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US lawmaker, a long-time Modi pursuer, faces new reality

Joe Pitts
A Republican lawmaker who has been a leading advocate of denying Narendra Modi a visa in the past, appears reconciled to the PM's coming visit. “He is the elected leader of the country so I think we have to have him here if he wishes to come,” Congressman Joe Pitts said.

Kerry lands in Tel Aviv to broker Gaza truce

Washington's top diplomat flew into Tel Aviv on Wednesday, defying a US flight ban, to try to broker an end to violence in Gaza, which has killed hundreds and hobbled Israel's main airport. Airlines cancel flights to Israel

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Islamic State says carried out Baghdad suicide bombing

Pak suicide attack
Islamic State militants claimed responsibility on Wednesday for an overnight suicide bombing in a Shi'ite district of Baghdad which killed 33 people, one of the deadliest recent attacks in the Iraqi capital.

Millionaire beggar arrested in Saudi Arabia

US dollar
An Arab national, arrested in Saudi Arabia for begging, has turned out to be a millionaire having a fortune of over USD 300,000.

US man claims Africa land, makes daughter a 'princess'

US dollar
He believes that recognition is a real possibility. "I think that once the Egyptian and Sudanese governments realize that we're going to be a positive force for change in the area... they will realize that it's beneficial to recognize the Kingdom of [North] Sudan," he said, adding he hoped to soon enter talks with the two countries.

ISIS crushes, coerces on march towards Baghdad


Using its own version of "soft" and "hard" power, the Islamic State is crushing resistance across northern Iraq so successfully that its promise to march on Baghdad may no longer be unrealistic bravado.

China gets ready for maritime cooperation with Maldives

China's military
China is willing to help Maldives in training its naval personnel and strengthen cooperation in maritime affairs, Beijing's envoy to the country, Wang Fukang, has said.

Jakarta common man Joko Widodo elected Indonesia's president

Indonesian soldiers
Jakarta governor Joko Widodo, who captured the hearts of millions of Indonesians with his common man image, won the country’s presidential election with 53% of the vote, final results showed Tuesday.

European parliament member accuses PM Modi of 'racism'

Maiden cabinet meeting of Modi govt
A Spanish member of the European parliament has raised many eyebrows by tabling a written question about Prime Minister Narendra Modi that revealed a lack or selective knowledge about India and its facts.

Plane crashes in Taiwan, 47 trapped, feared dead

TransAsia Airways, Taiwan plane crash

A plane landing in stormy weather crashed outside an airport on a small Taiwanese island late Wednesday, and the transport minister said 47 people were trapped and feared dead.

Mahatma's bust unveiled in South Korean city


In yet another sign of the growing people-to-people ties between India and South Korea, a bronze bust of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in the South Korean city of Busan to mark the inauguration of an Indian Cultural Centre.

Dutch prepare to fly out MH17 bodies as EU moves to punish Russia

MH 17 crash site

Dutch experts on Tuesday prepared to fly out bodies recovered from downed Malaysian flight MH17, as Europe moved to punish Russia for fanning the rebellion in eastern Ukraine that it believes led to the crash.

Nigeria school offers hope to children caught in Islamist strife

Nigeria education
As the city struggles with a brutal insurgency waged by Boko Haram, that has declared war on education, a school has emerged as a ray of hope by providing meals, uniforms, health care and an education at no cost.

UK announces public inquiry into ex-KGB officer’s death

Russian Spy
After resisting a public inquiry into the 2006 death in London of former KGB officer and Russian dissident Alexander Litvinenko, Britain on Tuesday gave the green signal in the sensitive case that hit the headlines and sparked a major row between the two countries.
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