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Siddaramaiah waives farmers' loan in Karnataka, applicable only to cooperative banks

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Siddaramaiah wrote on the social networking platform: "Our Govt is committed to empower farmers thru our policies, innovations &support, especially during acute drought towards #EmpoweringKtaka [sic]". The move is definitely populist, and has the potential to earn Siddaramaiah and his party quite some electoral mileage. The chief minister proposed that the speaker may constitute a five-member committee of the Vidhan Sabha to visit families of suicide victims, ascertain the reasons for the ... Read More »

Rift in Samajwadi Party over choice of presidential candidate comes to fore

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And we do not want to tie him down to any caste or region. Nitish Kumar expressed his happiness that the Bihar Governor would be the NDA's candidate for the President elections. "We didn't expect this from them", said senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad . "There are attempts being made to play politics over a dalit presidential candidate". Read More »

Georgia fugitives were cellmates; may have planned deadly escape

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State and federal authorities are now offering $90,000 for information leading to the arrest Donnie Russell Rowe and Ricky Dubose , who have been on the lam since early Tuesday. Sills said in his professional opinion he doesn't believe the escapees are any longer in Madison or Morgan County. An investigation into the fatal shooting of two prison guards will determine whether more should be done to improve security on prison transport buses, Gov. Read More »

Brexit talks to focus first on orderly exit

The British government wants the negotiations to include the future relationship with Europe and an all-important trade deal with the bloc. With a further million British expatriates in the EU, May too wants a deal on citizens' rights , though the two sides are some way apart. Read More »

African-Americans express worries over acquittal in Castile's murder

Yanez had initially singled out Castile for a traffic stop because the officer thought he bared a resemblance to a robbery suspect. St Anthony Police Department officer Jeronimo Yanez , of Minnesota , who testified that he feared for his life when he fatally shot Philando Castile last July, was found not guilty of second-degree manslaughter. Read More »

Yellow weather warning for rain

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The "killer" heatwave has seen a level 3 amber Government heat health warning - just one tier below a level 4 "national emergency" - issued, with officials warning sunseekers to stay inside between 11am and 3pm next week. Instead it compared the current weather to previous spells when temperatures have topped 30C for more than five days. Many places across the South saw the mercury hitting at least 30C (88.5F), the Met Office said. Read More »

US shifts tone in Qatar crisis, seeks Saudi answers

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Slutsky reportedly said his country enjoyed special relations with Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt and welcomed consultation with its leaders on various issues of shared interest. Nauert addressed this, insisting that the U.S. position "has not changed" on Qatar despite the wildly inconsistent statements of policy, noting that "the secretary likes results", and that the State Department is unhappy with the long-standing tensions within the GCC fueling this issue with no steps ... Read More »

Brussels Central Station: Soldiers shoot suspected bomber after reports of explosion

Belgian media say the suspect was a 37-year-old man from the Molenbeek neighborhood, the home and transit point for numerous suspects linked to bloody attacks in Brussels and in Paris in November 2015. Stationmaster Jean-Michel Michel was quoted by DH newspaper saying: "We heard the explosion". With Islamic State under pressure in Syria - where Belgium has been the most fertile European recruiting ground for foreign Islamist fighters - he said attacks in Europe could increase, though many ... Read More »

DUP Deal "Not Imminent" For UK PM Ahead Of Queen's Speech

Instead, she finds herself without a majority, without the deal she promised with the DUP - and thus it becomes the first Queen's Speech in decades where the outcome is in doubt (albeit only marginally). Deeply unpopular social care proposals - dubbed the dementia tax - will be abandoned, although Tories are still bracing themselves for changes and a consultation into how elderly care is funded. Read More »

Russian Federation scrambles jet 'after encounter' with USA reconnaissance plane

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It's not known how many US crew were on the plane. A Russian fighter jet came within five feet of a U.S. Air Force reconnaissance aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Monday, in an encounter the American pilot determined was unsafe . It was unclear whether Russia's maneuvers on Monday over the Baltics were a reaction to the strike a day earlier in Syria. Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis told reporters: "We were flying in worldwide airspace and did nothing to provoke this behaviour". Read More »

US sends supersonic bombers in show of force against North Korea

A further consideration is that Beijing is fiercely opposed to the deployment of THAAD in South Korea on the grounds that it would impact China's security. Two new nuclear reactors now under construction would be subject to a public consultation and may be scrapped. Public support for nuclear power has been undermined by a local scandal in 2010 over forged certificates for spare parts and the 2011 Fukushima meltdown in neighbouring Japan . Read More »

Real Madrid CF president Perez plays down rumors of Cristiano Ronaldo's exit

Portugal coach Santos, who guided the team to Euro 2016 glory past year, was asked whether Ronaldo's future had become an issue and if he believed he would still be a Real player next season. Prosecutors accuse the Portugal global of evading tax via a shell company based in the British Virgin Islands and another in Ireland, known for its low corporate tax rate. Read More »

South Korea Confirms Plans to Continue THAAD Deployment

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The reclusive state has ordered three ballistic missile launches, a surface-to-air missile, and now Thursday's cruise missile tests since the South Korea's President Moon Jae-in took power in early May. Drone incursions from the North have increased in recent years. "Also, the regime could be trying to gain leverage against the US and South Korea". Read More »

US Shoots Down Iranian Drone In Syria

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USA forces shot down an Iranian drone in southern Syria on Tuesday, the second such air-to-air encounter this month as opposing forces converge around a key American training garrison near the border with Jordan and Iraq . Operating in both Syria and Iraq, the force includes about 780 personnel, including 300 service members who work in its air group. "The chance for a catastrophic error is higher now than ever before in the six-year-old civil war", USA -based intelligence advisory firm The ... Read More »

Shiv Sena endorses Kovind's candidacy for President

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Urging the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to name a candidate for the upcoming president polls, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI, "Till now, our opinion has not been sought in the regard". "Our greatest worry is whether Jammu and Kashmir will remain on the map of India in the long run", the edit said. "I am holding a meeting of Shiv Sena leaders tomorrow to take a decision on this", said Uddhav. Read More »

PM Sharif meets President Putin on sidelines of SCO summit

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Modi also met Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO. Advisor to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir and Minister of State for Petroleum Jam Kamal accompanied the prime minister during his visit. Read More »

Russia makes threats in Syria

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For the first time in its involvement in Syria's six years of civil war, Iran has launched missiles against Islamic State (IS) targets in Syria. USA critics of new pressure on Iran , including former Secretary of State John Kerry, say the new Senate sanctions could undermine the deal [g][h]. Read More »

Australia suspends airstrikes in Syria after U.S. downed jet

The F-15 intercepted the drone and shot it down after the unmanned aircraft failed to divert its course, the statement added. The incident happened not long after Russian Federation said it would track U.S. Daraa is where Syria's crisis first broke out in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad's government. Despite the recent violence, USA officials stressed they have no plans to escalate fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Read More »

Two terrorists killed in Kashmir's Baramulla encounter

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Two weapons were recovered from the slain militants after the encounter . Following intelligence inputs, a joint team of the army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir Police launched a cordon and search operation on Tuesday night. "The gunfight was triggered at around 3:30 a.m". Even last night, militants hurled two grenades and fired on CRPF's 180 battalion camp in Tral town in Pulwama district. Read More »

Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions celebrate

Twenty two persons were detained by police, hours before the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lucknow , over apprehensions that there may be an attempt to block his convoy. In the last three years, new yoga training institutes have developed, demand for yoga trainers and training institutes have been rising. Yoga has connected the world with India , Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday, as he rolled out his mat along with millions of others across the globe to ... Read More »

As Brexit talks begin, Europe sees economic upswing over UK

David Davis, U.K. exiting the European Union (EU) secretary, left, and Michel Barnier, chief negotiator for the European Union (EU), speak ahead of the start of Brexit negotiations in Brussels, Belgium, on Monday, June 19, 2017. European stocks rose yesterday, partly on optimism about the talks getting under way after months of uncertainty, analysts said. The first day of the Brexit negotiations brought the news that they are going to be focused first on citizens' rights, the financial ... Read More »

West Ham midfielder Havard Nordtveit joins Hoffenheim for undisclosed fee

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Nordtveit previously played for Borussia Moenchengladbach and Nuremberg in the Bundesliga (152 league games for the former), before joining West Ham a year ago. Hammers boss Slaven Bilic said: "I would like to thank Havard for his commitment and hard work last season. He is an excellent professional and we wish him all the very best at Hoffenheim ", he added. Read More »

Yoga connecting world, says Modi as millions stretch and bend

Earlier, addressing the gathering, Adityanath said yoga helps to unite people. Abdul Kalam Technical University in Lucknow , he said that it is natural to think about Dr. As per the findings, there are different styles of yoga in India. Drawing a comparison with salt to underline the importance of yoga, Modi said though salt is needed only in small quantity and is easily available, it is vital not only for taste but also for the body. Read More »

US spy satellites detect activity at North Korean nuclear test site

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Additionally, the online flight monitor CivMilAir has detected a flight of the WC-135 , or the Constant Phoenix "nuke sniffer", which surveys the atmosphere to detect nuclear explosions. White House press secretary Sean Spicer painted a rosier picture on Tuesday, telling reporters that the U.S. is continuing to work with China to apply pressure on North Korea and said the USA has seen "positive movement" with China. Read More »

US Attorney General Sessions hires private attorney

The attorney general is one of a number of Trump associates who have invited scrutiny as the congressional and FBI investigations delve into the Trump campaign's potential ties to Russian Federation. The president has directed some of his frustration at Mr Rosenstein and Mr Mueller. " SEKULOW: And now he's [Trump's] being investigated by the Department of Justice because the special counsel under the special counsel relations reports still to the Department of Justice". Read More »

Attorney: Trump Not Under Investigation

Jay Sekulow , a member of Trump's legal team said , "The president has not been and is not under investigation and the tweet was in response to the Washington Post story with no named sources whatsoever". "If President Trump were to try to replicate Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre by firing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in addition to Mueller, Congress must unite to stop him", he said. Read More »

At Least 2 US Soldiers Killed In 'Insider Attack' In Afghanistan

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In March, three American soldiers were wounded by an Afghan soldier at a base in Helmand province. One of those wounded later died of injuries sustained in the attack, a US official tells CBS News . The Taliban has extended its control and influence to swathes of Afghanistan and intensified battlefield attacks across the country since launching its so-called yearly spring offensive in late April, killing scores of Afghan security forces. Read More »

Indian celebs tweet special messages on Yoga Day

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And that's why, like many others, our favourite Bollywood stars too vouch for the integrity that Yoga offers and that's how, these are ardent lovers and practitioners of Yoga for so many years. They love working out in the gym together and one of the fittest couples in b-town, so as they perform some tough yoga asanas together, Bips says, "Inhale Love, Exhale Love". Read More »

Flash flooding a concern from Tropical Storm Cindy

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The projected path has the storm moving into the Louisiana coast by late Wednesday into early Thursday. The remnants of the storm continued to move to the northwest at about 22 miles per hour, with sustained winds tied to squalls near the storm's center blowing at about 40 miles per hour. Read More »

Republican wins Georgia election, blow to anti-Trump effort

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However, while Democrats had motivated their base and won over skeptical Republicans , the conservative slant of district proved too much even for the almost unprecedented resources that Democrats invested in the race , even flying in volunteers for last minute doorknocking as local television stations had been saturated by 30-second advertisements. Read More »

Trump ignores secy's call for calm, 'scolds' Qatar

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On Tuesday, Trump seemed to claim credit for Gulf nations' decision to isolate Qatar, saying his recent visit to Saudi Arabia was "already paying off". Turkey's parliament has begun debating legislation for increased military cooperation with Qatar in an apparent move to support the country amid its dispute with Saudi Arabia and other regional nations. Read More »

U.S. lawmakers weigh enhanced security after baseball field attack

Mika, a MI native, was one of five people shot when a gunman opened fire Wednesday as the Republican team practiced in Alexandria, Virginia. Colleagues who visited Scalise sounded generally upbeat, but spoke more in terms of hopes than the confident predictions of the immediate aftermath a day earlier. Read More »