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Rajnath launches book on Amit Shah’s speeches, calls him ‘backstage hero’

Making a reference to his astute strategising and leadership qualities, Union defence minister, Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said Union home minister, Amit Shah can be described as a backstage hero, who prefers to work without seeking credit or praise

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BJP says Nitish wanted to be Vice President as war of words heats up

The war of words between BJP and JD(U) intensified on Wednesday after former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi alleged that chief minister Nitish Kumar quit the NDA as his ambition to become the Vice President did not materialise.

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EA, NFL Sign Multi-Year Partnership Extension for Madden NFL Esports

EA and the NFL are signing a multi-year agreement for the EA Sports Madden NFL Championship Series.

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Trump says he took the Fifth in New York civil investigation

Donald Trump says he invoked the Fifth Amendment and wouldn’t answer questions under oath in the long-running New York civil investigation into his business dealings

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Disney+ Raises Streaming Price by 38%, Offers Plans With Ads

(Bloomberg) -- Walt Disney Co. is raising the price of its flagship Disney+ streaming service by 38%, part of a

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Biden begins summer vacation with family in South Carolina

President Joe Biden has arrived in South Carolina to begin what's expected to be at least a seven-day vacation with members of his family

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Bankers Turned Brief Billionaires, Then Came 89% Crash

(Bloomberg) -- Two founders of a little-known Hong Kong investment bank briefly became billionaires in recent days following a baffling

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Musk Says Twitter Hiding Witnesses He Needs in Buyout Fight

(Bloomberg) -- Elon Musk is accusing Twitter Inc. of hiding key witnesses in their legal battle over whether he must

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Russian surveillance aircraft flew into Alaskan defense zone twice in last two days, NORAD says

Russian surveillance aircraft entered and operated in the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone twice in the last two days, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said. In a statement, NORAD confirmed that the Russian aircraft confined themselves to zone in question and “did not enter American or Canadian sovereign airspace.” Nevertheless, Russia’s apparent decision to fly aircraft into the defense identification zone may be worth noting. This marks the first time since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February and a heightening of tensions with the US that a Russian aircraft has breached the identification zone. NORAD also reported that five Russian aircraft flew into the zone in October of last year. Because the defense identification zone is not considered sovereign US territory, the Russian aircraft that reportedly entered the zone are not in violation of international law. But entering a self-defined defense identification zone is considered a provacative act — one that China, for instance, used for months the buildup to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan. Much of Russia’s attention is still concentrated on Ukraine, where the invasion launched in February is in its sixth month. Russian forces last month seized control of Luhansk and has in recent days intensified its attacks on the major city of Donetsk, where Ukranian civilians and others have been urged to evacuate. Russia and the US are also at odds over the future of US basketball star Brittney Griner, who has been sentenced to nine years in a Russian penal colony for carrying cannabis oil in her luggage at an airport outside Moscow in February. The US has reportedly offered to exchange convicted Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout for Ms Griner and former US security consultant Paul Whelan, who is also incarcerated in Russia. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the US put a “substantial proposal on the table” several weeks ago to try to secure their release. Read More Trump says he wouldn’t make deal for Brittney Griner release Why did Russia invade Ukraine? The conflict explained Sign The Independent’s petition to help the people of Ukraine

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Glencore Takes Heat in Quebec for Smelter That Spits Out Arsenic

(Bloomberg) -- Quebec’s public health director took aim at Glencore Plc for toxic emissions at a copper smelter in the

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US inflation eases in July amid falling oil prices

Red-hot US inflation cooled slightly in July, which could open the door for the Federal Reserve to dial back its aggressive interest rate hikes while bringing a much-needed boost to President Joe...

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Trump Lawyers Rotate Among Inner Circle as Legal Woes Mount

(Bloomberg) -- As the legal risks facing Donald Trump and his inner circle continue to expand, the former president and

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US forward Matthew Hoppe joins 2nd-tier Middlesbrough

United States forward Matthew Hoppe has joined second-division Middlesbrough from Spanish club Mallorca in search of regular playing time that could earn him a World Cup roster spot

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Ezra Miller: Vermont police seek mother and three children who were living at actor’s farm

Police in Vermont say they are seeking a 25-year-old woman and her three children who had been living on Ezra Miller’s farm. Rolling Stone reported that the Vermont State Police had repeatedly tried to serve the mother with an emergency care order over the weekend due to concerns for the children’s safety. The Flash actor appeared evasive and told officers that the woman hadn’t lived at the farm in months, the Vermont State Attorney’s office said in a court document obtained by Rolling Stone. It’s the latest in a series of legal troubles facing the 29-year-old actor. On Monday, Miller was charged with felony burglary of a property in Stamford, Vermont. Vermont State Police said in a statement that it had received a complaint that several bottles of alcohol had been stolen from an address in County Rd on 1 May. The homeowners were not present at the time. After reviewing surveillance footage and speaking to witnesses state police said they had probable cause to charge The Flash actor, 29, with felony burglary of an unoccupied dwelling. More than three months later, Miller was “ultimately” located just after 11pm on Sunday night and was issued with a citation to appear in Vermont Superior Court Bennington Criminal Division on 26 September. The officers who cited Miller in the burglary case had been attempting to serve the unnamed mother with an emergency care order, according to Rolling Stone. Police named the victim as Isaac Winokur, of Stamford, Vermont, a small rural settlement of around 850 residents in Bennington County. A spokesman for the Vermont State Police told The Independent that investigations of this nature were “confidential as a matter of law”, and overseen by the Vermont Department for Children and Families. Rolling Stone reported that Miller met the woman and her children when he was in Hawaii earlier this year, and invited them to stay with him in Vermont. Miller has been linked to a series of disturbing incidents involving firearms, drugs and allegations of violence in recent months. Last month, the parents of 18-year-old indigenous activist Tokata Iron Eyes told The Independent that Miller used violence and drugs to maintain a “cult-like” grip over their daughter. Sarah Jumping Eagle and Chase Iron Eyes are seeking a protective order to force the actor to cease all contact with Tokata. In comments to Insider, Tokata this week denied she had been abused or groomed by the actor, calling the allegations a “disgusting and irresponsible smear campaign”. Miller was also arrested twice in Hawaii earlier this year. In March, he was arrested in a karaoke bar in Hilo for disorderly conduct and harassment. The next month he was charged with second-degree assault after allegedly throwing a chair at a woman and striking her in the head at a private address. Read More Actor Ezra Miller charged with burglary for alleged alcohol theft in Vermont Ezra Miller: Actor ‘recently participated in additional photography’ for The Flash despite controversies Ezra Miller: Tokata Iron Eyes denies The Flash actor is abusing her Actor Ezra Miller charged with burglary for alleged alcohol theft in Vermont AP News Digest 3:30 am Ezra Miller charged with felony burglary in Vermont

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Keshav Prasad Maurya named U.P. legislative council leader

This was decided after Jal Shakti minister Swatantra Dev Singh relinquished the post on August 9, officials said.

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Much scope for tech adoption in power sector: U.P. minister

Uttar Pradesh energy minister AK Sharma urged officials to constantly endeavour to resolve people’s problems right from taking an electricity connection to actually getting power in their homes.

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Prayagraj: Two held for hurling crude bombs at BJP leader’s house

The arrested persons had an enmity with her family over the suicide committed by sister of one of the accused, police said.

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Soraon double murder: Of three accused, one held, second hangs self, third found dead

Police on Wednesday claimed to have cracked the murder of an aged couple at Judapur Dandu village on the night of August 1 and arrested a man with some looted valuables

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Prayagraj: MPVM appoints new student office-bearers

Honorary secretary Krishna Gupta and principal Alpona Dey along with different section in-charges conferred the new office-bearers with the badges and the sashes

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DGCA issues norms to assess health of trans pilot applicants

The move comes weeks after transgender trainee pilot, Adam Harry, had alleged that he was denied a commercial pilot’s license because he was undergoing hormone therapy.

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Welcome setting up of panel on poll promises, EC tells SC

ECI said it may not be appropriate for the Commission, being a constitutional authority, to be part of the expert committee, especially if there are ministries or government bodies in the panel

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Sharing passengers’ info to help Customs check smuggling: Govt on new PNR rule

According to officials who asked not to be named, the new rule was framed by evoking Section 157 of the Customs Act that gives government the “general power” to make regulations.

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In Mississippi, a trespasser, a killing and DEA meddling

A veteran U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent has quietly returned to work in Mississippi more than a year after he was charged with murder in the shooting death of his mentally ill neighbor

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Canada largest private sector union elects first woman president

By Shreya Jain TORONTO (Reuters) - Canada's largest private sector labour union, Unifor, elected Lana Payne as president on Wednesday,

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