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Trump happy as US House votes to repeal, replace Obamacare

Washington: The US House of Representatives on Thursday narrowly approved a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, which can be seen as a victory for Republican President Donald Trump. The victory, however, could prove short-lived as the healthcare legislation heads for a likely battle in the Senate.


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US accuses Infosys, TCS of violating H-1B visa norms

The US has complained that Indian blue chip IT firms Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys and Cognizant unfairly get the major chunk of H-1B visas by putting extra tickets into the lottery system, which the Trump administration wants to replace with a 'merit-based' immigration policy.


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Paris shooting: Police officer and gunman dead, ISIS claims responsibility

A gunman wielding an assault rifle on Thursday night killed a police officer on the iconic Champs-Élysées boulevard of Paris, in a terrorist attack whose responsibility has been claimed by the dreaded ISIS.


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China renames 6 places in Arunachal Pradesh after Dalai Lama's visit

China has unilaterally renamed six places in Arunachal Pradesh in standard Chinese in what is being seen as the first sign of retaliation against the 14th Dalai Lama’s visit to India’s easternmost state earlier this month.


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Trump to sign order that will make it harder for Indians to get H1B visa

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs.


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US drops 'mother of all bombs' on ISIS cave complex in Afghanistan

The United States dropped the “mother of all bombs” — the most powerful non-nuclear bomb in the American arsenal — on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan on Thursday, the Pentagon said, unleashing a weapon so massive that it had to be dropped from the rear of a cargo plane.


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Sean Spicer apologises after facing sharp criticism for saying Hitler didn't

Washington: White House press secretary Sean Spicer apologized on Tuesday for his remarks that were seen as downplaying the atrocities of the Holocaust.


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State of emergency declared in Egypt after 45 killed in attacks on churches

At least 45 people were killed and over 100 people were injured in two blasts at Egyptian Coptic churches on Palm Sunday. The attacks came just a week before Coptic Easter and Pope Francis’ scheduled arrival in the country.


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Truck driven into crowd in Stockholm kills 4, suspect arrested

A truck ran into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing four people and wounding 15 in what the prime minister said appeared to be a terrorist attack.


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Syria: US responds to chemical attack by firing missiles at Assad airbase

The United States fired cruise missiles on Friday at a Syrian airbase from which it said a deadly chemical weapons attack had been launched this week, the first direct US assault on the government of Bashar al-Assad in six years of civil war.


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Angry at Dalai Lama's Arunachal visit, China says relations with India will

China warned on Wednesday that it will take “necessary measures” to defend its territorial sovereignty after India allowed the Dalai Lama to visit the “disputed” parts of Arunachal Pradesh, a move that Beijing said caused “serious damage” to the bilateral ties.


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20 people tortured, killed by mentally ill custodian at a dargah in Pakistan's

At least 20 people, including six members of a family, were drugged and killed with batons and knives at a shrine allegedly by its "mentally ill" custodian and his associates in a village in Pakistan's Punjab province.


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Colombia mudslides: At least 206 people dead, over 200 injured

Mudslides killed at least 206 people and injured more than 200 after destroying homes in southern Colombia, officials have said.


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Cyclone Debbie continues to pound Australia

Sydney: Cyclone Debbie on Thursday continued to wreck havoc in Austalia, with extreme weather conditions continuing throughout much of the state of Queensland.


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Trump signs executive order rolling back Obama climate policies

Washington: President of the United States, Donald Trump, signed a long-promised executive order on Tuesday to nullify President Barack Obama’s climate change efforts and revive the coal industry, effectively ceding American leadership in the international campaign to curb the dangerous heating of the planet.


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Cyclone Debbie barrels toward Queensland coast, Australia

Torrential rain and strong winds lashed the coast of northeast Australia as Tropical Cyclone Debbie churned closer to shore Tuesday. The slow-moving Category 4 cyclone is now hitting popular tourist islands off the Queensland coast, and is likely to strike the mainland within hours.


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Another Indian assaulted, racially abused in Australia

An Indian man from Kerala was assaulted by a group of teenagers in Australia’s Hobart city, in an alleged case of racial abuse. Limax Joy, who hails from Meenadom in Kottayam, sustained head injuries when five teenagers allegedly hurled racial abuse at him and then beat him up at a McDonald’s outlet early on Sunday.


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Trump says, 'not betrayed, but surprised and disappointed' on his healthcare

Washington: President of the United States, Donald Trump, has expressed disappointment after facing a severe political defeat as Republicans abandoned their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare policy with a new healthcare bill, due to lack of votes in the US House of Representatives.


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Indian woman, 7-year-old son found dead in US, family suspects husband

A 38-year-old Indian techie from Vijayawada and her seven-year-old son were found dead in their Maple Shade township flat in New Jersey in the US.


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UK Parliament Attack: 5 dead, 40 injured, attacker shot dead by police

London: An assailant fatally stabbed a police officer at the gates to Britain's Parliament compound Wednesday after driving a vehicle into terrified pedestrians along a landmark bridge.


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Shooting outside UK Parliament, a dozen people injured, assailant shot

At least a dozen people were injured in a shootout outside the British Parliament on Wednesday, as per initial reports in the BBC. The Palace of Westminster was put under lockdown even as the assailant was shot by security forces, said a minister.


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Judge Neil Gorsuch says he'd rule against Trump if law required it

Washington: In an effort to assure the Senate and the nation that he would be a fair-minded and independent justice, on Tuesday Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, said he would not hesitate to rule against Trump if the law required it.


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US, Britain ban devices on flights from 10 countries over ISIS fears

Washington: Because of intelligence showing that the Islamic State is developing a bomb hidden in portable electronics, the United States and Britain on Tuesday barred passengers from airports in a total of 10 Muslim-majority countries from carrying laptop computers, iPads and other devices larger than a cellphone aboard direct inbound flights.


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Hate crime in Australia? Indian Catholic priest stabbed in Melbourne church

In an apparent case of hate crime, an Indian Catholic priest was stabbed by a 72-year-old man while leading the Sunday mass in a Melbourne church, media reports said.


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Federal judge blocks Trump's new travel ban nationwide

A federal judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order Wednesday evening blocking President Trump’s ban on travel from parts of the Muslim world, signaling that Trump will have to account in court for his heated rhetoric about Islam.


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Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes in 2005, White House says

Washington: President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150 million in income in 2005, the White House said on Tuesday, responding to an MSNBC report that the network had obtained two pages of the returns.


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New York federal prosecutor Preet Bharara says he was fired after refusing to

The call to Preet Bharara's office from President Trump’s assistant came on Thursday. Would Mr. Bharara, the United States attorney in Manhattan, please call back? He did not.


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South Korean president Park Geun-hye impeached over corruption scandal

Seoul: South Korean President Park Geun-hye has been removed from office, with the Constitutional Court unanimously upholding a parliamentary vote to impeach her for her role in a corruption and influence-peddling scandal.


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Gunmen dressed as doctors attack Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan

Kabul: An explosion and gunfire shook Kabul's diplomatic district Wednesday as gunmen dressed as doctors attacked Afghanistan's largest military hospital, officials said.


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Trump signs revised travel ban, blocks new visas for 6 Muslim-majority nations

Washington: US President Donald Trump signed a new travel ban Monday that administration officials said they hope will end legal challenges over the matter by imposing a 90-day ban on the issuance of new visas for citizens of six majority-Muslim nations.


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