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         Earthquake of 5.4 magnitude strikes central Italy    
 
 
ROME: A 5.4 magnitude earthquake struck central Italy Wednesday with the epicentre in an area covered by heavy snow which is struggling to recover from a string of deadly quakes last year.

 
         NSG, Azhar issues must not be 'stumbling blocks' in ties: China    
 
 
BEIJING: China Wednesday said differences over India's NSG membership bid and designating of JeM chief Masood Azhar as a terrorist by the UN should not be "stumbling blocks" in developing ties and asserted that both sides must respect each other's core interests and major concerns.

 
         No point in blaming globalization for world's problems: Xi Jinping    
 
 
DAVOS, SWITZERLAND: Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that there is "no point" in blaming economic globalisation for the world's problems, adding that no one would win a trade war.

 
         Nearly 180 missing after Mediterranean ship capsize    
 
 
ROME: Four people died and nearly 180 are missing, presumed dead, after Saturday's migrant ship capsize in the Mediterranean, officials said on Tuesday after interviewing a handful of survivors.

 
         Istanbul nightclub attacker who killed 39 captured    
 
 
ISTANBUL: A gunman suspected of killing 39 people during a New Year's attack on an Istanbul nightclub has been caught in a police operation, Turkish media reports said early Tuesday.

 
         32 dead as cargo plane crash destroys Kyrgyzstan houses    
 
 
BISHKEK: A Turkish Airlines cargo plane crashed into a village near Kyrgyzstan's main airport today, killing 32 people and destroying homes after attempting to land in thick fog, authorities said.

 
         44 jailed for mafia-style crime in China    
 
BEIJING: A local court sentenced 44 people, including two leaders, to jail terms varying from 10 months to 25 years in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region for their involvement in a mafia-style gang activities.

 
         China hands over two ships to Pak Navy for Gwadar security    
 
 
KARACHI: China has handed over two ships to the Pakistan Navy to safeguard the strategic Gwadar port and trade routes under the USD 46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a move likely to raise alarm in India.

 
         China warns of large-scale war with US over South China Sea    
 
 
BEIJING: China's official media today warned of a "large-scale war" if the US blocks it from accessing the artificial islands China has built in the contested South China Sea, a day after secretary of state nominee said Washington should deny Beijing access to the new islands. In a scathing editorial titled "Is (Rex) Tillerson's bluster just a bluff for Senate?" state-run Global Times said his comments were aimed to "curry favour from senators and increase his chances of being confirme

 
         Bangladesh arrests 'mastermind' behind Dhaka cafe siege    
 
 
DHAKA: Bangladesh police today said they have arrested a top Islamist militant accused of being one of the "masterminds" of the country's worst terror attack at a popular Dhaka cafe and plotting murders of religious minorities including two Hindu priests. ISIS-linked outlawed Neo-Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen recruiter Jahangir Alam alias Rajib alias Gandhi was arrested last night from Elenga, some 120 kms north of Dhaka, Counter-Terrorism and Transnational police unit chief Monirul Islam told media.

 
         Climate change shows in shrinking Antarctic snows    
 
 
CARLINI BASE: Vast icy rock peaks tower above Argentina's Carlini research base in Antarctica. But scientists who have worked here for decades say the glaciers are less icy than they once were. For international experts stationed at the base, the frozen southern continent is a good gauge of climate change. "When I used to come to Antarctica in the 1990s, it never used to rain," said Rodolfo Sanchez, director of the Argentine Antarctic Institute (IAA). "Now it rains regularly -- instead of

 
         Obama ends 20-year-old immigration policy for Cuban migrants    
 
 
WASHINGTON: US President Barack Obama has ended a two-decade-old "wet foot, dry foot" immigration policy that allowed Cuban migrants who reached US soil illegally to stay and become legal residents after a year, a significant step towards normalising relations with its former Cold War foe.

 
         'I'm not ashamed' says Paris attacks suspect: report    
 
 
PARIS: The main suspect in the Paris attacks said he was "not ashamed" in a letter to a woman who has been writing to him in prison, according to extracts published in the French press today.

 
         Secret police file: Trump sure of presidential win, in 1996    
 
 
PRAGUE: Nearly 30 years ago, Donald Trump was confident he would win the US presidential election -- as an independent in 1996, according to recently uncovered files from Czechoslovakia's Communist-era secret police.

 
         Trump admn to have 'Office of the First Family': report    
 
 
NEW YORK: Under the Donald Trump presidency, the Office of the First Lady is going to be changed to the Office of the First Family which may signal the emergence of dual administration roles for the President-elect's wife and daughter, according to a media report.

 
         Top US spy: Intel community not source of Trump leaks    
 
 
WASHINGTON: US intelligence chief James Clapper has expressed "profound dismay" to Donald Trump over leaked details of a security briefing that reportedly contained explosive but unsubstantiated allegations about the president-elect. American intelligence officials last week presented to Trump, as well as to President Barack Obama, a two-page synopsis about the potentially embarrassing allegations involving Russia, according to CNN, The New York Times and other media.

 
         Republican-led Senate takes first step to repeal 'Obamacare'    
 
WASHINGTON: The Senate today passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it with.

 
         China not to sit idle if India sells missiles to Vietnam: Media    
 
 
BEIJING: Any moves by India to step-up military ties with Vietnam to counter China will create "disturbance" in the region and Beijing will not "sit with its arms crossed", state media said today, taking exception to a report that New Delhi plans to sell surface-to-air Akash missiles to Hanoi.

 
         Amazon Canada sells doormats with tricolour, Sushma warns of stern action    
 
NEW DELHI: Taking strong exception to Amazon Canada selling doormats depicting Indian flag, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today asked the e-retailer to withdraw the products and tender an unconditional apology, failing which no official of Amazon will be granted Indian visa and the ones issued earlier will also be rescinded.

 
         ‘Yes, we can’: Forceful, tearful Obama says goodbye in emotional speech    
 
 
CHICAGO: Conceding disappointments during his presidency yet offering vigorous encouragement for the nation's future, Barack Obama issued an emotional defense Tuesday night of his vision to Americans facing a moment of anxiety and a dramatic change in leadership.

 
         At least 21 killed, 45 wounded in Kabul twin blasts: official    
 
 
KABUL: At least 21 people were killed and 45 wounded in twin bombings near the Afghan parliament in Kabul today, a security official said. "The blasts left 21 people dead and 45 others wounded, most of them civilians including parliament employees," the official said, requesting anonymously.

 
         China tightens security at PoK, Afghan borders to curb terror    
 
 
BEIJING: Amid rising terror threats, China has tightened security at its borders with PoK and Afghanistan to prevent terrorists from entering or leaving its volatile Xinjiang province which has recently witnessed violent attacks allegedly by the separatist East Turkistan Islamic Movement. The province has already stepped up efforts in entry-exit management last year and continues to tighten the security this year, Shohrat Zakir, the Xinjiang chairman, told Xinjiang's local provincial council.

 
         'Naive for India to tilt towards US in China-US trade war'    
 
BEJING: It would be "naive" for India to "tilt" towards the US in the "trade war" between Beijing and Washington under Donald Trump's administration, a state-run Chinese daily warned today amid concerns that expansion of manufacturing sector in India could dent Chinese exports. "It would be naive for India to assume that its economy will boom if it draws closer to the upcoming Trump administration amid a pending trade war between Beijing and Washington," an article in Global Times sa

 
         'La La Land' sweeps Golden Globes, Streep slams Trump    
 
 
LOS ANGELES: "La La Land", a nostalgic ode to golden era Hollywood musical romances, waltzed away with seven trophies at the Golden Globe awards that saw Hollywood veteran Meryl Streep deliver a scathing criticism of US President- elect Donald Trump. Bolstering its chances at the Oscars next month, the movie picked up trophies in all the categories it was nominated for.

 
         Pakistan test-fires 1st nuclear-capable submarine cruise missile    
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan today conducted its first successful test-fire of Submarine Launched Cruise Missile (SLCM), capable of carrying a nuclear warhead from an undisclosed location in the Indian Ocean, giving the country a "credible" second strike capability, the military said.

 
         16 arrested over Kardashian Paris robbery    
 
 
PARIS: French police arrested 16 people in raids early today over the robbery of US reality TV star Kim Kardashian in Paris last year, police sources said. Police swooped in the Paris region and the south of France following the discovery of DNA at the luxury Paris residence where Kardashian was tied up and robbed of jewellery worth around nine million euros (USD 9.5 million) in October, one source said.

 
         Saudi Arabia says mosque attack planner killed in shootout    
 
 
DUBAI: Saudi Arabia says the man who planned a suicide bombing in July outside of the mosque where the Prophet Muhammad is buried is one of the two extremists killed in a shootout with police in Riyadh.

 
         Suicide bomber kills at least 11 at Baghdad market    
 
 
BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber blew up a car at the entrance of Baghdad's main vegetable market on Sunday, killing at least 11 people and wounding dozens, security officials and medics said.

 
         Pak military courts to be discontinued after 2 yrs    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will wind up its special military courts from today, two years after they were set up for speedy trial of hardcore militants following the deadly Taliban attack on an army school that killed nearly 150 children. The courts were established through an amendment in the Constitution after the horrendous attack in Peshawar on December 16, 2014. The move generated heated debate as the courts were billed by rights activists as violation of basic human rights as enshrined in the

 
         Pak hands over dossier on 'India's interference' to UN chief    
 
 
UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has handed over a dossier on India's alleged "interference" in the country to new UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and asked the world body to play a role in "restraining" India from such activities. Pakistan's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi delivered the dossier on "India's interference and terrorism in Pakistan" in a meeting with the UN chief here yesterday along with a letter from the Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign A

 
 
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