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       HEADLINES: Robbery in Kozhikode in the name of Maoists                                              Woman hacks son for creating nuisance                                              Black money at Kayamkulam transport depot: Two suspended                                              Man commits suicide after killing daughter                                              Wadakkancherry gang-rape: Probe under court’s supervision                                              Naidu-led panel on note ban to meet on Dec 7 & 8                                              Tax dept finds Rs 1.64 cr in undisclosed income from Jan Dhan accounts                                              Overweight Tejas won't be deployed on aircraft carriers, says navy                                              China dismisses Trump-Taiwan call as 'small trick by Taiwan'                                              Police plane with 13 on board missing in Indonesia                                              Obama meets UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres                                              School sports meet: Bibin George bags first gold, record for Babitha                                              Sachin bats for two pitches in single Ranji game                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Obama meets UN Secretary-General-designate Antonio Guterres    
WASHINGTON: Outgoing US President Barack Obama has said that the United Nations is a "linchpin" of the post-World War II order as he met the UN Secretary-General- designate Antonio Guterres at the White House here.

         Police plane with 13 on board missing in Indonesia    
JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities say a police airplane with 13 people on board has lost contact during a flight to the island of Batam near Singapore.

         China dismisses Trump-Taiwan call as 'small trick by Taiwan'    
BEIJING: China Saturday played down US President- elect Donald Trump's telephone talk with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, dismissing it as a "small trick by Taiwan" that cannot change the One-China framework or damage Sino-US ties.

         Pak says trade regime with India remains unchanged    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has said that trade regime with India remains unchanged despite tensions in the bilateral relationship. Commerce Minister Khurram Dastgir made the remarks at the Senate Standing Committee on Textile Industry in response to a point raised by Committee Chairman Senator Mohsin Aziz, who said a huge quantity of Indian raw cotton had been stopped at Karachi Port, state-run Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

         Trump's 'ignorant' talks with Sharif may send unwelcome message to India: Report    
WASHINGTON: President-elect Donald Trump's "ignorant" conversation with Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may send India an unwelcome message, a leading American magazine has said. The Forbes magazine said that Trump's "flattering" conversation sends a message that he has no awareness of the issues between the US, Pakistan and India. "His bluster is more likely to be taken as the initial signal of his Administration’s position. When he goes on and on about how wonderful Pakistan i

         By-election reflects London's anti-Brexit anger    
LONDON: In a setback to UK Prime Minister Theresa May, a eurosceptic lawmaker today registered a massive victory in the by-election in a posh London suburb, indicating a rebuke over the government's plans to pull Britain out of the EU. Liberal Democrat candidate Sarah Olney, who fought on an anti-Brexit platform, overturned a whopping 23,015 majority of the ruling Conservative party in South West London.

         Aadhaar critical step in enabling fairer access: UN    
UNITED NATIONS: India's unique identification programme Aadhaar is a "critical" step in enabling fairer access to government services and has "tremendous potential" for fostering inclusion, according to a UN report. "The decision of India in 2010 to launch the Aadhaar programme to enrol the biometric identifying data of all its 1.2 billion citizens was a critical step in enabling fairer access of the people to government benefits and services," the 2016 Report on the World Social Situa

         Die-hard fan of Raheel commits suicide against his retirement    
ISLAMABAD: A 64-year-old die-hard fan of former Pakistan army chief Raheel Sharif has committed suicide by consuming poison, protesting the government's decision not to give an extension to the just-retired General. Lutf Amim Shibli, who once served as chairman of the Progressive Workers Union at the Karachi Port Trust (KPT), had begun his protest on November 1 outside Karachi Press Club (KPC), threatening that he would commit suicide if Raheel was not given an extension in service.

         Fidel Castro's ashes reunited with 'Che' Guevara    
SANTA CLARA: Fidel Castro's ashes were taken today to a symbolic reunion with his fallen comrade-in-arms Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Santa Clara, the first stop in the late Cold War titan's last trip across Cuba. After two days of tributes in Havana, hundreds of thousands of flag-waving Cubans lined the streets to bid farewell as a military jeep began a four-day journey on Wednesday morning with the cedar urn in tow.

         China deflects queries over naval deployments at Gwadar    
BEIJING: The Chinese military today parried questions over assertions by a Pakistani naval official that PLA will deploy its naval ships, submarines and troops to guard the Gwadar port and the USD 46 billion CPEC, saying that the two militaries have strategic cooperative partnership.

         Saudi prince Alwaleed says women must drive    
RIYADH: An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince has called for an "urgent" end to his country's ban on women driving. "Stop the debate: Time for women to drive," Prince Alwaleed bin Talal said on his official Twitter account, @Alwaleed_Talal.

         Nepal proposes Constitution amendment to meet Madhesis demands    
KATMANDU: Nepal's government has registered the Constitution amendment bill in Parliament despite opposition from CPN-UML, aimed at carving out a new province to meet the demands of agitating Madhesis and other ethnic groups whose protests last year left more than 50 people dead.

         Modi leads Trump, Putin in Time's 'Person of the Year' poll    
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading an online poll of readers' choice for Time magazine's 'Person of the Year' in 2016 honour, which has contenders like US President-elect Donald Trump, the outgoing US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

         Colombia plane crash: 25 bodies recovered, Brazilian footballers on board    
BOGOTA (COLOMBIA): A chartered aircraft with 81 people on board, including a Brazilian first division soccer team heading to Colombia for a regional tournament final, has crashed on its way to Medellin's international airport.

         Pak says focus to remain on India border under Bajwa    
ISLAMABAD: With its new army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa set to take charge, Pakistan has asserted that focus will remain on country's eastern border with India, even as the US nudged Islamabad to keep the pledge of not allowing use of its soil for terror attacks against neighbours.

         5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Nepal    
KATHMANDU: A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter Scale shook Nepal in the early hours today. According to the National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry of Earth Sciences, the quake occurred at 5:05 AM at a depth of 10 km.

         Throngs to pay homage to Cuba's Fidel Castro    
HAVANA: Throngs are set to pay tribute to Fidel Castro at Havana's iconic Revolution Square today, kicking off a week-long farewell to Cuba's divisive Cold War titan. After a subdued weekend following his death on Friday, hundreds of thousands are expected to flock to the plaza where Castro would often rail against the US "yankees" and "empire" during his legendary, marathon speeches.

         Malaysia rejects reports on citizenship to Zakir Naik    
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has dismissed media reports that controversial Indian preacher Zakir Naik had been granted citizenship by the country, saying it takes decades to become a Malaysian citizen. "We don't give out (citizenships) automatically unless the person was born in the country to Malaysian parents," Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said yesterday, rejecting media reports that the Islamist preacher had been granted citizenship by the country.

         Deep sea corals under threat from climate change: study    
LONDON: North Atlantic coral populations – which support a variety of sea life – are under threat from climate change, according to scientists who have warned that changing winter weather conditions may upset fragile marine ecosystems.

         Militia attack kills 34 civilians in DR Congo    
GOMA: At least 34 civilians were killed today in a flare up of ethnic violence in restive eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, authorities said, following a week of soaring tensions.

         Qatar's 'illegals' scramble to leave under amnesty    
DOHA: Kalawani has spent the past six years hiding from the Qatari authorities, but finally she is going home to Sri Lanka for the first time since 2010. The former housemaid is one of 9,000 undocumented residents expected to leave Qatar before December 1 after Doha introduced a three-month amnesty for those living in the country illegally to leave without "legal consequences".

         'Indo-Pak tensions holding up Pakistan's 1st census in 17 yrs'    
ISLAMABAD: Non-availability of army personnel due to Indo-Pak tensions has forced authorities to indefinitely postpone Pakistan's census, the first in 17 years, according to a media report today.

         Fidel Castro's funeral on December 4: Cuban government    
HAVANA: Cuba declared nine days of public mourning today for its late revolutionary leader Fidel Castro, and said his ashes will be buried at a ceremony on December 4 in Santiago de Cuba.

         Lt Gen Qamar Bajwa appointed as Pak army chief    
ISLAMABAD: Lt Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa, who has extensive experience of handling affairs in PoK and the northern areas, was today appointed as Pakistan's new army chief to succeed Gen Raheel Sharif. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appointed Bajwa as Chief of Army Staff (COAS) by elevating him to the rank of four-star general, officials said. Bajwa will take charge of the world's sixth-largest army by troop numbers in a formal handover on Tuesday, when General Raheel formally retires. Raheel in Jan

         IS-linked militants under siege in Philippine town: army    
MANILA: Up to 100 Islamist militants from a group behind a deadly bombing in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's home city were today under siege in a remote mountain town, officials said. Residents of Butig, which has a population of 17,000, have fled after the IS-linked militants holed themselves up in an abandoned government building, Philippine military spokesman Brigadier-General Restituto Padilla said.

         Fidel Castro - from guerrilla revolutionary to thorn in US paw    
HAVANA: Guerrilla revolutionary and communist idol, Fidel Castro was a holdout against history who turned tiny Cuba into a thorn in the paw of the mighty capitalist United States.

         Fidel Castro and Cuba: Timeline    
HAVANA: Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro passed away on Saturday. Here is a look at his life and work in Cuba. Officially listed as Aug 13, 1926, in Cuba’s Oriente province, although some say Castro was born a year later.

         Fidel Castro dies at 90    
HAVANA: Former President Fidel Castro, who led a rebel army to improbable victory in Cuba, embraced Soviet-style communism and defied the power of 10 US presidents during his half century rule, has died at age 90.With a shaking voice, his younger brother, Raul Castro, announced on state television that his brother died at 10:29 pm on Friday night.

         At least 31 dead in Iran train crash    
TEHRAN: At least 31 people were killed in Iran today when a passenger train rammed into the back of an intercity express which had broken down, the provincial governor said. More than 70 people were admitted to hospital after the crash in the northern province of Semnan on the main line between the capital Tehran and second city Mashhad, Mohammad Reza Khabbaz told state television.

         Indian 'belligerence' can lead to strategic miscalculation:Pak    
ISLAMABAD: Indian "belligerence" is a threat to regional peace and can lead to "strategic miscalculation", Pakistan today told the envoys of the P5 countries here while briefing them over alleged "ceasefire violations" by India. Pakistan Prime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz briefed the heads of missions of the P5 -- the US, China, Russia, the UK and France -- on the "continued unprovoked ceasefire violations" by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and the

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