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US eases restrictions on sale of drones

IANS Washington The US government has announced updated export restrictions on unmanned aerial systems (UAS), a move long sought by the country’s defence industries. “The President has decided to invoke our national discretion to treat a carefully selected subset of MTCR Category I UAS, which cannot travel faster than 800 km per hour, as Category II,” Xinhua news agency quoted …

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Brazil President Bolsonaro tests negative for COVID-19

AP Brasilia Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Saturday that he has tested negative for the new coronavirus, based on a fourth test since he said July 7 that he had the virus. “Good morning everyone,” Bolsonaro wrote on Facebook after reporting that the test was “negative”. The 65-year-old leader didn’t say when he did the new test. On Wednesday, …

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Slovakia’s PM survives no-confidence vote SPUTNIK: Slovakia’s Prime Minister Igor Matovic survived a motion of no confidence on Friday lodged by opposition lawmakers of the country’s parliament over alleged plagiarism in his university thesis. The motion was requested by the opposition following reports alleging that Matovic plagiarized most of his thesis at Bratislava’s Comenius University in 1998. The Prime Minister …

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4 Chinese nationals in US charged with visa fraud

Washington: Federal prosecutors have charged four Chinese individuals with visa fraud for lying about their status as members of the Chinese Army, while they were conducting research in the US, the justice department said. The FBI has arrested three of them, while the fourth, who is a fugitive, is currently being harboured at the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, it …

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Imran govt draws flak for granting legal option to Jadhav

Islamabad: The Imran Khan government in Pakistan is facing uproar for facilitating legal remedies for alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav, with the opposition parties slamming it for bringing in a “National Reconciliation Ordinance”. The session of the National Assembly saw a heated debate on the matter after Pakistan People Party (PPP) chief Bilawal Bhutto Zardari cited out quorum to prevent …

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Xi Jinping’s critic expelled from party on graft charge

Beijing: The former chairman of a state-owned real estate company who publicly criticised President Xi Jinping’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been expelled from the ruling Communist Party and will be prosecuted on corruption charges, the party announced Friday. Ren Zhiqiang, who had become known for speaking up about censorship and other sensitive topics, disappeared from public view in …

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China orders closure of US Consulate in Chengdu

Beijing: China on Friday ordered the US to close down its consulate in Chengdu in retaliation to Washington’s decision to shut the Chinese mission in Houston, further straining the already tense bilateral ties. A statement by the Chinese Foreign Ministry said the US Embassy here has been informed of the Chinese government’s decision to withdraw its consent for the establishment …

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US to work with India, Japan and S Korea to tackle threat from China

PTI Washington The US will work with countries like India, Japan, and South Korea to tackle the threat of Chinese surveillance, a top American Senator, who has made a Congressional legislation to make New Delhi a strategic defence partner of Washington on a permanent basis, has said. Democratic Senator Mark Warner, chairman of Senate Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, in …

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