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Iran port: US exempts India from certain sanctions

WASHINGTON: The United States has exempted India from imposition of certain sanctions for the development of the strategically-located Chabahar Port in Iran, along with the construction of the railway line connecting it with Afghanistan, a State Department spokesperson said. Please like & share: Read More »

Democrats maintain advantage on eve of midterms: Poll

IANS   WASHINGTON One day before the crucial US midterms elections, Democrats continued to hold a double-digit lead over Republicans in a generic congressional ballot among likely voters, according to a new CNN Poll. The party’s 55 per cent to 42 per cent advantage in the new poll mirrors their lead in early October, the poll released on Monday showed. ... Read More »

Sirisena suffers reversal in Lanka parliament majority claim

PTI   COLOMBO In a setback to Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, a deputy minister of his United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) government resigned Tuesday and backed ousted prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the ongoing political crisis. President Sirisena sacked Prime Minister Wickremesinghe on October 26 and replaced him with Mahinda Rajapaksa, a controversial former president, and suspended parliamentary proceedings ... Read More »

Trump makes last-ditch effort to retain House majority

PTI   WASHINGTON President Donald Trump made a last-ditch effort to retain majority in the US House of Representatives as he appealed to his supporters across the country to “get out and vote” for his Republican party in the crucial mid-term polls on Tuesday which will decide the balance of powers in the Congress over the next two years. Americans ... Read More »

US exempts 3 Iranian n-sites from sanctions

IANS   WASHINGTON The US has exempted three Iranian nuclear sites from sanctions, but warned that they will be under strict scrutiny, the State Department said. The benefitted sites were those of Arak (central Iran), Bushehr (south) and Fordow, near the city of Qom that was built underground to protect against military attack. The measure announced on Monday was “interim” ... Read More »

US imposes ‘toughest ever’ sanctions on Iran

PTI   WASHINGTON The US on Monday imposed “the toughest ever” sanctions on a defiant Iran aimed at altering the Iranian regime’s “behaviour”, even as the Trump administration dodged a question whether it has got firm commitments from India and China to stop all oil purchases from Tehran within six months. The sanctions cover Iran’s banking and energy sectors and ... Read More »

79 school pupils abducted in restive anglophone Cameroon

AFP   YANOUND Seventy-nine school students were kidnapped on Monday in an English-speaking region of Cameroon where separatists are fighting an armed campaign for independence, a government source said. The students were abducted along with their principal, a teacher and a driver, the official said, as a source at the school confirmed the kidnapping of the pupils. They were enrolled ... Read More »

Storm warnings in 4 Italian regions, death toll over 30

IANS   ROME Several regions of Italy were braced on Monday for adverse weather conditions following a week of deadly storms and flooding that has claimed the lives of over 30 people across the country. The regions of Piedmont, Emilia-Romagna and Lazio remained on orange alert as Italy’s Infrastructure Minister Danilo Toninelli announced he would visit some of the worst-hit ... Read More »

Chinese couple steal diamond in Dubai, held in India

IANS   DUBAI A Chinese couple who stole a diamond worth 300,000 dirhams (about $81,000) from a shop here and then fled the UAE were arrested within 20 hours from an Indian airport, authorities said. The 3.27-carat diamond was recovered in India after it was smuggled out of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) inside the stomach of the woman, an ... Read More »

Lion Air jet’s airspeed indicator malfunctioned on four flights

AP   JAKARTA The “black box” data recorder from a crashed Lion Air jet shows its airspeed indicator malfunctioned on its last four flights, investigators said Monday, just hours after distraught relatives of victims confronted the airline’s co-founder at a meeting organised by officials. National Transportation Safety Committee chairman Soerjanto Tjahjono said the problem was similar on each of the ... Read More »