Pakistan was the only country in the new category. IRF stands for International Religious Freedom. "Religiously discriminatory constitutional provisions and legislation, such as the country's blasphemy and anti-Ahmadiyya laws, continue to result in prosecutions and imprisonments".
President Trump slammed the United Nations for wasting money and achieving nothing. Kazakhstan, the current council president, confirmed that Friday afternoon's meeting would discuss the situation in Iran. North Korea regularly threatens to destroy the United States, South Korea and Japan and tested its most powerful intercontinental ballistic missile in November, which it said was capable of delivering a warhead anywhere in the United States.
The target of this new action is payments of so-called Coalition Support Funds that the USA pays to Pakistan to reimburse it for its counter-terrorism operations. Pakistan is largely shrugging off proposed U.S. aid cuts but frets that Washington could take more drastic measures to deter what it sees as the South Asian nation's support for Taliban militants in neighboring Afghanistan.
According to FlightAware .com, the majority of the flight cancellations were at airports in New Jersey, Boston and NY, with more than 90 percent of flights at New York's La Guardia Airport being canceled. The first major snow storm of 2018 is here, with the so-called Snow Bomb Cyclone delivering over a foot of snow in some parts of the Northeast. Still, meteorologists say most of the storm's fierce hurricane-force winds should stay out to sea until it nears Cape Cod, Maine and Canada.
The nor'easter slamming the East Coast today won't impact the weather in Western New York, but it's causing some flights to and from the East Coast to be canceled or delayed. "There are two weather patterns that have collided", Cuomo said Thursday. With the wind chill, the temperatures outside felt like negative 20 degrees.
Witnesses told RFE/RL that the blast could be heard throughout the capital. Wahid Mujro, a spokesman for the Health Ministry, said 15 wounded were treated at Kabul hospitals. The Sunni extremist group has recently increased its attacks against Shi'a in Afghanistan - particularly in Kabul . Police officers at the scene said the bomber had been wearing police or army uniform and had approached a group of security personnel conducting controls on illegal drugs and alcohol sellers, but ...