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Egypt’s president swears in new government

From Youssra El-Sharkawy Cairo, Sep 19 (PTI) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi today sworn-in a new government, a week after the previous Cabinet resigned following a corruption scandal. Sherif Ismail, who was Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources in the earlier government, took oath of office as the new Prime Minister in the 33-member Cabinet that consists of three women ...

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“India,China’s progress must be mutually supportive”

As two emerging global powers, India and China’s progress should be mutually supportive, Indian Ambassador to China Ashok K Kantha has said. During a visit to the state-run China Daily yesterday, Kantha talked about the growth of India-China relations, especially in the context of a closer developmental partnership agreed between the two sides, a statement issued by the Indian Embassy ...

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Rajapaksa accepts defeat in Lankan parliamentary elections

Sri Lanka’s former president Mahinda Rajapaksa today accepted defeat in the parliamentary elections even before the announcement of the final results. Rajapaksa, 69, said his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) had lost after a close battle with the United National Party (UNP) of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. The former two-time president was quoted in the media reports as saying that ...

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Sri Lanka votes, Rajapaksa eyes comeback

Sri Lankans began voting today in parliamentary polls with former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa eyeing a political comeback as prime minister months after being toppled as president by Maithripala Sirisena. Sirisena has vowed not to make Rajapaksa premier even if his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) wins a majority. Polls opened at 07:00 local time and will close at 16:00. “Island ...

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4 dead, 20,000 affected by Niger floods: UN

At least four people have died and more than 20,000 have been affected by floods in Niger caused by weeks of heavy rain, the United Nations has said. The bad weather has destroyed 2,170 homes and flooded nearly 545 hectares of agricultural land, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said in a statement yesterday. Around 3,100 ...

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Modi govt bogged down by bureaucracy, politics: US think tank

Observing that the Modi Government which came to power last year on a plank of change has been bogged down by bureaucracy and politics, a top US think-tank has said “caution” and not enthusiasm is evident in every arena. Washington-based Hudson Institute in a report ‘Modi One Year On’ said the BJP-led government was voted into power by a new ...

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44 killed, 520 injured in China port explosions

At least 44 people have been killed and 520 others injured, 66 of them critically, in twin blasts at a warehouse containing chemical and toxic materials in the northern Chinese port city of Tianjin. The blasts ripped through the Ruihai warehouse, which stores dangerous goods, at 11.20 PM local time yesterday, following a fire report half an hour earlier. Fireballs ...

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MH370 families reject Malaysia’s conclusion on plane debris

An MH370 families organisation said today it would not accept the Malaysian government’s declaration that wreckage found on an island in the Indian Ocean came from the ill-fated flight until more “conclusive” analysis is completed. Voice 370, an international next-of-kin support group, also reiterated its suspicion over the Malaysian government’s handling of the jet’s disappearance last year, and called for ...

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Ban lauds Obama for engagement with China, India on climate

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has voiced appreciation for US President Barack Obama’s “personal engagement” with India, China and Brazil on climate change, saying he counts on his strong leadership to reach an agreement on the issue in Paris in December. “I really appreciate your personal engagement starting with China and Brazil and India, and many others. As I’m going to ...

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Memorials for MH17 victims as calls grow for justice

Relatives of those killed when flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine exactly a year ago joined emotional memorials as calls mounted for a UN-backed tribunal to prosecute those responsible for the tragedy. All 298 passengers and crew — the majority of them Dutch — died on July 17 last year when the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777, on a flight ...

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