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China’s leader visits Italy with eye on infrastructure deal

Chinese President Xi Jinping is launching a two-day official visit aimed at deepening economic and cultural ties with Italy through an ambitious infrastructure building program that has raised suspicions among Italy’s U.S. and European allies. Mr. Xi will be received on Friday by President Sergio Mattarella in Rome, reciprocating his state visit to China in 2017. Mr. Mattarella said Xi’s ...

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UN rights body grants Sri Lanka war crimes probe extention

The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday approved giving Sri Lanka two more years to set up a credible war crimes investigation into the island nation’s brutal civil war. The UN’s top rights body approved without a vote a resolution to postpone discussing the implementation of an official probe into crimes committed during the 37-year guerilla war, which ended ...

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Oxford dictionary adds ‘chuddies’ to list

The cult British television and radio comedy Goodness Gracious Me has made an official contribution to the English vocabulary. The word ‘chuddies’, meaning an undergarment for the nether regions, is one of 650 words in the Oxford English Dictionary’s quarterly list of additions announced on March 18. The entry for chuddies cites usages dating back to 1885, but the addition, ...

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SmartSat software heads to space

Just as some aerospace start-ups are developing technologies to repair, modify or refuel satellites to prolong their lives, some satellite manufacturers are looking at a complementary solution — hoping to install smartphone-like software with more computing power and capable of receiving updates within minutes instead of days. U.S. aerospace company Lockheed Martin presented its new “SmartSat” technology to journalists on ...

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Police probe attacks on four mosques in Birmingham

Four mosques in the central English city of Birmingham have been attacked overnight, with a man wielding a sledgehammer seen smashing windows at two places of worship, the police said on Thursday. Counter-terrorism officers are investigating attacks on the mosques in four different areas in the north of the city, West Midlands Police said in a statement. The force added ...

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Another terror attack on India will be ‘extremely problematic’, U.S. warns Pakistan

The United States has warned Pakistan that another terror attack on India will prove to be “extremely problematic” as it asked Islamabad to take more “concrete and sustained” actions to rein in terror groups including the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after a suicide bomber of Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) killed 40 ...

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Pakistan prof. killed over mixed-gender reception

A Pakistani student was arrested on Wednesday after stabbing his professor to death for organising a mixed-gender reception at a government college, the police said. Associate professor Khalid Hameed was killed on Wednesday on the campus of Sadiq Egerton College in the southern city of Bahawalpur, a police officer said. “The professor had organised a gender mix reception for the ...

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Australian PM slams Erdogan for ‘reckless’ comments

Turkey’s President has sparked an acute diplomatic spat with New Zealand and Australia, referring to a key First World War campaign and the more recent Christchurch mosque shooting as targeting Islam. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been campaigning for local elections due at the end of the month, suggested this week that Australia and New Zealand had sent troops to ...

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