Talks on Masood Azhar under progress: Chinese envoy (Lead) (20:41) IANS Photo Service
New Delhi, Feb 24 (IANS) China supports India on combating terrorism and a discussion to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar a "global terrorist" is in progress, Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui said on Friday.

Le Pen refuses police interview over funding claims (20:19)
Paris, Feb 24 (IANS) French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has refused a police interview about her alleged misuse of EU funds.

Take all sections onboard before polls, Indian envoy urges Nepal (20:13)
By Anil Giri
Kathmandu, Feb 24 (IANS) Outgoing Indian Ambassador Ranjit Rae on Friday urged the Nepal government to take all the parties into confidence before going for polls.

Human brain may help generate fructose (19:11)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) Fructose -- simple sugar found in fruits, vegetables, table sugar, and many processed foods -- is converted in the human brain from glucose, according to a new study.

Slain Indian engineer was 'outstanding', 'friendly' (19:09)
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) Neighbours, friends and family remembered Srinivas Kuchibhotla -- an Indian engineer who was killed in a bar shooting in the US earlier this week -- as a quiet and an outstanding human being.

Indian man killed in hate crime in US bar (Intro Roundup) (With Images) (18:57)
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian engineer was killed and another injured by an American who mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them at a bar.

Mediterranean migrant deaths reach 366 this year (18:22)
Geneva, Feb 24 (IANS) The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) on Friday said migrant deaths in the Mediterranean Sea this year have reached 366, fewer than the 425 during the same period last year.

India, Bangladesh ink MoU for development of Sylhet city (18:19)
Dhaka, Feb 24 (IANS) India and Bangladesh on Friday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the sustainable development of Sylhet city with financial aid from India.

Pakistan blast that killed 10 probably a gas leak: Minister (18:11)
Lahore, Feb 24 (IANS) The blast that killed 10 persons at a shopping centre in Lahore on Thursday was most probably an accident caused by a "gas leak" and not a bomb, as initially believed, Pakistan officials said on Friday.

42 killed in Syria explosion (Lead) (17:33)
Damascus, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 42 people were killed in a car bombing in a Syrian village on Friday, a British war monitor said on Friday.

Italian health officials arrested for faking work hours (17:33)
Rome, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 55 health professionals were arrested in Italy on Friday on suspicion of falsifying their work hours and absenteeism, police said.

Myanmar monks rally in solidarity with Thai temple (17:18)
Nay Pyi Taw, Feb 24 (IANS) Buddhist nationalist protestors in Yangon demonstrated on Friday to show solidarity with Thailand's Dhammakaya Temple, which has been the subject of a police crackdown over the past week.

China to build 6 mn homes for poor in 2017 (16:57)
Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) China will build 6 million new homes for residents of shanty towns before the end of 2017.

Russian cargo craft arrives at space station (Lead) (16:47)
Washington, Feb 24 (IANS) The unpiloted Russian Progress 66 cargo ship docked at the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station on Friday, NASA said.

Over 3,000 smuggled tortoises seized in China (16:30)
Shenzhen (China), Feb 24 (IANS) More than 3,300 live tortoises smuggled from Hong Kong were seized in China's Guangdong province, officials said.

Highly toxic nerve agent killed Kim Jong-nam, say police (Lead) (16:29) IANS Photo Service
Kuala Lumpur, Feb 24 (IANS) A highly-toxic agent was used in the assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the Malaysian police said on Friday.

Not devaluing yuan to boost exports: China (16:20) IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Feb 24 (IANS) China on Friday said it has no intention of devaluing the yuan to boost exports, and expressed readiness to coordinate its economic and trade policies with the US.

Google's self-driving car tech firm sues Uber (16:07) IANS Photo Service
San Francisco, Feb 24 (IANS) Google's self-driving car company Waymo has filed a lawsuit against global ride-hailing app Uber for allegedly stealing trade secrets and technology from it.

RBS reports $8 billion loss (15:53)
London, Feb 24 (IANS) Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday reported losses of 7 billion pounds sterling ($8 billion) for 2016, taking its overall losses since its 2008 government bailout to over 58 billion pounds.

Silenced by depression? Instagram could come to your rescue (15:53)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) While the fear of being stigmatised prevents many of us from making sensitive self-disclosures, one way people in pain are overcoming silence is by using the photo-sharing app Instagram, a study says.

30 killed in Syria suicide blast (15:40)
Damascus, Feb 24 (IANS) At least 30 persons were killed in a suicide bombing in Syria's Susian town on Friday, a monitor group reported.

Indian man killed in hate crime in US bar (Roundup) (With Images) (15:33)
Washington/Hyderabad, Feb 24 (IANS) An Indian engineer was killed and another injured by an American who mistook them for "Middle Easterners" and yelled "Get out of my country" before shooting them at a bar.

Israel denies visa to 'hostile' Human Rights Watch official (15:31)
Jerusalem, Feb 24 (IANS) Israel is refusing to issue visas to the staff of one of the most prominent international human rights NGOs, accusing the group of an "extreme, hostile and anti-Israel agenda", a media report said on Friday.

A fasting diet may help to reverse diabetes (15:23)
New York, Feb 24 (IANS) A type of fasting diet may reprogramme pancreas cells, promote the growth of new insulin-producing pancreatic cells and reduce symptoms of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, a study has showed.

Talks with Netanyahu constructive, says Australian leader (15:22) IANS Photo Service
Canberra, Feb 24 (IANS) Australia's opposition leader Bill Shorten on Friday said he has held constructive talks with visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about settlements in Palestinian territories.

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