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Mugabe faces looming resignation deadline

Harare, Nov 20 (IANS) Zimbabwe's embattled President Robert Mugabe, who was stripped of the ruling party's leadership a day earlier, is facing a deadline to resign after a surprise speech in which he refused to quit. The ruling Zanu-PF has said it will impeach Mugabe if he does not step down by 12 p.m. on Monday. Proceedings could begin as soon as Tuesday when Parliament meets. M...

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Three S.Korean soldiers rescued injured N.Korean defector

Seoul, Nov 20 (IANS) Three South Korean soldiers rescued a North Korean soldier who defected to Seoul after being shot by his fellow troops, the Defence Ministry said on Monday. The North Korean soldier reportedly collapsed shortly after crossing the Joint Security Zone (JSA) that separates the two Koreas. The three South Korean soldiers, stationed at the JSA, had rescued the pri...

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51 countries to participate in Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers' Meeting

Nay Pyi Taw, Nov 20 (IANS) A total of 51 countries will participate in the 13th Asia-Europe Foreign Ministers' Meeting, opening on Monday in Myanmar's capital city of Nay Pyi Taw. The host country's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi will inaugurate the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), in which the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the European Union (EU) will participate, repo...

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N.Korean Foreign Minister to visit Cuba

Havana, Nov 20 (IANS) North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho will visit Cuba on Monday to discuss bilateral cooperation and other important topics, government officials confirmed here. Ri will arrive on Monday afternoon in the Cuban capital, reports Xinhua news agency. During his visit, he will meet with his Cuban counterpart, Bruno Rodriguez, and participate in a series of ot...

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Search on for missing Argentine submarine

Buenos Aires, Nov 20 (IANS) The Argentine Navy continues to coordinate with international allies in the search for its submarine, a media report said. The submarine disappeared last Wednesday along the country's Atlantic coast with 44 crewmen on board. Helping to search for the ARA San Juan are Chile, Brazil, the US, the United Kingdom, Colombia, Uruguay and Peru, although other ...

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Maharashtra minister inaugurates 100-bed hospital in Thane

Mumbai, Nov 19 (IANS) Maharashtra's PWD Minister Eknathji Shinde on Sunday inaugurated a 100-bed tertiary care hospital in Thane with some advanced facilities, including cath labs for cardiac procedures. Situated in Dombivli, the SRV Mamta hospital will be a boon for people who had to travel far for medical procedures. The hospital has a 18-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), five Neo...

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Brain activity buffers against worsening anxiety

New York, Nov 19 (IANS) Researchers have found that boosting activity in the brain's areas related to thinking and problem-solving may also buffer against worsening anxiety. Using non-invasive brain imaging, the researchers found that people at risk of anxiety were less likely to develop the disorder if they had higher activity in a brain region responsible for complex mental operations....

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Indira showed commitment to people can't be killed: Pranab

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) In her death, former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi left a message that a commitment to the people can never be killed by any power, however strong it may be, former President Pranab Mukherjee said on Sunday. Mukherjee was speaking at the inaugural function of a photo exhibition on Indira Gandhi on the centenary of her birth anniversary at her memorial here.

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IOC opens India's first electric charging station in Nagpur

Nagpur, Nov 19 (IANS) In a major step in spreading the use of green energy, Indias first electric vehicle (EV) charging station was started here on Sunday by Indian Oil Corp (IOC), according to the state-run oil marketing company. Indian Oil has partnered with cab aggregator Ola to set up the charging station at an IOC petrol pump here. Nagpur, being the first city to introdu...

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LeT top leadership in Kashmir Valley wiped out

Srinagar, Nov 19 (IANS) The Army said on Sunday that the top leadership of the Pakistan-backed Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the Kashmir Valley has been wiped out with the killing of six militants in Jammu and Kashmir's Bandipora district. Lt General J.S. Sandhu, who heads the Srinagar-headquartered 15 Corps, told reporters: With the elimination of six of its terrorist commanders yesterday (S...

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Huawei, Edinburgh University ink pact on artificial intelligence

London, Nov 19 (IANS) Chinese technology giant Huawei and the University of Edinburgh, UK, have signed a research cooperation agreement to investigate the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) robotics systems to operate over next generation 5G wireless networks. Researchers at Huawei's Wireless X Labs and University of Edinburgh's new Bayes Centre will investigate together how AI sy...

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Corporate hiring to be slow till fiscal-end: Assocham

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) Despite Moody's sovereign rating upgrade, hiring by the private sector is expected to stay muted till the end of the current fiscal as corporate India is busy trimming balance sheets and rationalising costs, according to industry chamber Assocham. Based on a survey of association members, the Assocham report on Sunday comes in the context of tepid job growth in t...

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Ease of business? GM research firms look abroad as tighter norms threaten at home

New Delhi, Nov 19 (IANS) While India has climbed 30 rungs in the World Bank's ease-of-doing-business ladder and Moody's has raised the country's credit rating because of its reform push, for the agri-biotechnology industry the degree of difficulty has increased to such an extent that even home-bred companies are either relocating or expanding their research presence abroad. We have incre...

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Seven missed calls detected from missing Argentine submarine

Buenos Aires, Nov 19 (IANS) The Argentinian Navy has detected seven satellite calls made to different bases from a missing submarine which disappeared on November 15 in the South Atlantic with 44 crew members on board, officials said. According to a statement released on Saturday by the Argentine Ministry of Defence, the calls did not link up with the Navy bases, but could indicate that ...

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'Total' cannot drop major gas deal under US pressure: Iran

Tehran, Nov 19 (IANS) French energy giant Total cannot leave a major gas deal with the Islamic republic under the pretext of the US political pressures, Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said. Total can only drop the deal if the United Nations Security Council imposes international sanctions against Tehran, Zanganeh said on Saturday on the sidelines of his meeting with vis...

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Libyan Army carries out combing operations on IS sites

Tripoli, Nov 19 (IANS) Libyan Army units carried out extensive sweeps in the region known as the oil crescent in north Libya to monitor movements of IS members, said an official. Patrols of army units are securing desert areas of the oil crescent region, in search of IS fighters, Xinhua news agency quoted an army officer as saying on Saturday. These patrols will continue for seve...

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Mass grave found in Libya's Sirte

Tripoli, Nov 19 (IANS) Libyan security services and a Red Crescent team have found a mass grave in the city of Sirte, some 450 km east of Tripoli, according to a local official. A Red Crescent team, in cooperation with security services, managed to locate a mass grave in the town of Al-Dher in western Sirte. They surrounded the site pending order from the Public Prosecutions to dig and e...

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Egypt opens Rafah border crossing for three days

Gaza, Nov 19 (IANS) Egypt has opened the Rafah border crossing, the only corridor between the Gaza Strip and Egyptian territory, allowing passage in both directions for three days, the Palestinian Authority said. This is the first time since June 2007 that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is in control of the Palestinian side of the crossing in coordination with the security forces of the ...

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Russia's radar-equipped aircraft conducts debut flight

Moscow, Nov 19 (IANS) Russia's newest A-100 aircraft with the most advanced airborne early warning and control (AWACS) system made its maiden flight on Saturday, a media report said. Quoting a news release issued by Vega Radio Engineering Corporation, the designer affiliated with the Russian state-owned industrial and defence conglomerate Rostec, Tass news agency said the multifunctional...

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Hasina meets Chinese FM on pragmatic cooperation, Rohingya issue

Dhaka, Nov 19 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina met visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here, with both sides emphasizing their willingness to further deepen pragmatic cooperation, a media report said. During the meeting on Saturday, Hasina congratulated the successful holding of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China. She thanked the Chinese side f...

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