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Russia vetoes UN resolution to Aleppo bombing

Updated: Oct 09, 2016 08:54 IST      
Russia vetoes UN resolution to Aleppo bombing
London [UK], Oct. 9 (ANI): Russia has vetoed a UN Security Council draft resolution demanding an end to the bombing of Aleppo city in Syria.

According to the Guardian, the draft text presented by France won 11 votes in favor, Russia and Venezuela voted against the resolution, while China and Angola abstained.

It was the fifth time that Moscow used its veto to block the UN action to end the five year war in Syria, which has claimed 300,000 lives.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had urged the Security Council to take immediate action to save Aleppo from being destroyed by the Russia-backed Syrian bombing campaign.

Earlier, Russian presented its own draft text that urged for a separation of moderate and extremist forces in Syria but making no mention of a bombing halt in the besieged city of Aleppo.

The draft, put forward by Moscow failed to get the support of minimum nine votes. The draft resolution got four yes votes, nine no votes and two abstentions.

It is reported that Russia's introduction of a rival resolution yesterday took Western supporters of the French draft by surprise.

Several diplomats privately called it a brilliant move by Moscow because it will force Western powers to veto as well. (ANI)

Pak expresses concern over growing Indo-U.S. relations

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 10:15 IST     

Islamabad [Pakistan], June 29 (ANI): Pakistan has expressed its concerns over the recent US-India Joint Statement during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States and said that it could aggravate an already tense situation between Islamabad and New Delhi.

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Israel awaits PM Modi's historic visit

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 09:31 IST     

New Delhi [India], June 29 (ANI): Israel will welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his visit to the country from July 4-6 on the backdrop of marking 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two nations.

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U.S. sets new Visa criteria for six Muslim-majority nations

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 07:52 IST     

Washington [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): The United States has set new Visa criteria that will require travellers from the six Muslim-majority countries affected by President Donald Trump's travel ban to have close family connections or business ties in order to enter the U.S.

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Al-Zawiya [Libya], June 29 (ANI): A convoy of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), including four men and two women, was released after being detained by an armed group for hours on Wednesday evening, security sources from Al-Zawiya city reported.

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Nepal's second phase polls witness 70.5% voter turnout

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 06:42 IST     

Kathmandu [Nepal], June 29 (ANI): Nepal's second phase polls, which commenced in three provinces covering much of the volatile southern plains, witnessed 70.5 percent voter turnout, the country's Election Commission has said.

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Canberra [Australia], June 29 (ANI): The most senior member of the Catholic Church in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has been charged with multiple historical sexual assault offences, Victoria Deputy Police Commissioner Shane Patton said on Thursday.

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Washington [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): An FBI agent was indicted on charges of making false statements and obstruction of justice for allegedly lying to authorities about firing two gunshots in connection with the fatal shooting of LaVoy Finicum in Oregon last year.

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Pyongyang [North Korea], June 29 (ANI): North Korea has threatened to impose the death penalty on the South's former president Park Geun-hye over an alleged plot to assassinate its leader Kim Jong-un.

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Washington [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): United States President Donald Trump will address areas of disagreement on foreign policy and trade with newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in when the two leaders meet for the first time at the White House on Thursday.

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Iran brands Trump travel ban ruling as 'racist,' 'unfair'

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 04:45 IST     

New York [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): As Washington prepares to begin implementation of Trump's travel ban on Thursday, Iran has branded a recent U.S. supreme court order to reinstate elements of the divisive policy racist and unfair.

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Trump strikes optimistic tone regarding health care reform

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 04:02 IST     

Washington D.C. [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): A day after Senate Republican leaders scuttled plans for a vote on health care reform this week in the face of stiff resistance from within the party's own ranks, United States President Donald Trump said he believed he and Republicans would "get it over the line."

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U.S. DHS to announce new aviation security measures

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 02:53 IST     

Washington [U.S.A.], June 29 (ANI): United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) John Kelly is all set to announce new aviation security measures regarding overseas airports that have direct flights to the U.S.

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Six detained in EU over suspected ties with ISIS

Updated: Jun 29, 2017 01:30 IST     

Madrid [Spain], June 29 (ANI): Six people have been detained in Spain and two other European countries over suspected ties with the ISIS.

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Berlin [Germany], June 29 (ANI): The attendees of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's political party's business conference in Berlin laughed and cheered when U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's video address was cut off on Tuesday after Ross went over his time limit.

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Trump accepts Macron invite to attend Bastille Day parade

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 21:48 IST     

Paris [France], June 28 (ANI):U.S. President Donald Trump has accepted the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron, to attend the country's traditional Bastille Day military parade to be held on July 14.

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North Korea orders 'execution' of South Korea ex-President

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 20:55 IST     

London [ U.K.], June 28 (ANI) :North Korea has issued orders to execute former South Korean President Park Geun-hye and her spy chief for having made plans to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

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Karachi [Pakistan], June28 (ANI) : The daughters of an abducted Baloch doctor are on a hunger strike at the Karachi Press Club, demanding the safe release of their father.

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New York Times a 'fake news joke': Trump

Updated: Jun 28, 2017 19:48 IST     

New York [U.S.] , June 28 (ANI)): U.S. President Donald Trump has attacked The New York Times again for carrying another "false story" and labeled the paper as a "fake news joke" .

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Manila [Philippines], June 28 (ANI): Philippines House of Representatives has approved a bill requiring Filipinos to sing the country's national anthem, Lupang Hinirang, "with fervor" whenever it is played publicly.

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New York [U.S.], June 28 (ANI) : John Podesta, the then-chairman of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, has revealed how the Russian linked hackers were successful in intruding into his computer.

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