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President Vladimir Putin Says Russia Is Militarily Ready For A Cuban Missile-Style Crisis If US Wants One

New Delhi: President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia is militarily ready for a Cuban Missile-style crisis if the United States is foolish enough to want one and that his country currently has the edge when it comes to a first nuclear strike.

The Cuban Missile Crisis erupted in 1962 when Moscow responded to a U.S. missile deployment in Turkey by sending ballistic missiles to Cuba, sparking a standoff that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war.

More than five decades on, tensions are rising again over Russian fears that the United States might deploy intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe as a landmark Cold war-era arms control treaty unravels.

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Foreign Tourists Not To Be Allowed To Visit Tibet Until April 1 For 60th Anniversary Of Uprising On March 10

New Delhi: Rights groups and tour operators said that with the government tightening security ahead of the 60th anniversary of 1959’s abortive uprising against Beijing coming up on March 10, foreign tourists will not be allowed to visit Tibet until April 1.

There was no formal announcement of the closure by the government but travel agencies operating in Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) said that foreigners planning to visit the region should come before April 1, citing permit restrictions.

“For foreign travelers who want to travel in Tibet, we would suggest you begin the Tibet trip no earlier than April 1 because of the Tibet permits restriction policy recently. If your travel destination covers Kailash and Lake Mansarovar, you’d better enterTibet no earlier than April 17,” the Visit Tibet travel agency said on its website.

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‘The Man Who Carried Out A Suicide Bombing Killing 27 Revolutionary Guards Was A Pakistani’

New Delhi: A senior Revolutionary Guards commander said that the man who carried out a suicide bombing which killed 27 members of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards near the border with Pakistan last week was Pakistani.

One other member of the militant cell that planned the attack was also a Pakistani citizen, the head of the Guards’ ground forces, Brigadier General Mohammad Pakpour said.

Iran has repeatedly blamed Pakistan for sheltering militants connected with attacks in the border area, although Tuesday’s remarks appear to be the first time Tehran has said Pakistani citizens were directly involved in the attack.

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Statute Panel Of US Says, Companies Like Facebook Should Not Be Allowed To Behave Like Digital Gangsters

New Delhi: A hard-hitting report on ‘fake news’ by an influential committee of UK Parliament said that companies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and beyond the law.

The final report on ‘Disinformation and “Fake News”’ by the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of parliament examined leading lights in major online companies, including Cambridge Analytica that was involved in some elections and campaigns in India.

Facebook, it says, intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws, and makes a number of recommendations, including a compulsory code of ethics for tech companies overseen by independent regulator.

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Trump Threatens To Releases IS Fighters Captured By The US If European Countries Refuse To Take Back Their Nationals

New Delhi: President Donald Trump has threatened to releases hundreds of Islamic State fighters captured by the United States in Syria if Britain, Germany and other European countries did not take back their nationals among them, and put them on trial.

“The United States is asking Britain, France, Germany and other European allies to take back over 800 ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) fighters that we captured in Syria and put them on trial,” the president wrote on Twitter Saturday.

The alternative, he warned is not good. “The U.S. does not want to watch as these ISIS fighters permeate Europe, which is where they are expected to go.”

And, he added, “We are pulling back after 100% Caliphate victory!”