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France warplanes pound IS stronghold in Syria
French military jets on Sunday bombarded a stronghold of the Islamic State terrorist group in Raqqa, Syria, French Defence ministry said.
 
The first objective destroyed included a command post, recruitment centre and arsenal of arms and ammunition, the ministry said in a statement, Xinhua reported.
 
The second objective was a training camp, the ministry added.
 
According to the ministry, about 20 bombs were dropped.
 
The bombardment came 48 hours after attacks claimed by IS killed 129 people in suicide bombings and shootings in Paris.
 
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Myanmar's opposition wins 77.3 percent seats in elections
Myanmar's opposition party National League for Democracy (NLD), led by Aung San Suu Kyi, has won 880 parliamentary seats (77.3 percent) out of a total of 1,139 in the elections, Union Election Commission said on Monday.
 
The NLD has secured 389 seats as absolute majority in the House of Representatives (Lower House) and the House of Nationalities (Upper House), strong enough to form a new independent government, Xinhua reported.
 
The ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party gained 115 seats, accounting for 10 percent of the total.
 
The remaining parliamentary seats go to ethnic parties and five independent runners.
 
The election commission has so far announced a total of 1,139 elected representatives. 
 
The representatives elected represent 75 percent of those at each level of parliament and, under the constitution, the remaining 25 percent were not elected and instead reserved for those who will be nominated directly by the military.
 
The first session of the new parliament will take place in January 2016, the presidential run in the parliament in February and the formation of the new government in March.
 
The term of the current government will expire at the end of March 2016.
 
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Modi predicts 8 percent India growth, seeks united anti-terror stand
 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has projected an 8 percent growth rate for India next year and pushed for a grand alliance of solar-rich nations, even as he sought a united stand of humanity against terrorism in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.
 
In his intervention at the G20 working session in this Mediterranean city in Turkey on "Inclusive Growth: Global Economy, Growth Strategies, Employment and Investment Strategies", Modi said India was likely to grow at 7.5 percent this year and achieve a growth rate of 8 percent-plus next year.
 
He said India has reduced inflation and current account and fiscal deficits and its programmes of inclusive development, financial inclusion, universal access to basic needs, Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Industrial Corridors and Smart Cities would boost growth and employment in the country.
 
"This will be a source of strength for the global economy," he said.
 
The prime minister said "global economic growth remains weak, with slowdown in several major economies, volatile financial markets and competitive devaluation of currencies".
 
"To stimulate growth, we need to enhance public investments, not just rely on monetary policy. G20's continued call to central banks for careful communication on monetary policy actions will be helpful in keeping financial and currency markets stable," Modi said.
 
He said multilateral development banks should enlarge their capital base to support infrastructure needs of the developing countries and noted that new institutions such as the New Development Bank -- referring to the BRICS bank -- were welcome additional sources of financing.
 
Earlier, in his lead intervention at the working lunch of the G20 working lunch, he said the group should ensure finances and technology worth $100 billion be made available for countries to pursue clean energy during their development, and pushed for its proposal for a grand alliance of solar-rich nations to make this key source of green power an integral part of people's lives.
 
"At G20, we can play an effective role in supporting the multilateral goals of increasing research and development to develop affordable renewable energy. We must also ensure finance and technology is available to meet the universal global aspiration for clean energy," Modi said.
 
"We must meet the target of $100-billion goal per year by 2020," said the prime minister in this Mediterranean resort, ahead of the crucial meeting of the Conference of Parties (COP) in Paris from November 30 to December 11, under the aegis of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
 
The prime minister, who arrived here late Saturday from London, said India itself has agreed to do its bit for a clean-green world. This, by committing an additional capacity of 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, cutting subsidies on fossil fuels, taxing the use of coal, and setting up a National Clean Energy Fund of $3 billion to promote clean technologies.
 
Ahead of the start of the G20 Summit, Modi called for a united global stand against terrorism in a meeting of the BRICS leaders following Friday's mayhem in Paris that claimed 129 lives.
 
"We stand united in strongly condemning the dreadful acts of terror," Modi said as the leaders of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met at the sidelines of the G20 Summit two days after Islamic State terrorists massacred 129 people in the French capital.
 
"Entire humanity must stand together and be one against terrorism," he added.
 
"This must also be a priority for BRICS nations," he said.
 
Modi said India attached the highest importance to BRICS.
 
"We want to build on the great work done by other members," he said, adding that India would be honoured to assume the BRICS chair from Russia in February 2016.
 
"Build responsive, inclusive and collective solutions... this will be the theme when India assumes presidency of BRICS," Modi said.
 
The prime minister said that BRICS has proved its relevance and value through its actions, when earlier its logic was being questioned.
 
In another significant development, India and Australia completed all procedures of the civil nuclear agreement that was signed in New Delhi last year during then Australian prime minister Tony Abbott's visit.
 
"Another milestone achievement as 2 prime ministers announce complet'n of procedures for #IndiaAustralia Civil Nuclear Agreement," Vikas Swarup, spokesperson in the external affairs ministry, tweeted soon after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with new Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
 
"With the completion of procedures, including administrative arrangements, the #IndiaAustralia Civil Nuclear Agreement will enter into force," Swarup stated.
 
"Thank you @narendramodi for a very good discussion about our strategic and economic priorities," Turnbull tweeted later on Sunday.
 
On Sunday, Modi also held bilateral meetings with Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, on the sidelines of the two-day G20 Summit meeting here.
 
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