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       HEADLINES: School youth festival: Award for Kerala Kaumudi, Kerala Kaumudi online                                              Remission of sentence of political killing: Relative’s consent should be sought, says Governor                                              Beating Holi revellers: Case against college staff                                              Three Malayalis die in Velankanni vehicle accident                                              M B Rajesh clarifies why UP people’s representatives wore red cap                                              Indian Army inks MoUs with HPCL, NIEDO                                              Congress won’t cower in front of Modi’s arrogance: Sonia Gandhi                                              Stalin supports ‘Dravida Nadu’                                              Student faces suspension for not taking part in gun violence walkout                                              Pak PM discusses Afghan peace process with US VP                                              Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un                                              IPL 2018: Pune to host two play-off matches                                              KP confirms retirement in heartfelt Instagram post                                              All England Open: Sindhu eyes final berth                                              Kaumudi Facebook
         Pak to skip WTO meet in New Delhi    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has decided to stay away from the World Trade Organisation meet in New Delhi next week in protest against alleged harassment of its diplomats in India.

         Trump re-affirms plan to meet Kim Jong Un    
Washington D.C: US President Donald Trump has reaffirmed his plan to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un by the end of May during a call with South Korea's president Moon Jae-in on Friday. Trump and Moon discussed preparations for their upcoming engagements with North Korea and agreed that "concrete actions" were the key to achieving denuclearisation of North Korea, the White House said in a statement.

         Pak PM discusses Afghan peace process with US VP    
Washington D.C: Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held an unscheduled meeting with US Vice-President Michael Pence regarding the Afghanistan conflict in Washington on Friday.

         Student faces suspension for not taking part in gun violence walkout    
Washington D.C.: A high school student has been slapped with a suspension for staying in class during the National Walkout Day. Jacob Shoemaker, a senior in the school in Ohio, explained that he wanted to stay apolitical and not take sides in the gun-control debate consuming the country, reported Fox News.

         Saudi warns it will pursue nuclear weapons if Iran does    
Washington: Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has said if Iran develops a nuclear weapon, Riyadh will follow suit -- just days before he arrives in Washington for talks with US President Donald Trump.

         Donald Trump Jr, wife headed for divorce after 12 years    
New York: Donald Trump Jr. and his wife Vanessa are splitting after 12 years of marriage. The Trumps issued a joint statement, saying, "After 12 years of marriage, we have decided to go our separate ways. We will always have tremendous respect for each other and our families. We have five beautiful children together and they remain our top priority. We ask for your privacy during this time."

         At least four dead in Florida university bridge collapse    
FLORIDA: At least four people have been killed and 10 others hurt after a footbridge collapsed near Florida International University in Miami, officials say. Rescuers are spending the night searching for victims trapped beneath the buckled structure. The 862-tonne, 174ft (53m) bridge fell over an eight-lane motorway on Thursday afternoon, crushing at least eight vehicles, police said.

         Saudi Prince threatens Iran to produce nuclear bombs    
RIYADH: Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman on Thursday threatened to obtain a nuclear bomb if Iran did the same. In his first television interview to the American network, CBS Prince, Salman said, "Saudi Arabia does not want to acquire any nuclear bomb, but without a doubt, if Iran developed a nuclear bomb, we will follow suit as soon as possible," Prince Salman told CBS in an interview.

         Russia should go away and shut up: UK defence secy    
LONDON: United Kingdom Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson has asked Russia to "go away and shut up" when asked how the Kremlin should respond to the expulsion of 23 of its spies by London.

         German President to visit India next week    
NEW DELHI: German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier will embark on a four-day visit to India from next week, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

         Pak calls back its envoy to India    
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Thursday confirmed that it has called back its High Commissioner to India for a meeting. Dr. Muhammad Faisal, the spokesperson of Paki

         Nepal President to take oath on Wednesday    
KATHMANDU: Nepal's Bidhya Devi Bhandari will take oath as the country's President for the second time at 4.00 pm (local time) on Wednesday.

         Prof Stephen Hawking dies aged 76    
LONDON: Prominent British theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, a family spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday. Professor Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today. He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humour inspired people across the world."

         Syria 'bleeding inside and out' as conflict enters 8th year: UN chief    
United Nations: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has expressed strong concern over continued violence and hostilities in Syria, saying the Arab country is "bleeding inside and out". He called for full implementation of a UN resolution for a ceasefire in the strife-torn nation.

         Russian spy case: UK 'encouraged' by international support    
London: The UK government today said that it was "encouraged" by the support offered by its international allies over the poisoning of a UK-based Russian spy, even as Russia denied any role in the deadly nerve agent attack.

         Bhandari relected as Nepal president    
Kathmandu: Nepal's first woman president Bidya Devi Bhandari was today relected for a second term in office with an overwhelming majority. Incumbent President Bhandari, the Left alliance's candidate, was elected with more than a two-thirds majority as she defeated her Nepali Congress (NC) rival Kumari Laxmi Rai in the presidential election.

         Sikh student 'dragged out' of UK bar for wearing turban    
LONDON: A 22-year-old Sikh student in the UK was recently allegedly dragged out of a bar because he was wearing a turban. Amrik Singh, a law student at Nottingham Trent University, was told to leave Rush Late Bar in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, as he was wearing 'headgear' and this was not allowed, reports Metro.

         Myanmar building military bases in burnt Rohingya villages    
LONDON: Myanmar is allegedly building military bases on the top of razed Rohingya villages, where the Rohingyas once lived before their persecution by the country's security forces in August last year.

         Over 50 dead in Nepal plane crash    
KATHMANDU: Over 50 people are feared dead after a US-Bangla Airlines aircraft Monday crashed and caught fire at Nepal's Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) here, a top Nepalese official said.

         Russia test-fires 'ideal' hyper-sonic missile    
MOSCOW: Russia on Sunday stated that it has triumphantly test-launched a hyper-sonic missile which President Vladimir Putin branded as "an ideal weapon."

         Oprah Winfrey advises 2020 US presidential candidates    
WASHINGTON DC: Prominent American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has some pearls of wisdom for the 2020 US presidential candidates.

         Xi Jinping's thought incorporated in China constitution    
BEIJING: China's national legislature incorporated President Xi Jinping's thought on 'Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era,' in the country's constitution on Sunday.

         Trump now wants to 'Keep America Great!'    
WASHINGTON DC: United States President Donald Trump has offered a preview of his 2020 presidential election campaign, announcing his new slogan - "Keep America Great!"

         Shoe hurled at Nawaz Sharif in Lahore mosque    
LAHORE: A miscreant hurled a shoe at Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif when he was about to address a gathering at Jamia Naeemia's mosque, here on Sunday.

         Xi Jinping secures lifetime presidency as lawmakers abolish term limits    
BEIJING: The National People's Congress passed a historic constitutional amendment on Sunday, formally removing term limits to enable Xi Jinping to stay on as the Chinese president beyond 2023.

         China praised US over proposed US-N Korea talks: Trump    
Washington DC [United States]: United States President Donald Trump on Saturday said his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping has appreciated his decision of solving problems with North Korea diplomatically.

         We don’t need advice from failed state: India lambasts Pak in UN    
GENEVA: India has lambasted Pakistan for harbouring the United Nations-designated terrorists like Hafiz Saeed. Speaking at the 37th session of UN human rights council (UNHRC), Mini Devi Kumam, Second Secretary, India's Permanent Mission, said, "In gross violation of UN Security Council resolution 1267, the UN designated terrorists like Hafiz Mohammed Saeed are freely operating with State support, and the UN designated entities are being politically mainstreamed in Pakistan."

         US wants "concrete and verifiable actions" before Trump-Kim meet    
WASHINGTON DC: White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stated on Friday that the US President would only commit to the scheduled meeting with Kim Jong Un if North Korea can prove "concrete and verifiable actions" towards de-nuclearisation.

         US offers bounty for Pak Taliban leaders    
WASHINGTON DC: The US State Department of State's Rewards for Justice Program is offering rewards for information leading to the identification or location of three key leaders associated with the terrorist organisation Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and its affiliated factions.

         Trump accepts invitation, will meet Kim Jong Un by May    
WASHINGTON DC: US President Donald Trump has accepted North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's invitation and may meet him by May, according to a South Korean delegation who took the invitation to the White House on Thursday.

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