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US, Australia sign new defence pact

MELBOURNE:  The US and Australia on Wednesday updated their security pact by signing an agreement to expand American military presence in the country, with the visiting President, Mr Barack Obama asserting that it was a commitment to entire Asia Pacific region.

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17 school kids killed in China accident

BEIJING:  Nineteen people, including 17 preschoolers, were killed and 45 injured Wednesday when an overloaded nine-seater kindergarten school bus collided with a coal-laden truck in northwest China’s Gansu province, authorities said.

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UK cuts more jobs for non-EU workers

LONDON:  Britain on Tuesday  cut more categories in the ‘shortage occupation list’ under which professionals from India and other non-EU countries could come here for work, leading to an expected drop of 40,000 non-EU workers entering the country every year.

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No change in visa policy with regard to Modi: US

WASHINGTON:  The US on Tuesday said there is no change in its policy of denying visa to the Gujarat Chief Minister, Mr Narendra Modi.
“No, there are no new developments on that,” the assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, Mr Robert Blake told reporters here when asked if there is any review of denial of visa to  Mr Modi.

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