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Republican Donald Trump backtracks on 'video of Iran payment'.

US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has backtracked on a claim that he saw video footage of a US cash payment to Iran.The White House announced in January it was making payments to Iran, a total of $1.7billion Dollars to settle a decades-old dispute over a failed military equipment deal, as part of the nuclear accord. (BBC)

Stranded Syrian refugees get first aid in weeks

The UN says it has for the first time in weeks delivered aid to thousands of Syrian refugees stranded on the border with Jordan. A group of relief agencies said they had completed delivery of a month's worth of food and hygiene supplies. More than 75,000 people had been without aid since June when Jordan sealed the border after a deadly attack there by so-called Islamic State. Conditions in the Rukban and Hadalat camps are said to be desperate. (BBC)

Nepal new Prime Minister issues a four-point directive to concerned ministries

The Newly appointed Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has issued a four-point directive to concerned ministries and government bodies.

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Egypt 'kills head of Islamic State's Sinai branch'.

The Egyptian military says it has killed the head of the Sinai branch of so-called Islamic State, along with dozens of its fighters. It said Abu Duaa al-Ansari was killed in a series of air strikes on fighters of the Sinai Province - or Ansar Beit al-Maqdis - group. The air strikes targeted jihadist strongholds near the town of El-Arish. Sinai Province is Egypt's most active insurgent group and has been linked to deadly attacks in Sinai and Cairo.

Indian parliament backs key tax bill

India's parliament has passed the much-awaited Goods and Services Tax  bill.  The tax reform has been labelled a landmark and India's biggest tax reform since independence.

The changes aim to streamline India's fragmented tax system with a single levy. Indian businesses have been lobbying for the single tax rate as it would reduce costs, particularly for shipping goods across state borders.

Donald Trump hits back at 'disastrous' Obama.

Donald Trump has dismissed Barack Obama's time in the White House as a "disaster" after the US president said he was not fit to succeed him."He's been weak, he's been ineffective," Republican candidate Mr Trump said of Mr Obama in a Fox News interview on Tuesday.

Many missing after India bridge collapse.

At least 22 people are missing after a highway bridge connecting the city of Mumbai with the beach resort state of Goa in western India collapsed. Officials said two buses carrying passengers plunged into a flooded river after the collapse early today.

Police Officer Sanjay Patil told media that rescuers had not spotted any vehicles or survivors. Heavy rains are hindering rescue operations. Traffic has been diverted to a new bridge in the area. Chief of the state-run National Disaster Response Force, O.P. Singh said 80 rescuers, including divers, had been rushed to the area.

Obama says Trump unfit to be president

President Barack Obama has said Republican nominee Donald Trump is unfit to be president, and questioned why his party still supports the New York billionaire's candidacy.Mr Trump has been sharply criticised for attacking the parents of a fallen US soldier who spoke out against him.

He has also been condemned for backing the Russian annexation of Crimea.Mr Obama said he had had policy differences with previous Republican presidents and candidates - but added that he had never thought they could not function as president. (BBC)

Donald Trump warns vote could be 'rigged'

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has suggested that the November election could be "rigged". He told a rally in Columbus, Ohio, that he had heard "more and more" that the contest would be unfair.

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US warplanes launch bombing campaign on Islamic State in Libya

US planes bombed Islamic State targets in Libya on Monday, responding to the UN-backed government’s request to help push the militants from their former stronghold of Sirte .Thet US officials described it as the start of a sustained campaign against the extremist group in the city.

“The first air strikes were carried out at specific locations in Sirte today causing severe losses to enemy ranks,” Prime Minster Fayez Seraj said on state TV. Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook said the strikes did not have “an end point at this particular moment in time”.

The militants seized the Mediterranean coastal city last year, making it their most important base outside Syria and Iraq. But they are now besieged in a few square kilometres of the centre, where they hold strategic sites, including the Ouagadougou conference hall, the central hospital and the university.

Seraj said the Presidential Council of his Government of National Accord, had decided to “activate” its participation in the international coalition against Islamic State

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