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US House passes $717 bn defence authorisation bill

Washington, May 25 (IANS) The US House passed its $717 billion defence policy bill authorising a pay raise for active duty troops, more warships and fighter jets, and a military parade in Washington. This bill invests in training and equipment, it grows the size of all branches of our military and it prioritises missile defence in our nuclear deterrent, Xinhua news agency reported quoti...

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Cuba retrieves second black box of crashed plane

Havana, May 25 (IANS) Cuban authorities have retrieved the second black box containing flight data of the Boeing 737-200 plane that crashed near the Havana international airport on May 18. The discovery of the box on Thursday was done by the experts' analyses of videos shot around the crash site, recollections of witnesses and nearby residents, as well as an investigation into the local ...

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Ready to sit down for talks with US anytime: N.Korea

Pyongyang, May 25 (IANS) North Korea said on Friday that it is ready to sit down for talks with Washington anytime to solve problems between them, after the US side cancelled a planned summit with Pyongyang. The North Korean side expressed regret over US President Donald Trump's decision to cancel the summit with Kim Jong Un, previously scheduled for June 12 in Singapore, First Vice Fore...

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Iraq to probe alleged fraud in Parliamentary election

Baghdad, May 25 (IANS) The Iraqi government held a meeting on Thursday to discuss allegations of fraud and irregularities in the Parliamentary election held on May 12. The Iraqi Council of Ministers (cabinet), headed by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, met with top judicial and intelligence officials and the security committee of the electoral commission to discuss immunity of the electro...

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Zambia national football team's coach resigns

Lusaka (Zambia), May 24 (IANS) Zambian national team head coach Wedson Nyirenda has resigned from his position, the country's football governing body said on Thursday. The Football Association of Zambia wishes to announce the resignation of Mr. Wedson Nyirenda as head coach of the Zambia national team with immediate effect, Ponga Liwewe, the governing body's general secretary, said in...

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Uber Cup: China beat Chinese Taipei to enter semis

Bangkok, May 24 (IANS) The Chinese men's badminton team advanced to semi-finals of the Uber Cup after beating Chinese Taipei 3-0 here on Thursday. For the first single, Olympic champion Chen Long went through a tough battle with Chou Tien Chen, reports Xinhua news agency. Chen Long beat Chou in the first game by 21-18 and lost to him by 10-21 in the second, which is a surprise t...

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Ankle injury forces Chung to withdraw from French Open

Paris, May 24 (IANS) South Korea's promising tennis star Chung Hyeon was forced to withdraw from the French Open due to an ankle injury that has dogged him throughout the clay season. Chung, 22, was expected to play a warm-up tournament in French city Lyon prior to French Open, but withdrew from it due to the injury, reports Xinhua news agency. Unfortunately I had to withdraw fro...

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China, Pakistan extend currency swap deal

Beijing, May 24 (IANS) The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, on Thursday extended a currency swap agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan. According to a statement from the Chinese bank, the swap was sized at 20 billion yuan ($3.1 billion), Xinhua news agency reported. The two parties say that the extension will facilitate bilateral trade and investment to hel...

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Indonesia warns airlines over active volcano

Jakarta, May 24 (IANS) The Indonesian Transport Ministry has issued a warning to airliners alerting them about volcanic ash from the country's most active Merapi volcano in Java island, ministry spokesman Bambang Ervan said on Thursday. The warning was issued at 3.56 a.m. on Thursday by the AirNav Indonesia, Xinhua news agency reported quoting the spokesman as saying. The airliners are a...

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US will be defeated in fresh anti-Iran move: Khamenei

Tehran, May 24 (IANS) Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the US is not trustable and will be defeated in its fresh anti-Iran move, media reports said. All successive US governments are not bound to their obligations, Khamenei said during a meeting with senior Iranian officials, referring to the US withdrawal from Iran's 2015 nuclear deal. The US h...

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Israel determined to roll back Iran's aggression: Netanyahu

Tel Aviv, May 24 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that Israel is determined to roll back Iran's aggression at the Tel-Nof Air Base during the second day of the international convention for air force commanders. We will not let Iran establish military bases in Syria and we will not let Iran develop nuclear weapons, Xinhua quoted Netanyahu as saying ...

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China to develop 200km/h maglev train by 2021

Beijing, May 23 (IANS) China will develop a prototype middle-to-low-speed magnetic-levitation train with a speed of 200km/hour by 2021, its developers said Wednesday. According to CRRC Zhuzhou Locomotive Co. Ltd., a review committee has approved a plan for developing the maglev train and support facilities, Xinhua reported. Design and construction will begin immediately, said Zho...

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French PM cancels visit to Israel for 'domestic reasons'

Paris, May 23 (IANS) French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has cancelled a planned trip to Israel for domestic reasons, the government's spokesperson Benjamin Grivaux said on Wednesday. Asked whether the cancellation was due to political reasons related to Israel's use of force to crack down on Palestinian protesters recently in Gaza, Grivaux said these are domestic reasons, Xinhua news...

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Saudi Arabia to introduce Riyal coins from Thursday

Riyadh, May 23 (IANS) Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) will introduce Riyal coins starting from Thursday to gradually replace the Riyal notes, the media reported on Wednesday. To get ready for the introduction of the coins, SAMA has taken the required measures for easy dealing, including the allocation of sorting and counting machines, reported Xinhua citing a report on Sabq local on...

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Emery confirmed as new Arsenal manager

London, May 23 (IANS) Unai Emery of Spain has been named as the new manager of English Premier League side Arsenal, replacing Frenchman Arsene Wenger who parted company with the north London club two weeks ago. Emery, 46, joined Arsenal after completing a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he landed three titles including the French Ligue 1, reports Xinhua news agency. ...

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Nigeria satisfied despite friendly loss to Atletico Madrid

Uyo (Nigeria), May 23 (IANS) The international friendly match between Atletico Madrid and Nigeria here will prepare the country to excel at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia next month, officials said here on Wednesday. The Nigerians lost 2-3 to the 2018 Europa League Cup winners on Tuesday, reported Xinhua news agency. Solomon Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports Development, ex...

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Indonesia to play U-23 friendlies against Thailand

Jakarta, May 23 (IANS) The Indonesian U-23 squad is scheduled to meet Thailand in two tryout matches at the end of this month and early next month in Indonesia, the country's football association said here on Wednesday. The first match will be played at the sport stadium of the country's police academy (PTIK) on May 31 in the capital. The second one will be held on June 3 in the Pekan Sa...

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86 ancient tombs discovered in China

Changsha (China), May 23 (IANS) A total of 86 ancient tombs have been unearthed in central China's Hunan province, the provincial archaeological research institute said on Wednesday. The tombs were located in the city of Yiyang and the excavation started in December, Xinhua news agency reported. Among the discovered tombs, 82 were built in the Warring States period (475 B.C.-221 ...

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Wolfsburg appoint Schmadtke as sporting director

Berlin, May 23 (IANS) VFL Wolfsburg have filled the vacant position of sporting director by signing Joerg Schmadtke, the Bundesliga club have confirmed. One day after securing another season in Germany's top flight, Wolfsburg agreed to collaborate with Schmadtke, who joins the club on July 1, reported Xinhua news agency. With Joerg Schmadtke we have found the best solution for th...

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China beat Indonesia to enter Uber Cup knockouts

Bangkok, May 23 (IANS) Chinese women advanced to the knockout stage of the Uber Cup badminton tournament, as the top team in Group D, beating Indonesia 3-2 in their last group match here on Wednesday. China have thus won all their three Group D matches and entered the knockout stage along with Indonesia, who won two games and lost one. In the first singles, Chinese shuttler Chen ...

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