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Trump lawyers argue Democrats just want to overturn election

Washington: President Donald Trump’s lawyers plunged into his impeachment trial defense Saturday by accusing Democrats of striving to overturn the 2016 election, arguing that investigations of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine have not been a fact-finding mission but a politically motivated effort to drive him from the White House.  “They’re here to perpetrate the most massive interference in an election in …

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Air India doubles flights on Tel Aviv-New Delhi route

Tel Aviv: In view of the increase in passenger traffic on the Tel Aviv-New Delhi sector, India’s official carrier Air India will double the number of flights on the route to six per week from April. The national carrier created history by becoming the first commercial flight to fly to Israel over Saudi Arabia and Oman in March 2018, seen …

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China bans wild animal trade until viral outbreak eases

Beijing: China on Sunday ordered a temporary ban on the trade in wild animals as the country struggles to contain a deadly virus believed to have been spawned in a market that sold wild animals as food.  Raising, transporting or selling all wild animal species is forbidden “from the date of the announcement until the national epidemic situation is over”, …

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Nepal ready and eager to handover SAARC Chairmanship to Pakistan: Gyawali

PTI Kathmandu Nepal, which is holding on to the Chairmanship of the SAARC grouping since 2014, is “ready and eager to” handover the position to Pakistan, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday, hoping that New Delhi and Islamabad can sort out their differences through negotiations, keeping in mind the challenges facing the region. The minister also assured India …

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Indian embassy in Beijing cancels Republic Day ceremony due to coronavirus

PTI Beijing The Indian embassy in China on Friday cancelled the Republic Day ceremony in view of the coronavirus outbreak which has killed 25 people and infected over 800 others. The Indian mission here took to social media to announce the cancelation of the celebrations scheduled for January 26. “In view of the evolving situation due to the coronavirus outbreak …

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Britain angered by US refusal to extradite diplomat’s wife

AFP London Britain on Friday rebuked the United States for refusing to extradite a diplomat’s wife charged over a car crash that killed a British teenager, calling it a “denial of justice”. The case of Anne Sacoolas has been a thorn in London’s close relations with Washington, stirring up debates over the limits of diplomatic immunity in cases unrelated to …

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Nepal wishes to resolve boundary issue with India

PTI Kathmandu If India can resolve its land boundary issue with Bangladesh then why not with Nepal, Foreign Minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali said on Friday, referring to the lingering territorial differences between the two neighbours. India in November released fresh maps of the newly-created union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. In the maps, Pakistan-occupied Kashmir is part of …

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Saibaba birthplace row: Pathri locals to move court

Aurangabad: Residents of Pathri in Parbhani district on Thursday decided to approach court to get legal sanctity to their claim that 19th century saint Saibaba was born in their village. Members of the Sai Janmabhoomi Pathri Sansthan said they will file a petition in the Aurangabad bench of the Bombay High Court with evidence to prove that Saibaba was born …

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Muslims in India safer than most other places in world: Goyal

Davos: Union Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said Muslims in India are safer than most places in the world.  “India is probably one of the most inclusive societies in the world,” Goyal said here at a session on ‘Strategic Outlook: India’ at the WEF 2020.  “India is a country which welcomes all diverse viewpoints, all diverse opinions, the Muslims in …

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Brexit bill crosses UK Parliament finish line

London: The UK’s so-called divorce agreement with the EU has crossed the Parliament finish line, setting in motion the final stages for Britain’s exit from the 28-member economic bloc on January 31. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed in a statement on Thursday that the European Union (EU) Withdrawal Agreement Bill has cleared its parliamentary stages and is now awaiting …

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