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Fortress Delhi awaits Obama, Security tightened

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): India's capital turned into a virtual fortress as US President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will land soon for three-day visit, with heightened security measures, including an extended no-fly zone, to protect the world's most powerful leader. Obama will arrive in New Delhi for a highly symbolic parade and to nurture friendship with a prime minister who until last year was persona non grata in Washington. Obama will be the first US President to attend India's Republic Day parade and will host a radio show with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Meanwhile, security has been beefed up, with extra police patrols and checks at metro stations. Snipers are being deployed at more than 70 high-rise buildings around central Delhi, the security official said. Security has been highly tightened at Hotel Maurya Sheraton where Obama will be staying. Also, red carpet has been laid at Palam airport in Delhi where Obama will shortly land. Jan 25, 2015
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Funeral prayers for Saudi king Abdullah offered in Pakistan

Islamabad, Jan 25 (ANI): Pakistani people, including senior government and embassy officials, offered funeral prayers-in-absentia for Saudi king Abdulla who died after a short illness early on Friday (January 23). Prime minister's advisor on national security and foreign affairs, Sartaj Aziz, senior government and embassy officials attended the prayers led by minister for religious affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf. The prayers were offered in Islamabd's Faisal Mosque which is named after the late King Faisal bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, who supported and financed the project. A one-day official mourning was observed in Pakistan on Friday on the sad demise of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. The national flag flew at half mast. In a condolence message, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed grief and sorrow over the King's demise, saying that being the custodian of the Holy Mosques he had a special place in the heart of every Pakistani. Jan 25, 2015
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Barack and Michelle Obama reach Delhi, PM Modi welcomes

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Sunday reached New Delhi for a three day visit. Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself went to receive Obama at the Palam Airport where Air Force One aircraft of United States landed. Modi greeted Obama and US First Lady at the airport and shook hands with both. Indian Ambassador to US S Jaishankar and Power Minister Piyush Goyal were also present at the airport to receive President Obama. Obama will be the Chief Guest at Republic Day celebrations this year on the invite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will be staying at Hotel Maurya Sheraton in Delhi where security has been highly tightened for their stay. Jan 25, 2015
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Outcome of Obama's India visit will be historical: MEA

New Delhi, Jan 25 (ANI): MEA Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said on Sunday that the outcome of US President Barack Obama's visit to India will be historical in all respects. Being questioned about the Nuclear Liability Law, Akbaruddin said that substantial progress has been made on that issue. He added that the meeting of Obama with PM Narendra Modi will be a win-win situation for both India and the United States. Jan 25, 2015
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One dead, 15 injured in bus accident in Chennai

Chennai, Jan 25 (ANI): One girl was killed and 15 others sustained injuries when a bus turned turtle in Tamil Nadu state. A government bus en route to Salem district from Chennai toppled near Thiruneermalai town on the bypass road. The girl identified as Sathya Dharshini died on the spot. She hailed from Tiruchirappalli, around 300 kms from Chennai. The injured were rushed to a nearby government hospital where they are undergoing treatment. Jan 25, 2015

Karnataka artisans prepare traditional wooden toys for Barack and Michelle Obama

Bengaluru, Jan 25 (ANI): The government of Karnataka state wishes to gift US President Barack Obama and his family traditional wooden toys as a token of affection during their visit to the country for Republic Day celebrations. The Channapatna town in Karnataka is famous for its wooden toys, painstakingly crafted by skilled artisans.The toys are made of special wood in a variety of colours. The artisans use ivory wood of a special tree grown in the old Mysore city for making these toys and dolls, which are also exported worldwide. US First Lady Michelle Obama had brought some toys crafted by artisans from this shop in Channapatna town during her last India visit in November 2010. Jan 25, 2015
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Greece braces for 'turning point' election

Greece stood Saturday on the brink of a make-or-break general election which could sweep the anti-austerity Syriza party to power and set the country on a collision course with its international creditors. Duration: 01:17 Jan 24, 2015
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Greece PM confident ahead of Sunday's vote

Greece's Prime Minister Antonis Samaras gave the final push to his election campaign Saturday ahead of Sunday's make-or-break general election. Duration: 00:45 Jan 24, 2015
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Syrian opposition calls for new Cairo 'unity' meet

Syrian opposition factions called on Saturday for a new conference to be held in Cairo this spring to unify their vision for a political solution to the country's four-year civil war. Duration: 00:50 Jan 24, 2015
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DRC Senate backs down on electoral bill after deadly clashes

After days of deadly protests, the Democratic Republic of Congo's Senate backs down on a hotly-contested electoral bill, which opposition claim would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his hold on power. Duration: 01:28 Jan 24, 2015
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Only willing to form coalition for betterment of J-K: Mufti

Jammu, Jan 24 (ANI): Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Mufti Mohammed Syed on Saturday said that Jammu and Kashmir's betterment would be his only concern while indulging in negotiations for government formation in the state, adding that he will not trade the mandate given to his party by the people of the state. The PDP had recently rejected the National Conference's offer of support, and said that it is still involved in talks with the BJP on the issue of government formation. Governor's rule had been imposed in Jammu and Kashmir after the assembly elections in the state threw a fractured verdict, with no party able to win the required number of seats to form the government. Jan 24, 2015
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CPI (M) holds nationwide protest against President Obama visit

Chennai, Jan 24 (ANI): The Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Saturday held a nationwide protest against the upcoming visit by US President Barack Obama, stating that the America seeks to change India's economic, security and strategic policies for its own benifits. President Obama, who will arrive in the national capital on January 25 to take part in this year's Republic Day celebrations on the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will be the first US president to attend the Republic Day celebrations. Jan 24, 2015
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US President Barack Obama leaves for India

Andrew's Airbase, Jan 24 (ANI): US President Barack Obama along with US First Lady Michelle Obama left for their three day landmark trip to India from Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday. Obama will arrive in India on Sunday for the second time during his tenure, to build on what he calls one of the defining relationships of the 21st century. He was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and will be the first US president to attend Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi on January 26. Earlier in the day, US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle's visit to Agra was cancelled. They were to visit the Taj Mahal and spend an hour before leaving for Washington DC. Jan 24, 2015