Peacefulness across the world has improved for the first time in five years, but it is less peaceful than a decade ago, according to a major report. The Global Peace Index found that many conflicts that emerged over the past ten years have begun to subside. But, despite the positive change, new domestic and international tensions have since unfolded. Iceland remained unchallenged as the most peaceful country in the world, a title it has held since 2008. It is followed by New Zealand and Portugal, a new entry into the top spots. At the bottom of the list, Afghanistan replaced Syria as the least peaceful country. Syria is now the second least peaceful country, followed by South Sudan and Yemen. The average country score improved by 0.09 per cent, with 86 countries getting better and 76 deteriorating. Bhutan is the most improved country in the top 20, rising 43 places in the past 12 years. The annual report, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), looked at … [Read more...] about Which countries are the most peaceful in the world?
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U.S. First daughter Ivanka Trump appears to be trying to remove the negative connotations of her father President Donald Trump’s “America First” mantra. In promoting a new women’s global empowerment initiative, set to be announced Thursday afternoon, Ivanka Trump said: “‘America First’ does not mean ‘America Alone.’” “We are proud to be the most generous nation in the world,” she also said on a call with reporters on Wednesday, according to The New York Times. However, her words do not match the Trump administration’s track record, for the most part. The administration just last year slashed the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) foreign aid budget. But Ivanka Trump's Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or W-GDP, will initially utilize $50 million from USAID and work with private companies—including Walmart and UPS—to help 50 million women … [Read more...] about Ivanka Trump Says U.S. Is ‘Most Generous Nation in the World’: ‘America First Does Not Mean America Alone’
OVER 100 hero Millies nominees were today hailed the “best in the world” at a special Downing Street reception. Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson hosted sailors, soldiers and airmen, plus the civilians who support them at the PM’s residence ahead of tonight’s glittering Sun Military Awards. They have all displayed jaw-dropping “courage and heroism” over the last year in acts of bravery and dedication. Unfortunately the PM was unable to host the special drinks bash after she raced to Brussels hours earlier to thrash out a Brexit deal in Brussels. But a special message from the PM – who yesterday won her leadership confidence vote – was read by Williamson to over 120 nominees. It said: “I want to wish everyone the very best of luck for tonight’s Millies awards. “Like people up and down the country, I am always deeply struck by the courage and heroism of those nominated for these awards. “You show so clearly why our … [Read more...] about Armed forces heroes in Millies hailed ‘best in the world’ at Downing Street bash
World International Affairs North Korea has announced the details of its upcoming conference on blockchain technology, revealing who was welcome to visit the secretive state and the rules by which they would need to abide. The official travel site of North Korea, known officially as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, published on Tuesday a page dedicated to the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference to be held in the capital from April 18 to April 25, 2019. While the page said that anyone, except for holders of South Korean, Japanese and Israeli passports and journalists were welcome to attend, the frequently asked questions section laid down some laws for prospective visitors. The section reiterated that U.S. citizens "are welcome to apply" and that attendees could bring laptops, smartphones and tablets, "but please note that any mass printed propaganda or digital/printed material against the dignity of the Republic is not allowed." On matters of security, … [Read more...] about North Korea Says It’s ‘The Safest Country In The World,’ But You Have to ‘Respect’ It If You Visit
Nostalgia PUBLISHED: 11:15 11 November 2018 Steve Russell A parade passing from Norwich Road into St Matthews Street, at Barrack Corner, Ipswich, to mark victory in the First World War. It was held in the summer of 1919, judging by the date on the photograph. Picture: DAVID KINDRED COLLECTION Dave Kindred Peace at last, and the lights blaze again across Suffolk and Essex. We celebrate with bands and bunting, parades and patriotic songs, and girls dancing around a fountain Momentous news, understated presentation Picture: ARCHANTNo mobile phones. No Twitter. No Snapchat or FaceTime. Not even massed ranks of TV and radio reporters back in 1918. Unimaginable now, isn’t it?Colchester was one of the places where confirmation that the war was over came from the mayor, at the town hall. It was done with style, with military trumpeters sounding bugles just before. Mayor George Wright said: “The armistice is signed, and this is the greatest day … [Read more...] about Why did a soldier hurl a flag in the mud on ‘the greatest day in the world’s history’?