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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 19, 2018, 08.24 AM(IST)

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Trump says Saudi journalist likely dead, warns of 'severe' response

President Donald Trump said Thursday he now believes journalist Jamal Khashoggi is dead and warned of "very severe" consequences should Saudi Arabia be proven responsible.

As PM Wickremesinghe visits India, Sri Lanka drops Chinese housing deal to favour Indian joint venture

Ahead of Lankan PM Wickremesinghe's visit to India, the Lankan government dropped a $300-million housing deal with China for a joint venture with an Indian company.

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin withdraws from Saudi conference

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Thursday said he would no longer attend next week’s investment conference in Saudi Arabia, as the Trump administration awaited the outcome of investigations into missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

US should stay in Afghanistan until peace achieved: Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday said that the US should stay in Afghanistan until peace was achieved in the war-torn country.

Sanctity of Sabarimala temple should be preserved: Devotees

A day after protests and violence against the entry of women of menstruating age at the Sabarimala temple was witnessed, devotees visiting the shrine reiterated that the sanctity of the temple and Lord Ayyappa "must be preserved at any cost".