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Swaraj, Afghan President Ghani discuss boosting strategic partnership (02:22)
New York, Sep 21 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani discussed on Wednesday ways to boost strategic partnership between the two nations.

6.1 magnitude earthquake rocks Japan (00:22)
Tokyo, Sep 21 (IANS) An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 has been detected off the coast of Japan on Thursday.

African asylum-seeker held for attempted rape (23:40)
Milan, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) Police in Bergamo on Wednesday arrested a 20-year-old migrant from Sierra Leone on suspicion of trying to rape a cultural mediator at an asylum centre in the northern Italian city.

Pakistani refugee held for molesting teen (23:38)
Rome, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) Police on Wednesday said they had arrested a Pakistani asylum-seeker in central Italy accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Pope meets Muslim World League chief (23:38)
Vatican City, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) Pope Francis on Wednesday held an audience with the Muslim World League's secretary general, Mohammed Abdul Karim al-Issa, the Vatican said in a statement, without elaborating on the content of the meeting.

Sushma met Brazilian, Saudi Arabian counterparts at UNGA (23:24)
New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Continuing with her hectic diplomatic engagements, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday held bilateral meetings with her counterparts from three countries, including Brazil and Saudi Arabia, on the sidleines of the UN General Assembly Session here.

Abhay Deol begins shooting for 'Nanu Ki Jaanu' (23:06)
Mumbai, Sep 20 (IANS) Actor Abhay Deol on Wednesday said he has begun work on a dark comedy film titled "Nanu Ki Jaanu", which also stars Patralekhaa.

All Indians in quake-hit Mexico safe (22:32) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) All Indians in Mexico, which was hit by a 7.1-magnitude earthquake on Tuesday are safe, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj confirmed on Wednesday evening. The massive temblor claimed 217 lives.

India has to compete with China, not doing that well: Rahul (21:34) IANS Photo Service
Princeton (New Jersey), Sep 20 (IANS) India has to basically compete with China and it is not doing as well, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said and noted that the performance of the two large and populous Asian countries will fundamentally reshape the world.

225 killed in massive Mexico earthquake, rescue efforts on (Night Lead) (21:02) IANS Photo Service
Mexico City, Sep 20 (IANS) Thousands of emergency crews and volunteers raced against time in search of survivors on Wednesday after a powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico, killing at least 225 people, leaving many trapped under collapsed buildings and forcing people on to the streets for a second time in two weeks.

Pakistan PM complains to US about greater role for India in Afghanistan (Lead) (With Images) (20:30) IANS Photo Service
United Nations, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has complained to the United States about the greater role President Donald Trump wants for India in Afghanistan, according to media reports.

Indian, Chinese tech firms explore tie-ups (20:16)
New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Leading Indian software firms like Infosys, Wipro and Cognizant on Wednesday interacted with Chinese hardware firms to forge partnerships for collaborations in the seaport city of Dalian, according to a Nasscom statement.

Hurricane Maria makes landfall in Puerto Rico (Lead) (20:12)
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Hurricane Maria made landfall on Wednesday in southeast Puerto Rico, ripping trees out of the ground and lashing two-thirds of the island with maximum sustained winds of 250 kmph, the US National Hurricane Center said.

Polarisation is central challenge, anger building up over jobs: Rahul (Roundup) (20:02) IANS Photo Service
Princeton (New Jersey), Sep 20 (IANS) The politics of polarisation is the central challenge to India, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi has said and slammed the government over job creation, saying people are getting angry over its performance on that front.

Myanmar to resettle refugees in Rakhine state (19:58) IANS Photo Service
Nay Pyi Taw, Sep 20 (IANS) Myanmar will resettle refugees displaced at home and abroad due to conflicts in the country's northern Rakhine state, said Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement U Win Myat Aye on Wednesday.

Sri Lanka to change regulations to woo foreign investment (19:54) IANS Photo Service
Colombo, Sep 20 (IANS) Sri Lanka will reform regulations to attract more investment to tackle growing debt and target economic growth, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said on Wednesday.

10 million voting slips for Catalonia independence bid seized (19:50)
Madrid, Sep 20 (IANS) Spanish police working to halt a contentious independence referendum in the northeastern region of Catalonia have seized almost 10 million voting slips at a warehouse in a Barcelona suburb, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.

Saudi King allocates $15 million for Rohingya refugees (19:22) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Sep 20 (IANS) Saudi King Salman has allocated $15 million (Dh 55 million) aid for Rohingya refugees fleeing persecution in Myanmar and taking refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh.

6 killed in Bangladesh textile factory fire (19:02)
Dhaka, Sep 20 (IANS) At least six people were killed on Wednesday in a fire that broke out in a textile factory near the Bangladeshi capital.

UN condemns Somali journalist's killing (18:58) IANS Photo Service
Paris, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) The head of the UN culture organisation UNESCO on Wednesday deplored the slaying of Somali radio and TV reporter Abdullahi Osman Moallim in a bomb attack and urged the country's authorities to probe the killing.

Pope prays for Mexico earthquake victims (18:54) IANS Photo Service
Vatican City, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) Pope Francis on Wednesday offered prayers for the victims of the powerful earthquake in central Mexico which killed over 200 people and said he was close to the country's entire population.

Intercepted mafia initiation rituals lead to 50 arrests (18:52)
Rome, Sep 20 (IANS/AKI) Police held 50 suspects in Italy's south on Wednesday after they were overheard using phrases typical of the Puglia mafia or Sacra Colonna's initiation rites during wiretapped phone conversations.

Pakistan, Iran agree to find resolution to Afghan conflict (18:34) IANS Photo Service
New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Iranian President Muhammad Hassan Rouhani agreed to "maintain a trajectory of positive progress" between the two countries and work for the resolution of the conflict in Afghanistan.

Take back Rohingyas, don't call them Bengalis: Hasina to Myanmar (18:28) IANS Photo Service
Dhaka/New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged Myanmar to take back 420,000 Rohingya Muslims who have taken refuge in her country and also called for an end to "propaganda" that labelled the ethnic group as "Bengalis".

Diabetes may increase fracture risk in elderly (18:28)
New York, Sep 20 (IANS) Seniors with Type-2 diabetes are more likely to succumb to fractures than their peers without the condition, suggests new research.

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