IS chief Baghdadi killed in U.S. raid

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday that the Islamic State (IS) group’s elusive leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had been killed, dying “like a dog” in a night raid by U.S. special forces in northwest Syria. Mr. Trump told the nation in a televised White House address that a “large …

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‘Syrians unified against assault’

Damascus on Thursday said Syrians are unified against a cross-border Turkish assault, in its first statement since deploying troops in Kurdish-controlled areas to contain Ankara’s offensive. “The Syrian government renews its absolute rejection and strong condemnation of Turkey’s blatant aggression,” said a Foreign Ministry statement carried by state news agency …

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Johnson scrambles for votes on Brexit

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Johnson on Thursday urged MPs “to come together” and support his “excellent” Brexit deal without any more delay. But he is facing a desperate scramble for votes to pass the deal in Parliament, as his Conservative government is well short of a majority. MPs will debate …

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Army gets precision ammunition

After the Balakot air strikes in February, the Army fast-tracked procurement of 155-mm Excalibur precision-guided ammunition from the U.S., and it has recently been inducted. The ammunition gives the artillery guns extended range and the ability to hit targets with very high accuracy, sources said. “The need for precision-guided munitions …

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Purohit against freeing seven Rajiv case convicts

In response to the State government’s proposal in February 2014 and March 2016 to release the convicts, the order said the move would “set a very dangerous precedent and lead to international ramifications”. Before making its recommendation in September last year, the government received opinion from Advocate-General Vijay Narayan too. …

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NHRC issues notice to Odisha government

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notice to Odisha government for payment of Rs. 10 lakh each to 36 children who were administered expired medicine in Kendrapara district. The incident took place in November 2014. ASHA workers gave Albendazole oral suspension past their expiry date at a deworming camp …

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