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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Harsh Vardhan suggests areas to collaborate with South Africa
Union Minister Harsh Vardhan has suggested several areas like marine ecosystems and protection of indigenous intellectual property in which India could further collaborate with South Africa. The minister was on a three-day visit to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Red Fort Declaration signed by then president Nelson Mandela and then Prime Minister Deve Gowda, which formed the basis for cooperation between the two countries. Vardhan, the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, suggested several more areas to which this collaboration could be extended, including solar and wind energy, marine ecosystems, and protection of indigenous intellectual property.

UN says 2 peacekeepers killed, others hurt in eastern Congo
Two UN peacekeepers were killed and several more wounded in an attack Monday in eastern Congo by suspected Ugandan rebels of the ADF group, said a UN spokesman. "Initial reports suggest two peacekeepers are dead and several more have been wounded," said U.N. Spokesman Stephane Dujarric, adding that the injured have been evacuated to Goma. "The mission deployed attack helicopters as well as the force intervention brigade in support of operations as well as to reinforce presence," he said.

Texas Tech police officer killed, campus on lockdown
Texas Tech University in Lubbock was placed on lockdown after a campus police officer was shot and killed. University spokesman Chris Cook said campus police made a student welfare last evening and, upon entering the room, found evidence of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Officers then brought the suspect to the police station for standard debriefing. While at the station, Cook said the suspect pulled out a gun and shot an officer in the head, killing him. The suspect t remains at large.

Rohingya boat toll rises to 23 as more bodies found
The bodies of nine refugees have washed up in Bangladesh after an overloaded boat carrying scores of desperate Rohingya sank in rough seas, police said today, taking the confirmed death toll to 23. Eight bodies were found on the banks of the Naf river, which separates Bangladesh from Myanmar, and another was found miles away on the island of St Martin.

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