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Trump praises Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign in call transcript

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Trump praises Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign in call transcript

- WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month (April 2017) for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem," according to a leaked Philippine transcript, despite human rights condemnation of Duterte's drug crackdown. Trump commended Duterte's actions in the same call in which the US President invited him to Washington, according to a transcript of their conversation published by the Washington Post and the investigative news site The Intercept

Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Politicians |  Donald John Trump | 
Places: United States |  Asia |  Singapore | 

Pak claims Indian Army fired on UN military observer group at LoC

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Pak claims Indian Army fired on UN military observer group at LoC

- A vehicle carrying officers of a UN military observer group came under attack by the Indian troops during a visit to the LoC, claimed Pakistan. A vehicle carrying two officers of a UN military observer group came under attack by the Indian troops during a visit to the Line of Control (LoC), the Pakistan Army claimed. In a statement, the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said the vehicle was carrying United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Military |  Soldiers | 
Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Modi to be on four-nation tour from May 29 to June 3

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Modi to be on four-nation tour from May 29 to June 3

- Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Germany, Spain, Russia and France between May 29 and June 3. The External Affairs Ministry has announced that he will hold bilateral talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Spanish Prime MinisterMariano Rajoy and French President Emmanuel Macron. Ms. Merkel will host Mr. Modi at her official Meseberg Country Retreat. On May 30, both the leaders will hold the fourth India-Germany Intergovernment Consultations (IGC)

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Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  Europe |  C. Europe |  Germany |  E. Europe |  Russia |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  Spain |  France | 

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

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Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

- JAKARTA, Indonesia — A suspected suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Indonesia's capital Wednesday night killed a policeman and injured four other officers, police said. Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed that the suspected suicide bomber also died in the blast. "Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Places: United States |  Asia |  S.E. Asia |  Maritime |  Indonesia | 

Indonesia's Joko Widodo threatens to 'clobber' those who threaten pluralism

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Indonesia's Joko Widodo threatens to 'clobber' those who threaten pluralism

- JAKARTA (REUTERS) - President Joko Widodo said on Wednesday (May 24) that authorities would "clobber" any group threatening to destroy Indonesia's tradition of pluralism and moderate Islam, and called for unity ahead of presidential elections in 2019. Religious and political tensions have spiralled in the last six months with Islamist-led rallies against Jakarta's former governor, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese Christian who was charged with insulting the Quran and put on trial

Places: Asia |  Singapore | 

Sachin – A Billion Dreams: Movie review by the Indian cricket team

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Sachin – A Billion Dreams: Movie review by the Indian cricket team

- If reviews from the members of the Indian cricket team are anything to go by, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams,’ a biographical film based on the life and career of Sachin Tendulkar is a runaway hit already. The movie’s premiere was recently attended by members of the Indian cricket team. The premiere was exclusively for the Indian cricket team before they travel to England for the ICC Champions Trophy starting June

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Tags: Movies |  Movie review |  Cricket |  Debut |  Premieres | 
Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Black Caps rocked by Bangladesh in final Champions Trophy buildup ODI in Ireland

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Black Caps rocked by Bangladesh in final Champions Trophy buildup ODI in Ireland

- New Zealand were rocked by Bangladesh in a rare one-day international cricket defeat for their first blemish of the Champions Trophy buildup. Bangladesh's deep batting lineup comfortably chased down 271 at Dublin's Clontarf Cricket Club to win by five wickets with 10 balls to spare, with the Black Caps already assured of the tri-series trophy after three straight wins. It was a significant victory for Bangladesh - one of New Zealand's pool opponents at the Champions Trophy - who had never beaten them outside their own country in 16 previous ODIs

Categories: Sports | 
Tags: Cricket | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Asia |  S. Asia |  Bangladesh |  Europe |  N.W. Europe |  Ireland | 

Yogi Adityanath expresses displeasure over Saharanpur violence, suspends top cops

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Yogi Adityanath expresses displeasure over Saharanpur violence, suspends top cops

- Violence erupted in this volatile UP district for the second day as unidentified gunmen shot and seriously injured a member of the upper-caste Thakur community. Taking note of the violence in Saharanpur, the Uttar Pradesh government suspended the Superintendent of Police (SSP) and District Magistrate posted there while transferring the Divisional Commissioner and the Deputy Inspector General (DIG). "SSP Subhash Chandra Dubey and District Magistrate N P Singh have been suspended while Divisional Commissioner N P Agarwal and DIG J K Shahi have been transferred", an official spokesman told PTI

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Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  Saharanpur |  Saharanpur | 

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

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Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

- A suspected suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Indonesia’s capital Wednesday night killed a policeman and injured four other officers, police said. Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed that the suspected suicide bomber also died in the blast. “Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern

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Places: Asia |  India |  S.E. Asia |  Maritime |  Indonesia | 

Nothing wrong in Bobbitising, says A.P. women’s panel chief

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Nothing wrong in Bobbitising, says A.P. women’s panel chief

- In a sensational statement, Andhra Pradesh Women’s Commission chairperson Nannapaneni Rajakumari has advocated the chopping off of a man’s genitals by a woman, if required, to save her dignity. She asked girls to carry pocket knives and be prepared to use them in self-defence, and to keep rapists and molesters at bay. Known for issuing fiery statements and her straight talk, Ms

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Tags: Women | 
Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  South |  Andhra Pradesh | 

J. Dey murder trial: witness identifies Chhota Rajan’s voice

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J. Dey murder trial: witness identifies Chhota Rajan’s voice

- For the first time in the ongoing J. Dey murder trial, a CD-ROM of a conversation between extradited gangster Chhota Rajan and real estate broker Manoj Shivdasani was played before the court. A witness who is being examined identified the voice of Chhota Rajan. Mr. Shivadasani told the court that the gangster had called him to check on the health of the now deceased accused Vinod Asrani

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Tags: Judiciary |  Law Courts |  Crimes |  Murder Crimes |  Murder trials | 
Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  Western |  Gujarat |  East |  Chhota Udaipur |  Maharashtra |  Konkan |  Mumbai | 

Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

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Suspected suicide bomb in Jakarta kills policeman, injures 4

- JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A suspected suicide bombing near a bus terminal in Indonesia's capital Wednesday night killed a policeman and injured four other officers, police said. Vice National Police Chief Syafruddin, who uses one name, said an initial investigation showed that the suspected suicide bomber also died in the blast. "Tonight, to Indonesian citizens and all of us who are here at the scene, I express very deep concern

Categories: Law & Crime | 
Places: Americas |  North America |  United States |  Asia |  S.E. Asia |  Maritime |  Indonesia |  South |  Southeast US |  Alabama | 

Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

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Robot police officer goes on duty in Dubai

- Dubai Police have revealed their first robot officer, giving it the task of patrolling the city's malls and tourist attractions. People will be able to use it to report crimes, pay fines and get information by tapping a touchscreen on its chest. Data collected by the robot will also be shared with the transport and traffic authorities. The government said the aim was for 25% of the force to be robotic by 2030 but they would not replace humans

Categories: Technology |  Law & Crime | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  United Arab Emirates |  United Kingdom | 

Indonesia explosion highlights: Two dead in suspected suicide bombing in Jakarta, say police

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Indonesia explosion highlights: Two dead in suspected suicide bombing in Jakarta, say police

- Indonesian police said on Wednesday that a suspected suicide bomber and a police officer were killed in explosions near a bus station in the eastern part of the capital, Jakarta. There were two blasts in Kampung Melayu that went off five minutes apart late in the evening, police said in a statement. It said some people, including police officers, were wounded and being taken to a nearby hospital

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Places: Asia |  India |  S.E. Asia |  Maritime |  Indonesia | 

Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge engagement: Prachi Desai, Raveena Tandon, Maria Goretti; who carried summer style better?

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Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge engagement: Prachi Desai, Raveena Tandon, Maria Goretti; who carried summer style better?

- Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge’s engagement bash on May 23 was a star-studded affair. Big names from the world of cricket and a few Bollywood celebrities were spotted at the soiree. Among them, bracing the summer heat were Prachi Desai. , Raveena Tandon. , Maria Goretti. and Mandira Bedi. . We take a look at who wore what. Prachi Desai It’s been sometime since we have seen Prachi Desai around and it’s kind of disheartening to see that she didn’t really ace her fashion game this time

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Tags: Fashion |  Styles | 
Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Two blasts at bus terminal in Indonesian capital, casualties: police

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Two blasts at bus terminal in Indonesian capital, casualties: police

- Two blasts rocked a bus terminal in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Wednesday and caused casualties, police said. "There were two blasts at around 9:00 pm (1400 GMT), close to each other, there are three victims," East Jakarta police chief Andry Wibowo told TV station MetroTV, without saying whether the victims had been killed or injured. "From the damage I can see the explosions were pretty big

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  • Trump praises Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign in call transcript
    Trump praises Duterte's controversial anti-drug campaign in call transcript

    , straitstimes.com

    WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - US President Donald Trump praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in a phone call last month (April 2017) for doing an "unbelievable job on the drug problem," according to a leaked Philippine transcript, despite human rights condemnation of Duterte's drug crackdown. Trump commended Duterte's actions in the same call in which the US President invited him to Washington, according to a transcript of their conversation published by the Washington Post and the investigative news site The Intercept

    Categories: Politics & Government | 
    Tags: Politicians |  Donald John Trump | 
    Places: United States |  Asia |  Singapore | 

Sports

  • Black Caps rocked by Bangladesh in final Champions Trophy buildup ODI in Ireland
    Black Caps rocked by Bangladesh in final Champions Trophy buildup ODI in Ireland

    , stuff.co.nz

    New Zealand were rocked by Bangladesh in a rare one-day international cricket defeat for their first blemish of the Champions Trophy buildup. Bangladesh's deep batting lineup comfortably chased down 271 at Dublin's Clontarf Cricket Club to win by five wickets with 10 balls to spare, with the Black Caps already assured of the tri-series trophy after three straight wins. It was a significant victory for Bangladesh - one of New Zealand's pool opponents at the Champions Trophy - who had never beaten them outside their own country in 16 previous ODIs

    Categories: Sports | 
    Tags: Cricket | 
    Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Zealandia |  New Zealand |  Asia |  S. Asia |  Bangladesh |  Europe |  N.W. Europe |  Ireland | 

Business

  • New rate hike may be appropriate 'soon', according to minutes of Fed meeting
    New rate hike may be appropriate 'soon', according to minutes of Fed meeting

    , straitstimes.com

    WASHINGTON (AFP) - US central bankers say the time will "soon" be right to once more raise the key lending rate, according to the minutes of the last Federal Reserve meeting released on Wednesday (May 24). Monetary policymakers may, however, wait to see signs that the weak growth recorded early this year was merely temporary, the minutes showed. Fed officials said planned spending by President Donald Trump's administration could boost the economy more than currently forecast, although the details and timing of the projects "remain highly uncertain

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  • Karnataka Examinations Authority decision leaves PG medical and dental candidates fuming
    Karnataka Examinations Authority decision leaves PG medical and dental candidates fuming

    , thehindu.com

    Early on Tuesday, 404 postgraduate medical and dental candidates learnt that the seats they had been assigned by the Karnataka Examinations Authority (KEA) during the second round of counselling have been cancelled. Common counselling for medical, dental PG seats Candidates who were not allotted seats earlier but were allotted later: 33 Candidates whose courses have changed but not colleges: 45 Candidates who have change in colleges: 359 Late Monday night, the KEA allotted revised seats, and in the process 35 candidates lost their seats

    Categories: Health |  Education | 
    Tags: Dental hygiene |  Examinations | 
    Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  South |  Karnataka | 

Farming

  • Youths’ contribution ensures desilting of irrigation tank
    Youths’ contribution ensures desilting of irrigation tank

    , thehindu.com

    Without waiting for the Public Works Department’s assistance for desilting a systemised irrigation tank in their village, residents of Pottal near Palayamkottai have mobilised funds to complete desilting of the waterbody in their hamlet hoping that the forthcoming southwest monsoon would revive farming operations in and around their hamlet. Whenever the farmers would appeal to the PWD officials during the monthly grievance redressal meetings to desilt the irrigation tanks in their villages or repair the damaged shutters, the monotonous reply they would normally get would be the requests would get fulfilled on getting funds from the government

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    Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India |  South |  Tamil Nadu |  Madurai | 

Travel & Recreation

  • New amenities for tourist destinations
    New amenities for tourist destinations

    , thehindu.com

    The Tourism Department has allocated ₹8.5 crore to give a facelift to Athirappilly and Thumboormuzhi, two important tourist destinations in central Kerala. Work on the development projects will begin this month. A watchtower for enjoying the panoramic view of the waterfalls and the riparian forest, a walkway from ticket counter to entrance, and facility to transport tourists from Pillappara to the waterfalls are the main facilities to come up at Athirappilly

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  • ‘GST rate on real estate not to impact property prices’
    ‘GST rate on real estate not to impact property prices’

    , thehindu.com

    The Goods and Services Tax rate of 12% on the real estate sector will not have a measurable impact on prices, according to the National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO). However, the Council pointed out that there were other areas of concern that the Government needs to address, such as the tax treatment of the affordable housing segment, and the tasks to be completed after the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016 comes into effect

    Categories: Real Estate | 
    Places: Asia |  S. Asia |  India | 

Motoring

  • Chinese carmaker Geely to acquire Malaysia’s Proton, say sources
    Chinese carmaker Geely to acquire Malaysia’s Proton, say sources

    , todayonline.com

    PARIS/BEIJING — Chinese automaker Geely has agreed to buy struggling Malaysian manufacturer Proton from DRB-Hicom, sources said on Tuesday (May 23), beating out rival bidder PSA Group. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, which controls Hong Kong-based Geely Automobile and Sweden’s Volvo Car Group, will acquire 49 per cent of Proton, the sources said. Proton also controls British sports car maker, Lotus. Spokespeople for DRB-Hicom could not immediately be reached for comment

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