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Syria war: Army takes full control of Damascus after ousting IS

[ad_1] Image copyright AFP Image caption The southern Hajar al-Aswad district of Damascus has been devastated by the fighting The Syrian military has declared that it has taken full control of all areas around the capital, Damascus, for the first time in six years."Damascus and its surroundings… are completely secure," spokesman Gen Ali Mayhoub said on state television.The announcement came after troops cleared Islamic State (IS) militants from the Yarmouk
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Bhushan Steel: First big bankruptcy success hands Rs 35,200 crore to banks

[ad_1] The biggest asset sale under India’s new bankruptcy law offers a breather to the nation’s banks, a number of which posted record losses for last quarter. Tata Steel Ltd. on Friday bought insolvent Bhushan Steel Ltd. and is paying Rs 35,200 crore ($5.2 billion) to Bhushan’s creditors. This is about 63 per cent of the Rs 56,000 crore claimed by a consortium including State Bank of India and Punjab
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Kumaraswamy meets Rahul, Sonia to discuss Congress-JD(S) power-sharing arrangement: Top developments | India News

[ad_1] * JD(S) state chief H D Kumaraswamy is in Delhi where he met with Congress stalwarts Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi ahead of taking oath as chief minister of Karnataka on May 23. "There is no bargain. We will cordially work out things. We must work together. I am here to take their (Congress leaders) advice," Kumaraswamy told reporters after the 20-minute meeting. When asked about the appointment of
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US vows ‘strongest sanctions in history’ on Iran

[ad_1] Image copyright EPA Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the US is imposing the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran.In a speech in Washington, the top American diplomat said Iran would be "battling to keep its economy alive" after the sanctions took effect.He said he would work closely with the Pentagon and regional allies "to deter any Iranian aggression".Earlier this month, President Donald Trump took the US out
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Hawaii volcano: Warning of toxic gas plumes from Kilauea

[ad_1] Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionLava flow hits the sea creating toxic laze, or vog, on Kilauea People in Hawaii are facing fresh warnings over toxic fumes produced when molten rock flows into the ocean, as the state continues to battle eruptions from the Kilauea volcano.Officials say two lava flows have reached the Pacific, creating thick hazardous clouds known as "laze".The clouds contain hydrochloric acid and
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Iran mushroom poisoning: More than 800 sick from deadly fungi

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption It is not yet clear what kind of mushroom the victims ate, but the poisonous Amanita phalloides, or death cap, is found in Iran More than 800 people have been poisoned after eating toxic wild mushrooms in western Iran.At least 11 have died from the effects of the fungi, and hundreds more have been hospitalised. There is no effective treatment for this kind
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gurugram: Gurugram school murder: 16-year-old accused to be tried as adult | Gurgaon News

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The 16-year-old teenager accused of murdering a seven-year-old boy at a Gurugram school will be tried as an adult, a district sessions court said on Monday. The Gurugram sessions court rejected a plea by the accused's family and upheld a Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) order that the 16-year-old be tried as an adult. The accused's family had filed a petition contesting the board's order, claiming that the
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Karnataka mandate against ‘unholy’ Congress-JD(S) alliance

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: BJP president Amit Shah on Monday said the saffron party had emerged as the single largest party in Karnataka with 104 seats but the Congress and JD(S) had formed an "unholy alliance" to subvert the people's mandate. "Congress crossed all limits in Karnataka elections. JD(S) formed an alliance with Congress against the people's mandate. This is an 'unholy alliance'," he charged at a press conference. Shah said
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Commonwealth Games: Fifty athletes in Australia ‘illegally’

[ad_1] Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Cameroon's Arcangeline Fouodji Sonkbou is one of dozens of competitors and officials who went missing Around 50 competitors have remained in Australia illegally after going missing during this year's Commonwealth Games, a government official has said.Nearly 200 others hold bridging visas and are applying for refugee status.Australia has warned it will deport those who stay in the country illegally, after dozens of competitors
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US man squeals to police on persistent pig

[ad_1] Image copyright North Ridgeville Police Department Police are used to getting unusual calls, but one man in the US state of Ohio made a particularly memorable one in the early hours of Saturday morning.Officers assumed the man was either hallucinating or drunk when he said a persistent pig was following him home."(We) responded to the obviously drunk guy walking home from the bar at 5:26 in the morning," they