Asia-Pacific free trade talks progressing well: China (Just in)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China's Trade Minister on Tuesday said talks on the proposed Asia-Pacific free trade agreement are progressing well, after the US withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement last month.

Pakistan PM to visit Turkey for strategic cooperation meeting (16 minutes ago)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will pay a three-day visit to Turkey starting February 22 for the fifth session of the Pakistan-Turkey High Level Strategic Cooperation Council (HLSCC) meeting in the capital Ankara.

Food-borne bacteria up miscarriage risk early in pregnancy (16 minutes ago)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Listeria, a common food-borne bacterium, may pose a greater risk of miscarriage in the early stages of pregnancy than previously thought, says a study.

Kabul demands action against Taliban in Pakistan (20 minutes ago)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Within days of the Pakistan Army summoning Afghan diplomats to demand action against militants sheltering in Afghanistan and involved in attacks in Pakistan, Kabul has handed over a list of Afghan Taliban militants and 32 terrorist hideouts on Pakistani territory.

Trump picks new national security adviser (Lead) (14:36)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has named Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster as his national security adviser, replacing Gen. Michael Flynn, who was last week asked to resign from the position.

Same-sex marriage legalisation cut US teenage suicide rates (14:32)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Legalising same-sex marriage at state level in the US reduced an estimated 134,000 suicide attempts per year in high school students as well as among gay, lesbian and bisexual adolescents, suggesting that social policies can affect behaviour, researchers claim.

Iraq's ancient, looted treasures to be displayed in Venice (14:30)
Baghdad, Feb 21 (IANS) The Iraq Museum of Baghdad is to display 40 ancient artefacts at the Venice Biennale art exhibition this year, including several that were recently returned after they were looted in 2003, a media report said on Tuesday.

Eight die in Pakistan suicide attack (Second Lead) (14:16)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Three suicide bombers who targeted a court in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province were killed on Tuesday, the ghastly attack also leaving five others dead, authorities said.

S. Korean President's confidante won't attend impeachment trial (14:12)
Seoul, Feb 21 (IANS) South Korean President Park Geun-hye's confidante, who is at the centre of a corruption scandal, on Tuesday rejected summons to a hearing this week, the last round of witness testimonies in the President's impeachment trial.

China to announce more sanctions against N. Korea (14:10)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China on Tuesday said it will announce more sanctions against North Korea to implement in its entirety the latest UN Security Council resolution in response to Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme.

Anil Ambani, UAE PM discuss trade, investment (13:54)
Abu Dhabi, Feb 21 (IANS) Trade and investment issues figured prominently at a meeting here between Anil Ambani, chairman of India's diversified Reliance Group, and the UAE Prime Minister and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Trump set to issue new travel ban order (13:52)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) The Trump administration is considering dropping an indefinite ban on Syrian refugees in a revised executive order on immigration that the President is expected to release this week, the media reported.

China discovers new mutation of bird flu virus (13:36)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China has discovered a new mutation of the H7N9 bird flu virus, which is being considered the deadliest till now, a media report said on Tuesday.

Chinese warships hold drill in Indian Ocean (13:30)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) Chinese warships have conducted a drill in the Indian Ocean.

US Jewish community centres receive bomb threats (13:22)
Washington, Feb 21 (IANS) Jewish community centres (JCC) in many cities across the US received bomb threats, a media report said.

Seven jailed for migrant drownings (13:22)
Rome, Feb 21 (IANS/AKI) An Italian court has sentenced seven African migrants to a total of more than 120 years in prison for the drowning of at least 12 people in Mediterranean in 2015.

Mafia boss's conviction upheld for lethal bombing (13:20)
Rome, Feb 21 (IANS/AKI) Italy's apex court has upheld a life sentence for Sicilian mafia boss Francesco Tagliavia over his role in the 1993 bombing of a gallery in Florence that killed five people and wounded 40.

Novel substance promises effective nerve pain treatment (13:20)
London, Feb 21 (IANS) Offering a glimmer of hope for people suffering from chronic nerve pains, researchers have found that a novel substance inhibits the pain effectively and is well tolerated.

'Black widow' jailed for Gucci heir's murder freed (13:16)
Milan, Feb 21 (IANS/AKI) Italian socialite Patrizia Reggiani, nicknamed the 'black widow', walked free on Monday after serving 16 years for ordering her ex-husband Maurizio Gucci's murder in 1995.

Three suicide bombers killed in Pakistan (Lead) (13:08)
Islamabad, Feb 21 (IANS) Three suicide bombers who tried to enter a court in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province were killed on Tuesday, authorities said.

Cambodia amends law to bar criminals, convicts from politics (13:06)
Phnom Penh, Feb 21 (IANS) Cambodia's Parliament has approved an amendment to a law governing political parties with provisions for barring candidates with criminal records and dissolving parties with convicted leaders, a local media report said on Tuesday.

Eating mercury rich fish may up neurological disease risk (13:04)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) Love to eat fish and other seafood? Be careful, as eating mercury-rich fish such as shark and swordfish may increase the risk of developing amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) -- that takes away the ability of nerve cells to interact with the body's muscles -- a study has warned.

Ex-GF's apology letter with D- grade goes viral on Twitter (13:02)
New York, Feb 21 (IANS) An apology letter by a student's ex-girlfriend has gone viral after the student from Stetson University in Florida, the US, broke the 'convention' by grading the letter and posted it on the micro-blogging site Twitter.

Canada's border sees surge in families crossing from US (13:00)
Toronto, Feb 21 (IANS) A growing number of asylum seekers and other migrants trekking on snow and ice are crossing the US border into Canada, a media report said on Tuesday.

China's second aircraft carrier almost complete (12:54)
Beijing, Feb 21 (IANS) China is close to completing construction of its second aircraft carrier, which will begin service by 2020, a media report said on Tuesday.

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