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UN human rights chief condemns Western politicians.

The UN's human rights chief has launched a scathing attack on Western populist politicians, branding them "demagogues and political fantasists". Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein singled out Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, saying he used bigotry as a political weapon.


Indian PM emphasises the need of eliminating safe havens for economic offenders


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday made it clear that effective financial governance requires to act against the corrupt and elimination of “safe havens” for economic offenders .
He also called on G20 members to break down the web of excessive banking secrecy.


G20 leaders told 'avoid empty talk' by China's Xi Jinping

China's President Xi Jinping has urged leaders of the world's 20 largest economies to avoid "empty talk" as they look to quicken economic growth.


Philippines bomb attack kills 14

At least 14 people have been killed in a bomb attack in the home city of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.


Deadly bomb attack on Pakistan court

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 11 people and injuring nearly 30. The Police said the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb.


A suicide bomber kills 13 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber has attacked a court in the northern Pakistani city of Mardan, killing at least 13 people and injuring nearly 40.Police said that the attacker threw a hand grenade before running into the court area and detonating a bomb .


Hurricane Hermine hits Florida coast.

Hurricane Hermine has made landfall in northern Florida, becoming the first hurricane to hit the state since 2005. Hermine hit the Florida Gulf Coast early on Friday as a category one hurricane, bringing with it a heavy storm surge.


Powerful quake off north-east New Zealand coast.

Residents of a small community on the east coast of New Zealand's North Island have been asked to evacuate after a severe earthquake at sea. Civil defence authorities asked people in the Tolaga Bay area to leave their homes after a 7.1 quake struck 169 kilometers north-east of Gisborne.

People in some coastal areas were told to go to higher ground. The quake caused a tsunami but it has had no noticeable impact, an emergency worker told New Zealand radio.

Donald Trump says Mexico will have to pay for a border wall.

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has insisted Mexico will pay for a border wall "100 percent", in a major immigration speech. He told a cheering crowd in Arizona that he would secure the border, and left open the possibility that millions of illegal immigrants be deported.

Hours earlier, he met Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto but said they had not discussed financing the wall. The President later insisted he had told Trump, Mexico would not pay. There had been speculation that the Republican candidate would back off his plan to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the US.

Egyptian President will arrive in Indian

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will arrive here today on a three-day visit. He will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi to step up engagement in areas of security, counter-terrorism and trade.

With both India and Egypt grappling with terrorism, both the leaders are expected to deliberate on ways to deal with the menace effectively.

Sisi will be accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising of Ministers, top officials and business leaders.

He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Modi on Friday. Both sides are set to sign a number of MoUs after the talks.

Sisi will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari.

India and Egypt have a strong economic relationship.

India is the sixth largest trading partner of Egypt -- the second largest export destination. India's imports from Egypt were worth USD 1.74 billion during 2014-15.

Indian businessmen have invested nearly USD 3 billion in about 50 companies in Egypt and have given employment opportunities to around 35,000 Egyptians.

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