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The Flag of the United States of America is a symbol of freedom and liberty to which Americans pledge their allegiance. Standing at attention and facing the flag with their right hand over the heart.

The United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, and a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U.S. Moon landing.

The end of the Cold War and collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world’s sole superpower. The United States is home to many cultures and a wide variety of ethnic groups, traditions, and values. Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans or their ancestors settled or immigrated within the past five centuries.

 Mainstream American culture is a Western culture largely derived from the traditions of European immigrants with influences from many other sources, such as traditions brought by slaves from Africa.

The United States is the only advanced economy that does not guarantee its workers paid vacation and is one of just a few countries in the world without paid family leave as a legal right, with the others being Papua New Guinea, Suriname and Liberia. While federal law does not require sick leave, it is a common benefit for government workers and full-time employees at corporations

Freed Taliban leaders may remain in Qatar beyond one-year travel ban

DOHA: Five Taliban leaders released by the United States have told visitors that they are likely to seek to remain in Qatar beyond an agreed one-year travel ban, sources who have spoken to the visitors told Reuters. The United States released the men from Guantanamo in exchange for American soldier Bowe Bergdahl, held prisoner in Afghanistan for five years. Under the terms of the swap, mediated in secret by Qatar, the leaders must remain in the Gulf kingdom under surveillance for at least a year. Domestic critics of…

Operation against terrorists has become must: Rehman Malik

ISLAMABAD: Former interior minister Rehman Malik has said that People's Party will support the government's any step against terrorism, ARY News reported on Tuesday. Malik, a leader of Pakistan People's Party, talking to media said that the farce of the dialogue with Taliban has now come to an end. He said that the operation against terrorists has become a necessity now. Commenting on the US offer for assistance in investigation of the terrorist attack on Karachi airport, the former interior minister said, "We don't want…

US offers help in airport attack investigation

WASHINGTON: The United States while condemning the terrorist attack on Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, offered Pakistan help in investigating the incident, ARY News reported on Tuesday. Deputy Spokesperson at the State Department Marie Harf while wishing the injured speedy recovery and condoling with families of the victim offered US assistance to Pakistani authorities in investigation of the crime. The spokesperson also told the daily briefing that there were no reports of American citizens among the casualties…

New tax will not affect the common man, says Dar

ISLAMABAD: Finance Minister Ishaq Dar pledged on Wednesday for not allowing anyone to make artificial hike in price with the name of budget, ARY News reported. While addressing the post-budget news conference to explain salient features of the budgetary proposals in Islamabad on Wednesday, Ishaq dar said amendments can be made in the budgets on getting good suggestions. The Minister said an EXIM bank on the pattern of China and the United States would be established adding that its paid up capital would be Rs. 10 billion.…

Obama defends swap to recover U.S. soldier from Taliban

WARSAW: President Barack Obama on Tuesday defended the deal to get U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl out of Taliban captivity, saying questions about the circumstances of the soldier's capture did not negate the need to bring him home. Speaking at a press conference in Poland, he also said the United States would be able to "go after" the five Taliban prisoners who were released in exchange for Bergdahl if they posed a new threat to U.S. security. As Bergdahl emerges from five years of captivity, former comrades have…

Saudi Arabia sacks minister criticized over handling of MERS

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia has sacked Deputy Health Minister Ziad Memish who has been criticized by some international scientists over his handling of the deadly MERS virus that has infected 575 people in the kingdom and spread around the world. Memish was a key figure in Saudi Arabia's efforts to contain the spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), a virus that causes coughing, fever and sometimes fatal pneumonia. It has killed 190 people in Saudi Arabia since it was identified two years ago and cases have been found…

Republicans question U.S. prisoner swap with Taliban

U.S. politicians questioned whether the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five Taliban militants amounted to a negotiation with terrorists as the U.S. soldier was flown out of Afghanistan to a military hospital in Germany on Sunday. Army Sergeant Bergdahl, held for nearly five years in Afghanistan, was freed in a deal with the Taliban brokered by the Qatari government. Five Taliban militants, described by Senator John McCain as the "hardest of the hard core," were released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay,…

Abbas swears in Palestinian unity government shunned by Israel

RAMALLAH: President Mahmoud Abbas swore in a Palestinian unity government on Monday under a reconciliation deal with Hamas Islamists that led Israel to freeze U.S.-brokered peace talks with the Western-backed leader. Abbas, who heads the mainstream Fatah movement, has said the 17-member cabinet would be comprised of unaffiliated ministers and that it would strive to pursue peace, despite Hamas's refusal to accept co-existence with Israel. Ministers in the new administration took the oath of office in a ceremony in…

Once on the edge of defeat, Syria’s Assad runs again for president

BEIRUT: It was not so long ago that Bashar al-Assad’s enemies thought he was finished. In the summer of 2012, the rebels were not just at the gates of Damascus, but inside the capital, preying on Assad’s harried forces. His government had lost big chunks of Syria’s territory and a string of strategic towns, and a small number of loyal and tested army units were rotating around the country in an exhausting attempt to hold back rebel advances on many fronts. Not any longer. Now, even as the United States seeks to increase…