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World’s longest rail tunnel set for grand opening

World’s longest rail tunnel set for grand opening

The world’s longest train tunnel will officially open on Wednesday, nearly seven decades after the initial design was conceived. Switzerland’s 57-kilometre (35-mile) Gotthard Base Tunnel runs under the Alps from… Read more »

China panel hears first transgender discrimination case

China panel hears first transgender discrimination case

A Chinese arbitration panel held a hearing Monday in what is believed to be the country’s first transgender employment discrimination case, according to the lawyer in the case. A ruling… Read more »

US Navy officer charged with spying for China, Taiwan

US Navy officer charged with spying for China, Taiwan

A US Navy officer with access to sensitive US intelligence faces espionage charges over accusations he passed state secrets, possibly to China and Taiwan, a US official told a foreign… Read more »

Texas executes man who killed boy and drank his blood

Texas executes man who killed boy and drank his blood

A south Texas man who bludgeoned and slashed to death a 12-year-old boy mutilated the corpse and then drank the blood of his victim was executed on Wednesday at the… Read more »

Daesh militants net millions from antiquities: Russia

Daesh militants net millions from antiquities: Russia

Daesh militants in Syria and Iraq are netting between $150 million and $200 million a year from illicit trade in plundered antiquities, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations said in… Read more »

China asking for terror suspects list ahead of G20 summit

China asking for terror suspects list ahead of G20 summit

China is asking countries participating in this year’s G20 summit in the Chinese city of Hangzhou to provide lists of possible terror groups and terrorists who might target the meeting,… Read more »

Man says killed British-Pakistani in Scotland for disrespecting Islam

Man says killed British-Pakistani in Scotland for disrespecting Islam

  A man accused of murdering a British-Pakistani shopkeeper in Scotland’s largest city Glasgow issued a statement Wednesday saying he killed him because he disrespected the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Asad… Read more »

Panama to form independent commission to review financial practices

Panama to form independent commission to review financial practices

Panama said on Wednesday it would form an independent commission to review the country’s financial practices following the leak of information from a local law firm that has embarrassed a… Read more »

List of 10 countries with the most companies implicated in Panama Papers leak

List of 10 countries with the most companies implicated in Panama Papers leak

The Panama papers, released Sunday evening, have exposed 40 years of documents from a secretive law firm called Mossack Fonseca. The data – in the form of 2.6 terabytes of… Read more »

Panama Papers: President Obama calls for international tax reforms to curb tax evasions

Panama Papers: President Obama calls for international tax reforms to curb tax evasions

In a response to Panama leaks, US President Barack Obama on Tuesday called for international tax reforms to avoid tax evasions as revealed in Panama Papers. “There is no doubt… Read more »

Panama Papers law firm says ‘company was hacked by servers abroad’

Panama Papers law firm says ‘company was hacked by servers abroad’

One of the founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the explosive “Panama Papers” revelations on off-shore holdings, told a foreign media agency on Tuesday his… Read more »

Panama Papers law firm says ‘company was hacked by servers abroad

Panama Papers law firm says ‘company was hacked by servers abroad

  One of the founders of Mossack Fonseca, the law firm at the center of the explosive “Panama Papers” revelations on off-shore holdings, told a foreign media agency on Tuesday… Read more »

Hostile Western forces behind Panama Papers: China media

Hostile Western forces behind Panama Papers: China media

Hostile Western forces are behind the “Panama Papers”, a state-run Chinese newspaper alleged Tuesday, as media avoided reporting revelations about Communist leaders and it emerged that the law firm involved… Read more »

47 Indian cops get life in prison for killing Sikh pilgrims in 1991

47 Indian cops get life in prison for killing Sikh pilgrims in 1991

A special court in India has sentenced 47 policemen to life in prison for killing a group of Sikh pilgrims in 1991 that they had claimed were militants, a prosecutor… Read more »

Outrage as Muslim pupils exempt from shaking female teachers’ hands in Swiss district

Outrage as Muslim pupils exempt from shaking female teachers’ hands in Swiss district

Male Muslim students at a school in northern Switzerland will no longer have to shake hands with their female teachers, following a ruling that was on Monday causing an uproar… Read more »

Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks

Panama Papers probes opened, China limits access to news on leaks

Authorities across the globe have opened investigations into the activities of the world’s rich and powerful after a cache of leaked documents from a Panamanian law firm showed possible wrongdoing… Read more »

Man thrashed for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’

Man thrashed for not chanting ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’

A 20-year-old courier was seriously injured after he was thrashed by a group of students on the campus of the National Institute of Technology (NIT). According to media report, the… Read more »

Obama administration to recognise India as major partner with equal status Foreign7 MINS AGO BY MONITORING REPORT 57007faf3ec2c The Obama administration was working with Congress for passing a law that would recognise India as a major partner of equal status, a senior Pentagon official said on Monday.  Also on Monday, India objected to US President Barack Obama’s statement during a nuclear summit in Washington last week, urging both India and Pakistan to stop moving in the wrong direction.  Indian officials said that Mr Obama’s “lack of understanding” caused him to club India’s nuclear programme with Pakistan’s.  Duncan M. Lang, who heads the India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC) in the Pentagon, told The Hindu Newspaper in Washington that the administration was working with lawmakers to ensure the adoption of the US-India Defence Technology and Partnership Act.  The proposed legislation, moved in the US Congress last month, would “institutionalise” the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative framework (DTTI) and an India-specific cell in the Pentagon, Mr Lang said.  The resolution would formalise India’s status as a major partner of equal status for all congressional notifications, the US official added.  Mr Lang said the proposed legislation enjoyed a strong bipartisan support and he believed it would soon be adopted.  Meanwhile, a spokesman for Indian Ministry for External Affairs, who also attended last week’s nuclear summit in Washington, said New Delhi did not want its nuclear programme to be clubbed with Pakistan’s.  He claimed that India had a no-first use nuclear weapons policy and had never initiated military action against any neighbour.  “Since the context was the Nuclear Security Summit, the President’s own remark that ‘expanding nuclear arsenals in some countries, with more small tactical nuclear weapons which could be at greater risk of theft’ sums up the focus of global concern,” Mr Swarup said.  While responding to a question on the US and Russia cutting their nuclear arsenals, President Obama said in his post-summit news conference that both India and Pakistan needed to be more careful.  He said that while making military doctrines Pakistan and India should ensure that they were not continually “moving in the wrong direction”.

Obama administration to recognise India as major partner with equal status Foreign7 MINS AGO BY MONITORING REPORT 57007faf3ec2c The Obama administration was working with Congress for passing a law that would recognise India as a major partner of equal status, a senior Pentagon official said on Monday. Also on Monday, India objected to US President Barack Obama’s statement during a nuclear summit in Washington last week, urging both India and Pakistan to stop moving in the wrong direction. Indian officials said that Mr Obama’s “lack of understanding” caused him to club India’s nuclear programme with Pakistan’s. Duncan M. Lang, who heads the India Rapid Reaction Cell (IRRC) in the Pentagon, told The Hindu Newspaper in Washington that the administration was working with lawmakers to ensure the adoption of the US-India Defence Technology and Partnership Act. The proposed legislation, moved in the US Congress last month, would “institutionalise” the Defence Technology and Trade Initiative framework (DTTI) and an India-specific cell in the Pentagon, Mr Lang said. The resolution would formalise India’s status as a major partner of equal status for all congressional notifications, the US official added. Mr Lang said the proposed legislation enjoyed a strong bipartisan support and he believed it would soon be adopted. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Indian Ministry for External Affairs, who also attended last week’s nuclear summit in Washington, said New Delhi did not want its nuclear programme to be clubbed with Pakistan’s. He claimed that India had a no-first use nuclear weapons policy and had never initiated military action against any neighbour. “Since the context was the Nuclear Security Summit, the President’s own remark that ‘expanding nuclear arsenals in some countries, with more small tactical nuclear weapons which could be at greater risk of theft’ sums up the focus of global concern,” Mr Swarup said. While responding to a question on the US and Russia cutting their nuclear arsenals, President Obama said in his post-summit news conference that both India and Pakistan needed to be more careful. He said that while making military doctrines Pakistan and India should ensure that they were not continually “moving in the wrong direction”.

The Obama administration was working with Congress for passing a law that would recognise India as a major partner of equal status, a senior Pentagon official said on Monday. Also… Read more »

Panama to launch investigation into massive data leak

Panama to launch investigation into massive data leak

The state prosecutor’s office in Panama said Monday it will launch an investigation into revelations contained in a massive data leak of a law firm that created offshore companies for… Read more »

Panama leaks : India begins probe against 500 people for unlawful offshore accounts

Panama leaks : India begins probe against 500 people for unlawful offshore accounts

The Indian government on Monday declared that action would be taken against “unlawful” accounts held abroad by Indians and constituted a multi-agency group to continuously monitor information in the wake… Read more »

India failed to prove allegations against Pakistan for Pathankot Attack

India failed to prove allegations against Pakistan for Pathankot Attack

Indian authorities failed to provide evidence to Pakistan’s Joint Investigation Team (JIT), visiting India to probe into Pathankot airbase attack, to prove their allegation that Pakistan based militants had stormed… Read more »

Two Turkish journalists accused of spying remained defiant on the second day of their trial Friday, in a case seen as a test of press freedom under the increasingly autocratic… Read more »

Obama admits US drones have killed innocent people

Obama admits US drones have killed innocent people

US President Barack Obama on Friday acknowledged that some criticism of America’s vast drone program is “legitimate,” and said there is “no doubt” the unmanned aircraft have killed innocent people…. Read more »

China blocks India’s request to add Jaish chief Masood Azhar to UN’s blacklist

China blocks India’s request to add Jaish chief Masood Azhar to UN’s blacklist

China has put a hold on India’s request to add the head of Jaish-e-Mohammad group to the United Nations’ al Qaeda-Islamic State blacklist, UN diplomats said on Friday, eliciting an… Read more »

Obama says considerable progress made in preventing nuclear terror

Obama says considerable progress made in preventing nuclear terror

US President Barack Obama told a global nuclear security summit Friday that the world had made progress in preventing terror groups like Al Qaeda and Islamic state from acquiring nuclear… Read more »