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Italian grassroots party wants Speaker's post to pension privileges (23:42)
Rome, March 20 (IANS/AKI) Italy's populist Five-Star Movement is eager obtain the Speakership of the lower house of parliament in order to cut lawmakers' pension privileges, its leader Luigi Di Maio said on Tuesday.

Italian PM urges politicians to safeguard citizens' interests (23:12)
Rome, March 20 (IANS/AKI) Italian politics are "in a transitional phase" and it is crucial to keep "the general interests of citizens" to the fore at this time, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said on Tuesday.

Trump plans to meet Putin, congratulates him (23:06)
Washington/Moscow, March 20 (IANS) US President Donald Trump said here on Tuesday that he plans to meet his just re-elected Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to discuss what he described as an arms race between the two nuclear powers.

Shooter dead, 2 wounded in US school shooting (Second Lead) (23:04)
Washington, March 20 (IANS) A high school shooting in the US state of Maryland on Tuesday has resulted in the death of the shooter and two others being injured, officials said.

Pakistan, ADB ink loan accord to improve power transmission (21:54) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) Pakistan and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday signed a loan agreement worth $260 million to improve the country's power transmission network.

School shooting injures 3 in US (Lead) (21:40)
Washington, March 20 (IANS) A high school shooting on Tuesday has injured three people, including the shooter, according to officials.

US military chief reaffirms support to Afghan-led peace process (21:40) IANS Photo Service
Kabul, March 20 (IANS) The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday reaffirmed his country's support to an Afghan-led peace process.

Pakistani court rejects plea by 7-year-old girl's rapist (21:10)
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) The Lahore High Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against the death sentence of a man convicted of raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl in the city of Kasur.

19 containers drown as ships collide in Karachi (21:04)
Islamabad, March 20 (IANS) Nineteen containers drowned and went missing in the Arabian Sea after two ships collided at the port in Pakistan's Karachi city, the media reported on Tuesday.

Modi, Xi talk; want deep ties (Lead) (20:00)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing/New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday talked over telephone and pledged to deepen bilateral ties and promote mutual trust.

Russian diplomats leave UK amid spy row (19:50) IANS Photo Service
London, March 20 (IANS) The 23 Russian diplomats that UK's Prime Minister Theresa May expelled following the alleged poisoning of an ex-spy were on Tuesday making their way out of the country.

Shooting at Maryland school (19:26)
Washington, March 20 (IANS) Shooting was reported at a high school on Tuesday in the US state of Maryland, according to authorities.

Protests against execution of Indonesian man in Saudi Arabia (18:56)
Jakarta, March 20 (IANS) Dozens of protesters gathered outside the Embassy of Saudi Arabia in Jakarta on Tuesday to protest the execution of an Indonesian man, who had been sentenced to death in 2008.

Porsche names new chief for China, Hong Kong (18:56) IANS Photo Service
Stuttgart (Germany), March 20 (IANS) German luxury car brand Porsche, part of Volkswagen AG, said on Tuesday that Jens Puttfarcken will become President and Chief Executive Officer of Porsche China and Porsche Hong Kong from July 2018, according to a report from Dow Jones Newswires.

Nine new osteoarthritis genes discovered (18:48)
London, March 20 (IANS) Researchers have discovered nine novel genes for osteoarthritis that may open the door to new targeted therapies for this debilitating disease in the future.

UK data watchdog seeks warrant to search Cambridge Analytica Hq (Lead) (18:42) IANS Photo Service
New York/London, March 20 (IANS) The UK Information Commissioner on Tuesday sought a court warrant to enter the London headquarters of political data analytics consultancy Cambridge Analytica that worked with Donald Trump's election team and allegedly harvested Facebook profiles of US voters to influence their choices at the ballot box.

Islamic State has killed thousands of civilians (18:32) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, March 20 (IANS) The Islamic State, which has killed the 39 Indians it abducted in Mosul in Iraq, has killed thousands of civilians, at times in the most brutal manner. Most of its victims, ironically, have been Muslims.

First interstellar visitor likely came from binary star system: Study (18:26)
Toronto, March 20 (IANS) 'Oumuamua', the rocky object identified as the first confirmed interstellar asteroid, very likely came from a binary star system, new research has found.

China to assist Myanmar to build new bridge (18:12)
Yangon, March 20 (IANS) China and Myanmar on Tuesday signed a letter for implementing the new Kunlong Bridge Project aided by Beijing in Myanmar's northern Shan state to replace the old one.

Modi, Xi talk; pledge more cooperation (18:08)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, March 20 (IANS) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday talked over telephone and pledged to deepen bilateral ties.

Self-driving Uber car kills woman in US (17:46)
San Francisco, March 20 (IANS) A self-driving Volvo SUV from the ride-hailing giant Uber traveling at 64 km per hour has killed a woman in the US state of Arizona, triggering a heated debate on whether autonomous cars are safe enough and who is to blame for the death.

Poor dental health linked to diabetes risk (17:34)
New York, March 20 (IANS) You may be at an increased risk of diabetes if you are not taking care of your dental health, warns a new study which suggests that dental examination may provide a way to identify the risk for developing the disease.

New human antibody may improve malaria prevention efforts (16:30)
New York, March 20 (IANS) Scientists have discovered a new human antibody that, when tested in mice, prevented malaria infection by binding a specific portion of a surface protein found in almost all strains of the malaria parasite worldwide.

115,000-year-old bone tools unearthed in China (16:28)
Toronto, March 20 (IANS) The toolmaking techniques mastered by prehistoric humans in China were more sophisticated than previously thought, suggests an analysis of 115,000-year-old bone tools discovered in the country.

Saudi Crown Prince arrives in US (16:26)
Washington, March 20 (IANS) Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in the US on Tuesday on a state visit.

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