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  1. Al Qaeda No. 2 leader is dead: White House
US drone strike in Pakistan killed its No. 2 leader Abu Yahya al-Libi, who helped steer the terrorist group after Osama bin Laden's death, the White House has confirmed.

Al-Libi's death was "another serious blow to core Al Qaeda," White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters Tuesday.
"His death is part of the degradation taking place in core Al Qaeda in the last several years."

2.   Pentagon says India is a global power
Ahead of next week's India-US strategic dialogue here, Pentagon has described India as a global power, which is meeting its responsibilities, and appreciated its work to help provide continuing support in Afghanistan.

"India is a global power, and they are meeting their responsibilities and we welcome that," Department of Defence spokesman Captain John Kirby told reporters Tuesday discounting reports that the US wanted India to step up its role in Afghanistan.                                                                                                                        Read More

3.  ’Ayurveda could be the healing agent for Afro-Indian partnership’
 Trade and commerce apart, aggressive and sustained promotion of India's ancient medicinal science Ayurveda in Africa could help promote the 54-nation continent's "holistic development", a former Ugandan diplomat and educationist said here.

Speaking on the sidelines of a conference on 'Decolonization, Development and Diaspora: The Afro-Indian experience' organized by the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA) and the Goa government, Kampala University Badru Kateregga also said that both African countries and India needed to pay heed to several historic, religious and colonial commonalities in order to bolster confidence between the people of the two regions as well as enhance trade efforts.                                                                                 Read More

4   Mobile phones banned in government offices
Thiruvananthapuram: The use of mobile phones has been banned in government offices.

The new government order says officials should not use mobile phones during duty time.

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