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Trump chides Republicans for doing 'very little' to protect him (07:42)
Washington, July 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump accused Republican lawmakers of doing "very little" to protect him, and he once again criticized the investigation into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election campaign.

Arab foreign ministers urgent meeting on Jerusalem postponed (07:20)
Cairo, July 24 (IANS) The urgent meeting of Arab foreign ministers on Jerusalem, originally scheduled on Wednesday, will be postponed till Thursday, the Arab League (AL) announced.

China, Russia conduct simulation exercise for joint naval drills (06:36)
Moscow, July 24 (IANS) Chinese and Russian commanders conducted a simulation exercise in Kaliningrad province for the ongoing joint military drills code-named "Joint Sea 2017" in the Baltic Sea.

Explosion in Syria kills 50 militants (06:20)
Damascus, July 24 (IANS) Some 50 militants with the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front were killed in an explosion in Syrian city of Idlib, media reports said.

Erdogan, Saudi King discuss Qatari crisis amid mediation efforts (05:46)
Riyadh, July 24 (IANS) As part of Turkey's renewed mediation efforts, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz to discuss the diplomatic crisis between Qatar and the Saudi-led quartet.

Russian aggression to blame for Ukraine 'hot war': US official (04:50)
Kiev, July 24 (IANS) The US special envoy to the peace talks in Ukraine said that the ongoing fighting in the east of country should be regarded as a 'hot war' instead of a 'frozen conflict' and blamed Russia for its role in the hostilities.

1 killed, 2 injured in shooting at Israeli embassy (03:54)
Amman, July 24 (IANS) A Jordanian was killed, another injured and a Israeli staffer at the Israeli embassy in Jordan was also injured in a shooting inside the embassy.

Iraq receives 350 civilians fleeing IS rule (03:38)
Baghdad, July 24 (IANS) Iraqi government and security forces have received some 350 civilians fleeing the rule of Islamic State (IS) in the province of Anbar, a police source said.

Trump backs law expanding Russia sanctions: White House (03:12)
Washington, July 24 (IANS) US President Donald Trump supports a bill announced on the weekend by Congress to increase sanctions on Russia, in part due to Moscow's alleged interference in last year's election, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said.

Qatari-owned sports, children TV channels no longer blocked in UAE (02:12)
Dubai, July 24 (IANS) Sports and children TV channels owned by Qatar were back on the screens this weekend in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) after being blocked since June, amid signs of easing of a diplomatic crisis.

Iran, Iraq sign agreement to boost defence ties (01:18)
Tehran, July 24 (IANS) Iran and Iraq signed an agreement to boost cooperation in a host of military fields, media reports said.

Taliban take control of another district in Afghanistan (00:58)
Kabul, July 24 (IANS) Banned militant outfit the Taliban took control of a district in Ghor province in Afghanistan, after an earlier seize on the same day of a district in the northern part of the country, an official source said.

8 found dead in trailer carrying illegal immigrants in US (00:32)
Washington, July 24 (IANS) Eight persons were found dead in a trailer carrying illegal immigrants at a Walmart parking area in US state of Texas, authorities said.

South Korean Foreign Ministry plans to upgrade cybersecurity measures (20:12)
Seoul, July 23 (IANS) South Korea's Foreign Ministry will soon craft a mid-term plan to beef up cybersecurity measures, an official said on Sunday.

Indian, Chinese diplomats must prevent war: Chinese expert (19:40)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, July 23 (IANS) War between India and China over Doklam is a possibility and diplomats from both sides must prevent an armed conflict, a Chinese expert has said.

Morocco, China sign deal to build Africa's tallest skyscraper (19:26)
Rabat, July 23 (IANS) A Chinese firm has signed a deal with Moroccan companies to build the tallest skyscraper in Africa in the capital of Morocco, local media reported on Sunday.

UAE central bank posts sharp rise in foreign currency supply (19:22)
Dubai, July 23 (IANS/WAM) The central bank of the United Arab Emirates said on Sunday that its total assets have increased by 10.8 per cent to 391.96 billion dirham ($106.8 billion) in the first half of this year.

Maldives police warns opposition alliance against holding protest (19:08)
Male, July 23 (IANS) Police in Maldives have warned that the opposition alliance will not be allowed to stage an anti-government demonstration in Malé on Monday, days after the opposition parties launched a bid to seize control of Parliament through an attempt to impeach the Speaker.

Arab League chief warns Israel not to trespass 'red line' (18:58) IANS Photo Service
Cairo, July 23 (IANS) Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul-Ghiet on Sunday warned Israel that Jerusalem was "a red line" that cannot be bypassed.

‘Backache' forces Pakistan Interior Minister to postpone crucial presser (18:48)
Islamabad, July 23 (IANS) Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan on Sunday postponed his much- anticipated news conference citing a severe backache, amid reports of a "patch-up" between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his upset yet powerful cabinet member.

WhatsApp looking for professional for monetising it (18:40)
San Francisco, July 23 (IANS) Facebook-owned WhatsApp is now on a hunt for a professional who can help the company monestise the instant messaging app.

Saliva protein links humans to archaic species (17:40)
New York, July 23 (IANS) In a salivary protein, researchers have found hints that a "ghost" species of archaic humans may have contributed genetic material to ancestors of people living in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Nawaz Sharif was employee of UAE-based firm, says counsel (17:24) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, July 23 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has admitted before the Supreme Court that he had worked for a UAE-based company till 2013 and also had a work permit (Iqama) for it at the time.

Iran's warships to join in Russian military games (17:14)
Tehran, July 23 (IANS) Two Iranian naval vessels have set sail for Russia to take part in a Russian military games, media reported on Sunday.

Iran rejects Trump's demand for imprisoned Americans' release (17:06) IANS Photo Service
Tehran, July 23 (IANS) Iran has rejected US President Trump's demand for release of detained Americans, describing it as an "interference and unacceptable stand", local media reported on Sunday.

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