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France clarifies: Not involved in choosing Indian partners in Rafale deal

The French government Friday said it was in no manner involved in the choice of Indian industrial partners for the Rafale fighter jet deal, asserting that French companies have the full freedom to select Indian firms for the contract

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Ulta Chor..Pak says India not serious after Modi cancels foreign ministers' meet

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday termed as "unfortunate" India's cancellation of talks with Islamabad in New York next week. "We had already told India that if they take one step towards us, we will take two. However, it seems that they faltered after taking just one step," Qureshi told Dawn online. Blaming Pakistan for the killing of the security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and accusing it of glorifying terrorism, India called off talks between Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. They were set to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York marking the first thaw in bilateral ties.

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World Bank commits $25-30 bn for India's transition to high middle-income country

The World Bank Group (WBG) on Friday approved its largest country program for India with a likely assistance of $25-30 billion by fiscal 2021-22 to help India's transition to a higher middle-income country. "With a fast growing economy, global stature, and its unique experience of lifting the highest number of poor out of poverty in the past decades, India is well-positioned to become a high middle-income country by 2030," World Bank South Asia Vice President Hartwig Schafer said.

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In 24 hours angry Modi shows Imran his place..India cancels foreign minister talks after Kashmir killings, says Pak has evil agenda

: India Friday called off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York, citing the "brutal" killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps glorifying Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani. Reacting strongly, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said talks with Pakistan in such an environment would be "meaningless", saying Islamabad's "evil agenda" stood exposed. "Now, it is obvious that behind Pakistan's proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, has been revealed to the world," the statement said.

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Lift sanctions or face consequences: China warns US

China on Friday asked the US to lift the sanctions on the Chinese military for buying Russian fighter jets and weapons or "bear the consequences." "China expressed strong indignation towards the unreasonable move by the US and has made solemn representation," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said. He added that Washington had violated the basic norms of international relations and disturbed ties with China. "We strongly call on the US to remedy the mistake and cancel the sanctions. Otherwise, it has to bear the consequences."

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Abe to meet Trump during UNGA visit to New York

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet US President Donald Trump in New York next week during the UN General Assembly (UNGA), a government spokesperson said here on Friday. Yoshihide Suga said that Abe would depart for New York on Sunday to participate in next week's UNGA and other sideline meetings. Suga said that Trump and Abe would first meet for a private dinner and then hold a formal meeting on Wednesday.

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Pak spreading lies ...MHA says no Kashmir policemen has resigned after killing of 3 SPOs

The Home Ministry Friday said no policeman has resigned in Jammu and Kashmir following the killing of three police personnel by terror group Hizbul Mujahideen and described such reports as "false propaganda" by "mischievous" elements. In a statement, the ministry said reports have appeared in a section of the media that some special police officers (SPOs) in Jammu and Kashmir have resigned, but the state police has confirmed that these reports are "untrue and motivated".

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Trump playing with fire Putin warns on sanctions

The US' latest batch of sanctions targeting Russian businesses and China undermine global stability and are akin to playing with fire, officials here said on Friday. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov's comments came after Washington on Thursday imposed a new batch of sanctions, hitting 33 of Russia's most high-profile citizens with ties to the Kremlin. Ryabkov said the sanctions were aimed at Russian defence organizations, politicians and businessmen.

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Google staff discussed ways to fight Trump travel ban: WSJ

Google employees discussed how to counter President Donald Trump's 2017 travel ban by modifying search functions to help people contribute to immigration advocacy groups and contact lawmakers, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

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Modi's friend Trump threatens to punish India for buying deadly Russian missiles to counter Pak, China

The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf from Russia would be considered as a "significant transaction" and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration, as India mulls buying the air defence systems. Trump has signed an executive order, paving the way for slapping crippling sanctions on countries and foreign entities and individuals violating the Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA). After signing of the order, the US imposed sanctions on a Chinese entity, the Equipment Development Department and its director Li Shangfu for its recent purchase of Russian Sukhoi Su-35 fighter jets and S-400 surface-to-air missile, a senior administration official told reporters during a conference call.

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