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    Last house in restive Shia town demolished: Saudi authorities

    Authorities in Saudi Arabia confirmed on Wednesday that the last residential building in the historic centre of a restive Shia town has been demolished, after officials alleged it had become a hideout for localmilitants.

    West Asia
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    India approves $650m Boeing army chopper deal

    The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), which approves big-ticket purchases, gave the green light to acquire six additional Apache helicopters after 22 were bought as part of a $2.5 billion deal in 2015.

    South Asia
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    Indonesia,Turkey team up in defense, enhance military ties

    Collaboration between Turkey and Indonesia in the defense industry and the military is increasing as the two countries are engaged in joint production of tanks, drones, submarines, weapons and radar systems.

    Southeast Asia
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    Squeezed by an India-China Standoff, Bhutan Holds Its Breath

    India’s main garrison in the Kingdom of Bhutan sits only 13 miles from a disputed border with China. There is a training academy, a military hospital, a golf course — all testament to India’s enduring role defending.

    South Asia
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    Risk of US-North Korea war 'very high,' Russian FM

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Friday cautioned that the risks of escalation of tensions between the United States and North Korea were "very high" following the recent war of words between Washington.

    World
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    North Korea defiant after new sanctions, rejects talks

    North Korea on Monday angrily insisted that the tough new United Nations sanctions would not stop it from developing its nuclear arsenal, and warned it would not negotiate while being threatened.

    World
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    Egypt court jails 50 policemen over strike

    An Egyptian court has jailed 50 policemen for three years after convicting them on charges related to a strike earlier this year, state media reported.

    World
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    North Korea can hit most of United States: US officials

    North Korea's latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental United States, two U.S. officials told Reuters on Monday.

    World

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    Hezbollah Emerges Winner in Latest Syrian Refugee Exchange Deal

    The convoys of buses that came from Syria to the isolated town of Arsal in the Lebanon Valley on Wednesday began to transfer thousands of Syrian refugees from Lebanese territory to Idlib in Syria.

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    I, PROMISCUOUS Power and the Improbable Amorality of Nitish Kumar

    His first chosen partner was, believe you me, the CPI(ML). His current chosen partner is a BJP as approximate to the RSS as it can get. Between them, Nitish Kumar has run the entire political spectrum.

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    Nitish’s resignation is setback to India’s secular forces

    In a stunning turn of events, Nitish Kumar tendered his resignation as the Chief Minister of Bihar. Kumar has submitted his resignation to Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi. The decision to quit was taken.

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    Beyond Doklam: Why China offered to mediate in the Kashmir dispute

    China’s offer to mediate in the dispute over the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir, amidst its border stand-off with India in Doklam, has evoked political speculation, positive interest and even some war-talk.

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    Arundhati Roy among Man Booker Prize contenders

    Auster’s intimate epic 4 3 2 1 and Whitehead’s fantasy-tinged historical saga The Underground Railroad are among four works by US authors on the list, alongside Emily Fridlund’s coming-of-age story .

    Art and Culture
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    Pak lifts ban on airing Indian TV serials

    A Pakistani court on Tuesday lifted a ban on the airing of Indian television serials in the country saying "the world has become a global village" and asking how long "unreasonable restrictions" can be imposed, reported.

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    Indian censors want 'cow', 'Hindu' beeped in film

    Indian censors have refused to certify a documentary film featuring Nobel prize-winning economist Amartya Sen unless words like “cow” and “Hindu India” are beeped out, the director said on Wednesday.

    Art and Culture
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    How Indira Gandhi gained love, gave up Oxford, and found her calling

    By the time Indira joined Oxford, she had become romantically involved with Feroze. “I myself was once young and deeply in love,” she would say to Sonia Gandhi years later when meeting her for the first time.

    Art and Culture
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    Side effect of new cancer drug turns grey hair brown in patients

    People have been trying to find a solution to grey hair for a long time now and while several products in the market promise preventing hair from going grey, there seems to be a scientific accident which may hold.

    Lifestyle
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    Indian Cricketers wife 'exposing' arms photo causes internet frenzy

    Indian all-rounder cricketer Irfan Pathan on Monday posted a picture with his wife Safa Baig on Facebook which created a heating debate among his fans. The photo portrays the couple.

    Lifestyle
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    Chemotherapy may spread cancer, warn scientists

    Chemotherapy is used to kill cancer cells and to curb tumours from growing in the patient’s body. However, a new study has suggested that chemotherapy may instead be helping spread the disease further leading.

    Lifestyle
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    Scientists explain link between fatty liver, diabetes & PCOS

    A team of scientists has discovered an enzyme that increases male hormones and metabolic complications - Type-2 diabetes and fatty liver disease - in women with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

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    Google denies hiring 16-year-old Indian boy for over Rs23 million a year

    Sometimes certain things feel too good to be true because they aren’t true. For example, the much-publicised story about a 16-year-old Indian student ‘landing’ a dream job at Google.

    Technology
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    Iran 'successfully tests' long-delayed space rocket

    Iranian state television described the launch as involving a "Simorgh" rocket that is capable of carrying a satellite weighing 250 kilograms (550 pounds). The state media report did not elaborate on the rocket's payload.

    Technology
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    Facebook rolls out Messenger Lite in India

    Facebook Messenger today rolled out the "lite" version of its  app – Messenger Lite - in India, in its bid to reach people in emerging markets where mobile internet connections are slow. Messenger Lite.

    Technology
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    Researchers build world’s first battery-free mobile phone

    Researchers at the University of Washington have built the world’s first battery-free mobile phone that can power itself by extracting energy from ambient radio signals and light.

    Technology

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    Heat in South Asia could reach ‘unsurvivable’ levels by 2100

    The study in the journal Science Advances warned of “summer heatwaves with levels of heat and humidity that exceed what humans can survive without protection”.

    Science
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    Climate change to have devastating effect in Asia: Study

    Climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in the Pacific and Asia, a new report has warned and said Southern India may witness a decline in rice yields by five per cent in 2030s.

    Science
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    Big scientific breakthrough at subatomic level holds promise for secure comms

    Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.

    Science
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    No sign of healing in G7 climate change rift

    The United States’ partners in the G7 club of wealthy democracies vowed on Sunday to pursue efforts to curb climate change despite a rift caused by the American withdrawal from the Paris accord.

    Science
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    Video of bikini-clad Muslim woman praying at Turkish beach resort sparks religious debate

    A video has emerged on Turkish social media of a bikini-clad woman praying on the seaside, sparking debate over her unorthodox act of piety.The 30-second long clip, which was reportedly shot in the Turkish resort.

    Off Track
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    2 girls put crying 8-month old baby inside fridge

    Two girls in Massachusetts, the United States, have been arrested after a Snapchat video showed them putting a crying baby into a refrigerator. They have been charged with child endangerment and assault.

    Off Track
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    Saudi Arabia to open luxury beach resort where women can wear bikinis

    Saudi Arabia’s new heir to the throne has announced plans for a beach resort where special laws will allow women to wear bikinis instead of covering up their skin. 

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    Indian teen kills himself over online suicide game

    Meghwadi police officials have confirmed that a 14-year-old boy, who allegedly committed suicide by jumping from the seventh floor terrace of an Andheri (east) building, was part of an online suicide game.

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