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    • Policemen gather outside a police station following reports of mob violence at Chingravati village in Bulandhahr, India's northern Uttar Pradesh state, on December 3, 2018
      Last update: 16:50 05.12.2018
      16:50 05.12.2018

      Indian Police Launch Investigation Into Mob Violence Triggered by Cow Slaughter

      As the incident of two persons being killed in mob violence triggered by the discovery of slaughtered cows unfolded on December 3, just ahead of the anniversary of a communally sensitive event in India’s Uttar Pradesh, the state government says it senses a conspiracy angle behind the entire episode.

    • US dollar
      Last update: 15:59 05.12.2018
      15:59 05.12.2018

      India and UAE to Deal in Local Currencies, Avoiding Dollar Transactions

      The agreement conforms to an existing Indian trend of negotiating currency exchanges with its biggest economic partners, internationalising its national currency. India and the UAE are among each other's largest trade partners with $40-75 billion in bilateral trade, according to different estimations.

    • Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa
      Last update: 15:51 05.12.2018
      15:51 05.12.2018

      Game of Thrones: Embattled Sri Lankan PM Challenges Court’s Restraining Order

      Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court will hear a plea filed by Mahinda Rajapaksa on December 12 and 13. In a political crisis that shows no sign of abating, Sri Lanka is virtually without a functioning government.

    • An Akula class submarine underway
      Last update: 15:36 05.12.2018
      15:36 05.12.2018

      India Has Made Up Its Mind to Lease Akula Class Nuke Sub From Russia - Reports

      After contracting for the purchase of Russian S-400 air missile systems, India is set to sign more defence deals with Russia. Signals emanating from the defence ministry indicate that the proposal to lease another Akula-class submarine has acquired all major clearances.

    • LNG tanker. File photo
      Last update: 12:32 05.12.2018
      12:32 05.12.2018

      China Builds World's 1st Arctic LNG Tanker Able to Operate in Winter (PHOTOS)

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China has finished building the world's first Arctic liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker capable of operating at temperatures below minus 50 degrees Celsius (minus 58 degrees Fahrenheit), the China Daily newspaper reported.

    • Afghanistan and NATO soldiers hold their flags before the start of the change of command ceremony at Resolute Support headquarters, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018
      Last update: 09:21 05.12.2018
      09:21 05.12.2018

      Kabul Ready to Discuss Constitution Changes With Taliban - High Peace Council

      KABUL (Sputnik) - The Afghan government is ready to start a direct dialogue with the Taliban movement without any preconditions and to discuss any issues, including potential constitutional amendments, Ihsan Taheri, a representative from Afghanistan’s High Peace Council, told Sputnik.

    • Seismograph
      Last update: 07:33 05.12.2018
      07:33 05.12.2018

      LIVE UPDATES: New Caledonia Evacuates as 7.6 Quake Prompts Tsunami Warning

      According to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC), a powerful 7.6 magnitude underwater earthquake struck off the east coast of New Caledonia on Wednesday.

    • President Donald Trump gestures as he and Chinese President Xi Jinping walk together after their meetings at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla
      Last update: 06:57 05.12.2018
      06:57 05.12.2018

      Chinese Commerce Ministry: Trade Agreement With US Will Be Implemented

      BEIJING (Sputnik) - China is sure that the recent trade agreement reached by US President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Argentina will be fulfilled, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said Wednesday.

    • This woolly bull-y was left white face after plowing his head deep into the thick snow to reach grasses buried underneath
      Last update: 06:48 05.12.2018
      06:48 05.12.2018

      Ancient Martial Art of Bull Wrestling Adapting to Modern Era (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

      Inside the arena, 23-year-old Ren Ruzhi is wrestling with an opponent five times his weight: a bull. He holds the two horns of the bull tight, musters all his strength and suddenly yells out loud, as he wrestles the bull to the ground.

    • This picture taken on March 7, 2014 shows a man working beside a cargo ship in Qingdao port in Qingdao, east China's Shandong province
      Last update: 05:32 05.12.2018
      05:32 05.12.2018

      Trade War Truce Sends Significant Signal

      The 90-day truce in the trade war between China and the US has garnered worldwide attention. Some deem it important not only for turning around the trade war, but also for the entire bilateral relationship.

    • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, right, talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the border village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, South Korea, Friday, April 27, 2018
      Last update: 05:11 05.12.2018
      05:11 05.12.2018

      Seoul Refutes Reports Alleging Kim's Possible Visit Late December

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The South Korean presidential administration refuted on Wednesday reports that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un might visit Seoul on December 18-20.

    • I’m an Asset Man Myself: Trump Proclaims Himself a ‘Tariff Man’
      Last update: 01:18 05.12.2018
      01:18 05.12.2018

      I’m an Asset Man Myself: Trump Proclaims Himself a ‘Tariff Man’

      Claiming Beijing-Washington negotiations relating to trade are already underway, US President Trump took to social media to inform the American public that while a temporary truce is in place, he, a “Tariff Man,” remains willing to disrupt the market at a moment’s notice.

    • This March 21, 2018, file photo shows Boeing's first 737 MAX 9 jet at the company's delivery center before a ceremony transferring ownership to Thai Lion Air in Seattle
      Last update: 00:39 05.12.2018
      00:39 05.12.2018

      ‘Very Upset with Boeing’: Lion Air Considers Cancelling Boeing Jet Orders Over Deadly Crash

      Indonesia’s Lion Air is reviewing orders of around $22 billion worth of Boeing airplanes after a Boeing 737 Max 8 (Lion Air JT610) crashed into the Java Sea between the Indonesian islands of Borneo, Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi on October 29, killing all 189 people on board, sources told Reuters Tuesday.

    • Whatsapp app
      Last update: 18:17 04.12.2018
      18:17 04.12.2018

      WhatsApp Rolls Out Television Campaign in India to Fight Fake News

      WhatsApp is on an image correction course after having been rebuked multiple times by the Indian government for failing to check rumours on its platform that led to the lynching of over a dozen innocent citizens by misled mobs.

    • Court
      Last update: 17:53 04.12.2018
      17:53 04.12.2018

      British Middleman Involved in AgustaWestland Bribery Scam Extradited to India

      In a major breakthrough, Christian James Michel, a British middleman wanted by Indian investigative agencies in connection with the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper scam, is set to arrive in India on Wednesday morning, a government official told Sputnik.

    • India's supersonic Brahmos cruise missiles
      Last update: 16:49 04.12.2018
      16:49 04.12.2018

      India Setting Up Coastal Battery for BrahMos Missile in Bay of Bengal

      As the Bay of Bengal is also known for its rough terrain and weather, India expects the land-based mobile coastal battery to become the most effective defence against the enemy.

    • Space
      Last update: 16:27 04.12.2018
      16:27 04.12.2018

      India's First Fully Private Satellite Placed in Orbit by SpaceX

      The ExseedSat-1, built with the contributions of several ham operators and with the help of small Indian firms, is expected to play a major role during natural disasters as it facilitates effective two-way communication through a simple hand-held walkie-talkie with a beam antenna.

    • US Air Force F-22 Raptors, right, and two F-15 Eagles prepare for take-off at Kadena Air Base on the southern island of Okinawa, in Japan (File)
      Last update: 16:03 04.12.2018
      16:03 04.12.2018

      Relocation of US Okinawa Base Suspended at Local Authorities' Request - Reports

      MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Land reclamation work aimed at relocating a US military base in the southern Japanese prefecture of Okinawa has been suspended at the request of local authorities, who argued that the military officials failed to provide necessary documentation related to the issue, NHK reported Tuesday, citing Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.

    • Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte waits on stage to pose with other leaders for a group photo before the start of the ASEAN-Plus Three (APT) summit on the sidelines of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Singapore on November 15, 2018
      Last update: 15:10 04.12.2018
      15:10 04.12.2018

      'Enemy of Drugs' Duterte Says He Smoked Pot at ASEAN Meeting to Stay Awake

      The Philippine president is widely-known for his harshly negative attitude towards drugs and the controversial "war on drugs" that he is waging in the country. At one point, however, he championed the legalization of recreational marijuana.

    • MiG-29K fighter aboard Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. File photo
      Last update: 12:53 04.12.2018
      12:53 04.12.2018

      All Issues Pertaining to Serviceability of MiG-29K Sorted Out - Indian Navy

      MiG-29K, being the choice of aircraft for both the aircraft carriers, viz. INS Vikramaditya and an under-construction domestically-produced aircraft carrier, as well as two naval air stations on the East and West coast, is the mainstay of the Indian Navy’s air defence fleet.