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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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Major issues, minimal expectations for G-7 summit in France

AP Biarritz (France) The world economy is getting shakier by the day, the Amazon has burned its way to the center of the climate change debate, and the leaders of the world’s leading democracies will sit around a single table, theoretically charged with coming up with solutions for the biggest problems of the day. Except that US President Donald Trump …

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British Airways strike causes flight cancellations

IANS London The British Airways strike next month is to cause at least five consecutive days of flight cancellations, the airlines said on Saturday. British Airways pilots announced three days of strikes – taking place on September 9, 10 and 27 – in a dispute over wages, the BBC reported. The British Airline Pilots Association (Balpa) said on Friday the …

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HK police fire tear gas at protesters in fresh clashes

IANS Hong Kong The riot police fired tear gas and baton-charged protesters in Hong Kong on Saturday as a tense standoff turned violent in the 12th week of anti-government protests with Beijing accusing the US forces of sponsoring the movement. Thousands of demonstrators, many in hard hats and gas masks, marched through the industrial Kwun Tong area and were stopped …

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Russia launches first ever floating nuclear power plant

IANS Moscow Russia has launched the world’s only floating nuclear power plant, built to withstand tsunamis and crashes with icebergs, despite criticism by environmentalists who consider it a time bomb comparable to the Chernobyl nuclear station. The Akademik Lomonosov set sail on Friday from the northern White Sea port of Murmansk and was headed for Pevek in the Chukotka region …

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