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Seoul: North Korea fires more short-range missiles

North Korea fired without designating no-sail zones, an act viewed as highly provocative by the South Korean military, as local media report the projectiles appeared to be Scud missiles. North Korea fired two short-range missiles into its eastern waters on Sunday, a South Korean official said, an apparent test fire that comes just days after the country tested what it ...

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NASA launches flight to test new Mars-landing tech

After several postponements due to bad weather, NASA on Saturday finally sent a flying-saucer-like test vehicle high into the skies to try out technologies that could one day be used to land on Mars. WASHINGTON: After several postponements due to bad weather, NASA on Saturday finally sent a flying-saucer-like test vehicle high into the skies to try out technologies that ...

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US drones over Baghdad as Iraq battles for Tikrit

Armed American drones were flying over Baghdad to defend US military advisers and diplomats as Iraqi forces readied a massive operation today to take back Saddam Hussein’s hometown from Sunni militants. Thousands of soldiers were advancing on Tikrit, which wasoverrun by insurgents led by the jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) more than two weeks ago along ...

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Ind & China have to narrow down differences: Ansari

BEIJING: India and China have to narrow down differences and build on convergences by exploiting the potential of Panchsheel, the five principles of peaceful coexistence propounded by the two countries along with Myanmar in 1954, Vice President Hamid Ansari said today. “In our respective bilateral relations, our common interests far outweigh our differences,” Ansari said while addressing a commemorative meeting ...

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Won’t treat Afghan govt on par with Taliban, India tells UN

India has stressed that it will not “endorse” treating the Afghan government on par with elements of the Taliban, even as it reiterated that terrorism and not ethnicity is the greatest threat to peace in an Afghanistan on the verge of a historic transition. “Treating the Government of Afghanistan on par with elements of the erstwhile Taliban regime is something ...

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Sushma Swaraj meets Bangladesh Nationalist Party chief Khaleda Zia

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Friday held a meeting here with former Bangladesh Prime Minister and chairperson of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Khaleda Zia. Swaraj, who held a series of meetings with the top leadership here yesterday including Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina besides holding delegation-level talks with her Bangladeshi counterpart AH Mahmud Ali, held talks for nearly half-an-hour with ...

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Stable Government Brightens Recovery Hopes: RBI

The Reserve Bank of India today said improved political stability and expectations of a decisive and coordinated policy response augur well for the economy and the markets. “Formation of a stable government at the Center has ameliorated political risk and has led to expectations of better policy coordination and implementation which has had a positive impact on the markets,” the ...

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3 dead in Somalia after militants attack hotel

A suicide bomber and gunmen killed three people, including two soldiers, on Thursday when they attacked a hotel housing African Union and Somali forces, officials said. The attack began when a suicide bomber blew himself up near the Amalow Hotel in Bulo-Burte town before gunmen tried to force their way in, said Col Ahmed Ali. Gunfire could be heard as ...

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India eases visa norms for certain categories of visitors from Bangladesh; Modi accepts Hasina’s invite

In the first high-level bilateral engagement after the installation of the NDA government, India on Thursday assured Bangladesh that efforts were on to evolve a national consensus on the contentious Teesta river water sharing deal even as it announced easing of visa norms for certain categories of visitors from Bangladesh. Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has accepted Bangaldesh’s PM Sheikh ...

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Ansari to embark on China visit to strengthen Sino-India ties

Ahead of the visit of Vice President Hamid Ansari to Beijing, the government today gave an in-principle approval for a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between India and China for setting up industrial parks in the country. The details of the agreement will be available only after the signing of the memorandum, Law and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said after ...

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