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Latest NewsIndia voices concern over China-Pak Economic Corridor
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India voices concern over
China-Pak Economic Corridor
Beijing, April 15 - India today voiced its concern to China over its plan to build a multi-billion dollar Economic Corridor to Pakistan through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), even as it assured Beijing of its commitment to consolidate strategic bilateral ties.
"We have raised this issue and raised our concerns not (only) this time, we have made them known earlier. They have noted our concerns," Foreign Secretary Sujatha Si [ ... ]

Latest NewsTrial of ex-Gaddafi officials begins in Libya, sons absent
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Trial of ex-Gaddafi officials begins
in Libya, sons absent
Tripoli, April 15 - Libyan prosecutors opened the trial of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi's sons and more than two dozen of his ex-officials on Monday in a major test for the North African state's transition to a democracy.
Gaddafi's sons Saadi Gaddafi and Saif al-Islam did not appear in the courtroom at Tripoli's Al-Hadba prison, but the deposed ruler's ex-spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi was among the former senior officials sitti [ ... ]

Latest NewsPro-Russian rebels seize police building, airport in east Ukraine
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Pro-Russian rebels seize police
building, airport in east Ukraine
Ukraine President threatens military operation as unrest grows

Horlivka, April 15 - A pro-Russian mob today seized a police building and gun men took control of a military airport in Russian-leaning eastern Ukraine, defying government warnings that it was preparing to act against the separatists.
Dozens of angry men hurled rocks, smashed the windows and broke into a police station in the city of Horlivka not far from the  [ ... ]

Latest News71 killed in twin Nigeria blasts
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71 killed in twin Nigeria blasts
Islamists suspected in deadliest bombing of capital city Abuja in two years

Abuja, April 15 - Twin blasts today at a bus station on the outskirts of Nigeria's capital crammed with morning commuters killed 71 persons and injured 124 others, the police said.
"We have a total of 71 dead and 124 others injured. (The wounded) are receiving treatment at hospitals within and around" Abuja, national police spokesman Frank Mba told journalists at the scene [ ... ]

Latest News11 dead in Chile blaze; 500 homes destroyed
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11 dead in Chile blaze;
500 homes destroyed
Valparaiso, April 14 - At least 11 persons have died in a huge fire in Chile's port city of Valparaiso famous for its UNESCO-listed historic centre, officials said today.
The blaze, which started in woodland near the city on Saturday and whose cause is under investigation, destroyed 500 homes and forced the evacuation of more than 5,000.
"So far, there are at least 11 fatalities from the fire," police official Colonel Fernando Bywate [ ... ]

Latest NewsThousands march in Paris, Rome against austerity
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Thousands march in Paris,
Rome against austerity
Paris/Rome, April 14 - Tens of thousands of people took part in protests in central Paris and Rome on Saturday organised by hard-Left parties against government economic reform plans and austerity measures.
The protest in Rome turned violent when a large splinter group, many wearing masks and helmets, threw rocks, eggs, firecrackers and oranges at riot police in front of the industry ministry.
The Riot police with batons charged the group [ ... ]

Latest NewsTake bold steps to check carbon emissions: UN climate chief
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Take bold steps to check carbon
emissions: UN climate chief
Berlin, April 14 - The UN climate chief today called on governments to take bold steps to tame carbon emissions after a landmark report said the worldwide aim to limit global warming was still attainable.
“The world can still combat climate change but only if nations raise their collective ambition to achieve a carbon-neutral world in the second half of the century,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of t [ ... ]

Latest NewsAbdullah leads Ghani in first results of Afghan vote
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Abdullah leads Ghani in first
results of Afghan vote
Kabul, April 14 - Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading his closest rival Ashraf Ghani in the Afghan presidential election, the country's Independent Election Commission (IEC) said today.
"Today we announce the partial results of 26 provinces with 10 per cent of votes counted," said Yousuf Nuristani, the IEC chief.
"With 500,000 votes from 26 provinces Dr Abdullah is leading with 41.9 per cent; Dr Ashraf  [ ... ]

Latest NewsUkraine in bloody battle to oust pro-Russian gunmen
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Ukraine in bloody battle to
oust pro-Russian gunmen
Slavyansk, April 14 - At least two persons were killed and nine wounded today in gun battles between Ukrainian special forces and pro-Kremlin militias that threatened to scuttle the first international talks on the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.
The clashes across the ex-Soviet state's separatist eastern rust belt broke out a day after masked gunmen stormed a series of police and security service buildings in coordinated rai [ ... ]

Latest NewsObama targets Republicans, says right to vote under threat in US
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Obama targets Republicans,
says right to vote under threat in US
New York, April 13 - President Barack Obama has said the Republican Party is threatening voting rights in America more than at any point since the passage of a historic 1965 law expanding rights at the ballot box to millions of black Americans and other minorities.
Obama's critique of Republicans came as he seeks to mobilise voters ahead of the November midterm congressional elections, when Democratic control of the Senate  [ ... ]

Latest NewsGunmen raise Russian flag in Ukrainian city
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Gunmen raise Russian
flag in Ukrainian city
* Pro-Russian armed men seize buildings
* Risk of ‘gas war’ looms as Ukraine says Russian price hike unacceptable

Kiev, April 13 - Armed pro-Russian gunmen raised the Russian flag in an eastern Ukrainian city on Saturday, deepening a stand-off with Moscow which, Kiev warned, was dragging Europe closer to a "gas war" that could disrupt supplies across the continent.
At least 20 men armed with pistols and rifles took over  [ ... ]

Latest NewsSujatha Singh in Beijing for strategic dialogue
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Sujatha Singh in Beijing
for strategic dialogue
Beijing, April 13 - Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh today arrived to take part in the sixth India-China Strategic Dialogue next week during which the two nations will review the status of bilateral relations and explore new initiatives to improve ties.Singh will co-chair - along with her counterpart Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin - the annual dialogue to be held on April 14.
The two sides will review the entire range of bilateral relatio [ ... ]

Latest NewsSignals rapidly fading: Oz PM
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Signals rapidly fading: Oz PM
Perth/Beijing, April 13 - Signals possibly from the black box of the ill-fated Malaysian jet were “rapidly fading” and the ongoing massive search for the plane was likely to continue “for a long time”, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said today.
“Given that the signal from the black box is rapidly fading, what we are now doing is trying to get as many detections as we can so that we can narrow the search area down to as smal [ ... ]

Latest NewsPak court drops attempted murder case against infant
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Pak court drops attempted
murder case against infant
Lahore, April 13 - A Pakistani court today disposed of charges of attempted murder against a nine-month-old boy after the police admitted nomination of the minor was a "human error".
The police told Additional District and Sessions Judge Lahore Rafaqat Ali that Mohammad Musa's name had been struck off from the FIR. A police official said the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials he [ ... ]

Latest NewsJustice RM Lodha is new CJI
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Justice RM Lodha
is new CJI
New Delhi, April 12 - The government today announced the appointment of Justice RM Lodha as the Chief Justice of India (CJI) to succeed Justice P Sathasivam who will retire on April 26.
The appointment, made by President Pranab Mukherjee, would be effective from April 27, an official press release said. Before his elevation to the Supreme Court on December 17, 2008, Justice Lodha was the Chief Justice of the Patna High Court since May 13, 2008. He has been a J [ ... ]

Latest NewsKejri’s visit boosts Chhotepur’s campaign
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Kejri’s visit boosts
Chhotepur’s campaign
Gurdaspur, April 12 - Arvind Kejriwal, AAP convener, arrived to a tumultuous welcome in the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency this evening.
He was received at Batala by AAP's Gurdaspur candidate Sucha Singh Chhotepur, his son and covering candidate Ajay Pal Singh and AAP supporters, comprising housewives, teachers, engineers, advocates and auto drivers. After addressing a series of rallies at Sugar Mill, Batala, Naushehra Majha Sin [ ... ]

Latest NewsUkrainian PM vows more power to regions
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Ukrainian PM vows more
power to regions
Donetsk (Ukraine), April 12 - Ukraine's embattled Prime Minister today vowed to give more powers to the country's regions in an effort to stamp out a separatist insurgency as a new gas war with Russia threatened European supplies.
Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's promise during an unannounced visit to the blue-collar coal mining region of Donetsk came as militants armed with Kalashnikovs barricaded themselves inside the local administration buil [ ... ]

Latest NewsMH370: Searchers confident ‘signals’ are from missing jet
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MH370: Searchers confident
‘signals’ are from missing jet
Perth/Beijing, April 12 - Search for the missing Malaysian plane is homing in on the black boxes, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today said, even as the official heading the hunt for Flight MH370 cautioned there was "no major breakthrough".
Abbott said searchers were "confident" about the position of the missing jet's black box and they have narrowed down the search area based on a series of  [ ... ]

Latest News2 CRPF men killed in Bihar blast
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2 CRPF men killed
in Bihar blast
Patna, April 11 - Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed in a landmine blast in Munger district of Bihar. They were on their way to a polling station in neighbouring Jamui parliamentary constituency.
The blast was triggered by Maoists near Sawa Lakh Baba Mandir close to Bhimbandh forest in Munger, around 175 km from Patna.
"Maoists targeted a police vehicle in which CRPF and Bihar Police officials were going to conduct polling  [ ... ]

Latest NewsUkraine holds talks with pro-Russian separatists
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Ukraine holds talks with
pro-Russian separatists
*Says no charges if buildings surrendered
*Protesters demand referendum to boost regional independence

Luhansk, April 11 - Ukraine will not prosecute pro-Russian separatists who seized government buildings if they surrender their weapons and disperse, the country's president said on Thursday, in a bid to ease a crisis that stoked fears of the country's break-up. But the armed men, who strengthened barricades around the buildings with bar [ ... ]

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