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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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(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

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(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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Ex-Brazil President Lula sentenced to nearly 10 years for corruption

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BRASILIA (Reuters) – Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula, one of the country’s most popular politicians, …

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Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir being observed today

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SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) and across the world are observing Youm-e-Shuhada-e-Kashmir on Thursday with a renewed pledge to accomplish the mission of martyrs till achievement of the goal of liberation from Indian bondage. On 13th July 1931, the troops of …

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Trump arrives in Paris with Russia scandal in tow

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PARIS (AFP) – Donald Trump arrived in Paris on Thursday for a presidential visit filled with Bastille Day pomp and which the White House hopes will offer respite from rolling scandal back home. Air Force One touched down at Paris’ Orly airport shortly after 0630 GMT, with US president beginning …

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