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Australia citizenship overhaul hits Senate hurdle (26 minutes ago)
Canberra, Oct 19 (IANS) An Australian government plan to overhaul its citizenship process has stalled after opposition parties on Thursday effectively blocked its Senate passage, the media reported.

Warmer oceans set to hit global marine diversity: Scientists (08:18)
Sydney, Oct 19 (IANS) Climate change and warmer oceans are likely to change reef ecosystems worldwide, reducing the diversity of invertebrates such as crabs, lobsters and sea urchins, Australian scientists have revealed.

Khamenei threatens to shred nuclear deal if US quits (07:20)
Tehran, Oct 19 (IANS) The Iranian supreme leader on Wednesday warned that his country would shred its multinational nuclear deal should the US decide to quit and criticized Europe's weak defence of the landmark agreement.

Iraqi PM orders withdrawal of militias from Kirkuk (06:28)
Baghdad, Oct 19 (IANS) The Iraqi Prime Minister on Wednesday ordered the withdrawal from Kirkuk province of Shiite-led pro-government militias who took part in the successful campaign to expel Kurdish forces from the northern region.

Trump suggests he won't back bipartisan healthcare measure (05:54)
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) US President Donald Trump raised doubts on Wednesday about his support for a bipartisan initiative to restore the ObamaCare subsidies he suspended last week in exchange for states' getting greater flexibility regulating health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

UNSC condemns Taliban attacks in Afghanistan (03:14)
United Nations, Oct 19 (IANS) The Security Council on Wednesday condemned "the heinous and cowardly terrorist attacks" carried out by the Taliban in various provinces of Afghanistan.

Senior Taliban leader presumed dead in US drone strike (02:18)
Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) A senior Pakistani Taliban leader Omar Khalid Khorasani is presumed dead in recent air strikes on the Afghan side of the border, local media and the militant sources said late on Wednesday.

Congresswoman lied about his call to widow of fallen soldier: Trump (01:46)
Washington, Oct 19 (IANS) The US President said on Wednesday that a congresswoman had lied about his conversation with the widow of an American soldier killed in an ambush early this month in the northern African nation of Niger.

US thanks Pakistan for rescuing N. American hostages (01:08)
Islamabad, Oct 19 (IANS) Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday received a telephone call from US Vice President Mike Pence who offered thanks for the rescue of an American hostage, her Canadian husband and three children, the Prime Minister's office said.

5 policemen detained over attack on Afghan police centre (00:36)
Kabul, Oct 19 (IANS) The Afghan police arrested five officers in connection with the recent Taliban attack on a police centre in Paktia province in eastern Afghanistan, an official told EFE on Wednesday.

US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorism: Tillerson (22:26) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) Ahead of his India visit, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday that the US expects Pakistan to take decisive action against terrorist groups, and warned that countries that use terror as an instrument of policy will only see their international reputation diminished.

Three killed, two injured in Maryland 'targetted attack' (21:26)
Maryland, Oct 18 (IANS) Three people were killed and two were in critical condition after a "targeted attack" by a gunman at a business establishment in Maryland in the US early on Wednesday, officials said.

Freed priest to return to Italy (21:18) IANS Photo Service
Rome, Oct 18 (IANS/AKI) The Italian Catholic priest who was abducted by an armed gang in Nigeria last week and released will arrive back in his native city of Florence on Thursday, Italy's Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano said on Wednesday.

UAE warns citizens against travel to Madagascar (20:02)
Dubai, Oct 18 (IANS/WAM) The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention has warned its citizens against travel to Madagascar after the reported outbreak of pneumonic plague in the African country.

South Korean police raid Samsung unit (20:02)
Seoul, Oct 18 (IANS) South Korean police on Wednesday raided the head office of Samsungs construction arm to probe allegations that the company's funds were diverted to renovate the group patriarch Lee Kun-hee's family residences, officials said.

Unicef seeks more funds to help Rohingya children (19:46)
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) The Unicef on Wednesday said there is an urgent need to raise more funds to continue helping thousands of Rohingya children living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

Taliban hostage rescue: US Seals were ready if Pakistan failed (19:12) IANS Photo Service
Washington, Oct 18 (IANS) US Navy Seal commandos were ready to conduct a raid inside Pakistan, similar to the one that killed Osama bin Laden, if Islamabad failed to rescue a Canadian-American family seized in 2012 by the Haqqani network, the New York Times said.

UNSG Personal Envoy for Sahara meets Morocco King (19:02) IANS Photo Service
Rabat, Oct 18 (IANS/MAP) King Mohammed VI of Morocco received in the Rabat Royal Palace, the UN Secretary General's Personal Envoy for the Moroccan Sahara, Horst Kohler, who is visiting Morocco as part of a regional tour, a statement from the Royal Office said.

Intel to soon introduce AI-enabled Nervana Neural Network chips (18:28)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Catching up with the emerging Machine Learning (ML) and Deep Learning (DL) technologies, Intel will soon introduce the world's first family of purpose-built Artificial Intelligence (AI)-enabled "Nervana Neural Network Processor" (NNP).

Apple, GE to bring 'Predix' industrial IoT apps to iPhones, iPads (18:22)
San Francisco, Oct 18 (IANS) Apple and GE on Wednesday joined hands to deliver industrial Internet of Things (IoT) apps designed to bring predictive data and analytics on iPhones and iPads.

Previously pregnant donor may up death risk in men (17:50)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Men receiving blood transfusions may be at an increased risk of death if the donor is a woman who had been pregnant in the past, according to a study.

This sensor 'skin' can help robots perform everyday tasks (17:50)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Researchers have developed a flexible sensor "skin" that can be wrapped around a finger or any other part of a robot or prosthetic device to help convey a sense of touch, enabling them to perform everything from surgical and industrial procedures to cleaning a kitchen.

Myanmar forces terrorised Rohingyas: Amnesty (17:38)
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Myanmar security forces are using crimes against humanity in a targeted, systematic and widespread campaign of violence to drive Rohingyas out of Rakhine state, Amnesty International said in a new report on Wednesday.

Novel compound found to suppress HIV effectively (17:28)
New York, Oct 18 (IANS) Scientists have shown that a novel compound effectively suppresses production of HIV in chronically infected cells and prevents viral rebound.

China for peaceful end to disputes, will have world-class military: Xi (Second Lead) (17:20)
By Gaurav Sharma IANS Photo Service
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) Chinese President Xi Jinping on Wednesday said China was for peaceful settlement of disputes with its neighbours but asserted it won't "swallow" whatever undermines Beijing's interests.

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