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Six militants killed in Pakistan's Punjab province

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Representational Image Six militants, involved in the killing of a Brigadier of Pakistan's spy agency ISI and several deadly blasts, were shot dead on Sunday during an encounter with the security forces in Punjab, a media report said. According to the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD), the suspects were also involved in the blast near the residence-cum-office of Punjab province Chief Minister Shahbaz Shari last year that claimed 26 lives including eight policemen. The CTD had tracked the militants near Gujrat in Punjab where a gunbattle broke out between them, Geo News reported. The suspects, eight or nine in number, had opened fire on the CTD team. The team killed six suspects in retaliatory fire, while three of them managed to escape, an official said. A CTD spokesperson said the suspects were involved in the killing of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Brigadier Zahoor Fazal Qadri and his brother in Sargodha in 2004. Those killed in the shootout have been identified as Ab..
                 

Important to separate sentiment from facts on H1B regarding visas

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Representational Image Amid the Donald Trump administration's heightened scrutiny of H1B work visas and uncertainty among IT professionals, Nasscom Chairman Rishad Premji has said it is important to "separate the sentiment from the fact" regarding the visas. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China. "I think it is important to separate the sentiment from the fact," Premji told PTI in an interview here. He asserted that of the 65,000 H1B visas issued every year, the Indian IT industry uses less than 10,000, adding that 70 percent of visas go to Indians but they do not go to Indian companies. "This is very, very important to appreciate." He said it is also a fact that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 2.4 million people, according to data fr..
                 

Ireland votes for change; legalises abortion

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Representational picture Dublin: Thousands of people in Ireland voted for a change in the Constitution on Friday, in order to legalise abortion in a Catholic-dominated republic. With a high turnout of 64.13 percent in total; 1,429,98, or 66.4 percent, voted for the amendment and 723,632, or 33.6 percent, against, according to the country's Referendum Commission, CNN reported. The results, which were announced on Saturday, defied earlier projections which said that it would be a tight race. Further, only one county voted no -- the rural and religiously conservative Donegal in the northwest region. "Today is a historic day for Ireland. A quiet revolution has taken place, and today is a great act of democracy," CNN quoted Leo Varadkar, the Prime Minister, or Taoiseach as the office is called in Ireland, as saying. "A hundred years since women gained the right to vote, today we as a people have spoken. And we say that we trust women and respect women to make their own decisions and th..
                 

Ebola virus: One new death confirmed in Congo, toll rises to 12

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Ali Jahangir Siddiqui to Take Charge as Pakistan's Ambassador to US on May 29

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'We have got justice for Savita', says father after Ireland overturns abortion ban

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Things moving very nicely: Donald Trump on June 12 meet with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un

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Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; 6 dead, 30 missing

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Salalah (Oman), May 27 A cyclone more powerful than any previously recorded in southern Oman slammed into the Gulf country and neighbouring Yemen on Saturday, deluging a major city with nearly three years’ worth of rainfall in single day. The storm killed at least six people while more than 30 remain missing, officials said. Cyclone Mekunu caused flash flooding that tore away whole roadways and submerged others in Salalah, Oman’s third-largest city, stranding drivers. Strong winds knocked over street lights and tore away roofing. Rushing waters from the rain and storm surges flooded typically dry creek beds. The holiday destination’s now-empty tourist beaches were littered with debris and foam from the churning Arabian Sea. Three people, including a 12-year-old girl, died in Oman, and another two bodies were recovered from the Yemeni island of Socotra. More than 30 people were still missing in Socotra, including Yemeni, Indian and Sudanese nationals. Yemeni..
                 

Colombia's Top Presidential Hopefuls: Ex-Rebel or Critic of Peace Pact With Rebels

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Freed after 2 years, man jailed in Venezuela returns to US; Donald Trump welcomes him ‘home’

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Pakistan to hold general elections on July 25

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Representational picture Islamabad: Pakistan will hold general elections on July 25, a presidential spokesman has said even as the deadlock between ruling PML-N and the opposition persisted over picking up an interim prime minister. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a letter to the president on May 21 had proposed to hold elections for the National Assembly and four provincial assemblies between July 25 and 27. President Hussain yesterday approved July 25 as the polling date for general and provincial elections, officials in the President Office said. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is expected to be the main challenger to the ruling party in the general elections.The present government will complete the tenure on May 31 and the caretaker government will take over form June 1 and remain in office until a new government is set up through elections. The country experienced its first democratic transition of power in 2013, when the Pakistan ..
                 

North, South Korean leaders meet in surprise summit

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Kim Jong Un (left) with Moon Jae-in at DMZ. Pic/AFP South Korea said President Moon Jae-in met with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un inside the Demilitarised Zone dividing the two nations, a day after US President Donald Trump said his summit with Pyongyang could still go ahead. The Blue House, South Korea's presidential office, said the two leaders held talks for two hours in the truce village of Panmunjom. "They exchanged views and discussed ways to implement the Panmunjom Declaration and to ensure a successful US North Korea summit," the Blue House said in a statement. On Thursday, Trump cancelled his upcoming meeting with Kim, which had been due to take place in Singapore on June 12, only to reverse course a day later and say it could still go ahead after productive talks with the North Korean officials...
                 

'Veil of Secrecy is Lifted': Ireland's Indian-Origin PM Hails Abortion Vote

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How Indian dentist's death made Ireland end abortion ban after 'quiet revolution'

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Ireland holds historic referendum on abortion ban, Irish PM confident of high turnout

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Indian-origin Sikh dies after being shot at in Ohio

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Qatar bans Saudi, UAE goods from stores

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Doha, May 27 Qatar has ordered shops to remove goods originating from a group of Saudi Arabian-led countries which a year ago imposed a wide-ranging boycott on the emirate, Doha officials said on Sunday. A directive from the economy ministry ordered shops to immediately strip shelves of products from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt. Inspectors will visit stores to ensure they comply with the order, the ministry said. The government will also try and stop products such as Saudi dairy goods from entering Qatar via a third country. Qatar’s Government Communications Office (GCO) said it was trying to “protect the safety of consumers”. “Products originating from blockading states, which as a result of the blockade cannot pass the GCC customs territory, has to undergo proper import inspections and customs procedures,” the GCO said in a statement. “Qatar conducts its trade policy in accordance with all of its multilateral and bilateral ..
                 

Afghan President Ghani’s cricket tweet shows good health of Kabul-New Delhi relations

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Ireland votes to liberalise abortion laws with 66 per cent in favour

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North Korea Summit pre-advance team to leave for Singapore: White House

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Ban on abortions in Ireland set to end

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The abortion campaign had gathered steam after an Indian-origin woman, Savita Halappanavar, died in 2012 after her requests to terminate a 17-week pregnancy were denied by the country. Pic/AFP Counting begins in Ireland's historic referendum on abortion as exit polls showed an overwhelming vote in favour of liberalising some of the strictest laws in Europe. Friday's vote to repeal a ban in this traditionally Catholic country was predicted to win by a two-thirds majority. An Irish Times poll of 4,000 said the "Yes" camp was leading by 68 per cent to 32 per cent. Another poll by national broadcaster RTE suggested an even bigger victory, with 69 per cent to 30 per cent backing reforms. "Democracy in action. It's looking like we will make history tomorrow," Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, who backs the reform, said in a tweet. People over 65, however, voted mostly against overhauling the current legislation, which only allows terminations in cases where the mother's life is in danger. Cat..
                 

The Curious Case of The White House Official Trump Says 'Doesn't Exist'

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Pakistan to Elect New Prime Minister on July 25, Imran Khan Pads Up to Face Sharif's Party

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US President Donald Trump says Venezuela has freed American missionary Josh Holt

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Japan ex-PM Nakasone, witness to war and success, turns 100

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As Italy struggles to form a government, Moody’s threatens downgrade

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Marine who died in WWII buried in Massachusetts

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21 Killed, 1.5 Lakh Hit by Onset of North-Eastern Monsoon Rains in Sri Lanka

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Weinstein released on $1 mn bail

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New York, May 26  Harvey Weinstein, who was arrested and arraigned on charges that he raped one woman and forced another to perform oral sex on him, has been released on US$ 1 million bail. According to USA Today, the disgraced Hollywood producer also agreed to wear a GPS tracker and to surrender his passport after turning himself in to police on Friday. Weinstein was carrying three books, including Todd Purdum’s “Something Wonderful: Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Broadway Revolution,” as he got out of a black SUV and walked past the swarm of TV cameras.  His defence attorney Benjamin Brafman told reporters that Weinstein would enter a not guilty plea. “Mr Weinstein has always maintained that he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour with anyone.”  More than 100 women, including prominent Hollywood celebrities such as Gywneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Salma Hayek, Ashley Judd, Uma Thurman and Asia Argento, have publicly a..
                 

Vehicles collide, over 48 killed in Uganda

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Trump attorney Giuliani: White House wants briefing on classified info

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Teacher who confronted Indiana school shooter lauded as hero

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US Aligning with India Against Pakistan, Says Pervez Musharraf

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Leaders of two Koreas hold surprise meeting as Trump revives hopes of summit with

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SEOUL/WASHINGTON, May 26 South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday in an effort to ensure a high-stakes summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump takes place successfully, South Korean officials said. The unannounced meeting is the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic flip-flops surrounding an unprecedented summit between the United States and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders are trying to keep the on-again off-again summit on track. Their two-hour talks at the Panmunjom border village came a month after they held the first inter-Korean summit in more than a decade at the same venue on April 27 and declared they would work toward a nuclear-free Korean peninsula and formally ending the 1950-53 Korean War. "The two leaders candidly exchanged views about making the North Korea-US summit a successful one and about implementing the Panmunjom Declaration," South K..
                 

Ex-Panama President’s jail letter blames US for extradition

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Panama City, May 26 Former Panama president Ricardo Martinelli, jailed in Miami on spying charges while awaiting extradition to his home country, said in a letter released on Friday that the United States reneged on promises from some US officials to offer him a safe-haven. “After years of friendship with this country, I did not expect to be thrown in a US jail,” he wrote in a letter dated May 14 and released by a spokesman. Martinelli was jailed last year in the United States after Panama requested extradition on charges that he used public money to spy on more than 150 political rivals during his 2009-2014 term. A US court authorized the extradition last year, and Martinelli last month maintained his innocence but said he would stop fighting the proceedings for judgment in Panama. In the four-page letter, Martinelli says Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela, a former ally, had sought political revenge, and that he expected the United States to offer “protect..
                 

Four soldiers killed, five wounded in Syria: Russian Defence Ministry

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Asked Which Company She Would Like to Head, Hillary Clinton Gives a Surprising Answer

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Two US warships sail near disputed South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

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US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

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New lava flow crosses onto Hawaii geothermal plant property

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South Korea says North Korea’s Kim reaffirms commitment to summit with Trump

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Pair of Japanese melons sell for record Rs 19.8 lakh

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The pair of Yubari melons that fetched a record price. Pic/AFP A single pair of premium melons yesterday fetched a record 3.2 million yen (Rs 19.8 lakh) at auction in Japan, where the fruit is regarded as a status symbol. Seasonal fruit offerings in Japan routinely attract massive sums from buyers seeking social prestige, or from shop owners wanting to attract customers to "ooh and aah" over the extravagant edibles. The winning bid was placed by a local fruit packing firm for the first Yubari melons to go under the hammer this year at the Sapporo Central Wholesale Market in northern Hokkaido, officials said. Yubari melons are considered a status symbol in Japan — like a fine wine — with many being bought as a gift for friends and colleagues. The best-quality Yubari melons are perfect spheres with a smooth, evenly patterned rind. A T-shaped stalk is left on the fruit, which is usually sold in an ornate box. Even ordinary fruit is comparatively expensive in Japan and it i..
                 

Musharraf: US aligning with India against Pakistan

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Pervez Musharraf The US treats Pakistan according to its needs and "ditches" when it does not require Islamabad, former military ruler Pervez Musharraf has said as he accused America of aligning with India against his country. The former president and chief of All Pakistan Muslim League (APML) in an interview with Voice of America said that Pak-US relations have suffered quite a blow and are currently at "the lowest ebb", the Express Tribune reported. The 74-year-old retired general, who is facing high treason charges, has been living in Dubai since last year when he was allowed to leave Pakistan for medical treatment. He said that there is an absolute requirement to sit with the US and resolve whatever tiff the countries are facing. Musharraf said, "US has supported India very openly from the Cold War era. And now again, the US is aligning itself with India against Pakistan, this affects us directly. We would like the UN to examine India's role in Afghanistan. A one-sided approach..
                 

Ex-Pak President Asif Ali Zardari to Contest Election After 24-Year Gap

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6 dead, 30 missing as powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen

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Pakistan Army summons former ISI chief Durrani for co-authoring book with ex-Raw head

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US missionary home after two years behind bars in Venezuela

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Washington/Caracas, May 27 American missionary Josh Holt, held by Venezuela without trial on weapons charges since 2016, returned home with his wife on Saturday after the South American country’s socialist government unexpectedly released them. They were welcomed to the White House by US President Donald Trump, who told Holt he had been “incredibly brave.” “It’s amazing that you were able to take it ... that was a tough situation,” Trump said during a televised meeting at the Oval Office with Holt’s parents. The freeing of the Mormon missionary from Utah came despite deepening US-Venezuelan tensions that in the last week saw tit-for-tat expulsions of diplomats, Washington’s refusal to recognize the May 20 re-election of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and the imposition of new US sanctions on Caracas. Holt, who was arrested in June 2016 while he was in the country for his wedding to his Venezuela-born wife, said he was “ove..
                 

Fire started by rioting inmates in Iraqi jail kills 7

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Mekunu: Powerful cyclone strikes Oman, Yemen; five dead, 30 missing

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Ireland referendum: Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, abortion rights groups claim win

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Two hurt in US school shooting

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A student and adult embrace outside Noblesville West Middle School after a shooting at the school on May 25, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. One teacher and one student were initially reported injured. Pic/AFP Someone opened fire at a suburban Indianapolis middle school yesterday, injuring an adult and a child before the suspect was taken into custody, authorities said. The victims in the attack at Noblesville West Middle School were taken to hospitals in Indianapolis and their families were notified, Bryant Orem, a spokesman for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said. The suspect is believed to have acted alone and was taken into custody, he said. Indiana University spokeswoman Danielle Sirilla said an adult victim was taken to IU Health Methodist Hospital and child was taken to Riley Hospital for Children. She had no information on the victims' ages or seriousness of their injuries. The attack comes a week after an attack at a high school in Santa Fe that killed eight students an..
                 

With Donald Trump Treating Friends Like Foes, US Allies 'Perplexed'

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Astronaut and Moonwalker Alan Bean Dies at 86

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Trump still sees June 12 Singapore summit with Kim Jong-un, says 'it hasn't changed'

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Ireland set to end abortion ban as exit polls signal landslide vote

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Pakistan announces General Election on July 25

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Islamabad, May 27 Pakistan’s upcoming General Election for Parliament and provincial Assemblies will be held on July 25, according to a decree signed by President Mamnoon Hussain on Saturday. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) in a formal letter last week had proposed the President to grant permission to hold election between July 25 and 27. Sources in the President Office said that Hussain approved July 25 and signed the document to be sent to the ECP to grant it permission to go ahead and hold polls. According to the law, ECP proposes dates to the President to organise the General Election, who is empowered to fix the final date. The present government will complete the tenure on May 31 and the caretaker government will take over form June 1 and remain in office until a new government is set up through elections. It is the second consecutive elected government that is poised to complete the five-year tenure. It was elected in 2013.  Earlier, the ECP announce..
                 

Baby panda born in Malaysia zoo makes public debut

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Subtropical Storm Alberto Heads to the US Gulf; Emergency Preparations Underway

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Trump administration united in its approach to North Korea

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Perplexed, Moon meets Kim again

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Seoul/Washington, May 26  South Korean President Moon Jae-in held a surprise meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to ensure the upcoming high-stakes summit between Kim and US President Donald Trump is a success.  The unannounced meeting is the latest dramatic turn in a week of diplomatic flip-flops surrounding an unprecedented summit between the US and North Korea, and the strongest sign yet that the two Korean leaders were trying to keep the on-again off-again summit on track. Their two-hour talks at the Panmunjom border village came a month after they held the first inter-Korean summit on April 27.  “The two leaders  exchanged views about making the North Korea-US summit a successful one and  implementing the Panmunjom Declaration,” South Korea said.  — Reuters..
                 

Summons to ex-ISI chief over Dullat book

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Islamabad, May 26 Pakistan’s powerful army has summoned former ISI chief Asad Durrani on May 28 to seek clarification over a book he co-authored with India’s ex-spy chief AS Dulat, accusing him of “violating” the military code of conduct. Lt Gen Durrani (retd), who headed the Inter-Services Intelligence from August 1990 till March 1992, along with Dulat has written “The Spy Chronicles: RAW, ISI and the Illusion of Peace”. The Pakistan army in a statement said that Durrani, 77, was being called to General Headquarters (GHQ) on May 28 and “will be asked to explain his position on views attributed to him in the book”. Durrani was summoned after ousted PM Nawaz Sharif demanded an urgent meeting of the high-powered National Security Committee (NSC) to discuss the contents of the book. Durrani made certain observations in the book, including a claim that then PM Yousaf Raza Gillani was fully on board regarding the Abbottabad US Navy Seals o..