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Walls, mud packs and monkey removal for Trump in India

Ahmedabad - US President Donald Trump makes his first official visit to India on Monday and work has been going on around the clock to spruce things up -- to the annoyance of some locals as well as monkeys.

Puerto Rico's governor announces plan to privatize power utility

San Juan - Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced on Monday he intends to sell off the U.S. territory’s troubled power utility, PREPA to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.

For climate talks, Paris site must be greener than green

Paris - The organisers of the COP21 climate conference starting in Paris in a month's time are faced with an unenviable task as they prepare for an event that it is hoped will produce a new roadmap to stop the Earth warming.

Rio stadium and dancing crowds ready for Olympics

Rio De Janeiro - Stadium ready? Check. Equipment working, check. Crowd dancing, double check. An international volleyball event testing Rio de Janeiro's readiness to host the 2016 Olympics got off to a flawless start.

High school basketball star goes to prom with Down syndrome girl

A star of a Kentucky school's basketball team has asked a girl with Down syndrome to be his prom date, proposing to her with a sign and bunch of flowers that referenced Taylor Swift, the girl's favourite singer. The news has since gone viral online.

Op-Ed: Final preparations for Israeli strike on Iran

While US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Israel today, offering refueling tankers as part of a large arms deal, Israel's National Security Council head Yaakov Amidror is in Turkey to discuss stationing Israeli fighter jets in an airbase near Ankara.

'Lack of thought' into Iraq war

Ex-Downing Street chief of staff Jonathan Powell has criticised the post-invasion planning. Meanwhile, Britain's opposition parties are using the occasion of the fifth anniversary to call for an official inquiry.

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