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Barack Obama says, final state dinner a ‘bittersweet moment’

    President Barack Obama called it a “bittersweet moment” on Tuesday as he and first lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Italian leader and his wife for an official visit and the final state dinner of his time in office. But the president added with a big grin: “It’s OK.”   With herald trumpets and a full dose of pomp ...

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China to launch manned space mission Shenzhou 11 on Monday

    China will launch a two-man space mission, Shenzhou 11, on Monday, the state-owned Xinhua news agency said, taking the country closer to its ambition of setting up a permanent manned space station by 2022.     President Xi Jinping has called for China to establish itself as a space power, and it has tested anti-satellite missiles, in addition ...

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Ensuring a role for women in Saudi Vision 2030

  There is a lot of excitement over the dramatic overhaul of the Saudi economy. No seismic shift in how a country conducts its business to ensure a healthy and robust economy can escape a mixture of optimism and more than a little hand-wringing. Just how privatization, salary cuts and the hike in fees will affect our fiscal future over ...

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India Bhubaneswar hospital fire kills at least 23

    A fire broke out late Monday at a private hospital in a city in eastern India, killing at least 23 people, India’s federal health minister said. Minister JP Nadda disclosed the death toll from the fire at the Sum Hospital in the city of Bhubaneswar in an interview with the Times Now TV news station. Doctors at two local hospitals told ...

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Iranian-US businessman and father given 10-year sentences in Iran

  A US businessman and his 80-year-old father have each been given 10 years in prison for “collaborating with the hostile American government”, the state-linked Mizan Online news agency reported Tuesday.   Siamak Namazi, an international relations expert and business consultant, was arrested as he arrived in Tehran a year ago.   His father, former UN Children’s Fund employee Baquer ...

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Iraqi force: 20 villages fall in first day of Mosul war

The Iraqi army is attacking Mosul on the southern and southeastern fronts, while the Peshmerga carried out their operation to the east Armed forces closing in on Mosul said on Tuesday they had secured some 20 villages on the outskirts of the city in the first 24 hours of an operation to retake what is Islamic State’s last major stronghold ...

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Kuwait ruler dissolves parliament, opens way for elections

Kuwait’s emir ordered the dissolution of Parliament on Sunday, opening the way to fresh elections, saying “security challenges” in the region could best be addressed by consulting the popular will. A ballot would be the seventh since 2006 in the Gulf Arab state, where political strains have long held up economic development and the government is trying to introduce painful ...

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Myanmar ferry sinks, kills 32, with scores missing

A ferry sank in a river in northwestern Myanmar, killing at least 32 people with scores missing, a rescue official said on Monday. About 150 people had been rescued from the Chindwin River in the Sagaing region after the ferry capsized on Saturday, said Sa Willy Frank, head of the regional relief department. As of about 4:00pm on Monday, 32 ...

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PM Narendra Modi, Praising Army For Surgical Strikes

Everyone is talking about the army these days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi commented on Tuesday at a public meeting, without referring to last month’s surgical strikes across the Line of Control. “Earlier Israel used to be spoken of like this. Now everyone knows our army can do it too and is no less capable,” PM Modi told a large gathering ...

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Rejecting Trump, Wall Street Republican donors scatter largesse

As Clinton’s lead over Trump has grown in opinion polls, some hedge fund managers who have traditionally donated big money to Republican presidential candidates see the congressional elections as their best hope. Stanley Druckenmiller, one of the best-performing hedge fund managers of all time, told Reuters he had recently given to Republican candidates for Congress in the hope of creating ...

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