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India to help Vietnam train peacekeeping forces

HANOI, VIETNAM: India became the latest country to cozy up to Vietnam’s military amid rising tensions involving the South China Sea.
 The South Asian powerhouse will help Vietnam train forces for international peacekeeping while the communist country offered to provide repair, maintenance and fuel for Indian naval ships, the Tien Phong (Pioneer) newspaper reported Thursday.

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Iran Guards base blast kills 18

TEHRAN: Eighteen people were killed in a fire at an ammunitions store in a Revolutionary Guards base in Iran, the Fars news agency quoted a commander of the elite force as saying today in the latest toll.

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Howard Jacobson wins Booker Prize

LONDON: British author Howard Jacobson has won the prestigious Booker Prize for his comic novel ‘The Finkler Question’, beating five others including two-time winner Peter Carey and the bookies’ favourite Tom McCarthy.

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India enters UNSC as non-permanent member

UNITED NATIONS:  India was on Tuesday elected to the United Nations Security Council after a gap of 19 years, with substantial support, taking over from Japan a position which would help it push more aggressively for the reform of the world body’s top organ.

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