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US to increase refugee intake to 110k in 2017

Updated: Sep 14, 2016 10:54 IST

Washington [USA], Sept. 14 (ANI): A senior administration official has said that the United States is planning to increase the number of refugees accepted into the country to at least 1,10,000 in 2017.

US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday briefed the Congress about the administration's decision and stated that the United States would seek to welcome 1,00,000 refugees in 2017 and would even accept more, if possible, reports the CNN.

The increase from 70,000 during 2013-2015 to 85,000 in 2016 to the plan of 1,10,000 in 2017 is more than a 57 per cent increase in refugee arrivals since 2015 and is consistent with the administration's belief that all countries should do more to help the vulnerable.

The refugee policy has also been the top issue in the 2016 US presidential election.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump stoked controversy last December when he proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims immigrating to the United States.

However, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton has said that she would like to see the number of Syrian refugees accepted into the United States increase from the Obama administration's goal of 10,000 a year to 65,000 refugees. (ANI)

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Trump says Chicago needs help

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 06:20 IST

New Delhi [India], Feb. 24(ANI): US President Donald Trump expressed shock over the incident in Chicago where seven people were killed and another six were wounded in shootings on Wednesday and calling that the city 'needs help' as the situation is out of control.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): A Danish man who posed a video of himself setting fire to the Quran on Facebook has been charged with blasphemy, first such case in the country after almost half a century.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): North Korea denied responsibility for Kim Jong-nam's death and accussed the Malaysian authorities of fabricating evidence of Pyongyang's involvement under the influence of South Korea.

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London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): According to a poll, French far right leader Marine Le Pen has increased her lead in the first round of France's presidential election but would lose the May 7 run-off against either the centre-right's Francois Fillon or centrist Emmanuel Macron.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI): Pope Francis suggested that if the person is a Christian, who exploits people, leads a double life or manages a dirty business, then it is better to be called as an atheist rather than a believer.

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Trump wants US to expand nuclear arsenal

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 05:09 IST

London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): US President Donald Trump expressed that he wants to expand America's nuclear arsenal adding that the country has fallen behind in its atomic weapons capacity.

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London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): Iraqi security forces recaptured the Mosul airport from ISIS, a key part of the government's offensive to drive the Islamic State (IS) from the western half of the city.

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London [UK], Feb. 24(ANI): The former International Monetary Fund(IMF) chief Rodrigo Rato has been sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison for misusing corporate credit cards while in charge of two leading Spanish banks.

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New York [USA], Feb. 24(ANI) : US President Donald Trump described his administration's moves to deport illegal immigrants as a military operation.

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Beijing [China], Feb. 24(ANI): Following the visit by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar's to the country for the strategic dialogue, China hopes that it has achieved its expected goals and is of positive significance for promoting bilateral relations.

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Trumps calls Tillerson trip to Mexico 'tough'

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 01:32 IST

New York[USA], Feb. 24(ANI): U.S. President Donald Trump has termed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Mexico as 'tough'.

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Pakistan, Turkey agree to boost cooperation

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 21:14 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Pakistan and Turkey on Thursday reaffirmed their commitment to continue to transform their special relationship into a strong strategic partnership.

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PM Hasina to visit India in April

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 20:14 IST

Dhaka [Bangladesh], Feb. 23 (ANI): Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will visit India in April.

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Karachi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Sindh Home Department on Thursday issued a notification listing areas of Karachi which could be the next targets of the terrorists.

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Rawalpindi [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): The Pakistani Army claimed on Thursday that it has averted a major terrorist incident which could have targeted university students in Balochistan.

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Afghan envoy demands reopening Torkham border

Updated: Feb 23, 2017 17:55 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Feb. 23 (ANI): Afghan ambassador to Islamabad Omar Zakhilwal has demanded authorities to reopen the Torkham border, which was shut down by Pakistan following the Sehwan attack.

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Ankara [Turkey], Feb. 23 (ANI): Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag on Thursday called on the newly installed U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to extradite cleric Fetullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the last year's failed coup attempt.

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New York [USA], Feb. 23 (ANI): Malaysia has asked Interpol to put out an alert for four missing North Korean suspects wanted in connection with the death of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, police said Thursday.

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New Delhi [India], Feb. 23 (ANI): The latest International Student Survey has shown a record 10 per cent surge in the number of international students coming to Australia to 5,54,179.

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