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Trump unveils merit-based immigration system

US President Donald Trump has rolled out a merit-based immigration system from which foreigners, including hundreds and thousands of Indian professionals and skilled workers, waiting to get Green Cards or permanent legal residency stand to benefit. President Trump said under the proposed system permanent legal residency would be given based on points for their age, knowledge, job opportunities and civic ...

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India, Iran to discuss impact of US ending waivers on import of Iranian oil

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif will hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi today.  Sources said, the talks will primarily focus on the impact of the US ending waivers on import of Iranian oil and ways to deal with it. Both the leaders are expected to discuss the latest developments pertaining to the Iran ...

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Death toll from series of bomb explosions in Sri Lanka rises to 185

In Sri Lanka, the death toll from a series of bomb explosions targeting churches and five-star hotels in capital Colombo has risen to 185, Among the dead, 11 are foreign nationals; At least 469 injured have been admitted to hospitals. People have been advised to stay indoors and not to come out unnecessarily. WhatAapp and Facebook services have been restricted ...

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North Korea demands Mike Pompeo’s removal from nuclear negotiations

North Korea has demanded the removal of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from nuclear negotiations.The demand came after it test-fired a new type of tactical guided weapon, its first such test in nearly half a year. In a statement, Director General of the American Affairs Department at the Foreign Ministry, Kwon Jong Gun accused Mr Pompeo of misrepresenting the ...

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Maldives will go to polls today to elect new parliament

Maldives will go to polls today to elect a new parliament. Polling will begin at 8 AM local time and will continue till 4 PM. Counting of votes will be held after the polling and preliminary results are expected by tomorrow.  This is the third parliamentary election since Maldives adopted multi-party democracy in 2008. A total of 386 candidates are ...

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MPs seize control of Brexit process

British Prime Minister Theresa May is in trouble again as three of her ministers and many MPs from her own party backed an amendment to seize control of Brexit by 329 to 302 votes. The motion in the House of Commons called for alternatives to May’s controversial European Union exit bill, earlier rejected twice by Parliament. Foreign Affairs Minister Alistair ...

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India, Maldives sign three agreements

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih today before concluding her two-day visit to Male.  She also held a meeting with the country’s home minister and leader of Adaalath party Sheikh Imran Abdulla. Mrs Swaraj met her Maldivian counterpart Abdullah Shahid and had a joint ministerial meeting yesterday.  A joint statement said that three agreements were ...

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Iran asks Pakistan to take action against terror groups

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan to take action against the Al-Qaeda linked Jaish ul-Adl terrorist group.  This comes after tensions between Iran and Pakistan escalated last month following the deadly attack on a bus carrying Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) servicemen, which killed as many as 27 and left 13 others wounded.  Two Pakistani nationals ...

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मसूद अजहर के भाई सहित 44 आतंकियों को पाकिस्‍तान ने किया गिरफ्तार

भारत की हवाई हमले के बाद डरे सहमे पाकिस्‍तान ने दुनिया को दिखाने के लिए कार्रवाई करनी शुरू कर दी है। पाकिस्‍तान ने जैश-ए-मुहम्‍मद के सरगना मसूद अजहर के भाई अब्‍दुल रऊफ, हम्‍माद अजहर समेत 44 आतंकियों को गिरफ्तार किया है।  अब्दुर रऊफ ही वह शख्‍स है जिसने IC-814 विमान को हाईजैक किया था। इससे पहले पाकिस्‍तान के विदेश मंत्री महमूद ...

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US lawmaker introduces legislation seeking probe into American non-profit body’s activities in Pak and Kashmir

A US lawmaker has introduced a legislation in the Congress seeking a probe into an American non-profit body’s activities in Pakistan and Kashmir.  The activities include the reported collaboration with components of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the outlawed outfit which carried out the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. The resolution, introduced by Republican Congressman Jim Banks from Indiana, has been moved to House Foreign ...

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