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Myanmar blames India for restricting pulses import quota (6 minutes ago)
Yangon, Aug 24 (IANS) Yangon has blamed New Delhi for restricting import of three major pulses from Mayanmar, saying that the move has plunged Burmese pulses industry into chaos, an official report said on Thursday.

Capture 360-degree photos using Facebook app (6 minutes ago)
San Francisco, Aug 24 (IANS) Making 360-degree photos more of a common experience, Facebook has rolled out an update letting users capture 360-degree photos using its in-app camera.

IS threatens Spain with more attacks (18 minutes ago)
Baghdad, Aug 24 (IANS) The Islamic State (IS) has threatened to carry out more attacks in Spain if the country does not withdraw from an international coalition battling the terror group in the Middle East

Brazil opens Amazon national reserve for mining (09:44)
Brasilia, Aug 24 (IANS) Brazilian President Michel Temer has signed a decree allowing a nature reserve in the Amazon rainforest to open for mining.

'Alarmingly high' arsenic level found in Pakistan groundwater (09:38)
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) An "alarmingly high" level of arsenic contamination was found in groundwater in Pakistan, putting up to 60 million people at risk of serious diseases including cancer, reveals a US study.

Swine flu claims 3 lives in 3 days in Myanmar (09:10) IANS Photo Service
Yangon, Aug 24 (IANS) Three more persons have died of the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, in the past three days, bringing the toll to 33 in Myanmar as of Wednesday, media reports said on Thursday.

Malaysian PM to visit US in September (08:54) IANS Photo Service
Kuala Lumpur, Aug 24 (IANS) Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will visit the US in September to meet President Donald Trump, the Malaysian government said on Thursday.

Astronomers capture detailed images of distant star (08:44)
Berlin, Aug 24 (IANS) Astronomers have captured the first detailed images of the surface and atmosphere of a star outside the solar system, a report said.

Trump's job approval rating hits new low after Charlottesville violence (07:36) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Aug 24 (IANS) The job approval rating of US President Donald Trump has reached a new low, a Politico/Morning Consult poll showed on Wednesday.

Russia, Turkey to establish fourth de-escalation zone in Syria (06:42) IANS Photo Service
Moscow, Aug 24 (IANS) Russia, Turkey agreed to step up efforts to coordinate on building the fourth de-escalation zone in Syria's Idlib province, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

Van driver held near concert hall in Rotterdam (05:56)
Amsterdam, Aug 24 (IANS) Dutch police are investigating a threat in Rotterdam and arrested driver of a Spanish van late on Wednesday.

Nepali woman attacked in New York, thrown on metro rail track (05:18)
New York, Aug 24 (IANS) A woman of Nepali origin was attacked at a local underground metro station and thrown on to the rail track, but was saved when two people pulled her to safety before a train came along, according to media reports.

France, Spain vow to strengthen anti-terror cooperation (04:46)
Paris, Aug 24 (IANS) France and Spain vowed on Wednesday to step up their cooperation in the fight against terrorism at a meeting here between the two country's interior ministers.

'Software upgrade for diesel cars not enough to curb pollution' (03:40)
Berlin, Aug 24 (IANS) Software upgrade for more than five million diesel cars in Germany is not enough for better air quality, German Environment Ministry and German Environment Agency said on Wednesday.

Iraqi forces retake new areas from IS in Tal Afar (02:38) IANS Photo Service
Baghdad, Aug 24 (IANS) Iraqi security forces on Wednesday retook control of new areas from Islamic State (IS) terrorists on the outskirts of the city of Tal Afar in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, the Iraqi military said.

China Focus: 9 killed as China hit by strongest typhoon of year (00:50)
Beijing, Aug 24 (IANS) At least nine people have been killed and one remains missing as the strongest typhoon of the year hit south China on Wednesday.

Roman tombs unearthed in southwest Egypt (23:48)
Kharga (Egypt), Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Archaeologists in Egypt have uncovered five Roman tombs and artefacts including pottery and a funerary mask in the desert in southwest Egypt, the Ministry of Antiquities said.

Man commits suicide at Rome underground station (23:36)
Rome, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) A man committed suicide at Rome's Barberini metro station on Wednesday jumping on to the track as a train was entering, reports said.

Egyptian police bust organ, human trafficking gang (23:26)
Cairo, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Egypt's national security agency arrested an alleged organ trafficking ring in Giza that illegally harvested, transplanted and transplanted human organs and trafficked human beings, a local report said on Wednesday.

Varied voter turnout in assembly bypolls in three states (Roundup) (22:40) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Aug 23 (IANS) The assembly polls in four constituencies falling in Delhi, Goa and Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday witnessed a varied turnout with various contestants including Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar expressing confidence about their victory.

In a first, Nepal launches climate-smart snow leopard plan (22:02)
Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Aug 23 (IANS) In a first, Nepal on Wednesday launched its climate-smart snow leopard landscape management plan, leading the way in safeguarding this endangered species, also found in India, and its habitat.

IS beheads 11 in Libya (21:08)
Tripoli, Aug 23 (IANS) Islamic State (IS) militants beheaded nine soldiers and two civilians in a checkpoint attack in southern Libya, an army spokesman said on Wednesday.

91,000 tainted eggs seized in Italy (21:06)
Rome, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Italian Police on Wednesday said they seized 91,000 eggs contaminated with the insecticide Fipronil after tests were carried out on two poultry farms in the Lazio and Marche regions amid a widening scandal.

Egypt regrets US decision to cut aid (21:02)
Cairo, Aug 23 (IANS/AKI) Egypt on Wednesday slammed a decision by Washington to withhold over $290 million in military and economic aid to the country - reportedly due to its failure to make progress on human rights and democracy - warning this could have "negative implications".

Clinton calls Trump 'creep' in new book (20:24) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) US former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in her new book has called President Donald Trump a "creep" and said he made her "skin crawl" by stalking her around the stage during a presidential debate.

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