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Indian-origin wins Nobel Prize in Economics for study on poverty

Banerjee was born in 1961 in Mumbai. He is a PhD from Harvard University and a Professor of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an official statement said here.

South Korean Justice Minister Cho Kuk resigns amid investigation for alleged...

President Moon Jae-in appointed the 54-year-old Cho on September 9 with the task of reforming the prosecutor's office, a body that wields enormous power and influence in the country and has played a critical role in several cases of corruption, Efe news reported.

Spanish Supreme Court sentences nine Catalan separatist leaders for sedition and...

Twelve politicians, pro-independence activists and cultural leaders were being tried for their involvement in the referendum, reports Efe news.

Australian Prime Minister’s office accidentally sends confidential document to media

The internal document was sent to journalists and news outlets, including the Xinhua news agency.

Wish to facilitate, not mediate between Iran, Saudi, says Imran

During his day-long visit to Tehran on Sunday, Khan said that a war between Iran and Saudi Arabia should never happen, Geo News reported.

Paris: Pakistani delegation reaches to attend 2-day FATF meeting

According to sources, the FATF meeting would discuss a report on the steps taken by Pakistan till April 2019 and a decision would be made on whether to exclude Islamabad from the intergovernmental organisation's grey list, reports Geo News.

Nearly 100 climate activists arrested in NYC

Some 30 campaigners in Sydney were charged with committing offences after hundreds of protesters blocked a busy road.

Over 100 climate protesters arrested in Australia

Also on Monday, 21 activists were arrested in London who were also protesting as part of the Extinction Rebellion movement.

19 students injured in Afghan university blast

Monday also marked the 18th anniversary of the beginning of the US' war in Afghanistan, which started on October 7, 2001, with bombings on Taliban targets.

UK debt to increase to record level if no-deal Brexit

On October 4 a set of documents submitted to a Scottish court revealed that the UK would seek an extension if no deal was reached.

Musharraf’s treason trial to be heard daily from Oct 24

However, due to litigation at appellate forums, the trial of the former leader lingered on and he left Pakistan in March 2016.

Dalilah sets new world record to win 400m hurdles gold

At the US Championships in Des Moines earlier in July this year, Dalilah had bettered the 2003 world record of 52.34 set by Russia's Yulia Pechonkina, recording a time of 52.20 seconds.

53 Commonwealth nations to explore trade, investment strategies

This includes moves to harness the digital revolution in Commonwealth economies.

Iraqi PM orders curfew lift in Baghdad amid protests

They blamed the deterioration on what they see widespread corruption and incompetence of the government.

Trump admits House Democrats have votes to impeach him

The subpoena came after the three committees separately sent a letter earlier on Friday seeking documents from Vice President Mike Pence as part of their investigation.

Democrats expand impeachment scope demanding Pence documents

Trump asserted that even though many Democrats don't want to vote to impeach him, "they have no choice. They have to follow their lead. And then we'll get it to the Senate, and we're going to win".

Trump bars immigrants who can’t pay for healthcare

Under the new rule, "a public charge in now defined as an individual who receives one or more designated public benefits for more than 12 months in the aggregate within any 36 months".

Metro, banks, shopping centres remain closed in Hong Kong

On Friday night, protesters wearing masks in open defiance of the new law, also blocked roads and vandalised and burned shops, and bank outlets.

US-N.Korea to resume working-level n-talks in Sweden

Trump has made remarks that hinted he is warming to Pyongyang's call for a "new calculation method," while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has repeated conciliatory messages, such as there being a "bright future" for a nuclear-free North Korea.

UK indicates it may “clarify” new Brexit offer to EU

But Justice Secretary Robert Buckland said Johnson was "sincere" in his intentions and was focused on bridging the gap between the two sides.

14,000 grave violations against Afghan kids since 2015

According to the report, child casualties from aerial attacks have increased every year since 2015, reversing a downward trend.

USA-North Korea to hold preliminary nuclear talks in Stockholm

Seoul: US and North Korean officials were slated to meet on Friday in the Swedish capital of Stockholm, the eve of their formal working-level nuclear...

Hong Kong introduces anti-mask law

Hong Kong has emerged from 17 straight weekends of protest, triggered by the now-withdrawn extradition bill, which would have allowed criminal suspects to be sent back to mainland China.

‘EU open but unconvinced with Johnson’s Brexit plans’

The UK government has said that it was aiming to reach a final agreement at an EU summit on October 17.

Over 3,000 pigs culled in Philippines over swine fever

The disease's causative agent, the African swine fever virus of the Asfarviridae family, only impacts pigs and cannot be transmitted to humans, who are therefore completely unsusceptible to contagion.

Iraq: Protest continues, Toll climb to 26

Defence Minister Najah al-Shammari said in a statement on Wednesday that he has decided to raise the state of alert for the Iraqi armed forces "to preserve state sovereignty and protect all foreign embassies and diplomatic missions operating in Iraq".

India-Pak Nuclear war can kill over 10 crore people says study

The black smoke would block sunlight from reaching the ground, driving temperatures around the world down for several years. Worldwide food shortages would likely come soon after.

Democrats warn Trump ‘no fooling around’ with impeachment

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is being dragged into the inquiry along with Rudy Giuliani, who is Trump's personal lawyer.

US to impose $7.5bn in tariffs on EU goods

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström, meanwhile, said in a statement that any US measure to impose tariffs would be considered "short-sighted and counterproductive".

Successful attack on Aramco possible only with help inside the kingdom

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who peers through his binoculars 24X7, instantly raised his finger: "Iran".

This is the greatest hoax, Trump hits out at impeachment inquiry

The three committees have already subpoenaed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Giuliani, who the whistleblower complaint claimed a central figure in the administration's dealings with Ukraine.

Peru: Congress Dissolved, President Calls for Fresh Elections

Soon after, a group of opposition Congress members launched a presidential impeachment process to remove Vizcarra from office on the grounds of his "permanent moral incapacity"

Trump impeachment: Pompeo in trouble, participated in Ukraine call says official

Some Senate Republicans have voiced concern over the allegations outlined in a whistleblower complaint made public last week, but none has voiced support for impeachment.

Brexit: Concrete proposals, UK to reveal updated plan shortly

The UK is due to leave the EU on October 31, and Johnson has said this will happen whether or not there is a new deal with Brussels, the BBC reported.

Senate has no choice but Trump impeachment, Mitch McConnell

Another President, Richard Nixon, resigned as Congress was set to impeach him after the Watergate scandal.

Turkey will continue to shed light on the death of Khashoggi,...

He said Turkey has used all its means to transparently inform the international community about the investigation on Khashoggi murder, Xinhua reported.

27 displaced persons return to Myanmar from Bangladesh

The displaced people made up of 14 families including some children. They were received at the Nga Khu Ya reception centre last week, Xinhua news agency reported.

Supreme Court refers petition challenging illegal detention of children to Constitution...

The top court had on Saturday constituted a five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice N.V. Ramana to hear the clutch of petitions related to Article 370, that gave a special status to J& K.

Peace walk in Dubai to mark Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary

The Consulate General of India will roll out a slew of events involving members of the local community, and government departments, including Dubai Sports Council and Dubai Municipality, the Khaleej Times reported.

Egypt rejects UN bod statement on anti-gov’t protests

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi has previously described the allegations as "lies and slander," urging the Egyptian media to confront such slandering campaigns.

Saudi Arabia issues public behaviour code

All of these projects form part of the Saudi Vision 2030 program, which was unveiled by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and is aimed at reducing the kingdom's dependence on oil.

Cuba condemns baseness, rottenness of Trump govt in UN

In addition, he denounced the activation by American states of the Inter-American Treaty for Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR) and called the movement "a serious threat to regional peace and security as well as a direct aggression to the Venezuelan people."

Syrian Constitutional Committee authorized to draft new constitution

The formation of the Constitutional Committee was officially announced by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday

Violent clashes erupt in Hong Kong

After the first round of pepper spray, some activists started to kick water barriers in front of the riot police, who then fired a few more rounds.

Houthis claims capture of Saudi military

The war has caused the greatest humanitarian crisis worldwide, with 80 per cent of the population, around 24 million people, in need of assistance and protection, according to the UN.

Afghanistan Election: two polling stations blast

Around 9.6 million Afghans, 35% of them women, are eligible to vote in what is seen as a key election.

China raises Kashmir issue at UN

He said the Kashmir issue is a "dispute left from the past, and should be properly and peacefully resolved based in accordance with the UN Charter, UN Security Council resolutions and bilateral agreements".

Arrogance has blinded PM Modi, Dissecting Imran Khan’s UN speech

"RSS believes in the ethnic cleansing of Muslims. RSS goons butchered hundreds of Muslims. This is arrogance. This makes people do cruel things. Something PM Modi has done. Arrogance has blinded PM Modi," he said.

Hundreds freed from Nigeria ‘torture house’

Some of the children told the police that their relatives had taken them there believing the building to be a "Koranic school". But the police said there was no concrete evidence to suggest that the building was ever a school.

Russia bans smoking on apartment balconies

The head of the All-Russian Movement for Smokers' Rights, Andrey Loskutov, told Interfax news agency: "They've banned it everywhere they could. Now they remembered they forgot about balconies."

In a first, Saudi Arabia to offer tourist visas

According to SCTH, the website has garnered over 94 million views since going live. The commission announced on Thursday that it established a 15 billion Saudi riyal fund to support tourism projects across the Kingdom, reports say.

Australia decriminalize the termination of pregnancy

Legislation on the reproductive health of women in Australia is the responsibility of regional governments and laws vary according to states with regard to the permissible period for voluntary termination of pregnancy, the procedure and age, among other factors.

Raul Castro barred from entering US

While the 88-year-old Raul stepped down as president in the spring of 2018, he remains the head of the ruling Communist Party.

African nations now spending more on poor, says UNDP

In the last 10 years, about half of African countries have adopted a strategy or policy on social protection, several countries have established dedicated line ministries or social protection coordination bodies.

Gates Foundation to provide $200 million for Pakistans’ poverty alleviation projects

A memorandum of understanding in this regard was signed by the both parties in a meeting held in New York on Wednesday, Radio Pakistan reported on Thursday.

Former French President Jacques Chirac dies at 86

He served two terms as French President and took his country into the single European currency, the BBC reported.

Riyadh: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder ‘happened under my watch’, says Crown Prince

"It happened under my watch. I get all the responsibility, because it happened under my watch," the Crown Prince, also known as MBS, told American public broadcaster PBS, according to a preview of a documentary to be aired on October 1, ahead of the first anniversary of the journalist's death.

Hazzaa AlMansoori, first astronaut from United Arab Emirates launches to space

AlMansoori, 35, headed to space with Russian commander Oleg Skripochka and Nasa astronaut Jessica Meir on Wednesday onboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, the Khaleej Times reported.

US bans Venezuelan and Iranian officials from entering America

This measure announced on Wednesday was part of two declarations signed by President Donald Trump, reports Efe news.

IMF names Bulgarian economist Kristalina Georgieva as new chief

"The IMF is a unique institution with a great history and a world-class staff. I come as a firm believer in its mandate to help ensure the stability of the global economic and financial system through international cooperation," the former European Commission vice president said in a statement on Wednesday, Efe news reported.

Determined to meet Kim Jong-un face to face, says Abe

Abe made the remarks on Tuesday while addressing the General Debate at the ongoing 74th UN General Assembly here, Xinhua news agency reported.

Imran reiterates nuclear blackmail if world does not pressure India on...

Calling for international intervention at a news conference here on Tuesday, he said that the situation in Kashmir is just the beginning and it will be the first time since the 1962 Cuban crisis that two nuclear-armed countries will be facing off.

Leaders from around the world inagurate Gandhi solar park, peace garden...

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi, Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh, Andre Holness of Jamaica, Jacinda Arden of New Zealand and Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore placed their hands on a glass globe to inaugurate them remotely during a meeting on Tuesday convened by India on Leadership Matters -- Relevance of Mahatma Gandhi in the Contemporary World.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announces impeachment inquiry against Trump

Pelosi said she will direct six House committees to proceed with their investigations into Trump "under that umbrella of an impeachment inquiry."

Decision to suspend parliament unlawful, says UK Supreme Court

On August 28, Johnson had ordered the suspension for five weeks, saying it was to allow a Queen's Speech to outline his new Brexit policies. The shutdown began on September 10, the BBC reported.

Sheikh Hasina honoured with ‘Vaccine Hero Award’ in New York

Hasina was applauded for the success in immunisation in Bangladesh, especially for her role in eliminating polio and curtailing diphtheria, hepatitis-B and rubella.

No meeting scheduled with Iran, says Trump

When asked about any possibility of a meeting with Rouhani in New York this week, Trump said: "We'll see what happens. But we have nothing scheduled at this moment."

At some point, India may agree to Kashmir mediation, says Trump

Speaking to reporters before his meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan, he said he is willing to mediate on Kashmir, but only if both side will accept it.

Activist demanding Chinese President Xi Jinping’s resignation dies in jail

Wang Meilin said his brother was hospitalized on Sunday and that the family received notification of the death from the authorities on Monday.

Nairobi classroom collapse kills 7 children

Government spokesperson Cyrus Oguna said: "Fifty-seven students have been taken to hospital for treatment and we can also confirm that there have been seven fatalities.

#AdiosModi: Here is what Indian Media hid about Modi’s Houston Rally

Protestors were seen holding placards which said, # JusticeforTabrez, Terrorist Modi, Another face of Hitler among others. One of the banners which directed an arrow to the venue read, "Human Rights Abusers' speech this way."

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson blames Iran for Saudi Arabia oil...

Johnson said he would be working with the US and other European countries "to construct a response that tries to de-escalate tensions in the Gulf region".

Guterres likely to raise Kashmir issue at UNGA discussions

Later, Dujarric clarified to IANS that Guterres would be "using his bilaterals with various leaders" to discuss the Kashmir issue and that he "was not referring to public statements".

Iran dismisses prospect of talks with Trump at UN

Araghchi however, suggested that Iran's President Hassan Rouhani would be willing to meet Trump in a multilateral setting if the US returned to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal, which it exited in 2018.

Indian woman diagnosed with rare medical disorder in UAE

Panikker was referred to the Sheikh Khalifa Hospital in Abu Dhabi as her condition worsened. By March 27, she was on ventilator and has been there ever since, reported the daily on Saturday.

Demanding the resignation of Abdel Fattah al-Sisi; anti-government protest beak out...

The demonstrations on Friday night were in response to corruption allegations against President Sisi's government

Boris Johnson will talk about climate change and instability in the...

Johnson and the other world leaders are expected to discuss a series of ideas put forward by the UK on Thursday aimed at breaking the current deadlock, according to a UK government official.

Italy set to join European military intervention force

The French-led initiative was formed in June 2018 and was proposed the previous year by Macron, who has called for a European army.

US dollar rises on positive economic outlook

The dollar index, which measures the greenback against six major peers, rose 0.25 per cent at 98.5200 in late trading.

Scientists reconstruct face of another human ancestor

To test the method the researchers developed, they first applied it to two species whose anatomy is known: the Neanderthal and the chimpanzee.