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U.S. now wants regime change in Syria, says United Nations envoy

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said defeating Islamic State was a higher priority than persuading Assad to step down. After the US attacked a Syrian airbase with cruise missiles in response to the chemical attack, both Russian Federation and Iran said they will "respond with force" if there were further USA strikes targeting the Assad regime. [Full Article...]

Aadhaar is robust, safe, secure and totally accountable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Aadhaar is robust, safe, secure and totally accountable: Ravi Shankar Prasad He maintained that since the Aadhaar law was enacted previous year, it would hold good as it has not been stayed. Responding to charges of opposition members Prasad said, "You need to come on Aadhaar. "The government recently said that it saved Rs. 49,000 crore in LPG subsidies through Aadhaar, but according to a CAG report tabled past year, 92% savings on LPG subsidy was not due to Aadhaar but ... [Full Article...]

India, Australia Vow to Jointly Fight Terror, Cooperate in Aviation Security

These agreements were inked after the two sides held comprehensive discussions on bilateral, regional and worldwide issues of mutual interest and concern. Energy was a strong focus of Turnbull's speech, in a visit that sought to put in motion a possible free-trade agreement with India, the ABC reported . [Full Article...]

U.S. steps up pressure on Syria ahead of Russian Federation talks

The United States stepped up pressure on Sunday on Russian Federation to rein in Syrian President Bashar Assad, warning that any further chemical attacks would be "very damaging" to their relationship and suggesting there can be no peace in Syria while Assad remains in power. [Full Article...]

ISIS Fighters Killed by US Attack

The US is also investigating two of its own strikes in Iraq and Syria that Iraqi officials and activists say killed dozens of civilians. The security situation remains precarious in Afghanistan, with a number of militant groups trying to claim territory more than 15 years after the US invasion which toppled the Taliban government. [Full Article...]

Huge US bomb kills dozens of IS militants: Afghan officials

Huge US bomb kills dozens of IS militants: Afghan officials Asked about Trump's "total authorization" comments, a senior administration official declined to specify whether the President indeed ordered the strike in Afghanistan. Just last week, a U.S. Army Special Forces soldier, Staff Sgt. Mark R. De Alencar, 37, of Edgewood, Md., was killed in action in Nangarhar. The MOAB is a custom-made Air Force weapon that has been in the arsenal for more than a d... [Full Article...]

Tillerson receives chilly reception in Russia, meets with Putin

Tillerson receives chilly reception in Russia, meets with Putin The vote coincided with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's visit to Moscow, where he met with President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Tillerson's mission sees the Trump administration taking on the traditional USA role as spokesman for a unified Western position. He said the USA attack on the Syrian air base "was carried out in violation of worldwide norms". [Full Article...]

United States bombs ISIS in Afghanistan with deadliest non-nuclear weapon ever

United States bombs ISIS in Afghanistan with deadliest non-nuclear weapon ever It was not immediately clear how much damage the device did. The Afghan presidential palace said precautions were taken to avoid civilian casualties. "It is upon us, Afghans, to stop the #USA". The GBU-43 bomb, weighing 21,600 lbs (9,797kg), is GPS-guided, contains 11 tonnes of explosives and is the USA military's largest non-nuclear device. [Full Article...]

United States drops 'Mother of all Bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan

United States drops 'Mother of all Bombs' on ISIS in Afghanistan It is regarded as particularly effective against clusters of targets on or just underneath the ground. Marking its first deployment in combat, the MOAB became the most powerful single bomb used by the USA since the atomic bomb that hit Nagasaki, which effectively drew the Second World War to a close. [Full Article...]

Syria's President Says Government's Role in Chemical Attack Is '100 Percent Fabrication'

It wasn't an attack because of what happened in Khan Sheikhoun. "Definitely, 100 percent for us". He said the attack was contrived by the USA so it could launch an attack against Syria. As a presidential candidate past year, Trump criticized Obama and Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. secretary of state during Obama's first term and Trump's opponent in the election, for getting involved in fore... [Full Article...]

Cooperation in education important for India, Australia: Narendra Modi

India's achievements were admired around the world, he said. In return, Turnbull said, "We will continue to ensure that we provide outstanding opportunities for Indian students". Earlier, Modi joined President Pranab Mukherjee to formally welcome Turnbull at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan. "It's important to have an agreement that meets your requirements", he said. [Full Article...]

Trump hails military after 'Mother Of All Bombs' dropped in

Trump hails military after 'Mother Of All Bombs' dropped in The US military's largest non-nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants as it decimated a deep tunnel complex of the Islamic State group on Thursday, Afghan officials said . He once said the invasion of Afghanistan was a mistake, though he later said that he "always supported" USA involvement in the country. He said the bomb was used at around 7pm local time and described the device a... [Full Article...]

Evacuations begin in four besieged Syrian cities

The deal began on Wednesday with an exchange of prisoners between rebels and government forces. Buses carrying mostly Sunni opposition fighters and their families simultaneously left the town of Madaya near Damascus , encircled by regime forces and their allies, but were still passing through regime-held areas, the Observatory said. [Full Article...]

Venezuela's Maduro mad at mayor for chemical attack tweet

On Friday, Capriles was banned from running for office for 15 years for misappropriating government funds for personal and political use. As the most dominant figure in the opposition over the past decade, Capriles has been at the forefront of the protests , the most combative since a wave of anti-government unrest in 2014 that was blamed for dozens of deaths. [Full Article...]

U.S. takes fight against ISIS very seriously: White House

There is still no clarity on whether civilians were killed. The massive bomb dropped by US forces on an ISIS tunnel complex in eastern Afghanistan killed 36 militants, according to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. We have given (the military) total authorization. and frankly, that's why they've been so successful lately. "This is the right munition to reduce these obstacles and maintain the m... [Full Article...]

Boris Johnson 'dismayed' by Russia's UN Syria veto

President Vladimir Putin's meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson hasn't produced any positive shift yet in Russia-U.S. relations, the Kremlin said Thursday. Beyond Syria, Russia's alleged meddling in the US presidential election also hovered over what was the first face-to-face encounter between Mr. Putin and any Trump administration Cabinet member. [Full Article...]

Pulitzer Prizes winners announced

The prize for International Reporting was awarded to staffers at The New York Times . From Japan, Kyodo News and The Asahi Shimbun took part in the ICIJ work from the beginning, while Japanese public broadcaster NHK joined it later. This year's feature photography victor was E. Jason Wambsgans of the Chicago Tribune , for his portrayal of a 10-year-old boy who had been shot. [Full Article...]

USA military: Misdirected airstrike in Syria killed 18 allied fighters

Tuesday's strike was requested by coalition allies who were on the ground near Tabqah, the US Central Command, which oversees combat operations in the Middle East, said in a statement . That incident was reportedly the first friendly fire incident acknowledged by the Pentagon in Syria during its anti-IS operation. The actions of the coalition also repeatedly led to casualties among civilians. [Full Article...]

'Mother of all bombs' kills 36 Islamic State militants, Afghanistan officials say

Nine metres (30 feet) long, with a diameter of one metre, according to, it is the largest-ever satellite-guided, air-delivered weapon in history. "As a result of the bombing, key Daesh (IS) hideouts and a deep tunnel complex were destroyed and 36 IS fighters were killed", the defence ministry said in a statement. [Full Article...]

US drops 'mother of all bombs' on IS in Afghanistan

US drops 'mother of all bombs' on IS in Afghanistan It added that the bomb also destroyed a large stash of weapons. "I was sleeping when we heard a loud explosion". "We are escalating in an area I think we should be deescalating in", she told CNN's Wolf Blitzer. Afghan officials said no civilians were reported killed, but the revelation that late Thursday's strike targeted just 36 fighters is likely to raise further questions about the decisi... [Full Article...]

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