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Latest NewsKerry visit focuses on N-reactors
31/07/2014
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Kerry visit focuses on N-reactors
India confirms progress on nuke deal with US; two reactors to be set up in Gujarat

New Delhi, July 31 - As US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived here today for the 5th Indo-US strategic dialogue tomorrow, New Delhi confirmed that talks were on between the two countries for setting up two nuclear power reactors at Mithi Virdi in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state Gujarat.
Hours before Kerry flew into Delhi for the dialogue with External Affai [ ... ]


Latest NewsLast surviving crew in US bombing of Hiroshima dies
31/07/2014
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Last surviving crew in US
bombing of Hiroshima dies
New York, July 31 - Theodore “Dutch” Van Kirk, the last surviving member of the Enola Gay plane that dropped the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, has died at a retirement home in Georgia at age 93, media reports said.
Van Kirk was the navigator on the flight that dropped the first nuclear bomb used in warfare. He later told reporters that after seeing one atomic bomb explode in war, he never  [ ... ]


Latest NewsCarnage at UN school as Israel pounds Gaza Strip
31/07/2014
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Carnage at UN school as
Israel pounds Gaza Strip
Hamas vows to fight on until Gaza blockades are lifted

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 31 - Israeli shelling killed at least 15 Palestinians sheltering in a UN-run school and another 17 near a street market on Wednesday, Gaza's Health Ministry said, with no ceasefire in sight after more than three weeks of fighting.
Israel's security cabinet convened to discuss a revamped Egyptian proposal for a truce but it was unclear whether any decision was immi [ ... ]


Latest NewsRussia fights back after sanctions
31/07/2014
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Russia fights back
after sanctions
Battle rages near MH17 crash site
Moscow/Kiev, July 31 - Russia fought back on Wednesday over new U.S. and EU sanctions imposed over Ukraine, where fighting between Moscow-backed rebels and government troops has intensified since a Malaysian airliner was shot down.
The worst confrontation between Moscow and the West entered a new phase this week since the United States and European Union took by far the strongest international steps yet against Moscow  [ ... ]


Latest NewsFighting in Ukraine prevents crash site visit despite international deal
28/07/2014
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Fighting in Ukraine prevents crash
site visit despite international deal
Donetsk, July 28 - Fighting around the site of the Malaysian airliner downed in Ukraine prevented a visit by international experts on Sunday, although Malaysia said separatists had agreed to allow in international police and investigators.
Alexander Hug, deputy head for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's monitoring mission in Ukraine, told reporters: "We heard indications there's fighting [ ... ]


Latest NewsFighting subsides in Gaza, but truce hopes look fragile
28/07/2014
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Fighting subsides in Gaza,
but truce hopes look fragile
Israel questions whether Hamas serious over humanitarian truce

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 28 - Fighting subsided in Gaza on Sunday after Hamas Islamist militants said they backed a 24-hour humanitarian truce, but there was no sign of any comprehensive deal to end their conflict with Israel.
Hamas said it had endorsed a call by the United Nations for a pause in the fighting in light of the upcoming Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr, expected [ ... ]


Latest NewsCurfew in Saharanpur after three killed in communal clashes
27/07/2014
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Curfew in Saharanpur after three
killed in communal clashes
Triggered by a land dispute, riots leave 24 injured

Saharanpur, July 27 - Three persons were killed and 24 others, including a policeman, injured as communal clashes broke out in Saharanpur town of Uttar Pradesh today.
Members of two communities came to blows over construction of a hall on a religious place, prompting authorities to impose curfew in areas falling under six police stations.
It is learnt that the trouble began a [ ... ]


Latest NewsHaryana should have followed Centre's directive: Solanki
27/07/2014
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Haryana should have
followed Centre's directive: Solanki
New Delhi, July 27 - Haryana Governor-designate Kaptan Singh Solanki today said he would explore all options to resolve the stand-off over creation of a separate gurdwara panel after assuming charge tomorrow.
Interacting with mediapersons at his official residence here, Solanki (75) - a Rajya Sabha MP from Madhya Pradesh - said his top priority would be to get the Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee Act examined in accordanc [ ... ]


Latest NewsGaza toll tops 1,000 amid 12-hour truce
27/07/2014
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Gaza toll tops 1,000
amid 12-hour truce
*Over 100 bodies pulled out from rubble in Gaza
*Israel to continue to ‘neutralise’ Hamas tunnels

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 27 - Gaza residents today used a 12-hour humanitarian truce agreed to by Israel and Hamas on a UN request to pull out bodies from mounds of rubble and metal of bombed homes, as the Palestinian death toll in the conflict rose to over 1,000 with mostly civilian casualties.
With the temporary ceasefire on, Palestinians f [ ... ]


Latest NewsJihadists take over Syria army base: NGO
27/07/2014
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Jihadists take over Syria
army base: NGO
Kill 85 soldiers in two-day assault on base in Raqa province

Damascus, July 27 - Islamic State fighters have seized a Syrian army base in the northern province of Raqa, killing scores of troops and beheading some of them, a monitoring group said today. The takeover of Division 17 base came as the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria said on Friday that IS fighters accused of atrocities would be added to a list of war crimes indictees.
In a two-day a [ ... ]


Latest NewsTalks with Badal: Shanta briefs PM
26/07/2014
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Talks with Badal:
Shanta briefs PM
New Delhi, July 26 - Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh and in charge of Punjab BJP affairs Shanta Kumar today briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi about the discussions he had with Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal meant to cool tempers in Punjab and persuade him not to precipitate matters in the wake of the crisis created by the formation of Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (HSGMC).
Shanta Kumar was assigned the task by Union  [ ... ]


Latest NewsTaiwan plane survivor called up dad
26/07/2014
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Taiwan plane survivor called up dad
Xixi (Taiwan), July 26 - The 10 survivors of Taiwan's worst air disaster in more than a decade include a 34-year-old woman who called her father after scrambling from the wreckage and seeking help at a nearby home.
Hung Yu-ting escaped through a hole in the fuselage that opened up after the plane plowed into homes Wednesday while attempting to land on the outlying resort island of Penghu, killing 48 people.
"She called me on the phone to say the p [ ... ]


Latest NewsIsrael rejects ceasefire plan
26/07/2014
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Israel rejects ceasefire plan
Violence spreads to West Bank, 6 Palestinians killed

Gaza/Jerusalem, July 26 - Israel rejected on Friday international proposals for a ceasefire in its fight against Islamist militants in Gaza, but is discussing changes to the truce plan with US Secretary of State John Kerry, a government source said.
Mediators hope that a truce could come into force ahead of a Muslim festival that starts early next week, but they have struggled to resolve seemingly irreconcila [ ... ]


Latest NewsBad weather caused Algerie crash?
26/07/2014
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unsafe skies
Bad weather caused Algerie crash?
Hollande says no survivors in crash | One black box flight recorder retrieved

Paris/Ouagadougou, July 26 - Poor weather was the most likely cause of the crash of an Air Algerie flight in the West African state of Mali that killed 118 persons on board, French officials said on Friday.
Investigators at the scene of the crash in northern Mali concluded the airliner broke apart when it hit the ground, the officials said, suggesting this meant it w [ ... ]


Latest News116 die as Algerian jet crashes in Mali
25/07/2014
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116 die as Algerian
jet crashes in Mali
Algiers, July 25 - An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers with 110 passengers on board, an Algerian aviation official said.
Burkino Faso Transport Minister Jean Bertin Ouedrago said the authorities had asked the plane to change route due to a storm in the area. "I can confirm that it has crashed," the Algerian official told Reuters, declining to be identified. The official could not  [ ... ]


Latest NewsISIS jihadists order genital mutilation of Iraqi women
25/07/2014
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ISIS jihadists order genital
mutilation of Iraqi women
Geneva, July 25 - Jihadists in Iraq have ordered that all women between the ages of 11 and 46 must undergo female genital mutilation, which could affect up to four million women and girls in the war-ravaged country, a UN official said today.
The UN's second most senior official in Iraq, Jacqueline Badcock, said, “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) from the ISIS, we learnt about it this morning. We have no precise numbers." [ ... ]


Latest NewsRussia will comply with MH17 probe
25/07/2014
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Russia will comply
with MH17 probe
Kuala Lumpur, July 25 - Russia will cooperate with the investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner a week ago and is satisfied that the Netherlands, rather than Ukraine, is leading the effort, the country's ambassador to Malaysia said on Thursday.
Liudmila Vorobyeva also rejected suggestions that the pro-Russian separatists blamed by Western governments for shooting down the MH17 flight possessed a Russian-made anti-aircraft missile, and said [ ... ]


Latest NewsIsrael shells UN-run school in Gaza; Palestinian toll tops 770
25/07/2014
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Israel shells UN-run school in
Gaza; Palestinian toll tops 770
Gaza/Jerusalem, July 25 - Israeli tanks today shelled a UN-run school in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, killing 15 persons and wounding dozens who took shelter there, amid frantic international diplomatic efforts to end the bloodshed that has left 770 Palestinians and 34 Israelis dead so far.
Israeli tanks shells hit a compound housing a UN school in Beit Hanoun in northern Gaza Strip, killing at least 15 persons and wounding 20 [ ... ]


Latest NewsVirbhadra invites Tatas, Reliance to invest in Himachal
24/07/2014
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Virbhadra invites Tatas,
Reliance to invest in Himachal
Shimla, July 24 - Keen to attract big investment in the state in industry, power or tourism sector, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has written letters to industry bigwigs, including groups like Reliance and Tatas, inviting them to invest in the state which provides investor-friendly environment.
The Chief Minister and Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri will lead a delegation of high-ranking officials from various departments for i [ ... ]


Latest NewsCommonwealth Games: Scots kick it off in style
24/07/2014
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Commonwealth Games:
Scots kick it off in style
Glasgow, July 24 - Scotland burst into an exuberant celebration of sport, music and nationalism as the 20th Commonwealth Games kicked off in Glasgow tonight.
India, the host for the previous CWG, had their contingent march out first, led by the multiple CWG medal winner Vijay Kumar, the shooter who is a native of Himachal Pradesh.
The opening ceremony was marked by music and laughter. The Scottish people are rather proud of these two elemen [ ... ]


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