Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Turkey issues arrest warrants for 243 military members in post-coup probe -Anadolu
ISTANBUL | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 243 members of the military in 54 provinces across the country, the state-run Anadolu news agency said today, in a probe following July's failed coup. Anadolu said the suspects were being sought on suspi ... read..

US, Mexico, Cuba ready to sign "Doughnut Hole" deal in Gulf waters
By Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
The United States, Mexico and Cuba are ready to sign an agreement determining the territorial water limits in the Eastern Gap of the Gulf of Mexico, three diplomatic officials familiar with the matter said. The talks on the agreement concluded at the end ... read..

Former French PM Valls slapped in campaign tour
Paris | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Former French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was slapped by a young man during a campaign visit to northern France as a candidate for the left primary of the presidential election, media reports said on Wednesday. ... read..

US to pay $24 million to settle Secret Service case
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
The US government will pay $24 million to settle a long-running discrimination case brought by a group of African-American Secret Service agents who alleged that they were systematically denied promotion to the agency's highest ranks, the media reported o ... read..

Australian PM resists major cabinet reshuffle as he names new health minister
SYDNEY | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today resisted a major cabinet reshuffle despite his waning poll numbers as he named Greg Hunt the new health minister to replace Sussan Ley, who resigned last week amid an expenses scandal. Ley resigned from her ... read..

Woman sues Trump in New York for defamation over sexual assault denial
By Alex Dobuzinskis and Dana Feldman LOS ANGELES | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
One of about a dozen women who previously accused President-elect Donald Trump of making unwanted sexual advances filed a lawsuit against him in New York, alleging he had made false and defamatory statements about her in rejecting the accusation, causing ... read..

Obama to hold final press conference today -White House
WASHINGTON | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
President Barack Obama will hold his final press conference as president today, the White House said. The press conference will be held at 2:15 ET (19:15 GMT). Obama is set to leave office on Friday when he will be succeeded by Republican President-elect ... read..

Egypt adds retired football star to terror list
CAIRO | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Egypt has added retired football star Mohamed Aboutrika, one of the country's most renowned athletes, to a terror list for alleged ties to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, his lawyer told Reuters yesterday. Egypt has listed the Brotherhood as a terrorist ... read..

Gambian President Jammeh declares state of emergency
BANJUL | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who won an election last month. Yesterday state television said the emergency would prevent a power vacuum while the supreme court ... read..

US carries out strikes near Syria's al-Bab after Turkish criticism
WASHINGTON | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
The US military said yesterday it carried out air strikes in Syria against Islamic State targets of interest to both Washington and Ankara near the town of al-Bab, following Turkish criticism of insufficient US support for its ground offensive. US Air For ... read..

Suspended MH370 search could be restarted in the future -Australian minister
SYDNEY | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
The Australian government said today it was not ruling out a future underwater search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, but added there was currently no credible new evidence to warrant that. "I don't rule out a future underwater search by any s ... read..

High-profile Canadian businessman to join Conservative race -CBC
OTTAWA | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
High-profile Canadian businessman and television personality Kevin O'Leary will enter the race to run the opposition Conservative party, joining an already crowded field of candidates, media reported yesterday. O'Leary will launch his campaign for leader ... read..

Chinese authorities tell local weather forecasters to stop issuing smog alerts
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Chinese authorities have asked an unnamed Chinese province to turn off its early warning alert system for smog to avoid mismatches between environment and meteorological authority forecasts, state media reported. Nearly three years into a "war on pollutio ... read..

At least four killed in gunfight in Mexico's Cancun
CANCUN | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
At least four people were killed after gunmen opened fire at government offices in the Mexican beach resort of Cancun, a day after at least five people died in a shooting at a music festival nearby. Rodolfo del Angel Campos, chief of police for the state ... read..

Hong Kong has "no room" for independence from China - HK leader
HONG KONG | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
Hong Kong's chief executive said today in his annual policy blueprint that the city couldn't become independent or separate from China. Addressing recent growing calls from activists for Hong Kong to become independent from China, Leung Chun-ying told the ... read..

China's Xi says willing to help resolve Ukraine crisis
BEIJING | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
China is willing to play a constructive role in seeking a political resolution to the crisis over Ukraine, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his Ukrainian counterpart, adding that he considers the eastern European country a friend. China has walked a fine ... read..

Suspect in Florida police officer's slaying captured
By Ian Simpson Undated | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
A Florida man suspected of killing an Orlando policewoman was captured wearing body armor and carrying two handguns, and was locked into the slain officer's handcuffs after arrest, authorities said. Markeith Loyd, 41, was captured in Orlando after the sho ... read..

Samsung chief questioned behind closed doors in arrest warrant hearing
* Decision on arrest warrant may be made early Thursday * Lee accused of bribery | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
A South Korean judge questioned Samsung Group leader Jay Y Lee behind closed doors today to decide whether he should be arrested over his alleged role in a corruption scandal that led parliament to impeach President Park Geun-hye. Lee, 48, in dark overcoa ... read..

Australia says suspended MH370 search could resume in future
* Near three-year long search was called off on Tuesday * Australia says "credible new evidence" needed to restart search * Passengers' relatives are "disappointed | Wednesday, Jan 18 2017 IST
The Australian government said today it was not ruling out a future underwater search for a missing Malaysia Airlines passenger jet as families of those on board criticized the decision to suspend the hunt after three fruitless years. The location of Flig ... read..

Indian-American may head US communication commission
New York | Wednesday, 2017 8:45:04 AM IST
Ajit Pai, a commissioner in the US communications regulatory agency, has met President-elect Donald Trump amid speculation that he could head the body that deals with cellphone spectrum and broadcasting. ... read..

Syria to send delegation to upcoming Astana talks
Damascus | Wednesday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
The Syrian delegation to the upcoming negotiations in Astana consists of 10 diplomats, parliamentarians, and military personnel, headed by the Syrian permanent representative to the UN, media reports said. ... read..

One-China policy not negotiable: US official
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
A top aide to US President Barack Obama reiterated the stance of the current administration that the One-China policy is "not negotiable", slamming any effort to reopen the issue as "dangerous". ... read..

More than 100 killed after military jet bombs refugee camp in Nigeria
London [United Kingdom] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
More than 100 people have been killed after a Nigerian military jet mistakenly bombed a refugee camp in Borno state in northeastern Nigeria. ... read..

Second round of Pakistan-Turkey consultations on UN related matters held in Islamabad
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The second round of Pakistan-Turkey consultations on UN related matters was held on Tuesday in Islamabad. ... read..

One journalist killed every four days in 2016: UNESCO
Paris [France] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
More than 100 journalists were killed last year while doing their jobs, according to the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom. ... read..

Diversity 'is richness, not a threat': UN chief tells forum on combatting anti-Muslim discrimination
New York [United States] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In a message to an event spotlighting the growing challenges of 'anti-Muslim' discrimination as well as hatred in various contexts, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appealed for drawing strength from the principles of inclusion, toler ... read..

Chelsea Manning set to release on May 17 after Obama grants clemency
Washington D.C. [United States] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Barack Obama has commuted the sentence of former U.S. army soldier and whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who was convicted to 35 years imprisonment for leaking thousands of US government documents to WikiLeaks. ... read..

India welcomes Syrian peace talks in Astana
United Nations | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 AM IST
India has welcomed the Syrian peace talks scheduled for next week in Astana, the Kazakh capital, calling it an "encouraging" development. ... read..

US airport shooter says he carried out attack for ISIS
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 AM IST
The man who killed five persons at the Fort Lauderdale airport in the US state of Florida, told FBI agents he carried out the attack on behalf of ISIS, media reports said. ... read..

European Parliament elects Antonio Tajani as its President
Strasboug | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 AM IST
Antonio Tajani of the European People's Party Group (EPP) has been elected President of the European Parliament on Tuesday. ... read..

Obama commutes Chelsea Manning's sentence
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 7:45:05 AM IST
President Barack Obama announced on Tuesday that he is commuting the sentence of Chelsea Manning, who was convicted of sharing classified materials with WikiLeaks. ... read..

First gorilla born in zoo dies at 60 in US
Washington | Wednesday, 2017 7:15:04 AM IST
The worlds first gorilla born in a zoo, a female named Colo died in her sleep overnight, less than one month after her 60th birthday, the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in US state of Ohio said. ... read..

U.S. makes additional USD500 million grant to support Green Climate Fund
Washington D.C. [United States] | January 18, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The United States has made an additional USD500 million grant to support the Green Climate Fund (GCF). ... read..

Pakistani exporter convicted of defrauding courier in US
New York | Wednesday, 2017 5:15:04 AM IST
A Pakistani electronics exporter has been convicted of defrauding international courier company FedeEx of nearly $300,000, a Texas federal prosecutor said. ... read..

Won't renegotiate n-deal because of Trump: Iranian President
Tehran | Wednesday, 2017 3:45:04 AM IST
The President of Iran said his country would not accept a renegotiation of its nuclear agreement even if the President-elect of the United States demands one. ... read..

50 killed as Nigerian fighter jet mistakenly strikes civilian camp
Abuja | Wednesday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
A Nigerian air force jet on Tuesday mistakenly bombed a civilian camp in the northeastern state of Borno, which led to at least 50 persons being killed, media reports said. ... read..

Russia, China key in maintaining world stability: Russian FM
Moscow | Wednesday, 2017 1:15:04 AM IST
Russia and China, with their relationship at its best ever, have been one of the key factors in maintaining world stability, something the two countries will continue to uphold, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. ... read..

US ambassador to UN says Russia tearing down global order
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Russia is engaging in aggressive and destabilizing actions that are threatening the rules-based international order, Samantha Power said today in her last major speech as US ambassador to the United Nations. Citing Russia's intervention in Ukraine, suppor ... read..

Gambia's Jammeh says state of emergency will prevent power vacuum
BANJUL | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said a state of emergency announced today would prevent a power vacuum while the supreme court decides on his petition challenging opposition leader Adama Barrow's victory in a December 1 election. The statement read on stat ... read..

MSF says Nigerian air force strike on refugee camp kills 50 and 120 hurt
MAIDUGURI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
An air strike by the Nigerian Air Force killed 50 people and wounded 120 at a refugee camp today, medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said. MSF said the incident took place in Rann, in northeast Nigeria, today. The Nigerian air force said it ac ... read..

Oldest gorilla in captivity dies in Ohio at 60 years old
By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
The first gorilla born in captivity, who went on to become the oldest known member of her species, has died at the age of 60, officials at the Columbus, Ohio, zoo that served as her home said today. Colo, a Western lowland gorilla, was found dead on Tuesd ... read..

Lithuania to build fence along border with Russia's Kaliningrad
VILNIUS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Lithuania plans to build a two-metre high wire fence along its border with the Russian region of Kaliningrad, its interior minister said today, amid continued tensions between Moscow and the Baltic states, which are members of NATO. Eimutis Misiunas ackno ... read..

Upbeat Boeing CEO says meeting with Trump 'very productive'
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Boeing Co Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg said he had a "very productive" meeting with President-elect Donald Trump today and was encouraged by progress in talks on the Air Force One replacement fleet and on fighter planes. "We discussed Air Force One, ... read..

Vote in UK parliament on Brexit deal will be binding- PM May spokeswoman
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A vote in parliament over Britain's final Brexit deal will be binding, a spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May said today, but she stressed that the country would be withdrawing from the European Union regardless of the outcome. "You can regard it as ... read..

Nigerian air force kills civilians by accident in northeastern strike - military official
MAIDUGURI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
The Nigerian air force killed an unknown number of civilians by accident in an air strike today against Islamist militant group Boko Haram in the northeast, a military official said. Regional military commander General Lucky Irabor said the strike took pl ... read..

US-Cuba detente supporters make last-ditch effort to sway Trump
By Marc Frank HAVANA | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
US organizations that have worked closely with the outgoing Obama administration to improve relations with Cuba today released a four-page letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him not to act rashly toward the Communist-run nation. The Cuban Study ... read..

Lawyers demand release of UN judge imprisoned in Turkey
By Thomas Escritt THE HAGUE | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Lawyers at a UN court urged Turkey on Monday to release a judge who is being held in connection with July's coup attempt, saying his detention was delaying a genocide case. Judge Aydin Sedaf Akay has been held since September, one of tens of thousands of ... read..

Israeli soldiers shoot dead a Palestinian assailant - military
JERUSALEM | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Israeli troops today shot dead a Palestinian who had tried to stab a soldier at a checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, a military spokeswoman said. "Responding to the imminent threat, forces fired towards the attacker, resulting in his death," she said i ... read..

Iraq PM Abadi says Iraqi forces have begun 'moving' in west Mosul - state TV
BAGHDAD | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said today that Iraqi forces had begun "moving" against Islamic State militants in western Mosul, an area the group still fully holds. He did not give details of exactly what actions Iraqi forces were undertaking on t ... read..

Donald Trump accidently tweets to 'wrong' Ivanka instead of his daughter
Washington D.C. | January 17, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
President-elect Donald Trump was on the receiving end of Ivanka Majic, whom he accidentally tweeted at instead of his own daughter who has the same name. ... read..

Theresa May commits to Brexit vote, says 'no deal better than bad deal'
Washington D.C | January 17, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday committed to placing a final Brexit deal to a vote in both houses of the Parliament. ... read..

European Parliament negotiator warns Britain's May against Brexit "illusion"
STRASBOURG | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
The European Parliament's Brexit negotiator said today it was an "illusion" to think that Britain could enjoy the advantages of the European Union's single market without accepting the obligations that come with it. The negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, also s ... read..

UN sees world growth rising in 2017, threats from Trump and Brexit
GENEVA | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Global economic growth will quicken to 2.7 per cent this year and 2.9 per cent in 2018, after growing by 2.2 per cent in 2016, the United Nations said in its annual economic forecast on Tuesday. However it saw uncertainty created by Britain's vote to leav ... read..

EU negotiator says smooth Brexit a condition for good future ties
BRUSSELS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Smooth negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union are a prerequisite for a good future relationship between London and the bloc, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator said today. "Agreement on orderly exit is prerequisite for future partnership. My ... read..

German firms to scale back investment in UK over Brexit - DIHK association
BERLIN | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Prime Minister Theresa May's announcement that Britain will leave the EU's single market provides clarity and means German firms will start scaling back investment in the UK, Germany's Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) said today. "There now will be ... read..

Manchester United extend Valencia's contract by a year
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Manchester United have extended Ecuadorian defender Antonio Valencia's contract by a year, the Premier League club said today. United said on their website ( that a clause had been triggered to keep the 31-year-old international at Old Traf ... read..

Bomb blast in Baghdad kills at least seven - police and medical sources
BAGHDAD | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A car bomb blast in southern Baghdad killed at least seven people and wounded 20 today, police and medical sources said. The explosion hit the mostly Shi'ite neighbourhood of Abu Dsheer, the sources said. REUTERS PY PR2057 ... read..

Germany's Gabriel welcomes clarity on Brexit after May's speech
Undated | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said today he welcomed comments from Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May that put clarity on her country's plans to leave the European Union and said it was important to move forward quickly and orderly. "It's good ... read..

Iran says it is against US presence in Syria talks in Astana
DUBAI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Iran opposes a US presence in peace talks on the Syria conflict that are planned for January 23 in Kazakhstan's capital Astana, Tasnim news agency quoted Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying today. Answering a question about Iran's stance over ... read..

Putin: Spreaders of 'fake' Trump news 'worse than prostitutes'
Moscow | Tuesday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that those who spread "fake news" about US President-elect Donald Trump are "worse than prostitutes". ... read..

Amazon sacks worker for sending parcel with 'Uncle Adolf' note
London | Tuesday, 2017 9:45:04 PM IST
An Amazon worker has been sacked for putting a note reading "Greetings from Uncle Adolf" in a parcel to a Jewish mum. ... read..

Iran's Rouhani says talk about renegotiation of nuclear deal is "meaningless"
DUBAI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani said today that he was optimistic about the future of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers, and said that US President-elect Trump cannot unilaterally cancel the accord. "The president elect has shown he is not ... read..

Spanish court jails 4 ex-bankers for misappropriation
MADRID | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A Spanish court ordered four former executives of a bank bailed out during the country's banking crisis to serve two-year sentences for misappropriation that it handed down in 2015. The High Court ruling published today marked the first time any of the sc ... read..

Rouhani says 10 countries offered to mediate between Saudi and Iran
DUBAI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
At least 10 countries have offered to mediate in the escalating feud between Saudi Arabia and Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said today, noting that Tehran would restore ties with Riyadh if Saudi Arabia changes it regional policies. Answering a question a ... read..

Britain's Brexit plan "a bit ambitious", Czech state official says
PRAGUE | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Britain's plan for leaving the European Union is a "bit ambitious", the Czech Republic's secretary of state for EU affairs said after the British prime minister set out the principles in a speech today. "Thorough speech by @theresa_may. At least now we kn ... read..

Putin calls report which said Russia had damaging details on Trump a hoax
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
President Vladimir Putin said today an unsubstantiated report that alleged Russia had gathered compromising material on US President-elect Donald Trump was a hoax. Putin, who reiterated he had never met Trump, said he hoped that Moscow and Washington coul ... read..

New drought strikes millions in Ethiopia, still reeling from El Nino
By Katy Migiro NAIROBI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Millions of Ethiopians face a hunger crisis for a second consecutive year after drought hit sub-Saharan Africa's second most populous nation, the United Nations said today as it appealed for more than 900 million dollar in aid. A strong aid response to la ... read..

Moldova President Dodon says may scrap trade agreement with EU
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Moldova may scrap a trade agreement with the European Union after the country's next parliamentary elections, Moldova's President Igor Dodon said today. Speaking in Moscow at a news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dodon said former Sovie ... read..

EU's Juncker to talk to Britain's May on Tuesday
STRASBOURG | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will talk to Theresa May later today, his spokesman said, after the British prime minister laid out her plans for Brexit. "President Juncker was briefed on Prime Minister May's speech with interest," Marga ... read..

EU's Tusk says May's Brexit speech "at least more realistic"
BRUSSELS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May's speech on Brexit was "at least more realistic", European Union Council President Donald Tusk said on Twitter, adding that the 27 other EU member states remained united and ready to negotiate. "Sad process, surrealistic ... read..

Scotland must have choice on independence if Brexit wishes ignored-Sturgeon
EDINBURGH | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Scotland must have the option of independence from the UK if its wishes on Britain's new trade plan after it leaves the European Union are rejected, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today. Sturgeon, who leads the pro-independence devolved government, s ... read..

Rejection of Brexit deal by UK parliament won't stop EU exit -minister
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Britain will still leave the European Union even if parliament votes against the final terms of the deal, Brexit minister David Davis told parliament today. During a speech setting out her Brexit priorities earlier today, Prime Minister Theresa May said s ... read..

Sikh boy in Australia denied enrolment in school for wearing turban
Melbourne | Tuesday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
A five-year-old Sikh boy was denied entry by a school here for wearing a turban as it said that the religious head gear was not in conformity with the school's uniform policy. ... read..

Don't blame economic globalization for world's problems: Xi Jinping
Davos [Switzerland] | January 17, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Chinese President Xi Jinping asserted that Beijing is committed to fulfilling its international responsibilities and contributing to addressing pressing global challenges, however, adding that many problems needling the globe are not caused by economic gl ... read..

'Trump to bring his signature extravagant style to White House kitchen'
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 7:45:06 PM IST
Despite owning more than a dozen luxury restaurants, Donald Trump is not that interested in food. His culinary tastes are known to range from KFC and taco bowls to well-done steaks. ... read..

'Trump to enter office with worst approval rating in history'
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 7:45:06 PM IST
Donald Trump will become President on Friday with an approval rating of just 40 per cent, according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll, the lowest of any recent President and 44 points below that of outgoing President Barack Obama. ... read..

Trump adviser Scaramucci says parts, not all, of NATO obsolete
DAVOS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A senior advisor to US President-elect Donald Trump said his comments about the NATO alliance being "obsolete" reflect how the world has changed, but should not be interpreted as meaning that it needs to be consigned to history. "NATO is working but there ... read..

No Brexit deal better than "bad deal", UK's May says
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May said today that not reaching a deal with the European Union would be better than concluding a bad exit deal for Britain and warned leaders of the 27 other members not to try to punish Britons for voting to leave. May has ... read..

UK finance minister says "sensible" EU deal needed to avoid tax battle
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Britain will do whatever it takes to maintain competitiveness if the European Union refuses to agree a "sensible" trade deal after the country leaves the bloc, British finance minister Philip Hammond said today. Hammond was addressing parliament in a regu ... read..

Moving van spotted outside Obama's new home
New York | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:04 PM IST
A pack-and-mover company van has been spotted outside the new home of the outgoing first family of the US, as President Barack Obama prepares to leave the White House on January 20. ... read..

Pakistan: Qatari prince's convoy hunting rare Bustard attacked by villagers
Lahore [Pakistan] | January 17, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The convoy of a member from the Qatari Royal Family, who was on an expedition to hunt the Houbara Bustard, a rare bird whose meat is prized by Arab sheikhs, was attacked by a group of villagers with guns and knives. ... read..

'Make America Great Again' to be Trump's inauguration ceremony theme
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 6:45:05 PM IST
The theme for Donald Trump's inauguration as US President is to be the same as his campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again" -- with official events kicking off from Thursday with a wreath laying ceremony. ... read..

UK's May says final EU exit deal will be put to a vote in parliament
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May said today she would put the final agreement on Britain's exit from the European Union to a vote in parliament. May said there would have to compromises in the negotiations but it was important to provide "as much certai ... read..

East Libyan forces claim control of Islamist holdout in Benghazi
BENGHAZI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Forces loyal to Libya's eastern government said today they had gained control over one of the last pockets of resistance held by Islamist-dominated opponents in Benghazi. The Libyan National Army (LNA) troops captured the south-western district of Bosnaib ... read..

Drivers on UK Southern rail suspend next week's strike action -TUC
LONDON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Drivers working for Britain's Southern Rail have agreed to suspend strike action next week which would have brought the network to a standstill once again, the Trades Union Congress (TUC) said today. Southern Rail, which runs services from central London ... read..

Saudi's Jubeir rejects criticism of Riyadh in French election race
By John Irish PARIS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has hit back at suggestions by some French presidential candidates that Riyadh funds Islamist extremism in France and that bilateral ties between the two allies should be reviewed. With less than four months before France's ... read..

Prominent Dutch lawyer Wakkie released in Spain
MADRID | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Prominent Dutch corporate lawyer Peter Wakkie has been released by Spanish police but remains under investigation after his arrest as part of a probe into the insolvency of Russian-Spanish telecom firm ZED+, a judicial source said. Wakkie's spokesman Walt ... read..

China's Xi says will not devalue renminbi or start trade war
DAVOS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
China will not devalue its yuan, also known as the renminbi, or start a trade war, President Xi Jinping said . Xi told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that China stood for open, transparent and win-win trade agreements, and called on other ... read..

In UN lawsuit, Ukraine demands Russia end support for separatists
AMSTERDAM | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Ukraine filed a lawsuit at the United Nations' highest court demanding that Russia immediately halt its support for pro-Moscow separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine. The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry accused Russia of "acts of terrorism and discrimination ... read..

Trump Interior pick to clarify stance on federal land development
By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A US Senate committee will grill President-elect Donald Trump's pick to run the Department of the Interior, Congressman Ryan Zinke of Montana, during a confirmation hearing today that is likely to focus on how he would balance development and conservation ... read..

Thousands of Fukushima evacuees face hardship as subsidies to be slashed
By Elaine Lies TOKYO | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Nearly six years after Noriko Matsumoto and her children fled Japan's Fukushima region, fearing for their health after the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl, they confront a new potential hardship - the slashing of vital housing subsidies. Matsumoto ... read..

Iraqi forces push into IS-held pocket in Mosul - military
BAGHDAD | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
Iraqi special forces pushed into a pocket of Islamic State-held territory in eastern Mosul today, the military said, seeking to recapture the remaining districts under the group's control east of the Tigris river. The militants have been driven out of mos ... read..

Ivanka Trump stepping into 'powerful' mode
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:05 PM IST
Come January 20, one person besides US President-elect Donald Trump, who would don a new role, is his daughter Ivanka Trump, who is poised to play a crucial role in her father's administration. ... read..

Search for Malaysia Airlines flight called off (Lead)
Sydney | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
The underwater search for the Malaysian Airlines plane that disappeared in March 2014 has been called off and victims' families have been informed that the effort to find the flight has come to an end, a statement said on Tuesday. ... read..

Indian-Americans get 1% representation in US Congress: Forbes
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Indian Americans, who comprise around one per cent of the US population, now for the first-time ever also make up one per cent of the US Congress. ... read..

China to work for effective implementation of Iran nuclear deal
Beijing | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
China said on Tuesday it would continue to work with relevant parties for comprehensive and effective implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the Iran nuclear issue. ... read..

Oslo bans diesel cars due to high pollution levels
Oslo | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Authorities in the Norwegian capital of Oslo on Tuesday for the first time pushed diesel cars off the roads, due to high levels of pollution. ... read..

European anti-corruption body tells Georgia well done, but do more
TBILISI | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
The Council of Europe today called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption while at the same time acknowledging it had made considerable progress. The Council's anti-corruption body, the Group of States against Corruption (GRECO), welcomed positive dev ... read..

Macron momentum threatens French election frontrunners
By Michel Rose PARIS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
In May last year, then French Economy Minister Emmanuel Macron sat down with Socialist lawmaker Christophe Sirugue in the steel town of Le Creusot and asked him to join his new political movement. He said No. Eight months on, others are saying Yes. A poli ... read..

Amnesty International: "draconian" EU anti-terror laws target Muslims
BRUSSELS | Tuesday, Jan 17 2017 IST
A raft of new counterterrorism laws across Europe discriminate against Muslims and refugees, spreading fear and alienation, Amnesty International said in a report today. The human rights group sounded the alarm over security measures adopted over the past ... read..

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