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UK refuses to deport Indian-origin murder accused couple

London: Even as embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya was granted permission to appeal against his extradition order in the UK High Court, India suffered another setback as its extradition request in a murder case was turned down by a court here. The 63-year-old former Kingfisher Airlines boss welcomed a second chance to disprove the case of fraud and money laundering …

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China station next target for Hong Kong protesters

Hong Kong: Thousands of anti-government protesters began a march in Hong Kong Sunday that will end outside a controversial train station linking the territory to the Chinese mainland, as activists try to keep pressure on the city’s pro-Beijing leaders. The rally is the first major large-scale protest since last Monday’s unprecedented storming of Parliament by largely young, masked protesters — …

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Iran to raise uranium enrichment beyond limits

Tehran: Iran announced Sunday it will raise its level of uranium enrichment, breaking another limit of its unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and further heightening tensions with the US. Officials also said the next step impacting Iran’s compliance with the deal would be taken in 60 days. They did not elaborate. At the same time, Iran was signaling …

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12 killed, 179 injured in Afghanistan suicide bombing

Kabul: At least 12 people were killed and 179 others injured on Sunday in a suicide car bombing in Afghanistan`s Ghazni city. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. “The attack took place in the morning at around 8.30 am near a local base of the National Directorate of Security (NDS) in Ghazni city,” Arif Noori, a spokesman for …

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Afghan foes meet in bid to secure peace

Doha: Dozens of powerful Afghans including bitter rivals met with the Taliban in Doha on Sunday, amid separate talks between the US and the insurgents seeking to end 18 years of war. Stakes are high for both sets of talks. Washington has said it wants to seal a political deal with the Taliban ahead of Afghan presidential polls due in …

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Migrant ship docks in Italy despite ban

Rome: The ship belonging to the Italian NGO Mediterranea, with 41 migrants aboard that it rescued in the Mediterranean, arrived at the port of Lampedusa island without authorization and despite a ban imposed by Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. The vessel entered Italian territorial waters on Saturday and finally anchored at Lampedusa with all the migrants packed on its deck, protecting …

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US corporate sector welcomes Indian budget, says it will attract FDIs

PTI Washington The American corporate sector Friday hailed the maiden Budget of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, noting that it is not only inclusive but also attractive for foreign investments. President of US India Strategic and Partnership Forum (USISPF) Mukesh Aghi said the budget is inclusive and policy decisions are encouraging for American companies. It’s “good news” for companies like Apple, …

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US hails talks with Taliban, denies troop withdrawal window

AP Kabul The latest round of talks with the Taliban – now in their second week – has been “very productive,” a member of the American negotiating team said Friday, while strenuously denying Washington sought a fixed deadline for the withdrawal of its estimated 14,000 troops from Afghanistan as part of a final peace deal. Negotiations have had fresh momentum …

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S California hit by 7.1-magnitude quake, strongest in two decades

AFP Los Angeles Southern California was hit by its largest earthquake in two decades Friday, a 7.1-magnitude tremor that rattled residents who were already reeling from another strong quake a day earlier. Emergency workers and security forces were being dispatched early Saturday to the epicenter of the shallow earthquake in a remote and sparsely populated area around 150 miles (240 …

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Senior Indian-origin female officer sues Scotland Yard over racism

PTI London One of Britain’s senior-most Indian-origin female police officers is taking legal action against Scotland Yard over allegations of racial and gender discrimination within the UK’s largest police force. Parm Sandhu, currently serving as Temporary Chief Superintendent with the Metropolitan Police, claims she was denied promotions and opportunities at work due to her race and gender. The first hearing …

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