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Cocaine production hit new record in 2017: UN report

In the decade to 2017, there was a 50 percent increase in manufacture, reaching a record 1,976 tons two years ago, according to the report, which bases its figures on national monitoring systems.

In 2017, authorities across the globe intercepted a record quantity of the drug: in all 1,275 tons were seized, up 13 percent year-on-year. (Representational image) News

Strong quake hits Costa Rica-Panama border, likely ‘significant damage’: USGS

"Estimated economic losses are 0-4 percent GDP of Panama," the website said.

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Singed by Opposition references, Pakistan bans leaders from calling Imran Khan a ‘selected Prime Minister’

The word 'selected Prime Minister' was first used by Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto Zardari during his first address to the National Assembly after parliamentary elections in 2018.

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US-China trade spat, Iran tensions to dominate weighty G20 summit

Trump last week sparked hopes for a detente in the long-running trade war when he said he would hold "extended" talks with Xi after a "very good telephone conversation".

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North Korea says US extension of sanctions ‘a hostile act’

The unidentified North Korean foreign ministry spokesman denounced U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks on Sunday that more than 80 percent of the North Korean economy has been affected by sa

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First lady’s spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham is new White House Press Secretary

The 30th White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, currently is the press secretary of First Lady Melania.

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US House passes border aid bill, Donald Trump vows veto

The Republican-run Senate is working on its own version of the bill, and Republican President Donald Trump has vowed to veto the House legislation, with White House officials saying it would hamstring

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Critics hit out at millions of taxpayers’ money spent on Harry and Meghan’s home renovation

The monarchy's official expenditure in the financial year 2018-2019 was 67 million pounds, including souping up the 1801-built Frogmore Cottage - an increase of almost 20 million pounds on the previou

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Prince Harry, Meghan’s new home with Indian connection cost UK taxpayers millions, royal accounts revealed

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan's residence near Windsor Castle, called Frogmore Cottage, underwent major work to turn five properties back into a single home for the couple and their baby son Archie

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Unauthorised drone flying hit Changi airport operations

The Civil Aviation Authorities of Singapore (CAAS) said that approximately 15 departures and three arrivals were delayed, while seven flights were diverted on Monday.

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Scores ill, schools closed in Malaysia due to toxic fumes

Authorities have now ordered the closure of all 475 educational institutions in the area until Thursday.

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Sri Lanka blasts: 176 children lost their parents in Easter Sunday attacks, says Cardinal Ranjith

“One hundred and seventy six children have lost either both or one of their parents in the bombings that took place on April 21. The church is focusing on these groups to help them recover and retur

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Ailing Pakistan gets $3 billion bailout from Qatar

The United Arab Emirates also provided USD 2 billion cash deposit. Qatar's financial assistance was announced by its foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani.

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Donald Trump ‘comfortable with any outcome’ from pivotal Xi Jinping talk, says official

The United States and China have waged an 11-month trade war marked by tit-for-tat tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of each others’ goods, roiling financial markets, disrupting supply chai

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‘Boom Boom’ to bust: Tennis star Boris Becker to auction trophies to pay off debts

The youngest winner in Wimbledon’s history, who claimed the first of three titles aged just 17, is auctioning off 82 items including medals, cups, watches and photographs.

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Pakistan court accepts review petition of jailed doctor who helped CIA track down Osama bin Laden

Afridi was arrested from Peshawar later that year. Initially, he was accused of organising a fake immunization campaign for the CIA to confirm presence of then al-Qaeda chief but later awarded 33 year

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China says it ‘won’t allow’ G20 discussion on Hong Kong

The issue is expected to be raised by Trump during his meeting with Xi as well as other G-20 members at the summit.

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Proposed Palestine-Israel ‘Deal of the Century’: America’s shot at solving century-old issue

The political contours of the Deal are likely to be unveiled after the Israeli elections in September this year.

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North Korea made $120 million a year from joint factory park, says report

The South's current President Moon Jae-in has dangled re-opening the complex as an incentive for Pyongyang to engage in denuclearisation talks, but doing so is complicated by the web of international

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UK falling behind in race to engage with India, warns UK Parliament inquiry

"The UK is falling behind in the global race to engage with a rising India...The story of the UK's recent relationship with India is primarily one of missed opportunities,” the report said.

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Cambodia building collapse: ‘No more survivors’, say authorities as toll hits 24

The night was punctuated by grim processions of bodies on stretchers being carried to waiting ambulances.

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G20 summit: China says will not allow Hong Kong issue to be discussed

The extradition bill and police reaction to the protests drew international criticism from rights groups.

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Earthquake of magnitude 7.5 shakes East Timor, Indonesia; no tsunami feared

The quake was also felt on Indonesia's holiday island of Bali, several people said on social media. But there were no immediate reports of damage or injury in Indonesia, said Rita Rosita, an official

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In Mideast, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo seeks a global coalition against Iran

Pompeo spoke as he left Washington for Saudi Arabia, followed by the United Arab Emirates, Sunni Arab allies that are alarmed by Shiite Iran's increasing assertiveness and are working to its influence

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Donald Trump says reelection ‘easier’ if he is impeached

The Democrats are split over whether Trump should be impeached after the Mueller Report into Russian interference in the 2016 election outlined numerous contacts between his campaign and Russians, as

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Iran’s nuclear standoff is about to enter a perilous new phase

In his Twitter post Trump specified the need to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons, echoing comments made to reporters at the White House on Saturday.

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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes near remote community in northern California

The tremor was estimated to have a depth of 9.4 km (5.8 miles).

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