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    As Trump, Modi pledge to deepen security ties, US clears 2 bn drone deal

    The US has cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, as President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to deepen their defence and security cooperation.ind

    South Asia
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    Khamenei Urges Muslims to Slam 'Oppressors' Who Invade Kashmiris

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei bashed the attacks at Bahrain, Kashmir and Yemen that occurred during the holy month of Ramadan, saying that the Muslim world must "express their disdain.

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    Saudi prince reveals ‘US conditions’ for Mohamed Bin Salman to be king

    Saudi Prince Khalid Bin Farhan al-Saud, who lives in Germany, has revealed what he claims are the US conditions for helping Mohamed Bin Salman to become King of Saudi Arabia before his father’s death.

    West Asia
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    123 killed, 100 injured as oil tanker explodes in Pakistan

    At least 123 people were charred to death and over 100 others injured after an oil tanker overturned and burst into flames on a highway in Bahawalpurdistrict of Pakistan's Punjab Province.

    Southeast Asia
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    Egypt court votes against transfer of islands to Saudi Arabia

    An Egyptian court has overruled a previous verdict authorizing the transfer of two strategic Egyptian islands to Saudi Arabia, something President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has agreed to in a controversial deal.

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    London Mosque attacker shouted 'I want to kill all Muslims'

    Muslims leaving a London mosque just after midnight on Monday were helping an unwell elderly man when a van deliberately targeted them, eyewitnesses said, driven by an attacker who shouted: "I want to kill all Muslims".

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    Muslims up early for Ramazan saved lives in horrific London tower blaze

    Muslims living near and in the London tower which was gutted by a massive fire early Wednesday morning are said to be among heroes who saved lives because they were awake for sehri.

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    US envoy to Qatar to step down in midst of Middle Eastern crisis

    The US ambassador to Qatar said on Tuesday she is leaving her post in Doha, in the midst of the worst diplomatic crisis involving America’s Gulf allies in years.

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    Understanding the diplomatic storm in the Gulf in the wake of Trump's West Asia visit

    Long-simmering tensions between Saudi and Qatari rulers burst like a thunderclap. The Saudis and two Gulf allies suddenly moved to sever diplomatic ties by withdrawing diplomats, also cutting off land.

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    Qatar-Saudi rift beyond war of words

    Qatar – today a regional economic powerhouse – has tried to introduce itself as a key player in Middle East politics over the past few years. It has even attempted to act as a peace broker in several crisis points.

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    Ramadan in Yemen: Fasting by day, starving by night

    "I used to live with dignity in my house, and Ramadan was my best month. The war has deprived us of joy every day. Last Ramadan was fine, but this one is very tough. We fast in the daytime and starve in the night."

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    Afghanistan must stand firm and resist US war-making

    President Trump is expected to make a decision on a proposal to strengthen US military presence in Afghanistan and send between 3,000 to 5,000 additional American troops to the country. Under the new plan.

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    UN body aghast at Saudi move to demolish ancient town

    “The area is of importance not only to local people and the entire cultural landscape of Awamiya, but also has national significance for the history and cultural heritage of Saudi Arabia,” said the UN Special Rapporteur

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    Baahubali 2 becomes India’s highest-grossing film

    An epic battle movie from one of India’s lesser-known film industries has trumped Bollywood by becoming the country’s highest-grossing film to date, an industry analyst said on Monday.

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    Fajr Film Festival 2017 roundup: A Panorama of World Cinema

    Cosmopolitan Tehran was once again the center of attention from cinematic trends all across the world. 140 films from 58 countries and well over 350 foreign guests and hundreds of cinemagoers.

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    Veteran Bollywood actor Vinod Khanna passes away at 70

    The actor was admitted to Sir H.N. Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones in his last days.

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    Central Asia’s largest marine park opens in Astana

    Opening the largest marine park in Central Asia is a cultural and historical event and was part of the run-up to EXPO 2017. A grandiose show was prepared for 400 children. Capital resident Lyazzat Bersebayeva.

    Lifestyle
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    Halal chocolate takes off among Muslims with a sweet tooth

    MUSLIM countries are turning into fast-growing markets for chocolate, and one Asian country is betting more people around the world are going to want candy and goodies that comply with the religion’s strict food laws.

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    ‘Himalayan Viagra’ is threatened by fervent Chinese demand and climate change

    At the beginning of the Himalayan summer, when the snows start to melt, all the schools close for the season and Nepali parents and children move to the grasslands with enough food for a month-long.

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    Feel fresh and beat the heat with summer fruits for glowing skin, hair

    While one must be gorging on summer fruits like watermelon and papaya to beat the heat, it can also help to know that these can be used in battling skin and hair woes, say experts.

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    Facebook seeks to become 'hostile place' for extremists

    Pressure has been building on Facebook, along with other internet giants, who stand accused of doing too little, too late to eradicate hate speech and jihadist recruiters from their platforms.

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    ISRO puts heaviest satellite in orbit

    The satellite, GSAT-19, which is expected to enhance the communication infrastructure of the country, was placed in its initial orbit 16 minutes after lift-off from the second launch pad at Sriharikota.

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    Indian researchers develop 3D bioprinted cartilage

    Millions of people around the world suffer from degenerative joint diseases such as arthritis. Despite attempting for the last 30 years, scientists across the world have not been able to produce in the lab cartilage-like

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    Facebook fined $94m for providing misleading information on WhatsApp merger

    The European Union on Thursday imposed a $94 million fine on Facebook for providing misleading information about the 2014 takeover of WhatsApp, The Guardian reported.

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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.

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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.

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    Nasa probe to fly into sun’s atmosphere

    A new Nasa mission aims to brush by the sun, coming closer than any spacecraft in history to its scorching heat and radiation in order to reveal how stars are made, the US space agency said on Wednesday.

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    Smoking during pregnancy may damage baby’s liver, finds study

    Smoking cigarettes during pregnancy is likely to cause damage to foetal organs, especially to the liver, and may do lasting harm, reveals a study.The findings, led by researchers from the University of Edinburgh.

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    Baby on board: Indian gives birth at 35,000 feet

    The unnamed woman, in her 20s, went into premature labour on Sunday's Jet Airways flight between Damman in Saudi Arabia and Kochi in the southern Indian state of Kerala.

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    Italian court says lobsters must not catch ‘cold’ before cooking

    Italy’s highest court ruled on Friday that lobsters must not be kept on ice in restaurant kitchens because it causes them unjustifiable suffering before they head for death by fine dining.

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    Indian govt advises pregnant women to avoid meat, say no to sex and have only pure thoughts

    In the run-up to International Day for Yoga on June 21, India’s minister of state for Ayush, Shripad Naik released a booklet called Mother and Child Care, The Indian Express reported.

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    'Hungry' goat chews up owner's Rs 66,000 in India

    A 'hungry' goatgave a rude shock to its owner when it chewed up currency notes worth Rs 66,000 that the man had kept in the pocket of his trouser, at Siluapur village in Kannauj district of Uttar Pradesh on Monday.

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