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Maldives confers country’s highest honour on PM Modi

PTI Male Prime Minister Narendra Modi was conferred with the Maldives’ highest honour “Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” on Saturday during his two-day state visit to the country. The prestigious award was presented to Modi by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during a ceremony here. “The Most Honourable Order of the Distinguished Rule of Nishan Izzuddeen” is the Maldives’ highest honour accorded …

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Bangladeshi arrested in terror plot against NY Times Square

IANS New York For the second time, a Bangladeshi has been arrested in connection with a terrorist plot against Times Square, New York city’s popular tourist area crowded with thousands of visitors. An admirer of slain Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, 22-year-old Ashiqul Alam was arrested after he received two semi-automatic pistols from an undercover law enforcement officer with …

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G20 Finance Ministers call for creation of digital tax

IANS Tokyo The Finance Ministers of the G20 member nations on Saturday called for the creation of a digital tax for multinational technology companies, the details of which will be finalised next year. The initiative was debated on Thursday during a G20 Ministerial Symposium in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, with the world’s leading industrialized countries coming out in favour …

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US envoy says Israel has ‘right’ to annex West Bank land

AFP Jerusalem The US ambassador has said Israel has the right to annex at least “some” of the occupied West Bank, in comments likely to deepen Palestinian opposition to a long-awaited US peace plan. The Palestinians have rejected the plan before it has even been unveiled, citing a string of moves by US President Donald Trump that they say show …

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Beleaguered May formally bows out

PTI London British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday formally resigned as the leader of the ruling Conservative Party, paving the way for a keen contest to decide a new premier who will take charge of the UK’s tough divorce negotiations with the European Union. May, who had stepped down amid mounting pressure over her repeatedly defeated Brexit deal, will …

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India attacks UNSC’s sanctions committee for lack of transparency

PTI United Nations India has strongly criticised the lack of transparency in the functioning of the UN Security Council’s Sanctions Committee which took over a decade to blacklist Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. India’s remarks came a month after getting Azhar blacklisted as a global terrorist by the UN. Referring to the subterranean world of subsidiary …

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Michael Bloomberg promises $500 mn into clean energy effort

PTI Washington Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is plunging $500 million into an effort to close all of the nation’s remaining coal plants by 2030 and put the United States on track toward a 100% clean energy economy. The billionaire Bloomberg’s investment in the Beyond Carbon initiative marks the largest ever philanthropic effort to combat climate change, according …

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UK foreign office appoints Kumar Iyer as chief economist

PTI London Kumar Iyer has been appointed by the UK government as the Chief Economist of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), making him the first Indian-origin member of the department’s management board. Iyer, who was born in London and spent his early years in India, has previously been based in Mumbai as Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner. In this new …

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Grief takes over Eid festivities as 17 die in Dubai bus accident

PTI Dubai Eid holidays turned tragic for a majority of the families of the 17 people, including 12 Indians, who died in a horrific road accident after a bus from Oman crashed in a low-clearance signboard here. Most of the passengers were travelling back to Dubai after a visit to their relatives in neighbouring Oman during the June 3-6 Eid …

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German killer nurse gets life for 85 hospital murders

AFP Germany A German nurse believed to be the most prolific serial killer in the country’s post-war history was handed a life sentence Thursday for murdering 85 patients in his care. Judge Sebastian Buehrmann called Niels Hoegel’s killing spree incomprehensible” and acknowledged the trial left many families with painful unanswered questions. The 42-year-old murdered patients selected at random with lethal …

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