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Leaders from the 55 African Union (AU) countries have fathered in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia at the AU summit to discuss the displacement crisis in the continent and hopefully find a way to overcome it. Africa has the second highest number of displaced persons in the world according to UNECA, with 37% of the world's refugees and 39.1 million IDPs.
Volunteers in the city of Cucuta in Colombia are preparing US aid packages containing flour, lentils, rice, cooking oils and personal hygiene items such as toothbrushes and soap for Venezuelans despite President Nicolas Maduro's making clear on Friday that he will not allow "fake humanitarian" assistance into the city. The aid was requested by self-declared interim president Juan Guaido.
Alexandre Bissonnette, the 29 year old Canadian man who pleaded guilty to killing six people and injuring six others at the Quebec city mosque shooting in 2017 was sentenced to life imprisonment on Friday with a chance at parole after 40 years. The judge ruled out a parole ineligibility of 150 years, saying that the request was "unreasonable" and could not be accepted.
Ending a 27 year old dispute between the two countries, Greece has ratified a NATO accord with Macedonia with 153 votes in favor, 140 against and 1 abstention. The ratification has brought the former Yugoslav Republic into the US led military alliance and thus into the Western sphere of influence. Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras voiced his support for the move before the vote was held.
Parliamentary Secretary on Federal Education Wajeha Akram said on Friday that the working paper to unify the country's education system is in its final stages. This will be replacing the three-tiered system that exists right now which includes O&A Levels, Madrassas and the public school system. Akram said all the relevant stakeholders are being taken on board for this decision.
A confrontation between PMLN and PTI ensued after the former accused the latter of corruption in the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) at the provincial assembly on Friday. PMLN's Sobia Shahid accused the provincial government regarding Rs 1.5 billion in the Peshawar project, saying the money was used to fund the general elections. PTI lawmakers protested this as a publicity stunt.
Chief Minister for Energy Hamayatullah Khan said on Friday that the KPK government has come up with a program to tap into the potential for power generation in the tribal areas and facilitate the people for the area. Provincial ministers are now collecting detailed information on the available resources and requirements on the briefing of PM Imran Khan.
Despite the month since the 35 member education regulator was dissolved, the government is yet to take a step towards forming the PMDC governing body, which has had a severe impact on critical affairs of the council. If the government does not have the ordinance approved from the upper and lower houses of Parliament soon, it will lapse.
The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has announced a scholarship for those for Pakistani students who hope to pursue higher education but lack the means to do so. It has invited all Pakistani nationals, with outstanding academic performance along with those from Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) to apply for scholarships for the fall 2019 and the spring 2020 sessions in top-ranked international universities
Talking to Chinese Ambassador Yao Jing on Friday, Senate Chairman Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani said that the projects for provision of clean drinking water, health care facilities, vocational training and sports infrastructure under CPEC should be sped up so that the people can reap benefits from the development at the earliest. Sanjrani said that these projects should be put on a priority basis.