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Los Angeles schools to reopen after email threat

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The US city of Los Angeles ordered more than 1,000 public schools to close on Tuesday over a threat of a terror attack.
New York City officials say they received the threat that there will be attack  with bombs and assault rifles, sending hundreds of thousands of students home , which led to the closure of the Los Angeles school system but quickly concluded that it was a hoax.

The emailed threats to school officials  to Los Angeles and New York  spoke of teams of jihadists using guns, bombs and nerve gas to attack public schools — were largely identical in their wording, and both had been routed through a server in Frankfurt, apparently by the same person, officials said.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said he thought Los Angeles officials overreacted by deciding to close the nation’s second-largest school system. He said a school superintendent received the threatening email Tuesday morning. Bratton said the person who wrote the note claimed to be a jihadist but made errors that made it clear the person was a prankster.

We don’t see this as a credible terrorist threat, @CommissBratton says pic.twitter.com/I83bN9rkG8

Working closely with the @FBI, Joint Terrorism Task Force, and LAPD on this threat, @CommissBratton

Ramon Cortines, the superintendent of Los Angeles schools, said he ordered the shutdown after police alerted him to a threat “made to not just one school, but many schools in this school district.”

The Los Angeles unified school district tweeted: “LAUSD schools are closed today due to credible threat.”

A Los Angeles school official says the threat that shut down the nation’s second-largest school district was emailed to a school board member and is believed to have come from an IP address in Frankfurt, Germany.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Shannon Haber said Tuesday that she didn’t know if the district has ever closed all of its more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools.

Police and FBI agents were called in to help search the more than 1,000 schools in the district, Cortines told a news conference, adding that he expected the operation to be completed by the end of the day.

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China Pakistan Economic Corridor to be completed at all costs: Imran Khan

The multi-billion dollar corridor connects the Chinese city of Kashgar with Pakistan’s Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea.

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CPEC Project

Islamabad, July 4 : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan vowed that the government would complete the ambitious China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project at any cost and pass its benefits to the nation.

“The corridor is a manifestation of Pakistan-China friendship and the government will complete it at any cost and bring its fruit to every Pakistani,” Dawn news quoted Khan as saying said at a meeting on Friday held to review progress on the CPEC projects.

Terming the CPEC an excellent project for the country”s socio-economic development, he said the gigantic multi-faceted initiative would guarantee a bright future for the nation.

Lauding the performance of CPEC Authority, the remier said measures must be taken to improve its working as well as capacity.

The CPEC is a flagship $62 billion project of Chinese President Xi Jinping”s Belt and Road Initiative that aims to connect Asia, Africa and Europe through a vast network of highways, rail lines and sea lanes.

The multi-billion dollar corridor connects the Chinese city of Kashgar with Pakistan’s Gwadar port on the Arabian Sea.

According to the Dawn news report, the vast initiative is intended to rapidly upgrade Pakistan”s required infrastructure and strengthen its economy by the construction of modern transportation networks, numerous energy projects and special economic zones.

In November 2016, CPEC became partly operational when Chinese cargo was transported overland to Gwadar port for onward maritime shipment to Africa and West Asia, while some major power projects were commissioned by late 2017.

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No need to sit face to face with US: North Korea

Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018 to try to reach a deal on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for US concessions, Yonhap News Agency reported.

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Seoul, July 4 : North Korea feels that there is “no need to sit face to face with the US” for talks, a top Pyongyang diplomat said on Saturday, accusing Washington of taking advantage of a dialogue only as “a tool for grappling its political crisis”.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui made the remark as talk of another summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un gained traction recently after South Korean President Moon Jae-in said he would push for such a meeting to take place before the November presidential election in America, reports Yonhap News Agency.

“Now is a very sensitive time when even the slightest misjudgment and misstep would incur fatal and irrevocable consequences. We cannot but be shocked at the story about the summit indifferent to the present situation of North Korea-US relations,” Choe said in a statement carried by Pyongyang”s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

The US would be mistaken if it still thinks “negotiations would still work on us”, Choe said, adding the North has already “worked out a detailed strategic timetable for putting under control the long-term threat from the US”.

“We do not feel any need to sit face to face with the US, as it does not consider the North Korea-US dialogue as nothing more than a tool for grappling its political crisis.”

Trump and Kim have met three times since June 2018 to try to reach a deal on dismantling North Korea’s nuclear weapons program in exchange for US concessions, Yonhap News Agency reported.

At the first summit in Singapore in 2018, the two leaders agreed to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, better bilateral relations and a lasting peace regime.

But their second summit in Hanoi in February 2019 ended without an agreement.

The two leaders met again four months later at the inter-Korean border and agreed to resume working-level negotiations.

The two sides held working-level talks in Stockholm in October, but no progress was made.

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105-year-old man recovers from COVID-19 in Pakistan

According to Pakistan’s health ministry, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 221,896 with 4,551 deaths and 113,623 recoveries.

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Maulana Ghazi Fazal Rauf

Islamabad, July 4 : A 105-year-old man in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been discharged from hospital after successfully defeating COVID-19, the media reported.

Fazal Rauf, who is also a war veteran and has served in the Pakistan Army, was tested positive and had been quarantined in hospital since then, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rauf was tested for the disease again on Thursday and his report came out negative.

On Friday, e was shifted back to his home, and his condition remains stable.

According to Pakistan’s health ministry, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has increased to 221,896 with 4,551 deaths and 113,623 recoveries.

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