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IS Groups Kill Over 220 People In Southern Syria In One Of The Jihadists’ Assaults

New Delhi:  Islamic State groups killed more than 220 people in southern Syria on Wednesday in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region.

The bloodshed came almost a week into a Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south.

IS claimed responsibility for the violence, saying “soldiers of the caliphate” attacked Syrian government positions and security outposts in Sweida city, then detonated explosive belts.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping Offers $14.7 Billion Investment In South Africa During His Visit

New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping promised $14.7 billion investment in South Africa on Tuesday during his visit tothe country, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a mission to kick start economic growth after a decade of stagnation.

The rand firmed more than one percent after Ramaphosa announced China’s investment pledge, which takes the amount overseas economies have committed to invest in South Africa to $35 billion since the start of the month.

Those commitments will help ease worries about the health of the South African economy, which has performed poorly despite investor optimism when Ramaphosa replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma in February.

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Theresa May To Preside Over A Cabinet Meeting To Mobilise Public Support For Her Brexit Plan

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Theresa May will preside over a cabinet meeting in North-east England this summer to mobilise public support for her Chequers Brexit plan, which has been widely criticised and even rocked her own Conservative Party.

The visit scheduled for Monday, July 23, was to show the UK government's support for the "northern powerhouse" concept and May was set to confirm that funds worth £780 million were being kept aside for a planned east coast mainline upgrade and that the 'North of Tyne' deal was to proceed.

Under this deal, regions like the north and Midlands will get investments worth multibillions to reduce the growing economic pressure on London. May was also set to make use of the opportunity to defend the Brexit proposals that have not gone down well with her Conservative supporters and the general public. A number of high-profile Conservative government officials resigned recently accusing the May government of not fulfilling the Brexit dream the way it was supposed to be.

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German Industry Groups Warns US That Recently Imposed Tariff To Harm Its Own Interests

New Delhi: German industry groups have warned that tariffs that the US recently imposed or threatened to impose would harms its own interests. The warning came ahead of a meeting between European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and US President Trump.

On June 1, the US imposed tariffs on European Union's (EU) steel and aluminium and now, Trump has threatened to extend them to cars and their parts. Juncker was set to discuss trade with Trump during his visit to the White House on Wednesday, July 25. German industry groups on Sunday warned that the tariffs that the US recently imposed or threatened to impose would harms its own interest

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Pakistan Jail Authorities Cancel Meeting Between Nawaz Sharif, Daughter Maryam

New Delhi: Pakistan’s Adiala Jail authorities “unilaterally cancelled” a meeting between former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam and son-in-law Capt (retd) Muhammad Safdar, and their lawyers.

The legal team, which includes Khwaja Harris, Saad Hashmi, Zafir Khan and Amjad Pervaiz, was trying to meet the Sharif family detained at Adiala Jail following their conviction in the Avenfield properties case on July 6.