EU member states show 'unity' ahead of Brexit summit (3 minutes ago)
Brussels, April 28 (IANS) The European Union (EU)'s 27 member states on Thursday put the seal on the guidelines of the Brexit talks, Malta's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of European Affairs told reporters in Luxembourg in the run-up to the bloc's Brexit summit this weekend.

'US to deport 7,000 Ghanaians' (01:08)
Accra, April 28 (IANS) The United States would deport 7,000 Ghanaians this year for breaching terms of their visa agreement, a US diplomat said on Thursday.

Local mayor among six probed for Italian ski hotel disaster (00:12)
Pescara (Italy), April 28 (IANS/AKI) Six people including a local Mayor and a provincial Governor are under investigation over the deadly avalanche that struck a ski hotel in central Italy in January after a series of strong earthquakes, killing 29 people, prosecutors said on Thursday.

Welcome placards for Pope Francis up in Cairo ahead of visit (23:58)
Cairo, April 27 (IANS/AKI) Huge placards welcoming Pope Francis in English and Arabic have been erected along Cairo's main streets ahead of his landmark visit here on Friday and Saturday.

Italy committed to NATO, says PM (23:50)
Rome, April 27 (IANS/AKI) Italy remains committed to the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, Premier Paolo Gentiloni said on Thursday, calling it a "pillar" of ties between Europe, the US and other "great countries".

Sink NGO 'migrant taxis' in Mediterranean, says Italian leader (23:10)
Rome, April 27 (IANS/AKI) Italy's anti-immigrant Northern League party leader Matteo Salvini on Thursday called for charity rescue boats allegedly being used as "migrant taxis" in the Mediterranean to be sunk.

15 Calabrian mafia suspects arrested (23:08)
Reggio Calabria (Italy), April 27 (IANS/AKI) Police arrested 15 people in Reggio Calabria on Thursday in an operation against the Calabria mafia's Condello and Stillittano clans' extortion and nightclub bouncing rackets in the southern Italian city.

'Islamic State leader killed in western Mosul' (22:46)
Mosul (Iraq), April 27 (IANS/AKI) Air strikes killed an Islamic State leader on Thursday and destroyed one of the jihadist group's bases in the beleaguered Iraqi city of Mosul, local media reported, citing a military intelligence statement.

Trump agrees not to terminate Nafta for now (Second Lead) (20:30)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has told the leaders of Canada and Mexico that he was not immediately planning to end the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), but warned that the US would still pull out if he could not negotiate a better deal, the White House said.

Man arrested after incident in Britain's Whitehall (20:24)
London, April 27 (IANS) A man was arrested by armed police on Thursday after an incident in Whitehall, near the British Parliament. No injuries were reported.

Indian-American teacher jailed for wire fraud (20:06)
Washington, April 27 (IANS) A 58-year-old Indian-American teacher was sentenced to 11 months in jail, which he has already served during the trial, for the wire fraud scheme involving the hiring of Indian nationals to teach in the US.

China to regroup its army (19:44)
Beijing, April 27 (IANS) China has decided to reorganise its army to build a strong and modernised new-type military, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday.

4 militants killed in police raid on hideout in Bangladesh (19:40)
Dhaka, April 27 (IANS) Four bodies of suspected militants were found after police stormed a hideout of the Neo-JMB members in the country's western Chapainawabganj district on Thursday.

US drone strike kills 7 militants in Pakistan (19:24)
Islamabad, April 27 (IANS) At least seven militants were on Thursday killed in missile strikes by a US pilotless aircraft in Pakistan's northwest tribal area of North Waziristan.

German soldier held for plotting terror attack (19:08)
Berlin, April 27 (IANS) A German soldier, suspected of planning a terrorist attack, was arrested on Thursday, a prosecutor said.

Venezuela to quit Organisation of American States (19:04)
Caracas, April 27 (IANS) Venezuela will withdraw from the Organisation of American States (OAS), according to the country's Foreign Minister, who announced the decision on national television.

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria receive highest polio vaccines (18:54)
New York/New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria -- the only three polio endemic nations in the world -- received highest doses of vaccines in 2016, said a Unicef statement on Thursday.

India slips in media freedom ranking under Modi: Report (18:44)
New Delhi, April 27 (IANS) Journalists in India are less free than 135 other countries due to threats from "Hindu nationalists", according to an index of press freedom by a global media watchdog.

Russian naval ship collides with vessel in Black Sea (18:36)
Moscow, April 27 (IANS) A reconnaissance ship belonging to the Russian Navy collided with a vessel in the Black Sea on Thursday due to heavy fog, but all were rescued, the Defence Ministry said.

2 French policemen shot by 'Islamist' (Lead) (18:32)
Paris, April 27 (IANS) Two police officers were shot and injured by a suspected radical Islamist when they tried to arrest him on the French island of Réunion on Thursday.

Merkel says UK living under 'illusion' over Brexit (Lead) (18:32)
Berlin, April 27 (IANS) British politicians are still living under the "illusion" that Britain will retain most of its rights and privileges once it leaves the European Union (EU), German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

Mysterious 'Hajime' malware infecting IoT network globally (18:14)
Moscow, April 27 (IANS) A new mysterious malware that builds a vast peer-to-peer botnet to infect the Internet of Things (IoT) worldwide has been identified with almost 300,000 devices under its control, ready to perform a large-scale DDoS attack.

UK living under 'illusion' over Brexit, say Markel (18:12)
Berlin, April 27 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said British politicians are still living under the "illusion" that Britain will retain most of its rights and privileges once it leaves the European Union (EU).

After Arunachal, China justifies tweaking Taiwan's name (Lead) (17:52)
By Gaurav Sharma
Beijing, April 27 (IANS) After renaming six towns of Arunachal Pradesh, China has justified tweaking the name of Taiwan - a self-ruled island claimed by Beijing.

Russia must help stabilise Afghanistan situation: Pakistan minister (17:38)
Moscow, April 27 (IANS) Russia should lead the process of stabilisation of the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan's Defence Minister Khawaja Asif said on Thursday.

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