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Donald Trump Says, Washington Stands Along With Indians Against Terrorism

New Delhi: President Donald Trump said that Washington stands along with the Indians in their quest for justice over the attack expressing solidarity with the victims of the deadly terror attack that occurred in Mumbai on November 26, 2008.

The US President took to Twitter saying, “On the ten-year anniversary of the Mumbai terror attack, the U.S. stands with the people of India in their quest for justice. The attack killed 166 innocents, including six Americans. We will never let terrorists win, or even come close to winning!”

Earlier in the day, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo, in a press statement released by the US Department of State, announced that Washington will reward up to USD five million for information leading to the arrest or conviction of any individual involved in planning or facilitating the 2008 attack.

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Rajapaksa Says, Stability In Sri Lanka Could Be Restored Through A Fresh Parliamentary Elections

New Delhi: Sri Lanka’s controversially appointed prime minister Mahinda Rajapaksa said that stability in the country could only be restored through a fresh round of parliamentary elections. Both Wickremesinghe and Rajapaksa have been claiming to be the legitimate prime minister since October 26.

Sri Lanka is witnessing a political crisis since president Maithripala Sirisena last month abruptly sacked prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and replaced him with former strongman Rajapksa in a move termed by many as unconstitutional.

Rajapaksa, in his first televised address since becoming the prime minister, said on Sunday that the purported government, led by Sirisena, was only an interim arrangement and that stability could only be restored through a fresh round of parliamentary polls.

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Suicide bomber Kills at least 35 people and wounded 20 in northwest Pakistan

New Delhi: A suicide bomb attack on a crowded festival and market in northwest Pakistan’s northwest killed at least 35 people and wounded 20. The blast occurred at around the same time that three attackers tried to storm the Chinese consulate in Karachi. Two policemen and the three attackers were killed.

The Karachi attack was claimed by a separatist insurgent group called the Balochistan Liberation Army, and did not appear to be connected to the attack on the market in the northwestern region of Orakzai.

In Orakzai, a suicide bomber drove a motorcycle into a crowd attending a festival and market that attracts people from different religious communities, before detonating his explosives. No group claimed responsibility.

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Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Hits A New Record Last Year With No Sign Of Emissions Slowing Down

New Delhi: The UN World Meteorological Organization said that the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere hit a new record last year with emissions showing no sign of slowing down.

The annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin dashed hopes for a slowdown in emissions of CO2 - the byproduct of burning fossil fuels that scientists say is the main cause of the greenhouse effect causing global warming.

“The science is clear. Without rapid cuts in CO2 and other greenhouse gases, climate change will have increasingly destructive and irreversible impacts on life on Earth. The window of opportunity for action is almost closed,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas said in a statement.

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Vijay Mallya Faces A Setback In His Battle To Save His Posh London Home

New Delhi: Fugitive liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya faced a setback in his battle to save his posh London home from foreclosure by Swiss bank UBS after the UK High Court rejected many of the arguments relied on by his legal team.

The bank has sought repossession of the property at Cornwall Terrace, overlooking Regent’s Park in central London, over the non-payment of a 20.4-million pounds mortgage loan. The property was referred to in the UK High Court as a “high class home for Dr Vijay Mallya and his family members and United Breweries Group corporate guests”.