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Modi meets Suu Kyi, discusses India-Myanmar relations.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Myanmar’s State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and the two leaders discussed ways to further cement the bilateral relations. Office of the Prime Minister said in a tweet Prime Minister Modi and Councillor Aung San Suu Kyi meet in Myanmar, discuss further cementing of India-Myanmar relations.

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Putin says sanctions on North Korea are useless

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said pursuing further sanctions against North Korea is "useless", saying "they'd rather eat grass than give up their nuclear programme". The US said on Monday it would table a new UN resolution on tougher sanctions in the wake of the latest test of a nuclear bomb by the North on Sunday. Mr Putin also said that the ramping up of "military hysteria" could lead to global catastrophe. He said diplomacy was the only answer.

North Korea says it 'has missile-ready nuclear weapon'

North Korea says it has developed a more advanced nuclear weapon that can be loaded on to a ballistic missile. The state news agency released pictures of leader Kim Jong-un inspecting what it said was a new hydrogen bomb.

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Trump seeks 7.8 billion US dollars for flood recovery from Storm Harvey

 

US President Donald Trump has asked Congress for 7.8 billion US dollars as an initial payment to help with recovery efforts following flooding in Texas and Louisiana. Officials say there will be further requests for funds when the full impact of Hurricane Harvey becomes known. Some residents have been allowed to return to their homes but flood waters are still rising in other areas. Mr Trump is to visit Texas for a second time on Saturday.

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US orders Russia to close consulate and two annexes.

Russia has been ordered to close its San Francisco consulate and two trade missions in response to "unwarranted" Russian action, the US has said. The consulate, and annexes in New York and Washington, must close by Saturday. The US state department's move follows Moscow's reduction of US diplomatic staff in Russia last month. That in turn followed new US sanctions on Russia over Crimea and alleged election interference, which led to the expulsion of 35 Russian diplomats.

US says talking with North Korea is not the answer.

The two-day Indian Ocean Conference in Colombo will begin today. Sri Lanka yesterday, welcomed an Indian delegation led by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in the country to participate in the Conference. The Conference will be held today and tomorrow at Temple Trees, with the participation of representatives from nearly 35 countries. The Indian Ocean Conference 2017 is an initiative of the India Foundation to bring together countries in the Indian Ocean region for Peace, Progress & Prosperity. President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe would also attend the event as invitees.

North Korea threatens further Pacific action.

North Korea says its firing of a missile over Japan was "the first step" of military operations in the Pacific, signaling plans for more launches. State media also repeated threats to the US Pacific island of Guam, which it called "an advanced base of invasion".

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Trump visits Texas amid 'epic' rainfall

US President Donald Trump is visiting Texas as the state struggles amid record rainfall from a massive storm. He and First Lady Melania Trump flew to Corpus Christi, where Hurricane Harvey first made landfall on Friday.

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Dera Sacha Sauda chief sentenced to 10 years in jail

The Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim has been sentenced for 10 years of rigorous imprisonment in the rape case. Indian media reported that Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's followers had set two vehicles on fire just ahead of sentencing. Singh was not taken to court to hear his sentence.

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Fears grow over severe flooding risk in Texas

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned that severe flooding is his main worry as the rains from Tropical Storm "Harvey" continue to lash the state. Mr Abbott said the cities of Houston and Corpus Christi had already received as much as 20 inches of rain.

He said another 40in of rain could be due before the storm subsides midweek. Rescue efforts are being hampered by strong winds and thousands are without power. Two deaths have been confirmed, in the Rockport area and Houston.(BBC)

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