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The Ministry was responding to comments made by former French President Francois Hollande that Dassault Aviation (manufacturers of Rafale fighter aircraft) was given no choice but to partner with the Anil Ambani-led Reliance Defence for the offset clause in the fighter jet deal.
  • Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

    Typhoon pounds south China after killing 64 in Philippines

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    Dozens of residents sought shelter there during the storm Saturday despite warnings it was unsafe. At least 65 have died across the Philippines , and rescuers are digging through the mud following a landslide in Itogon, where at least 32 were killed, and many more are missing, presumed dead.
  • Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

    Korean leaders meet in Pyongyang for potentially tough talks

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    If North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was searching for the flawless propaganda set piece, something created to show his people that he's a strong leader pushing inexorably for the long-delayed, long-promised prosperity they deserve, then visiting South Korean President Moon Jae-in might be providing him with a unique opportunity during their summit this week.
  • Kavanaugh Accuser Faces Death Threats, Asks for FBI Investigation Before Testifying

    Kavanaugh Accuser Faces Death Threats, Asks for FBI Investigation Before Testifying

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    The committee's Democrats said witnesses should include Kavanaugh's friend Mark Judge , who Ford has said witnessed the alleged incident. Gina Scaramella, executive director of the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center, said she hopes Ford walks into a different environment than the one Anita Hill faced in 1991 when she publicly accused then-high court nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.
  • India prescribes punishments in bid to stamp out 'triple talaq'

    India prescribes punishments in bid to stamp out 'triple talaq'

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    The country's Supreme Court a year ago banned " triple talaq " practised by some in the Muslim community, saying it was "unconstitutional". Owaisi, also a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said that in his personal opinion the board should challenge the ordinance in the Supreme Court as there were strong grounds to do so.
  • Donald Trump expresses sympathy for Supreme Court nominee accused of sex assault

    Donald Trump expresses sympathy for Supreme Court nominee accused of sex assault

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    Democrats say they want the FBI to investigate Ford's claims. The two appeared before a special Judiciary Committee hearing, told their separate stories, and Thomas ultimately was confirmed, 52-48. "We are looking to get this done as quickly as possible", Trump said, "I don't think the Federal Bureau of Investigation should be involved because they don't want to be involved".
  • Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sentences Suspended

    Nawaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz Sentences Suspended

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    Sharif's lawyers, said Wednesday he should be set free on bail pending his appeal, according to the court order. In July, a lower court had sentenced Sharif to 10 years in jail, Maryam to seven years and Safdar to a year in prison. On September 15, the anti-graft body had approached the Supreme Court in an effort to keep the Islamabad High Court from ruling on an application from the Sharif family seeking the suspension of the Avenfield verdict.
  • North & South Korea agree joint 2032 Olympic bid

    North & South Korea agree joint 2032 Olympic bid

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    Afterwards, Mr Kim said his "historic" summit with United States President Donald Trump in June had improved regional stability and raised hopes for further progress. Kim and Moon embraced at Pyongyang's worldwide airport - where the North Korean leader had supervised missile launches a year ago as tensions mounted.
  • As Senate weighs Kavanaugh, Thomas example offers cautions

    As Senate weighs Kavanaugh, Thomas example offers cautions

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    In a story September 17 about the political effects of allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh , The Associated Press erroneously identified Tennessee Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn as an incumbent senator. "Dr. Ford's call for the FBI to investigate also demonstrates her confidence that when all the facts are examined by an impartial investigation, her account will be further corroborated and confirmed".
  • Russian jet vanishes from radar off Syria 'during Israeli, French strikes'

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    A USA official told Reuters that Washington believed the electronic reconnaissance plane was accidentally shot down by the Syrian government. Israel reportedly conducted another raid on targets at Damascus International Airport on September 15, 2018, and had hit targets near the port city of Tartus, where Russian Federation has its only naval port on the Mediterranean, on September 4, 2018.
  • No Syria assault as Erdogan, Putin agree on Idlib plan

    No Syria assault as Erdogan, Putin agree on Idlib plan

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    Speaking at a news conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin in the Russian city of Sochi, Erdogan said the two nations will carry out coordinated military patrols on the borders of the demilitarized zone. "Civilians must be allowed freedom of movement, including the right to return home, and provided access to immediate humanitarian assistance and medical care", the official added.
  • Level talks underway to prep inter-Korean summit

    Level talks underway to prep inter-Korean summit

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    Next week's inter-Korean summit will test whether South Korean President Moon Jae-in can pull off his role of mediator and salvage stalled nuclear talks between Pyongyang and Washington. The agenda for the meeting, set for 10 a.m. (4 p.m.in Prague), will be "to discuss the implementation and enforcement of United Nations sanctions on North Korea".
  • Man bitten by shark in Cape Cod waters has died, police say

    Man bitten by shark in Cape Cod waters has died, police say

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    Leslie Reynolds, chief ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore , confirmed the incident that happened about 300 yards south of Newcomb Hollow Beach. Great white sharks are known to frequent Cape Cod. Encounters with sharks are rare, but please remain alert, ' the sign said. On Saturday, with sunny skies and warm temperatures, Newcomb Hollow Beach was busy, even though summer season was over and lifeguards were not on watch.
  • Tropical Depression Isaac drops rain on Puerto Rico, sparks outages

    Tropical Depression Isaac drops rain on Puerto Rico, sparks outages

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    No coastal watches or warnings were in effect. Florence, a potentially life-threatening Category 4 hurricane , is on track to make landfall in North Carolina or SC on Thursday (Sept. Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday, September 13, 2018, due the presence of Subtropical Storm Joyce (previously referred to as Invest 96L) over the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Novichok suspects TV interview offensive

    Novichok suspects TV interview offensive

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    Britain said Boshirov and Petrov are military intelligence agents who were dispatched to Salisbury to poison former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter. Counter-terror police confirmed Petrov and Boshirov had been at the City Stay Hotel for two nights and later revealed they found Novichok samples in their room.