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       HEADLINES: Jisha murder: HC rules out CBI probe                                              MEA official meets deceased Congolese national's family                                              Puducherry: Narayanasamy stakes claim to form govt                                              Naidu, Jethmalani, Misa Bharti among candidates who file RS papers                                              China says laundry advertisement 'improper' but not racial                                              IS bombings in Baghdad, near Iraqi capital kill at least 24                                              DNA test confirms Mansour's death in US drone attack: Pak                                              Sunrisers beat RCB by 8 runs to win thrilling IPL finale                                              Warner inspired youngsters in the Sunrisers' squad: Laxman                                              IPL trophy will be at top along with World Cup wins: Yuvraj                                              Sandhu becomes first Indian to play in European top league                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         DNA test confirms Mansour's death in US drone attack: Pak    
ISLAMABAD: A DNA test has confirmed Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour's death in a US drone strike in the restive Pakistani province of Balochistan on May 21, the government here has said.

         IS bombings in Baghdad, near Iraqi capital kill at least 24    
BAGHDAD: A wave of bombings claimed by the Islamic State group targeted commercial areas in and around Baghdad today, killing at least 24 people in attacks that came as Iraqi troops poised to recapture Fallujah, a city held by the extremists group west of Iraq's capital.

         China says laundry advertisement 'improper' but not racial    
BEIJING: China today termed a commercial ad by a detergent company showing a black man washed into white as "improper" but rejected that it has racial overtones, saying none of the African countries have lodged any complaint against the controversial advertisement.

         People in 34 African cities join Sri Sri in peace prayer    
JOHANNESBURG: People in 34 African cities and venues in 28 other countries across the globe joined the Art of Living Foundation leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar through webcast as he led a prayer for peace in the African contine

         17 die in fire at old age home in Ukraine    
KIEV: Seventeen people died when a makeshift home for elderly people outside Ukraine’s capital, Kiev, caught fire on Sunday morning, the emergencies service said.

         Minor girl raped, thrown off roof in Pakistan    
KARACHI: In a shocking incident, an eight-year-old girl was brutally raped and then thrown off the roof of her house in Pakistan's Karachi city.

         Pak can target New Delhi from Kahuta in five minutes    
ISLAMABAD: The father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan has claimed that Pakistan had the ability and had planned to conduct a nuclear test in 1984 but the then President General Zia Haq “opposed the move”.

         Pak fails to seal F-16 deal after financing row with US:report    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan seems to have failed to seal the USD 700 million deal for the purchase of eight F-16 fighter jets from the US following a row between the two countries over their financing, a media report said today. The Pakistani government was required to provide the Letter of Acceptance for purchase of the jets by May 24, but Dawn News reported that the document was not issued leading to expiry of the offer.

         Malaysia govt backs Islamic law, ethnic parties upset    
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian government has thrown its support behind an Islamic penal code that seeks to expand the jurisdiction of Shariah Courts by including harsh punishments like amputations and stoning, creating discontent among ethnic allies including the Malaysia Indian Congress.

         WHO rejects calls to move Olympics over Zika fears    
GENEVA: The World Health Organization has ruled out any change in timing or the location of the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, shunning a call by doctors and scientists to shift the games over the Zika virus.

         India's NSG membership is not about arms: US to Pak    
WASHINGTON: In an apparent dissatisfaction over Pakistan's opposition to India becoming a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), the US has said it is not about an arms race, but about civilian use of nuclear energy.

         Chabahar deal 'not finished'; Pakistan, China welcome: Iran    
ISLAMABAD: The trilateral agreement between India, Iran and Afghanistan on the strategic Chabahar port is "not finished" and Pakistan and China are welcome to join it, a media report today quoted Iranian envoy here as saying. The Chabahar port agreement between Iran, India and Afghanistan is "not finished" and "not limited to these three countries", Iranian Ambassador to Pakistan Mehdi Honerdoost said.

         MI6 woos middle-aged female spies    
LONDON: Britain's MI6 spy agency is wooing middle-aged women to bring more inclusivity to its ranks. The UK’s Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) is even advertising on popular parental website for women called Mumsnet to widen its recruitment network.

         DNA profiles of hundreds of terror suspects destroyed in UK    
LONDON: Fingerprint and DNA profiles of over 800 terror suspects have been destroyed due to errors committed by Britain's intelligence and police services, prompting authorities to launch a probe today.

         India, China to play constructive role in 21st century: Prez    
BEIJING: President Pranab Mukherjee today said India and China are poised to play a "significant and constructive" role in the 21st century as 10 Indian universities today signed agreements with Chinese varsities for academic cooperation coinciding with his visit here. The agreements were signed in the presence of Mukherjee at the Peking university."India and China are poised to play a significant and constructive role in the 21st Century. When Indians and Chinese come together to address

         'Taliban strike sign of US exasperation with Pak's duplicity'    
NEW YORK: The American drone strike killing Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour is a sign of the US' "exasperation" with Pakistan's "duplicitous game" as it has relied on the Taliban and the Haqqanis to protect its interests in Afghanistan and prevent India from increasing its influence there, an editorial in a leading daily said today.

         Pak to buy choppers from Italy's Leonardo-Finmeccanica    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has signed a deal with Italy-based aerospace giant Leonardo-Finmeccanica for purchasing an undisclosed number of helicopters for search and rescue operations. The contract for the AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters was signed in Islamabad in the presence of Italy's Ambassador to Pakistan Stefano Pontecorvo, the company said in a statement yesterday.

         Indian football coach jailed for sexually abusing boy in UAE    
DUBAI: A 35-year-old Indian football coach in the UAE has been jailed for three years for sexually assaulting a 15-year-old Indian boy he used to train, a media report said today. The coach molested the compatriot schoolboy in the back seat of his car after threatening to post his obscene pictures on a social networking site, Khaleej Times reported.

         U.S. lawmakers question India's plans for Iran's Chabahar port    
WASHINGTON: U.S. senators questioned on Tuesday whether India's development of a port in southern Iran for trade access risked violating international sanctions, and a State Department official assured them the administration would closely examine the project.

         US hopes to ink defence pact with India ahead of Modi visit    
WASHINGTON: The US is hopeful of concluding a key military logistics agreement with India and making progress on other foundational pacts in the defence sector ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit here next month, a top American official has said. "We are hopeful that progress would be made on some of the foundational agreements including the logistics agreement that might be concluded prior to the (US) visit (of Prime Minister) and we are looking to see if there are other things t

         Afghan Taliban say Haibatullah Akhundzada appointed new leader    
KABUL: The Afghan Taliban today announced influential religious figure Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new leader after confirming supremo Mullah Akhtar Mansour's death in a US drone strike. "Haibatullah Akhundzada has been appointed as the new leader of the Islamic Emirate (Taliban) after a unanimous agreement in the shura (supreme council), and all the members of shura pledged allegiance to him," the insurgents said in a statement.

         Five navy officers sentenced to death in Pakistan    
ISLAMABAD: Five Pakistan navy officers linked to the Islamic State have been sentenced to death in a secret military trail for allegedly planning to hijack a Pakistani warship to attack one of the US navy's refuel ships, a media report said today.

         British mother jailed for trying to take kids to ISIS    
LONDON: A 34-year-old British Muslim mother has been jailed for two and a half years by a UK court for lying to authorities and trying to take her children, including an 11-month-old baby, to be raised in Islamic State-held territory in Syria.

         NSG, Azhar issues to figure in Mukherjee's talks with Xi    
BEIJING: China's opposition to India's membership in the elite NSG and its action blocking the UN move to ban JeM chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist are expected to figure prominently during President Pranab Mukherjee's talks with the top Chinese leadership, including President Xi Jinping on Thursday.

         China apprehensive of Cook's plans for India: Chinese media    
BEIJING: ans to expand manufacturing operations in India, China apprehends that it could lead to possible exodus of Apple production chain and loss of tens of thousands of jobs, Chinese state-run media said.

         Bombs kill more than 100 in Syria regime strongholds    
BEIRUT: At least 101 people were killed today in two Syrian regime bastions in a spate of bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group. Fifty-three people were killed in the city of Jableh and another 48 died in Tartus further south, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group.

         India, Iran ink pact to develop Chabahar port, aluminium plant    
TEHRAN: India and Iran today inked a dozen agreements ranging from a contract to develop the strategic Chahabar port to an initial pact to set up an aluminium plant and one on laying a railway line to give India access to Afghanistan and Central Asia. The 12 agreements and MoUs signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi visit to Iran to further deepen bilateral ties in diverse fields.

         India, Iran vow to fight terrorism, share intel    
TEHRAN: Vowing to jointly combat terrorism and extremism, India and Iran today agreed to share intelligence in a bid to fight the menace that is "rife and rampant" in the region.

         India commits huge investment in Chabahar    
TEHRAN: India will invest billions of dollars in setting up industries -- ranging from aluminum smelter to urea plants -- in Iran's Chabahar free trade zone after it signed a pact to operate a strategic port on the Persian Gulf nation's southern coast.

         Lifting of sanctions on Iran opens immense opportunities: Modi    
TEHRAN: Lifting of international sanctions on Iran has opened up immense opportunities and India is looking to expand cooperation with the Persian Gulf nation in sectors such as trade, investment, infrastructure and energy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today. "India and Iran have always focused to add strength to our relations, even during the difficult times. In the current context, both countries can look to expand our cooperation in the fields of trade, technology, investment and inf

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