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China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

China launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

Reuters, Beijing :China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea.State media

Humans threaten crucial 'fossil' groundwater: Study

Humans threaten crucial 'fossil' groundwater: Study

AFP, Vienna :Human activity risks contaminating pristine water locked underground for millennia and long thought impervious to pollution, said a study Tuesday that warned of a looming threat to

French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack

French intelligence says Assad forces carried out sarin attack

Reuters, Paris :French intelligence has concluded that forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out a sarin nerve gas attack on April 4 in northern Syria and that

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Israel names its first woman judge for Sharia courtAFP, Tel AvivIsrael appointed its first woman judge in its sharia court system on Tuesday, a move hailed as historic.Hana Khatib,

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

US judge blocks Trump order on sanctuary cities

AFP, San Francisco :A US judge on Tuesday blocked President Donald Trump's executive order that sought to withhold federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities, dealing another legal blow to

Top Mexican official calls US border wall a 'hostile' act

Top Mexican official calls US border wall a 'hostile' act

AP, Mexico City :Mexico's foreign relations secretary called U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to build a border wall an "unfriendly, hostile" act, adding Tuesday that it is a "bad

Ivanka Trump forced to defend father at G20 women`s summit

BBC Online :Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka was met with groans as she defended her father's attitude towards women at the G20 women's summit in Berlin.The so-called First Daughter was

Hollande calls for unity at tribute to slain officer Jugelé

BBC Online :French President François Hollande has used a ceremony to honour a police officer slain in Paris last week to call for unity in the "long and difficult

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as US submarine docks in South

North Korea stages large-scale artillery drill as US submarine docks in South

Reuters, Seoul :North Korea conducted a big live-fire exercise on Tuesday to mark the foundation of its military as a U.S. submarine docked in South Korea in a show

Le Pen's father criticizes her presidential campaign as she steps back from party

Reuters, Paris :French far-right veteran Jean-Marie Le Pen said on Tuesday his daughter Marine, who faces centrist Emmanuel Macron in a May 7 presidential runoff, should have campaigned more

Russia boosts military spending despite sanctions: Study

Russia boosts military spending despite sanctions: Study

AFP, Stockholm :Russia became the world's third largest military spender in 2016 despite low oil prices and economic sanctions, as the global expenditure rose for a second consecutive year, a

US lawmaker pledges to defend rights of Muslim Americans

US lawmaker pledges to defend rights of Muslim Americans

A US lawmaker pledged his support for Pakistani Americans and said he will work to ensure civil liberties of all American Muslims are upheld.Republican Congressman Daniel Donovan was addressing an

US Defense Secy Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

US Defense Secy Mattis in Afghanistan to discuss war needs

AP, Kabul :U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis arrived unannounced in Afghanistan on Monday to assess America's longest war as the Trump administration weighs sending more troops.Kabul was the final stop

Trump`s approval rating hits record low

Trump`s approval rating hits record low

AP, Washington Post :Six days before marking his first 100 days in office, President Trump has the lowest approval rating of any president in more than 70 years, a pair

UN finds torture widespread in Afghanistan

UN finds torture widespread in Afghanistan

Reuters, Kabul :Torture and mistreatment of detainees by Afghan security forces is as widespread as ever, according to a U.N. report released on Monday, despite promises by Afghan President Ashraf

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3 men attacked in New Delhi for transporting cattleAFP, New DelhiThree men who were transporting buffaloes in their truck to a slaughterhouse were attac­ked by vigilantes in New Delhi, the

Muslim teen boxer in US wins right to fight in hijab

Muslim teen boxer in US wins right to fight in hijab

PTI, Washington :A 16-year-old Muslim-American boxer, who wants to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, has won the right to wear a hijab and fully cover her arms

Conjoined twins refuse to be separated despite doctor`s warnings

Conjoined twins refuse to be separated despite doctor`s warnings

People :When Carmen and Lupita Andrade were born, doctors said they only had three days to live.The conjoined twins, now 16, originally born in Mexico and now living in

String of polls suggest May's party sweeping June elections

String of polls suggest May's party sweeping June elections

Reuters, London :Britain's Theresa May appeared on course to win a crushing election victory in June after opinion polls put support for her ruling Conservative party at around 50

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Saudi King names son as US envoy AP, RiyadhSaudi Arabia's King Salman has named one of his sons, an air force pilot who has taken part in coalition strikes

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

Amid North Korea crisis, Pence becomes Trump emissary abroad

AP, Sydney :As tensions rose on the Korean peninsula, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who has President Donald Trump's trust but little diplomatic experience to go with it, became

Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election: Report

Russia tried to use Trump advisers to influence election: Report

AFP, Washington :Rus­sian operatives tried to infiltrate Donald Trump's presidential campaign through his advisers, including foreign policy aide Carter Page, CNN reported on Saturday.CNN said this emerged through FBI

Russian FM presses Tillerson over Syria probe

Russian FM presses Tillerson over Syria probe

AFP, Moscow :Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov voiced "regret" in a phone call with his US counterpart at Washington's opposition to a Moscow-backed plan to investigate an alleged chemical

 Russian man sentenced to 27 years in jail

Russian man sentenced to 27 years in jail

AP, Seattle :A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the

Turkey oppon appeals over referendum result at top court

Turkey oppon appeals over referendum result at top court

AFP, Ankara :Turkey's main opposition party launched a legal challenge at a top court on Friday to last-minute changes to voting rules in the referendum that saw President Recep

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France on edge as presidential vote loomsAFP, Paris France was on edge Saturday on the eve of its most unpredictable presidential election in decades, which will take place under

US states realign in legal battle over  Trump's travel ban

US states realign in legal battle over Trump's travel ban

Reuters, San Francisco :President Donald Trump's travel ban on citizens of six Muslim-majority nations faces its second challenge at a U.S. appeals court next month, and this time more

Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible: Pence

Peaceful outcome for Korean peninsula still possible: Pence

Reuters, Sydney : Denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula can still be achieved peacefully because of Washington's new engagement with China, US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday, despite growing

EU hopeful UK vote will smooth Brexit path

EU hopeful UK vote will smooth Brexit path

AFP, Brussels :Britain's snap election has sparked hopes in Europe that Brexit negotiations could run more smoothly with a leader who has a big mandate, analysts and diplomats say.In

Putin says Russian people will choose his successor via ballot box

Putin says Russian people will choose his successor via ballot box

Reuters, Moscow :Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that only the Russian people will choose who succeeds him as president, through the electoral process.Russia will hold a presidential election in