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Milan (Italy), May 8 : Former United States President Barack Obama arrived in Milan on Monday for a two-day visit during which he will give a talk on climate change and receive the freedom of the city.

Italian Air Force representatives were on hand at Linate military airport Monday morning to welcome the former American President, who arrived looking relaxed and stylish in an open-necked white skirt and natty black jacket.

A 14-car convoy escorted Obama into the northern business capital, to the Park Hyatt Hotel where he is staying. A crowd of several hundred people turned out to catch sight of the former US President when he arrived.

Obama later stepped out to do some sightseeing, visiting Milan’s cathedral and the 17th-century Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, which houses masterpieces including The Musician by Leonardo, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio and Titian’s Adoration of the Magi.

He was due to hold a private meeting on Monday at his hotel with Matteo Renzi, Italy’s ex-Premier and leader of Italy’s centre-left Democratic Party and to go with Renzi to a dinner hosted by the Institute for International Political Studies.

“The two leaders were close partners and became good friends while in office,” his spokesman said in a statement.

Obama will on Tuesday give a keynote address and take questions at the ‘Seeds and Chips Global Food Innovation Summit’ whose theme this is the impact technology and innovation on climate change and food availability.

Milan’s centre-left Mayor Giuseppe Sala will hand Obama the keys to the city during his stay.

Obama’s visit to Italy comes a day after he made a plea to Senate Republicans to save his Obamacare healthcare programme, which House Republicans last week passed a bill to repeal.

His climate speech comes as US President Donald Trump is mulling whether to pull his country out of the Paris climate change agreement, a landmark accord which was championed by Obama.

Trump has already signed executive orders rolling back Obama’s climate regulations since taking office in January.

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25 Taliban militants killed in raid: Afghan Army

The ANDSF also destroyed six militants’ hideouts and 25 defence positions, defusing four improvised bombs during the raid in the region 555 km southwest of Kabul.

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Kabul, Dec 5: At least 25 Taliban militants, including two commanders, were killed and eight others injured during a raid in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, the Army said on Saturday.

“The Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) launched an operation in Naway-i-Barakzai of Helmand on Friday, leading to the above mentioned casualties,” Xinhua news agency quoted the Army’s Corps 215 Maiwand as saying in a statement.

The operation aimed at disturbing militants’ activities in the region as the militants tried to conduct attacks on ANDSF positions.

The ANDSF also destroyed six militants’ hideouts and 25 defence positions, defusing four improvised bombs during the raid in the region 555 km southwest of Kabul.

The Taliban militant group is yet to comment on the development.

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Corrupt officials to be axed, not transferred: Imran Khan

“As a Prime minister, it is also easy for me to know which minister or department is working well and which bureaucrat is performing poorly,” he added.

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Islamabad, Dec 5 : Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that his government was introducing a new system of ‘reward and punishment under which civil servants would not be transferred but sacked if found involved in corruption and irregularities.

“We will not transfer a corrupt bureaucrat but will sack him,” Dawn news quoted Khan as saying on Friday said while addressing a ceremony held on completion of two years of Pakistan Citizen Portal at the Prime Minister House.

The Prime Minister lauded Pakistan Citizen Portal for entertaining three million complaints in two years, urging people to use the forum for their empowerment as well as to hold officers accountable.

“I want more people to use it (citizen portal). We will further strengthen the portal as it is the best method for citizens to register complaints.

“As a Prime minister, it is also easy for me to know which minister or department is working well and which bureaucrat is performing poorly,” he added.

Since its launch on October 28, 2018, around three million people registered themselves on the portal and reported 2.7 million complaints, out of which 2.5 million were resolved, according to official figures.

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US sets record with 225,201 single-day Covid-19 cases

The country on Wednesday had set a world record of single-day case count, as 196,227 new cases were reported and hospitalizations exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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Washington, Dec 5 : Setting a new grim record, the US reported 225,201 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic in the country, currently the worst-hit in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The new figure on Friday increased the overall caseload to 14,343,430, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update on Saturday.

In the same period, the country also reported 2,506 new fatalities, which increased the total coronavirus death toll to 278,605, according to the CSSE.

The two tallies are the highest in the world.

The country on Wednesday had set a world record of single-day case count, as 196,227 new cases were reported and hospitalizations exceeded 100,000 for the first time.

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