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#DropDragonfly: Google CEO Sundar Pichai testifies in front of House Judiciary Committee

Lawmakers bombarded Google CEO Sundar Pichai with a broad range of questions when he testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday...

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President Kovind at Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, on the final leg of his state visit to Myanmar

President Kovind at Shwedagon pagoda in Yangon, on the final leg of his state visit to Myanmar..

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Germany's Angela Merkel, EU leaders rule out more negotiations on Brexit

Germany's Angela Merkel and other European Union leaders ruled out more negotiations on Brexit but were looking for ways to offer Britain reassurances after British Prime Minister Theresa May pulled a parliamentary vote rather than lose heavily...

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#HealthForAll: World celebrate Universal Health Coverage Day today

Universal Health Coverage Day is celebrated annually on December 12 and is promoted by the World Health Organization. December 12 is the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for all nations to provide for their citizens affordable, quality health care...

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Showing Pakistan its right place; US blacklists Pakistan for violating religious freedom of minorities

Interestingly, the United States has pulled Pakistan to show them where they actually stand. The Trump Administration on Tuesday added Pakistan in their list of blacklisted countries for their gruesome act of violating religious freedom of minorities with ramping up pressure over its treatment of minorities. Along with Pakistan, the US Administration also designated China, Saudi Arabia and seven others as countries of particular concern for engaging in serious ongoing violation of religious freedom. ..

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Controversial Public Charge Policy maybe withdrawn: Trump Admin urged by US top Organisations

Two of the top American organisations in the field of higher education have urged the Trump administration to immediately withdraw its controversial proposed public charge policy on issuing green cards or legal permanent residence status to foreign nationals...

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Theresa May criticised by angry parliament for delaying key vote with Brexit deal in limbo

British Prime Minister Theresa May faces an angry Parliament on Wednesday (Dec 12) after delaying a key vote on her Brexit deal in a desperate move that leaves the agreement and her own future in limbo. The British leader toured European capitals on Tuesday in an attempt to salvage the deal, after MPs savaged its provisions on the issue of the Irish border...

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France raise security levels after shooting in Strasbourg’s Christmas market

France raised Security Alerts on Christmas market in Strasbourg after four dead in gunshot in Strasbourg on the German border...

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Building India-China hand-in-hand anti-terrorism exercise, both nations exchange military excellence

Opening ceremony of the 7th India-China joint Hand-in-hand training exercises was held in Chengdu, Southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Tuesday. The training exercises are to be held till December 23 in China. The aim of the Hand-in-Hand exercises is to build closer relations between the militaries of India and China. Soldiers from the two sides will be mixed and regrouped to finish an anti-terrorism operation in the streets...

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#DropDragonfly: Google CEO Sunder Pichai answers in front of US lawmakers

Google CEO Sundar Pichai is due to testify in front of Judiciary Committee over allegations of political bias in Google’s search algorithm. The tech giant also faces questions over its prototype search engine for the Chinese market codenamed ‘Project Dragonfly’...

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China and Germany tie robust trade knots towards securing world peace and prosperity

“China stands ready to maintain close high-level exchanges and make the best of various dialogue mechanisms to enhance policy communication”, said Chinese president Xi Jinping strengthening the bilateral ties between the China and Germany. The Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier agreed to intensify the all-round strategic partnership between the two countries benefiting both nations, both peoples, and the world peace and prosperity further on Monday. ..

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Maldives on the mode to rejoin Commonwealth

The Maldives took a step forward to rebuilds its links and has applied to rejoin Commonwealth after as surprise election victory in Maldives over autocratic predecessor...

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French President promises increase in min wages and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests

French President Emmanuel Macron has promised an increase in minimum wages and tax concessions in response to weeks of violent protests. France has seen four weekends of violent protests against fuel tax rises, living costs and other issues...

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Huawei Technology’s CFO denied bail by the Canadian court of the extradition to US

The Chinese Huawei Technology’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Meng Wanzhou facing extradition to the United States have asked the Canadian court on Monday to grant her bail citing the reasons of poor health. Martin, Meng's lawyer, argued in court that she should be released on bail while she waits for an extradition hearing because of health concerns including severe hypertension. She was taken to a hospital to be treated for hypertension after she was arrested, according to court documents...

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Relationships reinforced with India’s Natural Bridge to East Asia: President On Myanmar Visit

Relationships reinforced with India’s Natural Bridge to East Asia! #PresidentKovind held wide-ranging discussions with his counterpart. Mr. U. Win Myint in #Myanmar..

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Second human-made object enters interstellar space: NASA’s voyager 2 reach to space between stars

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA’s Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere – the protective bubble of particles and magnetic fields created by the Sun...

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EU calls meeting to discuss Brexit following British PM Theresa May's decision to defer parliamentary vote on Brexit deal

The president of the European Council has called a meeting of EU leaders to discuss Brexit, however, warned they would not renegotiate the withdrawal deal with the United Kingdom. ..

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#AChildIsAChild: UNICEF urge countries to adopt Global Compact for Migration to ensure protection of migrant children

n the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration, UNICEF appalled countries to adopt the Global Compact for Migration with the commitment to ensure the well-being and protection of all migrant children...

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“Little Foot” started to tell ancient secrets about human evolution: result of 20 year-long consistent excavation

Scientists started to gather pieces together the evolution of 3.67-million-year-old early human who may have been among the first to walk like us...

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#STANDUP4HUMANRIGHTS: Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrate 70th Anniversary

Human Rights turns 70 today. Human Rights Day celebrated every year on 10th December, the day, United Nations General Assembly adopted and enforced ‘Universal Declaration of Human Rights’ in 1948. This year it is 70th Anniversary of UDHR...

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India registered their first victory against Australia in 10 years

ndia beat Australia by 31 runs at the Adelaide Oval to take a 1-0 lead in the four-match Test series on Monday. ..

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Washington should not give Islamabad single dollar until, they address the issue of terrorism: Nikki Haley

Pakistan continued to harbor terrorism, that turn around and now kill American soldiers, Washington should not give Islamabad Single dollar until it addresses the issue of terrorism, said Nikki Haley in the interview with ‘The Atlantic’...

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Japan govt enacts new law to accept foreign workers

Japanese government today enacted a new law to bring more blue-collar foreign workers into the country to address chronic labor shortages. Under the new law, Japan plans to bring in 3 lakh 45 thousand foreign workers in construction, food services, nursing and other sectors for five years...

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#ForMigration: UN women issued clarion call for voices and needs of migrant women in global event on migration

World leaders are going to meet this weekend to accept and adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration” (Global Compact of Migration) in Morocco...

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Health for all.. 'Together for triple billion' initiative by UN and WHO

“We stand together with WHO and look forward to the next steps of implementing these recommendations over the coming year, ensuring that civil society and WHO are collectively accountable for their realization.”, said Kate Dodson, vice president, Global health of the UN Foundation yesterday at WHO headquarters, Geneva...

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel steps down from Christian Democrats party leadership

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has bowed out as leader of her Christian Democrats (CDU) with an emotional speech to her conservative party as it met to pick her successor, who will move into pole position to become Germany's next leader...

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UN launches a new framework to combat terrorism: India’s persistent efforts on anti-terrorism succeed

UN Secretary- General Antonio Guterres has launched a new framework to combat the scourge of international terrorism and coordinate efforts across the peace, security and humanitarian, Human Rights and sustainable development sectors...

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Paris surrounded in ‘Yellow Vest’ labyrinth; President Emmanuel Macron to address France over the violence

The Eiffel Tower in Paris is to close on December 8 amid fears of further street violence from "yellow vest" anti-government protests. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has announced that across France, 89,000 police officers will be on duty and armored vehicles will be deployed in the capital...

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Earth may have already been visited by Extraterrestrials: NASA scientist Silvano P. Colombano

A NASA scientist stated that, intelligent aliens may have already visited Earth, but claims human would not have noticed due to their ‘extremely tiny’ size...

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India strongly criticizes UN for failing to curb Taliban terror network in Afghanistan

India has strongly criticized the UN for its failure to show resolve in sanctioning new Taliban leaders who continue to perpetrate violence and destruction in Afghanistan..

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Reclining to the historic summit, North and South Korea agree to verify withdrawal of guard posts in border area

With North and South Korea breaking the long driven war between each other, the two countries also attempted to mutual agree on removal of guards posts at the border. Under the same perspective, both Korean countries have decided to exchange inspection teams across their armed border to verify each other’s works on removal of their front line guard posts...

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Cheteshwar Pujara's superb 123 gives team India boost on Day one for first test

India and Australia are playing its first cricket test match in Australia on day one Adelaide..

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Putin declare if US banned the missiles, Moscow will do the same

President Vladimir V. Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia will respond in kind if the United States decides to develop new intermediate-range nuclear missiles. Putin accused the United States of making up excuses for pulling out of the pact...

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Israel launches an operation to destroy Hezbollah's tunnels

This morning the Israeli army announced that it had identified - and started the destruction operations - on some tunnels dug by Hezbollah, which would have allowed entry into its territory from neighboring Lebanon. Jonathan Conricus, army spokesman reported that these were "attack tunnels" that were not yet operational...

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Serena, Nadal and Murray ready to attract you for Australian Open

Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017. That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray...

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Humming the melodious bhajan, China creates soothing rendition of 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye'

It’s not just India, but the roots of non violence pitched by Mahatma Gandhi have been spreading its roots worldwide. Celebrating 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi all over the world, in the latest video shared by Indian Embassy in China, playback singer Hou Wei recreates the melodious bhajan 'Vaishnav Jan To Tene Kahiye' in Chinese...

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Strong commitment to climate action rooted in the Vedas: PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi has told UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, ‘the motivation for his “strong commitment” to climate action is rooted into ancient Hindu scriptures, the Vedas...

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7-year-old boy earning $ 22 million by reviewing the toys

The 7 year -old Ryan of YouTube’s “Ryan Toysreview” made $22 million in revenue last year, from YouTube account...

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Golden Ball in Modrics court

Luka Modric has won the 2018 Ballon d'Or, becoming the first player other than Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo to receive the award since 2007. ..

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UNSC will meet today to discuss Iran’s latest missile test

The UNSC (United Nations Security Council) will meet today behind closed doors to discuss Iran’s latest missile test, which United States and other allies said, may have been violation of three years old council resolution...

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Sully’s last emotional tribute to George H. W. Bush

Sully, the golden Labrador, service dog of George H. W. Bush paying his last tribute to the president, is one of the most emotional tributes to bush. George H. W. Bush died on Friday, at the age of 94...

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Qatar to quits OPEC in 2019

Qatar has decided to withdraw its membership from OPEC effective January 2019..

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Proposing changes in H-1B visa application, US awards visa to most skilled foreign workers; know how!

Proposing major changes in the H-1B visa application process, the Trump Administration on Friday aimed at awarding the visa to the most skilled and highest paid foreign workers. So if you are meritorious or already studied in the US, you will have more chanced of getting a H1B visa to work in the country. Department of Homeland Security has been open to public comment on the proposed rule can submitted starting December 3, and on or before January 2. ..

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Jews in Canada bear the brunt of growing anti-Semitism

According to Statistics Canada report published on Thursday the number of incidents reported to the police increased to 360 in 2017 from 221 in 2016 and the increase is attributed to nonviolent “mischief” of hate crimes...

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Israeli cops recommend charging their PM with bribery, fraud

Israeli police recommended indicting their Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara under the charges of bribery and fraud and breach of public trust in the corruption investigation known as Case 4000...

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World celebrating International Day of people with Disabilities

International Day of People with Disability is held on 3rd December every year...

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Meeting for Economic and technical cooperation with Dubai

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj will co-chair the 12th session of the India-UAE joint commission meeting for Economic and technical cooperation on December 2 and 3. ..

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World Bank reveals $200 bn in climate action investment

The World bank has unveiled $200 billion in the climate action investment for 2021 to 2025 which amounts to doubling to the current amounts of funding. This announcement coincided with the United Nations Climate summit meeting of 200 nations in Poland. ..

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Trump agrees to pause US trade war with China over the G20 summit

The trade war underway between the two major world economies named United States and China, have landed to peace over the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. The duo have agreed to cease the additional tariffs on the goods exchanged from each other for a period of 90 days...

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British minister Sam Gyimah resigns in protest at Theresa May's Brexit deal

United Kingdom Science minister Sam Gyimah has resigned, saying a row over the involvement in the EU's Galileo satellite-navigation system exposes Theresa May's Brexit deal as "naive"...

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President Bush always found a way to set the bar higher: Donald Trump

After the official announcement of death of 41st US president George H. W. Bush, President Donald trump sent condolence to Bush family and US...

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World lost man who is president of 1st super block: George H.W. Bush died at age of 94.

George H.W. Bush, who in one term as president reasserted the U.S. as the world's lone superpower, rallying an international coalition against Iraq's Saddam Hussein in the first Gulf War and presiding over the fall of the Berlin Wall and subsequent collapse of the Soviet Union, died on Friday. He was 94...

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Alaska witnesses 7.0 M quake followed by 45 aftershocks

The Anchorage city of Alaska witnessed the largest earthquake since 2016 measuring the magnitude of 7.0 on Friday morning. The earthquake caused damage to the roads and buildings, government offices and resulted in the closure of schools all over. “The extent of the damage is not yet clear, and we are still waiting for word on whether there were any casualties.”, reported the Alaska Earthquake centre...

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It is “JAI”: New coinage by Narendra Modi at trilateral meeting in G20 summit

Prime minister Modi named the trilateral meeting as “JAI” between Japan, USA and India. This new coinage came in Narendra Modi’s remarks to reporters before the trilateral meeting. US president Donald Trump and Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe also made remarks...

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US signs contract with Saudis, New strategy of Trump in Gulf

US government signed contract with Saudis for $15 billions. The US government has signed a contract for the supply of the Thaad missile defense system. For Washington, this contract reinforces security in the Gulf in an anti-Iranian key. The Senate against support for Riyadh in Yemen. The Senate passes a motion (63 in favor and 37 against) asking to "withdraw" support for the Arab coalition led by Riyadh...

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China optimistic about talks with US in G20 Summit.

At G20 Summit Argentina, China is hoping for ‘positive results’ from US, the Commerce Ministry said on Thursday, ahead of closely watched meeting between Chinese and U.S leaders...

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US, UK reach post-Brexit aviation agreement

The United States and the United Kingdom's delegations have wrapped up discussions on a bilateral aviation agreement that would take effect after Brexit, when the existing US- EU agreement no longer applies to the United Kingdom, UK...

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Stressing the world to come together to combat terrorism, Romania strongly supports India’s proposal in the UN for CCIT

Exhibiting a strong bilateral relation with Romania, Romanian Foreign Minister Teodor Melescanu said that the world must come together in fighting terrorism, especially financing of terror-related activities and create conditions which do not encourage such acts...

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Foundation stone laid for Kartarpur corridor; Sushma advises Terror and Talks can’t go together

Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal also addressed attendees with an emotional speech. Guru Nanak spent his last years on the other side of the border, just four kilometres away, she said, adding that at times the chanting of devotees can be heard on the Indian side of the border...

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#KarachiAttack : China’s double standards resurfaced; claims Sino-Pak ties ‘Higher than mountains deeper than ocean’

Even after the deplorable attack on the Chinese consulate in Pakistan, the Chinese foreign ministry is busy making futile claims singing the ballads in praise of the Pakistanis who have made their nation, a failed state...

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PM Modi visits Argentina for the 10th annual G20 summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Argentina to attend the G20 summit today. There will be bilateral meets between the world leaders on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The summit is scheduled for 3 days from 29th of November this year. These meetings will be turning into the wonderful forums to exchange views on bilateral matters of mutual interests...

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Scottish politicians challenge Brexit in European Court of Justice

A group of Scottish politicians have challenged the Brexit in the European Union's highest court. The European Court of Justice today deliberated on whether the UK can call off its withdrawal from the EU without permission from 27 member states...

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Calling it a ‘new era’, Nepal launches social security scheme for the working section

In a move ensuring social security of working population of Nepal, the Government of Nepal has announced its most-discussed Social Security Scheme (SSS) at a program in Kathmandu on Tuesday...

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Qatar Airways announces expanding operations in Iran, despite US sanctions

Qatar Airways announced today that it is expanding operations in Iran, despite US sanctions on the Islamic republic and a Gulf diplomatic rift over accusations Doha was too close to Tehran. It said in a statement that the carrier will begin twice-weekly flights to Isfahan in February 2019 and increase existing services to Shiraz and Tehran in January 2019...

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Maldives court acquits former president Mohamed Nasheed in terror case

Maldives Supreme Court acquitted former President Mohamed Nasheed on Monday as it quashed the controversial terror charge against him.The court ruled that Nasheed was wrongfully charged and the criminal court should not have proceeded to trial...

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Asserting reward for justice to #MumbaiTerrorAttack, US announces USD 5 million reward for information on 26/11 perpetrators

Ten years to the dreadful and horrific incident of Mumbai attack, the United States on Monday announced a USD 5 million reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction in any country of any individual who committed, conspired, aided or abetted the 2008 Mumbai attack...

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EU approves Theresa May's Brexit deal

The United Kingdom’s withdrawal agreement from the European Union has been approved by EU leaders. President of the European Council Donald Tusk announced that the 27 leaders of the bloc gave it their backing after less than an hour's discussion in Brussels on Sunday...

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Anti-terrorism forces of French Army killed 30 Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in Mali

The anti-terrorism forces of the French Army have killed at least 30 Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists in central Mali. The Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly said in a tweet that a Hamadoun Kouffa may be among the dead in the operation...

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Britain & EU agree on draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship

Britain and the European Union have agreed on a draft text setting out a close post-Brexit relationship. However, wrangling with Spain over control of Gibraltar must still be settled before EU leaders meet on Sunday in order to rubber-stamp the pact...

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India asserts strong protest against Pakistan for harassing Indian High Commission

In fresh strain in bilateral ties, India Friday lodged a strong protest with Pakistan over the alleged harassment of Indian High Commission officials in Islamabad and the denial of access to Indian Sikh pilgrims visiting that country...

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California wildfire: Deadliest wildland fire mostly contained as death toll rises to 84

The fire that has ravaged northern California is now almost completely contained, as the death toll rose to 84. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection yesterday said rain fell in the first measurable amounts in months in the drought-stricken area and this helped put out hot spots and smoldering fires...

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US suspends $1.66 billion security aid to Pakistan

The US has suspended USD 1.66 billion in security assistance to Pakistan after President Donald Trump’s directive, the Pentagon has said, in what experts believe is a strong signal of American frustration...

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Dalai Lama meets Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet

Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who is currently on a ten-day visit to Japan, met members of the All Party Japanese Parliamentary Group for Tibet at the Japanese Parliamentary Complex on Tuesday..

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British PM says rejecting her deal could mean no Brexit

British Prime Minister Theresa May has told lawmakers today that rejecting her Brexit deal with the European Union would mean uncertainty and division. Her statement has come before a meeting with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to help finalize the Brexit agreement. ..

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Maldives cabinet approves to rejoin Commonwealth, 2 years after withdrawing from 53-nation grouping

The Maldives cabinet has approved to rejoin the Commonwealth, two years after withdrawing from the 53-nation grouping. New President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih made the announcement yesterday, saying that the proposal will be sent to Parliament for ratification...

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Guatemala volcano: Evacuation ordered as deadly Volcano of Fire erupts

Authorities in Guatemala have called for communities around the southern Volcano of Fire to evacuate, after observing increased activity and intensifying eruptions in the area...

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At least 43 killed in air strikes on militant hideouts in Syria

In Syria, at least 43 people were killed in air strikes by the US-led coalition on the pocket held by the Islamic State group in eastern part of the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that 17 children were among 36 Islamic State family members killed in Abu Husn village of Deir Ezzor province near the Iraq border...

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After India, Afghan diplomats will now commence the second phase of training in Beijing

: Committed towards helping Afghanistan in its efforts to emerge as a united, peaceful, secure, stable, inclusive and economically vibrant nation, India and China has untimely worked towards training Afghan diplomats. In its new series of development, the Afghan diplomats will be trained in Beijing after India...

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This Brazilian prison gives inmates the keys to their cells

Brazil is 4th in the world ranking of prison population. Poor and overcrowded structures and human rights violations hamper the rehabilitation possibilities of inmates. The recidivism rate is around 70%. Among the issues that affect this rate are the lack of education and training. Through European Union support, a project implemented by AVSI Foundation, is helping to rehabilitate prisoners in Brazil to prevent them fall back to criminality...

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Legislation introduced in US Congress to protect work authorization of spouses of H1-B visa holders

Lawmakers in the US Congress have introduced a legislation seeking to prohibit the Trump administration from revoking the work authorisation of spouses of H1-B visa holders, including Indians. Eliminating this benefit would force many foreign workers to use their talents to compete against American businesses...

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Argentina Navy discovers Submarine ARA San Juan after a year in the Atlantic

Argentina's navy says searchers deep in the Atlantic have found the missing submarine ARA San Juan, which disappeared with 44 crewmen aboard almost a year ago to the date. The vessel was detected 800 metres deep in waters off the Valdes Peninsula in Argentine Patagonia, the navy statement said...

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Wildfires in California still raging; Claim at least 63 lives

In the US, the deadliest wildfire in California's history has claimed at least 63 lives and left more than 600 people missing, as firefighters gained ground in containing and suppressing the flames...

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Creating suspicion among countries, North Korea's Kim Jong Un inspects testing of newly developed 'tactical' weapon

In a new series of development, the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspected the testing of a newly developed tactical weapon, calling it "another display of our rapidly-growing defense capabilities to the whole region.”..

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Brexit: EU leaders dismiss talk of renegotiating draft agreement

European Union leaders have dismissed talk of renegotiating the draft Brexit deal and warned the UK's political situation could make a no-deal more likely. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said there was no question of reopening talks as a document was on the table...

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Tuning on grounds of mutual interest: India, Australia, Japan and US discuss ideas on increasing connectivity on Indo-Pacific region

Tuning on grounds of mutual interest: India, Australia, Japan and US discuss ideas on increasing connectivity on Indo-Pacific region..

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British, EU negotiators reach agreement on terms of Brexit deal

British and EU negotiators have reached an agreement on the terms of a Brexit deal on a "technical level". The Press Association news agency citing a government source reported in London today that the draft will be examined by the British cabinet today...

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Brexit deal almost within touching distance, says UK

UK Cabinet Office Minister David Lidington, a close ally of Prime Minister Theresa May, has said that Britain and the European Union are almost within touching distance of a Brexit deal...

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Continuing solidarity to millions of Palestinian refugees, India appeals nation to enhance contribution towards UNRWA

Voicing concern over the financial crunch at the United Nations (UN) agency for Palestinian refugees, India appealed to nations to enhance contributions to it, saying this support will be a practical way of expressing continued solidarity with millions of Palestine refugees...

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Pack your bags for a picturesque year ending! Thailand has waived off visa-on-arrival fee boosting tourism

Interestingly, Indian passport holders can now visit Thailand without paying any visa-on-arrival fee. In order to boost its tourism and tourist inflow, Thailand's government recently approved a measure to waive off visa-on-arrival fee paid by the visitors. India is among 21 countries who are not required to pay the visa fee of 2,000 baht which is equal to Rs 4,385 anymore...

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Pakistan’s Blasphemy against its minorities

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law is one among the most brutal and discriminatory legislations in the modern world. On the face of it the law prohibits Blasphemy against any recognised religion and provides for punishment ranging from fine to death. In actuality, it is being used to suppress and brutalise the minorities in the country - Hindus, Christians, Ahmadiyas, etc. The law is in absolute contravention to international norms on human rights, especially when related to the rights to freedom of religion ..

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As Sri Lankan Prez dissolves parliament, the world reclines the nation to stabalise on democratic process

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena on Friday dissolved the 225-member Parliament, paving the way for snap elections about two years ahead of schedule. The decision came after Sirisena’s United People’s Freedom Alliance announced that it did not have the necessary numbers to get its prime ministerial nominee Mahinda Rajapaksa through the legislature. The UPFA is eight legislators short of a majority in the Parliament...

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UK PM Theresa May dives into diplomacy in bid to clinch Brexit deal

Britain Prime Minister Theresa May steps up attempts to court European support for a Brexit deal on Thursday as negotiations on securing a smooth British divorce from the world’s biggest trading bloc enter their final stages...

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India to start exporting raw sugar to China from next year

India will start exporting raw sugar to China from early next year. Ministry of Commerce and Industry in a statement said that Indian Sugar Mills Association and COFCO, a public sector company of China have entered into a contract for exporting 15 thousand tonnes of raw sugar...

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UN issues Diya stamps to celebrate Diwali

The United Nations Postal System has issued stamps with 'Diyas' lamps to mark the celebration of Diwali...

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India, China among 8 countries exempted from US sanction on Iranian oil

The United States will exempt China, India and Japan from oil sanctions on Iran, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, while vowing to be "relentless" in pressuring Tehran. Hours after sweeping sanctions were reimposed following the US withdrawal from a denuclearization deal, Pompeo said eight countries would be at least temporarily exempt from the ban on buying Iranian oil due to special circumstances or so as not to disrupt energy markets...

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UK to urge United Nations Security Council to act on Yemen

Britain has announced that it was urging United Nations Security Council partners to act over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen; saying there now appears to be a window for a peace deal...

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Ensuring energy security, India will continue its engagement with US, Iran

India on Thursday said that it was engaged with US, Iran and other stakeholders amid rising concerns over Trump administration's decision to impose sanctions on import of Iranian oil...

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Doing it the Modi way! South Korean Prez Moon Jae-in suits up wearing ‘Modi Vests’ gifted by PM Modi

Setting a new trend, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not just attracted country leaders with his exemplary work but also with his style. Taking note of PM Modi’s style, South Korean President Moon Jae-in wore a ‘Modi Vest’ in his recent meeting which was presented to him by Prime Minister Modi after he appreciated the style of the apparel...

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Malala Yousafzai to be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education

Nobel Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai will be honoured by Harvard University for her work promoting girls' education. Harvard's Kennedy School said Yousafzai will be conferred with the 2018 Gleitsman Award at a ceremony on 6th December...

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US condemns ban on Hafiz Saeed’s JuD, FIF; cites it runs counter to Pakistan’s commitment to fight terrorism to UN

Expressing its views on lifting ban on Hafiz Saeed’s Jamaat-ud-Dawa and Falah-i-Insaniyat Foundation, the United States on Tuesday said two terrorist groups runs counter to Pakistan's commitment to the FATF and would jeopardise the country's ability to meet its commitments to fight terrorism under the UN Security Council resolution...

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No trace of survivors from Lion Air plane crash in Indonesia

Even after 24 hours after the Lion Air plane crash into the sea, there is no sign of any survivors. However, rescue teams are engaged in recovery of human remains, debris and personal belongings, off the island of Java, agencies reported...

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Embracing India, Japan agrees lending 316 billion Yen for stepping up seven major infrastructure projects

Embracing a unified liable spectrum of development between both the countries and also supporting India on making its infrastructure strong, Japan has agreed to provide loans of about 316 Billion Yen for seven major infrastructure projects in India. These include Mumbai-Ahmedabad Bullet Train, projects in Delhi, North East and Chennai. ..

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Angela Merkel to step down as German chancellor in 2021

Germany's Angela Merkel has said she will step down as Chancellor in 2021, following recent election setbacks. She told a news conference in Berlin that she would not seek re-election as leader of the centre-right Christian Democratic Union( CDU). She has held the post since 2000...

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All 189 people on board Lion Air plane feared dead as plane crashes into sea

All of the 189 people on board Lion Air plane are suspected to be dead as the plane crashed into the sea minutes after it took off from Indonesian capital on Monday. ..

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Indonesian passenger plane crashes into sea with 189 people on board; Indian pilot Bhavye Suneja loses life

A jet airliner carrying 189 passengers and crew crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Indonesia's capital on Monday, prompting a major effort in the region that soon turned from rescue to recovery when officials disclosed there were likely no survivors...

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Hindu Americans denounce Pittsburg synagogue attack

Expressing shock and grief the Hindu Americans denounced the cowardly attack on Jewish Synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 innocent people and injured many...

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Corruption spares no one! Former Bangladesh PM Khaleda Zia sentenced to seven years in jail

Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Khaleda Zia on Monday was sentenced to seven years in jail in a case involving a charity fund named after her late husband. Judge Md Akhtaruzaman of a special court in Dhaka found her guilty of misuse of power as Prime Minister in collecting $375,000 for the Zia Charitable Trust Fund...

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14 KG school students stabbed by woman in China

As many as 14 kindergarten school students were stabbed and wounded at a nursery school in Chongqing in Banan district. The attack took place while the children were doing physical exercises in the Yudong New Century Kindergarten courtyard...

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European Union urges US, Russia talks to preserve nuclear treaty

The European Commission on Monday urged the United States and Russia to pursue talks to preserve a nuclear weapons treaty after President Donald Trump said Washington was withdrawing from the deal...

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Australian PM Scott Morrison issues national apology to victims of child sex abuse

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has issued a national apology to victims of child sex abuse in an address to Parliament, acknowledging that the state failed to stop, what he termed, evil dark crimes committed over decades...

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Maldives Supreme Court rejects President Abdulla Yameen's petition to annul last month's Presidential elections

The Supreme Court of Maldives has rejected President Abdulla Yameen's petition to annul last month's elections. In a unanimous ruling yesterday, the court denied the President's request to oversee a police or military probe into alleged vote-rigging and electoral fraud...

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PM Modi congratulates Bhutan’s newly elected PM Lotay Tshering

As Bhutan’s election concluded providing the nation their new elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Tshering on winning Bhutan’s third general election and said India is committed to work with the new government in Thimphu for “socio-economic transformation”...

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Unfolding the mystery, Saudi Arabia admits missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed inside its consulate in Istanbul

With suspicion rising against the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that dissident journalist was killed inside its consulate in Istanbul, two weeks after his disappearance sparked global furore. ..

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US administration asserts on proposing major changes in H-1B visas

Asserting H1B visas to Indians, the Trump administration has said it is coming out with new proposals to not only revise the definition of specialty occupations under H-1B visas, but also the definition of employment under this foreign work visa category which is popular among Indian companies...

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Maldives SC rules against admissibility of secret witnesses in petition by President Abdulla Yameen

Maldives Supreme Court has ruled against admissibility of secret witnesses in a petition by President Abdulla Yameen to cancel the elections last month. The court delivered the ruling this afternoon after a three-day hearing during which the president’s lawyer argued that witnesses could face serious threats if their identities were revealed...

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Maldives: Preliminary hearing continuing at Supreme Court on complaint filed by outgoing President Abdulla Yameen

In Maldives, preliminary hearing is continuing at Supreme Court to decide on the merits of complaint filed by outgoing President Abdulla Yameen to cancel the results of Presidential elections, which he lost to opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih...

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Britain, France and Germany encourage Saudi-Turkish efforts in Khashoggi case

Britain, France and Germany insisted that "light must be shed" on the where about of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as they called for a credible investigation into his disappearance...

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Maldives: Ruling party challenges results of elections in Supreme Court

In Maldives, the ruling party led by President Abdullah Yameen today challenged the results of the September 23 election at the Supreme Court. Progressive Party of Maldives (PPM) in a statement said that the party has been overwhelmed with numerous genuine concerns related to the elections, including serious allegations of vote rigging, fraud, malpractice and corruption...

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The world celebrates the joy of being, and being with daughters: #HappyInternationalGirlsDay

International Day of the Girl is being observed today. This day aims to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face while promoting girls' empowerment and the fulfilment of their human rights. In his message, UN Secretary-General António Guterres asked everyone to recommit to supporting every girl to develop her skills, enter the workforce on equal terms and reach her full potential...

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Impact of Sino-US Trade War on India

Is India facing the backlash of Sino-U.S. “Trade War” unsettling its economic stability so critical with elections to State Assembly’s in 2018 followed by Lok Sabha elections in April-May 2019?..

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China's expansionism affecting India-Nepal: Indresh Kumar

India and Nepal are affected by the expansionist plans of China. India is not expansionist by nature but China is instigating Nepal against India and wants to acquire that Himalayan Nation. ..

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Japan's PM says UK would be welcomed to TPP with open arms

Japan's Prime Minister has said Britain would be welcomed into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal with "open arms" after it leaves the European Union (EU). While the UK would lose its role as a gateway to Europe after Brexit, it would retain its global strength...

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Kim Jong Un to hold meeting with US Prez Donald Trump “as soon as possible”

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to hold a second summit with US President Donald Trump "as soon as possible", South Korea said, after Washington's top diplomat held "productive" talks on denuclearisation with the North Korean leader in Pyongyang...

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Britain expresses concern over Hong Kong speech rights

Britain has expressed concern over freedom of speech in its former colony Hong Kong after authorities refused to renew the work visa of a senior editor of the Financial Times...

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South Korea′s ex-President Lee Myung-bak jailed for 15 years

Former South Korean president Lee Myung-bak was jailed for 15 years for corruption. The 76-year-old CEO-turned-president, who served from 2008 to 2013, was found guilty on charges including bribery and embezzlement and ordered to pay a fine of 11.5 million dollar by the Seoul Central District Court...

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Bowing to their courage and valor to end sexual violence, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad awarded the Nobel Prize 2018

Living inspirations to the world, as they rightfully worked hard to combat their obstacles with immense courage and bravery, Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad have been conferred with the most prestigious Noble Award. The Norwegian Nobel Committee has awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad for their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict...

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China-Vatican pact brings Chinese church within the ambit of Pope

It gives the Holy See a decisive role in the appointment of all bishops in a country whose around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association...

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US administration indicts seven Russian intelligence officers on conspiracy charges

The Trump administration on Thursday indicted seven Russian intelligence officers on a slew of federal charges for allegedly conducting malicious cyber operations against the United States and its allies...

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International Court of Justice orders US to ease Iran sanctions

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ordered the US to ease sanctions it re-imposed on Iran after abandoning a nuclear deal in May. The Court ruled that the US had to remove "any impediments" to the export of humanitarian goods, including food, medicine and aviation safety equipment...

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International Court of Justice to hear final hearing on Kulbhushan Jadhav’s case from February 18

In a long series of twists and turns, the International Court of Justice will hold public hearings in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case from February 18-21 next year. The United Nations principal judicial organ, based at The Hague, will start hearing the case, more than a year after it stayed the former Indian Navy officer's execution by Pakistan...

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India launches ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ as humanitarian assistance to Indonesia

The condition of Indonesia suffering from earthquake and Tsunami has been getting severely worse. With initiating all possible assistance, India has launched ‘Operation Samudra Maitri’ to assist victims of earthquake and tsunami in Central Sulawesi Province of Indonesia. ..

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Germany welcomes U.S., Canada and Mexico trade pact

Germany welcomes a trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico, a spokeswoman for the German foreign ministry said today...

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Nobel Prize in physics awarded to three researchers for two advances in lasers

Three scientists have won the Nobel Prize in Physics. They are Arthur Ashkin, Gerard Mourou and Donna Strickland. Dr Ashkin is from the US, Dr Mourou is French and Dr Strickland is of Canada...

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Standing by its promise, Indian Navy rushes to Indonesia with aid and relief materials

Indonesia has been affected by one of its worst natural calamity four days after the 7.4 magnitude earthquake triggered the Sulawesi claiming around 1,200 people. Standing true to its promise, the Indian Navy is rushing aid and relief material to the island. Indian Navy ships Tir, Sujata, and Shardul heading for the worst affected Palu city in Sulawesi. ..

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Many faces of changing warfare

Extraordinarily complex forms of warfare are responsible for the ongoing “mayhem” of mankind. India, like other nations, must be prepared to face the deluge of all forms of warfare to survive as a nation...

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Indonesia seeks urgent international assistance to deal with earthquake and Tsunami

Indonesian volunteers dug mass graves for more than 1,000 bodies on Monday after a quake and tsunami devastated swathes of Sulawesi, as authorities are struggling to deal with the sheer scale of the disaster by appealing for international help...

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Indonesia rescue operation underway; earthquake, tsunami kills 384 people leaving others injured

Hunting for survivors, rescue workers are striving hard to save people after a powerful earthquake hit the Indonesian island of Sulawesi and triggered a tsunami, killing at least 384 people. After the 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Friday, water smashed into buildings and swept away homes in the coastal city of Palu city, home to 350,000 people...

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Uber pays 148m over data breach cover-up

Ride-hailing firm Uber is paying 148 million dollars to settle legal action over a cyber-attack that exposed data from 57 million customers and drivers...

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US Prez Donald Trump praises India for its efforts in lifting up millions from poverty

Lauding India for yet another successful story of emerging out of poverty at a considerable rate, United States President Donald Trump praised India for this exceptional win. US President Donald Trump said, “There is India, a free society of over a billion people, lifting millions of people out of poverty into the middle class.” ..

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Saving Wildlife, Nepal becomes first country in the world to double the tiger’s population

Doing our bit in saving the environment and the nature’s beauty of wildlife, Nepal has become the first country in the world to double the tiger’s population. While the number of tigers in many countries is witnessing a decline, a recent survey led by the Government of Nepal has shown that the population of tigers has almost doubled in under a decade in the country...

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Statue of Nelson Mandela unveiled at United Nations

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has unveiled a life-sized statue of late President Nelson Mandela at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York, as South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on Monday...

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India, Nepal to explore high resolution satellite images

Furthering the nexus of deep friendship, India and Nepal have agreed to explore the possibility of using high resolution satellite images in boundary survey work. During the 5th meeting of the Nepal-India Boundary Working Group (BWG), both sides also agreed to continue mapping of no-man's land encroachment and cross-border occupation. ..

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Maldives: Ibrahim Mohamed Solih wins presidential election; India welcomes successful completion of poll process

India has welcomed the successful completion of the poll process in the Maldives. In a statement, External Affairs Ministry said in New Delhi that India congratulates Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his victory...

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Former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed says his side will not abstain from the election process

Former Maldives President Mohammed Nasheed has charged that Sunday's Presidential elections are already rigged by President Abdullah Yameen but his side will not abstain from the election process...

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Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang dies at 61

Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang died today after an illness, state television and radio announced. Quang, 61, died in a military hospital in Hanoi from a “serious illness despite efforts by domestic and international doctors and professors,” Vietnam Television reported...

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UN Chief Antonio Guterres calls for concrete action to follow up North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization

With another historic summit between North and South Korea asserting on ‘era of no war’ and giving a nod to denuclearization, UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres on Wednesday called for concrete action to follow up on North Korea's commitment to close a missile test site with international monitors present...

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Imran Khan writes letter to PM Modi; urges for resumption of peace, talks

The whole world knows about Pakistan having the habit of back-stabbing. Perhaps Pakistan continued backstabbing, as at one side Imran Khan writes a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for peace talks and on the other side Pakistani forces mutilated the body of BSF personnel along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir...

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Ousted Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, others get interim relief; Islamabad Court suspends prison sentences in Avenfield corruption case

Providing an interim relief to the ousted Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Mohammad Safdar, the Islamabad High Court suspended their respective prison sentences in the Avenfield corruption case on Wednesday...

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India pulls up Pakistan at UN; says real problem in Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism emanating from neighbour

India on Wednesday slammed Pakistan in the United Nations Security Council saying that the real problem in Jammu and Kashmir is cross-border terrorism emanating from Pakistan. While exercising its right of reply after Pakistan raised the UN report on Kashmir in the Human Rights Council, India firstly dismissed neighbour’s continued reference to the fallacious and motivated report which has been already out-rightly rejected. ..

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Taking a step closer to peace, North and South Korea commit to 'era of no war' by signing military agreement

With the historic summit between the two Korean countries, the leaders of North and South Korea once again took a step closer to peace by signing a joint military agreement that removes the threat of conflict on the Peninsula in their latest three day summit...

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Terrorism funding leads Pakistan to ‘begging’; auctioned its own ‘esteemed respect’ along with govt vehicles

It has been nearly three decades, Pakistan used its financial resources in waging war mainly ‘proxy war’ against India through terrorism. When there was a time for Pakistan to create jobs, employment opportunity and enrich the whole country with infrastructural development, but the Indian neighbour used all financial resources only against India. Well, Pakistan did not succeed in its foul agendas against India but now the time has come so bad in neighbouring country that the government is begging ..

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EU, non-EU nationals to face similar post-Brexit immigration rules: Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May today gave the first major indication that immigration rules for non-EU citizens such as Indians are set to be closely aligned with those for European Union nationals once Britain has left the economic bloc by next year...

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India, Sri Lanka sign pact for construction of a 5000-metric ton cold storage in Dambulla

Standing by a common aim of extending support to its neighbors, India and Sri Lanka has always fulfilled each promise. In a latest move, India and Sri Lanka signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for construction of a 5000-metric ton temperature controlled warehouse in Dambulla. ..

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Saudi continues to face missile attacks from Iran-backed Houthi rebels

Missile attacks in every week shows up that the Houthi rebels have ramped up their campaign against Kingdom! Notably, Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Saturday fired a Badr ballistic missile targeting the Saudi Arabia's industrial city of Jizan. Fortunately, no casualties and damages to the property occurred...

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Maldives Opposition fears EC plans to use tablet computer to collate election results

In the Maldives, the Opposition has alleged that country’s elections commission is secretly planning to use tablet computers to collate election results from polling stations during Presidential polls scheduled for Sunday...

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Powerful Typhoon Mangkhut barrels into coast of Guangdong province

Tropical storm Mangkhut continued on its destructive path on Sunday as it hit the southern coast of China, killing two, after leaving at least 64 dead in the Philippines amid landslides and flooding...

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Pakistan arrests 18 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing into their territorial waters

Neighbours will never stop the proxy war against India! Notably, Pakistan I authorities on Tuesday this week arrested 18 Indian fishermen for allegedly fishing in its territorial waters. An official in Karachi on Thursday said that at least 18 Indian fishermen were arrested on Tuesday by the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) and they will be produced before a judicial magistrate by the Docks police. “Along with Indian fishermen, two fishing boats were seized,” the official added...

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Online firms face EU fine if extremist posts stay up over an hour

The European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday proposed fining Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other online platforms if they fail to remove extremist content within one hour...

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PM Modi addresses 125 th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

PM Modi addresses 125 th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda ..

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US slams Pakistan; says bilateral ties depend upon Islamabad's actions against terror groups operating from its soil

In a strong message, the United States of America has told the new government in Pakistan that the nature and quality of their bilateral relationship would depend on actions taken by Islamabad against terrorist groups operating from its soil. Notably, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who recently visited Islamabad to meet the new leadership of Pakistan has delivered the message of Trump administration. A senior Trump administration official on Monday read out the message that stated the clear intention ..

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Indian-Origin persons who made their imprints in governance & politics

Hindus abroad not only contributed to the economic and material well-being of their respective countries, they also headed the governments and left their lasting imprints on the polity of those countries...

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India Bangladesh Rail Link Project

India Bangladesh Rail Link Project..

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Paris knife attack injures seven including two Britains

Seven people including two British tourists were injured after they were attacked by a man armed with a knife and an iron bar in Paris on Sunday...

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Venkaiah Naidu calls on Indian diaspora in US to convey timeless, harmonious vision of India to world

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday called on Indian diaspora in US to convey the timeless, harmonious vision of India to the world and bring the best ideas and practices from the world to India. Notably, while addressing the Indian Community at the Historic Art Institute of Chicago, the place where Swami Vivekananda delivered his speech in 1893, VP Venkaiah Naidu said that the Indians living abroad, have become the spiritual and cultural ambassadors for India...

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Trump salutes North Korean leader for marking its 70th anniversary with military parade without nuclear missiles

Much to everyone’s surprise, North Korea had a twist and amazed everyone as it marked its 70th anniversary on Sunday. North Korea rolled out some of its latest tanks and marched its best-trained goose-stepping units through Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang in a major military parade. The country held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the event to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy...

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In retaliation to recent bombings in Yemen, Houthi rebels fire ballistic missile targeting civilians in Saudi Arabia

String of missile attacks on Saudi Arabia continues. Notably, in retaliation to the recent bombing in Yemen, Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Friday fired a ballistic missile targeting Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Asir. In the attack, Saudi Arabian troopers were injured. Houthi rebels in a statement said that a missile strike was carried out by Yemeni Houthi rebels targeting Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Asir, resulting in troops being injured. Houthi rebels further that the strike against ..

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UN postal agency to issue special Diwali stamp next month

The United Nations (UN) will be giving a Diwali gift as its postal agency will issue special stamps in New York next month to commemorate the festival. The United Nations Postal Administration will issue a New York special event sheet on the 19th of October to commemorate the festival...

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Strengthening connectivity, India gifts 160 railway passenger coaches to Sri Lanka

Extending a supporting hand to Sri Lanka, India has decided to to supply 160 railway passenger coaches to Sri Lanka valued at around 82 million US dollars under concessional financing. The agreement to supply coaches custom-made in India was signed between RITES Limited of India and Sri Lankan government in Colombo last evening. ..

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Kim Jong Un wants denuclearization during Trump’s first term

With South Korean envoy meeting North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un on sidelines of their next summit, the envoys informed that Kim Jong-un told a South Korean envoy that he wanted to denuclearize North Korea before Donald Trump’s current term ends in early 2021...

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France, Germany, Canada, US back Britain over Salisbury poisoning

United States, France, Germany, and Canada today backed Britain's assessment that two suspects accused of poisoning a Russian ex-spy and his daughter in the UK were Russian military intelligence officers and that the Russian government "almost certainly" approved the attack...

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UK, Germany drop key Brexit, easing path to deal

The British and German governments have abandoned key Brexit demands, potentially easing the path for the U.K. to strike a deal with the European Union, people familiar with the matter said. Germany is ready to accept a less detailed agreement on the U.K.’s future economic and trade ties with the EU in a bid to get a divorce deal done, according to people speaking on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private...

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5 reasons why world Hindu Congress should succeed

5 reasons why world Hindu Congress should succeed..

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ISIS strikes in Afghanistan with twin bomb blasts; kills 20 innocents including two journalists

At least 20 innocents including two journalists were killed and 70 others were injured in twin bomb blasts that took place in different parts of Afghan capital Kabul. ISIS responsibility claimed the responsibility of the coward act. Notably, the first attack took place around 6 p.m. local time when a suicide bomber detonated an explosive vest in the Maiwand Wrestling Club with the second blast targeting media and emergency services at the scene of the initial explosion. The attack mainly targeted ..

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Amid war-crisis in Yemen, Spain cancels 400 laser-guided bombs deal with Saudi Arabia

Taking cognizance of the current situation in war-torn Yemen, Spain has cancelled sales of laser-guided bombs to Saudi Arabia. Notably, Spain’s defence ministry has confirmed the cancelling of sales of a contract with Saudi Arabia for 400 laser-guided bombs while declining to give any further details. On the other side, there was no immediate response from Saudi authorities...

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South Korea envoy meet N Korean leader Kim Jong Un to bolster nuclear diplomacy

As South Korea and North Korea gear up for their much awaited second historic summit, South Korean envoys met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Wednesday during a visit to arrange an inter-Korean summit planned for this month and help rescue faltering nuclear diplomacy between Washington and Pyongyang...

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Protest continues in few parts of Iraq over lack of public services; 7 protesters killed, dozens injured

Massive protest erupted in Iraq’s southern Basra province as the demonstrators took to the streets against lack of public services. Unfortunately, the protest turned violent and ‘Red’ as at least seven protesters were killed and more than 30 others were injured on Tuesday after the security forces opened fire at a protest...

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Tehreek-e-Insaf candidate Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi elected as 13th President of Pakistan

Pakistan gets a new President days after new Prime Minister Imran Khan took the charge. Notably, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate Arif-ur-Rehman Alvi was on Tuesday elected as the 13th President of Pakistan. The Election Commission of Pakistan, in a press release, said, “A total of 1,110 voters participated in the presidential polls held simultaneously at the Parliament House and the four provincial assemblies today. Of the total votes cast, 27 votes were declared invalid.”..

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Prez Kovind invites Indian diaspora in Bulgaria to become part of India's transformative journey that is a land of opportunities

As soon as President Ram Nath Kovind reached Bulgaria, second country of his three-nation visit to Europe, on Tuesday called upon the Indian diaspora to become a part of India's transformative journey and added that today's India is a land of opportunities for those who want to connect, innovate, trade and invest...

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Kingdom targeted again: Saudi forces intercept ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels; no casualties reported

Iran-backed Houthi rebels on Monday fired a ballistic missile in the direction of Saudi Arabian city of Jizan from Saada Governorate in Yemen targeting the civilians. Notably, firing missiles on Saudi Arabia frequently shows that Iran backed Houthi rebels have intensified their movement against Kingdom. Saudi Arabia’s air defence forces intercepted a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels towards a densely populated civilian area in the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan from Saada Governorate in Yemen. ..

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Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat reaches Singapore to woo investors

Uttarakhand is on the full swing to lay red carpet for investors. A delegation of Uttarakhand led by Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat reached Singapore to meet various investors and participate in the “Invest North Summit 2018” organized by the Indian High Commission. The “Invest North Summit 2018” is being organized on September 4 in collaboration with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)...

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Raise Expectations over 2 + 2 Indo-U.S. Engagements!

On scripted lines, Indian media is bound to raise expectations to the sky the first “2+2 Dialogue” United States (U.S.) and India engagement on September 6, 2018 in New Delhi between the heads of respective defense and foreign ministries of both nations...

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Gulf crisis deepens: Saudi Arabia plans to build canal to turn Qatar into an island

Gulf crisis seems to get intensified ones again after the months of silence as Saudi Arabia has decided to go tougher on Qatar. Notably, Saudi Arabia is planning to build a canal that would turn Qatari peninsula into an island...

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Asserting for a second summit, South Korea intends to send special envoy to Pyongyang

South Korean President Moon Jae-in will send a special envoy to Pyongyang next week to discuss plans to hold a summit with the North's Kim Jong Un and nuclear disarmament. ..

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Historic! Akshay Kumar starrer film ‘Gold’ becomes first Hindi movie to be released in Saudi Arabia

Historic! Akshay Kumar and Mouni Roy starrer ‘Gold’ became the first Hindi movie to be released in Saudi Arabia. Notably, last year, Saudi Arabia lifted the ban on commercial cinemas that lasted more than three decades. Gold movie, which was released on Thursday in theatres of Saudi Arabia received a huge response from the viewers. This is a first for the Bollywood industry to have a Hindi film screened in Saudi. Akshay himself took to a twitter to inform the whole country about the release of his ..

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Connecting links of glorious heritage; PM Modi, PM Oli jointly inaugurate Pashupatinath Dharmashala in Kathmandu

Linking not just diplomatically, India and Nepal share a very strong bond over past history and cultural connection. After concluding a successful BIMSTEC Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister K P Oli jointly inaugurated the Pashupatinath Dharmashala in Kathmandu...

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PM Modi, PM Oli jointly inaugurate Pashupatinath Dharmashala

PM Modi, PM Oli of Nepal inaugurate Pashupatinath Dharmashala..

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Former Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull resigns from parliament, government loses majority

Australia’s former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today resigned from parliament, a source familiar with the matter said, stripping the government of its one-seat parliamentary majority...

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Russian military successfully test-fires new interceptor missile

The Russian military has successfully conducted a test launch of a new interceptor missile for Russia’s missile defense system. Russia is in the process of implementing a large-scale rearmament program, which was announced in 2010. The country reportedly aims to upgrade 70 percent of its military equipment by 2020...

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After cholera and diphtheria, outbreak of Cancer destructing Yemen; at least 11,000 new patients diagnosed each year

First cholera then diphtheria and now Cancer has brought disaster in Yemen. Notably, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday estimated that around 35,000 people have cancer in war-torn Yemen. The WHO has estimated that around 35,000 people have cancer in Yemen, with 11,000 new patients diagnosed each year. Many of them are children. After the estimation, WHO blamed the ongoing civil war in Yemen...

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UK starts work on satellite system to rival EU's Galileo

Britain said today that it would start work on an alternative satellite system to the European Union's Galileo project to ensure its national security if it is barred from equal access to the EU programme after Brexit...

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Ahead of the BIMSTEC summit, India commits bringing socio-economic transformation by growth and prosperity

With BIMSTEC slating to kick start from August 30, Minister of State for External Affairs Gen V.K.Singh has emphasized India's sincere and abiding commitment to work with BIMSTEC Member States...

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Defence come together as Russia all set to hold its biggest war games next month

Intending to recreate the past military exercise in the country, Russia will hold its biggest military exercises since 1981 next month. Russia's Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the country has decided to hold its biggest war games in nearly four decades...

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Britain PM Theresa May says no-deal Brexit not 'the end of the world'

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that failing to secure a deal with the European Union before Britain leaves the bloc next year “wouldn’t be the end of the world.”..

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Regime changed but apathy continues on PoK; dozens injured after police baton-charged demonstrators

In Pakistan the whole government changed, Prime Minister changed but the apathy and human rights violation from Pakistani security forces on the residents of occupied Kashmir. A massive protest erupted ones again in Pakistan occupied Kashmir as the demonstrators demanded their due share of rights, which they have been deprived of under Islamabad's more than seven-decade misrule in the region. But police did lathi-charge to suppress the voices...

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Imran Khan and India: Dealing with the “if and buts”

What will be Imran Khan’s foreign affairs policy? This good question comes with a corollary - will Imran Khan have a foreign policy at all, knowing full well that he would have no authority to implement the same? In his first speech, the Prime Minister of Pakistan has chosen to highlight domestic issues, and rightly so, considering the challenge that he faces in turning around a hopeless financial and internal security situation. His offer for personal austerity and appeal to curb government spending ..

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Kingdom targeted again: Iran-backed Houthi rebels fire two Zelzal-1 missiles at Saudi Arabia

Houthi rebels fired two Zelzal-1 missiles in the direction of Saudi Arabian provinces of Jizan and Nazran targeting the gatherings of Saudi soldiers. Notably, Iran backed Houthi rebels have intensified their movement against Saudi Arabia and continue to target kingdom through missiles. A Houthi rebel on Sunday claimed the responsibility of targeting Saudi Arabia through two Zelzal-1 missiles. A Houthi military source talking to the Iran-based Press TV said that the missiles were launched after they ..

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#ShaheedNawabAkbarBugti - Fountainhead of inspiration for Baloch freedom fighters

The 12th martyrdom anniversary of Balch leader Nawab Akbar Khan Bugti is being observed in Balochistan and also at international level by the Baloch people on August 26. ..

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When we respect human rights and provide them with support, we reduce the lasting damage to individuals…

António Guterres..

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US, UK and France jointly vow to take appropriate action against Syrian regime for chemical attacks on civilians

The United States, France and the United Kingdom on Tuesday jointly reiterated their condemnation and vowed to respond appropriately to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime in Syria. Notably, on the fifth anniversary of the horrific Ghouta Sarin attack, US, UK and France in United Nations Security Council meeting jointly reiterated their condemnation of the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. The three nations also vowed to take appropriate action against Syrian President Bashar ..

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Tremendous response to WHC 2018 leads to closure of registrations

Registration coordinator Amitabh Mittal stated that registration has been closed two months prior to the event due to the tremendous response. A few spots for co-sponsors are all that’s left and some spots have been reserved, on a case by case basis, for delegates from countries outside or North America...

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