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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

US commemorates 9/11; thousands expected at ground zero
While the US contends with the destruction caused by two ferocious hurricanes in three weeks, Americans also are marking the anniversary of one of the nation's most scarring days. Thousands of 9/11 victims' relatives, survivors, rescuers and others are expected to gather Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the deadliest terror attack on American soil. Sixteen years later, the quiet rhythms of commemoration have become customs: a recitation of all the names of the dead, moments of silence and tolling bells, and two powerful light beams that shine through the night.

Rahul begins US visit
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi today began his two-week visit to the US during which he will interact with global thinkers and political leaders, and address overseas Indians as part of an outreach initiative by his party. In his first engagement, Gandhi would address students of the prestigious University of California, Barkley on 'India at 70: Reflections on the Path Forward', in which he will offer his reflections on contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy. A day before the event, the University announced that the event venue has reached its maximum capacity and registration has been closed.

Pak FM meets Iran's top leaders amid Trump's criticism
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif today met Iran's top leadership as part of Islamabad's efforts to drum up support for the country after US President Donald Trump criticised it for providing safe heavens to terrorists. Asif called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran and exchanged views on latest regional situation and different aspects of the bilateral relations, Radio Pakistan reported. The foreign minister also held a meeting with his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif.

Google launches appeal against 2.4-bn euro EU fine: court
Google  launched a legal challenge to a record 2.4-billion euro fine imposed by European anti-trust authorities for favouring its own shopping service, lodging an appeal at the EU court in Luxembourg. The move sets up a court battle between Brussels and the internet giant that could take years to resolve and make already tense relations between Europe and the US tech giant even more fraught. The EU hit Google with the record fine in June.

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