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    Melania forces exit of White House aide

    A senior national security aide to US President Donald Trump was forced to depart the White House on Wednesday, a day after the First Lady Melania Trump sought her exit. On Tuesday the office of the First Lady had gone public saying, deputy national security advisor Mira Ricardel "no longer deserves the honour of serving in this White House." Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a...

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    Modi presents first India-Singapore Hackathon awards

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday felicitated the six winning teams, including three from India, of the first India-Singapore Hackathon, a platform for the youth of the two countries to harness and showcase their innovations. The top six teams, three each from India and Singapore, participated in a 36-hour long Hackathon Grande Finale here. "PM Narendra Modi met and felicitated the...

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    'Sri Lanka has no PM, cabinet after no-confidence vote'

    The Speaker of Sri Lanka's parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, on Thursday said that in his view the country did not have a prime minister or cabinet after Wednesday's no-confidence vote. The parliament passed the no-confidence motion against recently appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and his government, with the backing of 122 lawmakers from the 225-member legislature....

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    'India will remain long-term partner of Afghanistan'

    Asserting that India has been and will remain a long-term partner of Afghanistan, the Afghan finance minister has said that Kabul has no secret deal with New Delhi, while hoping that it can have a similar relationship with Pakistan. "India has been a traditional and long-term partner of Afghanistan spanning over a couple of millennia more. Culturally, commercially in so many things, we...

    • 7 hrs ago
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    Trump names new US ambassador to Saudi Arabia

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday tapped John Abizaid, a top US general from the Iraq war who has studied West Asia for years, as ambassador to Saudi Arabia amid growing friction between the longstanding allies. Abizaid is a fluent Arabic speaker of Lebanese Christian descent who headed US Central Command -- which covers West Asia -- during the Iraq war from shortly after the US invasion in 2003...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    India, US to up ties in oil, energy sector

    India and the US on Wednesday pledged to further strengthen economic cooperation and increase engagement in the oil and energy sector with a view to boost bilateral trade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence had "productive discussions on all aspects of global strategic partnership based on growing convergence of interests on regional and global issues" on the...

    • 16 hrs ago
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    SC declines plea seeking stay on Sabarimala judgement

    The Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to consider a plea challenging no stay order on Sabarimala judgement which allowed entry of women of all age groups into temple. "Wait till January 22," Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi led bench told advocate Mathews J Nedumpara who was seeking stay on its Sabarimala verdict. The court on Tuesday agreed to give an open court hearing on January 22...

    • 18 hrs ago
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    Indian boy returning from Umrah dies on flight

    A four-year-old specially-abled Indian boy has died on a flight due to epileptic seizures on his way back from Saudi Arabia after performing Umrah with his family, according to a media report. Yahya Puthiyapurayil developed epileptic seizures 45 minutes after the Oman Airways flight took-off, a relative was quoted as saying by the Khaleej Times. "He was running a mild fever while boarding the...

    • 22 hrs ago
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    Ohio family charged with murdering eight people

    Four members of a family face the death penalty after a grand jury charged them with the April 2016 execution-style shooting deaths of eight members of another rural Ohio family, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday. Four members of the Wagner family were charged with murdering seven members of the Rhoden family and a fiancée of one of the victims, DeWine told a news conference...

    • yesterday
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    Trump celebrates Diwali, leaves out Hindus in tweet

    President Donald Trump celebrated Diwali at a White House ceremony but surprisingly omitted to mention the Hindus - the largest community in the world that celebrate the festival of lights in his tweets, drawing severe criticism from netizens forcing him to redo his tweet. Trump hosted Diwali celebrations in the historic Roosevelt Room of the White House which was attended by prominent...

    • yesterday

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