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Arrests, security fears dampen New Year spirit in Europe | Reuters

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Blaze hits Dubai skyscraper, New Year’s fireworks proceed nearby | Reuters

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PM Modi lays foundation stone of Delhi-Meerut Expressway project

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi reviewed the Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport and Rih-Tedim road project in Myanmar and described the project as one of the cornerstones of India’s ‘Act East’ policy, and urged for its speedy completion.

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29 Tamil Nadu fishermen detained by Sri Lankan navy

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi voicing concern at recurring instances of such arrests

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Assam Police to launch ‘Citizen Portal’ from January 1

He, however, said 97 police stations were currently working offline as standalone units due to non-availability of internet connectivity as most of them are located in remote areas.

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Dishant said that he would ask all the children to be brave, and not get bogged down by fear.

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Militants, booby-trapped houses in Ramadi to delay civilians’ return | Reuters

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India asks authorities to take action to save choking capital | Reuters

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Elgar digs in for South Africa after Broad shines | Reuters

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Broad double strike rocks South Africa | Reuters

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Double Dutch for United, Chelsea in eerie showdown | Reuters

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Boxing Day blues for Leicester, United, Arsenal | Reuters

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ to top $1 billion in ticket sales by Sunday | Reuters

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Modi to meet Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif in Lahore | Reuters

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India lowers crime trial age to 16 after Delhi gang rape furore | Reuters

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Blatter and Platini banned by FIFA for eight years | Reuters

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Bangladesh court accepts Rana Plaza murder charge sheet | Reuters

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China’s Shenzhen hit by landslide, major gas pipeline explodes – state media | Reuters

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Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern at season end | Reuters

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‘Star Wars’ smashes opening-day record on way to big weekend | Reuters

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‘Star Wars’ smashes opening night record with $57 million domestic haul | Reuters

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Mother Teresa of Calcutta to be made a saint | Reuters

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Mother Teresa to be made Catholic saint in September – paper | Reuters

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Maruti wins shareholder approval for Gujarat plant | Reuters

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Global stocks, dollar climb as Fed lifts off | Reuters

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Mahindra’s discount deal shows Pininfarina’s limited options | Reuters

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Zico’s Goa romp past Carlos’s Delhi to reach ISL final | Reuters

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November retail inflation hits 14-month high on costlier food items | Reuters

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India meets global economic powers in Paris to discuss ISIS terror funding

India is a full-member of the FATF along with 33 other nations like the US, France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

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India along with major world economies is participating in the first-ever global meeting being held here to discuss and evolve mechanisms to combat the clandestine and largely undetected terrorist financing network of the Islamic State terror group.The dreaded terror group, in recent times, has been held responsible for perpetrating violence and killing at least 129 people here in the French capital.The meeting at the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Secretariat office is being held between December 12-14 and is being attended by a inter-ministerial team led by senior Finance Ministry officials dealing in subjects of money laundering and combating financing of terror.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The FATF Secretariat confirmed to PTI that Indian authorities will be part in the deliberations aimed to secure the economic and banking channels of the member countries from the influence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), also called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).”The Indian delegation will be led by the Ministry of Finance with participation from other relevant ministries and agencies,” the FATF said. Senior officials in Delhi said authorities from the elite Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will be leading the India delegation for the talks.”There are some instances under the scanner of various investigative agencies that indicate there may be links to ISIS funds being routed from India, if not generated. The talks are expected to formalise a resolution to jointly combat the menace which is increasingly affecting jurisdictions across the globe,” they said.The FATF is an inter-governmental body established in 1989 and is mandated to set global protocols and standards to combat money laundering and other financial crimes with direct ramifications to terrorist acts across the globe.India is a full-member of this reputed global body along with 33 other nations like the US, France, Germany and the United Kingdom. The three-day meeting has been called “to discuss actions jurisdictions are taking and need to take to combat the financing of the ISIL and broader opportunities to strengthen global efforts to combat the financing of terrorism,” the FATF said.”These three days of meetings will bring together delegates representing the FATF global network, which today extends to some 200 jurisdictions, and operational experts involved in detecting, preventing and disrupting terrorism and terrorist financing.”In the wake of the increased activities of terrorist groups around the globe, including ISIS, India had recently reported to the FATF that it has frozen assets worth Euro 3 lakh (over Rs 2.12 core) of over three dozen entities on charges of terrorist financing and money laundering of illicit funds. However, India, in this report, did not mention that the action involved ISIS operatives.An exhaustive report prepared by the world body early this year had underlined the “complicated” pattern of funding being deployed to mobilise ISIS terrorists and in secretly moving their deadly weapons and ammunition.”ISIL financing is a constantly changing picture and a very difficult and complicated area to address given the operational situation on the ground…ISIL represents a new form of terrorist organisation where funding is central and critical to its activities,” the report had said. The report did not mention about any instance of ISIS terror financing in India.The report had said its preliminary investigations found that the group was generating terror funds by using illicit proceeds from occupation of territory, such as bank looting, extortion, control of oil fields and refineries, kidnapping for ransom, donations including by or through non-profit organisations, fund raising through modern communication networks.”Still, further consideration will have to be given to determine how best the international community can prevent ISIL from using or benefiting from the financial and commercial sectors under its control,” the FATF said.”The latest meeting is the obvious outcome for the latest round of talks being held here between member countries,” the officials in Delhi said. The FATF found “revenue streams (of ISIS) are inconsistent and shift based on the availability of economic resources and the progress of coalition military efforts against ISIL.”

ADB urges Bangladesh to develop capital market to spur economy | Reuters

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Amid Star Wars secrecy, new cast members describe their characters | Reuters

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Mahindra close to purchase of Italian car designer Pininfarina – sources | Reuters

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India proposes federal budget hike for social sectors | Reuters

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg speaks out in support of Muslims | Reuters

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Internal FIFA probe of Blatter finds scant evidence – Handelszeitung | Reuters

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Sushma Swaraj says high-level talks with Pakistan to resume | Reuters

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India ready to impose more curbs on steel imports | Reuters

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Verizon could explore Yahoo’s Internet business, CFO says | Reuters

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Washington denies U.S.-led coalition hit Syria army camp | Reuters

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Taliban releases audio message to show leader alive | Reuters

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India gets cash flowing in flood-hit south as banks open Sunday | Reuters

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi ‘optimistic’ after historic talks with ex-enemy | Reuters

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Exclusive – Investigators piece together portrait of Pakistani woman in shooting massacre | Reuters

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Tamil Nadu floods kill hospital patients, but rains ease | Reuters

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Rahane and Jadeja put India in box seat in Delhi test | Reuters

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British parliament votes for air strikes against militants in Syria | Reuters

LONDON British lawmakers voted by 397 to 223 on Wednesday in favour of launching air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria after more than 10 hours of debate.

Britain has been bombing in Iraq for more than a year and Prime Minister David Cameron had urged lawmakers to back extending air strikes to Syria to target militants he said were plotting attacks on the West.

(Reporting by Kylie MacLellan, editing by Elizabeth Piper)

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

Record rains flood Tamil Nadu; more to come | Reuters

CHENNAI, India The heaviest rainfall in over a century caused massive flooding across Tamil Nadu, driving thousands from their homes, shutting auto factories and paralysing the airport in capital Chennai.

The national weather office predicted three more days of torrential downpours in the southern state of nearly 70 million people.

“There will be no respite,” Laxman Singh Rathore of the India Meteorological Department told reporters on Wednesday.

No deaths were reported in the latest floods, but since heavy rain set in on Nov. 12 there have been 150 deaths in Tamil Nadu. More than 200 people were critically injured over the past 24 hours in Chennai, a senior home ministry official said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has blamed climate change for the deluge, injecting urgency into the debate at global climate talks in Paris and highlighting the vulnerability of tropical nations like India to extreme weather.

Physician Rupam Choudhury said he and a friend had to wade through neck-deep water to reach high ground from where an army truck brought him to his hospital in the heart of Chennai.

Dr. A. Ramachandran’s Diabetes Hospital was running out of oxygen for patients and diesel for power generators, he said by telephone. Most mobile networks were down in the city and food supplies running low.

Chennai, India’s fourth most populous city, is a major auto manufacturing and IT outsourcing hub. Ford Motor, Daimler, Hyundai and Nissan told workers to stay at home, while U.S. listed outsourcing firm Cognizant shut its 11 local offices.

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Airlines suspended flights into Chennai’s flooded international airport, causing wider disruption to air travel. Authorities later decided to close the airport until Dec. 6.

“The biggest challenge is to find a way to clear the inundated airport and main roads,” said Anurag Gupta at the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) in New Delhi.

Passengers stranded at the airport said they did not know when they would be able to fly, or where to stay if they could not. “All of us here are getting agitated because none of the hotels nearby are vacant. Where do we go?” traveller Vinit Jain told Reuters Television.

In a limited initial relief effort, four helicopters dropped food, water and medicines, while fishing boats commandeered by the military were collecting stranded residents. A major relief effort by 5,000 soldiers was promised within 24 hours.

“The entire state machinery has collapsed. Most officials are forced to sit at home. It’s a very frustrating situation,” said a home ministry official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorised to speak on the record.

Weather experts say the seasonal northeast monsoon was responsible for the flooding in the city of six million, but was amplified this year by El Nino, a warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean that can have far-reaching climate effects.

Tamil Nadu is a major rice and sugar cane producing region, and a senior member of a local farmers’ association said floods had washed out up to four agricultural districts.

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Modi has ordered rescue teams and paramilitary forces to launch an extensive relief and rescue operation in Chennai.

He had blamed climate change for the heavy rains that hit the southern state last month, tweeting before attending the U.N. climate summit in Paris this week: “We are feeling the impact of fast-paced climate change.”

Hundreds of divers and army rescue teams entered inundated homes, taking the injured to hospital. Authorities said more than a million people were affected by the flooding, with some residents bemoaning the slow response of the relief teams.

Social media networks carried many appeals for help, while others offered assistance. Siddarth, a popular Tamil film actor who goes by one name, was coordinating a relief effort on Twitter.

“The police want to help but there are no boats. We are trying not to panic,” said Ramana Goda, who took refuge at a police station after fleeing his home with his family overnight.

(Additional reporting by Rupam Jain Nair, Krishna N. Das, Frank Jack Daniel, Nidhi Verma,Manoj Kumar and Mayank Bhardwaj in New Delhi; Sumeet Chatterjee and Clara Ferreira Marques in Mumbai; Writing by Krista Mahr and Douglas Busvine; Editing by Miral Fahmy, Nick Macfie and Mike Collett-White)

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China’s COMAC delivers first ARJ21 jet plane to domestic airline | Reuters

BEIJING State planemaker Commercial Aircraft Corp of China (COMAC) said on Sunday it has delivered the first ARJ21 jet to domestic low-cost carrier Chengdu Airlines, calling it a big breakthrough in China’s efforts to develop its domestic jet plane design and manufacturing capabilities.

China is keen to develop a successful commercial aircraft to rival Boeing and Airbus. But it has been held back by inexperience, a shortage of local aerospace design and engineering talent, as well as a lack of home-grown companies with the technology to help drive the project.

The ARJ21, China’s first locally built regional jet, is designed to compete against Brazil’s Embraer SA and Canada’s Bombardier Inc.

The aircraft, which seats about 90 passengers, was given permission to fly domestically by China’s civil aviation regulators at the end of last year following years of delays due to technological problems.

It has not yet been granted certification by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), which will limit its access to overseas markets.

COMAC said in September it had signed a preliminary deal with ICBC Leasing to supply 10 ARJ21 jets and 10 of its C919 models to Thai airline City Airways.

(Reporting by Fang Yan and David Stanway; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

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BMW to raise car prices in India by up to 3 percent starting 2016 | Reuters

NEW DELHI German carmaker BMW will raise the prices of its BMW- and Mini-branded cars sold in India by up to 3 percent starting Jan. 1, 2016, the company’s local unit said on Thursday.

BMW Group India has 39 dealerships across the country selling 20 BMW models, including the 5 Series, 7 Series, BMW X1 and BMW X3. It also sells four variants of the Mini.

(Reporting by Aditi Shah; Editing by Subhranshu Sahu)

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Justin Bieber storms UK charts to equal John Lennon’s 1981 feat | Reuters

LONDON Justin Bieber stormed the British singles charts on Friday with three singles from his new album in the top five, a feat no other artist has managed since John Lennon, posthumously, in 1981.

The Canadian singer’s singles “Sorry”, “Love yourself” and “What do you mean” took first, third and fifth place. “Sorry” pushed Adele’s “Hello” from the top spot it had occupied for three weeks.

Lennon’s “Imagine” was top, “Happy Xmas (War Is Over)” was third and “(Just Like) Starting Over” fifth in January 1981, the month after he was shot dead in New York.

Bieber’s songs all come from his album “Purpose” which sold 90,000 copies this week. Every track from it charted inside the top 100 singles.

But it was narrowly beaten to top position in the album chart by four-piece boy band One Direction’s “Made in the AM” which is now the fastest-selling album of 2015.

Notching up over 93,000 sales, this is the group’s fourth UK No. 1 having previously scored the top place in 2012 with “Take Me Home,” in 2013 with “Midnight Memories” and in 2014 with “Four”.

The third most popular album was Elvis Presley’s “If I Can Dream,” produced nearly 40 years after his death. This collection of Elvis classics featuring orchestral reworkings by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra had been number one for two weeks running.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO was fourth with new entry “Alone In The Universe”. The group’s other album “All Over The World – The Very Best Of” re-entered at number 28.

Fifth place was taken by Little Mix’s “Get Weird”, slipping down from last week’s second place.

(Reporting by Lisa Barrington; Editing by Stephen Addison)

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Suspected architect of Paris attacks dead – Washington Post | Reuters

WASHINGTON Suspected architect of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, is dead, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing two intelligence officials.

The Post did not provide details, including the intelligence officials’ nationalities, and Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

(Reporting by Lisa Lambert; Editing by Mohammad Zargham)

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Ericsson sees video driving tenfold rise in mobile data by 2021 | Reuters

STOCKHOLM Swedish telecoms network gear maker Ericsson raised its forecast for mobile data traffic, in a further boost to companies that benefit from rising numbers of consumers viewing online videos on platforms such as YouTube and Netflix.

Ericsson, the world’s top mobile network equipment maker, expects a tenfold surge in mobile data traffic globally between 2015 and 2021 as the number of smartphone subscriptions rise. In its mobile industry report in June it forecast that growth would be eightfold between 2014 and 2020.

Inge Heydorn, fund manager at Sentat Asset Management, which invests in telecom and IT shares globally, said Ericsson is aiming to attract telecoms operators to invest in its networks by showing how much data traffic is expected to grow.

Heydorn said the inexorable rise in mobile data benefits telecoms operators more than it does Ericsson, which reported a 7 percent drop in sales this year despite the growth in smartphones.

But content providers, such as Netflix, Facebook and YouTube owner Google are the biggest winners from the increase in data traffic, he added. Ericsson last week trimmed its market growth forecast for the next few years, indicating no clear correlation between mobile traffic and telecoms operators’ investments.

“Technology development and price pressure move faster than the increase in data traffic,” said Bengt Nordstrom, head of telecoms consultancy Northstream.

YouTube accounts for up to 70 percent of all video traffic in many mobile networks, while Netflix’s share of video traffic can reach up to 20 percent in markets where it is available, Ericsson said.

Video is expected to grow by around 55 percent annually through 2021, increasing its share of total mobile traffic in 2021 to 70 percent, up from around 50 percent in 2015, Ericsson said.

In it twice-yearly Mobility Report, Ericsson said it expected there to be 6.4 billion smartphone subscriptions globally by the end of 2021, up from 3.4 billion in 2015, due to greater affordability in developing markets.

It repeated its expectation that fifth-generation mobile telephony, which will facilitate self-driving cars, will be commercially deployed in 2020.

“In 2021, South Korea, Japan, China and the U.S. are expected to have the fastest uptake of 5G subscriptions,” Ericsson said, predicting 150 million 5G mobile subscriptions by 2021.

The new generation of mobile phone technology is expected not only to bring higher data speeds, but also to better accommodate a wide variety of connected devices.

(Reporting by Olof Swahnberg; editing by Louise Heavens)

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Vowing to destroy terrorism, France seeks global coalition against Islamic State | Reuters

PARIS French President Francois Hollande called on the United States and Russia to join forces to destroy Islamic State in the wake of Friday’s attacks across Paris, and announced a wave of measures to combat terror in France.

In a sombre speech to both houses of parliament after the coordinated suicide bombings and shootings that killed 129, Hollande said he would increase funds for national security, strengthen anti-terror laws and boost border controls.

“France is at war. But we’re not engaged in a war of civilisations, because these assassins do not represent any. We are in a war against jihadist terrorism which is threatening the whole world,” he told a packed chamber at the gilded Versailles Palace near Paris on Monday.

Parliamentarians gave Hollande a standing ovation before singing the national anthem in a signal of political unity following the worst atrocity in France since World War Two.

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, saying they were in retaliation for French airstrikes in Iraq and Syria over the past year.

Hollande said French forces would intensify its assaults and said he would meet U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin in the coming days to urge them to pool their resources.

“…We must combine our forces to achieve a result that is already too late in coming,” Hollande said.

A U.S.-led coalition has been bombing Islamic State for more than a year. Russia joined the conflict in September, but U.S. officials say it has mainly hit foreign-backed fighters battling its ally President Bashar al-Assad, not Islamic State.

Speaking in Turkey at the same time as Hollande, Obama called Friday’s attacks a “terrible and sickening setback”, but insisted the U.S.-led coalition was making progress.

“Even as we grieve with our French friends… we can’t lose sight that there has been progress being made,” Obama said at a Group of 20 summit.

Much of France came to a standstill at midday for a minute’s silence to remember the dead. Metro trains stopped, pedestrians paused on pavements and office workers stood at their desks.

ISLAMIC STATE THREATS

Investigators have identified a Belgian national living in Syria as the possible mastermind behind the attacks, which targeted bars, restaurants, a concert hall and soccer stadium, with Brussels seen as the springboard.

“Friday’s act of war was decided upon and planned in Syria, prepared and organised in Belgium and carried out on our territory with the complicit of French citizens,” Hollande said.

Prosecutors have identified five of the seven dead assailants — four Frenchmen and a foreigner fingerprinted in Greece last month. His role in the carnage has fuelled speculation that Islamic State took advantage of a recent wave of refugees fleeing Syria to slip militants into Europe.

Police believe one attacker is on the run, and suspect at least four people helped organise the mayhem.

“We know that more attacks are being prepared, not just against France but also against other European countries,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told RTL radio. “We are going to live with this terrorist threat for a long time.”

Islamic State warned in a video on Monday that any country hitting it would suffer the same fate as Paris, promising specifically to target Washington.

French warplanes bombed Islamic State training camps and a suspected arms depot in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa late on Sunday — its biggest such strike since the U.S.-led mission launched in 2014.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters police had arrested nearly two dozen people and seized arms, including a rocket launcher and automatic weapons, in 168 raids overnight.

“Let this be clear to everyone, this is just the beginning, these actions are going to continue,” Cazeneuve said.

Hollande said he would create 5,000 jobs in the police and security forces, and boost staff in the prison service by 2,500. He also said there would be no cuts to defence spending. He acknowledged this would break EU budget rules, but said that national security was more important.

SCHOOLS, MUSEUMS REOPEN

A source close to the investigation said Belgian national Abdelhamid Abaaoud, currently in Syria, was suspected of having ordered the Paris operation. “He appears to be the brains behind several planned attacks in Europe,” the source told Reuters.

RTL Radio said Abaaoud was a 27-year-old from Molenbeek. He was also reported by media to have been involved in a series of planned attacks in Belgium which were foiled by the police last January.

Police in Brussels have detained two suspects and are hunting Salah Abdeslam, a 26-year-old Frenchman based in Belgium. One of his brother’s died in the Paris assault, while a third brother was arrested at the weekend but later released.

Schools, museums and the Eiffel Tower re-opened in Paris on Monday after a 48-hour shutdown, but some popular tourist sites, including Disneyland, remained closed.

French tourism-related stocks fell sharply on fears visitors might shun Paris, one of the most visited cities in the world, but the country’s blue-chip CAC 40 index was steady, with no long-term economic impact seen.

Police have named two French attackers — Ismael Omar Mostefai, 29, from Chartres, southwest of Paris, and Samy Amimour, 28, from the Paris suburb of Drancy. A source close to the investigation named two other French assailants as Bilal Hadfi and Ibrahim Abdeslam.

France now believes Mostefai was in Syria from 2013-2014 and his radicalisation underlined the trouble France faces trying to capture an illusive enemy that grew up in its own cities.

“He was a normal man,” said Christophe, his neighbour in Chartres. “Nothing made you think he would turn violent.”

Latest official figures estimate that 520 French nationals are in the Syrian and Iraqi war zones, including 116 women. Some 137 have died in the fighting, 250 have returned home and around 700 have plans to travel to join the jihadist factions.

The man stopped in Greece in October was carrying a Syrian passport in the name of Ahmad Al Mohammad. Police said they were still checking to see if the document was authentic, but said the dead man’s fingerprints matched those on record in Greece.

Greek officials said the passport holder had crossed from Turkey to the Greek islands last month and then registered for asylum in Serbia before heading north, following a route taken by hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers this year.

(Additional reporting by Emmanuel Jarry, John Irish, Leigh Thomas, Ingrid Melander, Marine Pennetier, Geert De Clercq and Claire Watson in Paris; Yves Herman, Robert-Jan Bartunek, Philip Blenkinsop and Alastair Macdonald in Brussels; writing by Crispian Balmer; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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EU should not give in to base reactions after Paris attacks – Juncker | Reuters

BELEK, Turkey European Union countries should not give in to base reactions of rejecting refugees after the Paris attacks because the shooters were criminals, not asylum seekers, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker said on Sunday.

Top Polish and Slovak officials have poured cold water on the EU refugee relocation plan right after the attacks late on Friday that killed 129 people, saying the violence underlined the concerns of Europeans about taking in Muslim refugees.

“We should not mix the different categories of people coming to Europe,” Juncker told a news conference on the sidelines of a G20 summit of world leaders in the Turkish coastal province of Antalya.

One of the attackers in Paris has been identified as having entered the EU through the Greek island of Leros on Oct. 3, 2015, with other refugees. On entering, he was identified and fingerprinted according to EU rules.

“The one responsible for the attacks in Paris… he is a criminal and not a refugee and not an asylum seeker,” Juncker said.

“I would invite those in Europe who try to change the migration agenda we have adopted — I would like to remind them to be serious about this and not to give in to these basic reactions that I do not like,” Juncker said.

Poland’s new Europe minister Konrad Szymanski said on Saturday his incoming government did not agree with Poland’s commitment to accept its share of an EU-wide relocation of immigrants, and now, “in the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement (this).”

On Saturday Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico said: “We have been saying that there are enormous security risks linked to migration. Hopefully, some people will open their eyes now.”

But Juncker said there was no need to change Europe’s plan to relocate 160,000 refugees around Europe, as agreed earlier.

“I see the difficulty but I don’t see the need to change our general approach,” he said.

Donald Tusk, the former Polish prime minister who chairs meetings of European leaders, said the 28-nation EU would call on G20 leaders to develop a coordinated response to the migration crisis, which is expected to bring a million people from the Middle East and Africa to Europe this year alone.

“We do not ask our partners to do more than Europe does, but we ask the international community not to do less. All G20 countries share responsibilities associated with this crisis. Solidarity should be at the core of our decisions,” Tusk said.

(Reporting By Jan Strupczewski; Editing by David Dolan)

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BJP confident Bihar election debacle won’t dampen PM Modi’s UK visit

BJP leader Siddharth Nath Singh affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working tirelessly for the growth and prosperity of the nation.

PM Narendra Modi

Brushing aside speculations that the Bharatiya Janata Party”s (BJP) dismal show in the Bihar election would dampen Prime Minister Narendra Modi”s U.K. visit, the ruling party said the visit will be an advantageous one for India.”Prime Minister Modi”s visit has no bearing of the results of the Bihar assembly polls,” BJP leader Sidharth Nath Singh told ANI.”This visit would help the growth that India is seeking, the power push that India wants globally and the same time it is the popularity of Prime Minster Modi which will be once again be witnessed in the U.K and the world is going to appreciate the efforts of the Indian government,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Related Read: Modi in UK: 200 international writers urge British PM David Cameron to ‘protect freedom of expression in India’Singh further affirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was working tirelessly for the growth and prosperity of the nation. “It is a festive season and yet the Prime Minister continues working tirelessly for the prosperity and growth of the nation. Therefore, the visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United Kingdom is an important visit as this would help in improving the bilateral relationship between India and U.K,” he added.Pointing out the areas where this visit of the Prime Minister is going to benefit the nation, Singh said “It will help in the financial sector India needs, lot of investment be it for Make in India, Digital India and many other programmes and similarly in the defence, energy and climate change”.”It is an important visit and we all Indians are looking forward for a successful visit of the Prime Minister,” he added. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Modi on Thursday departed for his three-day visit to United Kingdom, where terrorism and economic reforms seeking to boost investment will be his major agenda besides paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi’s statue near the Parliament and addressing thse Indian diaspora at Wembley.

Google aims to begin drone package deliveries in 2017 | Reuters

WASHINGTON Google, which hopes to revolutionize consumer deliveries via drone, expects to begin delivering packages to customers by unmanned aircraft sometime in 2017, an executive said on Monday.

“Our goal is to have commercial business up and running in 2017,” David Vos, the project lead for Google’s Project Wing, told an audience at an air traffic control convention outside Washington.

(Reporting by David Morgan)

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Nepali police kill Indian protester at border blockade | Reuters

KATHMANDU Nepali police shot and killed an Indian citizen at a border checkpoint on Monday as they tried to clear protesters whose blockade has strangled Nepal’s fuel supplies and badly damaged relations between the neighbours.

Nepal has faced an acute fuel crisis for more than a month since protesters in the lowland south, angered that a new constitution fails to reflect their interests, prevented supply trucks from entering from India.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the killing of an Indian youth and spoke with Nepal’s Prime Minister KP Oli to seek details about the incident.

Many in Nepal see India’s hand in the protests although it denies any role.

Modi said he had assured the Nepalese leader that there was “no obstacle” from India to the supply of fuel and other essentials to Nepal.

With the landlocked Himalayan nation of 28 million recovering from its worst earthquake on record, the government has turned to China for extra fuel. Officials said some Chinese oil was due to arrive in Kathmandu late on Monday.

Hundreds of stick-wielding protesters battled with police near the border crossing, known as the “friendship bridge”, in Birgunj district, television pictures showed.

Raju Babu Shrestha, district police superintendent, said protesters threw petrol bombs and stones at a police post prompting them to “fire in self defence”.

“One protester, an Indian national, who was attacking the police post with the petrol bomb was killed in the firing,” Shrestha said, adding that the man was killed a few hundred metres from the border crossing.

More than 20 people including 15 police officers were injured in the clash, he said.

Indian foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup said India was deeply concerned about the violence in which “an innocent Indian” was killed. He said Indian fuel-truck drivers were advised not to put themselves in danger.

Protests over a new constitution turned violent in August and more than 40 people have been killed as southern plains dwellers objected to seeing their lands divided and included in several federal states dominated by mountain communities.

The constitution was nonetheless adopted on Sept. 20, paving the way for the formation of a government headed by Prime Minister K.P. Oli, who has failed to calm passions that have paralysed economic and political life.

Earlier on Monday, police cleared protesters staging a sit-in on the bridge but a protest leader said they had re-occupied it and five people had been hurt.

The protesters had gone into Birgunj town where they were burning tyres. A protest leader, Purushottam Jha, from a political party that represents minority Madhesis, said police had used teargas in the town and fired into the air.

Police said 219 empty trucks had been cleared to return to India but that none had entered from India.

(Reporting by Ross Adkin and Gopal Sharma; Writing by Douglas Busvine; Editing by Nick Macfie and Robert Birsel)

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Jet Airways posts second consecutive quarterly profit | Reuters

MUMBAI Indian carrier Jet Airways Ltd said on Wednesday its net profit in the September quarter rose by a quarter, its second consecutive quarterly profit after a string of losses, bolstered by sharply lower fuel cost.

Jet, India’s second largest carrier by market share, said net profit in the July-September period rose to 875.9 million rupees ($13.50 million) from 698.2 million rupees a year ago.

The airline’s fuel expenses dropped by nearly a third in the period, its fiscal second quarter. Total income from operations grew by 10 percent to 52.6 billion rupees aided by a 20 percent surge in passenger traffic, the company said in a statement.

Despite rapidly rising demand for air travel in India, Jet has not made an annual profit since 2007, dragged into the red by high operating costs and fierce competition for passenger fares.

Jet, 24 percent-owned by Abu Dhabi’s Etihad, said last year it expects to make a full-year profit in 2017.

The outlook for Indian airlines has improved due to a drop in fuel prices, which accounts for bulk of their operating expenses, and growing passenger numbers in one of the world’s fastest-growing yet fiercely competitive aviation markets.

Enthused by the earnings prospects, InterGlobe Aviation Ltd, owner of Indian budget airline IndiGo, is raising as much as $464 million through an initial public offering of shares.

The IndiGo share sale has attracted strong investor demand, receiving bids for nearly 47 million shares, or 1.55 times the number of shares on offer by end of the trade on second day of bookbuilding. The offer closes on Thursday.

($1 = 64.8634 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Himank Sharma; Editing by Sumeet Chatterjee and Adrian Croft)

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PM Narendra Modi to unveil Lord Vishweshwara’s statue in London

Prime Minister Modi, who will also inaugurate a memorial at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar’s London house, said the Indian students in the UK will be inspired by the great leader’s ideals of living.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that he would be unveiling the statue of Lord Vishweshwara in London during his visit to the United Kingdom next month.”Years ago, Lord Vishweshwara strived for democracy and empowerment of women and the world should know about it. The fact that his statue will be venerated on the soil in London shows how far the great men from our ancient culture thought,” he said in his “Mann ki Baat” programme.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Modi, who will also inaugurate a memorial at Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s London house, said the Indian students in the UK will be inspired by the great leader’s ideals of living.”Baba Ambedkar’s message of seeking knowledge and then using it for the country will be an inspiration for our students who go there to study,” he said.The bungalow on King Henry Road, NW3 in London was purchased by the Maharashtra Government in September for Rs. 31 crores with the purpose of transforming it into an international museum and memorial of Dr. Ambedkar.Prime Minister Modi had earlier laid the foundation stone of Dr Ambedkar’s memorial during his visit to Mumbai on October 11.

Pakistan turn the screw after England collapse | Reuters

DUBAI Misbah-ul-Haq and Younus Khan made half-centuries as Pakistan ambled to 222 for three at the close on day three of the second test on Saturday, 358 runs ahead of England after Wahab Riaz and Yasir Shah had scuttled the tourists lower order before lunch.

It was a truly abject day for England who lost their final seven wickets for 36 runs to be all out for 242, wrecking their chances of becoming the first team to defeat Pakistan in a test series in the UAE.

That collapse meant England needed to bowl out Pakistan cheaply to stand any chance of a remarkable comeback and Alastair Cook’s men got off to the best possible start.

Opener Shan Masood (one) had been fortunate as a diving Jos Buttler spilled his nick off Stuart Broad, but England’s wicketkeeper made amends, snaffling another Masood edge off James Anderson the following over.

The hosts were one for one and Shoaib Malik (seven) lasted little longer, edging a full Mark Wood ball on to his stumps which reduced Pakistan to 16 for two.

But if England were hoping to spark a collapse similar to their own earlier surrender they were left disappointed as Pakistan’s batsmen proved more obdurate.

Captain Cook used seven bowlers in the search for another breakthrough and Mohammad Hafeez (51) eventually fell after edging Wood to Joe Root at slip.

Starting their partnership at 83 for three, Younus and skipper Misbah were sensible, waiting to punish errant deliveries and taking minimal risks.

Younus passed 9,000 test runs and Pakistan’s record scorer reached his 30th test half-century with a four to fine leg. Misbah got to his 31st test 50 after slogging the hapless Adil Rashid for two sixes in the same over.

Younus reached the close on 71 not out with Misbah on 87.

MORNING COLLAPSE

Broad had predicted that the first hour could decide the test and his words proved prescient but in the opposite way that he would have hoped.

England started the day on 183 for three, Root and Jonny Bairstow seeking to extend their partnership of 55 against the contrasting threat of Wahab’s scorching pace and Yasir’s canny leg-spin.

After three scoreless overs, England’s batsmen registered 24 runs in the next three and seemed at ease.

But Wahab (4-66) removed Root (88), Ben Stokes (four) and Buttler (nought), all caught by wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed, as the 30-year-old’s devastating four-over spell yielded three wickets for just one run.

Only Bairstow offered any sustained resistance.

The support batsmen were too easily panicked in scenes reminiscent of Pakistan’s 3-0 whitewash of England in 2012, also in the UAE.

Yasir (4-93) dismissed Rashid (nought), caught by Hafeez in the covers, and Bairstow (46) lbw in the same over as England slumped to 223 for eight.

Wood (one) was Yasir’s final victim via Younus at slips andAnderson (four) was last out, looping a catch to Sarfraz off Imran Khan.

Abu Dhabi’s first test was drawn. Sharjah will host the final game in the series from Nov. 1.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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