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Palestinians, Israeli troops clash in West Bank
West Bank | Saturday, 2018 1:45:04 AM IST
Palestinian protesters came into confrontation here on Friday with Israeli troops deployed in this important West Bank city, media reports said. ... read..


Leaders approve Prince Charles to succeed queen as Commonwealth head
LONDON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Britain's Prince Charles was approved as the successor to Queen Elizabeth as head of the Commonwealth at a meeting of the group's heads of government on Friday. "We recognise the role of the queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples," the Com ... read..


Myanmar minister says conditions in Rohingya refugee camps "very poor"
By Shoon Naing YANGON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A Myanmar minister expressed concerns on Thursday about "very poor conditions" in Rohingya refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, and said repatriation of the Muslim minority should start as soon as possible due to the coming monsoon season. The Unite ... read..


Democratic Party sues Russia, Trump campaign for allegedly disrupting 2016 election
WASHINGTON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Democratic Party filed suit against Russia, President Donald Trump's campaign and WikiLeaks on Friday, charging that they conspired to disrupt the 2016 U.S. presidential election campaign, a court filing showed. The party alleges in the federal lawsu ... read..


Ahead of Malaysian polls, bots flood Twitter with pro-government messages
By A. Ananthalakshmi KUALA LUMPUR | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a U.S. digital media research ins ... read..


Erdogan's shock election call brings cherished powers within reach
By Dominic Evans and David Dolan ISTANBUL | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Tayyip Erdogan's shock announcement of snap elections in June has caught Turkey's troubled opposition off guard and brought him within reach of his cherished goal, a powerful presidency with sweeping executive powers. The elections will finally trigger T ... read..


Swedish Academy admits names of Nobel prizewinners were leaked
STOCKHOLM | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Swedish Academy, which picks the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature, acknowledged on Friday that names of some previous prize winners had been leaked in advance and it pledged to redraw the ancient rules governing how it functions. It also said ... read..


Modi arrives in Germany
Berlin | Friday, 2018 11:15:04 PM IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here from Britain here on Friday on the third and last leg of his three-nation tour of Europe. ... read..


Narendra Modi leaves for Germany
London, [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday left for Germany from London's Heathrow Airport. ... read..


Iraq resumes payments of Gulf War reparations to Kuwait
GENEVA/BAGHDAD | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Iraq resumed paying Kuwait compensation on Friday for the destruction of Kuwaiti oil fields and facilities during the 1990-91 Gulf War, the United Nations said in Geneva in a prepared statement. The payment had been suspended since October 2014 because o ... read..


New Zealand PM wears Maori cloak to Buckingham Palace
London | Friday, 2018 9:15:05 PM IST
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has created a sartorial stir by donning a traditional Maori coat to meet British Queen Elizabeth II during this week's Commonwealth heads of government meeting. ... read..


Iran vows to retaliate if US withdraws nuke deal
Tehran | Friday, 2018 8:45:04 PM IST
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Friday that Tehran has a variety of countermeasures if Washington decides to pull out of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal. ... read..


Charles to head Commonwealth
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Commonwealth leaders on Friday agreed that Prince Charles will become the next head of the organisation after Queen Elizabeth II, reports here said. The role is not hereditary, but the Queen, who turns 92 on Saturday, used the Commonwealth heads of govern ... read..


Turkish parliament approves holding snap elections on June 24
ANKARA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Turkey's parliament approved on Friday a proposal to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on June 24, more than a year ahead of schedule, after President Tayyip Erdogan said they should be held early. Parliamentarians from the opposition pro-Kur ... read..


Romania govt supports moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, president concerned
By Luiza Ilie BUCHAREST | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Romania's government has backed moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, drawing a warning from the president - who has the final say - that the move could break international law. Romania would be one of the first countries to relocate its embassy fol ... read..


2 Palestinians killed in clashes with Israeli soldiers
Gaza | Friday, 2018 8:15:05 PM IST
Two Palestinians were killed and over 40 injured on Friday during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers near the border between eastern Gaza Strip and Israel, medics said. ... read..


Putin ready to meet Trump: Russia
Moscow | Friday, 2018 8:15:05 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to meet his US counterpart Donald Trump following an invitation by the latter, but Moscow is waiting for a detailed proposal, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday. ... read..


Alabama executes 83-year-old serial bomber
Washington | Friday, 2018 8:15:05 PM IST
Authorities in the US state of Alabama have executed an 83-year-old man found guilty of murdering a judge and a lawyer with bomb attacks in 1989. ... read..


Sikh woman weds Lahore man, converts to Islam
Lahore [Pakistan] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A Sikh woman pilgrim from Punjab's Hoshiarpur district has reportedly married a Lahore-based Pakistani and has converted into Islam. ... read..


Prince Charles to be next head of Commonwealth
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Prince Charles will be the next head of the Commonwealth, succeeding, his mother Queen Elizabeth. ... read..


Israeli troops kill two Palestinians in fourth week of protests
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians and wounded 12 in renewed unrest on the Gaza-Israel border on Friday as a series of protests in the enclave reached its half-way mark. Some Palestinians brought wire-cutters to cut through the border fence. As th ... read..


Students to walk out across United States in call for gun reform
By Keith Coffman LITTLETON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Thousands of students across the United States will mark the 19th anniversary of the massacre at Columbine High School on Friday by walking out of classes, in a show of unity intended to put pressure on politicians to enact tighter gun restrictions. Stud ... read..


Kyrgyzstan's parliament names new prime minister
BISHKEK | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Kyrgyzstan's parliament named Mukhammedkaliy Abylgaziyev prime minister on Friday after his nomination by the Social Democratic party which leads the ruling coalition. Abylgaziyev, previously chief of staff in President Sooronbai Jeenbekov's office, repla ... read..


Italy's Berlusconi turns on 5-Star, urges government deal with left
By Crispian Balmer ROME | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi branded the 5-Star Movement a danger for Italy on Friday, killing off any lingering chance of a coalition tie-up between his rightist bloc and the anti-establishment party. Berlusconi and his allies, including the f ... read..


German police defuse WW2 bomb after evacuating central Berlin
BERLIN | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Bomb disposal experts defused a World War Two bomb in Berlin on Friday after evacuating an area in the heart of Berlin including the central train station, a hospital and the Economy Ministry. The 500-kg British bomb was discovered during building work th ... read..


Facebook's damage limitation drive hits trouble in Germany
By Hans-Edzard Busemann and Douglas Busvine BERLIN/FRANKFURT | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Facebook's attempt to limit fallout from a massive data breach hit trouble in Germany on Friday as a privacy watchdog opened a case against the social network and politicians accused its bosses of evasion. The social network has been at the centre of cont ... read..


Congo Republic says agrees deal with IMF - statement
ABIDJAN | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Congo Republic said on Friday it had negotiated an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to support its debt-crippled economy. Like other Central African oil producing countries, Congo has been hit by low crude prices. While several neighbo ... read..


Illegal gold miners invade Grace Mugabe's farm amid legal dispute
By Philemon Bulawayo MAZOWE | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A farm owned by Robert Mugabe's wife Grace is at the centre of a legal dispute after hundreds of illegal gold miners invaded parts of the property and started mining gold. A Reuters photographer saw hundreds of illegal miners digging for gold at the Smit ... read..


Porsche's head of powertrain development arrested, source says
HAMBURG | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
German police arrested the head of powertrain development at Volkswagen's Porsche business and are holding him on remand because he is considered a flight risk, a person familiar with the matter said on Friday. The arrest of Joerg Kerner was related to on ... read..


Ships don't want to stop at Chinese run Hambantota
Colombo [Sri Lanka] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka in which China has a 70 percent stake, is being seen by shipping analysts and other experts as a virtual white elephant because most ships passing through the Indian Ocean don't stop to unload their cargo. ... read..


Trump won't attend Barbara Bush's funeral
Washington | Friday, 2018 6:15:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump will not attend Saturday's funeral service for former First Lady Barbara Bush to "avoid disruptions" and out of respect for her family as well as friends, the White House has said. ... read..


Basque group ETA apologizes to victims ahead of dissolution
San Sebastian | Friday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
Basque separatist group ETA on Friday apologized to the victims of its decades-long conflict for independence, just days before an expected announcement of its dissolution. ... read..


Sheikh Hasina makes it to Time's list of 100 most influential people
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made it to the list of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people of 2018. ... read..


4 Saudi officers shot dead
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
At least four Saudi officers have been shot dead and four others have been wounded in an attack on a police check point in Saudi Arabia's Asir province. ... read..


Pak Police arrests three Chinese
Islamabad [Pakistan] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Islamabad Police and Airport Security Force (ASF) officials have confirmed the arrest of three Chinese for filming the recently constructed Islamabad Airport with the help of a drone. ... read..


PM Modi arrives at Windsor Castle to attend CHOGM
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday arrived at Windsor Castle to attend the 25th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). ... read..


Kimono set to represent 196 nations at Tokyo Games
Tokyo | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A project is under way to create kimono illustrating the culture of each of 196 countries including Japan, aiming to showcase them at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, a Jiji Press report has said. A long-sleeved kimono with an obi belt, representi ... read..


Trump slams OPEC, says will not accept high oil prices
WASHINGTON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday criticized OPEC for rising oil prices that he said were being artificially raised and would not be accepted, as oil prices appeared set for a second consecutive week of gains. "Looks like OPEC is at it again. With rec ... read..


Person to person: North and South Korea get neighbourly with direct hot line
By Heekyong Yang and Hyonhee Shin SEOUL | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Diplomatic foes North and South Korea installed a direct phone line between their leaders on Friday as they prepare for the first summit since 2007 - and the connection was great, the South's presidential office said. South Korea's presidential Blue House ... read..


Britain wants Zimbabwe back in the Commonwealth
By William James LONDON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Britain said on Friday it would strongly support Zimbabwe's re-entry to the Commonwealth and praised President Emmerson Mnangagwa for impressive progress since Robert Mugabe was toppled in a military coup. Zimbabwe left the Commonwealth network of 53 most ... read..


UK apologises for torn India flag in anti-Modi protests
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The UK has apologised after the Indian flag in London's Parliament Square was torn down amid protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. "While people have the right to hold peaceful protests, we are disappointed with the action taken by a smal ... read..


Miguel Diaz-Canel elected Cuba's new President, promises continuity
Havana | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Cuban Parliament has elected Miguel Diaz-Canel as the country's new president for a term of five years. He replaces Raul Castro who concluded two consecutive terms in office. The 1960 born Diaz-Canel, an electronics engineer and management post gradua ... read..


Kathmandu airport closed after jet skids off runway
Kathmandu | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Kathmandu airport was closed Friday after a Malaysian jet with 139 people on board aborted its takeoff and skidded off the runway, officials said. Nobody was hurt in the incident but incoming flights to the Nepali capital were diverted while authorities t ... read..


China challenges Aus warships in South China Sea
Canberra | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has asserted the right of the Australian navy to travel the South China Sea, after local media reported three Australian warships were challenged by the Chinese navy earlier this month. As the three vessels trave ... read..


Nawaz wants to spend more time with ailing wife
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Deposed Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has expressed the desire to spend more time with his wife, Kulsoom Nawaz, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment here. Talking to the Dunya News in London on Thursday, Nawaz Sharif said that his wife ... read..


Bulgaria 14th Euro-country to join eHealth coop for data sharing
Brussels | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Bulgaria has become the 14th country to sign the European Declaration on linking genomic databases across borders that will improve understanding and prevention of disease, allowing for more personalised treatments, in particular for rare diseases, cancer ... read..


Latest agri-food trade figures: positive trade balance for EU
Brussels | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The latest monthly trade report shows that the EU trade balance in February 2018 for agri-food products increased to a surplus of 1.7-billion, compared to a surplus of 1.3-billion in February last year. The report, published on Thursday, says the h ... read..


Breakthrough discovery in cancer research funded by EU
Brussels | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Researchers at the Universit libre de Bruxelles (ULB), funded by grants from the European Research Council (ERC), have taken a big leap forward in cancer research. According to an European Commission press release here on Thursday, the research team le ... read..


EC proposes signature and conclusion of Japan, Singapore agreements
Strasbourg | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The European Commission has presented the outcome of negotiations for the Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan and the trade and investment agreements with Singapore to the European Council. The outcome of negotiations was presented on Wednesday. Th ... read..


UN rights experts urge Iran to annul death sentence against prisoner
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A group of United Nations human rights experts have called on Iran to annul the death sentence against a prisoner citing serious concerns that he was tortured in detention and did not receive a fair trial. In a news release on Wednesday, the experts said ... read..


Mosquito-packed drones ready to join fight against Zika
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Robotics may soon be a critical ally in the fight against disease-spreading bugs, a United Nations agency has said after a successful test releasing sterile mosquitos from aerial drones as part of efforts to suppress the insect that spreads Zika and other ... read..


UN pays tribute to 140 fallen staff members from 42 nations
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Were it not for the sacrifices of United Nations peacekeepers, humanitarians and other personnel, the people who needed urgent support in the most difficult and dangerous environments would have experienced greater suffering, the top UN official has said ... read..


UN Mission chief calls Colombia's elections clear step forward
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
In a milestone exercise that "transited the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) from weapons to politics," last month's congressional elections drew millions of Colombians to the polls amid a trend towards a reduction of electoral violence, t ... read..


UN Ombudsperson solves problems in 'cloak of confidentiality'
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Sometimes sparks can fly in the crossroads between creativity and conflict. For this reason, the United Nations has an Ombudsperson, who helps guide friction into productive solutions. "When talented and diverse groups function together they produce rich ... read..


Liberia: SC seeks study of role played by UN mission in conflict resolution
United Nations | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Commending the remarkable achievements made by the people and Government of Liberia to consolidate lasting peace and stability in the wake of a 1999-2003 civil war, the Security Council has asked the United Nations Secretary-General to conduct a study of ... read..


"Exorcist" director Friedkin films the real thing in documentary
By Philip Pullella ROME | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
William Friedkin, director of the 1973 classic film "The Exorcist", is dealing with the devil again but don't expect more twisting heads, levitating beds or spurts of green vomit. That was fiction. This time, it's the real thing with no special effects bu ... read..


Kremlin: U.S. is making it hard for Aeroflot crews to get visas
MOSCOW | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Kremlin said on Friday that the United States was deliberately making it difficult for Aeroflot crews to obtain U.S. visas and that it was concerned by the situation. "This is a deliberate creation of difficulties that lies fully and squarely on the c ... read..


Burundi replaces foreign minister with ex-head of ruling party youth wing
NAIROBI | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza replaced his foreign minister with the former head of the ruling party's youth wing less than a month before a constitutional referendum that could keep him in power until 2034. Nkurunziza's office said in a statement ... read..


Three defense witnesses to testify in Cosby sex assault retrial
By David DeKok NORRISTOWN | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Three witnesses are expected to testify on Friday for the defense in the trial against comedian Bill Cosby, who is accused of drugging and sexual assaulting a former friend more than a decade ago. Andrea Constand, 45, contends the former star of "The Cosb ... read..


Philippines decries European Parliament's 'interference'
By Enrico Dela Cruz MANILA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Philippines has denounced what it called interference in its internal affairs by the European Parliament, which urged the Southeast Asian country to end "extrajudicial killings" and halt plans to bring back the death penalty. Philippine police have ki ... read..


Teary-eyed, hundreds search through rubble in devastated Philippines city
By Karen Lema MARAWI CITY | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Surrounded by the ruins of homes they fled nearly a year ago, many residents of war-torn Marawi City in the Philippines were in tears when they briefly returned this week and sifted through rubble to salvage any possessions they could find. The Muslim-maj ... read..


Seoul, Pyongyang set up direct Moon-Kim hotline
Seoul | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Seoul and Pyongyang on Friday set up a telephone line between their leaders, enabling direct dialogue between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un who are also set to meet in person next week. ... read..


Syria sends back France's Legion of Honour for Assad
Damascus | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
Syria has returned to France the top Lgion d'honneur presented to President Bashar al-Assad in 2001, saying he would not wear the award of a country that was a "slave" to the US. ... read..


Syria returns 'Legion d'honneur' to France
Damascus [Syria] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Syria has returned France the prestigious Legion d'honneur that it gave to President Bashar al-Assad in 2001. ... read..


CW Summit: Queen hopes Prince Charles will succeed her
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Queen has appealed to Commonwealth leaders to appoint her son, Prince Charles, to succeed her as their head, according to a BBC News report. She said it was her "sincere wish" that Prince Charles takes over "one day", as she opened the Commonwealth He ... read..


SA Prez leaves Commonwealth summit to deal with protests
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has cut short his attendance at the Commonwealth summit here to deal with violent protests at home, according to a BBC News report on Friday. Clashes have taken place in North West province where protesters are dema ... read..


Cliff privacy case: BBC reporter praised for breaking raid story
London | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A leading BBC executive praised the reporter who broke the news of a police raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house. Fran Unsworth, who this year became the BBC's director of news and current affairs, sent the message to the reporter Dan Johnson after the broad ... read..


Comey memos detailing conversations of Trump meetings published
Washington | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Detailed notes by former FBI director James Comey documenting his conversations with US President Donald Trump have been published, a BBC News report said on Friday. The memos cover Mr Trump's concerns about a lurid intelligence dossier and also go into t ... read..


Russia's Novak: OPEC and non-OPEC states may ease oil output cuts in 2018 - TASS
MOSCOW | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Friday that OPEC and non-OPEC countries may ease oil production cuts as early as this year, TASS news agency reported. He also said that it was too early to talk about the format of cooperation between OPEC ... read..


Russia: US strikes remove moral hurdles for S-300 missiles for Assad - RIA
MOSCOW | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
U.S. military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday, according to RIA state ... read..


Austria says will bar Turkish politicians from campaigning on its soil
VIENNA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Austria's right-wing coalition government, which is strongly opposed to Turkey joining the European Union, will bar Turkish politicians from campaigning on its territory ahead of June elections in Turkey, the chancellor has said. Turkish President Tayyip ... read..


Cambodian man kills ex-wife then commits suicide live on Facebook
PHNOM PENH | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A Cambodian man murdered his ex-wife and then jumped off a bridge in a suicide that he broadcast live on Facebook, police said on Friday, in the first such case reported in the country. Facebook is the social media platform of choice for Cambodians. Nearl ... read..


Syrian army bombards south Damascus enclave
By Angus McDowall BEIRUT | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Syrian army bombarded jihadists in the last area outside government control near Damascus on Friday, as President Bashar al-Assad accelerated his push to retake remaining enclaves. On state television, large puffs of smoke could be seen appearing sudd ... read..


Police evacuate central Berlin to defuse WW2 bomb, disrupting transport
BERLIN | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Police evacuated an area in the heart of Berlin on Friday that includes the central train station, the Economy Ministry and a major museum as bomb disposal experts prepared to defuse a World War Two bomb. German rail operator Deutsche Bahn said it expecte ... read..


South Sudan's army chief General James Ajongo has died - govt spokesman
JUBA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
South Sudan's army chief General James Ajongo died in Cairo on Friday following a short illness, government spokesman Michael Makuei Lueth said. "It is with a heavy heart that I announce the untimely death of Gen. James Ajongo Madut, SPLA army's chief of ... read..


Britain says will protect Northern Ireland's place in UK internal market
LONDON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Britain said on Friday it would protect Northern Ireland's place in the UK internal market, following a newspaper report that the European Union had rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's proposals for avoiding a hard border in the province. "We will prote ... read..


Philippine govt to ask court for extra time to produce drug war records
MANILA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
The Philippine government will ask the Supreme Court for more time to answer its order to hand over records of thousands of deadly encounters in its war on drugs, and will not comply until the president agrees, the national police chief said on Friday. Th ... read..


China says had "professional" encounter with Australian warships in SChina Sea
By Philip Wen and Sonali Paul BEIJING/MELBOURNE | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Chinese and Australian naval vessels had an "encounter" in the South China Sea this week, and China acted professionally and lawfully, its defence ministry said, rejecting reports China challenged Australian warships. The Australian Defence Department con ... read..


Russia says hard to know if Syria's borders will remain as they are - Ifax
MOSCOW | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Friday Russia did not know how the situation in Syria would evolve in terms of the country maintaining its territorial integrity, the Interfax news agency reported. "We don't know how the situation is going t ... read..


German politics split over diesel refit burden
FRANKFURT | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is asking carmakers to tell him how they plan to complete by the end of the year software upgrades on diesel vehicles to reduce emissions, he told a newspaper. "I am pushing for the promised 5.3 million cars to re ... read..


Myanmar policeman describes "trap" to arrest Reuters reporter
By Shoon Naing and Antoni Slodkowski YANGON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A Myanmar police chief ordered officers to "trap" a Reuters reporter arrested in December, telling them to meet the journalist at a restaurant and give him "secret documents", prosecution witness Police Captain Moe Yan Naing told a court on Friday. Moe Ya ... read..


Wenger to leave Arsenal at end of season - club statement
LONDON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will leave the club at the end of season, the Frenchman said in a statement issued by the Premier League club on Friday. "After careful consideration and following discussions with the club, I feel it is the right time for me ... read..


China defends Pakistan against Modi's 'terror export factory' remark
Beijing | Friday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
China on Friday defended Pakistan against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remark that Islamabad was a "terror export factory", saying the country must be supported in the fight against "terrorism". ... read..


One dies in London care home blaze
London | Friday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
A woman has died after a massive fire ripped through a care home in northeast London on Friday. ... read..


Architect's popular elephant-shaped hedges helping UK Charity
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
London-based architect Tim Bushe has found a novel way to attract funds for charity that is looking after his ailing sister and others. ... read..


In election year, Pak's 'Deep State' closing in
New Delhi [India] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The dynasts of Pakistan are at play again now that the election season has begun. The main players of this drama are the Dynasts of Jat Umra, the home of the Nawaz Sharif dynasty and the dynasts of Larkana, the home of Sindhi Wadera Asif Zardari, and his ... read..


Nepal's airport shut after Malaysian plane skids off runway
Kathmandu [Nepal] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Nepal's only international airport on Friday remained shut after a Kuala Lumpur-bound Malaysian airline Malindo Air flight skidded off the runway. ... read..


4 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul [Afghanistan] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
At least four Taliban militants have been killed in a night raid conducted by the Special Operations Forces of the Afghan Intelligence, National Directorate of Security (NDS), in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province. ... read..


Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border
GAZA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Israel dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach its border fence as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier. Thousands of Palestinians were expected to gather along the Israel-Gaza border, as they ... read..


MEA expects action over Indian flag-burning incident
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday expressed displeasure over India's national flag-burning incident at London's Parliament Square on April 18, and said that they expected a legal action against the people who were involved in it. ... read..


Queen reveals wish for son Prince Charles to lead Commonwealth
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Queen Elizabeth II has voiced her wish for her son Prince Charles to succeed her as the leader of the Commonwealth nations. ... read..


No bilateral meet with Pak in London, confirms MEA
London [United Kingdom] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar on Thursday reiterated that no meeting between India and Pakistan on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) took place here. ... read..


Former NYC mayor to join Trump's legal team
New York [U.S.A] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani will join the legal team defending United States President Donald Trump in the special counsel's Russia investigation. ... read..


Trump asks FBI to clarify he wasn't under investigation over Russia ties
Washington D.C. [United States] | April 20, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump had asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to clarify to the public that he was not under any investigation over the alleged contacts of Russia with the member of his presidential campaign. ... read..


Hungary PM Orban says expects ongoing fight over migration
BUDAPEST | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Friday said he expects his conflict with the liberal ideology of U.S. financier George Soros' Open Society Foundations (OSF) to continue despite the organisation's decision to leave the country. "You might understa ... read..


About 40 slightly injured in Austrian train accident - police
VIENNA | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Two passenger trains were involved in a crash while being coupled together at the main station in the Austrian city of Salzburg early on Friday, and up to 40 people were slightly injured, police said. One train slammed too hard into another from Zurich as ... read..


German minister calls for diesel software upgrades by yr-end - Sueddeutsche
FRANKFURT | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
German transport minister Andreas Scheuer is asking carmakers to tell him how they plan to complete by the end of the year outstanding software upgrades on diesel vehicles to reduce emissions, he told a newspaper. "I am pushing for the promised 5.3 millio ... read..


Woman dies in fire at care home in northeast London
LONDON | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
A woman died in a fire at a care home for people with learning disabilities in northeast London on Friday. The fire broke out at 0114 GMT and 12 people fled the three-storey building. "Sadly, a woman was confirmed dead at the scene," the London Fire Briga ... read..


PwC had cleared Facebook's privacy practices in leak period
Undated | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
Facebook Inc's privacy practices were cleared by auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in an assessment completed last year of the period in which data analytics consultancy Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal data of millions of Facebook ... read..


French police evacuate occupied Paris university site
PARIS | Friday, Apr 20 2018 IST
French police swooped before dawn on Friday to clear out around 100 people who had occupied a Paris university premises in protest against student admissions rules. It was one of a dozen blockaded campus sites in the country and the clear-out was accompan ... read..


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