Pakistan orders additional AW139 helicopters (22:02)
Islamabad, Feb 22 (IANS) Pakistan has ordered an unspecified number of additional AgustaWestland AW139 twin-engined helicopters, Italian aerospace and defence firm Leonardo-Finmeccanica confirmed on Wednesday.

Fincantieri to build first cruise ships for Chinese market (21:54)
Trieste (Italy), Feb 22 (IANS/AKI) Fincantieri will build two cruise ships in China under a landmark deal it signed with the China State Shipbuilding Corporation and American-British cruise company Carnival Corporation & plc, the Italian shipbuilder announced Wednesday.

Italy taxi strike ends after unions reach deal with government (21:50)
Rome, Feb 22 (IANS/AKI) Italian taxi drivers on Wednesday called off a six-day strike after unions struck an overnight deal with the government to regulate ride-hailing service Uber and car-hire services.

India raises NSG, Masood with China (Lead) (21:10) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Feb 22 (IANS) India on Wednesday raised its concerns with China over its continuing opposition to a terror ban on Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar and on stymieng New Delhi's membership to the NSG -- but the talks did not appear to have made much headway.

Trump team sets stage for mass deportations (Second Lead) (20:56) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has directed his administration to enforce the nations immigration laws more aggressively, unleashing the full force of the federal government to find, arrest and deport those in the country illegally, regardless of whether they have committed serious crimes.

Turkish Army lifts ban on female officers wearing veil (20:22)
Ankara, Feb 22 (IANS) Turkey on Wednesday lifted a ban on female officers wearing the veil in the country's armed forces, the local media reported.

Cancer death rates across Europe falling faster in men: Study (19:44)
London, Feb 22 (IANS) Death rates due to cancer in the European Union (EU) are falling faster for men than women, a new study has found.

Pakistan Army launches ‘Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad' to eliminate terrorism (19:08)
Islamabad, Feb 22 (IANS) In its continuing fight against terrorism, the Pakistan Army on Wednesday launched "Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad" -- which roughly translates to "operation to eliminate discord" -- across the country, the military said.

Ukrainian actress Catherine keen to work in Indian films (19:06)
Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) Popular Ukrainian actress Catherine Tyszkiewicz, who plays Irina in TV show "Snowdrop", says she is open to acting in an Indian film.

India again tells China to act against Masood Azhar (18:58)
Beijing, Feb 22 (IANS) India on Wednesday again asked China to declare Jaish-e-Mohammad chief and Pathankot mastermind Masood Azhar as an international terrorist, saying that not just New Delhi but the international community too wanted a ban on him.

New drug combination may combat hearing loss (18:54)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have discovered a drug combination that can regenerate hair cells in human ears that detect sound waves and translate them into nerve signals enabling us to hear sounds.

After rap, UK gurdwara not to screen disabled devotees (18:50)
London, Feb 22 (IANS) A gurdwara in Britain that had put screens to separate disabled worshippers from the rest, has agreed to remove the partition after a legal action was brought against it.

India-Maldives to give fresh momentum to bilateral ties (18:46)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) India and Maldives on Wednesday reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and agreed to deepen cooperation in all sectors including defence, security and counter-terrorism and boost investment in the tourism sector in Maldives.

Lahore HC seeks government response on Hafiz Saeed detention (18:06) IANS Photo Service
Lahore, Feb 22 (IANS) A division bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday issued notice to the Punjab Home Department on a petition challenging the detention of Lashkar-e-Taiba founder Hafiz Saeed.

Common heartburn drugs linked to 'silent' kidney damage (17:56)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) A group of drugs commonly prescribed for heartburn, ulcers and acid reflux may lead to gradual yet "silent" kidney damage, warns a study.

Denmark extends detention of Korean Rasputin's daughter (17:40)
Copenhagen, Feb 22 (IANS) A Danish court Wednesday extended by four weeks the preventive detention of the daughter of Choi Soon-sil, the alleged mastermind of the massive corruption scandal that has rocked South Korea since October 2016 and led to President Park Geun-hye's impeachment.

Motorbike bomb kills 3 in Afghanistan (17:32)
Kabul, Feb 22 (IANS) At least three persons lost their lives and 22 others were injured on Wednesday as a motorbike bomb struck a bazaar in Paktika province in eastern Afghanistan, a provincial government spokesman said.

Sri Lanka to hike damages for elephant attacks (17:32)
Colombo, Feb 22 (IANS) Sri Lanka's Cabinet on Wednesday approved to grant a higher compensation to victims of wild elephant attacks in the island country.

Gene that may strongly influence obesity identified (17:06)
Toronto, Feb 22 (IANS) Researchers have identified a "foraging" gene that could play a very important role in making humans obese or lean.

'India's simplified laws attracting FDI from China' (16:58)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The simplification of Indian laws and regulations towards ease of doing business has drawn "significant" interest from Chinese companies to make investments in the country, China's former Vice Foreign Minister Lu Xinhua said on Wednesday.

What Twitter reveals about successful dieters (16:16)
New York, Feb 22 (IANS) Successful dieters are focused on the future, generally more social and have larger social networks, says a study based on analysis of tweets posted on the microblogging platform.

Email spammers fed on war, sports in 2016 (15:42)
Moscow, Feb 22 (IANS) At a time when war and violence make the headlines -- particularly from Syria -- spammers in 2016 extensively exploited the subject through mailings, a new report revealed on Wednesday.

Cabinet gives nod to India-Poland agricultural accord (15:36)
New Delhi, Feb 22 (IANS) The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved for signing an agreement between India and Poland on cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors.

Trump team widens net for immigrant deportation (Lead) (15:26) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Feb 22 (IANS) The Trump administration has issued tough guidelines to widen the net for deporting illegal immigrants from the US, and speed up their removal.

Kerala nurse stabbed in Kuwait (15:18)
Thiruvananthapuram/Kuwait City, Feb 22 (IANS) An Indian nurse from Kottayam in Kerala was stabbed in Kuwait City and is under treatment at Farwaniya Hospital there.

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