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A Federal Judge in San Francisco blocked new rules put into place by President Donald Trump that limit the ability of migrants to request asylum, a legal blow to the administration's efforts to curb legal immigration that opens the door for more members of the migrant caravan to request asylum in the US. The 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act allows them to do so.

01:36:05 on 20 Nov

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A gunman opened fire Monday at a hospital in the US city of Chicago, police said, adding that there were reports of "multiple victims" including a wounded officer in "critical condition." At least "one possible offender" had been shot at the hospital in the south side of America's third-largest city and there were "multiple" other victims, Chicago Police said.

06:57:02 on 20 Nov

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Activists in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir have come out in protest against the so-called China Pakistan Economic Corridor's over the actual intention of the trade project, which they alleged was pro-military. The United Kashmir People's National Party or UKPNP led the protests, news agency ANI reported.

11:23:00 on 18 Nov

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As the new president of the Maldives took office on Saturday, declaring the state coffers to have been looted, he warned that the country was in financial difficulty after racking up debt with Chinese lenders in an infrastructure boom. Narendra Modi, told President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih that India stood ready to help the country through its economic difficulties.

07:56:01 on 18 Nov

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Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand, who will be on a trip to India this month, will visit Tripura on November 27. The Princess will be in the state for a day and is scheduled to visit historical and archaeological sites, including 8th-century rock carvings in Unakoti. The state’s BJP-IPFT govt has started preparations to give a rousing welcome to the Princess.

02:26:01 on 17 Nov

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The CIA has concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month, contradicting the Saudi government's claims that he was not involved in the killing, according to people familiar with the matter. The CIA's assessment is the most definitive to date linking Mohammed to the operation.

11:17:54 on 17 Nov

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A federal judge on Friday ruled in favor of CNN and reporter Jim Acosta in a dispute with President Donald Trump, ordering the White House to temporarily restore the press credentials. Judge Timothy J. Kelly granted CNN's motion for a temporary restraining order that will prevent the White House from keeping Acosta off the White House grounds.

10:57:01 on 16 Nov

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Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman didn’t order Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, the Saudi Prosecutor General said even as the govt attributed its changing narrative on the incident to changing testimonies of over half a dozen people who claim to belong to its Royal Guard and intelligence service indicted for it. He was addressing a press conference on Khashoggi’s murder.

11:21:10 on 16 Nov

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Facebook misled the public about its knowledge of Russian hackers’ use of the powerful platform to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. It also said Facebook has at times smeared critics as anti-Semitic or tried to link activists to billionaire investor George Soros, and tried to shift public anger away toward rival tech companies.

10:41:02 on 15 Nov

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A week after being freed from jail, Asia Bibi -- a Pakistani Christian woman on death row for eight years for blasphemy -- remains in limbo, with negotiations apparently under way to allow her to leave the country. Blasphemy is a massively inflammatory issue in Muslim-majority Pakistan, where even unproven allegations of insulting Islam can lead to lynchings.

06:40:02 on 15 Nov

British leader Theresa May suffered a huge blow on Thursday when a series of ministers including her Brexit secretary quit as she tried to sell her proposed EU withdrawal agreement to a divided parliament. Dominic Raab resigned from his role at the Brexit ministry while a second cabinet minister and two junior government ministers also walked out over the draft deal.

05:57:18 on 15 Nov

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Five Saudi officials face the death penalty over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was drugged and dismembered inside the Kingdom's Istanbul consulate. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said in the first Saudi acknowledgement.

04:44:13 on 15 Nov

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Rival lawmakers exchanged blows in Sri Lanka's Parliament as disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa claimed the speaker had no authority to remove him from office by voice vote. The fighting in the chamber came a day after it passed a no-confidence vote against Rajapaksa's government.

02:41:23 on 15 Nov

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EU President Donald Tusk on Thursday confirmed the bloc would hold a special summit to seal the hard-fought Brexit agreement with Britain on November 25. "If nothing extraordinary happens, we will hold a European Council meeting in order to finalise and formalise the Brexit agreement. It will take place on Sunday the 25th of November at 9:30 am," Tusk said.

01:30:40 on 15 Nov

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Bangladesh confirmed that it was ready to begin the repatriation process of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar as scheduled. The first phase of their return to Myanmar was due to begin on Thursday, according to an agreement signed between Bangladesh and Myanmar on Nov 2017. Over 723,000 members of the Muslim minority fled to Bangladesh escaping a military crackdown in Myanmar.

01:12:08 on 15 Nov

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PM Narendra Modi, who is in Singapore for a two-day visit, participated in the ASEAN-India Breakfast Summit. He felicitated the winners of the first India-Singapore Hackathon, a platform for the youth of the two countries to harness and showcase their innovations. The Nanyang Technological University and All India Council for Technical Education conducted the hackathon.

11:48:02 on 15 Nov

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday pitched India as a favourite destination for investment and said that financial inclusion has become a reality for 1.3 billion Indians. PM Modi, who delivered the keynote address at the Singapore Fintech Summit today, also talked about the growing need for a digital economy in India.

07:57:02 on 14 Nov

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US President Donald Trump's tweets on Diwali, a week after the festival, caused a flap on Twitter with an omission that was widely called out. The first tweet described Diwali as a "holiday observed by Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains", missing any reference to Hindus. The second also didn't mention Hindus. It took three tries. This was enough to fire up Twitter.

12:08:51 on 14 Nov

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Sri Lanka parliament votes against Rajapakse govt in a landmark vote. Sri Lanka's parliament passed a motion of no-confidence in the controversially appointed government of Mahinda Rajapakse Wednesday, a day after the SC overturned a presidential decree dissolving the legislature. A majority of the 225-member assembly supported a no-confidence motion against Rajapakse.

11:01:01 on 14 Nov

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US vice president Mike Pence met in Singapore this morning on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit. The meeting comes weeks after US president Donald Trump turned down Modi's invite to India's Republic Day. There have been much speculations about the India-US ties over India's defence purchases from Russia and oil imports from Iran.

10:47:01 on 14 Nov

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India a tough trade negotiator, says Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday described India as "very good negotiators" as he celebrated Diwali in the White House along with top Indian-Americans and said he is "grateful" for his friendship with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is the second consecutive year that Trump has celebrated the largest festival of India and Indian Americans in the White House.

09:40:01 on 14 Nov

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US President Donald Trump Tuesday said he has nominated Indian-American Neomi Rao to replace Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals. The powerful US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit is considered next to the US Supreme Court. A formal announcement in this regard is expected to be made by the White House on Wednesday.

08:26:01 on 14 Nov

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UK, EU agree on Brexit agreement draft

The British Cabinet is set to have a crucial meeting on Wednesday after UK and EU negotiators agreed on the text of a draft withdrawal agreement in Brussels on Tuesday. A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that a Cabinet meeting is due to take place to decide the next steps. This raises the prospect of Britain keeping up with the March 29 deadline.

06:30:39 on 14 Nov

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Tulsi Gabbard, the first Hindu lawmaker from Hawaii in the US Congress, is considering a run for American presidency in 2020, according to sources close to her. On Friday, 9 November, at a Medtronic conference in Los Angeles, eminent Indian-American Dr Sampat Shivangi introduced Gabbard, 37, and said that she could be the next president of the US in 2020.

08:10:02 on 13 Nov

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Rohingya Muslims are fleeing Bangladeshi refugee camps to avoid a controversial drive to repatriate them to Myanmar later this week, where the UN says conditions are still not conducive to their return. Authorities plan to begin returning Rohingya refugees, who have fled what the UN has called ethnic cleansing, to the Buddhist majority country from Thursday.

07:40:02 on 13 Nov

A Pakistani court has refused to try for treason the Islamist leaders who organized mass protests to oppose the Supreme Court acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case. The lawyer, Syed Mohamed Aala Imran, told Efe news that the Lahore High Court judge on Sunday refused to take up the issue on the grounds that only the SC can hear cases of treason.

06:44:03 on 13 Nov

Sri Lanka Supreme Court today overturned sacking of parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. Sri Lanka's main parties on Monday challenged in the highest court the president's sacking of parliament, a move which has escalated a political crisis and deepened international alarm.

06:24:48 on 13 Nov

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A rulebook to settle disputes in the hotly contested South China Sea should be finished in three years, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said on Tuesday, insisting his nation does not seek "hegemony or expansion". Li's comments appeared to be the first clear timeframe for finishing the code of conduct.

04:10:02 on 13 Nov

Two men who led different military coups in Fiji are battling for control of the island nation in a general election on Wednesday. Opinion polls indicate Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is poised to win a second term after he first held democratic elections in 2014, eight years after he seized power in a coup.

03:10:02 on 13 Nov

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Amnesty International has withdrawn its most prestigious human rights prize from Aung San Suu Kyi, accusing the Myanmar leader of perpetuating human rights abuses by not speaking out about violence against the Rohingya Muslim minority. Once hailed as a champion in the fight for democracy, Suu Kyi has been stripped of many of international honours over a Rohingya exodus.

07:10:01 on 13 Nov

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Stan Lee, a writer and editor often credited with helping American comics grow up by redefining the notion of a superhero, including the self-doubting Spider-Man, the bickering Fantastic Four, the swaggering Iron Man and the raging Incredible Hulk, died Nov. 12 at a hospital in Los Angeles. The Associated Press reported the death, citing an attorney for Lee's daughter.

05:58:06 on 13 Nov

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Pakistan’s government struggling with a crisis surrounding Aasia Bibi a Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy charges now has to deal with “fake” images on social media purporting to show her leaving the country. Information Minister slammed the postings, one of which claims to show Bibi meeting Pope Francis. The photo is actually of Bibi’s daughter from two years ago.

12:57:02 on 12 Nov

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Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu was rushing back to Israel on Monday following a sudden, rare burst of fighting the previous night that left in doubt efforts to bring to an end months of relentless violence between Israel and Hamas. The Israeli military said an officer was killed and another was moderately wounded during an operation in the southeast Gaza Strip.

12:28:02 on 12 Nov

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday the US will hold accountable all involved in the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist. Jamal Khashoggi, a US resident, was murdered in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and the crown prince has been accused of orchestrating the killing.

12:12:01 on 12 Nov

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Pakistan has arrested 12 Indian fishermen for allegedly straying into the country's territorial waters off the coast of Sindh province, a security official said today. They were arrested over the weekend by personnel of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) during an operation. A security official said two boats were also confiscated.

11:32:00 on 12 Nov

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Quad to meet next week in Singapore

Officials from Australia, India, Japan and the United States will hold the third "Quadrilateral" or Quad meeting in Singapore on November 14th, government and diplomatic sources confirmed to The Hindu. The meet, that comes exactly a year after the format was revived, will be held on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit, that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will attend.

11:26:01 on 12 Nov

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Guinness World Records celebrates its annual records day on Thursday, honouring a long list of people who have done highly improbable things better than anyone else. The World Records Day often includes a Rubik’s cube solved in unlikely circumstances against the clock, and this year was no exception.

01:55:01 on 12 Nov

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Sri Lankan strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was appointed the prime minister in a controversial move by President Maithripala Sirisena, on Sunday ended his five-decade-long association with the SLFP and joined the newly-formed Sri Lanka People's Party. Rajapaksa's move signalled that he would contest the snap polls, to be held on January 5, under his own party banner.

06:55:01 on 11 Nov

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Opposition parties in Tamil Nadu have roundly condemned the dissolution of the Sri Lankan Parliament by President Maithripala Sirisena. DMK president M.K. Stalin said the Indian government had a duty to ensure the safety of Tamils in Sri Lanka in the wake of the political crisis in the neighbouring island nation.

08:55:02 on 11 Nov

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A day after Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena controversially dissolved Parliament, parties opposed to the decision are preparing for a high stakes legal battle. Major parties on Saturday decided to move the Supreme Court early next week, challenging Mr. Sirisena’s decision that, they said, violated the Constitution.

07:57:01 on 11 Nov

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A sculpture, which was unveiled last Sunday in honour of Indian soldiers who fought during the World War I in the town of Smethwick in the West Midlands region of England, has been vandalised. Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick, which had commissioned the monument, condemned the act, calling it “despicable” and “cowardly”.

11:55:01 on 10 Nov

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United States has assured lawmakers that public comments and feedback will be sought before it rescinds the work authorising programme for spouses of H-1B visa-holders who have been cleared for permanent residency or Green Cards. The administration plans to end the rule, called H-4 Employment Authorization Document, in three months, the USCIS told a court in September.

09:26:01 on 10 Nov

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Sri Lanka will hold snap election on January 5, President Maithripala Sirisena said on Friday. Sirisena has dissolved the parliament in a gamble that a new election will get backing for his preferred candidate as prime minister over an ousted premier who has refused to give up, a minister told AFP.

05:55:02 on 10 Nov

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A video distributed by the Trump administration to support its argument for banning CNN reporter Jim Acosta appears to have been doctored to make Acosta look more aggressive than he was during an exchange with a White House intern, an independent expert said. The tweeted video also does not have any audio, which Shapiro said would make it easier to alter.

01:37:34 on 09 Nov

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India will be closely following the developments following an agreement between China and Myanmar on Thursday to develop a multi-billion dollar deep sea port in Kyaukpyu on the coast of Bay of Bengal, third in India’s neighbourhood. China has already helped build port in Gwadar in Pakistan and Hambantota in Sri Lanka.

11:40:02 on 09 Nov

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Claiming that there has been a “dramatic increase” in the number of H-1B visas being held up, a coalition of American employers representing top IT companies has alleged that the USCIS is acting outside of its own regulations. The H1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations.

10:57:01 on 09 Nov

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The Donald Trump administration wants to make changes in the existing H-1B provisions for it to play a better role in attracting highly skilled foreign workers as opposed to the what it has now evolved into an "outsourcing" role, the White House said Thursday. At the same time, it acknowledged that legislatively, the issue might get caught up in a border discussion.

09:26:01 on 09 Nov

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India did not discuss the deportation of Rohingya with Myanmar at a meeting held last month. The annual 22nd National Level Meeting between India and Myanmar was held on October 25-26. An official of the Ministry of External Affairs present at the meeting confirmed that the issue was not on the agenda.

08:26:02 on 09 Nov

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For the first time, India will be talking to the Taliban but in a "non official" capacity during a multilateral meeting in Moscow on Friday. Russia is hosting the talks for peace in Afghanistan and has invited several countries including India, the US, Pakistan and China. The Taliban will also be part of the meeting.

07:10:08 on 09 Nov

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Greeting people on the occasion of Diwali, US President Donald Trump said the festival of lights is a special opportunity to reflect on the bond of friendship between India and America. Trump said First Lady Melania joins him in sending their best wishes for a very happy and memorable Diwali.

02:40:01 on 08 Nov

Sri Lankan Speaker Karu Jayasuriya said he wanted a floor test in parliament to resolve the issue of two prime ministers in the country which arose following the sacking of Ranil Wickremesinghe and replacing him with Mahinda Rajapaksa. Jayasuriya said he had met party representatives to finalise the agenda for Nov 14 when the current suspension of parliament would end.

11:11:01 on 08 Nov

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on Wednesday at President Donald Trump's request, ending the tenure of a beleaguered loyalist whose relationship with the president was ruined when Sessions recused himself from control of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign.

10:10:02 on 08 Nov

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A Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy and acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court last week, has been released from a jail in Multan and taken to Noor Khan Airbase, Rawalpindi, from where she would be shifted to the Netherlands, local media reported. However, a Punjab government spokesperson refused to comment on the matter.

09:40:02 on 08 Nov

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The White House suspended the press pass of a CNN reporter who earlier sparred with Donald Trump at a news conference, in which the US president branded the journalist an "enemy of the people." A visibly angry Trump had called reporter Jim Acosta a "rude, terrible person," after the CNN correspondent refused the president's orders to sit down during the conference.

09:10:02 on 08 Nov

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The restoration of a 1934 black-and-white action movie, famed for high-octane stunts has energised efforts to salvage more of Myanmar's decaying cinematic heritage. The Southeast Asian country's once flourishing film scene hit a major setback with the arrival of a military junta in 1962 that enforced stringent censorship.

01:56:02 on 08 Nov

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Democratic rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made history Tuesday as the youngest woman elected to Congress, riding a wave of minority women taking office and cementing her place as a prominent voice on the left of US politics. She has championed her working-class and Puerto Rican roots as the daughter of a cleaner.

01:41:02 on 07 Nov

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The US House of Representatives is getting its first two Muslim women and Massachusetts is getting its first black congresswoman while Arizona and Tennessee stand to elect their first woman senators in Tuesday's midterm elections. What is already the most diverse Congress ever could become even more so after Tuesday's elections and will include several trailblazers.

11:11:01 on 07 Nov

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The polls have begun closing in the high-stakes US midterm elections that will determine control of the Congress, comprising the House of Representatives and the Senate. While opinion polls across the country predict an edge for the Democrats over the Republicans in the House of Representatives, the polls have been wrong before, notably when Trump won the last election.

09:09:26 on 07 Nov

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Civil rights groups and election officials fielded thousands of reports of voting irregularities across the country Tuesday, with voters complaining of broken machines, long lines and untrained poll workers improperly challenging Americans' right to vote. The loudest of those complaints came from Georgia.

08:10:01 on 07 Nov

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Activities related to the development of the Chabahar port in Iran will be exempt from U.S sanctions that kicked in on Monday, following the 180 day cool-off period after the U.S. withdrew from the Iran deal in May this year. This waiver will bring some measure of relief to India, which had been discussing a sanctions exemption for Chabahar.

07:25:01 on 07 Nov

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A cross-party group of British Parliamentarians are calling for the government to overhaul the way it approaches international students, pointing to the controversy over the exclusion of Indian students from a relaxation of documentation rules as an instance of the negative impact on policy on perceptions and student numbers.

08:40:01 on 06 Nov

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Voting began on Tuesday in the crucial midterm elections in the US which could be seen as a referendum on President Donald Trump's controversial policies and the outcome would determine the next two years of his presidency.
Polling started in the eastern states including Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Virginia at 6:00 am (local time).

06:14:38 on 06 Nov

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Burdened by the heavy and increasing bilateral trade deficit of more than $63 billion, India pitched for greater access to the tightly-controlled Chinese market in sectors like agriculture, pharmaceuticals and information technology. Commerce secretary Anup Wadhawan conveyed India’s concerns to China’s vice-minister for commerce Wang Shouwen during a meeting in Shangh.

05:40:02 on 06 Nov

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US President Donald Trump defended his decision to give temporary exemptions to eight countries, including India and China, from the ban on Iranian oil imports, saying it was done so to keep global oil prices down and avoid causing a shock to the market. The US imposed "the toughest ever" sanctions on a defiant Iran aimed at altering the Iranian regime's "behaviour".

02:55:01 on 06 Nov

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A woman berated Pete Olson, a Republican running for re-election from Texas, at a campaign stopover recently for calling his Democratic challenger an “Indo-American carpetbagger” and soon the candidate’s election pitch turned into a debate over race, politics and Americanness.

11:26:01 on 05 Nov

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The pilot of a small passenger plane died after colliding with another aircraft early Sunday and crashing into a field near the capital Ottawa, officials said. Police said the exact circumstances of the accident in Carp, Ontario, around 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Ottawa, remained unknown.

10:31:38 on 05 Nov

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Inside a secret war room of an army mountain division, some 15 feet underground in the basement of a building on a hill, a two-star general in combat fatigues details the long-running security challenges Manipur faces and how insurgent safe havens across the border in Myanmar imperil the state’s stability. Phones are not allowed in Kautilya, the war room.

08:57:01 on 05 Nov

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Oil market on alert as Iran sanctions hit

US sanctions against importers of Iranian oil threaten the crude oil market's precarious balance and risk surging prices, all under Saudi Arabia's watchful gaze. “In the next weeks all eyes will be on Iranian exports, whether there will be some cheating around US sanctions, and on how quickly production will fall,” said Riccardo Fabiani, an analyst for Energy Aspects.

08:10:01 on 05 Nov

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