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Category: World News

A police officer was beaten to death by an angry mob

24 June, Srinagar, India: A police officer was beaten to death by an angry mob outside a mosque in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said Friday, as tensions in the volatile disputed region ran high. Witnesses said the mob attacked Mohammad Ayub Pandith late Thursday after he fired his pistol when confronted by worshippers at the mosque in the main city of Srinagar who suspected him of being a government spy.Violence between government forces and civilians has spiked in recent months in the Himalayan region, where many oppose Indian rule. A police statement said Pandith, a deputy superintendent with the security...

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US jobless claims nudge higher in mid-June but remain low

23 June, Washington: New claims for US jobless benefits edged slightly higher in mid-June, but the record streak of low levels continued, indicating the labor market remains tight, the Labor Department reported Thursday. The results suggested the overall jobless rate may remain near its current 16-year low of 4.3 percent because Thursday’s figures were collected the same week as the survey to determine June’s unemployment numbers. For the week ending June 17, new claims for unemployment benefits were 241,000, up 3,000 from the prior week’s revised level and in line with analyst expectations. Weekly claims have been below 300,000...

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24 Indians file nominations to contest presidential poll

22 June, New Delhi: Some 24 people have filed nominations to contest the upcoming presidential poll in India since the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Monday named the eastern state of Bihar’s Governor Ram Nath Kovind as its choice for the top constitutional post. The presidential election is slated for July 17 and the results are to be declared on July 20. The incumbent President Pranab Mukherjee’s five-year tenure expires in July-end. However, sources said Thursday that none of the 24 people is backed by political parties, including the country’s main opposition Congress party, and they have all filed...

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At least 15 killed in Somalia car bombing

21 June, Mogadishu: At least 15 people were killed and several others injured in a car bomb attack at Wadajir district in Somalia’s Mogadishu on Tuesday, an official has said. Internal security ministry spokesman Ahmed Mohamed Mohamud said the death toll could rise as those injured are in critical condition....

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In China, universities teach how to go viral online

20 June, Shanghai: A 21-year-old student walked around her campus in China using invaluable skills she learned in class: Holding a selfie stick aloft, she livestreamed her random thoughts and blew kisses at her phone. Jiang Mengna is majoring in “modelling and etiquette” at Yiwu Industrial & Commercial College near Shanghai, aspiring to join the growing ranks of young Chinese cashing in on internet stardom. Hordes of Chinese millennials are speaking directly to the country’s 700 million smartphone users, streaming their lives to lucrative effect, fronting brands and launching businesses.They are known as “wanghong” — literally hot on the...

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India’s ruling party picks Dalit as presidential candidate

20 June, New Delhi: India’s ruling party on Monday named a lawyer from the lowest Dalit caste as its candidate for president, a move seen as an attempt to reach out to the marginalised community. Ram Nath Kovind, 71, is likely to take up the largely ceremonial post when the term of Pranab Mukherjee ends next month, becoming the second Dalit to be India’s head of state. The president is voted in by an electoral college comprised of federal and state lawmakers, and the ruling ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is thought to have the support it needs to...

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U.S. shoots down Syrian fighter jet over Syria

19 June,2017 A U.S. Navy fighter jet shot down a Syrian regime fighter jet on Sunday that had dropped bombs on Syrian rebel forces fighting ISIS in Syria, marking the first time the U.S. has engaged in air-to-air combat there and signaling an escalation of the conflict. The incident market the first time an American aircraft has shot down another country’s aircraft in air-to-air combat since 1999 during the Kosovo air campaign when a U.S. Air Force F-16 shot down a Serbian Mig-29. The U.S.-led coalition said in a statement that its focus is on fighting ISIS, and not...

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Protesters block National Highway 31A at some places in Darjeeling district

19 June, Darjeeling/Gangtok: Protesters today blocked the national highway 31A at some places in Darjeeling district to protest the death of three GJM activists on Saturday. Protesters blocked the NH 31A at some places in the district, official sources said today. The 92 km long NH 31A connects Sevoke in Darjeeling district to Gangtok and is considered the lifeline of Sikkim. Around 30 km of the highway passes through West Bengal. Sikkim government sources in Gangtok said they had yesterday requested their West Bengal counterpart to provide security to vehicles passing through Darjeeling district in NH 31A in view...

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Putin says US sanctions will ‘complicate relations’

17 June, Moscow: New US sanctions on Russia approved by the Senate will complicate the countries’ relations, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a TV interview Saturday. “Of course this will make Russia-US relations more complex,” Putin said in an excerpt from an interview due to air in full at 1700 GMT on Rossiya-1 television. “I think it is harmful,” the Kremlin strongman said, while adding that “it is premature to talk now about any response.” Nevertheless he warned that Russia would have to “adjust something” or “do something extra.” The president insisted that US sanctions would not lead...

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Queen Elizabeth II talks of nation’s sombre mood in her birthday message

by Larry Neild 17 June, London: Queen Elizabeth II, spoke Saturday of the sombre mood sweeping the nation following the attacks in London and Manchester and the fire that swept this week through Grenfell Tower in west London. In a message to mark her official birthday, Queen Elizabeth II says: “Today is traditionally a day of celebration. This year, however, it is difficult to escape a very sombre national mood. In recent months, the country has witnessed a succession of terrible tragedies.” The Queen’s message continued: “During recent visits in Manchester and London, I have been profoundly struck by...

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