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Death penalty is a crime, no place for executions in the 21st century: UN chief

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NEW YORK: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said that the death penalty is a crime and it has no place in the 21st Century.

Guterres also urged all countries, which have not forbidden the extreme practice, to urgently stop executions.

“The death penalty does little to deter crimes or serve victims, he said while speaking alongside Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, at an event at the UN Headquarters, here today.

The UN chief also expressed concern that the countries that continued executions were also failing to meet their international obligations, particular in relation to transparency and compliance with international human rights standards.

“Some governments conceal executions and enforce an elaborate system of secrecy to hide who is on death row, and why,” Guterres said, underscoring that lack of transparency showed a lack of respect for the human rights of those sentenced to death and to their families, as well as damaging administration of justice more generally.

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15th day of January, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is getting more and more popular

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WASHINGTON: According to latest statistics the birthday of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is getting more and more popular day by day. 

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Netanyahu visits India with the largest business delegation ever to accompany an Israeli PM!

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NEW DELHI: Fifteen years after Ariel Sharon’s visit to India in 2003, Benjamin Netanyahu arrived here for a six-day tour today with the largest trade delegation ever to accompany an Israeli Prime Minister on a foreign trip.

Modi, who broke protocol to receive the Israeli PM and his wife Sara, took to the tweeter to welcome his counterpart terming him as his friend:

Earlier, while leaving Israel for India Netanyahu promised to sign very many agreements and held:  “We are strengthening ties between Israel and this important global power. This serves our security, economic, trade and tourism interests, as well as many other areas. This is a great blessing for the State of Israel”.

 

 

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Did Trump pay hush money to an adult film star to prevent her from talking during polls?

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WASHINGTON: A section of press has reported that Trump had, by means of a lawyer, paid $130,000 to an adult star to stop her from talking during the election apropos an alleged consensual relationship the duo had back in 2006. 

Negating the allegation, the star said: “I am stating with complete clarity that this is absolutely false. My involvement with Donald Trump was limited to a few public appearances and nothing more…

“Rumors that I have received hush money from Donald Trump completely false. If indeed I did have a relationship with Donald Trump… you would be reading about it in my book”.

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