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Former Union minister and ex-BJP leader Jaswant Singh is in coma for the 12th day on Tuesday, doctors said. A statement from the Army Hospital (Research and Referral) said Jaswant Singh was still in coma and on ventilator support. "Heart rhythm and BP are normal without medication," it reads. The statement added that he has no fever. "Follow-up CT scan done yesterday (Monday) shows some improvement from previous scan," the statement said. The 76-year-old leader was admitted to the hospital August 8 in a critical condition with a head injury. He was brought to the hospital by his family after they found him lying on the floor of his house in an unconscious state.

Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

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Obama says Canada shootings tragic, offers assistance

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called the shootings in Ottawa on Wednesday "tragic" and said they reinforced the need for vigilance against acts of violence and terrorism.U.S....


Niger buys "spy plane" to combat Sahel militants

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Niger buys "spy plane" to combat Sahel militants

NIAMEY (Reuters) - The government of Niger has purchased a reconnaissance plane as part of its effort to combat Islamist fighters and criminal gangs operating on its vast territory, the West African c...

Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

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Iraqi Kurds approve sending fighters to aid Syrian town

ARBIL Iraq/MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) - Iraqi Kurdish lawmakers approved a plan on Wednesday to send fighters to the Syrian town of Kobani to relieve fellow Kurds under attack by Islamic State milit...

Kerry says no deal made with North Korea in release of American

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Kerry says no deal made with North Korea in release of American

BERLIN/SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday there had been no deal with North Korea in the release of one of three detained Americans but that Washington was willing ...

Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

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Air strikes kill around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.They said a series of bombings beginning in...

Indonesia president to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected

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Indonesia president to make new cabinet picks after 8 rejected

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who won election on a vow of clean government, said on Wednesday he would have to find new people to fill some of his cabinet posts after the anti...

Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

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Air strikes kills around 25 Islamic State fighters in Iraq - residents

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Coalition air strikes killed around 25 Islamic State fighters on Wednesday near the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, residents told Reuters.They said a series of bombings beginning in...