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Iran President makes case for talks as G7 gambit slammed

AFP Tehran Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani came out strongly in favour of talks Monday as his top diplomat came under fire from hardline media for a surprise visit to a G7 summit. “I believe that for our country’s national interests we must use any tool,” Rouhani said in a speech aired live on state television. “And if I knew that …

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Trump switches tone on Iran, raising hopes at G7

AFP Biarritz US President Donald Trump said Monday that he had agreed to the Iranian foreign minister flying in for a G7 summit and insisted he was not seeking regime change in Tehran — a change of tone that could lower tensions. Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise appearance at the summit in Biarritz on Sunday for talks with French …

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Lankan Army chief denies allegations of war crimes

PTI Colombo The newly-appointed chief of the Sri Lankan Army has dismissed the allegations of human rights abuses during the brutal civil war with the LTTE, describing the military actions as a “humanitarian operation.”  Lt Gen Shavendra Silva was named as the new Army Commander by President Maithripala Sirisena last week, evoking strong criticism from the US and the minority …

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Modi meets Johnson in France

Biarritz (France): Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a “good” meeting with his British counterpart Boris Johnson here on Sunday and they discussed ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas like trade, investment, defence and education. Modi met Johnson on the sidelines of the G-7 summit being held in this southwestern French city. Modi arrived in Biarritz from Manama, the capital …

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Brazilian troops begin deploying to fight Amazon fires

Rio de Janeiro: Backed by military aircraft, Brazilian troops on Saturday were deploying in the Amazon to fight fires that have swept the region and prompted anti-government protests as well as an international outcry.  President Jair Bolsonaro also tried to temper global concern, saying that previously deforested areas had burned and that intact rainforest was spared.  Even so, the fires …

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Soyuz carrying humanoid robot aborts docking at ISS

Washington: The unmanned Soyuz spacecraft carrying a humanoid robot astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS) will make a second docking attempt on Monday after the first attempt was aborted on Saturday, NASA said. A problem with a component associated with the automated docking system believed to have led to its failure to lock on to the “Poisk” module docking …

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India, Bahrain call on global community to end terrorism

Manama: In a veiled attack on Pakistan, India and Bahrain on Sunday called on the international community to reject the use of terrorism against other countries as both sides agreed to further enhance cooperation in the field of security, counter-terrorism and the exchange of intelligence and information during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the Gulf Kingdom. During …

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Modi launches redevelopment project of temple in Bahrain

Manama: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday launched the US$ 4.2 million redevelopment project of the 200-year-old Lord Sri Krishna temple here and said it manifests the strong ties between India and Bahrain. Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the key Gulf nation, offered prayers at the Shreenathji Temple in Manama, the oldest temple in the region, and …

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Police, protesters skirmish in Hong Kong after march

Hong Kong: Police were skirmishing with protesters in Hong Kong for a second straight day on Sunday following a pro-democracy march in an outlying district. While a large crowd rallied in a nearby park, another group of protesters took over a main street, building barricades with traffic barriers and cones and strewing bamboo poles on the pavement. After hoisting warning …

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UAE honours Modi with highest civilian award

PTI Abu Dhabi Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the ‘Order of Zayed’, the United Arab Emirates’ (UAE) highest civilian award, on Saturday in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Chinese …

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