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Trump takes first step towards H-1B visa reform

April 19, 2017

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump, hammering his “America First” campaign theme, signed an executive order that he said would favour American companies for federal contracts and tighten the H-1B visa programme for foreign technical workers. The move is a deterrent to Indian IT firms which send software engineers to the US on H-1B v...

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60 IS militants killed in Iraq's Mosul

April 18, 2017

BAGHDAD: Iraqi troops killed 60 Islamic State (IS) militants in Mosul, including a commander, a senior official said on Tuesday. Police forces, backed by Iraqi warplanes and artillery fire, were making progress in combating extremists in the al-Farouk area and in the vicinity of al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, Efe news reported. This mosque is a prime t...

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US deploy marines in Australia, rise in tension in Korean peninsula

April 18, 2017

CANBERRA: The US on Tuesday deployed 1,250 marines in Australia's Northern Territory, the sixth contingent of a rotation programme, amid a rise in tensions in the Korean Peninsula. They are "ready to fight" at the time of an eventual conflict with North Korea, according to a senior US military official. The marines, the first ones on a rotation o...

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Vijay Mallya arrested in London, gets bail

April 18, 2017

LONDON: Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, wanted in India for defaulting on over Rs 8,000 crore in bank loans, was arrested here on Tuesday. Within hours, a court granted him bail. Metropolitan Police said Mallya, 61, was taken into custody after attending a central London police station. The Westminster Magistrates' Court later gave him bail on a 650,0...

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Sikh cab driver assaulted in US

April 18, 2017

NEW YORK: A Sikh cab driver here was assaulted and his turban was taken off by four drunken passengers in an incident being investigated by police as a possible hate crime. The incident happened on Sunday, just hours after thousands of Sikhs flocked to Times Square to mark "Turban Day", as part of Baisakhi celebrations, reported New York Daily New...

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285 people killed, 1,073 injured in Myanmar water festival

April 18, 2017

YANGON: A total of 285 people were killed and 1,073 others injured across Myanmar during a four-day water festival, media reports said. The deaths were 13 more than that of last year's event. Meanwhile, a total of 1,200 criminal cases were also registered during the water festival, Xinhua news agency reported. Among the deaths, 10 were in Nay Py...

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Woman held in Lahore for ties with IS 'not terrorist': Brother

April 17, 2017

ISLAMABAD: Suspected female militant Naureen Leghari who was arrested in a military operation in Lahore is not associated with any terrorist organisation, her brother claimed on Monday. Naureen's brother Afzal Leghari told Geo News that his sister was kidnapped on February 10 and was "not associated with any terrorist outfit". "We refuted her tie...

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13 die in China accident

April 17, 2017

'Rescuers work at the accident site in Kaiyang County, southwest China's Guizhou Province' BEIJING: At least 13 persons were killed and six injured when a bus plunged into a river in China's Guizhou province on Monday, an official said. The 19-seater bus, en route from Kaiyang to Weng'an county, fell into the river in Kaiyang, Xinhua news agenc...

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12 injured in London club 'acid attack'

April 17, 2017

LONDON: At least 12 people suffered burn injuries in a suspected acid attack at a club in London, police said on Monday. Hundreds of revellers were evacuated from Mangle E8 in Sidworth Street, London Fields, after police were called at about 1.10 a.m., the BBC reported. The London Fire Brigade said a "strong acidic" unknown corrosive substance wa...

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Turkish PM Erdogan wins Turkey referendum

April 17, 2017

ANKARA: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly won a referendum on Sunday to expand presidential powers. With 99.97 per cent of ballots counted, the "Yes" campaign had won 51.41 per cent and "No" 48.59 per cent, and the electoral board called victory for "Yes", BBC reported. Final referendum results will be released within 11-12 days. Th...

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