursday to push his demand for a multi-billion dollar wall.

Trump used the backdrop of the Rio Grande border river at McAllen, Texas, to ramp up what has already turned into a hugely messy political fight with Democratic opponents, resulting in the shutdown of swaths of the US government.

With typical rhetorical flourishes, Trump said that only building more walls along the Mexican border could stop an onslaught of violent crime.

“They just go where there’s no security and you don’t even know the difference between Mexico and the United States,” he told a meeting of border patrol officers.

They have women tied up, they have tape over their mouths, electrical tape.”

“If we had a barrier of any kind, a powerful barrier, whether its steel or concrete…, we would stop it cold,” Trump said.

Opposition Democrats are refusing to approve $5.7 billion in wall funding, saying that overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants do not commit serious crimes and that Trump is mainly promoting the project to satisfy his right-wing base.

Trump said that illegal immigrant crime stretched right up into the north of the country. However, widely respected studies show that illegal immigrants commit fewer crimes than people born in the United States.

 

 

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King Philippe of Belgium in South Korea

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SEOUL: King Philippe of Belgium, who is on a four-day state visit to South Korea, will inspect the digital office of the Seoul mayor today. 
Mayor Park Won-soon will introduce his smart office in person to the king, the official said. Located on the sixth floor of the city hall, the office has a digital system with a big screen that enables the mayor to see major developments happening in the capital city, including fires, disasters and traffic conditions, at a glance on a real-time basis. The inspection has been arranged at the request of King Philippe, whose sister Princess Astrid is known to have advised him to do so during his state visit that began Monday.
The princess was reportedly impressed by the system during her visit to the office in June 2017. A South Korea-Belgium symposium titled “Improving Quality of Life Through Smart Cities” was also held at the city hall prior to the king’s visit, with more than 160 experts, scholars, and businesspersons from the two nations attending. The Belgian monarch is scheduled to receive honorary citizenship from the Seoul mayor.

 

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KSA rejects US recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over Golan Heights

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KSA rejects US recognition of Israel's sovereignty over Golan Heights

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has expressed its firm rejection and condemnation of the declaration issued by the United States Administration to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Syrian Golan Height, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Tuesday.

“The Declaration of the United States Administration is a clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and the principles of the international law, as well as relevant international resolutions, including Security Council resolutions No. 242 (1967) and No. 497 (1981), and it will have great negative effects on the peace process in the Middle East, security and stability of the region,” SPA said.

Saudi Arabia called on all parties to respect the resolutions of the international legitimacy and the Charter of the United Nations.

 

 

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Pakistan embassy hosted reception to mark Pakistan Day in France

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Pakistan embassy hosted reception to mark Pakistan Day in France

ISLAMABAD: Embassy of Pakistan hosted a formal diplomatic reception to celebrate the Pakistan Day in French capital, Paris.

The reception was attended by President Pakistan-France Friendship Group in the French Senate, Pascal Alizard, the Vice President of France-Pakistan Friendship Group in the French National Assembly, Mr. Francois Pupponi, parliamentarians, mayors, high level French dignitaries, members of the Diplomatic Corps, intellectuals, scholars and members of French and Pakistani media in large number.

During the ceremony, guests from all walks of life interacted with each other and congratulated officers and staff of the Pakistan Embassy on their National Day, said a message received here.

Live Pakistani national songs along with documentaries on Pakistan were played during the reception.

The participants also showed keen interest in the photographic exhibition by Imran Y. Choudhary and Mr. Bilal Javaid depicting the scenic and cultural treasures of Pakistan.

Later, guests enjoyed the food consisting of traditional and signature Pakistani cuisines.

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