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World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

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The manufacturer of the world’s first full-scale floating wind farm is Statoil, which says that output from the turbines is expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones.

Philippine Congress agrees to extend Mindanao martial law to end of year

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The battle to liberate Marawi continues two months after, with more than 420 militants, 100 soldiers and 45 civilians killed.

US commissions world’s largest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R Ford

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The nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is fixed with modern technology with a capacity for more aircraft and weaponry than ever before.

UAE and Jordan stress importance of immediate re-opening of Al Aqsa Mosque for worshippers

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Israel and Palestinians are close to a showdown over Tel Aviv’s decision to install metal detectors at the entrance of the Mosque.

Qatar issues decree to amend law on combating terrorism

Jul 21, 2017
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Qatar's Emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, has issued a decree amending some provisions of its anti-terror law. The decree includes the definition of terms including terrorist, terrorist acts and financing of terrorism.

US panel votes to impose tougher conditions on Pakistan to receive US aid

Jul 20, 2017
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A key US panel has voted to impose stricter conditions on Pakistan, compelling it to play a more active role in counter-terrorism efforts in order to receive aid from the US.

Indonesia bans Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir

Jul 20, 2017
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It is the first time in the reform era that the government had disbanded an organisation without due process of law.

French Senate approves controversial anti-terror bill

Jul 20, 2017
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The Bill will now be sent to the lower house of the National Assembly for a vote in October 2017.

New plastic £10 note featuring this legendary author unveiled in UK

Jul 19, 2017
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The Bank of England has unveiled a new 10-pound plastic note featuring a portrait of Jane Austen, British novelist at the Winchester Cathedral, the place where she was buried.

India launches solar project to electrify remote village of Agaween in Egypt

Jul 19, 2017
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The project was inaugurated by India’s Ambassador to Egypt Sanjay Bhattacharyya and Major General Alla Fathi Abou Zeid, Governor of Matrouh.

US Navy tests world’s first Laser Weapons System

Jul 19, 2017
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The United States Navy has successfully tested the world’s first-ever active Laser Weapons System (LaWS), which is now deployed and ready for attack.

UK’s first woman Sikh MP Preet Kaur Gill elected to Home Affairs Select Committee

Jul 19, 2017
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Preet Kaur Gill, who won the Edgbaston seat for the Labour party in the 8 June 2017 snap general election, was elected to the Home Affairs Select Committee in the UK Parliament. She will be one of 11 MPs on the cross-party home affairs committee.

US imposes new sanctions on Iran over missile tests

Jul 19, 2017
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In a statement issued by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on 18 July 2017, it stated that it was targeting 16 entities and individuals for "engaging in support of illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity."

US House of Representatives passes bill to boost defence cooperation with India

Jul 17, 2017
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The Act now needs the approval of the US Senate before it can be sent to the White House for the approval fo the US President Donald Trump.

Joint Statement of Australia-India Cyber Policy Dialogue: Full text

Jul 16, 2017
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Reaffirming their commitment on open, free, peaceful and accessible cyberspace, the two countries have agreed that the bilateral cyber policy dialogue has provided a strong foundation for existing and future cooperation.

OECD releases Government at a Glance 2017 report: India tops OECD list of countries

Jul 14, 2017
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With 73 per cent India is ranked firmly at the top, followed by Canada in second position as Justin Trudeau's government earned the confidence of 62 per cent.

Saudi Arabia approves physical education for girls in state schools

Jul 13, 2017
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The decision comes after three months of intensive studies by a specialized team commissioned by the minister to review all directives and recommendations in this regard.

In a first, India grants Rupees 3.2 crore aid to Philippines to fight ISIS

Jul 13, 2017
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The Philippines is the only Southeast Asian nation where ISIS has established its presence.

China sends troops to open first overseas military base in Djibouti

Jul 13, 2017
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On the other hand, Djibouti's position on the northwestern edge of the Indian Ocean instilled worry in India as China builds on its military alliances with countries that encircle India, notably Bangladesh, Myanmar, and Sri Lanka.

PM Modi’s visit to Israel: Significance and Benefits to India

Jul 12, 2017
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The article analyses various dimensions of Indo-Israel bilateral cooperation and the benefits India will reap from the growing friendship with the Jewish Nation.

Living conditions in Gaza more wretched over past decade: United Nations

Jul 12, 2017
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The report, compiled by the UN country team in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, took stock of some key indicators identified in an earlier 2012 UN report that predicted Gaza would become “unlivable” by 2020 unless underlying trends were reversed.

In a first, Israel transfers authority for West Bank Electrical Substation to Palestinians

Jul 11, 2017
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As per the agreement, the Palestinian National Authority will pay around USD 47 million to the Israeli Electric Corporation annually, in order to increase the supply of the new power plant by 60 Megawatts in full operation.

Gelati Monastery of Georgia removed from UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in Danger

Jul 11, 2017
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The new boundaries bar Bagrati Cathedral, which underwent major reconstruction that was unsafe to its integrity and authenticity.

Okinoshima, Japan’s men-only island, gains UNESCO World Heritage tag

Jul 11, 2017
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Japan’s Okinoshima, a men-only island where women are banned from the visit and male visitors must bathe naked for visiting the shrine, has been declared as UNESCO’s World Heritage Site.

UNESCO's World Heritage List: New sites added in the list

Jul 11, 2017
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The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee was chaired by Jacek Purchla, Founder and Director of the International Cultural Centre in Krakow.

Cambodia’s Sambor Prei Kuk temple zone gets UNESCO World Heritage Status

Jul 10, 2017
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The complex dates back to the Pre-Angkorian Chenla Kingdom (late 6th to 9th century), which was established by King Isanavarman I as central royal sanctuary and capital.

Place that found mentions in Wordsworth's poems is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Jul 10, 2017
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The Lake District was praised by the committee for the inspiration that its natural beauty has provided for generations of writers, like poet William Wordsworth, who described the lakes as "the loveliest spot man hath found".

Iraq announces victory over Islamic State in Mosul

Jul 10, 2017
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The Battle of Mosul, a military offensive to retake the city begun in October 2016, is the largest deployment of Iraqi forces since the 2003 invasion by U.S. and coalition forces.

Brazil's Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

Jul 10, 2017
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Valongo Wharf Archaeological Site is located in central Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and encompasses the whole of Jornal do Comercio Square.

122 countries adopted global treaty banning nuclear weapons

Jul 9, 2017
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Elayne Whyte Gomez, president of the UN conference who has been negotiating for this legally binding treaty, announced the results of the "historic" vote - 122 nations in favour, the Netherlands opposed, and Singapore abstaining.

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