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Taiwan unveils new supersonic fighter jet prototype

IANS Taipei Taiwans military aircraft manufacturer on Tuesday rolled out a prototype of its new advanced jet trainer as part of the governments plan to use locally-made self-defence weapons. At a ceremony presided by President Tsai Ing-wen in Taichung, the Aerospace Industrial Development Corporation presented the “Yung Ing” or “Brave Eagle”, which is set to replace its current AIDC AT-3 …

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Bangla PM Hasina honoured with ‘Vaccine Hero’ award

PTI New York Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has been conferred with the prestigious ‘Vaccine Hero’ award in recognition of the country’s outstanding success in vaccination, especially for her role in eliminating polio, cholera and various communicable diseases. Hasina was conferred with the award at a ceremony at the UN Headquarters in New York on Monday on the sidelines of …

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Hong Kong opposition lawmaker hospitalised after attack

IANS Hong Kong Hong Kong opposition lawmaker Roy Kwong Chun-yu was hospitalized on Tuesday after being attacked in a parking lot here, according to his political party. The Democratic Party said he was attacked by three assailants, one of whom filmed the incident, reports Efe news. Kwong, who is conscious, underwent a brain scan and cervical spine X-ray at the …

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THOMAS COOK COLLAPSES, SENDING JITTERS TO GOA

AFP London British travel firm Thomas Cook collapsed on Monday, leaving some 600,000 holidaymakers stranded and sparking the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II. The 178-year-old debt-plagued group, which had struggled against fierce online competition for some time and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure £200 million (US $250 million) …

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‘Howdy Modi’ tremendous display of bigger ideas: US diplomat

PTI Houston The ‘Howdy, Modi’ mega event in Houston jointly addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump was a tremendous display of bigger ideas and visionary leadership to further accelerate the Indo-US strategic partnership, a top American diplomat has said. In a grand show of friendship and common vision, Prime Minister Modi and President Trump shared …

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Israeli-Arab bloc backs Netanyahu’s rival Gantz

IANS Jerusalem Joint List, an Israeli-Arab bloc, has backed former Army chief Benny Gantz to become the country’s new Prime Minister and said that it wants to oust incumbent leader Benjamin Netanyahu who has been in power since 2009. The country’s second general elections which were held on September 17 after the first polls in April failed to form a …

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Seven children killed, scores hurt in Kenya school collapse

AFP Nairobi Seven children died and scores were injured early Monday when a school building collapsed in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, a government spokesman said, in an accident blamed on shoddy construction. “So far we can confirm that we have seven fatalities and 57 others are in hospital,” government spokesman Cyrus Oguna said at the scene. Hundreds of angry residents …

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UK launches biggest peacetime operation after Thomas Cook collapse

PTI London The UK government on Monday launched Operation Matterhorn, its biggest peacetime repatriation in British history, after the collapse of tour giant Thomas Cook that left tens of thousands of tourists stranded abroad. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the government and UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has hired dozens of charter planes to fly nearly 150,000 customers …

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US likely to escalate trade war with China

PTI Beijing The US is likely to ramp up pressure on China by raising existing tariffs if a trade deal is not reached soon between the two countries, a key White House adviser has said.  The world’s two largest economies have been locked in a bruising trade war since Trump in March last year imposed tariff hikes of up to …

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India, Sweden co-lead industry transition track

PTI United Nations India and Sweden are co-leading an industry transition track under the high-level UN Climate Action Summit, hosted by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, that will create stronger commitments from sectors such as steel and cement to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. With a view to boosting ambition and accelerating action to implement the Paris Agreement, the Climate Action Summit …

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