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Venezuelan Parliament attacked (08:46)
Caracas, June 28 (IANS) Armed civilian groups have attacked the Venezuelan Parliament building after a clash between lawmakers and the military police of the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB), opposition legislator Julio Borges has said.

Brazil's President says charges against him 'groundless' (07:48)
Rio De Janeiro, June 28 (IANS) Brazil's President Michel Temer dismissed charges pressed against him as based on "supposed illicit evidence", the media reported.

New Irish PM discusses ties with British, US leaders (07:32)
Dublin, June 28 (IANS) New Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar held separate phone talks with US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May, the media reported.

German building evacuated due to fears of London-style cladding (07:18)
Berlin, June 28 (IANS) An 11-story apartment building in western Germany's Wuppertal city was evacuated after officials confirmed that the structure had cladding panels similar to those at London's Grenfell Tower, where 79 people died in a fire.

US adds China to list of human trafficking offenders (06:40)
Washington, June 28 (IANS) The US government added China to the list of countries falling short in the fight against human trafficking, a designation that could lead to sanctions, and dropped Haiti from the list.

US imposes new duties on Canadian softwood lumber (06:14)
Washington, June 28 (IANS) The US government is imposing new anti-dumping duties on softwood lumber imported from Canada, with the move coming less than two months before the start of negotiations among Washington, Ottawa and Mexico City to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

Colombia FARC rebels complete handing over of weapons (05:48)
Bogota, June 28 (IANS) The municipality of Mesetas in the department of Meta saw the final act of the disarmament of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), formerly Colombia's largest guerrilla group.

IMF cuts 2017 economic growth forecast for US (04:50)
Washington, June 28 (IANS) The International Monetary Fund revised its 2017 gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the US downward from 2.3 per cent to 2.1 per cent, citing the Trump administration's inability to implement its economic policies.

57 killed in US-led airstrikes against IS in Syria (04:00)
Beirut, June 28 (IANS) At least 57 people were killed in airstrikes allegedly carried out by the US-led coalition against a prison run by the Islamic State terror organization in the Syrian city of al-Mayadin, a British-based war monitor said.

3 American journalists resign after writing on Russia, Trump campaign (03:34)
Washington, June 28 (IANS) Three journalists of American news channel CNN, including the head of the investigative unit, resigned after writing a story about members of President Donald Trump's electoral campaign having financial ties with Russia.

Queen Elizabeth II gets 8% pay rise to $104.9 mn for 2018-19 (03:06)
London, June 28 (IANS) Britain's Head of State is to receive from the State an 8-per cent pay rise, up to a total of 82.2 million pounds ($104.9 million) to help cover her costs in 2018-19, the Royal Palace said.

US preparing to help victims of global cyber attack (02:10)
Washington, June 28 (IANS) The US government is preparing to help any institution affected by the new cyber attack that is affecting companies around the world, officials said.

'US warning of possible Syrian chemical attack is provocation' (01:20)
Moscow, June 28 (IANS) Russian lawmakers dismissed the US warning of a possible chemical attack by the regime of Syria's President Bashar al-Assad as a "provocation" aimed at justifying its own plan to strike the Syrian government forces.

South African Parliament briefed on Gupta family naturalization (00:54)
Cape Town, June 28 (IANS) South Africa's Parliament was briefed on naturalization granted to the controversial Indian Gupta family.

Modi invites Dutch investors to India (00:32)
The Hague, June 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday invited Dutch businesses, particularly its pension funds, to invest in India "where doing business is being rapidly eased" through a series of economic reforms.

In Netherlands, Modi pitches for women empowerment in India (00:06)
The Hague, June 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday made a strong pitch for women's empowerment, saying he is working for a women-led development of India.

US backs India's stand on OBOR (22:08) IANS Photo Service
Washington, June 27 (IANS) In a virtual endorsement of New Delhi's position on China's Belt-Road initiative, US and India have called for bolstering regional economic connectivity through the "transparent development of infrastructure while ensuring respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity".

India, Netherlands reaffirm commitment to combat terrorism (Roundup) (21:58) IANS Photo Service
The Hague, June 27 (IANS) Following delegation-level talks headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte, India and the Netherlands on Tuesday reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism and called for a collective effort by the international community against this scourge.

Pakistan put on notice on terrorist havens after Modi, Trump meeting (Night Lead) (21:16) IANS Photo Service
Washington, June 27 (IANS) Pakistan was put on notice by the US and India who called for rooting out terrorists' safe havens and to fight groups, including Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba and D-company, even as the two countries decided to broaden their strategic, defence and economic relationship.

Brazil's AG formally accuses President of graft (20:46) IANS Photo Service
Rio De Janeiro, June 27 (IANS/WAM) Brazils Attorney General has formally accused President Michel Temer of corruption, making him the first sitting President in Latin Americas largest nation to face criminal charges.

European firms hit by 'massive' cyber attack (20:40)
London, June 27 (IANS) Major firms across Europe have been hit by a massive cyber attack, a media report said.

China woos Indian firms to invest in its big data zone (20:38)
Bengaluru, June 27 (IANS) A Chinese delegation on Tuesday beckoned Indian IT firms to invest in its national big data pilot zone in Guizhou province.

Migration a 'biblical exodus', says Italian MP (20:34)
Rome, June 27 (IANS/AKI) Italy is on the receiving end of a "biblical exodus" of boat migrants from Africa, an Italian lawmaker said on Tuesday, urging the government to halt the influx, even by refusing migrants entry at national ports.

Assad visits Russian airbase in Syria (20:28) IANS Photo Service
Damascus, June 27 (IANS) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Tuesday visited the Hmeimim airbase in Syria's northern city of Latakia, reviewing the latest military equipment in that Russian-run base.

Merkel hints at same-sex marriage vote in Germany (20:12) IANS Photo Service
Berlin, June 27 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said MPs should be allowed a free vote in Parliament on legalising same-sex marriage, signalling a change in her conservative party's opposition to the issue.

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