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Indian PM in Sri Lanka for UN Buddhist event

Talking about the bilateral and economic relations, Prime Minister Modi said that "economic and social well being of people of Sri Lanka is linked with that of 1.25 billion Indians and security of our societies is indivisible". This assumes significance since China is aggressively trying to make inroads in Sri Lanka. "We will continue to invest in driving positive change and economic growth to deepen our development co-operation", he said.

English is losing importance in Europe — EU's Juncker

Speaking to press on the steps of Downing Street, Mrs. While local issues are usually the main influence in such polls, May's decision last month to call an early general election ensured her own record and Brexit would be on voters' minds.

After Saudi stop, Germany' Merkel heads to neighboring UAE

Siemens signed a framework agreement with the Saudi National Industrial Clusters Development Program (NICDP) which the German group said could lead to equipping infrastructure projects worth at least a billion euros, reported Reuters . Saudi Arabia intends to refrain in future from asking for more weapons from Germany, and to concentrate instead on economic cooperation in other sectors, according to an interview in the German news magazine "Der Spiegel" published on Sunday.

Gina Lopez sad 'business interests have run the day'

In her brief tenure as environment secretary, she campaigned hard against mining companies she believes had been sacking the environment and evicting communities to shore up their bottom lines. His spokesman said Duterte would respect the panel's decision. The complaint read in part that "this Honorable Office must be apprised that Secretary Lopez's surreptitious imposition of the Biochar Project is highly doubtful and suspicious", the complaint read.

Talks between United States and North Korea possible

A senior North Korean diplomat said Saturday Pyongyang would be willing to hold talks with the United States if the conditions are right. The North Korean mission at the United Nations urged UN member-states to "reconsider" applying sanctions adopted by the Security Council, arguing that their legality was questionable.

Mandatory Aadhaar curbs use of fake PAN cards: Govt to Supreme Court

Datar argued that the ambit of a Supreme Court judgment can not be compartmentalised between welfare and no-welfare activities. As the Supreme Court questioned the government about this, the centre admitted for the first time that the leaks had taken place but passed the onus on to state governments.

Gorakhpur riots: UP Government denies permission for CM Adityanath's trial

In case of Shashi Prakash Goyal, a 1989 batch IAS, the DoPT has clarified that his repatriation would not adversely effect his additional secretary empanelment eligibility on the ground of his not having served for a minimum of three years with the central government under the Central Staffing Scheme.

Pak Air Force aircraft crashes in Punjab

Pakistan's armed forces have had several air accidents in the past 18 months, including a crash that killed female jet pilot in another training exercise in November. The aircraft was completely destroyed as a result of the crash. In April, another training aircraft also crashed into a tree in Kalowal near Jehlum.

Trump to work as 'mediator' between Israel, Palestine

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he "fervently shares" US President Donald Trump's commitment to advancing peace. But there is another point of view on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis. According to former White House official Dennis Ross, the gap between Israelis and Palestinians "has probably never been greater". Israel, in turn, has been skeptical of a UN-promoted solution that would allow for the peaceful co-existence of Israeli and Palestinian states.

Mets place Syndergaard on DL with partial tear of lat muscle

The Mets placed Syndergaard on the 10-day disabled list on Monday. "Obviously, if he's not going to throw for six weeks, there is going to be a period of time after that to ramp him back up", Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said . In five starts this season, Syndergaard is 1-2 with a 3.29 ERA, 32 strikeouts and two walks in 27 1/3 innings. "It was my decision for Noah to pitch", Alderson said Monday while also claiming that he "sincerely believed that Noah thought he was fine".

Prominent detentions of foreigners in North Korea

In a statement, Pyongyang University of Science and Technology said Kim was doing agricultural development work with the university's agricultural farm. "The Department of State strongly recommends against all travel by US citizens to North Korea", the official added. Supporters said the legislation was meant to send a strong message to North Korea, amid worldwide concern over the escalation of its nuclear program.

Egypt uncovers chamber of mummies

Stone and clay sarcophagi, inscriptions and animal coffins as well as papyrus pieces written in the ancient Demotic language were also discovered in the 3-kilometre-long site. Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Enany speaks to the media on Saturday in front of mummies following their discovery in catacombs in the Touna el-Gabal district of the Minya province, central Egypt.

Triple talaq row: can not abolish 'Islamic process', says cleric

It was also pointed out that there are many countries in the world that do not allow dissolution of marriage through triple talaq. The Supreme Court on Friday showed the mirror to the votaries of triple talaq asking them that if the Quran did not approve of such practice and different schools of Islamic thought held it as "undesirable", then how did it gain legal sanctity among the Muslim community? Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid who is the amicus curiae in the ongoing Triple Talaq ...

Islamic Solidarity Games: Iran Volleyball Sweeps Saudi Arabia

Baku, Fineko/abc.az. Within the framework of the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games the National Tourism Promotion Bureau will hold a series of cultural events in the Athletes Village, the Media Center of the Games and in the Park named after poet Sabir.

Axelrod Slams Hillary: Stop Making Excuses for Election Loss, 'Move On'

The Oct. 28 letter Comey sent to Congress led to criticism from Democrats who felt his actions cost Clinton the election and from former Justice Department officials for his breaking with the department's long-standing practice of avoiding commenting on investigative actions close to an election that could influence the outcome.

Trump Threatens to Stop White House Press Briefings

Asked to clarify whether there were any tapes as Trump suggested, Spicer said he had nothing further to add to the president's tweets. When asked about that tweet - which reporters characterised as a threat - Mr Spicer largely dodged the question, saying that the tweet speaks for itself.

Wall collapse kills guests at Bharatpur wedding

It will be also checked that no illegal marriage home is functional. The 90-feet-long wall at the venue was built without proper support and had collapsed in heavy winds, Tank said. Police registered a case of culpable homicide against the building owner and were questioning him, Tank said. "The wall and a tin shed attached to it at the marriage venue collapsed due to a storm", said Tank, superintendent of police in Bharatpur, the district of Rajasthan state where the incident occurred, ...

PM Modi visits Seema Malaka Temple in Colombo

Modi is due to be the chief guest of the United Nations worldwide Vesak, or Buddha Day, celebrations on Friday, which is taking place in #SriLanka for the first time in 14 years. Briefing reporters on PM Modi's visit, Joint Secretary (Indian Ocean Region) in the External Affairs Ministry, Sanjay Panda said Prime Minister is not expecting to sign any agreements or engage in any formal meetings during the visit.

South Sudan's ousted army chief "in a fighting mood' - Salva kiir"

Speaking at a news conference held at the presidency in Juba to dispel fears of a new armed conflict in the troubled country between him and Malong, President Kiir said citizens should cease from "inciting fear through the spread of unfounded rumours through social media".

US President Donald Trump couldn't care less about the James Comey mess

Trump tweeted , "James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, tweeted "Mr. But he later told NBC he was "going to fire him regardless of the recommendation". That explains why Trump demanded Comey's loyalty . President Trump during a new interview refused to discuss his tweeted warning to former FBI Director James Comey .

IOC VP Coates confident ahead of Australian Olympic vote

President John Coates said Thursday that he will support a 2028 or 2032 Olympic Games bid by his country should he be re-elected to lead the organization during a vote to be held Saturday. "Although the AOC members did not vote for a change in president, the past six weeks marks a pivotal moment in Australian sport", she told reporters.

Nigeria president attends Friday prayers amid health woes

On his return from Britain Mr Buhari said that he had never been so ill and alluded to having had a blood transfusion, but further details about his condition remain closely guarded. Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu had earlier said that "the president's doctors have advised on his taking things slowly, as he fully recovers from the long period of treatment in the United Kingdom".

Comedians, press make fun of Trump at annual dinner

Washington , As he made fun of President Donald Trump , Indian-American stand-up comedian Hasan Minhaj said that one has such a freedom only in a country like the U.S. The 70-year-old president took time out to take a dig at the dinner. No one. Don Rickles died just so you wouldn't ask him to take this gig. "I would say it is an honor to do this, but that would be an alternative fact".

Turkey deploys 'anti-Kurdish' reinforcements to Syria amid escalation

Erdogan on Saturday repeated his call to the U.S.to cease its support of Syria's Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which Turkey views as a prescribed terror organisation. Erdogan hinted that his country was also ready to repeat its attacks in Sinjar, Iraq, to prevent it from turning into a base for the Kurdish militia.

Active shooter reported at North Lake College in Irving

Police on Thursday released the names of the gunman and victim in a deadly shooting Wednesday at North Lake College in Irving. He also heard police officers telling people to get down. After witnessing this terrible scene, Nanbaksh hid in a room where she turned off all the lights and locked the door while she emailed her bosses about what had just happened.

US judge won't let El Chapo out of solitary confinement

Aispuro, who listened to a translation of the hearing through headphones, did not speak to reporters after the hearing, rushing to a taxi in black stilettos as a horde of worldwide media crowded around her. The kingpin's trial date was set by US District Judge Brian Cogan, who stressed that even April 16, 2018 was "somewhat aspirational" and may need to be postponed.

Bill Nelson amps up fundraising call ahead of Senate AHCA Vote

Fighting the expansion of the welfare state is a fundamental premise of the American conservative movement. Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, said the GOP plan fails to address how the new bill affects health care coverage for those depending on Medicaid.

Tens of thousands gather for Pope's Fatima visit

The Virgin of Fatima is venerated by Catholics around the world, a following underscored by the many national flags fluttering in the huge crowd, estimated at more than half a million. Two Portuguese Air Force F-16 fighter jets escorted the pope's plane as it came in to land at the Monte Real Portuguese Air Force base, which lies amid pine forests a short distance from the rural town of Fatima.

Donald Trump: Israel, Palestine leaders get on 'unbelievably well'

In a joint news briefing with Abbas on Wednesday evening after their first meeting, Trump said he will "do whatever is necessary to negotiate a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians". Trump's promise to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, strongly opposed by Palestinians, has been shifted to the back burner, and he has asked Netanyahu to put unspecified limits on settlement activity.

Car bomb kills eight people near US Embassy in Kabul

Investigators say the suicide auto bomber struck a U.S. military convoy near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. Three coalition service members received "non-life threatening wounds" but are in stable condition, a spokesman for US Forces-Afghanistan said, without confirming their nationalities.

N Korea willing to meet with US if conditions right: diplomat

It is particularly noteworthy that President Trump reacted to the suggestion of talks with the exact same language he reacted recently to questions about starting a nuclear war in Korea, that "we'll see what happens". Trump later said he would be "honoured" to meet the North's leader, Kim Jong Un, under the right conditions. The North responded by pledging to retaliate with a devastating nuclear counterattack, a threat it has made in the past.

N.Korea says will have dialogue with US under right conditions - Yonhap

North Korea's parliamentary committee on foreign affairs has sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives to protest its latest passage of a bill on tougher sanctions against Pyongyang, the North's media said Friday. Choe is reportedly the leader of a North Korean delegation that recently met with a group of American experts, known to be led by Suzanne DiMaggio, director of US think tank New America, in Oslo, Norway, according to South Korean diplomatic sources.

Iraq PM: No US combat troops to stay in Iraq after IS

That is down from the Iraq War high of about 170,000 USA troops in 2007. "At some point, you know, the city will be very hard for enemy fighters or leaders to leave". Nevertheless, that footprint has since expanded, given the Iraqi forces' need for support. The US military did not have any estimates of how many troops could be stationed in Iraq.

Defense Secretary Mattis: The 'Devil's in the details' on Syria 'de-escalation zones'

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem said on Monday that his government would abide by the terms of the plan so long as rebels also observed it, although the Syrian government has also said it will continue to fight what it calls terrorist groups.

James Clapper on collusion between Russia, Trump aides: There could be evidence

The veiled threat added to the storm over Trump's abrupt firing of Comey on Tuesday. The Intelligence Committee is in the midst of a broad investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and ties with Trump's campaign. Spicer would neither confirm nor deny that the president has some sort of recording system in the White House. The remark deepened the sense of crisis surrounding the White House since Trump's dismissal of Comey on Tuesday evening.