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Pakistan said on Friday that India’s decision to buy S-400 missile defence system from Russia will further destabilise stability in the region and renewed the arms race. In a statement, the Foreign Office said the Indian purchase was part of its efforts to acquire a Ballistic Missile Defence (BMD) System through multiple sources.

07:33:07 on 19 Oct

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China is planning to launch its own ‘artificial moon’ by 2020 to replace streetlamps and lower electricity costs in urban areas, state media reported Friday. Chengdu, a city in southwestern Sichuan province, is developing “illumination satellites” which will shine in tandem with the real moon, but are eight times brighter, according to China Daily.

07:25:01 on 19 Oct

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President Donald Trump said on Thursday he presumes journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and that the U.S. response to Saudi Arabia will likely be "very severe" but that he still wanted to get to the bottom of what exactly happened. Khashoggi - a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist who was a strong critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - vanished on October 2.

07:40:02 on 19 Oct

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India said that the onus was on Pakistan to create conducive conditions for talks by taking steps towards curbing terrorism on its soil. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar reiterated India’s stand that talks and terror cannot go together and said this was one of the reasons why the scheduled meeting in New York between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan was cancelled.

09:55:01 on 18 Oct

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The US could remove India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners, the Treasury Department has said, citing certain developments and steps being taken by New Delhi which address some of its major concerns. India for the first time was placed in the currency monitoring list of countries with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies in April.

11:54:59 on 18 Oct

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In a move that might seriously impair India-Sri Lanka relations, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena accused India’s RAW of plotting his assassination. At the weekly Cabinet meeting, Mr. Sirisena told Ministers that RAW was “trying to kill” him, but “Narendra Modi may not be aware of the plan,” The Hindu has learnt from sources present at the discussion.

09:10:01 on 17 Oct

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Gold prices fell by ₹70 to ₹32,180 per 10 gram at the bullion market on October 16 owing to slackened demand from local jewellers amid a weak trend overseas. Silver followed suit and eased by ₹50 to ₹39,700 per kg, hit by lower demand from industrial units and coin makers. Traders attributed the fall to easing demand from local jewellers and retailers.

10:25:01 on 16 Oct

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Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are expecting their first child. Markle is about 12 weeks pregnant, according to the palace, and is due in the spring. The couple is currently on a 16-day tour of Australia and New Zealand, with them landing in Sydney over the weekend. The couple is also scheduled to make stops in Fiji and the Kingdom of Tonga.

01:40:01 on 15 Oct

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and China President Xi Jinping will meet in Argentina next month, Chinese ambassador to India said today. The two world leaders will meet on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui said at the inauguration of the first Joint India-China Training Programme for Afghan diplomats.

11:48:19 on 15 Oct

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US President Donald Trump has said that he wants people with merit, who can help, to enter the country and not sneak inside the border illegally. Responding to a series of question on illegal immigration, the president reiterated that he wants people based on merit, a move that can help technology professionals from countries such as India.

01:25:02 on 14 Oct

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The wife and the son of a judge in Gurugram were shot at by his guard on a busy street this afternoon. The shooting took place next to the Sector 49 market. Judge Krishnakant Sharma's wife and children have been rushed to a hospital. The guard has been arrested.

05:54:01 on 13 Oct

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Three years since she was last seen in Aishwarya Dhanush’s Vai Raja Vai, Taapsee returns to Tamil cinema with upcoming thriller Game Over, which will predominantly unfold inside a house. The film’s first look poster and titled were announced on Wednesday and the project started rolling with a customary pooja in Chennai from Thursday.

03:27:01 on 13 Oct

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Turkey and the United States ratcheted up the pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain how a journalist vanished after entering its Istanbul consulate last week, with US lawmakers warning that military ties were at risk.Turkish officials have said he was killed reportedly by a 15-man 'assassination team' but Saudi Arabia insists that he left the consulate safely.

07:10:02 on 12 Oct

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As a top US official headed for New Delhi for talks on Iran sanctions a state department spokesperson on Thursday said “it’s not helpful” that India plans to continue buying Iranian oil and go ahead with the purchase of Russian S-400 air defense systems, both of which are subject to secondary sanctions under separate US authorities.

01:34:30 on 12 Oct

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Caged while seeking mental health help

Low income countries spend on average just 0.5% of their health budgets on mental health, according to the WHO. In Ghana, that means there is just one psychiatrist to treat every 1.2m people. Many people with mental health problems therefore turn to "prayer camps". Despite a government ban, many of these institutions use chains to restrain their residents.

10:41:19 on 11 Oct

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold the first defence minister level dialogue with her French counterpart Florence Parly today and is expected to visit Dassault’s Rafale fighter jet manufacturing facility outside Paris on Friday during her three-day visit to France. She may also meet President Emmanuel Macron, although there is no confirmation on this.

09:57:01 on 11 Oct

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that India "will soon find out" about his decision on the punitive CAATSA sanctions after India signed a $5 billion deal with Russia. Under the CAATSA sanctions, which was amended early this year, only Donald Trump has the authority for the presidential waiver to India on weapons deal with sanctions-hit Russia.

09:26:02 on 11 Oct

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First Lady Melania Trump spoke about the #MeToo movement, saying victims of sexual assault “need to have really hard evidence” if they are going to make accusations. She said she supports women, but added that men need to be supported as well. Her statements are reminiscent of a 2016 interview with Trump, during which she defended her husband of sexual assault allegations.

01:55:01 on 11 Oct

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Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, will supply Indian oil buyers with an additional 4 million barrels of crude oil in November, several sources said. The extra supply indicates a willingness by Saudi Arabia to increase crude supply to make up the shortfall once sanctions by the United States on oil exports from Iran, the third-largest producer in the OPEC.

08:55:02 on 10 Oct

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CCTV footage released by Turkish TV that showed the moment missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul and the movements of a team suspected of involvement in his disappearance. Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished after entering the consulate to obtain official documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

05:25:01 on 10 Oct

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PepsiCo's Indian-born former CEO Indra Nooyi has said she would cause a third World War if she joins politics as she is too outspoken. Asia Society, a non-profit organisation that focuses on educating the world about Asia, Nooyi with the 'Game Changer of the Year Award' here in recognition of her business achievements, humanitarian record and advocacy for women and girls.

01:51:33 on 10 Oct

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Nikki Haley's abrupt and unexpected resignation from President Donald Trump's administration secured her membership in a singular club - the rare former White House official who leaves Trump's orbit as a political force who could pose a potential threat to the president. In a sign of her rising profile,she simultaneously announced her resignation at the end of this year.

12:20:17 on 10 Oct

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Trump and Haley held a quickly arranged media availability Tuesday morning in the White House, shortly after Axios Jonathan Swan of Axios broke the news of her impending exit. Haley said her resignation was simply about needing a break after six years as South Carolina governor, and Trump said Haley had even previewed a desire to leave as long as six months ago.

10:57:01 on 10 Oct

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UN Ambassador Nikki Haley is stepping down at the end of the year, President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday. Trump praised the work of the former governor of South Carolina, who was confirmed as US ambassador to the United Nations shortly after Trump's inauguration last year. Trump said he hopes to name a successor to Haley in the next two to three weeks.

05:57:02 on 10 Oct

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Myanmar is “unable and unwilling” to investigate its abuses against Rohingya Muslims, a UN rights envoy has said, bolstering calls for the country’s generals to be hauled. A UN fact-finding mission has called for Myanmar’s top brass to be investigated for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes over a brutal crackdown against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state.

01:53:33 on 09 Oct

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India has said that the UNSC needs to be reformed without delay or else it will be left to nurse its self-inflicted wounds of “diminishing relevance” in a world awash with challenges like terrorism, refugee crises and climate change. India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin said UNSC is all about primacy but with little purpose.

01:41:01 on 09 Oct

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China will sell 48 high-end military drones to its “all-weather ally” Pakistan in what a military observer said will be the largest deal of its kind, official media in Beijing reported on Tuesday. Wing Loong II, a high-end reconnaissance, strike and multi-role endurance unmanned aircraft system, is manufactured by Chengdu Aircraft Industrial (Group) Company.

12:15:01 on 09 Oct

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Nobel Economics awarded to William Nordhaus and Paul Romer. William Nordhaus is being recognised for his work on the damage caused by climate change. Paul Romer has examined how economists can achieve a healthy rate of economic growth. The models that Nordhaus and Romer have created have helped with the development of economic growth, and with combatting climate change.

03:32:20 on 08 Oct

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A case was registered on Sunday following a complaint alleging that nearly 100 stray dogs were poisoned in Ghatkesar near Hyderabad. A police official said that a complaint was filed by an activist stating about 100 street dogs have been poisoned near Infosys office by locals. A case in this regard has been registered under the Animal Cruelty Act.

11:10:02 on 08 Oct

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Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in Saturday night as the 114th justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, after a wrenching debate over sexual misconduct and judicial temperament that shattered the Senate, captivated the nation and ushered in an acrimonious new level of polarization now encroaching on the court that the 53-year-old judge may well swing rightward for decades to come.

09:27:01 on 07 Oct

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The Senate voted 50-48 to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. It’s among the closest votes on a Supreme Court nominee in the history of our country, and it underscores just how divided this whole process has been. Now that Kavanaugh is on the Court, it sends a painful message entrenched unwillingness to believe women who come forward about sexual assault.

04:25:02 on 07 Oct

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The FBI’s investigation into Brett Kavanaugh was likely doomed to disappoint from the start. Since the FBI completed its investigation, Kavanaugh, who has been accused of sexual assault decades ago has denied all accusations. The FBI interviewed the witnesses and concluded that “there is no corroboration of the allegations made by Dr Ford or Ms.Ramirez.”

01:25:01 on 06 Oct

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Etihad Airways, which owns 24% stake in Jet Airways India Ltd, said that it has proposed a financial restructuring and support plan for Jet Airways India Ltd, headquartered in Mumbai, which included a $35 million cash pre-purchase payment to Jet Airway’s frequent flyer programme Jet Privilege Private Ltd, which is majority owned by Etihad Airways.

05:56:01 on 05 Oct

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Comedian Amy Schumer and model-actor Emily Ratajkowski were among those arrested in protests over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in Washington DC. Schumer and Ratajkowski had joined hundreds of people, who turned up at the Hart and Dirksen Senate Office Buildings to challenge Kavanaugh's nomination after three women accused him of various forms of sexual misconduct.

01:03:20 on 05 Oct

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India will finally acquire the S-400 Triumf, one of the world's most lethal surface-to-air missiles, from Russia amid a threat of tough sanctions from the US. The deal was signed between Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin this afternoon, sources said. The US has hinted at tough sanctions against any nation that buys advanced military hardware from Russia.

12:54:50 on 05 Oct

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US on Thursday warned buyers of Iranian crude such as India that they should not expect easy waiver and exemptions from the second wave of US sanctions that kicks in on November 5. The threat comes despite Modi's govt conveying to the US that India is a fit case for a presidential waiver from the provisions of CATSA on Russia and the sanctions on trade with Iran.

12:13:01 on 05 Oct

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The Indian Coast Guard conducted its maiden joint exercise with the Vietnam Coast Guard in the Bay of Bengal, off the coast of Chennnai, on Thursday. The exercise — Sahyag HOP TAC-2018 — was aimed at enabling the Coast Guard units of the two countries to acquaint themselves with each other’s capabilities, strengthening the working-level relationship, a press release said.

11:47:55 on 05 Oct

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Delhi for the 19th India-Russia annual summit. He will be holding official talks on Friday morning with PM Narendra Modi in Hyderabad House but the two leaders had a one-on-one meeting within hours of the Russian leader landing in Delhi on Thursday evening. This was followed by a dinner at 7, Lok Kalyan Marg.

11:05:01 on 05 Oct

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is in New Delhi on a two-day visit, the focus of which is the possible inking of a $5 billion deal for to procure Moscow's most advanced air defence system, the S-400 Triumf, despite a risk of US sanctions against countries buying Russian defence equipment. On Friday, the two leaders will hold the annual India-Russia bilateral summit.

05:57:01 on 05 Oct

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The people of Iran face a sensitive time because of the pressure from America and economic problems, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in a key address broadcast by state television today. Khamenei was speaking to tens of thousands of members of the Basij militia and top Revolutionary Guards leaders gathered in a stadium in Tehran.

02:56:01 on 04 Oct

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Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami. The natural disaster took away the lives of more than 1,400 people in a span of one week. Desperate search efforts for survivors continued on Thursday. Friday's magnitude 7.5 quake injured and displaced more than 70,000.

02:26:01 on 04 Oct

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Islamabad is seeking an American role in facilitating talks between India and Pakistan because the two neighbouring countries are not engaging bilaterally, Pakistan's Foreign Minister has said, warning that absence of such a facilitation could lead to escalation of tension. But the latest Pakistani request in this regard has again been rejected by the US.

01:25:02 on 04 Oct

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Forgo S-400 system, U.S. tells India

The U.S. on Wednesday urged India to forgo its proposed deal to buy the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, warning that the deal could attract American sanctions. New Delhi and Kremlin are expected to announce the deal this week during Russian President Vladimir Putin’s two-day visit to India starting Thursday.

10:41:02 on 04 Oct

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The US urged its allies not to enter into transactions with Russia and warned that it would trigger American sanctions, a day after it was reported that India was planning to purchase multi-billion S-400 missile defence system from Moscow. According to a report, India and Russia will sign a deal for the multi-billion-dollar S-400 surface-to-air missile system this week.

08:57:01 on 04 Oct

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