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Kovind will make an 'exceptional President': Modi

He said he was a "small citizen" entrusted with a big responsibility. "Like during the regime of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, we supported APJ Abdul Kalam - not because he belonged to a minority community, but because he was neutral and did not belong to any particular party", he said. Read More »

Germany's Merkel vows not to give up on US free trade deal

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German Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries has written a letter to U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in which she criticised Washington's plans to take action against steel imports, a German newspaper reported on Tuesday. -EU accord would cover about 30 percent of world trade. German direct investments in the US are nearly 10 times higher than USA companies' investments in Germany , she added - "a lot of jobs in the United States depend on this, but this is also a contribution to world ... Read More »

With the clock ticking, UK, EU play up chance of deal

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A year after Britain's game-changing referendum, Brexit Secretary David Davis arrived in Brussels to launch talks he hoped would produce a "new, deep and special partnership" with the EU in the interest of Britons and all Europeans. First on the table, Mr. Barnier said, was "identifying priorities" such as the border in Ireland and setting out a timetable for the talks. Johnson urged Europeans to look at the more distant future. Read More »

Sarfraz hopes lifting of coveted trophy ends Pakistan exile

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They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. "It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game, we were nowhere", said the former captain. When we arrived here, we were No. Read More »

BJP parliamentary board to discuss presidential poll options

For each of these sets of candidate's nomination, the form has to be signed by at least 50 electors as proposers and 50 as seconders. "The decision will be taken soon and the name of the Presidential candidate will be announced before June 23", Naidu told media here. Read More »

Issue of UK-Irish Border Most Discussed at Brexit Talks - Davis

Mr Barnier quoted one of the EU's founding fathers, Jean Monnet, saying in French: "Ce qui est important, ce n'est, ni d'être optimiste, ni pessimiste, mais d'être détermine". Asked if the European Union had made any concession to the UK, Barnier said: "The UK has chose to leave the EU". "In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues". Read More »

Steve Scalise celebrates Father's Day in wake of shooting

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Hodgkinson displayed before he opened fire on a Republican baseball practice, critically injuring Majority Whip Steve Scalise . The FBI also recovered a computer, a camera, and a cellphone from the shooter's auto, which it is still being processed, according to a statement released on June 15. Read More »

Two B-1B bombers to train over Korea

The B-1B Lancer bombers will be dispatched from the U.S. Andersen Air Force base in Guam in the Western Pacific. The official told reporters during a briefing the drill will also involve two South Korean F-15K fighter jets without elaborating on the nature of the drill or when it will be carried out. Read More »

79 now believed to have died in Grenfell Tower fire

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A massive fire had engulfed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington last week, killing many people and injuring several others, many of whom are in critical condition. Cundy promised an "exhaustive" criminal investigation into the fire that would also look at a major refurbishment of the building completed a year ago. Read More »

Brexit negotiations have started

His priority, he said, was to clear up the uncertainties which last June's Brexit vote had created. "In the first step, we will deal with the most pressing issues, we must lift the uncertainty caused by Brexit; we want to make sure that the withdrawal of United Kingdom happens in an orderly manner". Read More »

Grenfell Tower death toll 'will rise' higher, say police

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Detectives investigating the Grenfell Tower fire said the official number of presumed dead "will be higher" than the current figure of 58 as they released new images showing the scale of devastation inside the building. While the blaze has prompted an outpouring of generosity, with many people donating provisions and clothes, it has also unleashed rage at the authorities as the charred tower was cast as a deadly symbol of a deeply divided society. Read More »

Hamas rejects IS claim of fatal stabbing of Israeli policewoman

Israeli police said on Friday that the attackers were from Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank; two from Ramallah and one from Hebron. Police shot them dead. A spokesman for Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency told AFP it was "impossible to corroborate [the IS claim] at this point". Netanyahu said security forces were preparing to demolish the homes of the three terrorists in the West Bank village of Deir Abu-Mashal. Read More »

Britain and European Union launch Brexit talks in Brussels

After nearly a year of waffling, Britain on Monday finally opens negotiations with its European Union counterparts about leaving the bloc, with the final outcome, due in 2019, as important as it now seems unpredictable. "We must first tackle the uncertainties caused by Brexit-first for citizens but also for the beneficiaries of the European Union policies and for the impact on borders", Barnier said. Read More »

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

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Mohammad Amir then tore through the India top order to help reduce the defending champions to 54-5. This is the second time Pakistan have won a global title in the 50-over format after their triumph at the 1992 World Cup. His innings consisted of twelve boundaries and three sixes. Players like Hasan Ali, Fakhar Zaman were playing their first tournament and showed us that what they are capable of. Read More »

Brexit talks begin with United Kingdom in disarray

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Britain's Secretary of State David Davis said he was hoping to build "a new, deep and special relationship with the European Union". "A deal like no other in history", Davis said in a statement as he headed into the talks. Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC's Pienaar's Politics said: "There's a lot of anxiety in the business community about stepping outside the customs union because it creates so many difficulties". Read More »

Rajnath appeals for calm in Darjeeling

Security personnel in large numbers were deployed in the hill district of West Bengal after widespread clashes between Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) activists and the police were witnessed on Saturday. "The police and the security forces should immediately be removed from the hills as a confidence-building measure", Rai said. The GJM gave a call for a 12-hour bandh , but if failed to evoke much response. Read More »

Gunmen killed 8 Afghan guards of a US base

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No one immediately claimed responsibility. The US is expected to increase military deployment in the country to help Afghan forces contain the Taliban's rising offensive. Seven American soldiers were wounded on Saturday in an insider attack by an Afghan soldier at Camp Shaheen near the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif. Read More »

Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after US downed jet

Australia's military on Tuesday said it was temporarily halting air missions over Syria, following the shooting down of a Syrian jet by U.S. forces. Weeks after President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's military into Syria in September 2015 to prop up the government of President Bashar Assad, Russia and the United States signed a memorandum on preventing air clashes between the two countries. Read More »

Jury deliberations continue in Bill Cosby trial

He adds "tonight, just rest". He says they were lovers and the encounter was consensual. The jurors have deliberated for 40 hours already and it is unclear exactly what the deadlock is about. "Was it in your mind you were going to use the Quaaludes for young women, plural, that you were going to have sex with?" a questioner had asked. Cosby said he never took the powerful sedative, preferring to keep it on hand for social situations. Read More »

UK, EU's historic Brexit talks commence

Yet Davis entered the talks representing a government in disarray. "I hope today we can identify priorities and a timetable that would allow me to report to the European Council (summit) later this week that we had a constructive opening of negotiations", added the former European commissioner and French foreign minister, speaking against a backdrop of British and EU flags. Read More »

Britain begins Brexit negotiations with EU

The socialist Gabriel said the Conservative government in London "played with the emotions of citizens in Britain, told fake news about Europe and left people unclear about what consequences this would all have" and "they bet on a snap election because they thought they could use tactical tricks to get a bigger majority". Read More »

EU, UK agree for Brexit negotiations: Michel Barnier

The two sides will hold four further monthly rounds of talks with the aim of getting the remaining 27 European Union countries to agree this autumn to move on to the trade talks phase. An early election this month, in which British Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority , only added to the problems, AP reported. "The elections were bad for May but I don't think the fundamental dynamics of the Brexit negotiations will change because of that", Stefan Auer, associate professor in ... Read More »

The who, what and when of Brexit negotiations

The discussions between U.K. Brexit Secretary David Davis and Barnier marked the end of the beginning of what both sides expect to be a complicated and confrontational process to unwind more than four decades of membership. Investors are anxious that Britain could crash out of the European Union without an exit agreement in place, an outcome that would mean steep new barriers to trade. Read More »

Trump condemns brutality of North Korea post Otto Warmbier's death

More than 15 months later he was dead. Otto Warmbier, an American student who was held in North Korea for over 17 months and returned home comatose to OH last week, has died. But North Korea has also consistently lobbied Washington for specific concessions that would need deep negotiations, something recent USA administrations have been reluctant to pursue because of the North's weapons programs. Read More »