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Category: World News

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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Romania’s ruling majority decides to topple own gov’t by no-confidence motion

16 June, Bucharest: Romania’s major ruling Social Democratic Party decided Thursday to submit a censure motion against its own government to topple Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu who refuses to resign. The Social Democrat leadership made the move at a meeting of the National Executive Committee by unanimous votes. The Executive Committee also voted, unanimously, to expel Grindeanu from the party. Party leader Liviu Dragnea announced late Wednesday to call the meeting to nominate a new prime minister after the party decided to withdraw its political support for Grindeanu. Grindeanu has a tense relationship with the party’s main leaders recently...

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Trump being probed for possible obstruction of justice: report

15 June, Washington: The special counsel appointed to probe alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential polls is now also investigating President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice, according to a media report. The probe by special counsel Robert Mueller, a former FBI chief, “marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin,” The Washington Post reported. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes by...

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Bangladesh landslides toll reaches 137

14 June, Dhaka: Bangladesh today launched a fresh rescue campaign as the death toll due to landslides triggered by heavy monsoon rains climbed to 137 with the majority of them reported in a remote hill district close to the Indian border. Southeastern hilly districts of Chittagong, Bandarban and Rangamati are the worst affected districts, officials said, adding that the toll will rise further as many are still missing under tonnes of debris in southeastern hills. Officials confirmed 129 deaths but media reports put the toll as high as 137 in nearly three days’ of torrential rains due to a...

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Pakistani navy chief visits Sri Lanka

14 June, Colombo: Pakistan’s Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah is in Sri Lanka on an official visit, a statement from the Pakistan High Commission here said on Tuesday. The statement said the admiral was warmly received by the Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne. The statement said that during his visit, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah exchanged views with the Sri Lankan side on issues of bilateral importance and mutual interest, and called on top military officials in Sri Lanka....

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China establishes highest military award

13 June, Beijing: China has established its highest military award, the Order of August 1 (Bayi). The selection process for the first batch of winners has begun. Approved by the Central Military Commission, the Order of August 1 will be awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions to safeguarding the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests, and advancing the modernization of national defense and the armed forces. A list of 17 candidates nominated by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed police force and public security force have been made public to receive comments both from the military...

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U.S. appeals court ruling on Trump’s revised travel ban imminent

13 June, Washington:  A U.S. appeals court is set to rule on Monday on whether to uphold President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, a court official from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said. The court is reviewing a March ruling by a Hawaii-based federal judge that blocked parts of Trump’s order that aimed to temporarily halt the entry of people from six Muslim-majority nations and refugees....

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