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Indian court rejects call for probe into Rafale jet deal

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court rejected petitions on Friday seeking an investigation into a fighter jet deal worth an estimated $8.7 billion with France’s Dassault Aviation, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale planes has become a major political controversy because of the escalating price and a decision to...

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Indian court rejects call for probe into Rafale jet deal

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court rejected petitions on Friday seeking an investigation into a fighter jet deal worth an estimated $8.7 billion with France’s Dassault Aviation, saying there was no evidence of wrongdoing. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s deal for the purchase of 36 Rafale planes has become a major political controversy because of the escalating price and a decision to...

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Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner possible next chief of staff: US media

WASHINGTON: Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner is on the short-list of potential candidates for the president's next chief of staff, US media said Thursday. Kushner, an influential White House adviser and husband of Trump's daughter Ivanka, met with Republican leaders to discuss the job, according to the Huffington Post, which first reported the story. "I am not aware...

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‘Idiot’ trending worldwide after Google CEO explains relation with Trump

The word "idiot" has been searched for over one million times after Google Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was asked during a House Judiciary Committee hearing why an image of US President Donald Trump comes up when you search for the word. During the hearing on Tuesday, titled "Transparency & Accountability: Examining Google and its Data Collection, Use, and Filtering Practices",...

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At least 9 dead, 47 wounded in Ankara Train accident

ANKARA: Nine people were killed and nearly 50 injured in Turkey when a high speed train collided with a locomotive and crashed into a station platform and overpass in an Ankara suburb early on Thursday, officials said. Rescuers worked to free people trapped under the mangled wreckage at Marsandiz train station, 8 km (5 miles) from central Ankara. It was...

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Indian PM Narendra Modi suffers biggest state election loss, boosting opposition

NEW DELHI: India’s ruling party was set to lose power in three key states on Tuesday, dealing Prime Minister Narendra Modi his biggest defeat since he took office in 2014 and boosting the opposition ahead of national polls next year. The results in the heartland rural states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh could force the federal government run by...

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Attack on Afghan intelligence service team kills four

KABUL: An attack targeting members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency just outside the capital Kabul on Tuesday killed at least four people and wounded six others, a senior security official said. The official said it was a suicide attack on an operational team from the National Directorate for Security, but he gave no further details. Reuters.

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Oman allows Israeli planes to use airspace: Netanyahu

Oman will let Israeli planes fly through its airspace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday, in another sign of his country´s efforts toward ties with Arab states despite the conflict with the Palestinians. The announcement follows Netanyahu´s surprise visit to Oman in October. Only two Arab countries -- Jordan and Egypt -- officially recognise Israel. "When I was in Oman...

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Indian state elections could halt Prime Minister Modi’s winning streak

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is staring at election losses in big heartland states, polls show, suggesting that farm distress and a lack of jobs for growing numbers of young people could prove stumbling blocks for his re-election bid in May. India counts votes on Tuesday from five states that chose new assemblies over the past month, but...

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Indian troops martyred 95,238 Kashmiris since Jan 1989: Report

In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops, in their unabated acts of state terrorism, martyred 95,238 innocent Kashmiris, including 7,120 in custody, since January 1989 till date. A report released by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the World Human Rights Day, today, revealed that these killings rendered 22,894 women widowed and 107,551 children orphaned. The troops...

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UK PM can stay on if parliament rejects Brexit deal: Brexit minister

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May can stay on if she loses a crucial vote on her Brexit deal in parliament on Tuesday, her Brexit minister Stephen Barclay said on Sunday. Asked about reports May could delay the vote, which she looks set to lose, and go back to the EU and ask for further concessions, Barclay told the BBC...

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Body found in search for British tourist in New Zealand

MELBOURNE: New Zealand police said on Sunday that they believe they found the body of a missing 22-year-old British woman after charging a 26-year-old man with her murder. Grace Millane, who was traveling the world after finishing university, went missing on Dec. 1 in Auckland. On Saturday the police said that she was murdered and that they were questioning a...

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Trump slams former Secretary of State Tillerson

WASHINGTON : US President Donald Trump on Friday blasted his former secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, in a sharply critical tweet one day after the nation’s former top diplomat publicly recounted that the president had tried to do things in a way that violated the law. Mike Pompeo is doing a great job, I am very proud of him. His...

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US fails to win enough support at UN to condemn Hamas

A US attempt to get the United Nations to condemn violence by Palestinian militant group Hamas for the first time failed on Thursday because the draft resolution fell short of votes needed in the General Assembly. The resolution required two-thirds support and while Assembly resolutions are non-binding, they can carry political weight. The US text received 87 votes in favor,...

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Suicide car bomber kills at least three in southeastern Iran: governor

DUBAI: At least three people were killed and 24 others were injured in a suicide car bomb attack on the police headquarters in Iran’s southeastern port city of Chabahar on Thursday, Iranian state media reported. Television also reported shooting in the area, located in the region of Sistan-Baluchestan, which is home to a Sunni Muslim minority in the largely Shi’ite...

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British middleman held in India over AgustaWestland chopper deal

NEW DELHI: The alleged British middleman in a dicey helicopter deal between India and an Anglo-Italian firm was remanded in custody on Wednesday after being extradited from the UAE, authorities said. Christian Michel James is accused of arranging kickbacks to Indian officials to secure a deal for AgustaWestland to supply New Delhi with 12 helicopters for 556 million euros ($630...

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New Caledonians ordered to shelters in tsunami alert after big quake

NOUMEA: A shallow and powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off New Caledonia Wednesday prompting a tsunami alert and evacuations on the Pacific island, authorities said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that tsunami waves had been "observed" in the region but did not say where. Residents of New Caledonia, which lies north of New Zealand, received text messages directing them to...

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