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Muslim voters attacked as Sri Lanka votes for President

Muslim voters attacked as Sri Lanka votes for President

AP, Colombo :Muslim voters traveling by bus to polling stations in northern Sri Lanka were shot at, pelted with stones and blocked by burning tires hours before polls opened in

Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

Fears grow on digital surveillance: US survey

Americans are increasingly fearful of monitoring of their online and offline activities, both by governments and private companies, a survey showed Friday.The Pew Research Center report said more than 60

US Air Force Chief of Staff calls for Gulf Arab unity to counter Iran

US Air Force Chief of Staff calls for Gulf Arab unity to counter Iran

Reuters, Dubai :United States Air Force Chief of Staff David Goldfein on Saturday pressed Gulf Arab states to reconcile differences and unify military capabilities as tensions with Iran simmer.Washington sees

Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

Turkey says it bought Russian S-400s to use them, not put them aside

Reuters, Ankara  :Turkey bought S-400 missile defence systems from Russia to use them, not put them aside, the head of the Turkish Defence Industry Directorate said on Saturday, days after

Inundated Venice braced for more flooding, strong winds

Inundated Venice braced for more flooding, strong winds

AFP, Venice :Venice was on red alert for more floods and fierce winds on Saturday after an exceptionally high tide swamped the city of canals, where authorities have declared a

Delhi suffocates under toxic smog but millions go without masks

Delhi suffocates under toxic smog but millions go without masks

AFP, New Delhi :A thick grey smog choked New Delhi for the fifth day Saturday, adding to a mounting pollution health crisis, but retired naval commander Anil Charan is one

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Trump to attend NATO summit in LondonAFP, WashingtonUS President Donald Trump will visit Britain for NATO's 70th-anniversary summit next month, the White House said Friday, in a trip falling days

North Korea rejects US offer of December talks

North Korea rejects US offer of December talks

Reuters, Seoul :  North Korea said on Thursday it had turned down a U.S. offer for fresh talks, saying it was not interested in more talks merely aimed at

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

Venice faces more floods as state of emergency declared

AFP, Venice :Italy on Thursday declared a state of emergency for Venice after an exceptional tide surged through churches, shops and homes, causing millions of euros worth of damage

North Korea calls Biden 'rabid dog' that 'must be beaten to death'

North Korea calls Biden 'rabid dog' that 'must be beaten to death'

AFP, Seoul :North Korea has launched a visceral diatribe against US Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, calling the former vice-president a "rabid dog" - while also borrowing the terminology

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

US presses European countries to take Islamic State fighters

AP, Washington :European and other members of the international coalition fighting the Islamic State group must take back and prosecute their nationals detained in Iraq and Syria to help

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Trump visits Russia for Victory Day in MayAP, BrasiliaRussian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday he hoped his U.S counterpart Donald Trump would come to Russia to mark Victory

Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

Evo Morales wants UN mediation in Bolivia

AP, Mexico City :Bolivia's Evo Morales called for the United Nations, and possibly Pope Francis, to mediate in the Andean nation's political crisis following his ouster as president in

Buttigieg rises in Iowa to lead Democratic WH pack: Poll

Buttigieg rises in Iowa to lead Democratic WH pack: Poll

Reuters, Washington :Pete Buttigieg has pulled to the top of the pack of Democratic presidential candidates in Iowa for the first time after drawing increased support from nearly every demographic

Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan wins defamation case in UK High Court

Imran Khan's ex-wife Reham Khan wins defamation case in UK High Court

PTI, London :Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's former wife, Reham Khan, has won "substantial" damages and received an apology from a Pakistani news channel over defamatory allegations by a government

Ex-Tory minister advises public to vote against party

Ex-Tory minister advises public to vote against party

AP, London :A former Conservative Party Cabinet minister said Wednesday that giving the party a majority in next month's election would be "disastrous" for the U.K., in the latest example

Italy's Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years

Italy's Venice flooded by highest tide in 50 years

AP, Manila :Venice was hit by the highest tide in more than 50 years late on Tuesday, with tourists wading through flooded streets to seek shelter as a fierce wind

Senator Kamala Harris promises to lift cap for employment based green cards in US

Senator Kamala Harris promises to lift cap for employment based green cards in US

PTI, Washington :Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris is in favour of lifting the existing per-country caps for employment based green cards, her presidential campaign has said, asserting that 95 per

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Iraqi Kurdish president in Baghdad for talksAFP, Baghdad The president of Iraqi Kurdistan travelled to Baghdad on Wednesday for talks with senior officials just hours ahead of a special parliament

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

Jordan retakes lands leased by Israel in 1994 peace accord

AP, Amman :Jordan's King announced Sunday that his country is retaking "full sovereignty" over two pieces of land leased by Israel, reflecting the cool relations between the neighboring countries as

Divisions rife as Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

Divisions rife as Germany marks 30 years since Berlin Wall fell

AFP, Berlin :Germany on Saturday marks 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall that ushered in the end of communism and national reunification, as the Western alliance that

Pompeo slams Iran 'intimidation' of IAEA inspector as 'outrageous'

Pompeo slams Iran 'intimidation' of IAEA inspector as 'outrageous'

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation."The

Iranian beauty queen wins asylum in Philippines

Iranian beauty queen wins asylum in Philippines

AFP, Manila :An Iranian beauty queen sought by Tehran on criminal charges has been granted political asylum in the Philippines, an official said Friday, ending a three-week standoff at Manila

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs begin historic crossing into Pakistan

Hundreds of Indian Sikhs begin historic crossing into Pakistan

AFP, Dera Baba Nanak :The first of hundreds of Indian Sikh pilgrims began a historic pilgrimage to Pakistan on Saturday, crossing through a white gate to reach one of their

UN experts call Morsi's death in Egypt 'arbitrary killing'

UN experts call Morsi's death in Egypt 'arbitrary killing'

AFP, Geneva :An independent panel of United Nations experts said Friday the death of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi in June could amount to "a state-sanctioned arbitrary killing"."Morsi was held

NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress

NASA unveils its first electric airplane - a work in progress

Reuters, California :NASA, most prominent for its many Florida-launched exploits into space, showcased an early version of its first all-electric experimental aircraft, the X-57 "Maxwell," on Friday at its lesser-known

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Five Mexican police officers killed in ambushAFP, MexicoAt least five police officers were killed after they were ambushed in a small community nestled in the highlands of the state of

Ukraine foes to pull back troops ahead of Russia summit

Ukraine foes to pull back troops ahead of Russia summit

AFP, Ukraine :Ukraine's army and Kremlin-backed separatists are set Friday to complete the last phase of a troop pullback in the war-torn east in a key step towards a

Saudi King hosts CIA chief after spying on Twitter users charges

Saudi King hosts CIA chief after spying on Twitter users charges

AFP, Riyadh :Saudi Arabia's King Salman hosted the Central Intelligence Agency's director Thursday, state media said, after three people were charged in the United States with spying on Twitter

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo on Cuba

AP, United Nations :The U.N. General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to condemn the American economic embargo of Cuba for the 28th year, rejecting U.S. criticism of human rights violations