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US defence chief calls out China on tech theft, S China Sea

Singapore: US Acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Saturday denounced China’s efforts to steal technology from other nations and militarise man-made outposts in the South China Sea as a “toolkit of coercion,” saying activities by Beijing the US perceives as hostile must end. In his first major speech on the international stage, Shanahan mixed sharp criticism of China and warnings …

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Trump supports Boris Johnson to be next Tory leader

London: US President Donald Trump has expressed his support for former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson as the next leader of the Conservative Party, saying he would be an “excellent” choice and is “a very talented person”. “I think Boris would do a very good job,” Trump said in an interview with The Sun, published on Saturday. Trump’s comments came …

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Serious implications if India buys S-400 from Russia: US

Washington: If India went ahead with its decision to buy the long-range S-400 missile defense system from Russia, it will have serious implications on Indo-US defence ties, the Trump administration has warned. The S-400 is known as Russia’s most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system. China was the first foreign buyer to seal a government-to-government deal with Russia in 2014 …

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Abu Dhabi tower lights up to mark Modi’s swearing-in

Abu Dhabi: The facade of the ADNOC Group Tower in Abu Dhabi was lit up with the flags of India and the UAE and portraits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan to mark the swearing in of the Indian leader. Modi took oath for a second term in office on Thursday. …

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Japan adopts measures to reduce plastic waste before G20

Tokyo: Japan on Friday adopted a series of measures to reduce the production of plastic waste ahead of the G20 summit in Osaka city at the end of June, where the issue is one of the main items on the agenda. The new policies will be aimed at reducing the dumping of plastics into the ocean, encouraging recycling of plastic …

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‘Iran in compliance with 2015 nuclear deal’

Vienna: The UN atomic watchdog said Friday Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, though its stockpiles of low-enriched uranium and heavy water are growing. In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has stayed …

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India criticises ‘exclusionary approach’ in moving Security Council reform process forward

United Nations: India has strongly criticised the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) on Security Council reform for following an “exclusionary approach”, saying it cannot “sanctify as normal” their “opaque methodologies” and “obfuscation of references” in moving the long-stalled reform process forward. The co-chairs of the IGN process circulated a revised paper on May 7, 2019 that aimed to reflect …

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Confirmation of prison cell in India sought by UK court

London: Nirav Modi, wanted in fraud and money laundering charges amounting to nearly USD 2 billion, was on Thursday remanded till June 27 by a UK court, which directed the Indian government to confirm within 14 days which prison he is to be held in if he were to be extradited. Modi, dressed in a blue shirt and black trousers, …

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Russia did not help me get elected: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump Thursday asserted that Russia did not help him get elected in the 2016 presidential elections and alleged that Moscow would have preferred Hillary Clinton as president. “No, Russia did not help me get elected. You know who got me elected? You know who got me elected? I got me elected? Russia didn’t help me at …

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US removes India from its currency monitoring list

Washington: The US on Tuesday removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners, citing steps being taken by New Delhi which addressed some of the Trump administration’s major concerns. For the first time, the US placed India in its currency monitoring list of countries in May 2018 with potentially questionable foreign exchange policies. Switzerland is the other …

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