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US Secretary of State John Kerry urged the Congress to end a partial government shutdown and assured the international community that the budget impasse will be resolved shortly. Kerry on Saturday said it was regrettable that a small group in Congress - Tea Party Republicans in the House of Representatives - was preventing US President Barack Obama from meeting with his Chinese and Russian counterparts at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Bali, Indonesia. The secretary of state was standing in at that gathering for Obama, who cancelled his trip due to the budget standoff. "All of our friends and foes watching around the world should not mistake this momentary episode in American politics as anything more than that," Kerry said. The partial suspension of federal government operations, which began at midnight Monday, was spurred by the unwillingness of some House Republicans to vote to fund the government unless Obama and the Democrats agreed to delay implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The Act, also known as Obamacare, is the administration's flagship domestic initiative and the President refused to consider any changes or delays. The two-day APEC forum, which will get under way Monday, is a gathering attended by representatives of 21 pacific rim countries - Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Taiwan, the US and Vietnam.

Bangalore rape case: Goonda Act to be used against accused, says CM

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Bangalore rape case: Goonda Act to be used against accused, says CM

The Karnataka state government now seems determined to show that it will take action to deal with the rising incidents of rape in the capital city. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said in the assembly tha...


Indian soldier killed in Pakistan firing along LoC

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Indian soldier killed in Pakistan firing along LoC

Jammu: An Indian soldier was killed on Tuesday when Pakistani troops fired at Indian positions on the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, the military said.Military spokesman Col Manish Mehta ...

Haryana: Three-year-old girl abducted, raped

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Haryana: Three-year-old girl abducted, raped

Rewari (Haryana): A three-year-old girl was allegedly raped after being abducted from her home by an unknown person in Dharuhera area here, police said today.The minor victim girl was admitted in a cr...

BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj declared absconder in Babri Masjid case

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BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj declared absconder in Babri Masjid case

Lucknow: BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh's Unnao constituency Sakshi Maharaj has been declared an absconder by a special CBI court after he failed to appear for a trial.The move came in the wake of Sakshi M...

Collegium system for appointing judges needs to be restructured: Singhvi

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Collegium system for appointing judges needs to be restructured: Singhvi

New Delhi: Against the backdrop of allegations of "improper compromises" by three CJIs during UPA rule, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi today advocated restructuring of the collegium s...

Chennai exposed: All you need to know about the Katju expose, Bwood style

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Chennai exposed: All you need to know about the Katju expose, Bwood style

Justice Markandey Katju, conspicuously silent after making a series of contentious statements like "90 percent of Indians are fools," has returned to the spotlight in spectacular fashion. Th...

Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack kills four foreigners in Kabul

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Afghanistan: Taliban suicide attack kills four foreigners in Kabul

Kabul: A Taliban suicide attacker riding a motorbike killed at least four foreigners in a compound in Kabul on Tuesday, police said, in the latest blast to rock the capital during an impasse over pres...