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Kamran Nasir was in a finance lecture in Australia when a gunman slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch. Within hours he had joined a band of about 60 volunteers on their way to wash the dead victims, in the sombre aftermath of New Zealand's worst modern mass shooting spree.

10:57:01 on 18 Mar

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A cyclone that ripped across Mozambique and Zimbabwe has killed at least 162 people with scores more missing and caused "massive" destruction in the Mozambican city of Beira. Cyclone Idai tore into the centre of Mozambique on Thursday night before barreling on to neighbouring Zimbabwe, bringing flash floods and ferocious winds, and washing away roads and houses.

05:30:34 on 18 Mar

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A young Indian man, who had moved to New Zealand with his wife last year, lost her to a gruesome attack after a gunman opened fire at Christchurch mosque, killing many. After two years of marriage, Abdul Nazer and Ansi Alibava had moved to New Zealand with dreams of a better future. Alibava was pursuing a master's degree from Lincoln University.

05:07:58 on 18 Mar

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China arrested nearly 13,000 terrorists and dismantled over 1,500 terror gangs in the northwestern Xinjiang province since 2014, the government said in a new policy paper on Monday. Beijing faces international criticism for setting up what the UN has called detention camps holding more than a million members from the Uyghur Muslim community in XUAR.

04:59:08 on 18 Mar

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Several people were wounded in a shooting on a tram in the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday, police said, with local media reporting counter-terrorism police at the scene. "A shooting occurred on the 24 Oktoberplein in Utrecht...Multiple people have been injured. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and we are investigating the matter," Utrecht police said on Twitter.

04:38:10 on 18 Mar

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China on Monday said it would discuss the dip in ties between New Delhi and Islamabad with the visiting foreign minister of Pakistan, as part of a broader diplomatic push to ease tensions in South Asia. As India-Pakistan escalated last month, Chinese vice Foreign Minister Kong Xuanyou had visited Pakistan.

03:29:47 on 18 Mar

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India’s former NSA Shivshankar Menon on Sunday, 17 March, hinted that China was indeed “picking sides” after Indo-Pak tensions by sending fighter jets to perform in Pakistan’s National Day. The J-10 fighter jets of the Chinese PLA Air Force's Bayi Aerobatic Team arrived in Pakistan on Saturday, 16 March, in preparation for a flight performance on Pakistan's National Day.

03:22:46 on 18 Mar

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AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes has deleted his Facebook account over the circulation of a video of the Christchurch mosques carnage that claimed the lives of 50 people, saying the social media giant needed to "clean up and not just think of financials". Fernandes, who had 670,000 followers, announced his decision in a series of tweets on Sunday, reports CNN.

03:02:13 on 18 Mar

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The world is shaken after the brutal shooting that took place at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 this year. The attacker, 28-year-old Brenton Harrison Tarrant, single-handedly carried out the attacks, killing over 50 people within a span of 36 minutes during the Friday prayers.

02:30:25 on 18 Mar

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The owner of a New Zealand gun store said on Monday the man charged with murder in Christchurch's mass shooting had bought firearms and ammunition online from the store, but it did not sell him the high-powered weapon used in the mosque shootings. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday.

12:13:01 on 18 Mar

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The man accused of mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand has fired his lawyer and plans to represent himself in court, leading to speculation that he might try to use his trial as a platform for extremist views. Brenton Tarrant, who has been charged with one count of murder, appeared to be lucid and not mentally unstable, said Richard Peters, his former attorney.

10:26:15 on 18 Mar

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In the “Operation Varsity Blues” case that federal prosecutors announced on March 12, dozens of people stand accused of having bought their children’s way into elite colleges and universities. There is no major difference between this admission fraud case and how many wealthy families can buy their children’s way into elite colleges through “back” and “side” doors.

02:55:01 on 18 Mar

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Terror mastermind Masood Azhar had undertaken a month-long sojourn to England to collect funds for militants operating in Jammu and Kashmir and received Rs 15 lakh (Pakistani currency), though he got a “very poor” response while travelling to Sharjah and Saudi Arabia before arriving in India in 1994, according to an interrogation report available with security agencies.

07:55:01 on 17 Mar

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Irked over disclosure of information regarding the UN's rejection of Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed's plea for removal of his name from the list of global terrorists earlier this month, Pakistan has written to the global body urging the setting up of an enquiry to find out how India's news agency, Press Trust of India (PTI), got the information.

04:55:25 on 17 Mar

On Masood Azhar, Chinese Envoy Says

Chinese ambassador Luo Zhaohui today assured that the matter of designating Jaish-e Mohammed chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist will be "resolved". China had put an "hold" on the ban last week an hour before the deadline for sending objections - its fourth such move in a decade.

03:10:01 on 17 Mar

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The Houston chapters of GKPD and Friends of India Society International took out a protest against Pakistans state policy on terrorism that has penetrated deep into India and spread its tentacles globally. The strong diaspora contingent met on Saturday here carrying banners . There was huge sloganeering against Pakistan that they termed as the "terror hub".

02:50:51 on 17 Mar

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Sunday said she intends to ask Facebook how the Christchurch gunman, who slaughtered 50 people during Friday prayers, was able to livestream the massacre. Besides being livestreamed on Facebook, the video, lasting 17 minutes, was shared repeatedly on YouTube and Twitter, before being removed by the social media giant.

02:43:15 on 17 Mar

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The death toll from horrifying shootings at two mosques in New Zealand rose to 50, police said Sunday, as Christchurch residents flocked to memorial sites and churches across the city Sunday to lay flowers and mourn the victims. The additional death was discovered as bodies were being removed from the mosques in the southern city, police said.

06:57:01 on 17 Mar

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The Bangladesh cricket team arrived home in Dhaka late Saturday night, a day after narrowly escaping the mosque attack that killed 50 people in New Zealand. At least 17 members of the Bangladesh cricket team drove up to Christchurch's Masjid al Noor mosque in a bus to join Friday prayers when a gunman stormed the building.

06:27:01 on 17 Mar

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Overwhelming emotional support poured out from New Zealand residents for the victims of the carnage at two mosques in Christchurch. Tributes lined the city's botanical gardens in the form of flowers, cards, toys from children and people leaving their phone numbers to lend emotional support to the families of the victims of the shooting.

11:30:48 on 16 Mar

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A month after a suicide bomber’s SUV laden with 350 kg explosives hit a CRPF convoy killing 40 personnel in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistani Senator Mushahid Hussain Sayed has called the gruesome Pulwama attack ‘Pakistan’s finest hour’ in the last 20 years after the nuclear test in 1998. Pakistan-based terrorist outfit JeM claimed responsibility for the ghastly attack.

10:25:07 on 16 Mar

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The 28-year-old main suspect in mass shootings at two New Zealand mosques that killed 49 people and injured dozens was produced in court a day after the attacks. Brenton Harrison Tarrant, an Australian citizen, appeared before a local court in Christchurch on murder charges and was sent to jail until his next scheduled appearance in the South Island city's HC on April 5.

10:09:24 on 16 Mar

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The US and two other permanent Security Council members, France and Britain, are believed to be in intense "good faith" discussions with China to arrive at a "compromise" on the UN designation of Jaish chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. On Wednesday, China blocked for the fourth consecutive time a resolution on designating Azhar as a global terrorist.

10:00:26 on 16 Mar

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New Zealand's PM vowed to toughen the country's gun laws after revealing that the man charged with murdering 49 people in two mosques legally purchased the arsenal of firearms used in the massacre. Jacinda Ardern said the gunman, a 28-year-old Australian, obtained a "Category A" gun licence in November 2017 and began purchasing the five weapons used in the attacks.

08:57:01 on 16 Mar

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the attack and expressed grief over the loss of lives. In a letter addressed to the NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, he offered heartfelt prayers for those injured and underscored India's solidarity with the country in the difficult times. He further also stressed on India's condemnation of terrorism in all forms and manifestation.

07:31:49 on 15 Mar

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The first Indian victim of New Zealand mosque mass shootings identified so far is critical and fighting for life in a NZ hospital. The victim's name is Ahmed Jehangir and was shot at in New Zealand mosque mass shootings. AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi has asked the government, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to help Ahmed Jehangir's brother Iqbal Jehangir.

07:00:31 on 15 Mar

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Senior Indian army officers have confirmed that more than 12000 Indian troops were deployed along the India-Myanmar border between February 17 and March 2 but categorically dismissed reports of a cross-border strike by Indian armed forces along the lines of last month’s air force strike on Balakot in Pakistan.

06:54:59 on 15 Mar

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At least 9 people of Indian nationality or Indian origin have been listed as missing after Friday’s Christchurch shootings at two New Zealand mosques, Indian envoy to New Zealand Sanjiv Kohli tweeted, citing updates received from multiple sources. Prime Minister Ardern has condemned the shooting, described as the country’s worst ever mass shooting, as a terrorist attack.

06:47:00 on 15 Mar

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As terrorists opened fire inside two mosques in New Zealand’s Christchurch, among the many who were shot at was Hyderabad-native Ahmed Iqbal Jahangir. Jahangir was rushed to a hospital & is battling for his life. His family has now appealed to the Centre and the Telangana govt to expedite the visa process of his brother, Khursheed, so that he can travel to Christchurch.

05:44:48 on 15 Mar

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The pilot of the Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed requested permission “in a panicky voice” to return to the airport shortly after takeoff. The report cited “a person who reviewed air traffic communications” from Sunday’s flight saying controllers noticed the plane was moving up and down by hundreds of feet, with its speed appearing unusually fast.

05:42:42 on 15 Mar

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Adeadly mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand during Friday prayers has horrified residents of the South Pacific nation known for its low levels of gun violence and a reputation for tolerance and safety. 49 people were killed and more than 20 seriously wounded in the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said.

03:49:47 on 15 Mar

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Aviation regulators worldwide laid down a stark challenge for Boeing to prove that its grounded 737 Max jets are safe to fly amid suspicions that faulty software might have contributed to two crashes that killed 346 people in less than 6 months. US regulators may be forced to answer questions about the plane's design.

03:07:38 on 15 Mar

On Friday, a gunman opened fire in Christchurch, New Zealand, killing multiple people in a mass shooting that New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has called "an extraordinary and unprecedented act of violence." In his 73-page manifesto, the white supremacist called himself the support of US President Donald Trump “as a symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose”.

01:46:00 on 15 Mar

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As New Zealand police and social media platforms scrambled to remove the video of the Christchurch shootings – apparently live-streamed by one of the perpetrators – from Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, several Australian media outlets broadcast some of the footage. Sky News Australia repeatedly broadcast footage of the shooter at the mosque.

01:21:59 on 15 Mar

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New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush will address the media again at 9 pm local time (1:30 pm IST) to provide an update on the current situation. Christchurch Hospital is treating 48 patients with gunshot wounds, ranging from young children to adults, according to reports, citing a statement from David Meates, Chief Executive of Canterbury District Health Board.

01:10:51 on 15 Mar

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At least 40 people have died in the two mass shootings at two mosques in the New Zealand city of Christchurch on Friday PM Jacinda Ardern confirmed. New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush said the police has arrested four people, including one woman. He added the police have defused a number of improvised explosive devices found on vehicles after the mosque shootings.

12:04:44 on 15 Mar

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Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, has just confirmed that the shooter who was taken into custody was an “Australian-born citizen”. He says Australian authorities are now involved in investigations as a result of this. There is no confirmation from the police beyond “multiple fatalities”, the New Zealand media have consistently been reporting unconfirmed estimate.

11:31:44 on 15 Mar

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The gunman who opened fire inside a crowded mosque in New Zealand's Christchurch during afternoon prayers today, reportedly live streamed the entire incident, unverified footage of which has been circulating on social media. The footage suggests the shooter filmed as he opened fire on the people inside the Masjid al Noor mosque.

10:27:28 on 15 Mar

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Armed police in New Zealand swarmed central Christchurch Friday amid reports of a shooting at a mosque in the South Island city. "Police are currently responding to reports of shots fired in central Christchurch," the police said in a statement. Local media reported multiple casualties at one mosque and said another had been evacuated.​

10:02:19 on 15 Mar

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This fake news machine gears up for 2020

Veles used to make porcelain for the whole of Yugoslavia. Now it makes fake news. This sleepy riverside town in Macedonia is home to dozens of website operators who churn out bogus stories designed to attract the attention of Americans. Each click adds cash to their bank accounts and the scale is industrial.

07:54:49 on 14 Mar

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A UK airline has apologised to a 21-year-old woman for threatening to offload her from a flight for wearing “inappropriate” attire. Emily O’Connor, who was travelling on a Thomas Cook Airlines flight from the UK’s Birmingham Airport to Tenerife in the Canary Islands on March 2, said the cabin crew told her that her clothing was “causing offence”, CNN reported.

05:23:24 on 14 Mar

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Hours after blocking a UN ban on Masood Azhar, China has made it plain that it would consider shifting its position on designating the head of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terror group as an international terrorist only after reaching a consensus to do so among Beijing, New Delhi and Islamabad.

04:46:12 on 14 Mar

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A senior Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir on Wednesday stoked a controversy when he compared Masood Azhar to Dalai Lama. Minutes after he put out a tweet saying, “It’s very easy to understand why China blocked resolution against Masood Azhar in UNSC? India sheltering an enemy of China since decades and his name is Dalai Lama”, Twitter erupted with criticism over his remark.

04:23:33 on 14 Mar

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Two black boxes from the Boeing 737 MAX airplane that crashed in Ethiopia arrived on Thursday in Paris for expert analysis, officials said, as regulators around the world awaited word on whether it was safe to resume flying the jets. The data is critical to finding out what caused the brand new aircraft to plunge to the ground shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa.

03:27:16 on 14 Mar

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China on Thursday said it put a technical hold on the fresh move to list JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist as it needed more time to “study” the matter but added that it was “sincere” about building better ties with India. Earlier on Thursday, China blocked the latest international move to designate Azhar as a global terrorist at the UNSC.

03:17:49 on 14 Mar

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The head of the Saudi human rights commission said on Thursday that the kingdom had brought perpetrators of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to justice and rejected any international role in the probe. Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban told that the accused, had attended three hearings so far with their lawyers present, but gave no names or details.

03:12:54 on 14 Mar

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In its first official statement after facing global ire for blocking the UNSC move against Masood Azhar, China said it needs more time to conduct a “thorough, in-depth investigation on the matter of listing Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist”. The proposal was the fourth such bid at the UN in the last 10 years to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

01:44:26 on 14 Mar

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Residents of a tiny Spanish village have been left mystified by an anonymous donor who leaves envelopes of cash in postboxes or under people's doors. Since Wednesday last week, around 15 people in Villarramiel, northern Spain, have received envelopes containing up to 100 euros in notes. Some Spanish news reports have labelled him the "Robin Hood of Villarramiel".

11:04:14 on 14 Mar

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China blocked a move by three permanent members of the UN Security Council to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar a global terrorist. The MEA, in a statement, said India was disappointed and "We will continue to pursue all available avenues to ensure that terrorist leaders who are involved in heinous attacks on our citizens are brought to justice."

05:57:01 on 14 Mar

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An Italian appeals court - a panel of three female jurists - acquitted two men of rape in 2017, in part because the judges agreed with the defendant's argument that the victim looked like a man, and therefore they could not have been attracted to her. Now that ruling has been overturned and a retrial has been ordered. The ruling triggered outrage over the weekend.

01:06:34 on 13 Mar

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British MPs resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal for a second time on Tuesday, plunging the country into further uncertainty just 17 days before it is due to split from the European Union. The House of Commons voted 391-242 against the divorce deal, even after May secured further guarantees from Brussels over its most controversial elements.

05:57:01 on 13 Mar

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As the ISIS caliphate holds on to its last shred of land in Behrouz, Syria, many of its fighters and ideologues have fled the war-torn territory. The women in the caliphate, however, have vowed to continue following and spreading the ideology of the ISIS, says a report in Express.

07:53:58 on 12 Mar

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The release of Masood Azhar in 1999 in exchange for the 155 passengers held hostage on the hijacked Indian Airlines is at the core of an electoral battle, but many details of this swap remain secret. NDTV has spoken to various principals involved, who confirm that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, may not have been on the flight that took Masood Azhar to Kandahar.

07:38:40 on 12 Mar

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Pakistan’s foreign minister says “progress has been made” at ongoing peace talks in Qatar between the Taliban and the US that have stretched over two weeks. Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke on Tuesday at a news conference with German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in Islamabad. The talks between US envoy and Taliban representatives have gone on days longer than initially expected.

06:03:31 on 12 Mar

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Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Tuesday the revised Brexit deal does not undermine the backstop nor reopen the withdrawal agreement. The backstop -- an insurance policy to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland -- will continue to apply "unless and until" it is replaced by future arrangements that ensure no hard border, he told the media here.

05:00:18 on 12 Mar

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Theresa May said she has secured "legally binding" changes to her Brexit deal, a day ahead of MPs voting on it. But European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned if the deal was voted down there was "no third chance". Mrs May confirmed she would be opening the debate on Tuesday ahead of a so-called "meaningful vote" on her deal.

10:40:03 on 12 Mar

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Canada's transport minister said he won't ground dozens of Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliners operated by three Canadian carriers unless an investigation into a deadly Ethiopia crash gives him reasons. Safety doubts over Boeing's best-selling model drove several carriers to ground the aircraft after a new jet crashed in Ethiopia, killing all 157 people on board.

07:57:01 on 12 Mar

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China on Monday said it was only through discussions that a “responsible solution” could come out on the issue of listing Pakistan-based JeM leader Masood Azhar as a terrorist at the UN Security Council (UNSC). The Chinese foreign ministry’s comment comes in the backdrop of the US, the UK and France moving a fresh proposal at the UNSC to list Azhar as a global terrorist.

05:58:50 on 11 Mar

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Customs authorities at an airport here on Monday seized 12 kg of gold bars from a toilet of a Bangladeshi aircraft. The gold bars were recovered with support from the National Security Intelligence after the plane arrived at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from Dubai, said Customs Department's senior officer Othello Chowdhury.

05:47:51 on 11 Mar

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Ethiopian Airlines has grounded all of its Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft as “an extra safety precaution” following the crash of one of its planes in which 157 people were killed, a spokesman said Monday, as Ethiopia marked a day of mourning and the plane’s damaged “black box” of data was found. The plane’s “black box” of flight data and cockpit voice recorder had been found.

05:20:32 on 11 Mar

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Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina on Monday jointly inaugurated four projects, via video conferencing, in the areas of transport, health and education. Both leaders unveiled "e-plaques" for the supply of buses and trucks, inaugurated 36 community clinics, 11 water treatment plants and the extension of the National Knowledge Network to Bangladesh.

03:48:36 on 11 Mar

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Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu US Congresswoman and Democratic 2020 presidential candidate, said that she believed her past comments on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have been misunderstood, declining to call him a war criminal. Gabbard was pressed during a CNN interview on Sunday whether she believed Assad used chemical warfare against Syrian civilians.

03:31:33 on 11 Mar

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A US-based physician from Andhra Pradesh was among the 157 killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday. Nukavarapu Manisha, hailing from Guntur district, was on her way to Nairobi to see her sister who had delivered three baby boys a few days ago. She was also going to visit her parents Venkateshwar Rao and Bharathi, who were with their elder daughter.

03:26:52 on 11 Mar

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Four Indians, including a UN consultant attached with the Environment Ministry, were among those killed in the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Sunday, 10 March. A Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 crashed minutes after an early-morning takeoff from Addis Ababa, killing all eight crew and 149 passengers on board.

10:22:03 on 11 Mar

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President Donald Trump on Monday will ask the U.S. Congress for an additional $8.6 billion to help pay for his promised wall on the U.S-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking. The demand, which drew swift criticism from Democrats, is more than six times what Congress allocated for border projects in each of the past two fiscal years.

06:57:02 on 11 Mar

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People with passports form 32 countries and the United Nations were on the Nairobi-bound Boeing 737 that crashed with 157 on board Sunday. Kenya had the largest number of casualties with 32, followed by Canada with 18, Ethiopia with nine, then Italy, China, and the United States with eight each, CEO Tewolde GebreMariam told reporters. Four were UN passport-holders.

07:25:25 on 10 Mar

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Brexit could be reversed if lawmakers reject the government’s exit deal, British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt said after two major eurosceptic factions in parliament warned that Prime Minister Theresa May was facing a heavy defeat. Just 19 days before the UK is due to leave the EU on March 29, Ms. May is scrambling to secure last-minute changes to an EU exit treaty.

06:56:13 on 10 Mar

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Two Pakistani-origin sisters from London are believed to be the latest set of mothers to lose their British citizenship for marrying into the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group in Syria. Reema Iqbal and her sister, Zara, have five boys under the age of eight between them and are being held in a Syrian detention camp.

04:44:03 on 10 Mar

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An Ethiopian Airlines flight with 157 people thought to be on board crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning from Ethiopia's capital headed to Nairobi, the airline said. The airline's statement said 149 passengers and eight crew members were thought to be on board the Boeing 737 that crashed six minutes after takeoff from Addis Ababa, on its way to Kenya's capital.

04:29:45 on 10 Mar

U.S. President Trump said he would be disappointed if Pyongyang were to resume weapons testing and reiterated his belief in his good relationship with Kim Jong Un despite the collapse of their second summit. “I would be surprised in a negative way if he did anything that was not per our understanding. But we'll see what happens,” Mr. Trump told reporters.

09:28:12 on 09 Mar

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The Dalai Lama represents the spirit of resiliency of the Tibetan people, Pelosi has said. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the US House of Representatives, said that 2019 marks 60 years since the Dalai Lama was forced into exile in India. Since he fled Tibet to escape from Chinese occupation, the Tibetan spiritual leader has been keeping China on tenterhooks about his successor.

08:45:41 on 09 Mar

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For the second year running, Spanish women went on strike today for International Women's Day, with several protests kicking off. Madrid Mayor Manuela Carmena, journalists, nuns and company employees are among hundreds of women who have pledged to take part in a strike that seeks to recreate an unprecedented two-hour work stoppage that took place on the same day in 2018.

06:54:13 on 08 Mar

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Britain's royal family is beefing up its social media operation amid a rise in racist online abuse targeting the Duchess of Sussex in the months after the announcement of her pregnancy, sources have told CNN. Kensington Palace staff are devoting more resources to deleting comments targeting Meghan, and blocking abusive Twitter and Instagram accounts.

05:09:26 on 08 Mar

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US President Donald Trump's ex-campaign manager Paul Manafort has been given a 47-month jail sentence for fraud. He was convicted last year of hiding millions of dollars of income earned by his political consulting in Ukraine. The charges stem from an inquiry into alleged Russian election meddling in the 2016 US elections.

04:47:48 on 08 Mar

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A nuclear war between India and Pakistan is "most likely" and the "relative calm" is not a solution as long as the two neighbours refuse to deal with their core dispute of Kashmir, the New York Times has said in an opinion piece. The daily's Editorial Board said that their "nuclear arsenals mean unthinkable consequences are always possible".

04:33:17 on 08 Mar

Pakistan turned down the visa request of a UN team which wanted to interview Mumbai attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud-Dawa chief Hafiz Saeed on his application for removing his name from the UNSC sanctions list, according to UN sources. Saeed was listed under UNSC Resolution 1267 in Dec 2008 after Mumbai terror attack in which 10 LeT terrorists killed 166 people.

10:43:46 on 08 Mar

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The U.S. ambassador for religious freedom, Sam Brownback, on Friday called on Beijing to end religious persecution in China, while requesting a visit to the country's mass internment camps in the western region of Xinjiang. In a strongly worded speech during a visit to Hong Kong, Mr. Brownback said Beijing was waging a “war with faith”.

10:10:35 on 08 Mar

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In a significant development, the United Nations has rejected an appeal of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists, government sources said on Thursday. Saeed’s request was opposed by India as well as other countries that had originally listed him - US, UK and France, sources said.

09:44:40 on 08 Mar

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The US has asked Pakistan to take “sustained and irreversible” actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory, according to a top State Department official. In Islamabad, the Interior Ministry announced that a total of 121 members of the proscribed groups have so far been taken into “preventive detention” across Pakistan.

09:02:17 on 08 Mar

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US President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison for tax crimes and bank fraud. It was the stiffest sentence yet given to an associate of the president in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling -- but significantly lighter than many expected for the 69-year-old political consultant.

08:42:01 on 08 Mar

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Russia passes bills curbing fake news

The Russian State Duma passed two bills on Thursday to ban and punish the spread of fake news that pose security risk. One bill bans the dissemination of information "under the guise of credible reports", which harms people's life or health and disturbs public order or the operations of public facilities.

07:46:41 on 07 Mar

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UK National Security Adviser Mark Sedwill today spoke to his Indian counterpart Ajit Doval and offered all assistance, including intelligence-sharing, in dealing with any form of terrorism, official sources said. Mr Sedwill also expressed solidarity with India in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack

06:28:56 on 07 Mar

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A French court convicted the Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon on Thursday of failing to act on allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in his diocese, handing Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended jail sentence. He is the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church in France.

06:16:59 on 07 Mar

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Retired General John Abizaid, defended the US-Saudi relationship on Wednesday as lawmakers accused the kingdom of a litany of misdeeds and criticized its crown prince as going “full gangster.” Senators at Abizaid’s confirmation hearing including Trump’s fellow Republicans as well as Democrats condemned the kingdom’s conduct in the civil war in Yemen.

06:08:54 on 07 Mar

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Terming Pakistan as its “all-weather” strategic partner, China on Thursday said that Pakistan appreciates China’s “unbiased attitude”. China’s comments come ahead of the UNSC's March 13 deadline for any country to raise objections against the proposal to list Masood Azhar as a ‘global terrorist’.

05:59:35 on 07 Mar

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The United Nations has rejected an appeal of JuD chief Hafiz Saeed, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind, to remove his name from its list of banned terrorists, government sources said on Thursday. The decision comes at a time when UN's 1267 Sanctions Committee has received a new request to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar after the Pulwama terror attack.

04:50:37 on 07 Mar

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Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf said JeM was a terror outfit but indicated that his country’s intelligence had used it to carry out attacks in India during his tenure. Musharraf also welcomed the action against the JeM, saying it had tried to assassinate him twice in December 2003, as per a video clip shared on the journalist’s Facebook and Twitter page.

04:35:38 on 07 Mar

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The questions came thick and fast -- "How?", "What?" and "What the hell?" -- from the lips of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, as hands landed on tables in resounding approval. The speech Bilawal gave in Pakistan's Parliament on Wednesday may have been sharply critical of the Indian government -- but it aimed plenty of zingers at Imran Khan and his administration, too.

04:29:15 on 07 Mar

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China has praised Pakistan's "restraint" and willingness to talk with India to ease tensions between the two countries after the Pulwama terror attack in Kashmir last month. Pakistan is facing pressure from global powers to act against groups carrying out attacks in India, including JeM, which claimed responsibility for the February 14 attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans.

03:09:21 on 07 Mar

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US President Donald Trump has once again found himself on the receiving end of Twitter’s merciless trolling thanks to a rather unfortunate gaffe. At an event at the White House on Wednesday, Trump, seated next to Tim Cook fumbled on the Apple CEO’s name and referred to him as “Tim Apple”. The exact moment, noticed by many, made its way on Twitter and has since gone viral.

03:07:33 on 07 Mar

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An explosion rattled a large ceremony in western Kabul, with the event abruptly cancelled and sending attendees fleeing. "Stay calm, the area of the blast is far from us," said former lower house speaker Mohammad Younus Qanooni. But moments after the announcement, another explosion could be heard that sent people running for the exit.

02:49:52 on 07 Mar

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Two Saudi sisters marooned in Hong Kong after fleeing their family have been granted an extended stay in the city until next month, as they urgently sought sanctuary in a third country. The siblings are the latest example of Saudi women escaping the ultra-conservative kingdom only to find themselves stranded in foreign cities and making public appeals for their safety.

01:47:25 on 07 Mar

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Indonesia ended the search on Thursday for victims of last week’s mine collapse on the island of Sulawesi as the death toll climbed to 27, an official said, even as dozens are still feared missing. Rescuers were forced to stop using excavators as conditions deteriorated and it was no longer possible to operate heavy machinery on such unstable ground.

01:28:19 on 07 Mar

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US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be very disappointed in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if reports about rebuilding at a rocket launch site in North Korea were true. "I would be very disappointed if that were happening," Trump told reporters in the Oval Office, when asked if North Korea was breaking a promise.

06:13:08 on 07 Mar

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Bali’s airport will close for 24 hours, the internet will be turned off and streets emptied as the predominantly Hindu island in Indonesia observes its New Year with an annual day of silence. Balinese will stay indoors, covering windows and keeping lights off for the day of reflection that is the most sacred in Balinese Hinduism.

05:21:06 on 06 Mar

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China announced that vice foreign minister Kong Xuanyou is in Islamabad to discuss the Indo-Pak tensions following the Pulwama terror attack, as it called for the creation of an "enabling atmosphere" for its close ally Pakistan to cooperate with "other parties". Tensions between India and Pakistan flared up after a suicide bomber of terror group JeM killed 40 CRPF.

05:10:05 on 06 Mar

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President Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed Tariff Man, is set to become the $100 Billion Man. If the trends of the past year and economists’ expectations hold true, trade data to be released Wednesday will show the US’s deficit in goods and services with the world topped $600 billion in 2018.

05:09:37 on 06 Mar

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The death toll from last week's collapsed gold mine in northern Indonesia has risen to 16, as hopes to find survivors fade, an official said Wednesday. Eighteen people have been pulled alive but injured from the illegal mine on Sulawesi island, but it is unclear how many were inside when the accident happened last Tuesday.

03:42:17 on 06 Mar

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President Donald Trump's national security adviser, John Bolton, said on Tuesday that the United States would look at ramping up sanctions on North Korea if Pyongyang did not scrap its nuclear weapons programme. John Bolton told following the Hanoi summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un, Washington would see if Pyongyang was committed to Denuclearise.

11:13:17 on 06 Mar

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Perhaps none of the communist legacies shared by Vietnam and North Korea highlighted during Kim Jong Un's "goodwill visit" to Hanoi is stranger than the embalmed leaders on display in their capital cities, and the secretive team of Russian technicians that keeps the ageing bodies looking ageless. Kim laid a wreath outside Ho Chi Minh's mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital.

08:13:54 on 06 Mar

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