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Modi meets Biden, Trudeau, others during G7 Summit

     By Aditi KhannaBARI,    PRIME Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met a host of world leaders, including US President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea..

Muslims begin Haj pilgrimage in Saudi

    MINA (Saudi Arabia),     IN SWELTERING temperatures, Muslim pilgrims in Mecca converged on a vast tent camp in the desert on Friday, officially opening the annual Haj pilgrimage. Ahead of their trip, they c..

45 Indians victims of Kuwait building fire

     DUBAI/KUWAIT CITY,    KUWAITI authorities have identified the bodies of 45 Indians and three Filipino nationals killed in the tragic fire incident in a building housing foreign workers in the Gulf Kingdom,..

US, Europe clear way to $50 bn loan for Ukraine; keep Russian assets locked up

    Borgo Egnazia,    President Joe Biden and top global allies took action on dual fronts on Thursday to reinforce their solidarity with Ukraine as it fights off Russia’s invasion, with Group of Seven leaders..

Indians among 49 killed in Kuwait building fire

    DUBAI/KUWAIT CITY,    A MASSIVE fire engulfed a multi-storey building in Kuwait housing foreign workers early on Wednesday, killing at least 49 people, mostly Indians, and injuring more than 50 others, according..

Bangladesh court indicts Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and others on charges of embezzlement

Bangladesh court indicts Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus and others on charges of embezzlement..

Malawi’s Vice President, nine others killed in plane crash

    BLANTYRE (Malawi),    MALAWI’S Vice President and nine others were killed in a plane crash, the country’s President said Tuesday. The wreckage of the military plane carrying Vice President Saulos Chi..

President Biden’s son, Hunter, convicted of all 3 felonies in federal gun trial

    WILMINGTON,   HUNTER Biden was convicted on Tuesday of all three felony charges related to the purchase of a revolver in 2018 when, prosecutors argued, the President’s son lied on a mandatory gun-purchase form ..

UNSC adopts resolution to end Israel-Hamas war

THE UN Security Council on Monday approved its first resolution endorsing a ceasefire plan aimed at ending the eight-month war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. The US-sponsored resolution welcomes a cease-fire proposal announced by President Joe Biden that the United States says Israel has accepted. It calls on the militant Palestinian group Hamas, which initially said it viewed the proposal “positively”, to accept the three-phase plan. Hamas responded to the adoption by saying it welcomed the resolution ..

India fastest growing economy, to clock 6.7 pc growth over 3 years: World Bank

INDIA will remain the fastest-growing major economy recording a steady growth of 6.7 per cent in the next three years including the current financial year, said a World Bank report released on Tuesday. In India, growth is estimated to have picked up to 8.2 per cent in fiscal year (FY) 2023/24 (April 2023 to March 2024) -- 1.9 percentage points higher than estimated in January, according to the World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report. It further said global growth is projected to hold ..

In Italy's Puglia region, women take the lead in challenging the local mafia at great personal risk

In Italy's Puglia region, women take the lead in challenging the local mafia at great personal risk..

Man assaults Danish PM; to appear in pre-trial custody hearing

    COPENHAGEN,    A MAN who reportedly assaulted the Danish Prime Minister in central Copenhagen will appear in a pre-trial custody hearing on Saturday, authorities said. Police confirmed “there has been an i..

Right time to reset relations: China’s State-run newspaper

    NEW DELHI,    As the BJP-led NDA is all set to form a Government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the third consecutive time, one of China’s leading English-language newspapers said..

‘Judges reflect continuity of constitutional values’

    OXFORD,    While elections lie at the core of India’s constitutional democracy, judges reflect a sense of continuity of constitutional values that protect the system, Chief Justice of India D Y Chandrachud..

China’s Chang’e-6 successfully lands on rarely explored Moon’s far side to collect samples

     By K J M VarmaBEIJING,    A CHINESE spacecraft successfully touched down on the far side of the Moon on Sunday, in the first endeavour of its kind to collect samples from this rarely explored terrain. The ..

S Africa’s partial poll results show ANC falling under 50%; coalition Govt likely

     JOHANNESBURG,     South Africa was heading closer to the reality of a national coalition Government for the first time on Friday as partial election results put the ruling African Nation Congress well shor..

Donald Trump convicted of felony

     By Lalit K JhaWASHINGTON,   DONALD Trump has been found guilty of all 34 charges of falsifying business records by a grand jury in New York, an unprecedented and historic verdict that makes him the first former..

Iran rules out sabotage explosion behind Raisi’s helicopter crash

    TEHRAN,    Iran has ruled out the possibility of a sabotage explosion leading to the helicopter crash that resulted in the deaths of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and his entourage, local media reported. The G..

On spelling's saddest day, hyped National Spelling Bee competitors see their hopes dashed

On spelling's saddest day, hyped National Spelling Bee competitors see their hopes dashed..

India’s contributions to global peace, securityexceptional: Kamboj

INDIA’S Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ruchira Kamboj lauded the country’s exceptional contributions to global peace and security on the occasion of International Day of UN Peacekeepers adding that the country’s peacekeepers have time and again shown unwavering courage to protect vulnerable communities around the world. In a video message on Wednesday, Kamboj remembered those who laid their lives as part of UN peacekeeping forces and noted they have made “ultimate sacrifice under ..

Owner of UK's Royal Mail says it has accepted a takeover offer from a Czech billionaire

Owner of UK's Royal Mail says it has accepted a takeover offer from a Czech billionaire..

N Korean rocket carrying its 2nd spy satellite explodes in mid-air

     SEOUL,    A ROCKET launched by North Korea to deploy the country’s second spy satellite exploded shortly after liftoff on Monday, State media reported, in a setback for leader Kim Jong Un’s hop..

Taiwan’s legislature passes changes seen as favouring China, reducing President’s power

     TAIPEI,      TAIWAN’S Opposition-controlled legislature passed changes on Tuesday that are seen as favouring China and diminishing the power of the island’s President, sparking protests by..

Lithuanian President reelected in landslide win over PM Ingrida

    COPENHAGEN,    LITHUANIAN President Gitanas Nauseda secured a second five-year term as Lithuanian President in a landslide victory over Prime Minister Ingrida Šimonyte. Preliminary figures by the Lithuania’..

At least 19 killed as tornadoes rip through Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas

     By Seema Hakhu KachruHOUSTON,    AT LEAST 19 people, including two children, have been killed in powerful storms that ravaged the states of Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas in the central US, destroying homes ..

WHO begins meet to reinforce global preparedness for next pandemic

     GENEVA,    THE World Health Organisation begins its annual meeting on Monday with Government Ministers and other top envoys hoping to reinforce global preparedness for the next pandemic in the devastating ..

National Spelling Bee reflects economic success of immigrants from India

     NEW YORK,      WHEN Balu Natarajan became the first Indian American champion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 1985, a headline on an ‘Associated Press’ article read, “Immigran..

Exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates magic of fables

Exhibition at Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates magic of fables..

North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its 2nd spy satellite, South Korean military says

North Korea appears to be preparing to launch its 2nd spy satellite, South Korean military says..

9 killed, 63 injured as strong winds topple stage at campaign rally in northern Mexico

     SAN PEDRO GARZA GARCIA,       A STRONG gust of wind toppled the stage at a campaign rally on Wednesday evening in the northern Mexican State of Nuevo Leon, killing at least nine people - includin..

Iran inters late President, others at holiest Shiite site after crash

      DUBAI,     IRAN interred late President Ebrahim Raisi at the holiest Shiite shrine in the nation on Thursday, days after a fatal helicopter crash killed him along with the country’s Foreig..

Taiwan scrambles jets and puts missile, naval and land units on alert over China's military drills

Taiwan scrambles jets and puts missile, naval and land units on alert over China's military drills..

Summiteer Kami Rita climbs Mt Everest for 30th time; second record in 10 days

     KATHMANDU,    NEPAL’S veteran summiteer Kami Rita Sherpa made history on Wednesday by scaling Mt Everest for the 30th time, breaking his own record that he made 10 days ago for the highest number of ..

Vietnam’s top security official To Lam confirmed as President

     BANGKOK,    VIETNAM’S top security official To Lam was confirmed on Wednesday as the nation’s new President. He oversaw police and Intelligence operations over a period when rights groups say b..

Iran bids tearful adieu to President Raisi, 8 others

IRAN’S supreme leader presided over a funeral on Wednesday for the country’s late President, Foreign Minister and seven others killed in a helicopter crash, as tens of thousands later followed a procession of their caskets with teary eyes through the capital, Tehran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held the service at Tehran University, the caskets of the dead draped in Iranian flags with their pictures on them. On the late President Ebrahim Raisi’s coffin sat a black turban — signifying him as a direct ..

Nepalese climber Kami Rita climbs Mt Everest for 30th time; second record in 10 days

Nepalese climber Kami Rita climbs Mt Everest for 30th time; second record in 10 days..

Prachanda wins 4th vote of confidence in Nepal Parlt

     KATHMANDU,    NEPAL Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Monday won a vote of confidence in Parliament, the fourth within 18 months of taking office, amidst sloganeering by the main..

China must stop military intimidation: Taiwan’s Lai

     TAIPEI,    TAIWAN’S new President, Lai Ching-te, said in his inauguration speech on Monday that he wants peace with China and urged it to stop its military threats and intimidation of the self-govern..

Gopi Thotakura shares his excitement after becoming 1st Indian space tourist on Blue Origin's private astronaut launch

Gopi Thotakura shares his excitement after becoming 1st Indian space tourist on Blue Origin's private astronaut launch..

Who is Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, appointed acting president after crash?

Who is Iran's first vice president, Mohammad Mokhber, appointed acting president after crash?..

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian protesters rally in rain in US to mark a painful present and past

     WASHINGTON,   HUNDREDS of protesters rallied within sight of the US Capitol, chanting pro-Palestinian slogans and voicing criticism of the Israeli and American Governments as they marked a painful present ̵..

Helicopter carrying Iran’s President ‘crashes’ in foggy, mountainous region

    DUBAI,      A HELICOPTER carrying Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, the country’s Foreign Minister and other officials apparently crashed in the mountainous northwest reaches of Iran on Sunday, sparki..

Aishwarya Rai Bachchanwalks in blue-silver gownin second appearance

IN HER second appearance at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan once again opted for a gown by designer duo Falguni Shane Peacock. Aishwarya woreashimmery blue and silver gown as she walked the red carpet on Friday for the screening of acclaimed filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos’ latest feature “Kinds of Kindness”, starring two-time Oscar winner Emma Stone...

Pakistan Interior Minister praises India for supporting businessmen

     By M ZulqernainLAHORE,    PAKISTAN’S Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi has praised India, noting that it supports its businessmen, which he cites as one of the reasons for the country’s progress, ..

President Putin focuses on boosting trade and cultural ties with China

    BEIJING,      RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin focused on trade and cultural exchanges on Friday on his State visit to China that started with bonhomie in Beijing and a summit with China’s leader Xi J..

Israel denies genocide charges at ICJ

      THE HAGUE,      ISRAEL strongly denied charges of genocide on Friday, telling the United Nations’ top court it was doing everything it could to protect the civilian population during its m..

During Putin’s visit, Xi hints at political settlement to end Ukraine war

     BEIJING,    CHINESE President Xi Jinping on Thursday hinted at a political settlement to end the Ukraine war, saying he expects peace and stability will return to the European continent, shortly after his ..

Russia says it downed 10 US-supplied missiles over Crimea as Blinken visits Kyiv

Russia says it downed 10 US-supplied missiles over Crimea as Blinken visits Kyiv..

Putin begins his fifth term as president, more in control of Russia than ever

Putin begins his fifth term as president, more in control of Russia than ever..

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams set to fly into space for a third time on Tuesday

Indian-origin astronaut Sunita Williams set to fly into space for a third time on Tuesday..