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Thai King orders changes in royal motorcades

Bangkok, Jan 13 (IANS) The Thai government on Monday announced that King Maha Vajiralongkorn has directed the police to change security protocols to avoid huge traffic jams that are formed whenever members of the royal family travel through the capital in motorcades.At the behest of the royal decree issued by the King, the security forces have modified the usual procedure of cutting off entire streets through which royals are passing and instead will partially reserve only certain lanes for the motorcades, Efe news quoted…

Rouhani signs law blacklisting Pentagon, subsidiaries

Tehran, Jan 13 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday signed an amended law that expands Tehrans designation of American terrorist organizations to include the Pentagon and all its subsidiaries.Iran's Parliament passed the initial version of the law in April 2019, which designated the US Central Command (CENTCOM) as a terrorist organization after Washington blacklisted the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), reports Press TV. On January 7, Iran's Parliament expanded it to include the Pentagon in retaliation…

Food airdropped for bushfire-affected animals in Aus

Sydney, Jan 13 (IANS) Australian authorities were dropping tonnes of food from helicopters for animals who were starving as a result of the destruction of their habitat due to the raging bushfires that have swept the country since September 2019.The New South Wales (NSW) government has deployed helicopters the past week to drop more than two tonnes of carrots and sweet potatoes at different sites where Brush-tailed Rock- wallabies, a marsupial native to southeastern Australia, lives, Efe news reported on Monday. The drops…

Trudeau promises justice at vigil for Iran crash victims

Ottawa, Jan 13 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised to seek "justice" for those killed on board the Ukrainian passenger plane which was downed by Iran after its military mistook it for a cruise missile, the media reported on Monday."This tragedy should have never occurred, and I want to assure you that you have my full support during this extraordinarily difficult time... You give us purpose to pursue justice and accountability for you," the BBC quoted Trudeau as saying on Sunday…

Modi reaches out to new Sultan of Oman

New Delhi/Muscat, Jan 13 (IANS) In a warm gesture to strengthen India's bilateral relationship with Oman, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday extended congratulations to the newly anointed Sultan HM Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said."I heartily congratulate HM Sayyid Haitham bin Tariq al Said on taking over as Sultan of Oman. I am confident that under his leadership, Oman will continue to progress and prosper and contribute to global peace. India has millennia old relations with Oman. We look forward to working hand…
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