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Obama backs Hillary, says she hasn't forgotten who she's fight...

President Barack Obama is speaking at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia in support of presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Here are some highlights of his speech:* "A lot has happened over the years. And while this nation has been tested by war and its been tested by recession and all manner of challenges, I stand before you again tonight, after almost two terms as your president, to tell you I am more optimistic about the future of America than ever before.":* "Fair to say, this is ..., 1 minute ago

PM to assess NITI Aayog's 15-year vision today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will chair a meeting of NITI Aayog today to give concrete shape to 15-year vision document for accelerating all round development of the country. "During the meeting, NITI Aayog will make a presentation to the prime minister on the progress made so far on the vision document," a senior official said. Modi, the chairman of NITI Aayog, will also take stock of the economy and progress over various government programmes which are monitored by the official ...
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REWIND: India in the last 24 hours

Here's a recap of events that occurred in India in the past 24 hours. People wade through flood waters in Supaul on Wednesday. Photograph: PTI Photo A woman makes her way out of her flooded house at Pandu, Guwahati, Assam on Wednesday. Photograph: PTI Photo Teachers enjoy on a swing during the Teej festival celebration at a school in Patiala. Photograph: PTI Photo Two men use a plastic sheet to take shelter from rain as they ride through a waterlogged road in Ahmedabad. Phootgraph: Amit ...
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Rahul to speak on price rise in Lok Sabha today

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is expected to mount a scathing attack on the government in the Lok Sabha today on the issue of rising prices of essential commodities.Party sources said that the House is expected to take up a short duration discussion on the issue.With the prices of pulses and some other commodities skyrocketing in recent months, the main opposition party has launched a sharp attack on the Narendra Modi dispensation for hitting hard the common man.Last week, Congress ...
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Decade after Aurangabad arms haul, case verdict today

The special Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act court in Mumbai is likely to deliver the verdict in the 2006 Aurangabad arms haul case today. The 22 arrested accused in the case include Lashkar-e-Tayiba operative and key plotter of the 26/11 terror attack case Sayed Zabiuddin Ansari alias Abu Jundal. "The court has completed the hearing of final arguments and is likely to give judgement today," a police officer said.On May 8, 2006, a Maharashtra ATS team chased a Tata Sumo and ...
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Naxal-hit states on high alert as martyrs week begins

Security has been heightened across the Naxal-affected Jharkhand and Bastar division of Chhattisgarh which comprises districts of Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker in view of the 'Martyrdom Week' that kicks off today.Maoists observe 'Martyrdom week' every year from July 28 to August 4 to remember the "supreme sacrifices of the brave comrades who have laid down their lives in the effort to make the people's revolutionary war a success".The yearly spectacle ...
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Last minute efforts to save Gurdip Singh from execution in Indonesia

The government is making last minute efforts to save an Indian man facing execution today in Indonesia in a drug related case.Gurdip Singh (48) was found guilty by Indonesian authorities of trying to smuggle drugs into the country. "Gurdip Singh is facing death sentence in a drug case in Indonesia."We are making last minute efforts to save him from execution on July 28," External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in a series of tweets on Wednesday.Singh was reportedly given death ...
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These 15 amazing photos will leave you starry-eyed

Gorgeous galaxies and stunning stars make up this selection of pictures from the shortlisted entries for this year’s Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition. The competition, which is run by the Royal Observatory Greenwich in association with Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, is now in its eighth year. The winners will be announced on September 15, and an exhibition of the winning images will be displayed in a free exhibition at the Royal Observatory ...
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Pope Francis says 'world at war', decries terrorist attack on French church

Pope Francis said on Wednesday the world was at war but argued that religion was not the cause, as he arrived in Poland a day after jihadists murdered a Catholic priest in France. In his first speech after touching down in the city of Krakow, the pontiff said the way to "overcome fear" was to welcome people fleeing conflict and hardship. Opening doors to migrants demands "great wisdom and compassion" he said, chastising a rightwing government that has refused to share the burden during Europe's ...
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Nice attack further hits air bookings to France

Air travel bookings to France have fallen by a fifth for August and September following the deadly jihadist attack in Nice, a specialist in traveller data said today. Even before the July 14 attack, flight reservations to France were down by 16 percent for the two months compared to the same period in 2015 due to the Paris attacks in November, ForwardKeys said. The Spanish-based company has access to databases of more than 200,000 online and physical travel agencies.For Nice alone, air bookings ...
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