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NIA arrests six more people and conducts searches at 6 places in Kerala gold smuggling case        Union Minister observes fast as BJP seeks to step up pressure on Ker govt in gold smuggling case        Kerala crosses 25,000 COVID-19 cases as 1,169 test positive        Heavy rains forecast in Kerala this week; Low pressure likely in Bay of Bengal        Shah tests +ve for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram        International passengers with negative COVID-19 test report can skip institutional quarantine: Govt        High time Mehbooba Mufti is released, says Rahul Gandhi        Death toll in Punjab spurious liquor tragedy rises to 104        Trump Says Federal Government Should Seek Death Penalty For Boston Bomber        Khamenei''s top aide praises Turkey''s Hagia Sophia move        IPL GC Meet: Final on Nov 10, Chinese sponsors intact, COVID replacements allowed        2nd ODI: Bairstow, Rashid shine in England''s 4-wicket win over Ireland        Kerala''s COVID-19 tally inching towards 25,000 mark, 1129 ccases, death toll climbs to 82        Kerala police SI dies of COVID-19; first from the force to succumb to the virus        If high command forgives rebels, I will welcome them back: Gehlot        Former SP leader and Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh dies at 64        Wild fire: 200 homes evacuated in Southern California        Emirati nuclear plant successfully starts up first reactor        Ready to push for continued advancement of China-Nepal ties: Xi        Some 17,000 people hit streets of Berlin to protest COVID-19 measures        
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International News
Huge crowds in Iran mourn general killed by US drone
 
Tehran: A sea of black-clad Iranians on Monday mourned the top commander killed in last week''s US drone strike that inflamed tensions across the Middle East, as NATO was set to discuss the spiralling crisis. Iranians clutching "Down with USA" signs and portraits of their hero Qasem Soleimani massed as supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei presided over prayers for the slain head of the Revolutionary Guards'' Quds Force. The targeted killing of 62-year-old Soleimani ordered by US President Donald Trump saw the Islamic republic vow "severe revenge" before Tehran also took a further step back from the already tattered 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.

In an escalating war of words that has heightened international concern and rattled financial markets, Trump threatened yet more "major retaliation" if Tehran hits back, including strikes on Iranian cultural sites. Iraq''s parliament meanwhile demanded the government expel the 5,200 American troops stationed in the country in response to the Baghdad drone attack which also killed top Iraqi military figure Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. Trump has warned that a forced departure of US troops would prompt sanctions against Iraq that would "make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame".

NATO ambassadors were to hold an extraordinary meeting at Brussels headquarters to "address the situation in the region," said an official of the alliance, which has been forced to suspend its training mission in Iraq. Germany, France and Britain urged Iran to refrain from taking "further violent actions or support for them", or from steps that further weaken the 2015 nuclear deal. "It is crucial now to de-escalate," German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a joint statement Sunday. "We call on all the players involved to show utmost restraint and responsibility."

The nuclear deal had offered Tehran relief from sanctions in return for curbs to prevent it acquiring nuclear weapons -- but Trump''s withdrawal from it last year has dramatically weakened the agreement. Despite its latest nuclear step back on Sunday, Iran insisted it will continue to fully cooperate with the UN agency overseeing its atomic programme. The European leaders also pleaded with all parties to not jeopardise the ongoing battle against the Islamic State jihadist group, which has lost its self-proclaimed "caliphate" but whose militants remain active. Amid the geopolitical tensions in the oil-rich region, crude prices surged and most equities tumbled while the safe-haven commodity gold hit a more than six-year high in early trading Monday.

The raw emotions sparked by the US killing of Soleimani were on full display in Tehran, where mourners formed a sea of black, dotted with red Shiite flags and white signs, in what state television said was a "several million-strong" turnout. As they marched down a main artery of the Iranian capital, the mourners chanted "Death to America" and "Death to Israel". Khamenei appeared to cry as he prayed over the flag-draped coffins containing the remains of Soleimani and five other "martyrs" killed in the strike.

The supreme leader was flanked by President Hassan Rouhani and other top political and military figures as well as Soleimani''s son and the slain general''s replacement as Quds commander, Esmail Qaani. "Down with USA," read a placard held up by a young woman wearing a black chadour, while another sign, held aloft by a man, called for "#hard_revenge". "We must give a crushing response," one of the mourners told AFP. "We must target whatever military base they have in the region," said the 61-year-old businessman who gave his name as Afkhami. "We must attack all that are in the range of our missiles."

Soleimani was one of Iran''s most popular public figures, seen as a hero of the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war. He was also the key figure behind Tehran''s alliances across a region where Iran is in often deadly rivalry with US allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. Trump said last Friday the Quds commander had been planning an "imminent" attack on American diplomats and forces in Iraq. The US president has also threatened bombing 52 unspecified targets in Iran if Tehran attacks US troops and interests in the region.


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Some 17,000 people hit streets of Berlin to protest COVID-19 measures
Hong Kong postpones elections by a year, citing coronavirus
Trump now says he doesn''t want to postpone presidential elections in November
COVID-19: Aussie vaccine candidate passes first stage of trials
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Trump says India, China and Russia don''t take care of their air
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Russia''s Putin says coronavirus ''may worsen''
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Prachanda convenes ruling NCP meet without Nepal PM Oli as intra-party rift deepens further
Experimental COVID-19 vaccine is put to its biggest test
China closes US consulate in Chengdu, takes over building
Chinese mainland reports four new COVID-19 cases
Flood situation remains grim in Bangladesh, 119 dead
2020's 1st Atlantic hurricane lashes Texas; floods expected
ENTERTAINMENT NEWS
My whole life has been a miracle: Rajinikanth
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'Game of Thrones' star Indira Varma tests positive for coronavirus
Coronavirus: Release of Ranveer Singh-starrer '83' put on hold
'Joker' earns Joaquin Phoenix his maiden Oscar
KERALA NEWS
Kerala crosses 25,000 COVID-19 cases as 1,169 test positive
 Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala on Sunday crossed the 25,000 mark in COVID-19 cases as 1,169 more people
Heavy rains forecast in Kerala this week; Low pressure likely in Bay of Bengal
Kerala police SI dies of COVID-19; first from the force to succumb to the virus
Kerala reports 1,310 COVID-19 cases; 3 deaths takes toll to 73
NATIONAL NEWS
Union Minister observes fast as BJP seeks to step up pressure on Ker govt in gold smuggling case
 New Delhi: Union Minister V Muraleedharan on Sunday observed a day-long fast at his residence here d
Shah tests +ve for COVID-19, admitted to Medanta hospital in Gurugram
International passengers with negative COVID-19 test report can skip institutional quarantine: Govt
High time Mehbooba Mufti is released, says Rahul Gandhi
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