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         US school shooting: Gunman dies after being shot in Maryland    
WASHINGTON DC: The armed student, who shot two other students at Great Mills High School in United States' Maryland on Tuesday has died.

         Three injured in shooting at Maryland high school    
GREAT MILLS: A sheriff's spokeswoman says three people have been injured in a shooting at a high school in southern Maryland, including the shooter. St. Mary's County Sheriff's spokeswoman Cpl. Julie Yingling says there have been no fatalities in the Tuesday morning shooting at Great Mills High School.

         China doesn't want trade war with US, says Premier Li    
Beijing: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang on Tuesday said that China did not want to enter into a trade war with the United States, adding that the war would only damage the relationship between the two sides.

         President Xi vows to build strong China    
Beijing: Chinese President Xi Jinping has vowed to build a strong China, while saying that the country was ready to take up "its due place in the world". Speaking at the closure of the 13th National People's Congress (NPC), which went on for 15 days, President Xi said, "The rejuvenation of the Chinese nation has become the biggest dream of the Chinese people. We are resolved to fight the bloody battle against our enemies, with a strong determination to take our place in the world."

         White House bans Venezuela's digital currency    
Washington D.C: United States President Donald Trump's administration on Monday announced that it was broadening sanctions against Venezuela by blacklisting four government officials, and banning the country's new Petro cryptocurrency, which President Nicolas Maduro created last month to circumvent financial sanctions on his economically strapped nation. The U.S. officials warned that the currency was a "scam" by President Maduro's government to further undermine democracy in the Organiz

         China's Belt and Road Initiative heightens debt risks in 8 countries    
Beijing [China]: China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which aims to invest approximately USD 8 trillion in infrastructure projects across Europe, Africa, and Asia, has raised serious concerns about sovereign debt sustainability in the eight countries that it funds, according to a recent study.

         Trump plans to hit China with $60 bn in annual tariffs    
Washington D.C: United States President Donald Trump is preparing to impose a package of USD 60 billion in annual tariffs against China, following through on a long-time threat, which according to him will punish China for intellectual property infringement and help create more American jobs. The tariff package, which Trump plans to unveil by Friday, was confirmed by four senior administration officials. According to The Washington Post, senior aides had presented Trump with a USD 30 billi

         Is Facebook's security chief leaving after clash over Russian disinformation?    
New York [USA]: Rumour has it that Facebook's chief information security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the company, after internal disagreements over how the social networking giant should deal with its role in spreading disinformation. However, in a tweet, Stamos said that he was still employed and that his role had changed to "exploring emerging security risks and working on election security".

         Altaf Hussain vows to transform Pak into true welfare state    
London: The founder leader of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), Altaf Hussain, has claimed that he has never been against the country and only wants to eliminate the repressive and exploitative feudal system from there.

         Kenya floods claim 12 lives    
NAIROBI: At least 12 people have lost their lives in floods triggered by continuous rainfall in Kenya on Sunday. Anadolu Agency quoted the police as saying that the floods had swept away two children aged four and five from the Symulie and Kambo villages in Makueni County in eastern Kenya.

         Russia dismisses ex-spy poisoning claims as 'nonsense'    
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the British accusations of his country's involvement in an ex-spy's poisoning, calling it "nonsense."

         Putin wins another six years at Russia's helm in landslide victory    
MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin won a landslide re-election victory on Sunday (March 18), extending his rule over the world's largest country for another six years at a time when his ties with the West are on a hostile trajectory.

         10 dead after plane crashes into house in Philippines    
MALOLOS: At least ten people lost their lives when a light aircraft crash-landed on a house in Plaridel, Bulacan of Philippines on Saturday.

         Russia expels 23 British diplomats    
MOSCOW: Citing disparity in the number of consulates of the two countries, the Russian Foreign Ministry said that 23 British diplomats have been declared personae non-gratae and will be expelled within a week.

         Russian presidential elections result to be out Monday    
MOSCOW: The results of the presidential elections in Russia conducted today will be announced tomorrow. Russian President Vladimir Putin is seeking a fourth term in the elections for which the voting began early on Sunday.

         India advanced in 30 years as much as Britain did in 150: Paul Krugman    
NEW DELHI: Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman on Saturday said India has made rapid progress on the economic front but economic inequality in the country remains an issue. He also touched upon the problem of corruption that the country has been facing.

         Pak to skip WTO meet in New Delhi    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to stay away from the World Trade Organisation meet in New Delhi next week in protest against alleged harassment of its diplomats in India.

         Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un    
Washington D.C: US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May during a call with South Korea's president Moon Jae-in on Friday. Trump and Moon discussed preparations for their upcoming engagements with North Korea and agreed that "concrete actions" were the key to achieving denuclearisation of North Korea, the White House said in a statement.

         Pak PM discusses Afghan peace process with US VP    
Washington D.C: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held an unscheduled meeting with US Vice-President Michael Pence regarding the Afghanistan conflict in Washington on Friday.

         Student faces suspension for not taking part in gun violence walkout    
Washington D.C.: A high school student has been slapped with a suspension for staying in class during the National Walkout Day. Jacob Shoemaker, a senior in the school in Ohio, explained that he wanted to stay apolitical and not take sides in the gun-control debate consuming the country, reported Fox News.

         Saudi warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does    
Washington: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit -- just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump.

         Donald Trump Jr, wife headed for divorce after 12 years    
New York: Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa are splitting after 12 years of marriage. The Trumps issued a joint statement, saying, "After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time."

         At least four dead in Florida university bridge collapse    
FLORIDA: At least four people have been killed and 10 others hurt after a footbridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, officials say. Rescuers are spending the night searching for victims trapped beneath the buckled structure. The 862-tonne, 174ft (53m) bridge fell over an eight-lane motorway on Thursday afternoon, crushing at least eight vehicles, police said.

         Saudi Prince threatens Iran to produce nuclear bombs    
RIYADH: Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Thursday threatened to obtain a nuclear bomb if Iran did the same. In his first television interview to the American network, CBS Prince, Salman said, "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible," Prince Salman told CBS in an interview.

         Russia should go away and shut up: UK defence secy    
LONDON: United Kingdom Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has asked Russia to "go away and shut up" when asked how the Kremlin should respond to the expulsion of 23 of its spies by London.

         German President to visit India next week    
NEW DELHI: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will embark on a four-day visit to India from next week, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

         Pak calls back its envoy to India    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday confirmed that it has called back its High Commissioner to India for a meeting. Dr. Muhammad Faisal, the spokesperson of Paki

         Nepal President to take oath on Wednesday    
KATHMANDU: Nepal's Bidhya Devi Bhandari will take oath as the country's President for the second time at 4.00 pm (local time) on Wednesday.

         Prof Stephen Hawking dies aged 76    
LONDON: Prominent British theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a family spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world."

         Syria 'bleeding inside and out' as conflict enters 8th year: UN chief    
United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed strong concern over continued violence and hostilities in Syria, saying the Arab country is "bleeding inside and out". He called for full implementation of a UN resolution for a ceasefire in the strife-torn nation.

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