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       HEADLINES: CM Oommen Chandy files nomination papers                                              ‘Don’t make court politicians’ playground’                                              Paravur fireworks tragedy: HC denies bail to temple officials                                              Stay on govt order taking Vigilance out of RTI purview                                              Two die of suspected heat stroke in Kerala                                              Court orders framing of charges against Naveen Jindal, others                                              Mallya says in forced exile, no plans to return to India                                              Kanchi seer acquitted in auditor assault case                                              ISI controlled Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound: Book                                              Pak to use F-16 jets against India: US lawmakers                                              Under-fire IOA approaches Tendulkar, Rahman                                              Rohit, Pollard power Mumbai past Kolkata                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         ISI controlled Osama bin Laden's Abbottabad compound: Book    
WASHINGTON: The Abbottabad hideout of Osama bin Laden was under ISI control and a Pakistan Army doctor treated the most dreaded terrorist in the world before he was killed in a daring raid by US commandos in 2011, according to a new book.

         Pak to use F-16 jets against India: US lawmakers    
WASHINGTON: Top US lawmakers have expressed concerns over the Obama Administration's decision to sell eight F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, saying the aircrafts could be used against India and not in combating terrorism.

         2 Hindu teachers jailed in Bangladesh for defaming Islam    
DHAKA: Two Hindu teachers in Bangladesh have been jailed for six months for making blasphemous comments about Islam under a colonial-era law that makes insulting any religion a crime in the Muslin-majority country.

         British MP attacks Khalistan banner at Vaisakhi festival    
LONDON: A banner depicting a rifle and a slogan supporting a separate Sikh nation that appeared at a Vaisakhi festival in the UK city of Birmingham has led to demands for action against those who raised the flag.

         Night shifts may up heart disease risk in women: study    
BOSTON: Women who work rotating night shifts may face an increased risk of heart disease, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who work more than 10 years of rotating night shift had a 15 to 18 per cent increased risk of developing coronary heart disease (CHD), the most common type of heart disease, as compared with women who did not work rotating night shifts.

         Trump declares himself presumptive nominee after five-state sweep    
WASHINGTON: Presidential front-runner Donald Trump Tuesday night declared himself the "presumptive" Republican nominee after sweeping the five primaries in north-eastern states.

         Al-Qaeda claims killing gay magazine editor in Bangladesh    
DHAKA: An outlawed Al-Qaeda outfit today claimed responsibility for the brutal killing of Bangladesh's first gay magazine editor and his friend here for "pioneering" homosexuality in the Muslim-majority country which has seen a string of murders of secular activists and bloggers.

         India, Pak should have direct talks on Masood Azhar: China    
BEIJING: India and Pakistan should resolve the issue over Masood Azhar through "direct" and "serious consultations", China today said, weeks after blocking India's bid in the UN to ban the JeM chief that generated negativity in bilateral ties. "We encourage all parties related to the listing matter of Masood Azhar to have direct communication and work out a solution through serious consultations," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said in a written communication to PTI

         Obama to send 250 more troops to Syria as truce falters    
HANOVER: President Barack Obama today said the US would send up to 250 more special forces military trainers to Syria to help rebels fight Islamic State group jihadists.

         US university students protest Hindu chants by white woman    
NEW YORK: A group of students at an Ivy League University near here protested a performance by one of its white graduates, accusing her of 'cultural appropriation' as she performed Hindu music and meditation at an event on campus.

         Four killed in Afghanistan suicide attack    
KABUL: At least four people were killed and two injured in a suicide attack in Afghanistan's Helmand province on Sunday, police said. "A terrorist blew himself up in Garmsir district, killing himself and three others," Xinhua quoted a police official as saying

         Mum forced to dump 14.8 litres of breast milk at Heathrow    
LONDON: A US mother-of-two, who was forced to dump 14.8 litres of breast milk at security at London’s Heathrow Airport, has spoken about her humiliation and the “incredibly unfair” security rules.

         Eight killed as 'golf ball' hailstones, storms lash Myanmar    
YANGON: Violent storms which saw hailstones the size of golf balls rain down across Myanmar have killed at least eight people in recent days, toppled pagodas and damaged thousands of buildings, officials said on Sunday.

         N Korea tests sub-launched missile: South    
SEOUL: North Korea today tested what appeared to be a submarine launched ballistic missile in the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said. "North Korea launched a projectile which was believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) around 6:30 pm (0930 GMT) in the East Sea (Sea of Japan)" near the northeastern port of Sinpo", a defence ministry spokesman said.

         Bangla professor hacked to death by ISIS militants    
DHAKA: An English professor on way to his university in northwestern Bangladesh was today hacked to death by ISIS militants near his home, the latest in a series of brutal attacks on bloggers, intellectuals and activists by the dreaded group in the Muslim-majority country.

         Trump mocks Indian call center, but says India a great nation    
WASHINGTON: Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump has used fake Indian accent to mock a call center representative in India. At the same time, he described India as a great place, asserting that he is not angry with Indian leaders. The billionaire from New York said that he called up his credit card company to find out whether their customer support is based in the US or overseas.

         Japan succeeds in test flight of first stealth fighter jet    
TOKYO: Japan's first stealth fighter jet successfully took to the skies today as the country joins a select group of world military powers wielding the radar-dodging technology. Technological super power Japan, despite strict constitutional constraints on the use of military force imposed after World War II, has one of the world's most advanced defence forces and the development of the stealth fighter comes as it faces new security challenges in the form of China's expanding force posture.

         Should meet halfway to resolve Sino-India border dispute: China    
BEIJING: China and India should "meet each other halfway" to reach a "fair and reasonable" political solution to the border dispute acceptable to both sides, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has said in an indication of Beijing's willingness to make concessions on the vexed issue.

         At 90, Spanish priest becomes Indian citizen after 38-year struggle    
MUMBAI: After living in India for over six decades, a 90-year-old Spanish Jesuit priest finally had his long-cherished wish of becoming an Indian citizen fulfilled, after a 38-year-long struggle. Father Gussi Frederick Sopena was handed the Certificate of Naturalisation, the final document proclaiming him to be an Indian citizen by Mumbai suburban district collector Shekhar Channe at the collectorate office in suburban Mumbai yesterday.

         'ISIS executes 250 women for refusing to become sex slaves'    
LONDON: The Islamic State, notorious for its brutality, has reportedly executed 250 girls in northern Iraq for refusing to become sex slaves, according to a media report.

         2 top Generals among 11 officers dismissed by Pak Army Chief    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's two senior Generals were among 11 top officers dismissed by Army Chief General Raheel Sharif on charges of corruption, a rare move in the country where the military wields enormous power. A Lieutenant General, one Major General, five Brigadiers, three Colonels and one Major were dismissed by the Army Chief on corruption charges, security officials said. Two soldiers were also dismissed on similar charges.

         US pvt space industry opposes use of ISRO launch vehicles    
WASHINGTON: Amid the US' push to expand cooperation with India in the space sector, the country's nascent private space industry has expressed its opposition to the large scale use of low cost ISRO launch vehicles for putting American satellites into orbits.

         'Cash-strapped ISIS killing injured fighters to sell organs'    
CAIRO: Cash-strapped Islamic State terror group has been killing its injured fighters so that their organs can be extracted and sold on the black market abroad, according to media reports.

         India, China hold 19th round of border talks    
BEJING: India and China today held the 19th round of talks to resolve the vexed border dispute amid a growing discord between the two nations over Beijing blocking India's bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN.

         Trump, Clinton win New York primary; move closer to nomination    
NEW YORK: Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton have won the potentially game- changing New York state primary, solidifying their presidential front-runner status after suffering a series of losses recently.

         US sex abuse survivor to sue Indian priest, diocese    
WASHINGTON: A 26-year-old American woman will file a lawsuit against a Catholic Indian priest and his church in India for allegedly sexually abusing her during his posting in the US between 2004 and 2005. The move comes in protest against the recent Vatican decision which announced Diocese of Ootacamund located in Mylapore is reinstating Joseph Jeyapaul to ministry.

         Ahead of Doval visit, China sticks to its guns on Azhar issue    
BEIJING: Ahead of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval's visit here, China today stuck to its stand on blocking India's bid to get JeM chief Masood Azhar banned by the UN, saying it was in accordance with "facts and relevant resolutions". Ahead of the crucial boundary talks between Doval and his Chinese counterpart Yang Jiechi tomorrow, China also said it was in "sound communication" with all relevant parties including the Indian side over the Azhar issue.

         China wooing India for building high-speed rail networks    
BEIJING: India's first bullet train project may have gone to Japan but China is wooing the country to help build high-speed railway on other routes, claiming that it has the technology and expertise which could bring enormous economic and social benefits to the people.

         'Shakespeare better understood in India than UK'    
LONDON: William Shakespeare is understood far better in India than his birth country and the iconic playwright's popularity in the emerging economies exceeds his fame in the UK, a new survey released today has found.

         At least 28 killed, 327 wounded in Kabul attack    
KABUL: At least 28 people were killed and 327 others wounded in an ongoing Taliban attack in central Kabul today, the Afghan health ministry said.

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