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WION Web Team
Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 22, 2018, 09:23 AM IST

The first secretary of Communist Party in the Cuban city of Holguin, Luis Antonio Torres Iribar, speaks with a relative of one of the victims of the plane crash, at Holguin airport, after a Cubana de Aviacion aircraft crashed after taking off from Havana's Jose Marti international airport. Photograph:(AFP)

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The United States on Monday demanded Iran make sweeping changes -- from dropping its nuclear program to pulling out of the Syrian civil war -- or face severe economic sanctions as the Trump administration hardened its approach to Tehran.

The JD(S)'s HD Kumaraswamy — who will be sworn in as chief minister of Karnataka on Wednesday — met Sonia Gandhi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday in Delhi.

The death toll in one of Cuba's worst air disasters rose to 111 on Monday while Mexico suspended the operations of the Mexican company that had leased the 39-year old Boeing 737 to Cuba's flagship airline. 

Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama have signed a multi-year agreement with video streaming giant Netflix Inc to produce films and series.

US Navy veteran Adam Purinton who killed an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla last year pleaded guilty on Monday in federal court to hate crime and firearm charges.