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In the world arena: U.S. slips to seventh best country in the world after Trump election

A new ranking of the best countries shows America has fallen three spots to seventh place. The ranking shows the Unites States has lost its position as fourth best among world's best countries. Among the 21,000 surveyed, 75 percent said they lost some respect for U.S. leadership after the last year's presidential election.


Stranded Afghans queue to leave Pakistan

Thousands of stranded Afghans and Pakistanis have been queuing to get home after Pakistan temporarily opened two main border crossings. Officials at the Torkham point said 2,900 people crossed into Afghanistan and 550 entered Pakistan on Tuesday. Figures from the other main crossing at Chaman were not immediately available. Pakistan shut the crossings nearly three weeks ago after a wave of deadly attacks by militants it said were operating from Afghan soil.

Brazil's recession worst on record

Brazil has been in recession for two years, the latest figures show, marking the deepest decline since records began. The economy contracted by 3.6 percent in 2016, meaning it is now 8 percent smaller than it was in December 2014. The country has been hard hit by the fall in commodity prices and an internal political crisis that has undermined investor confidence. However, analysts believe the economy should start to pick up from here.

Kim Jong-nam death: Malaysia and N Korea in tit-for-tat exit bans.

North Korea and Malaysia have banned each other's citizens from leaving their countries, in a growing row over the killing of Kim Jong-nam. The extraordinary tit-for-tat actions come amid North Korean fury at Malaysia's ongoing investigation into his death at a Kuala Lumpur airport.


Trump signs new travel ban directive.

President Donald Trump has signed a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations. Iraq - which was covered in the previous seven-nation order - has been removed from the new one after agreeing to additional visa vetting measures.


Kim Jong-nam killing: N Korea expels Malaysian ambassador.

North Korea is to expel Malaysia's ambassador, amid a growing row over the death of Kim Jong-nam. State media said the Malaysian envoy would leave within 48 hours. Malaysia has already expelled North Korea's ambassador, after he said North Korea could not trust Malaysia's inquiry into Mr Kim's death.


Mosul IS offensive: Iraqi forces capture second bridge over Tigris

Iraqi government forces have captured Mosul's al-Hurriya  Bridge over the River Tigris, Iraqi military and Kurdish sources say. It is the second of five bridges to be recaptured since the operation to retake the city from so-called Islamic State began in October.


Syrian forces 'completely retake' IS-held town Palmyra.

Syrian government forces and their Russian backers have completely recaptured the ancient city of Palmyra from so-called Islamic State militants, the two allies say. The army and other pro-government forces were reported to have entered deep into the city after IS pulled out. It ends the second occupation of Palmyra by the jihadists. The first time they controlled the area, the militants destroyed some of its most celebrated monuments.

Trump Attorney General Jeff Sessions under fire over Russia meetings

Attorney General Jeff Sessions met Russia's ambassador during the election despite telling his confirmation he had "no communications with the Russians". The justice department confirmed he met Sergei Kislyak in July and September last year as part of his role on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Mr Sessions said on Thursday he did not meet "with any Russians at any time to discuss any political campaign".

Earliest evidence of life on Earth 'found'

Scientists have discovered what they say could be fossils of some of the earliest living organisms on Earth. They are represented by tiny filaments, knobs and tubes in Canadian rocks dated to be up to 4.28 billion years old.

That is a time not long after the planet's formation and hundreds of millions of years before what is currently accepted as evidence for the most ancient life yet found on Earth. The researchers report their investigation in the journal Nature.


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