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‘UK’s May could set resignation date in coming days’

IANS London UK Prime Minister Theresa May could set a date for her resignation in the coming day, said Graham Brady, the chairman of an influential committee of backbench Conservative MPs, the media reported on Saturday. Speaking to the BBC, Brady said he expects a “clear understanding” of that timetable once she has met the 1922 Committee — an elected …

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India, Vietnam target $15 billion trade by 2020

UNI Hanoi India and Vietnam will work toward increasing  two-way trade to $15 billion by 2020 from the current $14 billion and  accelerate economic and investment cooperation. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday discussed with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan  Phuc the robust bilateral engagement on political, defence,  security  and energy fronts. Earlier he held delegation-level talks  with his Vietnamese …

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4 killed in Pakistan terror attack

PTI Karachi Three heavily-armed militants on Saturday stormed a luxury hotel in Pakistan’s port city of Gwadar in the restive Balochistan province, leading to a fierce gunbattle in which four persons, including the attackers were killed, the police said. The armed men entered the upscale Pearl Continental Hotel and opened random firing, a senior police official said. They shot dead …

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Dia Mirza, Alibaba chief among 17 new ‘SDG Advocates’ of UN

United Nations: Actress Dia Mirza and Alibaba chief Jack Ma are among the 17 global public figures appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the new advocates to drive action and solidify global political will for the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The new class of ‘SDG Advocates’ are 17 influential public figures “committed to raising awareness, inspiring greater ambition …

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DNA test to verify death of Easter bombings mastermind

Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has ordered a DNA test before May 15 to verify the death of Mohamed Cassim Zahran, the ring leader of the local Islamist extremist group NTJ which the government blamed carried out the devastating Easter Sunday bombings killing over 250 people. Zahran, the mastermind behind the Easter blasts, led the attack on the Shangri-La hotel …

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Anti-Boko Haram militia frees 900 children in Nigeria: UN

Maiduguri (Nigeria): Nearly 900 children held by a pro-government militia force fighting Boko Haram insurgents in northeastern Nigeria were freed on Friday, the UN said. The 894 children, including 106 girls, had been in the ranks of the government-backed Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), a local militia which supports regular soldiers battling the Islamist insurgents. At a ceremony in the …

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India, Vietnam for peaceful Indo-Pacific region

————– caption: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu extended his wishes to the people of Vietnam for the auspicious day of Vesak which will be celebrated on Sunday. “I bring warm greetings from the land of Buddha to the friendly people of Vietnam,” he said Photo: wod10 Venkaiah Hanoi: India and Vietnam on Friday reiterated the importance of building a peaceful and …

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North Korea fires missiles as US envoy visits Seoul

Seoul: North Korea welcomed a US envoy’s visit to Seoul by firing two missiles Thursday, the South’s military said, in Pyongyang’s second launch in less than a week as it seeks to up the ante in deadlocked nuclear negotiations with Washington. It came after North Korea carried out a military drill and fired multiple projectiles on Saturday, when at least …

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Sri Lanka’s Catholic schools to reopen next week

Mass services would resume from Sunday Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Catholic Church on Thursday announced that all the Catholic schools will reopen next week while mass services would resume from Sunday depending on the country’s security situation after the Easter bombings that killed 258 people.  The schools were shutdown and public mass services were suspended following fears of a repeat of …

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Europe rejects Iran ‘ultimatum’ but stands by nuke deal

Sibiu (Romania): European powers on Thursday rejected “ultimatums” from Tehran but vowed to fight to save the Iran nuclear deal, as tensions with the US soar. Iran said it would defy some restrictions agreed under the 2015 accord and threatened to go further if Europe, China and Russia fail to deliver sanctions relief within 60 days. Tehran says it is …

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