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Maldives President Felicitates Imran Khan


ISLAMABAD (APP) | President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen on Monday telephoned Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Imran Khan and felicitated him on his success in the general elections.
According to PTI Central Media Department here, the President expressed his best wishes for him.
The Chairman PTI thanked the President of Maldives.

Family Camp in Ziarat


Germany Ready to Work Closely, Confidently with new Pak Govt. | Foreign Office


BERLIN (Irfan Aftab/The News International) | The German government, in a statement issued with context to July 25 general elections, said that it is "ready to work closely and confidently" with the new leadership, a spokesperson for the country's Foreign Ministry said.
The German Foreign Office spokesperson said their country looks forward "to [assisting] them in accomplishing these tasks", referring to the newly-elected Pakistani government.
Berlin government appreciates the second time democratic handover of government in Pakistan, the statement added further.  
The Election Commission of Pakistan declared Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf in lead with 116 out of 269 seats in the National Assembly after polling and the two days of vote counting followed by. 


Moreover, in response to the concerns expressed by the European Union's Election Observation Mission, such as restrictions on media freedom before the election, German Foreign Office emphasised that "all allegations of irregularities must be investigated".
Earlier in a press conference held in Islamabad, the EU team leader Michael Gahler said, "Our overall assessment of the election process is that it is not as good as [it was] in 2013."
On Thursday, Prime Minister-elect Imran Khan made his first speech to the nation and declared his party victorious. Khan spoke about the future plans and how his party is going to tackle severe issues plaguing Pakistan.
Germany understands that the new government will face great challenges, which include improving the living conditions of all Pakistanis, combating corruption and strengthening regional stability. 
Therefore, "Germany stands by and ready to work closely and confidently with the new Pakistani government and to assist them in accomplishing these tasks," the spokesperson of Foreign Office said. 

Meet Tanzeela, First Sheedi Woman to be Elected As Member of Sindh Assembly


KARACHI (The News International) | After emerging as the only party to have fielded more women politicians on assembly seats than any other party in the country during general elections 2018, Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has broken a new barrier by introducing Tanzeela Qambrani who has the distinct stature of being the first Sindhi Sheedi woman as Member of the Provincial Assembly.
A woman of African descent hailing from a society that still endures discrimination, Tanzeela has struggled through time to fight prejudice at the hands of the feudal class in her community.
A postgraduate in Computer Science from the University of Sindh, she is the first Sheedi to return to the Sindh Assembly on the PPP’s quota of reserved seats for women.
However, the party had attempted to elevate her status to a more revered position even before.
She was nominated in the past to head the municipal committee in Malti of Badin district.
But an influential PPP member wooed other members of the party on his side and went to contest for the post as an independent member against the party’s discipline. He got elected eventually.
Having her roots in African country Tanzania, Tanzeela's has had to face numerous prejudices from the people ever since they immigrated to Pakistan. 
However Tanzeela remembers, she has come across many kind souls too. The greatest example is PPP's chairman Bilawal Bhutto, she believes.  

India Hopes For Strengthened Ties with Pakistan After Creation of New Government


The News International | The Indian government has expressed anticipation towards maintaining enhanced relations with their neighboring country stating mutual ties are indispensable in ensuring a peaceful subcontinent.
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar released a statement on Monday saying, “India desires a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbors.”
The representative went on hoping that the incoming government would do all it can to uphold the harmony along with eliminating terrorism in the area.
“We hope that the new Government of Pakistan will work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed South Asia free of terror and violence,” he stated.

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Furthermore, Kumar lauded the Pakistani public for displaying credence in the system of democracy by exercising their rights. “We welcome that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections,” he stated.
The statement was wrapped up with Kumar hoping that the establishment of a new government will restore the associations between the two countries.

US Ready to Work with Pakistan's New Leadership | State Department

The entrance to the building of the US Department of State in Washington, US, January 26, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files

KARACHI/WASHINGTON (Geo News) | The United States will be working with the newly-elected government of Pakistan, Geo News reported Thursday night, citing a spokesperson for the Department of State.
In a statement issued late last night, the US' foreign ministry announced that Washington will be working closely with Islamabad, especially considering the two countries' relationship in light of the former's strategy for South Asia and the issue of Afghan peace talks.
The spokesperson added the US looks forward to working together with the elected government officials with regard to security, stability, and prosperity in the South Asian region.

Scientists Confirm Einstein's Supermassive Black Hole Theory


BERLIN (Reuters) | A team of international scientists observing a star in the Milky Way have for the first time confirmed Einstein’s predictions of what happens to the motion of a star passing close to a supermassive black hole.
Einstein’s 100-year-old general theory of relativity predicted that light from stars would be stretched to longer wavelengths by the extreme gravitational field of a black hole, and the star would appear redder, an effect known as gravitational red shift.
“This was the first time we could test directly Einstein’s theory of general relativity near a supermassive black hole,” Frank Eisenhauer, senior astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics, told journalists.
“At the time of Einstein, he could not think or dream of what we are showing today,” he said.
A team of scientists at the European Southern Observatory started monitoring the central area of the Milky Way using its Very Large Telescope to observe the motion of stars near the supermassive black hole 26 years ago.
The black hole is 26,000 light years away from Earth and has a mass 4 million times that of the Sun.
The scientists selected one star, S2, to follow. With an orbit of 16 years, they knew it would return close to the black hole in 2018.

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Over 20 years, the accuracy of their instruments has improved and so in May 2018, they were able to take extremely precise measurements in conjunction with scientists from around the world.
This showed the star’s orbital velocity increasing to more than 25 million kph (15.5 million mph) as it approached the black hole.
The star’s wavelength stretched as it sought to escape the gravitational pull of the supermassive black hole, shifting its appearance from blue to red, Odele Straub from the Paris Observatory said.
The scientists now hope to observe other theories of black hole physics, she said.
“This is the first step on a long road that the team has done over many years and which we hope to continue in the next years,” MPE’s Reinhard Genzel, who led the international team, said.

700 Separated Children Still in US Custody After Deadline


Los Angeles (AFP) | The US government said Thursday that hundreds of families it broke up at the border with Mexico have not been reunited as a court-ordered deadline to return all children to their parents elapsed.
A federal judge in California had ordered that all eligible migrant families be brought back together by 6:00 pm (2200 GMT) and officials said in a court filing that 1,442 children aged five and older had been reunited with their families.
"The reunification plan outlined to the court... is proceeding, and is expected to result in the reunification of all class members found eligible for reunification at this time by the court´s July 26, 2018 deadline," the government said.
A further 378 children had already been released under other "appropriate circumstances," the filing said, but more than 700 children remain in custody.
The government said the deadline had been met, however, because those families were ineligible, either because family ties have not been confirmed, or the parent has a criminal record, a communicable disease or cannot be found.

Mark Zuckerberg Loses More Than $15 Billion in Record Facebook Fall

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Facebook Inc. (Reuters) | Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune took a more than $15 billion hit on Thursday, as the social media company suffered the biggest one-day wipeout in U.S. stock market history a day after executives forecast years of lower profit margins.
At least 16 brokerages cut their price targets on Facebook after Chief Financial Officer David Wehner startled an otherwise routine call with analysts by saying the company faced a multi-year squeeze on its business margins.
That “bombshell,” as one analyst termed it, played into concerns on Wall Street that Facebook’s model could be under threat after a year dominated by efforts to head off concerns over privacy and its role in global news flow.
Shares closed down almost 19 percent at $176.26, wiping more than $120 billion off the company’s value or nearly four times the entire market capitalisation of Twitter Inc.
Slowing revenue growth initially pulled the stock down nearly 9 in after-hours trading on Wednesday before losses picked up on the margin outlook.
“Over the next several years, we would anticipate that our operating margins will trend towards the mid-30s on a percentage basis,” Wehner said on a conference call with analysts.
Facebook’s margin fell to 44 percent in the second quarter from 47 percent a year ago as it spent heavily on security and initiatives to convince users the company was protecting their privacy.
The company also said revenue growth from emerging markets and the company’s Instagram app, which has been less affected by privacy concerns, would not be enough to repair the damage.
The impact on the rest of the FAANG group of high-flying tech stocks was marginal.
Shares in Alphabet closed up 0.7 percent, while those in Apple Inc fell 0.3 percent and Netflix Inc closed barely higher. Amazon.com Inc was up 2.3 percent following its own results after the bell on Thursday.
Of 47 analysts covering Facebook, 43 still rate the stock as “buy”, two rate it “hold” and only two rate it “sell”. Their median target price is $219.30.

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MoffettNathanson analysts called the company’s forecast “either the new economic reality of their business model or a very public act of self-immolation to stave off further regulatory pressure”.
Rahul Shah, a chief executive officer at Ideal Asset Management in New York, a Facebook shareholder, said executives were trying to reset expectations about growth but the outlook caught Wall Street by surprise.
“A lot of value investors might jump in and support the stock at these levels ... it’s probably a good buying opportunity for a long-term investor, but I wouldn’t be jumping in with both feet today,” he said.
The more than $15 billion in net worth that Zuckerberg lost on Thursday is roughly equal to the wealth of the world’s 81st-richest person, currently Japanese businessman Takemitsu Takizaki, according to Forbes real-time data.
Jake Dollarhide, chief executive officer of Longbow Asset Management in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in recent years has trimmed, but not eliminated, the amount of Facebook shares in his clients’ accounts, and he said he sees the company as a three-year investment.
“We own it for its leadership in the tech industry,” he said. “It’s the F in FAANG, but what’s to say that, 10 years from now, Facebook isn’t the next Myspace and something else has taken its place?”

Imran Khan Says There will be No Political Victimization Under PTI Rule


ISLAMABAD (The News International) | Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan on Thursday announced that he was ready to investigate allegations of election rigging levelled by rival parties.
Addressing the nation through media he thinks the election was fairest in the country's history. 
"The Election Commission of Pakistan and the caretaker government were appointed by the same parties that are levelling rigging allegations.
Khan said these parties opposed him when he called for probing the results of four constituencies after 2013 election to make sure the fair election in 2018.  
Imran Khan applauded the people and his party workers as well as security forces for rendering sacrifices in the run-up to the election.
"This election has been historic; people have sacrificed so much. I especially want to thank the people of Balochistan who despite terrorism came out in huge numbers to vote," he said.
"I want to thank Allah for this opportunity to serve the nation. Through its ups and downs; I am grateful for being given this chance.
I came into politics 22 years ago because I believe that the potential of our country was not being realised. The Pakistan that I saw growing up deteriorated in front of my very eyes.
Khan said nobody faced character assassination like he did.
He said he has forgiven all those who indulged in his character assassination.  
He said there would be no political victimization during PTI government. Law would be equal for everyone. 
The PTI chairman said he and his cabinet members will be accountable for any wrongdoing. 
"We will run Pakistan the way it was never run. We will give it such a governance it never had," he said.
"I will protect taxpayers money. We will adopt austerity measures. Our government will decide whether I will stay in the Prime Minister House or turn it into an educational institute.
He said he will reform the tax sector, strengthen  NAB and FBR. We will spend our money on human development.
"We want to set an example that the law will be supreme. The west is ahead of us purely because of these principles and this must become our guiding principle.
We want to make such institutions that will fix the governance system of our country. Otherwise, we will never be able to win our own challenges; the economy being the biggest.
In our history, we have not seen such a big fiscal deficit, the rupee at such an all-time low. We need to make an investment and ease of business environment," said he.
Talking about foreign policy, he said Pakistan would seek China's help in eliminating poverty.
He said his government would work to bring peace in Afghanistan. "I want both our countries to have open borders like countries in European Union have.
He said Pakistan would have a balanced relationship with the United States. 
The PTI chairman also spoke of Islamabad's relations with Iran and Saudi Arabia and stressed the need to further strengthen them.
He expressed regret over Indian media coverage of him during the election campaign.
Khan said he was a Pakistani who knows the most about India because he visited the country a lot during his cricket days. 
He said Pakistan and India need to sit on the negotiating table to resolve the Kashmir issue. I want to improve relations with India.  We should address our issues through dialogue.
He pledged to the nation that his government would improve the governance system and asked his supporters to pray for him so that he could deliver on his promises. 

Longest Total Lunar Eclipse of Century Expected on Friday, Visible in Pakistan


ISLAMABAD (APP) | The longest total lunar eclipse of century, called `Blood Moon’ would occur on July 27, (Friday) expected to last one hour and 43 minutes, and would be visible in Europe, major part of Asia including Pakistan, Australia, Africa, South of North America, South America, Pacific Ocean, Atlantic ocean, Indian ocean and Antarctica.
Spokesman for Met Office, Dr. Khalid M Malik said the eclipse would start at 2215 hours on Friday night which would turn into partial eclipse at 2324 hours while the total eclipse would be held at 1230 hours.

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However, the greatest eclipse would start at 0123 hours on Saturday and continue till 0215 hours, which would turn into partial eclipse at 0319 hours and end at 0429 hours turning moon light in its normal condition.
During Blood Moon, it turned deep red or reddish brown during eclipses, instead of going completely dark. It is because some of the sunlight going through Earth’s atmosphere is bent around the edge of our planet and falls onto the moon’s surface, an expert told APP.
He further briefed that during the Blood Moon, Earth’s natural satellite will turn a spectacular red or ruddy-brown color.

Facebook to Prohibit Discriminatory Ads on its Platform


WASHINGTON (Reuters) | Facebook Inc will make changes to its advertising platform to stop third-party advertisers in the United Stat
es from excluding protected groups from seeing their ads, the Washington State Attorney General said on Tuesday.
The legally binding agreement with Washington State requires Facebook to make these changes within 90 days and its impact will be nationwide, the state´s attorney general, Bob Ferguson, said in a statement.

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"Facebook´s advertising platform allowed unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, sexual orientation, disability and religion," Attorney General Bob Ferguson said.
The action concludes a 20-month investigation by the Washington State Attorney General´s Office that began after nonprofit ProPublica published an article on Facebook´s advertisement targeting, Ferguson said. 
Facebook confirmed the agreement with the state. "Discriminatory advertising has no place on our platform, and we´ll continue to improve our ad products so they´re relevant, effective, and safe for everyone," said Will Castleberry, Facebook´s vice president of state and local policy.

31 Martyred in Quetta as Bomber Targets Polling Station


QUETTA (The News International) | At least 31 people were martyred and dozens more wounded in a suicide attack near a polling station provincial capital of Baluchistan, officials said, as people voted in elections on Wednesday.
The bomber was trying to enter the polling station. When police tried to stop him he blew himself up," a local administration official in Quetta, Hashim Ghilzai, told AFP. The incident and toll were confirmed by a second senior local official. 
The attack was not immediately claimed by any group.
According to Geo News, a police vehicle was an apparent target of the blast outside the polling station. Geo TV reported that two children and three policemen were among the dead.
DIG Javed Akbar Riaz said the Bomb Disposal Squad was collecting evidence to ascertain nature of the blast. He said the blast was an attempt to sabotage election.
A state of emergency has been declared in nearby hospitals where injured have been moved, according to Geo News.


Baluchistan was hit by several bombings during the brief but acrimonious election campaign including a devastating blast claimed by the Islamic State militant group which killed 153 people this month, and was Pakistan´s deadliest ever suicide attack.
An earlier attack in the province on Wednesday left one policeman dead and three wounded when a hand grenade was thrown at a polling station in the village of Koshk, in Khuzdar district.

Women cast their votes for the first time in Upper Dir

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UPPER DIR (The News International) | As the conduction of general elections is underway throughout  the entire country today, women have also stepped out of their houses to exercise their constitutional right to vote.
In Upper Dir,  long queues of women wait outside the polling stations in constituencies NA-5 and PK-12 constituencies. 


According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), any constituency where women are stopped from voting or face any obstacles in the polling process, it will immediately become invalid.
ECP further added how the results of any constituency would be declared invalid if the female turnout would be less than 10 percent and anyone  found involved in  such an activity would be given imprisonment for 3 years. 

Polling Underway Across the Country Amid Tight Security | Elections 2018 Pakistan


KARACHI (The News International) Polling is underway across Pakistan amid tight security as around 105.95 million eligible voters are exercising their right of franchise in Pakistan’s eleventh general election to elect their preferred candidates and parties.
Queues outside the polling stations are surging gradually with the passage of time where enthusiastic voters including senior citizens, male and female are standing firmly to fulfill their national obligation by casting vote in favour of their candidates.
According to details, the nation will elect 270 members of the National Assembly and a total of 570 members of four provincial assemblies for the next five-year term (2018-2023).  Over 12,500 candidates are vying for national and provincial assembly seats.
Thousands of police and military personnel have been deployed to secure the polls as voters cast ballots in polling booths set up in schools, town halls.
Security has been tightened for today's crucial elections as more than 100 million registered voters are gearing up to elect their next leader.
All essential materials needed for the conduct of the election are present in the polling stations.
Election Commission of Pakistan has established 83, 307 polling stations, 17,000 of them have been declared as sensitive.
The ECP has set up 23, 424 polling stations for male voters and 21,707 for female voters.
Around 40, 133 combined polling stations and 43 improvised polling stations have been set up. CCTV cameras have been installed at sensitive polling stations.
The Election Commission has already established general election information centers in its provincial, regional and district offices to facilitate the voters and general public.

Around 105.95 million eligible voters - 59.22 million males and 46.73 million females - will exercise their right to vote to mark another democratic transition from one elected government to another.
Elections have been postponed on two NA and six provincial seats, while one candidate has been declared winner unopposed on a provincial seat.
Elections have been postponed in NA-60 owing to disqualification of PML-N candidate Hanif Abbasi. Polls have also been postponed in NA-103 over death of independent candidate Mirza Muhammad Ahmed Mughal.
Election on six provincial constituencies including PK-78, PP-87, PP-103, PS-87, PK-99 and PB-35 have also been postponed due to the death of candidates.
Election Commission of Pakistan has established 83, 307 polling stations, 17,000 of them have been declared as sensitive.
The ECP has delivered election material including ballot boxes, screened off, compartments, nylon stamps, brass seals, tamper evident bag, stationery seals, marking aid rubber stamps and indelible ink vials to the polling stations.
The ballot papers have already been sent to respective polling stations.
As many as 53,000 international, national and local observers and media persons will monitor the elections.
In order to hold the elections in a peaceful manner and provide a level playing field to all the stakeholders, around 7,70,000 army troops will perform duty out and inside the polling stations.
As many as 180,000 regular army and 190,000 reserves will be deployed at the polling stations.
About 449,465 police force will perform elections duty.
The ECP has appointed 2720 district returning officers and returning officers and assistant returning officers to conduct the proceeding of the elections in a free and fair manner.
The General Elections 2018 are different from the previous elections in several ways.
These are the first elections after electoral/legal reforms took place in the country.
These are also first ever elections in history that preparation of electoral rolls and delimitation have been simultaneously proceeded for.
Similarly, Computerized Electoral Rolls System will be fully operational.
The GIS enabled polling scheme will help each voter to have a look of his polling station on his computer/mobile.
Moreover, water mark ballot papers imported from UK and France are being used in these elections.
In the election 2013, overall voter turnout was recorded at 55.02%.
The PML-N got a majority of votes (14.8 million) followed by PTI (7.5 million), PPP (6.8 million) and MQM (2.4 million).
Independent candidates have picked up 5.8 million votes.
In the 2013 election, PML-N got 125 seats, PTI 27, PPPP 31, Independent 32, MQM 18 and JUI-F 10 and PML-F 5.

2,700 Scientists Warn US-Mexico Wall Endangers Wildlife


TAMPA (AFP) | More than 1,000 species of animals would face serious threats to their survival if US President Donald Trump´s proposed border wall with Mexico is built, scientists warned on Tuesday.
Iconic creatures such as the Peninsular Bighorn sheep, Mexican gray wolf and the Sonoran pronghorn antelope -- all of which are already endangered -- would see their populations dangerously fragmented by a wall, said the letter published in the journal BioScience.
Jaguars (panthera onca) and ocelots (leopardus pardalis) would be among the species that would have "residual US populations" covering 7,800 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) or less, raising their risk of dying off completely in the United States.
More than 2,700 global scientists signed on to the letter by lead author Robert Peters of Defenders of Wildlife, a conservation group.
The letter details threats to biodiversity along the 2,000-mile (3,200-kilometer) US-Mexico border, which Trump wants to wall off in an effort to stop the flow of illegal migrants.
"Fence and wall construction over the past decade and efforts by the Trump administration to complete a continuous border ´wall´ threaten some of the continent´s most biologically diverse regions," said the letter.
'"Already-built sections of the wall are reducing the area, quality, and connectivity of plant and animal habitats and are compromising more than a century of binational investment in conservation," it added, lamenting that "political and media attention... often understate or misrepresent the harm done to biodiversity."
'When populations of animals are fragmented, they have a harder time finding mates, food, water and safe habitat, and face higher risks of extinction.
"Cut off like this, the bighorn and other animals and plants will become zombie species -- populations that are demographically and genetically doomed," said co-author and Stanford University biologist Rodolfo Dirzo.
The border region includes more than 1,000 animals and over 400 plants.
'A total of 62 of these species are "already listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered, or Vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature," said the letter.
'Co-author and Stanford University professor of biology Paul Ehrlich said in a statement that the wall, and "the accompanying construction and maintenance infrastructure would be a crime against biodiversity."
'The letter urged US officials to identify species at risk from the wall construction, design barriers that allow wildlife to pass through as much as possible, and purchase or restore replacement habitat when environmental harm is inevitable.
'As it stands, a US law passed in 2005 gives the Department of Homeland Security authority to waive protections such as the Endangered Species Act if they are deemed to be factors in slowing the wall´s construction.
'Trump´s wall has still not secured major financing. A bill that would have included $25 billion to fund it failed last month in the House of Representatives.

Facebook Sets-up Subsidiary in China


BEIJING (Reuters) Facebook has set up a subsidiary in China with registered capital of $30 million, a filing on China’s National Enterprise Credit Information Publicity System showed.
The filing listed Facebook Hongkong Ltd and no other entities as a shareholder. Facebook’s application for the subsidiary was approved on July 18, according to a filing seen by Reuters on Tuesday, but it was not clear when the filing was published.

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The subsidiary’s operations will include network information technology development and related services, investment consultancy and marketing planning, the filing said without elaborating further.

Transgender Community Contesting Elections For the First Time in Pakistan's History


The News International | After facing ample suffering and decimation, transgender people are for the first time stepping into the electoral race in Pakistan, aiming to score a seat in the national and provincial assemblies.
The General Elections tomorrow July 25th 2018 will, for the first time in history witness transgender people partake in the elections after the Election Commission of Pakistan assigned the task of ‘observers’ to them subsequent to which a wave of elation was swept over the community.

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The order was implemented by District and Sessions Judge Lahore who issued cards to 25 of the community of which Sonia Naz keenly remarked that this marks the first time her community is getting this task which she will make sure will be executed well, with those found rigging the process to be taken care of in “their characteristic way.”
The community has also had representation in the electoral race this election season with 13 members contesting for both national and provincial assemblies.
Four transgender candidates were handed party tickets by Ayesha Gulalai for her party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-Gulalai, while the remaining amount is contesting the polls as independent candidates.

14 Y-O Christian Girl's forcibly Conversion & Marriage


Sheikhupura | A fourteen years old Christian girl named Elisheba, belong to Jahangir town Sheikhupura, abducted by three youngsters. They forcibly converted her religion and she was married to one of them. A local organization for human rights providing legal help to the minor girl. 
Local police is accused by the organization that it is found with the suspects and the pressure is being put to the victim's family to take the case back.

شیخوپورہ میں چودہ سالہ مسیحی لڑکی کا جبری مذہب تبدیلی اور نکاح

شیخوپورہ (ویب ڈیسک) چودہ سالہ الیشبع بی بی جس کا تعلق جہانگیرٹاؤن شیخوپورہ سے ہے، تین نوجوانوں نے اغواء کیا۔ جبراً اسکا مذہب تبدیل کروایا اور انہی میں سے ایک کے ساتھ نکاح کروادیا گیا۔ ایک مقامی تنظیم برائے انسانی حقوق اس کمسن بچی کو قانونی مدد فراہم کررہی ہے۔ تنظیم کی طرف سے مقامی پولیس پر الزام لگایا گیا ہے کہ پولیس ملزمان کے ساتھ ملی ہوئی ہے اور متاثرہ خاندان کو کیس واپس لینے کے لئے دباؤ ڈال رہی ہے۔

Vote Pakistan (Elections 2018)


In this video, Rachel encourages Pakistanis to vote on July 25, 2018.


Christians No Longer Welcome in Israel, Says Palestinian Group


Johannesburg (African News Agency/ANA) - Christians are no longer welcome in the Holy Land. This was the message from a Palestinian Christian delegation currently visiting South Africa.
In an interview with the Afro-Palestine Newswire Service on Sunday, Father Jamal Khader and Dr Rifat Kasis documented the discrimination facing Christians, and how they are being denied the right to worship at Christianity’s most sacred sites in the Holy Land.
This has lead to a drastic decline in the Christian population there. The chief cause of the Christian exodus, according to Khader and Kasis, is Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine.
Khader, a Catholic pastor, described how during Easter, one of the holiest times of the year for Christians, the sacred Church of the Holy Sepulchre - a site central to Jesus’s death, crucifixion and resurrection – resembles a military barracks. Barriers are set up in the early hours of the morning to keep people out of the courtyard of the Church.
Israeli army officers are present around the gates of the Old City and passages that lead to the Holy Sepulchre, as well as inside the Church itself and on its roof.
These measures restrict freedom of movement for Palestinians, preventing Palestinian Christians from worshipping at the Church during this auspicious period. Even priests are not allowed to move freely.
Khader said Palestinian Christians living in Bethlehem (the city of Jesus’ birth) – located just ten kilometres from Jerusalem - require special permits from Israeli authorities to enter Jerusalem to worship in the sacred city. Christians from the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip also cannot enter Jerusalem without an Israeli permit.
The christian-owned land has also been confiscated to make way for illegal Israeli settlements.
For instance, in Beit Jala - a Christian-majority town just outside Bethlehem - the 133-year old Cremisan Monastery, as well as its neighbouring convent, winery and school, have all been earmarked for Israeli settlement expansion. 
“We, Palestinian Christians, suffer along with the rest of Palestinians from occupation and hardships. Muslims and Christians suffer equally, as there is no difference in suffering for any of us,” says youth activist, Muna Nasser.
According to Nasser, many Christians feel that there is little hope for a better future for their children, and this has contributed to the growing emigration of Palestinian Christians.
 “I hope that they do not move. Our mere existence on this land is resistance to the occupation.  ”
According to the delegation, the chief cause of the decline in the Christian population of Palestine is not due to so-called Islamic fundamentalism or the persecution of Christians by their Muslim neighbours.
These are misrepresentations used to distract from the realities of occupation. It is the occupation that has made life so difficult that many Christians have left Palestine.
Bethlehem was 85 per cent Christian in 1947, the year before Israel became a state. Today, it is less than 20 percent.  In Jerusalem, the Christian population in 1947 was 19 percent. Now it is just 2 percent.
The delegation will be speaking to various church, student and political groups in South Africa, and has a strong message for the South African government.
“If South Africa wants to respect its history and respect the solidarity it received from the rest of the world, then this country should be the first to sanction and boycott Israel,” says Kasis, a Lutheran cleric.
The South African Council of Churches (SACC) has condemned Israel’s discrimination against Palestinians.
"Israel is structured in a way that fits and even surpasses the description of an Apartheid State, which robs Palestinians of their citizenship and treats them in a discriminatory way. With our experience of Apartheid that the whole world recognized and condemned as a crime against humanity, we see the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel as worse than Apartheid,” SACC leaders said during a visit to occupied Palestine in June last year.

UN Rights Chief Calls out Israel over Detained Palestinian Kids

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights speaks at the meeting of the Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, July 23, 2018.

UNITED NATIONS (The New Arab) — The United Nations rights chief on Monday demanded that Israel either give more than 400 detained Palestinian children their day in court or release them, decrying "assaults" on Palestinians' rights.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein criticized the "administrative detention" system under which Israel is currently holding an estimated 440 children.
"Israel should immediately charge, or release, all of them," the Geneva-based Zeid said via video link, calling Israel's system a "fundamental human rights violation."
"It should be absolutely clear that international law requires detention only be used for children as a last resort," he said.
"And whether for children or for adults, detention without trial, on evidence that is often kept secret, under often indefinitely renewable administrative detention orders, contravenes Israel's obligations under international law, and must come to an end."
The meeting focused on recent violence in the Gaza Strip, which is to the UN Security Council is set to take up Tuesday during a regular monthly session on the Middle East.
Zeid also criticized what he called Israel's arbitrary detention and arrest of rights activists.
The Gaza Strip, controlled by the Islamist movement Hamas, has been under an Israeli blockade for more than 10 years. 
But since late March, that blockade has sparked a vast protest movement along the border with Israel that has left at least 149 Palestinians and one Israeli soldier dead.

Justice Tahira Safdar Nominated As First Female Chief Justice in Pakistan

Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar. PHOTO: BALOCHISTAN HIGH COURT

LAHORE (The Express Tribune) | Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday nominated Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar as the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court (BHC), paving way for her to become the first female chief justice of any court in the country.
“Madam Tahira Safdar will be the next chief justice of BHC,” he announced.
Justice Nisar said that he will never even let a scratch come to the institution, referring to the matter of Justice Siddiqui’s fiery speech against state institutions.
“Unfortunately, a few forces are trying to undermine and weaken the judiciary, I will never let that happen,” he remarked. “As long as the Supreme Court exists, no threats against democracy will succeed.”
BHC’s incumbent Chief Justice Muhammad Noor Meskanzai is scheduled to retire on September 1 this year. He was sworn in on December 26, 2014, after Justice Qazi Faez Isa was elevated as a Supreme Court judge.
Justice Tahira Safdar will work as the chief justice of the BHC till October 5 next year. Justice Tahira Safdar is part of the special court, hearing the high treason case against former military ruler Pervez Musharraf.
Interestingly, Justice Safdar was the first woman to be appointed as a civil judge in Balochistan, besides having the distinction of being the first lady to be appointed in all posts she served. She was also the first female high court judge.
According to her profile on BHC’s website, Justice Safdar is the daughter of Syed Imtiaz Hussain Baqri Hanafi, a renowned lawyer.
She was born on October 5, 1957, at Quetta. She received her basic education from the Cantonment Public School, Quetta, and finished her bachelors’ degree from the Government Girls College, Quetta. Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar did her Masters in Urdu Literature from the University of Balochistan and completed her degree in law from the University Law College, Quetta, in 1980.

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پاکستان میں موجود مسیحی چرچز کی نیشنل ایَکیومینیکل کونسل پاکستان نے انتخابات 2018ء میں حلقہ (پی پی-246)کے امیدوار برائے ممبر صوبائی اسمبلی سلیم مسیح گل (نیشنل پارٹی پاکستان) کی حمایت کا اعلان کردیا۔ پادری ارسلان الحق (ماڈریٹر ستلج ریفارمڈ چرچ آف پاکستان) نے کہا کہ ملک میں امیدواروں پرحملوں کے پیشِ نظر اقلیتی امیدواروں کو جلسوں اور کارنرمیٹنگز کے انعقاد کے حوالےسے مشکلات کا سامنا رہا ہے ۔ پادری ظفر اقبال، پادری ارشد رحمت نے انتخابات 2018ء میں اقلیتی امیدواروں کا ہونا خوش آئند اورجرات مندانہ قدم قرار دیا ہے۔چرچ کونسل کے تمام ممبران نے ملک پاکستان میں موجود اقلیتوں سے اپیل کی ہے کہ اپنے حلقہ جات میں اقلیتی امیدواروں کو ووٹ دے کر کامیاب کروائیں۔

The History and Theology of the Doctrines of Grace | Part 1

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NASA Prepares to Fly Probe into Sun's Scorching Atmosphere

Technicians and engineers perform light bar testing on NASA's Parker Solar Probe, which will travel through the Sun's atmosphere, in the Astrotech processing facility near NASA's Kennedy Space Center, in Titusville, Florida, U.S., June 5, 2018. The picture was taken on June 5, 2018. Courtesy Glenn Benson/NASA/Handout via REUTERS

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (Reuters) - NASA is preparing to send a probe closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft has ventured, enduring wicked heat while zooming through the solar corona to study this outermost part of the stellar atmosphere that gives rise to the solar wind.
The Parker Solar Probe, a robotic spacecraft the size of a small car, is slated to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida, with Aug. 6 targeted as the launch date for the planned seven-year mission. It is set to fly into the Sun’s corona within 3.8 million miles (6.1 million km) from the solar surface, seven times closer than any other spacecraft.
“To send a probe where you haven’t been before is ambitious. To send it into such brutal conditions is highly ambitious,” Nicola Fox, a project scientist from the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, told a news conference on Friday.
The previous closest pass to the Sun was by a probe called Helios 2, which in 1976 came within 27 million miles (43 million km). By way of comparison, the average distance from the Sun for Earth is 93 million miles (150 million km).


The corona gives rise to the solar wind, a continuous flow of charged particles that permeates the solar system. Unpredictable solar winds cause disturbances in our planet’s magnetic field and can play havoc with communications technology on Earth. NASA hopes the findings will enable scientists to forecast changes in Earth’s space environment.
“It’s of fundamental importance for us to be able to predict this space weather, much like we predict weather here on Earth,” said Alex Young, a solar scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland. “In the most extreme cases of these space weather events, it can actually affect our power grids here on Earth.”
The project, with a $1.5 billion price tag, is the first major mission under NASA’s Living With a Star program.
The probe is set to use seven Venus flybys over nearly seven years to steadily reduce its orbit around the Sun, using instruments designed to image the solar wind and study electric and magnetic fields, coronal plasma and energetic particles. NASA aims to collect data about the inner workings of the highly magnetized corona.
The probe, named after American solar astrophysicist Eugene Newman Parker, will have to survive difficult heat and radiation conditions. It has been outfitted with a heat shield designed to keep its instruments at a tolerable 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) even as the spacecraft faces temperatures reaching nearly 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit (1,370 degrees Celsius) at its closest pass.

Saudi Arabia to Witness 21st Century’s Longest Total Lunar Eclipse on Friday


Jeddah (SAUDI GAZETTE) | Saudi Arabia will witness a total lunar eclipse on Friday. This will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century and also the first central lunar eclipse since June 15, 2011. 
This eclipse will be the second total lunar eclipse in 2018, after the one in January.
In Jeddah and Riyadh, the penumbral eclipse will begin at 8:14 p.m. on Friday, the total eclipse will begin at 10:30 p.m., at 12:13 a.m. Saturday total eclipse will end and at 2:28 a.m. on Saturday penumbral eclipse will end. The total duration of the various stages of the eclipse will be 6 hours, 14 minutes in the Kingdom.
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth’s shadow blocks the sun’s light, which otherwise reflects off the moon.
There are three types of the eclipse, total, partial and penumbral, with the most dramatic being a total lunar eclipse, in which Earth’s shadow completely covers the moon.
Earlier this year, a partial lunar eclipse was observed in some parts of the Kingdom, with the sky of the Eastern Province witnessing the highest percentage.
The next total lunar eclipse will take place on Jan. 21, 2019. It will be visible over north-west Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

China's Leading IT Firm to Explore Investment Opportunities in Pakistan


BEIJING (APP): A leading Chinese digital solutions provider has shown tremendous interest to explore Pakistani market for investment and business through the joint ventures with famous local IT companies.
“If the future cooperation with local distributors goes smoothly, we would set up our business office in Pakistan to become a partner of local IT companies to achieve business innovation and industrial upgrades” International Business Leader of the Belt and Road Working Group, New H3C Group, Jason told APP in an exclusive interview here on Sunday.
He said, in the beginning, we want to supply switches, routers and other ICT appliances together with leading companies in Pakistan.
And we can design and manufacture customized products for Pakistan leading companies.
Being the data centers of famous IT companies globally, it provides a full range of computing, storage, networking and security under its digital solutions infrastructure.
The company also provides complete one-stop digital platform solutions that include cloud computing, big data, big interconnectivity, big security, big surveillance, edge computing, artificial intelligence, and blockchain.
“We are ready to cooperate with reputed companies in research and development as well as building their network system,” he added.
He said with technology innovation as its core engine, the company has over 50% of its staff focusing on research and development, adding, as till June 2018, it has over 8,865 patent applications, in which 90% of such patent being inventions.


About the experience of the market and the business environment in Pakistan, he said the company has already completed two projects in Pakistan including assistance in the informatization construction of Gwadar port.
Jason said his company products are widely used in hospitals to get data of patients and disposal of waste efficiently and Pakistani hospital could take advantage of this our products and expertise.
Responding to a question, he said the company would invite Pakistani ICT companies to visit its headquarters in China for the collaboration.
Talking about profile of the company, he said, rooted in China since 2003, as a digital solutions leader and a promoter of the new economy, it is a long-term successful technology player in the country, serving in various sectors such as telecommunications, government, finance, power, energy, healthcare, education, transportation, internet, and manufacturing.
The number of its employees is over 13,000 with headquarters in Beijing and Hangzhou and offices in every main city of China.
The company is sharing its excellent IT innovations with the society, accelerating the pace of the society’s embrace of informatization and intelligentization, and supporting the development of the new economy in China.
He said, sharing auspicious future together will bring mutual benefit to us both, adding, new H3C will consistently cooperate with our partners to accelerate construction of digital infrastructure platform, for Pakistan citizens to enjoy informational life, as well as contribute to further deepening friendship between China and Pakistan.

11 Minibus Taxi Drivers Shot Dead in Ambush | Police


JOHANNESBURG (AFP) | Eleven South African minibus taxi drivers were shot dead and four injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in KwaZulu Natal province, police said Sunday.
National commissioner of police Khehla Sitole said the men were travelling back to Johannesburg from a colleague´s funeral on Saturday night when they were ambushed.
"Preliminary reports indicate that that the 11 were among 17 people coming from a funeral... Four victims were critically injured and taken to hospital while two survived unscathed," he said. Police launched a manhunt to find those responsible.


"We will await for the investigation to advance before speculating on a motive," said Sitole. 
Private minibuses provide essential transport for millions of South Africans, but violence is common between rival taxi groups as profitable routes are hotly contested.

Gunman Dead After Shooting 14, killing one, in Toronto

A gunman opened fire in Toronto's Greektown district on Sunday (Jul 22), injuring as many as nine people. (Image: Reuters)

MONTREAL (AFP/Reuters/CNA/mz(hm) | Fourteen people, including a young girl, were shot near downtown Toronto, police in Canada's biggest city said on Sunday (Jul 22), and the gunman was dead.
Toronto police said in a tweet that it responded to a call at 10pm in the city's Greektown neighborhood. Nine people were shot and the gunman is also dead, it confirmed. 
The young girl was in a critical condition, Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders said.
"We are looking at all possible motives... and not closing any doors," Saunders told reporters at the site of the shooting.
Police, paramedics, and firefighters converged on the site of the shooting in Toronto's east end, which has many popular restaurants, cafes, and shops.
The suspect is believed to have opened fire at police before killing himself, the source said.
Global News reporter Jeremy Cohn also tweeted that the victims were "spread across several blocks" in the area. 
Witnesses said they heard 25 gunshots, CityNews.com reported. 
There were no immediate reports on the extent of wounds suffered by those who were shot by the attacker.
Toronto is grappling with a sharp rise in gun violence this year. Deaths from gun violence in the city jumped 53 percent to 26 so far in 2018 from the same period last year, police data last week showed, with the number of shootings rising 13 percent.
Toronto deployed about 200 police officers from July 20 in response to the recent spate in shootings, which city officials have blamed on gang violence.
In videos posted on social media, multiple gunshots can be heard and police cars are seen at the scene.



Donkey Who was Tortured Brutally By Political Supporters of a Party Passes Away


The News International | Hailed as Hero, the donkey who faced immense wrath as a result of political rivalry displayed by political supporters of a party, passed away Monday morning, animal rescue Ayesha Chundrigar Foundation confirmed.
In a heart-wrenching post shared by the NGO on social media, Hero was unable to cope up with the physical and mental pain he was inflicted with and succumbed to his injuries today:
“He was doing a lot better until yesterday, he managed to stand up on his own, eat powdered food although he had a broken jaw, and drink water on his own. He had been on IV drips, multivitamins, and antibiotics. His external wounds were healing. He was just skin and bones and unbelievably weak and malnourished like he was starved for days. And constipated at the same time. He had colic that can be fatal in donkeys although he seemed to be getting better.

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We kept his temperature under control, massaged and cuddled him to calm down him as he would try to take faltering steps, distressed, suffering from post-traumatic stress, his heart pounding a mile a minute.
However, this morning, his blood pressure was too high, his temperature kept fluctuating hence he was under constant observation, he started bleeding from his nose and he couldn’t breathe properly anymore.
His internal injuries due to the violence he faced, were too much for him to bear,” shared ACF. 
The post further reads: 
"He just saw a week of happiness, peace, and love with us, and we saw this beautiful, intelligent personality who was abused and tortured for absolutely no reason, for no fault of his own."
On July 17, Hero was taken in by the animal rescue center after he was brutally tortured, injured and beaten by supporters of a party after they wrote the opponent's name on his body. 


Shooting Suspect Barricaded inside US Supermarket | Police


Los Angeles (AFP) | A suspect wanted in connection with a shooting was barricaded inside a supermarket in the US city of Los Angeles on Saturday, police said, in what US media reported was a possible hostage situation.
"Officers went in pursuit of a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting. At the termination of the pursuit, an officer-involved shooting occurred, and the suspect has barricaded himself inside a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake," the Los Angeles Police Department wrote on its official Twitter account.
"SWAT resources are on scene at the #traderjoes in #Silverlake as we work to bring a swift resolution to this incident," the department wrote.


US President Donald Trump tweeted that he was "watching Los Angeles possible hostage situation very closely."
"Active barricaded suspect. L.A.P.D. working with Federal Law Enforcement," Trump wrote.
CNN quoted police as saying there was a possible hostage situation at the store after a suspect who was being pursued by law enforcement crashed his vehicle and ran inside.
Devin Field, a man who said he was walking into the store when the incident unfolded, confirmed that sequence of events in a series of tweets.
"I was walking in when a car crashed running from the police crashed into the street lamp in front of the entrance. A gunman got out and started shooting at the cops. I hid behind a retaining wall with three cops until they had me crawl out," wrote Field, whose Twitter account identifies him as a writer for the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show.
"Gunman walked in shooting. He went into the back and took hostages. Employees snuck out through back emergency exits. An employee says blood was all over the floor, unclear from where," he wrote.

Shots Fired at MMA Candidate Akram Durrani's Vehicle in Bannu


Gunmen on Sunday targeted vehicle of Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Khan Durrani. Police said the attackers managed to flee after the attack.   The candidate remained unhurt in the incident.


It was the second attack on Durrani who earlier targeted in Bannu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa during the election campaign. At least four people were killed in the attack and several others injured.

PTI Candidate Ikramullah Gandapur Martyred in Dera Ismail Khan Attack


DERA ISMAIL KHAN (The News International) | Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Ikramullah Gandapur was martyred in a suicide attack that wounded four others, a police official said, just days ahead of Wednesday´s general elections.
The attack in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa follows a spate of bombings at political rallies before the election, the most devastating of which was a suicide attack this month that killed 149 people.
Sunday´s attack targeted the vehicle of Ikramullah Gandapur, a candidate of the PTI for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly in the city of Dera Ismail Khan, two police officials told Reuters.
"Ikramullah Gandapur has been killed and we are conducting a post-mortem," said police official Zahoor Afridi.
Video images from the scene showed three bleeding and unconscious passengers inside a badly damaged black sports utility vehicle.
In 2013, Gandapur´s brother, Israrullah, who was then the provincial law minister, was martyred in a suicide attack on his home.
As political parties step up campaigning, attacks across Pakistan have stoked fears of more violence in a country of 208 million where political rallies can draw tens of thousands of spectators.
The blast comes days after Awami National Party leader Haroon Bilour was killed in an attack at a corner meeting.
In another incident, Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA) candidate Akram Durrani was targeted in Bannu district of the during the election campaign.
At least four people were killed in the attack while the candidate remained unhurt.

Expanding 'Dead Zone' in Arabian Sea Raises Climate Change Fears


Abu Dhabi (AFP) In the waters of the Arabian Sea, a vast "dead zone" the size of Scotland is expanding and scientists say climate change may be to blame.
In his lab in Abu Dhabi, Zouhair Lachkar is labouring over a colourful computer model of the Gulf of Oman, showing changing temperatures, sea levels and oxygen concentrations.
His models and new research unveiled earlier this year show a worrying trend.
Dead zones are areas of the sea where the lack of oxygen makes it difficult for fish to survive and the one in the Arabian Sea is "is the most intense in the world," says Lachkar, a senior scientist at NYU Abu Dhabi in the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
"It starts at about 100 metres and goes down to 1,500 metres, so almost the whole water column is completely depleted of oxygen," he told AFP.
Dead zones are naturally occurring phenomena around the world, but this one appears to have mushroomed since it was last surveyed in the 1990s.
Lachkar and other researchers are worried that global warming is causing the zone to expand, raising concerns for local ecosystems and industries including fishing and tourism.

 Very Scary For Climate

The discovery was made possible by the use of robotic divers, or "sea gliders", deployed in areas researchers could not access -- an undertaking by Britain´s University of East Anglia in collaboration with Oman´s Sultan Qaboos University.
The findings of the 2015 to 2016 study were released in April and showed the Arabian Sea dead zone had worsened in size and scope.
And unlike in the 1996 measurements, when the lowest levels were limited to the heart of the dead zone -- midway between Yemen and India -- now the dead zone extends across the sea.
"Now everywhere is the minimum, and it can´t go much lower," the lead researcher Bastien Queste told AFP.
At NYU Abu Dhabi, Lachkar explains the Arabian Sea dead zone appears to be stuck in a cycle where warming seas are depleting the oxygen supply which in turn is reinforcing the warming.
This, he says, "can be very scary for climate".
Ports from Mumbai to Muscat look out onto the Arabian Sea, making it a critical body of water.
These coastal hubs and the populations beyond them will be affected by the further expansion of the dead zone.
Fish, a key source of sustenance in the region, may find their habitats compressed from deep underwater to just beneath the surface, putting them at risk of overfishing and extreme competition.
"When oxygen concentration drops below certain levels, fish cannot survive and you have massive death," says Lachkar.
To carry out his data-heavy modelling, Lachkar relies on a sprawling supercomputer centre which cost several million dollars to set up -- a testament to local priorities to research climate change.

 Stick to Science

The UAE in 2016 renamed its Ministry of Environment and Water as the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, further evidence of the regional desire to meet this global challenge head-on.
"I think it is an important topic for different reasons, not only scientific reasons but also economic," says Lachkar from his Centre for Prototype and Climate Modelling.
"Fishing is an important source of revenue and it´s directly impacted by the oxygen," he said.
Even coral reefs and, by extension, tourism could be affected.
Down the hall from his research facility is the complementary Centre for Global Sea Level Change, where researchers like Diana Francis study the worldwide impact of the problem.
The issue was at the top of the global agenda in 2015, when the world hammered out a deal in Paris to cut carbon emissions.
But the landmark agreement received a blow last year when President Donald Trump announced he would be pulling the United States out of the accord.
"It is very disappointing because a major country is not putting an effort in the same direction as the others," says Francis of the decision.
"But our role is to stick to science, be pragmatic and try to advance our understanding of the climate," she says.
"Politics change over time," Francis tells AFP. "But science does no

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