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Facebook acquires startup to fight piracy
San Francisco | Tuesday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
In its battle against pirated content, Facebook has acquired a US-based startup Source3 to help it weed out pirated videos and other content that users share without permission. ... read..


Israel removes Jerusalem metal detectors after cabinet vote
Jerusalem | Tuesday, 2017 11:45:05 AM IST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's security cabinet on Tuesday voted to remove metal detectors from a holy site in Jerusalem and will use less obtrusive surveillance instead. ... read..


Pak Senator stresses on improving ties with India amid soaring tensions
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Stressing on improving ties with India, Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain has said, that New Delhi and Islamabad should have a strategic stake in each other's economic development backed by the political leaderships. ... read..


Relief for India, as U.S. to resume processing cap-exempt H-1B petitions
Washington [USA] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In what can be perceived as a sigh of relief for Indians looking to move to or already reside in the United States, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) notified that it will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions ... read..


U.S. wants to scapegoat Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan: Pak Senator
Washington D.C. [United States] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
With the U.S. identifying Pakistan as one of the "terrorist safe havens", Pakistan Senator Mushahid Hussain has accused the State Department of wanting to scapegoat Pakistan for their failures in Afghanistan. ... read..


Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with smart surveillance
* Placing of metal detectors triggered deadly violence * Israel to invest 28 million dollars in advanced means | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Israel decided today to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City and replace them with smart, less obtrusive surveillance means, a Cabinet statement said. Israel installed metal detectors at entry points ... read..


Gulf Arab states blacklist 9 individuals, 9 organizations -SPA
DUBAI | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain have added nine entities and nine individuals to their individual ban lists because of alleged links to Qatar over terrorism, Saudi's state news agency SPA reported today. The four Arab states, wh ... read..


Israel to replace metal detectors in Jerusalem with less obtrusive surveillance
JERUSALEM | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Israel today decided to remove metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to a holy site in Jerusalem's Old City with other, less obtrusive surveillance means, a cabinet statement said. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet voted to remove the m ... read..


Egypt's Sisi vows to keep up Qatar blockade
CAIRO | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said his government would keep up a blockade of Qatar by four Arab states over charges it supports terrorism, in defiance of international efforts to end the crisis. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain a ... read..


Trump to study tougher Russia sanctions bill -White House
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
President Donald Trump will examine whether a bill toughening sanctions on Russia is offering the "best deal" for the American people, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. "He's going to study that legislation and see what the final product looks ... read..


US judge halts deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals
By Steve Friess DETROIT | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
A federal judge in Michigan halted the deportation of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals from the United States, the latest legal victory for the Iraqi nationals facing deportation in a closely watched case. US District Judge Mark Goldsmith granted a prelimi ... read..


China preparing for potential crisis with North Korea -report
Undated | Tuesday, Jul 25 2017 IST
China is preparing for a potential crisis with North Korea by increasing its defences along their shared border, including establishing a new border brigade and building bunkers for civilians, the Wall Street Journal reported. China has been strengthening ... read..


Microsoft Paint may be 'dead' soon
San Francisco | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:48 AM IST
Microsoft's Windows 10 Fall Creators Update that is expected soon will feature a whole new bunch of tools and features, but it is going to kill the 1985-released image editing feature Microsoft Paint. ... read..


Chinese jet performed 'unsafe' intercept of US Navy plane
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:38 AM IST
A Chinese fighter jet performed an "unsafe" intercept of a US plane while it was flying in international airspace over the East China Sea, according to a defence official. ... read..


US soldier pleads not guilty to terror charges
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:38 AM IST
A US soldier has pleaded not guilty in a federal court to charges of attempting to support the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group. ... read..


Arab states present new list of Qatar-linked terrorists
Riyadh | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:33 AM IST
Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and Egypt on Tuesday presented a new list of nine organisations and nine individuals which they claim are backed by Qatar and allegedly involved in "terrorist activities". ... read..


US suffers third worst wildfire year in decade
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:24 AM IST
Wildfires in the US have made 2017 the country's third most devastating fire year in the past decade, according to official data. ... read..


UAE, US discuss defence, counterterrorism cooperation
Dubai | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:14 AM IST
Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan discussed with a visiting US commander ways to boost cooperation in defence and fighting terrorism. ... read..


Iran urges release of detained citizens in US
Tehran | Tuesday, 2017 11:15:10 AM IST
Iran's Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani urged Washington to "immediately" free Iranian citizens held in the US prisons, media reports said. ... read..


Repeal ObamaCare or 'You're Fired': Trump jokingly warns Price
West Virginia [U.S.A.] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump appeared to joke in his address at the Boy Scouts of America's National Jamboree that he would fire Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price if he fails to scrap Obamacare. ... read..


Maori greeting could be misinterpreted as 'headbutt': UK Foreign Secy
New York [US] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, who has a history being gaffe-prone, joked that the traditional Maori greeting 'hongi', in which people press their foreheads and noses together, could be mistaken for a headbutt. ... read..


Gen Nicholson, Pak Army Chief discuss regional security situation
Rawalpindi [Pakistan] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Commander of the Resolute Support Mission (RSM) and the US Forces in Afghanistan, General John W. Nicholson, on Monday met Pakistan's Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa here. ... read..


Protester tries to get Trump's son in law to sign Russian flag
Washington D.C. [USA] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A protester on Monday tried to get U.S. President Donald Trump's son in law and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner to sign a Russian flag after his meeting with Senate Intelligence Committee staffers on Monday. ... read..


Trump might replace AG Sessions with NYC Mayor Giuliani: Report
Washington D.C. [USA] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump has put forth the possibility of replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. ... read..


Israel to remove metal detectors at Temple Mount
Jerusalem [Israel] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The Israeli Security Cabinet has decided to remove metal detectors, which have aroused a wave of protests among Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, from the Temple Mount compound and replace them with "smart security checks" at the entrance. ... read..


Astonished to watch mass hysteria among US politicians: Russian Foreign Minister
Moscow [Russia] | July 25, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that he is astonished to see how many U.S. politicians are prone to mass hysteria regarding what he termed as "Russophobia." ... read..


US-led airstrike kills 30 civilians in Syria
Damascus | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:04 AM IST
At least 30 civilians were killed when a US-led airstrike hit a prison run by the Islamic State (IS) in Syria's city of Raqqa, ... read..


Saudi to allow Qatari pilgrims despite diplomatic row
Riyadh | Tuesday, 2017 5:15:04 AM IST
Saudi Arabia will allow pilgrims from Qatar to visit the kingdom to perform Umrah or Hajj this year, despite a diplomatic row, media reports said. ... read..


Russia sends forces to bolster ceasefire in Syrian safe zones
Moscow | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:04 AM IST
Russia has sent its military police to monitor the cessation of hostilities in "de-escalation" or safe zones in Syria, the Russian Defence Ministry said. ... read..


Trump asks why nobody is investigating Clinton's Russia links
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump took to social media to ask why congressional committees and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are not investigating the links between the Russian government and "dishonest" Hillary Clinton, his Democratic rival in the 2016 presiden ... read..


Human trafficking tragedy claims 10 lives in US
Washinton | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
One more person has died after more than 30 persons were found in a tractor-trailer parked outside a Walmart in San Antonio in the US state of Texas, making the death toll to 10, officials said. ... read..


Iran calls for close cooperation with Afghanistan on terrorism
Tehran | Tuesday, 2017 1:45:04 AM IST
Iran said security is interlinked in Iran and Afghanistan, and both countries should enhance cooperation to deal with the issue of terrorism in the region, ... read..


UN chief, Iran condemn Kabul terror attack
United Nations/Tehran | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:05 AM IST
Iran's Foreign Ministry and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres strongly condemned a deadly terrorist bomb attack in the Afghan capital of Kabul. ... read..


Italy upset over French diplomatic intervention in Libya
* Rome upset about lack of consultation by France * Opposition accuses government of diplomatic failure * Italy sees little solidarity from pro-EU Macron By Crispian Balmer ROME | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A French diplomatic initiative aimed at resolving Libya's long-running crisis angered Italian officials today, who saw it as another example of newly elected President Emmanuel Macron snubbing Rome. Earlier, France confirmed reports that it would host tal ... read..


Turkey's Erdogan ends Gulf tour with no progress reported on Qatar crisis
DOHA | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Turkey's President Tayyip Erdogan left Qatar today after two days in the Gulf trying to mediate in the worst row among Arab states for years but there was no sign he had made any progress. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt severed ... read..


Namibia relaxes poultry import ban after shortages hit KFC
WINDHOEK | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Namibia has amended a suspension of poultry imports from South Africa, its Directorate of Veterinary Services (DVS) said today, after shortages caused by the ban imposed a month ago. Namibians consume an estimated 2,500 tonnes of chicken each month, but t ... read..


Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests
* President vetoes two out of three judicial reform bills * Says he generally backs reform but not in current form * Reform bills have drawn EU | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Polish President Andrzej Duda today said he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide protests and raised EU and U.S. concerns about a politicisation of the courts. Duda is an ally of the ruling ... read..


Swedish PM calls potential IT leak "disaster" and risk to country
STOCKHOLM | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said today his country and its citizens were exposed to risks by potential leaks of sensitive material from an IT-contract that one official said had been rushed. Lofven told a news conference he regretted he had not b ... read..


Dengue outbreak kills 300 in Sri Lanka, hospitals at limit
COLOMBO | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
An outbreak of dengue virus has killed around 300 people so far this year in Sri Lanka and hospitals are stretched to capacity, health officials said today. They blamed recent monsoon rains and floods that have left pools of stagnant water and rotting rai ... read..


Britain seeking stability, confidence with US after Brexit -UK's Fox
WASHINGTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Britain wants to ensure commercial ties with the United States are not disrupted as it moves out of the European Union, UK trade secretary, Liam Fox, said today before the start of meetings with Trump administration officials in Washington. Fox and his US ... read..


Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest
By Andrew Cawthorne and Anggy Polanco CARACAS | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Venezuela's opposition plastered election centers with slogans and planned to rally in honor of dead protesters today in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress. The unpopular leftist leader is press ... read..


Trump son-in-law details contacts with Russians, denies collusion
By Jeff Mason and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, detailed four meetings he held last year with Russian officials in a statement today in which he also said he "did not collude" with Moscow during the 2016 US election ca ... read..


Turkey drops probe of German firms, but business confidence shaken
* Deputy PM says Turkey "safe haven for foreign investors" * But German companies still wary -chambers of commerce * Germany wants its lawmakers to visit NATO base in Turkey By Paul Carrel BERLIN | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Turkey has dropped a request for Germany to help it investigate hundreds of German companies it said could have links to terrorism, both countires said today, as Ankara sought to limit damage to relations with its biggest export market. Germany has become ... read..


Turkey's Simsek to oversee economy in new cabinet -gov't spokesman
ANKARA | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Mehmet Simsek will have oversight of the economy in the new cabinet, a government spokesman said today, a move that is likely to be welcomed by investors. The former Wall Street banker will oversee economic coordination, bank ... read..


US allows fast processing again for some H-1B visa applications
Undated | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The US government said today it would resume fast processing of H-1B visas requested by institutions of higher education and nonprofit and governmental research organisations, while leaving in place a longer approval time for companies that use the visas. ... read..


Massachusetts top court: State can't comply with immigration detainers
By Scott Malone BOSTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled today. The decision amounts to a rejection of requests by the feder ... read..


Four shot dead, 11 hurt in drug-related Paraguay disco shooting
ASUNCION | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Two men and two women were shot dead early today as they sat in front of a discotheque in the Paraguayan border town of Pedro Juan Caballero, an attack that police said appeared to be related to drug trafficking. The area, which borders the Brazilian town ... read..


Turkey says Israel violating human rights at al-Aqsa mosque
ANKARA | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Turkey said today that Israel was violating human rights at al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and called on global powers to take a unified stance in response. Israel said yesterday it would not remove metal detectors whose installation outside al-Aqsa has trig ... read..


Brokenhearted Linkin Park remember Bennington - and his demons
LOS ANGELES | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
California rock band Linkin Park said today the suicide of frontman Chester Bennington had left them brokenhearted but recalled it was Bennington's demons that had made fans fall in love with the band. In their first statement since Bennington's suicide a ... read..


Russia deploys military police in Syria's Eastern Ghouta
MOSCOW | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Russia deployed its military police in the Eastern Ghouta area east of Damascus today to try to enforce a de-escalation zone it said it had agreed with the Syrian opposition. The Syrian military declared a cessation of hostilities on Saturday in the rebel ... read..


Trump son-in-law denies colluding with Russia
Washington | Monday, 2017 10:15:04 PM IST
Jared Kushner, the senior adviser and son-in-law of US President Donald Trump, has, in a statement sent to the Senate and House Intelligence Committees and published by local media, denied having colluded with Russia during the 2016 presidential election ... read..


Five injured in chainsaw attack in Swiss town of Schaffhausen
Schaffhausen [Switzerland] | July 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Five persons were injured after a man carrying a chainsaw attacked people in an office building in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen on Monday. ... read..


Lahore's Ferozepur blast: Death toll reaches 25
Lahore [Pakistan] | July 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The death toll in Lahore's Ferozepur blast has risen and 25 people have been reportedly killed, said a Pakistani official on Monday. ... read..


Home sweet home: islanders stay put even when the sea invades
* Philippines islanders stay even after subsidence | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Islanders in the Philippines have stayed in their homes even after an earthquake caused subsidence and floods, according to a study today that questions how far global warming will trigger mass migration as sea levels rise. Ice is thawing from Greenland t ... read..


Chainsaw attacker targets insurer in Swiss rampage, still on run
By Arnd Wiegmann SCHAFFHAUSEN | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A chainsaw-wielding loner who mostly lived in the woods stormed into an insurance office in a Swiss town today, wounding two members of staff and three other people before fleeing, police said. Police put the centre of Schaffhausen into lockdown and launc ... read..


Driver due in court in Texas after deaths of 10 smuggled in truck
By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A truck driver was due in federal court today, accused in a suspected human smuggling operation in which 10 people died and dozens more were hospitalized in Texas after being trapped inside a tractor-trailer in sweltering heat. James Mathew Bradley Jr., 6 ... read..


Polish president blocks judiciary reforms after days of protests
* President vetoes two out of three judicial reform bills * Duda says he backs reform | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Polish President Andrzej Duda said today that he would veto two of three bills passed by parliament in a judicial reform that has triggered nationwide street protests and raised EU and US concerns about a politicisation of the courts. Duda is an ally of t ... read..


Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard agree to let him die
By Michael Holden LONDON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The parents of Charlie Gard dropped their legal battle to give the terminally ill British baby further treatment today and will now hold discussions with his London hospital about how he should be allowed to die. Charlie's mother, Connie Yates, who won th ... read..


France's Macron faces grassroots court challenge over party rules
PARIS | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
French President Emmanuel Macron faced the first grassroots revolt from within his own camp today when hundreds of activists asked a court to halt voting on new rules for the political party that helped him win power in May. The challenge came on the heel ... read..


Germany wants more EU sanctions on Russia over Siemens Crimea turbines -sources
By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Germany is urging the European Union to add up to four more Russian nationals and companies to the bloc's sanctions blacklist over Siemens gas turbines delivered to Moscow-annexed Crimea, two sources in Brussels said. The EU has barred its firms from doin ... read..


Chinese jets intercept US surveillance plane - US officials
WASHINGTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted a US Navy surveillance plane over the East China Sea over the weekend, with one coming within about 91 meters of the American aircraft, two US officials told Reuters today. The officials, speaking on the condition of a ... read..


Belarus sees no solution to Ukraine crisis without another summit
LJUBLJANA | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Belarus sees no solution to the crisis between its neighbours Russia and Ukraine without another regional summit, the country's Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei said today. "I believe that for now there are no prospects for a solution to the Ukraine crisis ... read..


Parents of UK baby Charlie Gard end legal battle over treatment
LONDON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The parents of Charlie Gard have ended their legal battle to give the terminally ill British baby further treatment, a lawyer representing the parents said today. The lawyer told London's High Court that time had "run out" for the child. "For Charlie it i ... read..


US EPA chief spent almost half of spring in home state of Oklahoma
By Emily Flitter and Valerie Volcovici Undated | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, was in his home state of Oklahoma on at least 43 of the 92 days of March, April and May, according to copies of his travel records obtained by the Environmental Integrity Project watchdog g ... read..


PM condoles death of UR Rao
New Delhi | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condoled the demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. ''Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten," Mr Modi s ... read..


Right time to launch women's IPL: Mithali Raj
London | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
With the attention women in blue garnered after a terrific show in the just concluded ICC Women's World Cup, held in England, India captain Mithali Raj believes it is the right time to launch women's Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite a spectacul ... read..


IMF forecasts slip in UK economic growth post Brexit
Washington | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The economic performance of the UK will suffer a slip in the aftermath of last June's referendum to exit from the EU, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The UK economy grew by just 0.2 per cent in the first quarter of 2017, making it th ... read..


Sweet shock: Yes... your sweets are shrinking!
London | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
It is bad news for people with a sweet tooth! People, who have been feeling that chocolate bars, drinks' cartons, chips packets, toilet rolls and countless other products have been getting smaller years by years, are right. The Office for National Statis ... read..


Deafening silence at SECP offices as its head held
Islamabad | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
At the SECP offices in Islamabad, there is a deafening silence as Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Zafar Hijazi was taken into custody by the Federal Investigation Agency. Investors at the equity market have little interest ... read..


Suicide bomber in Pakistan's Lahore kills 25, many of them police
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A suicide bomber killed at least 25 people, many of them police, in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today, officials said, an attack which shattered a period of relative calm in Pakistan's second-largest city. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibi ... read..


Israel cites self-defence in Amman embassy shooting
* Two Jordanians | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
An Israeli embassy security guard shot dead a Jordanian who stabbed him with a screwdriver in the Amman mission compound in an incident in which a Jordanian bystander was also killed, Israel said today. The incident last night has tested already tense rel ... read..


Trump son-in-law Kushner denies Russia collusion, president lashes out
By Jeff Mason and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, said today he "did not collude" with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition. In a written statem ... read..


Philippine leader says drugs war 'trivialised' by human rights concerns
* Critics "unjustly blaming" authorities for killings * Duterte says pressure won't deter him * Urges legislators to pass laws on tax | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today promised an unrelenting war on drugs, defying critics who were "trivialising" his campaign with human rights concerns and unjustly blaming the authorities for the bloodshed. Duterte wasted little time in his annu ... read..


Maldives opposition says blocked from entering parliament for impeachment vote
Undated | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Soldiers and police in the Maldives roughed up opposition lawmakers and sprayed pepper today, preventing them from entering parliament to take part in an impeachment vote against the speaker, two opposition leaders said. The opposition is trying to unseat ... read..


Russia plans to create 'de-escalation zone' in Syria's Idlib province -agencies
MOSCOW | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Russia plans to establish a new "de-escalation zone" in the Syrian province of Idlib, Russian news agencies cited the Russian Defence Ministry as saying today. REUTERS RJ 1828 ... read..


Thailand approves 'reconciliation social contract', but some sceptical
BANGKOK | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A reform panel headed by Thai junta chief Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha today approved a "reconciliation social contract", part of a plan aimed at healing years of political division, but critics of the military were not impressed. The military came to ... read..


Just as German election heats up, Merkel takes holiday break
* Merkel's conservatives hold solid poll lead over left * Vacation meant to minimise risk of news that swings polls * Coincides with Germans' cherished summer holiday period By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
With a comfortable lead in opinion polls, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has left the stage for a quiet three-week summer holiday shrouded in secrecy - even though just two months remain before the election. But her mid-campaign vacation - which local me ... read..


Turkish journalists go on trial accused of supporting terrorism
* Cumhuriyet newspaper has long been secularist voice * Staff may face up to 43 years' jail * Part of wider post-coup attempt crackdown By Can Sezer ISTANBUL | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Prominent journalists and other staff at a Turkish opposition newspaper went on trial today accused of supporting a terrorist group, in a case that critics of President Tayyip Erdogan consider attack on free speech. "Journalism is not a crime," chanted se ... read..


Suicide bomber kills 16, many of them police, in Pakistani city of Lahore
By Mubasher Bukhari LAHORE | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
A suicide bomber killed at least 16 people, many of them police, in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today, officials said, shattering a period of relative calm in Pakistan's second-largest city. The blast wrought carnage near the Lahore Technology Pa ... read..


H1N1 virus infects 13 in Myanmar, suspected of killing one
By Wa Lone YANGON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Myanmar called for calm on Monday after 13 people were confirmed to have contracted H1N1 influenza and a boy had died with flu-like symptoms, raising fears of a new outbreak of a virus also known as swine flu. Three cases of H1N1 had been confirmed in M ... read..


Trump son-in-law Kushner: 'I did not collude' with Russia
By Jeff Mason and Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, said on Monday he "did not collude" with Russia and had roughly four meetings with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign and presidential transition. In a writte ... read..


Death toll from Pakistan blast rises to 11- rescue service
LAHORE | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The death toll from an explosion in eastern Pakistani city of Lahore has risen to 11, a rescue service official said, in a blast near a popular vegetable market in central Lahore. "We are confirming 11 people are dead and 20 are wounded," said Jam Sajja ... read..


Chinese capital shuts major road during rare protest
BEIJING | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Beijing police shut down part of a major road on Monday as they dealt with a rare protest in the Chinese capital, with demonstrators gathering to complain the government had unfairly accused a company they say helps the poor of pyramid selling. While ... read..


After disapproval, award-winning Singapore cartoonist gets official congrats
SINGAPORE | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Singapore officials today congratulated the cartoonist who swept the international comic industry's "Oscars", having withdrawn his grant two years ago for portraying the country's history in a very different way to the version taught at school. Sonny Li ... read..


Two killed in blast in Pakistani city of Lahore - rescue service
LAHORE | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
An explosion killed two people and wounded 19 in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore today, a rescue service spokesman said, but it was not clear what caused the blast. "We can confirm that it's an explosion. Two people are dead so far," said Jam Sajja ... read..


Digital revolution: student touts prosthetic third thumb
LONDON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
"I've only got one pair of hands", is the refrain of overworked office staff or stressed parents everywhere. But now a design student is suggesting that it could be possible to have more, with a prosthetic third thumb to aid productivity. The thumb is ... read..


UK government to discuss Brexit implementation period later this year- minister
BIRMINGHAM | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Britain's business minister said the government will discuss later this year how a transitional period after Brexit might work, a key demand for businesses worried about a cliff-edge exit at the end of two-year talks in March 2019. Many companies have u ... read..


Signal fault strands commuters to UK's busiest rail station
By Emma Rumney LONDON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Tens of thousands of London commuters travelling to Britain's busiest rail station were stranded on Monday after a signalling fault brought services to a standstill. Operator South West Trains advised passengers not to even attempt to travel into Waterl ... read..


Iran says ambassador to remain in Kuwait despite row
DUBAI | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Iran on Monday denied reports that Kuwait had expelled its ambassador, saying it would maintain a dialogue with the Gulf Arab state after a diplomatic row over Tehran's alleged links to a "spy and terror" cell. Iranian and Kuwaiti media reported on Thur ... read..


Iraqi foreign minister not sure about fate of 39 missing Indians
New Delhi [India] | July 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Iraq Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Monday he was not sure about fate of 39 missing Indians, who were held captive by Islamic State in Mosul. ... read..


Two killed, several injured in blast near Lahore's Ferozepur Road
Lahore [Pakistan] | July 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
At least two people were killed and several others injured in an explosion near the Arfa Karim IT Tower on Ferozepur Road of Lahore on Monday. ... read..


Former party boss of China's Chongqing under investigation
BEIJING | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
The former Communist Party boss of one of China's most important cities, the southwestern megalopolis of Chongqing, is under investigation for "suspected serious violations of discipline", the party's anti-corruption watchdog said on Monday. Sun Zhengca ... read..


Venezuela crisis enters pivotal week, Maduro foes protest
By Andrew Cawthorne CARACAS | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Venezuela's opposition planned to plaster election centers with banners and rally in honor of dead protesters on Monday in a final week-long push to force President Nicolas Maduro into aborting a controversial congress. The unpopular leftist leader is ... read..


Iran top judge demands U.S. release assets, jailed Iranians
DUBAI | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
Iran's top judge called on the United States on Monday to release Iranians held in U.S. jails and billions of dollars in Iranian assets, days after Washington urged Tehran to free three U.S. citizens. The statement by Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani capped a w ... read..


Hezbollah says battle with Nusra Front almost won at Syria-Lebanon border
By John Davison BEIRUT | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Hezbollah said on Monday its battle with Nusra Front jihadists at the Syria-Lebanon border was almost over and urged remaining insurgents in the area to give up, pressing its campaign to take their last foothold at the frontier. With the Nusra Front a ... read..


At least five hurt in rampage in Swiss town of Schaffhausen
ZURICH | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
At least five people were hurt, two of them seriously, in an attack by an unidentified man in the Swiss town of Schaffhausen on Monday, police said. Police gave no more details of the attack, which prompted them to seal off the centre of the town on the ... read..


Golf's greats salute Spieth's British Open triumph
LONDON | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Golf's greatest names hailed Jordan Spieth's dramatic triumph at the British Open at Royal Birkdale on Sunday as the new champion savoured his victory by swigging from the Claret Jug trophy. Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player, the three surviv ... read..


Erdogan gambling with centuries-old ties to Germany -Schaeuble
By Paul Carrel BERLIN | Monday, Jul 24 2017 IST
- Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan is putting at risk vital and long-established relations with Germany, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said in an interview published on Monday. Relations, already strained over Erdogan's security crackdown since a ... read..


Kushner denies colluding with Russians before Senate questioning
Washington | Monday, 2017 5:15:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior White House adviser Jared Kushner said on Monday that neither he nor any member of the Trump campaign team colluded with Russian officials over the 2016 US presidential election. ... read..


Death toll in Kabul Suicide Bombing rises to 24
Kabul [Afghanistan] | July 24, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The death toll in Kabul suicide car bomb blast has risen to 24. ... read..


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