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Pak assures US to deal ‘firmly’ with terrorists

PTI   WASHINGTON Pakistan has assured the US that it will deal “firmly” with all terrorists operating from the country and take steps to de-escalate tensions with India, according to national security adviser John Bolton. The assurance was given by Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi during a phone call on Monday, Bolton said on a day when foreign secretary …

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Britain leads airspace bans on Boeing 737 MAX jets after Ethiopia crash

AFP   LONDON Britain on Tuesday joined four other countries in banning Boeing 737 MAX planes from their airspace as a growing number of airlines around the world grounded the jets following a second deadly accident in just five months. On Sunday, a new Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 …

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Indian-origin man loses 6 of family in air crash

IANS   OTTAWA An Indian-origin man here has lost six of his family members in the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board. The victims were identified as Pannagesh Vaidya, 73; his wife Hansini Vaidya, 67; their daughter Kosha Vaidya, 37; her husband Prerit Dixit, 45; and their two children – Anushka and Ashka, Brampton Mayor Patrick …

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Venezuela announces steps to deal with blackout

IANS   caracas Venezuela’s government has announced four measures to deal with a blackout that has plunged the country in darkness since late Thursday. Planning Minister Ricardo Menendez on Monday said the moves aim to ensure that public services, like healthcare and delivery of food baskets, continue despite the crippling power outage, Xinhua news agency reported. In an interview with …

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UN should name, shame terror supporting countries: Naidu

UNI   SAN JOSE United Nations should evolve a common strategy to combat terrorist and destructive forces and that countries supporting terror must named, shamed and isolated, Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu has urged. Addressing a function of the Indian diaspora of Costa Rica in San Jose on Sunday, he opined that the battle for peace included, in the current context, …

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Pakistan’s former PM Ashraf, 6 others indicted in power project corruption case

PTI   ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf and six others were indicted by an anti-corruption court on Monday over alleged corruption in granting approval to a power generation project that caused losses worth billions of rupees to the national exchequer. Accountability court judge Mohammad Arshad Malik indicted Pakistan Peoples Party leader Ashraf and six others including Pakistan …

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‘Pak must take concerted action to dismantle terror groups,’ says Gokhale, Pompeo

WASHINGTON India and the US on Monday agreed that Pakistan must take “concerted action” to dismantle terrorist infrastructure and deny safe haven to all terror groups on its soil as Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale held talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo here, the highest level meeting between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack that escalated Indo-Pak tensions. …

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4 Indians among 157 killed in Ethiopian plane crash

BISHOFTU: A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed six minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa on Sunday, killing all 149 passengers, including four Indians, and eight crewmembers  onboard, Ethiopian Airlines said as world leaders offered condolences to distraught next-of-kin.

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