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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.

Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

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Turkey's Erdogan offers condolences for 1915 Armenia killings

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan offered what the government said were unprecedented condolences on Wednesday to the grandchildren of Armenians killed in World War One by Ottom...


Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

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Somnath Bharti attacked by alleged BJP workers in Varanasi

Varanasi: AAP leader Somnath Bharti was attacked this evening allegedly by BJP workers near Assi ghat while he was returning from a TV show that featured him.The windows of Bharti's car were also smas...

Disproportionate assets case: HC dismisses plea against Kanimozhi

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Disproportionate assets case: HC dismisses plea against Kanimozhi

Chennai: The Madras High Court has dismissed a petition filed against Rajya Sabha MP and daughter of DMK chief M Karunanidhi, Kanimozhi seeking a direction to authorities to take action on the represe...

Gulbarg fund embezzlement: HC stays Teesta's arrest until 19 June

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Gulbarg fund embezzlement: HC stays Teesta's arrest until 19 June

Ahmedabad: In a big relief to social activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and slain Congress MP Ehsan Jafri's son Tanvir Jafri, the Gujarat High Court stayed their arrest until 19 June to...

Delhi HC to hear plea seeking CBI probe against Vadra

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Delhi HC to hear plea seeking CBI probe against Vadra

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court will next week hear a PIL seeking a CBI probe into licences granted to several real estate developers in Haryana, including one allegedly associated with Congress chief...

Pakistan encouraged by Modi's remarks on ties, says envoy

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Pakistan encouraged by Modi's remarks on ties, says envoy

New Delhi: Pakistan today said it was "encouraged" after BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's remarks regarding ties with foreign countries and asserted that it was looking forw...

S-Korea ferry: Survivors recall crew's quiet moments of bravery

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S-Korea ferry: Survivors recall crew's quiet moments of bravery

Mokpo, South Korea: As the ferry sank, some crew members gave their life jackets to passengers. One refused to leave until she shepherded students off the ship, and was later found dead. Others worked...