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Western, Eastern routes of CPEC to be completed by next year: official

ISLAMABAD: The Western and Eastern routes of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed by next year, said the Project Director of CPEC, Ministry of Planning, Hassan Daud Butt. He, in an interview with the state-run wire service, told that in the first phase, under CPEC, projects of energy and infrastructure were being executed while in the second phase work on Special Economic Zones (SEZs) would be started. He said as many as nine SEZs at various locations across the country had been brought under CPEC in…

Demographic gap widens between eastern and western Europe

VIENNA: A demographic gulf has opened up in Europe since the fall of the Iron Curtain, with migration behind a population decline in many eastern European countries, according to a new report. While the population grew by 12 percent between 1990 and 2017 in the 15 oldest EU member states — rich western countries — it fell by an average of seven percent in the EU’s 13 newer, and poorest, member states. “While fertility rates in eastern Europe are no longer distinct from those in the West, population movements divide the…

Syrians flee government advances in eastern Ghouta

BEIRUT: Hundreds of people are fleeing advances by Syrian government forces in eastern Ghouta, a war monitor and a resident said on Sunday, as Damascus presses an offensive to crush the last major rebel stronghold near the capital. Government forces are thrusting into the besieged rebel enclave from its eastern edge in an apparent bid to split it in two - a pattern of attack used repeatedly by Damascus and its allies in the war entering its eighth year. Orient TV, which supports the opposition to President Bashar…

Russian news cameraman killed in eastern Ukraine

MOSCOW:  A cameraman for Russia's state-owned Channel One television channel was killed overnight in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, the channel said on Monday, the third Russian journalist to die in the conflict. The channel said on its website Anatoly Klyan, 68, was shot in the stomach after his film crew came under fire when they went to film near a pro-Kiev military unit in the region. It said the journalists were accompanying a group of soldiers' mothers who were being driven to the unit "to meet their sons and take…