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United States expresses condolences on Iran-Iraq quake

 condolences on Iran-Iraq quake

 A statement from the Department of State spokesperson said on Monday, "The United States expresses its sincere condolences to all of those  affected by the earthquake in Iran and Iraq."

"We keep the families of  those who were killed, and injured, in our thoughts as well as the  communities that have suffered damage to homes and property," the statement further said.

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Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar a 'bad guy' : United States

 Pakistan-based JeM chief Masood Azhar

Last week, China for the fourth time had blocked a proposal backed by the US, France and Britain to list Azhar as a global terrorist, citing a lack of consensus among the members of the Al-Qaeda Sanctions Committee of the UN Security Council.

The JeM, founded by Azhar, has already been in the UN's list of banned terror outfits.

"We certainly think that he is a bad guy. We would like to have him on that list," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said at a press conference when asked about China's move.

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United States grants for promoting religious freedom in India and Sri Lanka

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The US has announced a grant of nearly $500,000 for organisations which can come up with ideas and projects to promote religious freedom in India and Sri Lanka.

The Department of State, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, in its notice, said it seeks to “reduce religiously-motivated violence and discrimination in India” through its $ 493,827 programme.

And for Sri Lanka, it seeks to ensure that authorities at all levels of government in Sri Lanka effectively implement national laws and policies protecting religious freedom.

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Australia Campuses Warned Of 'Clandestine' Influence In Apparent Poke At China | DSR Medias


 Australia's domestic spy chief has warned that universities need to be "very conscious" of foreign interference in an apparent reference to China's perceived undercover influence on campuses.

Australian Security Intelligence Organisation director-general Duncan Lewis told politicians in Canberra late on Tuesday that espionage and foreign interference were an "insidious threat".

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United States announced the new rules for Fly To US

 new rules for Fly To US

 New security measures including stricter passenger screening take effect on Thursday on all US-bound flights to comply with government requirements designed to avoid an in-cabin ban on laptops, airlines said.

Airlines contacted by Reuters said the new measures, which could include short security interviews with passengers, would be in place by Thursday.

They will affect 325,000 airline passengers on about 2,000 commercial flights arriving daily in the United States, on 180 airlines from 280 airports in 105 countries.

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NKorea Threat 'Critical, Imminent', Japan Warns US, SKorea

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The threat from North Korea has grown to a "critical and imminent level" and the United States, Japan and South Korea must address the matter, Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera told his US and South Korean counterparts in talks on Monday.

Onodera's remarks underscored the deep concern in Tokyo after North Korean weapons tests, including test firing missiles over Japan, as Pyongyang seeks to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the United States.

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United States Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims In South China Sea

United States Warship Sails Near Islands Beijing Claims In South China Sea

 A US Navy destroyer sailed near islands claimed by China in the South China Sea on Tuesday, three US officials told Reuters, even as President Donald Trump's administration seeks Chinese cooperation in reining in North Korea's missile and nuclear programs.

The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing's efforts to limit freedom of navigation in the strategic waters. But it was not as provocative as previous ones carried out since President Trump took office in January.

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United States Halts Turkey Visas After Staffer's Arrest

 United States Halts Turkey Visas After Staffer's Arrest

The United States on Sunday indefinitely suspended handling all regular visa applications in Turkey, dramatically escalating a row after one of the mission's Turkish staffers was arrested.

The Ankara embassy said in a statement that until further notice none of its missions in Turkey would issue non-immigrant visas.

"Recent events" had forced the US government to reassess Turkey's "commitment" to the security of US mission services and personnel in the country, it said.

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Vegas shooter's 'companion an Australian granny'

Vegas shooter's 'companion an Australian granny'

Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock's "regular companion" was an Australian woman who moved to the United States 20 years ago to work on the casino strip, the government confirmed today.

Marilou Danley, 62, was initially said to be a "person of interest" but has since been cleared of any involvement in the shocking shooting that left 59 dead and more than 500 injured.

American authorities said she was out of the country at the time retired accountant Paddock, 64, unleashed his reign of terror on concert-goers from a hotel window.

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Five Countries Where People Click Most On ISIS Propaganda

 Five Countries Where People Click Most On ISIS Propaganda

A new study released Tuesday by the Policy Exchange think tank based in London, whose reports often inform government policy in Britain, ranked the top consumers of propaganda produced by the Islamic State, by country of origin, as measured by clicks.

The top consumers of Islamic State videos were from Turkey, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Britain, which registered the largest number of clicks in Europe.

There is bad news and less bad news in the report, "The New Netwar," from scholars led by Martyn Frampton at Queen Mary University of London.

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