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Egyptian strongman Sisi sworn-in as President

Egyptian strongman Sisi sworn-in as President

Egypt’s former army chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was today sworn-in as the country’s new President after winning by a landslide in May elections, strengthening the military’s grip on power in the deeply polarised nation. Sisi, 59, was declared the country’s president last week after winning 96.6 per cent of the presidential vote, almost a year since the ouster of Islamist ...

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India and Pak should continue steps to improve bilateral ties

India and Pak should continue steps to improve bilateral ties

The US has said India and Pakistan should continue to take steps to improve their bilateral relationship. “Broadly speaking, we believe that India and Pakistan should continue steps to improve the relationship between the two countries,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson, Marie Harf told reporters yesterday. “Obviously, it is incredibly important for them to do so. I don’t have more specifics ...

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26/11 Attacks: Trial in Pakistan Adjourned Till June 11

26/11 Attacks: Trial in Pakistan Adjourned Till June 11

A Pakistani anti-terrorism court trying the seven accused in the 2008 Mumbai attacks case has adjourned the hearing till June 11 after prosecution lawyers failed to turn up for the second time in a week. The trial of seven Pakistani accused was adjourned yesterday by the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi. This is the second consecutive hearing — May 28 ...

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China plans to relax ‘green card’ policy to attract foreign talent

China plans to relax its US style “green card” policy by lowering the application and approval threshold in a bid to attract more foreign talent for its high technology industry and institutions. Authorities are deliberating revision to regulations on permanent residence for foreigners, considering more flexible and pragmatic application standards, the Organisational Department of the Central Committee of the Communist ...

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Lankan Asylum-Seeker Sets Himself Ablaze in Australia

A 29-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seeker has died in Australia after he set himself ablaze as he feared that deportation would put his life in danger. Leorsin Seemanpillai immolated himself on Saturday and died yesterday in a hospital here. Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that Seemanpillai “sadly died as a result of a very serious set of injuries that ...

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Indian fishermen in Bahrain seek embassy’s help

MANAMA: A group of 18 Indians working in the fishing industry in Bahrain today sought the Indian envoy’s intervention in getting back their passports from employers, days after the killing of an Indian fisherman by pirates. Ambassador Mohan Kumar met a representative of 18 workers, all from Tamil Nadu, this morning and listened to their grievances, officials said. “The workers ...

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Congressional resolution introduced to strengthen Indo-US ties

All efforts will be made to fulfil hopes of people: Modi

WASHINGTON : Congratulating people of India on holding the largest democratic exercise of the world, a bipartisan resolution has been introduced in the US Congress to strengthen Indo-US ties under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The resolution (No 607), which was introduced in the US House of Representatives this week, says it will seek to further strengthen America’s strategic partnership with ...

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World meets in Tokyo on Afghan future ahead of run-off vote

Tokyo, May 15 (AFP) Delegates from around the world gathered in Tokyo today to discuss the way forward in Afghanistan in the wake of the presidential election and the drawdown of the US-led foreign military presence.The International Contact Group on Afghanistan and Pakistan, which groups representatives from about 50 countries and global bodies, was attended by the Afghan deputy foreign minister.

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Australian warship in large drug bust off Somalia

SYDNEY: An Australian warship has seized heroin with an estimated street value of Aus$132 million (US$123 million) off the coast of Somalia, the defence department said today. The 449 kilogramme (990 pound) haul was found on a dhow, a type of sailing  vessel, intercepted by  HMAS Darwin while patrolling the Indian Ocean some 40  nautical miles off Somalia’s east coast. ...

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Br journalists shot and beaten in Syria kidnapping

Two British journalists were recovering in Turkey today after being shot and beaten by rebel kidnappers while covering the Syrian conflict, the Times reported.Times writer Anthony Loyd was shot twice in the leg while being held captive and photographer Jack Hill suffered a severe beating after trying to escape.

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