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PM’s three nation tour: Modi leaves for Brussels

NEW DELHI(ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday left for Brussels for the first leg of his three nation tour of Belgium, United States and Saudi Arabia. This will be Prime Minister Modi’s first official visit to Belgium. Prime Minister is also expected to sign several agreements with European Union …

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Taj Mahal’s minaret pinnacle suffers damage, ASI being blamed

NEW DELHI: One of the minarets of India’s world famous monument Taj Mahal is reportedly damaged. While reports suggest that the minarets might have been affected during the ongpoing cleaning work, the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has blamed monkeys for weakening it. As per a Hindustan Times report, the …

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50 Nusra Front terrorists cross into Syria via Turkey: Russia

Russia says 50 terrorists belonging to al-Qaeda’s Syrian branch, al-Nusra Front, have crossed Turkey’s border into Syria. According to Press TV, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement, citing local witnesses, on Monday that the terrorists and three vehicles loaded with ammunition crossed “from the territory of Turkey” into …

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China Blocks Activist’s Trip to US for ‘Women of Courage’ Award

STATE DEPARTMENT— U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry recognized 14 women from around the globe with International Women of Courage awards Tuesday for their leadership in advocating for justice, human rights, democracy, gender equality and women’s empowerment. One of those honored, human rights activist Ni Yulan of China, was barred …

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Ayatollah Khamenei pardons, commutes sentences of convicts

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has pardoned or commuted the sentences of a number of convicts behind bars after a request by the Iranian Judiciary. According to Press TV, in response to a letter by Iran’s Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani, the Leader agreed to …

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WHO Urges Stronger Regulations on Vaccines in China

BEIJING— China needs to more closely regulate the market for private vaccines within its borders, the World Health Organization said Tuesday after authorities broke up a massive illegal drug ring earlier this month. Police in China arrested more than 130 people allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade after the …

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Unable to sell cattle, Indian farmers have a beef with Modi’s BJP

NEW DELHI: A ban on the sale of cattle for slaughter in India’s richest state is threatening to push millions of farmers into penury, deepening distress in the countryside and fanning resentment against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party. Slaughter of cows, considered sacred in Hinduism, has historically been banned …

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Al Jazeera Lays Off About 10% of Workforce

Qatar’s state-owned Al Jazeera says it is laying off about 500 jobs worldwide, the latest spending cutback for the Gulf state that has suffered from plummeting oil prices. Most of the layoffs will affect the broadcaster’s Doha headquarters, according to an Al Jazeera statement that described the move as a …

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