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US aircraft carrier in Vietnam for historic visit

Danang, Mar 5 (AFP) A US aircraft carrier arrived in Vietnam today for the first time since the end of the war, as the former foes bolster military ties in the face of Beijing’s build-up in the disputed South China Sea. The USS Carl Vinson will make a four-day port call to the central city […]

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Iraq orders seizure of assets of Saddam-era officials

Baghdad, Mar  5 (AFP) Iraq has ordered the seizure of assets that belonged to executed dictator Saddam Hussein and more than 4,200 officials from his former regime, an official statement said today. The list of ex-regime bosses was drawn up by the Iraqi agency charged with tracking down former officials from Saddam’s Baath Party, and […]

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US Embassy in Turkey shut for unspecified ‘security threat’

Istanbul, March 05 (AP) The US Embassy in Turkey will be closed on Monday due to an unspecified security threat. A statement posted on the embassy’s web page on Sunday urged US citizens to avoid the embassy in Ankara as well as large crowds and to “keep a low profile.” The statement said the embassy […]

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Italian general elections: Populist surge prompts political deadlock

Rome : Italy is on course for a hung parliament after voters backed right-wing and populist parties in Sunday’s general elections, vote projections based on partial results suggested on Monday. Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s right-wing coalition looks set to win the most seats in the lower house of parliament, BBC reported. It is tipped […]

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Guatemala to move embassy to Jerusalem in May: president

Washington, March 05, (AFP) Guatemala will relocate its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem this May, two days after the United States shifts its mission, the Latin American country’s president has announced. Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales told a cheering crowd on Sunday that “as a sovereign decision, we recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Speaking […]

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S.Korean President's special envoys leave for Pyongyang

Seoul : South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s special envoys left for Pyongyang on Monday, a trip aimed at persuading North Korea to resume the denuclearisation dialogue with the US and the international community. The special delegation, comprising five emissaries and five working-level officials, is being led by Chung Eui-yong, Moon’s top national security adviser Moon […]

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UK tribunal to rule on secret Operation Blue Star files

UK tribunal to rule on secret Operation Blue Star files

London, Mar : A British tribunal will rule on a Freedom of Information (FOI) request for classified UK Cabinet Office files that are believed to hold information on Britain’s involvement in Operation Blue Star in 1984. A three-day hearing of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) will open in London on Tuesday to determine if […]

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'China's development poses no threat to any country'

Beijing, Mar 4 : China’s development will pose no threat to any other nation, a top official said today as the country for the first time in recent years skirted the customary announcement of its national defence budget ahead of its annual parliament meeting. Every year, the spokesman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), unveils […]

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China 'won't sit idly by' if US harms trade: official

Beijing, Mar 4 :  China will not “sit idly by” if the US tries to hurt its economic interests, a top official said today, after President Donald Trump sparked trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies by announcing plans to impose hefty tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. Zhang Yesui, spokesman of China’s Parliament, […]

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Lanka missing persons office under fire from oppn party

Colombo, Mar 4: Sri Lanka’s office of missing persons has come under fire from the nationalist party backed by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa, alleging that some of its members have campaigned in favour of the LTTE. The Office of Missing Persons (OMP) aims to bring in reparations to the victims of the nearly three-decade long […]