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Thursday, April 20, 2017

UN must ensure developed world doesn't shut borders: Mittal
The UN must use all powers that it has in its command to ensure that the developed world does not shut the doors on global trade and does not start to close their borders for people to move around, prominent Indian industrialist Sunil Bharti Mittal said. "We know the globalisation and liberalisation in trade has lifted at least a billion people out of poverty across the globe. There is so much potential that global trade allows the developing world to achieve which no other measure can truly realise," Mittal, Founder and Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, said in his address to a high-level meeting on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Financing Lab. Mittal, 59, speaking  as Chairman of the world's largest business organisation International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), said it is a matter of concern that parts of the developed world are now embracing a protectionist attitude.

May wins Parliament's backing to hold snap polls on June 8
British Prime Minister Theresa May today won the overwhelming backing of MPs to hold a snap election on June 8, which she said is in the country's "national interest" and will strengthen her hand in the complex Brexit negotiations. After debating the motion put forward by May in the House of Commons, 522 of the 650 sitting MPs voted in favour of the June 8 election, passing the threshold of two-thirds needed to approve the plan. Thirteen voted against the motion.
    
Syria evacuations resume after deadly bombing
The evacuation of civilians and fighters from besieged Syrian towns resumed on Wednesday after a weekend bombing at a transit point killed 126 people, 68 of them children. Dozens of buses from the government-held towns of Fuaa and Kafraya, which have been under crippling siege for more than two years, reached the edge of the rebel-held transit point of Rashidin outside government-held second city Aleppo, the correspondent said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed the hard-won evacuation deal was back under way.

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