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Guterres commits to fight for ambitious climate action

IANS Madrid UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday said the great injustice of the climate crisis is that its effects fall most on those who are least responsible for it. Committing to continue fighting for ambitious climate action and for small islands and least developed countries, Guterres at the Climate Vulnerable Forum in the UN climate conference said: “We must …

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2 Indian students killed in US hit-and-run accident

PTI Washington Two Indian students have been killed in a hit-and-run accident on the Thanksgiving night in the US state of Tennessee and the owner of the pickup truck involved in the incident has surrendered, authorities said. Judy Stanley (23) and Vybhav Gopisetty (26), were graduate students of the Tennessee State University (TSU) and were pursuing food science degrees in …

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Pak FM Qureshi meets Sri Lankan counterpart Gunawardena

PTI Colombo Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday apprised his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena about the “dire situation” in Kashmir as the two leaders met here and discussed issues including bilateral trade, investment and tourism. Qureshi arrived in Colombo on Sunday night on a two-day official visit to Sri Lanka during which he will meet the country’s …

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China slaps sanctions on US over Hong Kong unrest

AFP Beijing China suspended US warship visits and sanctioned American NGOs on Monday in retaliation for the passage of a bill backing pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The financial hub has been rocked by nearly six months of increasingly violent unrest demanding greater autonomy, which Beijing has frequently blamed on foreign influence. Last week US President Donald Trump signed the …

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After Rafale, Modi gets another French offer to counter terror

Paris: “We want to invent the future together with India,” remarked the man at the thick of world›s futuristic innovation – Marco Erman. The Chief Technical Officer of Thales, the French company that is involved in the Delhi Metro, supply of passport readers for the government and the Mirage 2000 upgrade programme, and even the Rafale team, now has another …

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London attack: victim identified as Jack Merritt

London: One of the victims killed in Friday’s terrorist attack at London Bridge has been named as 25-year-old University of Cambridge graduate, Jack Merritt. Meritt was one of two people stabbed to death by 28-year-old Usman Khan during a Cambridge University conference on prisoners’ rehabilitation on Friday, BBC reported. Merritt was a course coordinator for ‘Learning Together’, a prisoners› rehabilitation programme which was hosting …

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Saudi Arabia takes over G20 presidency from Japan

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia became the first Arab nation Sunday to take over the G20 presidency as it seeks to bounce back onto the world stage following global uproar over its human rights record. The oil-rich kingdom has promoted a liberalisation drive, including granting greater rights to women, but faced strong criticism over a crackdown on dissent and the murder last …

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Hong Kong protesters return to the streets

Hong Kong: Protesters returned to the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday, ending a brief election lull and demanding the government make concessions a week after pro-democracy candidates won a landslide victory. Sunday’s rallies follow skirmishes overnight between police and protesters, with tear gas fired for the first time since the November 24 district council vote and a man assaulted …

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North Korea slams Japanese PM Abe

IANS Seoul North Korea slammed the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday for saying that the projectiles fired by Pyongyang two days earlier were ballistic missiles, and made a veiled threat to fire one towards Japan. A statement issued by state news agency KCNA by a vice director general of the Department of Japanese Affairs of the North Korean …

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London Bridge attacker a terror convict: Police

IANS London The man who carried out the Black Friday attack on the iconic London Bridge is a terror convict. He was out on parole when he stabbed a man and woman to death, besides injuring three others, police said. None of the victims have been named. Identified as 28-year-old, Usman Khan was convicted in 2012. “He was released from …

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