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10-year-old rape victim’s abortion plea rejected by Indian court


(Web Desk) – The Supreme Court of India in its verdict dismissed the termination of 32-week pregnancy of a 10-year-old rape survivor. On Friday, the apex court dismissed the plea of the girl’s family to terminate the pregnancy after taking note of a medical report that was submitted by the …

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India troops martyr two more Kashmiri youth


SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – Two more Kashmiri youth were killed by the Indian troops in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Sunday. The youth were martyred by Indian troops during a cordon and search operation in the area. The martyrs have been identified as Shariq Ahmad of Gulzarpora, Pulwama and Showkat …

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Clashes near Yemen’s Mokha kill 40 troops, rebels


ADEN (AFP) – More than 40 troops and rebels have been killed in several days of clashes between Yemen’s Saudi-backed army and insurgents allied with Iran near the Red Sea port of Mokha, officials said Sunday. Sixteen Huthi rebels and seven soldiers were killed in overnight clashes east of Mokha, …

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Iran rules out halt to missile tests as tension with US rises


TEHRAN (AFP) – A defiant Iran vowed on Saturday to press ahead with its missile programme and condemned new US sanctions, as tensions rise after the West hardened its tone against the Islamic republic. In the latest incident, Tehran and Washington accused each other’s naval forces of provocative manoeuvres in …

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US bombers fly mission over Korean peninsula after missile test


WASHINGTON (AFP) – US strategic bombers flew over the Korean Peninsula in a pointed show of force in response to Pyongyang’s latest intercontinental ballistic missile, American officials said Saturday. US B-1B bombers along with fighter jets from the South Korean and Japanese air forces participated in the 10-hour bilateral mission, …

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Indian state leader resigns in potential boost for Modi


NEW DELHI (AFP) – The leader of India s eastern Bihar state resigned from his post on Wednesday in a surprise move widely expected to strengthen Prime Minister Narendra Modi s grip on power. Nitish Kumar, the popular chief minister of one of India s most populous and impoverished states, …

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Plastic – just how much of it have we produced?


With plastic playing a significant role in the modern day age, concern over the environmental hazards it poses has for long been debated and researched upon. Owing to its ease of use that too, in a diverse range of areas, plastic has proven to be a remarkable material. But just …

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Japan gets new Kit Kat plant to cater to ‘exotic’ tastes


(Web Desk) – Wasabi, green tea and sake are just some of the things famous in Japan. However, while these may be popularly consumed in the country, these also happen to be some of the exotic flavours of the famous chocolate Kit Kat that have taken the country by storm. …

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Analyst asked to quit live transmission over language policy


(Web Desk) – Political analyst and blogger, Yuriy Romanenko walked off a live discussion on Ukranian Zik Television for being asked to speak in Ukrainian in place of Russian language. “We agreed that [you would speak] Ukrainian,” Mr Drozdov said, to which Mr Romanenko responded: “Let me speak the way …

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Trump bars commission of transgender people in US military

WASHINGTON (AFP) – President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that transgender people may not serve “in any capacity” in the US military, citing the “tremendous medical costs and disruption” their presence would cause. In late June, Pentagon chief Jim Mattis delayed for six months a plan put in place under Barack …

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