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Iranian Foreign Minister says ISIS, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda get their money & ideology from US allies

The Iranian Foreign Minister has accused Washington’s allies in the Middle East of sponsoring terrorism. Mohammad Javad Zarif was speaking to CNN, commenting on US President Donald Trump’s apparent anti-Iranian policy in the region.


India to elect a new President

The voting to elect the next President of India has begun this morning. The voting held simultaneously in all State Assemblies as well as in the Parliament. There will be a straight fight for the top constitutional post between NDA candidate Ramnath Kovind and Opposition nominee Meira Kumar. Counting of the votes will be held on Thursday. The President will be elected by the Electoral college comprising of all elected members of Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Assemblies of states and Assemblies of Union Territories of Delhi and Puducherry.

Liu Xiaobo: China criticized over late dissident's treatment

China is facing international criticism for not allowing its most prominent dissident, Liu Xiaobo, to be treated abroad for terminal liver cancer. The activist, who had been serving an 11-year prison term for "subversion", died in a hospital in China aged 61. Amid tributes for the late campaigner, the Nobel Committee, which gave him the Peace Prize in 2010, said China bore a "heavy responsibility" for his death. Beijing is now being urged to free his wife, poet Liu Xia, from house arrest.

A common amnesty, has been declared for Sri Lankan illegal migrants in South Korea.

The South Korean government has declared a common amnesty for the Sri Lankan migrant workers who is in South Korea illegally. It is started on the 10th of this month and ends on 19th October this year. Sri Lanka Foreign Employment Bureau announces that all Sri Lankan illegal migrants in South Korea can come back to Sri Lanka without any punishment or  restriction during this amnesty period.

Donald Trump Jr emails show Russia communication.

US President Donald Trump's son has released an email chain showing he was keen to accept "sensitive" information on Hillary Clinton from a Russian national. Publicist Rob Goldstone tells Donald Trump Jr that there is information that is "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr Trump".
The emails led to a meeting in New York with a Russian lawyer.


New York Times says Email 'linked Kremlin to Trump son meeting'.

Donald Trump Jr was told that material on Hillary Clinton offered by a Russian lawyer was part of a Russian government effort to help his father's election campaign, the New York Times has said. Publicist Rob Goldstone, who arranged the June 2016 meeting with the lawyer, stated this in an email, it reported.


Iraq PM to celebrate victory over IS in the city

Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate Iraqi forces for their victory over IS in the city. Mr Abadi was in the city to announce its "liberation" and declare "victory", his office said in a statement. Iraqi forces, backed by US-led air strikes, have been battling to retake Mosul since 17 October last year. Islamic State militants seized it in June 2014 before taking much of Iraq's Sunni Arab heartland and proclaiming a "caliphate" straddling Iraq and Syria.

Trump and Putin debate US election hack at G20 first meeting

Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have discussed the alleged Russian hacking of last year's US presidential election during their first meeting. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described the exchanges as "robust". Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump had accepted Mr Putin's assertions that his country was not responsible. But Mr Tillerson said it was not clear whether the two countries would ever come to an agreement on what happened.

India and Israel pledge to combat terrorism

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu have signed agreements, including on agriculture and space. The two leaders, who made a joint statement in Jerusalem, also referred to the "suffering" of both countries from terror. Mr Modi said they would work together to combat growing radicalisation and terrorism, including in cyberspace. He is the first Indian prime minister to visit Israel.

North Korea hails 'the long range missile test' success.

North Korea says it has successfully tested its first "intercontinental ballistic missile". A state television announcement said the missile, which landed in the Sea of Japan on Tuesday, could hit targets anywhere in the world. But the US and Russia said the missile had a medium range and presented no threat to either country. North Korea has increased the frequency of its missile tests, in defiance of a ban by the UN Security Council.

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