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China mulls higher tariffs on US imports

Beijing, March 23 (IANS) China announced on Friday that it was considering higher tariffs for imported US products worth about $3 billion to balance losses caused by the U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium imports from Beijing. The measures, or the suspension of tariff concessions, will target 128 items including pork, wines and seamless steel tubes, the Ministry of Commerce said.

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Russia 'highly likely' responsible for ex-spy poisoning: EU leaders

Brussels, March 23 (IANS) Following a time-consuming dinner discussion, leaders of the European Union (EU) on Thursday gave credence to Britain's allegation that highly likely Russia is responsible for poisoning a former spy on British soil, in which Moscow has denied any involvement. EUCO (European Council) agrees with UK government that highly likely Russia is responsible for #Salisbur...

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Patrick Schwarzenegger claimed his role in 'Midnight Sun': Director

Los Angeles, March 23 (IANS) Director Scott Speer says casting actor Arnold Schwarzenegger's son Patrick in Midnight Sun was a wonderful surprise. Speer's film is based on the Japanese namesake and essays the story of how a girl's dream comes true despite fighting with a life-threatening disorder. Patrick is seen as Charlie Reed in the film, which is being brought to India by PVR Pictur...

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Israel launches probe into Facebook over possible breach of privacy

Jerusalem, March 23 (IANS) Israel's Justice Ministry said on Thursday that an investigation has been launched into Facebook's leak of personal information of Israeli users. The ministry said that the investigation was opened following media reports that data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica had harvested information about Facebook users, reports Xinhua. The Israeli Privacy Protect...

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John Boyega doesn't want to be a director

Los Angeles, March 23 (IANS) Actor John Boyega, who shot to fame as Finn in the latest Star Wars film, is happy being a producer, but doesn't have any plans to helm his own movie. I'm cool now, just steady on for me, directing is... I respect directors, I respect what they do. As a producer you have to rely on the creative vision of your director, but at the same time obviously ...

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Court orders arrest of former S.Korean President

Seoul, March 23 (IANS) A South Korean court on Thursday issued a warrant to arrest former South Korean President Lee Myung-bak over a series of corruption charges. The Seoul Central District Court decided to put Lee, who served his five-year presidential term through early 2013, under custody as he denied almost all of alleged wrongdoings, reports Xinhua. The denial raised a poss...

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US stocks open lower after Fed's rate-hike decision

New York, March 23 (IANS) US stocks opened lower on Thursday as traders were sifting through the Federal Reserve's latest decision to raise interest rates. Shortly after the opening bell, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 265.07 points, or 1.07 per cent, to 24,417.24, reports Xinhua. The S&P 500 decreased 24.66 points, or 0.91 per cent, to 2,687.27. The Nasdaq Composite I...

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Bengaluru airport wins best award in regional category

Bengaluru, March 23 (IANS) The Bengaluru airport won an international award for being the best in India and Central Asia under the regional category, said its operator on Thursday. The Kempegowda international airport was given the Skytrax award for being voted as the best regional airport in India and Central Asia by air travellers at the World Airport Awards at Stockholm in Sweden on W...

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I'm not a singer or dancer: Drew Barrymore

Los Angeles, March 23 (IANS) Actress Drew Barrymore, who is a part of the musical Come As You Are, says she is neither a singer nor a dancer, but has learnt that when youre comfortable in your own shoes, you can do anything. Returning as global brand ambassadors of footwear brand Crocs and starring alongside Barrymore in an all-cast version of the musical are South Korean musician and ac...

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Trump's lead lawyer in Russia probe resigns

Washington, March 23 (IANS) John Dowd, US President Donald Trump's lead lawyer who was handling the response to the special counsel investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election, resigned on Thursday. Dowd had considered leaving several times in recent months and concluded that Trump was increasingly ignoring his adv...

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'Social media has power to play with minds'

Shimla, March 23 (IANS) Social media has the power to play with the minds of people and management of perception through it is difficult to control, a senior police official said on Thursday. In his address at the inaugural of two-day 46th All India Police Science Congress here, Bureau of Police Research and Development Director General A.P. Maheshwari said that social media has the powe...

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CPI-M's allegations of age discrepancy unfounded and defamatory : Singhvi

Kolkata, March 22 (IANS) Congress Rajya Sabha candidate from West Bengal Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Thursday termed CPI-M's allegations of inconsistency in his age mentioned in the affidavits for the coming polls, as malicious and unfounded and alleged that they are demanding to scrap his candidature, to avoid obvious defeat. Singhvi, whose candidature in the Rajya Sabha polls in supported...

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Harassment of diplomats: India sends note verbale to Pakistan

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) With Indian diplomats in Pakistan continuing to face harassment and intimidation, New Delhi on Thursday sent yet another note verbale to Islamabad seeking an investigation into all these incidents. According to sources here, the note verbale cited three specific incidents of Indian diplomats being harassed in Islamabad on Thursday. The vehicle of the In...

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Meghalaya assures all efforts to ensure resumption of coal mining

Shillong, March 22 (IANS) The Meghalaya government will put in all efforts to ensure resumption of coal mining in the state in accordance with environmental rules and regulations, the assembly was told on Thursday. Coal mining was a traditional form of livelihood in the state and therefore the government would make all efforts to ensure resumption of mining in accordance with the Central...

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Infosys invests $1.5 mn more in US data firm

Bengaluru, March 22 (IANS) Global software major Infosys Ltd on Thursday said it made a follow-on investment of $1.5 million (Rs.9.75 crore) in Waterline Data Science, a US-based data discovery and data governance software firm. The follow-on investment of $1.5 million has been made in cash through the Infosys Innovation Fund, said the IT major in a regulatory filing on the BSE. ...

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Congress urges government to take corrective steps on SC/ST Act

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Hitting out at the BJP for injustice to Dalits and Adivasis in the states, the Congress on Thursday also urged the government to take corrective steps in Parliament and file a review petition in the Supreme Court on the SC/ST Act. It said that the Supreme Court verdict on Tuesday on the cast erased decades of work of the Congress government as it laid down stri...

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Pakistan extends stay of Afghan refugees

Islamabad, March 22 (IANS) Pakistan has extended the stay of nearly 1.4 million registered Afghan refugees until June 30, 2018, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday. Pakistan also hosts around 1 million unregistered refugees who are being documented. The tenure of the stay of the registered refugees, who hold Proof of Registration cards (PoR), was scheduled to expire on March 31...

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India must play more active role in Middle East: Egypt

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) India has traditionally been supportive of peace and stability in the Middle East and should play a more active role in the region, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry saud on Thursday. Answering a question after delivering a speech on Regional Developments and Prospects of India-Egypt Relations organised by the Vivekananda International Foundation think ta...

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Criminals manage to flee after shootout in Delhi

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) Five members of a gang, who were returning from Uttar Pradesh after procuring illegal arms, managed to give police the slip following a shootout in the national capital on Thursday, police said. According to the police, the incident occurred at around 4.00 p.m when the five criminals were returning from Mathura to Sangam Vihar in south Delhi after procuring the...

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27 antiques retrieved from abroad in 3 years

New Delhi, March 22 (IANS) In the last three years, 27 antiques have been retrieved from foreign countries out of which 11 belong to Tamil Nadu, Minister of Culture Mahesh Sharma told the Lok Sabha on Thursday. Whenever any illegally exported objects and antiques of Indian origin surface in a foreign country, efforts are made through Indian missions abroad for their retrieval, he said.

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