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'India-Japan co-operation to help link south India to ASEAN'

Kolkata:Stressing the importance of enhancing connectivity in India's northeastern states, Japanese Ambassador to India Takeshi Yagi Saturday said the "bigger picture" is to eventually link south India with ASEAN countries.

"This is a part of increasing connectivity between India and ASEAN. We already have concrete projects. Another aspect is the Chennai-Bangalore industrial corridor - the bigger picture we have in mind is to enhance connectivity between southern part of India and ASEAN," Yagi said at a lecture at the Observer Research Foundation here.

US plane on secret mission returns to Earth

Los Angeles: After spending about 22 months orbiting the Earth on a secret mission, a US Air Force X-37B unmanned, reusable space plane has finally returned.

The spacecraft which blasted off in December 2012 for its third space mission touched down at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Friday, Xinhua reported.

"The mission is our longest to date and we're pleased with the incremental progress we've seen in our testing of the reusable space plane," the US Air Force said in a statement.

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Chennai-born Indian-American scientist to get rare honour

By Arun Kumar ,

Washington: Chennai born Indian-American engineer and scientist Subra Suresh is set to be inducted into the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on Sunday, making him the only university president to be elected to all three national academies.

Suresh the current president of Carnegie Mellon University is one of only 16 living Americans to be elected to the Institute of Medicine, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering.

Blind dancers of Articulate Ability perform in Boston

From Darkness Unto Light, they lead us all ...

By Umang Kumar,

Boston: They ended their performance by dancing to a piece which took its title from a Sanskrit sloka, “Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya,” - “Lead me from Darkness unto Light,” - urging the powers Almighty to lead them towards light - and yet it seemed that it was they who were leading us in the audience to ever-increasing light and vision.

UN Security Council condemns terrorists attacks in Iraq

United Nations: The UN Security Council Friday condemned the recent vicious string of attacks in Baghdad and its surrounding provinces, demanding perpetrators be brought to justice.

Those attacks, perpetrated by the terrorist organisation operating under the name "Islamic State(IS), have killed scores of Iraqis, said the 15-nation UN body in a statement issued here Friday night.

Four men charged with terror plots against police in London

London: Four men have been charged with intending to commit terrorist attacks on British police and army barracks in London, the Metropolitan Police said Friday.

Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, Momen Motasim,21, all from west or northwest London, faced a total of 21 charges, xinhua reported citing the police.

The charges included alleged "hostile reconnaissance" of the Shepherd's Bush police station and the White City Territorial Army Barracks in the city.

Nigerian government inks deal with Boko Haram for girls' release

Abuja: Nigerian military Friday said it has agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram and the schoolgirls abducted by the group will be released, BBC reported.

Nigeria's chief of defence staff Alex Badeh announced the truce.

About six months ago, Boko Haram had sparked global outrage by kidnapping over 200 schoolgirls from a town in Borno state. The continued captivity led to criticism of the Nigerian government's efforts to secure their release.

German hostages released by Philippine rebels

Manila: Two German hostages held by the Abu Sayyaf group have been released, said a senior Philippine military official Friday evening.

Gregorio Pio Catapang, chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, said the hostages were released at around 8.50 p.m. and received medical check-up half an hour later at a military camp, Xinhua reported.

He said the freed hostages -- Viktor Okonek, 71, and Henrite Dielen, 55 -- will be transported to Zamboanga city in a naval vessel.

Four men charged with terror offences in Britain

London:Four men, arrested here, have been charged with plotting a terrorist attack after having allegedly sworn an oath to the Islamic State (IS) militant organisation and conducting hostile reconnaissance on a west London police station.

Identified as Tarik Hassane, 21, Suhaib Majeed, 20, Nyall Hamlett, 24, and Momen Motasim, 21, these individuals were arrested during counter-terrorism raids in London over the last fortnight.

India, Switzerland agree on sharing of black money information

New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley Friday said India and Switzerland have reached an understanding on a number of issues regarding sharing of information in cases of black money being stashed in Swiss banks.

"A team of senior Finance Ministry officials which returned today (Friday) from Switzerland have been negotiating with the Swiss on a number of issues regarding information that India seeks on Black money," Jaitley told reporters here.

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