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Pakistani ex-military leader Musharraf begins TV career as analyst
By Saad Sayeed ISLAMABAD | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Pakistan's former military ruler, retired general Pervez Musharraf, has launched a career as a political analyst on a weekly television talk show, a prominent role for the ex-leader who lives in Dubai and faces several criminal cases at home. The show, "P ... read..


Britain and Russia discuss easing tensions, avoiding military accidents - Ifax
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
One of Britain's most senior military commanders met Russian military chiefs in Moscow today to discuss how to reduce tensions between the two countries, the Interfax news agency reported. British Vice Chief of the Defence Staff General Gordon Messenger m ... read..


Trump's "big" spending hopes prop up stocks
* Graphic: FX rates in 2017 http://tmsnrt.rs/2egbfVh * Europe stocks flat | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
World stocks hovered just off all-time highs and were on course for a fourth straight month of gains on Tuesday, as investors awaited a speech by US President Donald Trump for signals on infrastructure spending and tax cuts. Global share markets have gain ... read..


Pakistan bans rallies praising killer of blasphemy law reform proponent
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Pakistan said today it would bar Islamist organisations from staging rallies commemorating a killer whom many religious groups consider a hero for assassinating a prominent politician who had called for the reform of blasphemy laws. Mumtaz Qadri was execu ... read..


South Korea suggests North's suspension from UN over airport killing
By Stephanie Nebehay and Joseph Sipalan GENEVA/KUALA LUMPUR | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
South Korea called for "collective measures" to punish North Korea for using chemical weapons to kill the estranged half-brother of its leader Kim Jong Un, as Malaysia said on Tuesday it would charge two women with murder over the airport attack. Police h ... read..


Russia says UN vote on Syria sanctions negative for Geneva talks
By Tom Miles and John Irish GENEVA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said today that a UN Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to punish Syria's government over its alleged use of chemical weapons would harm peace talks in Geneva. The resolution, which co ... read..


Clinton asks Trump to speak out after shooting of Indian techie
Houston | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:05 PM IST
Former US Secretary of State and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has asked President Donald Trump to "step up and speak out" on rising hate crimes in the US, in the wake of the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a Kansas Ci ... read..


Billionaire investor Ross confirmed as US Commerce Secretary (Lead)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 7:15:05 PM IST
The US Senate confirmed billionaire banker and investor Wilbur L. Ross as Commerce secretary, installing a key leader for the Trump administration's plans to overhaul trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). ... read..


Putin says draft UN resolution to sanction Syria 'inappropriate'
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin said today a draft UN Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to sanction Syria's government over the alleged use of chemical weapons was inappropriate. The Security Council will vote later today on a res ... read..


Putin says sure will be able to solve disputes with Belarus
BISHKEK | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Russia is confident it will be able to resolve a series of disputes with Belarus, President Vladimir Putin said today, referring to disagreements over a joint border and energy deliveries. "I am sure we will be able to find a way out," Putin told a news c ... read..


Russia's Gatilov says UN vote on Syria sanctions negative for peace talks
GENEVA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov said today that a UN Security Council resolution put forward by Western powers to sanction Syria's government over the alleged use of chemical weapons would have a negative impact on peace talks. "It is co ... read..


Israel removes settlers from homes on private Palestinian land
* Nine homes in Ofra settlement due to be demolished * Israeli says they were built on land owned by Palestinians * Police carry out settlers | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Israeli police began removing settlers and hundreds of supporters today from nine houses built illegally on privately owned Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank. Police carried some of the settlers and protesters out of the red-roofed structures in ... read..


Scotland says May's Brexit stance ups chance of new independence vote
* Devolved Scottish govt says its views on EU being ignored * If it gets no concessions | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
The "sheer intransigence" of the British government over Brexit could lead to a second Scottish independence referendum, the head of the devolved Scottish government said today. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, elected leader in 2014 after an unsuccessful ... read..


India-born Uber executive quits over old harassment claim
San Francisco | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:05 PM IST
An India-born top executive at Uber has left his job for not disclosing an allegation of sexual harassment by his former employer Google, the media reported. ... read..


Ties with US at lowest since Cold War, says Russia
Moscow | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest point since the end of Cold War, but there is hope in US President Donald Trump, a top Russian official said on Tuesday. ... read..


Israel begins partial evacuation of Jewish settlement
Tel Aviv | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 PM IST
Israel police on Tuesday began the partial evacuation of nine Jewish settlements in the centre of the West Bank, after a ruling from the high court. ... read..


US-backed Iraqi forces close in on IS-held Mosul government buildings
* Civilians fleeing toward government lines * Islamic State fighters set fire to cars | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
US-backed Iraqi forces today battled their way to within firing range of Mosul's main government buildings, a major target in the offensive to dislodge Islamic State militants from their remaining stronghold in the western side of the city. Terrified civi ... read..


Trump says 'revved up economy' will pay for budget proposals -Fox
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
President Donald Trump said he believes the extra 54 billion dollars he has proposed spending on the US military will be offset by a stronger economy as well as cuts in other areas. "I think the money is going to come from a revved up economy," Trump said ... read..


Door knocks in the dark: The Canadian town on front line of Trump migrant crackdown
By Rod Nickel EMERSON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Jaime French was jarred out of bed in Emerson, Manitoba early one morning this month by pounding at her front door, just yards from the US border. A face peered in through the window, flanked in the darkness by others. Outside were 16 asylum seekers, arri ... read..


With businesses split on US border tax, wider reform looks shaky
* Trump position on 'border adjustment' unclear * Retailers | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Major US corporations are going to war in Washington over a Republican 'border adjustment' tax proposal meant to boost exports over imports, with lawmakers in Congress coming under pressure from some of the nation's biggest employers. The political split ... read..


South Korea suggests suspending North Korea's UN seat
GENEVA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
South Korea called today for "collective measures" against North Korea, including possible suspension of its UN membership, saying the use of chemical weapons to assassinate the half-brother of North Korea's leader was a "wake-up call". Yun Byung-se, Sout ... read..


Ex-President Bush says hopeful despite "pretty ugly" climate in Washington
Undated | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Former US president George W Bush has described the political climate in Washington as "pretty ugly" under Donald Trump's presidency but expressed optimism the United States would pull through despite the divisive political discourse. "I don't like ... read..


Brexit should be delayed if no trade agreement, say businesses
London | Tuesday, 2017 4:45:05 PM IST
The UK's exit from the European Union (EU) should be delayed if there is no trade agreement at the end of two years of negotiations, a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) report said on Tuesday. ... read..


The globetrotter confined: the hardening of Geert Wilders
* Confinement has radicalised Wilders * Islam has come to dominate the agenda of party * Party For Freedom would ban Koran | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Since the evening in 2004 when policemen arrived unannounced to escort him and his wife to safety, Geert Wilders has lived in safe houses under 24-hour guard to protect him from Islamist militants who threatened to kill him. Film-maker Theo van Gogh had b ... read..


Bangladesh police break up protest over gas price increase
By Ruma Paul DHAKA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Bangladesh police used tear gas and water cannon to break up hundreds who took to the streets of the capital today in protest against an increase in the price of gas. The Energy Regulatory Commission last week announced an increase in gas prices by an ave ... read..


Taliban kill 12 Afghan police with silenced weapons
LASHKAR GAH | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Taliban fighters in the southern Afghan province of Helmand attacked a checkpoint with silenced weapons and hand grenades early today killing 12 policemen and stealing weapons and ammunition, officials said. But a provincial official said that it could be ... read..


Samsung Group dismantles nerve centre as chief faces bribery charge amid scandal
* Samsung Group chief to be charged with bribery | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
South Korean prosecutors said today they will charge Samsung Group chief Jay Y Lee with bribery and embezzlement as the top conglomerate announced the dismantling of its corporate strategy office, the latest developments in a scandal that has rocked the c ... read..


Light aircraft crashes into California home, killing three on board
LOS ANGELES | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Three people were killed and two critically injured when their light aircraft crashed into a house today, causing several fires in a residential neighborhood in southern California, the local fire chief said. The Cessna 310 crashed at about 4:30 p.m. shor ... read..


3 dead in California plane crash
Los Angeles | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:05 PM IST
Three persons were killed and two injured when a small plane crashed into a residential neighbourhood in California, authorities said. ... read..


Malaysia to charge women with airport murder of North Korean
By Joseph Sipalan KUALA LUMPUR | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Two women - an Indonesian and a Vietnamese - will be charged on Wednesday with murder over the killing in Malaysia of the estranged half-brother of North Korea's leader, Malaysia's attorney general said. Police have said the women smeared VX nerve agent, ... read..


China says hopes US defence spending benefits global stability
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
China's Foreign Ministry today said it hoped US defence spending would be beneficial to maintaining global peace and stability, after the White House proposed a 10 per cent increase in military spending. The proposed rise in the Pentagon budget to 603 bil ... read..


UN urges aid access to Yemen ports to avert looming famine
DUBAI | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
A United Nations official visiting both sides in Yemen's civil war has urged them to guarantee more access to the country's ports to let food, fuel and medicine imports in to help ward off a looming famine. Emergency relief coordinator Stephen O'Brien sai ... read..


Manbij is Turkey's next step in Syria operation, Erdogan says
ANKARA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Turkey-backed forces will move towards the northern Syrian town of Manbij after completing their operation in al-Bab as originally planned, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said today. In a news conference in Ankara before embarking on an official visit t ... read..


Philippine president says will call police back to drug war
MANILA | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today said he would have to call the police back to his war on drugs, nearly a month after suspending the force from all operations in the bloody campaign. Duterte said the recall would not mean all police would return ... read..


Zimbabwe public sector workers to protest over bonuses
HARARE | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Zimbabwean public sector workers will hold a demonstration today calling on the government to pay bonuses for 2016, the civil service union said, setting them on a collision course with President Robert Mugabe's cash strapped administration. Without bala ... read..


Russia has not discussed sanctions with Trump administration - agencies
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Russia has not discussed Western sanctions imposed on Moscow with the administration of US President Donald Trump, and has not asked Washington to repeal them, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying today. But ... read..


European shares edge higher, earnings support
LONDON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
European shares edged higher on Tuesday after encouraging earnings releases, with Meggitt leading the market up after reporting a sharp rise in profits and Ferrovial also advancing after results news. The pan-European STOXX 600 index was up 0.1 percent by ... read..


Police search Berlin properties linked to Christmas market attacker's mosque
BERLIN | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
German police today searched more than 20 properties in Berlin with links to a mosque visited by the Tunisian asylum seeker who killed 12 people at a Christmas market. About 450 officers have been searching apartments, two companies' premises and six pris ... read..


Indian techie murder: Killer appears in court (Lead)
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
A former US Navy veteran arrested last week for shooting two Indian engineers and an American at a bar had his first court appearance through video conference. ... read..


Your face may match your name
New York | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 PM IST
Does your name resemble your face? Yes, say researchers who found out that owing to the cultural stereotypes that people associate with names, they can accurately match a stranger's name to his or her face. ... read..


Why teenagers rarely share online risks with parents
New York | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
An increasing number of teenagers get discouraged to talk to their parents about potentially risky online experiences, such as cyberbullying, sexual exchanges and viewing inappropriate content online, because parents tend to emote much stronger feelings a ... read..


Trump says Obama behind administration leaks, protests
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump has accused his predecessor Barack Obama of being responsible for the leaks within his administration and the sizable, angry town-hall crowds Republicans have faced across the country. ... read..


Key Pyongyang official visits Malaysia over Kim's death
Kuala Lumpur | Tuesday, 2017 2:15:04 PM IST
A former North Korean deputy ambassador to the United Nations arrived in Malaysia on Tuesday amid an escalating diplomatic row over the death of the half-brother of the North's leader Kim Jong-un. ... read..


Australia detains man for helping IS develop missiles
Canberra | Tuesday, 2017 1:45:05 PM IST
Australia detained a man accused of helping the Islamic State (IS) terror group to develop missiles, the police said on Tuesday. ... read..


Trump meets China's State Councillor
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 1:15:05 PM IST
US President Donald Trump held a brief meeting with the China's State Councillor in his first one-on-one interaction with a senior official from the country. ... read..


Samsung heir to be indicted on bribery charges
Seoul | Tuesday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Lee Jae-yong, the de facto leader of Samsung Group, will be indicted on charges of bribery, an independent counsel said on Tuesday, as investigators wrap up their probe into an influence-peddling scandal. ... read..


'Possible terror risks for Italy from lone wolves'
Rome | Tuesday, 2017 12:15:05 PM IST
On the risk of terror attacks in Italy, the critical issues continue to come from the possible activation of "lone wolves" and "self-starters", or self radicalised people, an official said. ... read..


Malaysian police say they aware of N.Korean companies linked to arms business
KUALA LUMPUR | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Malaysia's police chief said today police were aware of two North Korea-linked companies that were identified in a Reuters report as firms operating an arms business in the Southeast Asian country. Khalid Abu Bakar said the two companies, International G ... read..


China says it has received its largest foreign drone order-Xinhua
SHANGHAI | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
An undisclosed buyer has placed the largest overseas order for China's home-developed military drones, the Xinhua news agency has reported, in a boost for the Chinese arms industry's efforts to increase export volumes. The order for the Wing Loong II was ... read..


Trump's trade czar Ross easily wins US Senate confirmation
By David Lawder WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Billionaire investor Wilbur Ross easily won confirmation as US commerce secretary today, clearing President Donald Trump's top trade official to start work on renegotiating trade relationships with China and Mexico. The US Senate voted 72-27 to confirm t ... read..


China considering offering financial incentives for second child-China Daily
SHANGHAI | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
China is considering introducing birth rewards and subsidies to encourage people to have a second child, after surveys showed that economic constraints were making many reluctant to expand families, the state-owned China Daily newspaper reported. The pot ... read..


US Senate confirms Wilbur Ross as Commerce Secretary
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
The US Senate easily confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as US commerce secretary today with strong support from Democrats, installing President Donald Trump's top official on trade matters. The Senate voted 72-27 to confirm Ross, who has been hig ... read..


In new year message, China's Panchen Lama praises religious policy
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
A youth named by China as the second-highest figure in Tibetan Buddhism, but reviled as a fake by many Tibetans, has praised the Communist Party's religious policies in Tibet in a lunar new year message, saying they made him feel "very happy". Although o ... read..


Trump, China's top diplomat, discuss cooperation, possible Xi meeting
By Steve Holland and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump, who has attacked China on issues from trade to the South China Sea, held his first face-to-face talks with a member of the Chinese leadership today, and the White House said it was a chance to discuss shared security interests a ... read..


London politicians tell UK government not to use EU workers as bargaining chip
LONDON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
European Union workers are the "lifeblood" of London, with sectors such as health and construction reliant on their labour, and so they should be guaranteed the right to stay after Brexit, politicians from the British capital said today. The London Assem ... read..


SpaceX to send first space tourists around moon next year
By Irene Klotz CAPE CANAVERAL | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Space Exploration Technologies plans to launch two paying customers on a tourist trip around the moon next year using a spaceship under development for NASA astronauts and a heavy-lift rocket yet to be flown, Chief Executive Elon Musk told reporters today ... read..


Chile presidential hopeful Pinera blasts opponents' campaign as 'dirty'
SANTIAGO | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Former Chilean leader Sebastian Pinera, an early front-runner to win back the presidency this year, struck back today at what he called a smear campaign by leftist politicians who have demanded probes into his actions during his first term. Media reports ... read..


Islamic State forced Philippine nurses to give medical training in Libya
TRIPOLI | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
A Philippine nurse held by Islamic State in the Libyan city of Sirte said today that she and her colleagues had been forced to treat militants and give them medical training. The nurse is from a group of seven women, one man and a 10-month-old child who ... read..


Gambia's President Barrow removes army head, senior officers
By Pap Saine BANJUL | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Gambian President Adama Barrow has replaced the head of the military, a pillar of his predecessor Yahya Jammeh's repressive government, and dismissed a number of senior military officers, officials said today. The director of the prisons system was also ... read..


Guinea president fires ministers after deadly protests
CONAKRY | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Guinea's President Alpha Conde fired three ministers, according to a decree read on state television today, following violent protests over a teachers' strike last week in which seven people were killed and dozens more were injured. Ibrahima Kourouma, th ... read..


Melting snow new danger for those fleeing to Canada from US
By Rod Nickel WINNIPEG | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Asylum seekers crossing in the dead of night into Canada from the United States may face a new danger in coming weeks, as heavy snowpack melts in the flood-prone US northern plains and province of Manitoba. The western Canadian province yesterday said th ... read..


US State Department tweets, then deletes congratulations for Iran Oscar win
By Yeganeh Torbati WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
The US State Department today issued and then deleted a congratulatory message for an Oscar win by a prominent Iranian director who criticized President Donald Trump's travel ban as "inhumane." The State Department's official Persian-language Twitter acc ... read..


US attorney general calls threats against Jewish groups 'unacceptable'
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions told reporters today that recent bomb threats made against Jewish groups are "unacceptable" and a "very serious and destructive practice." Several Jewish community centers and schools in at least 12 states received bomb ... read..


Senior NKorea envoy visits Beijing after China coal ban - Kyodo
SEOUL | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
A senior North Korean diplomat arrived in Beijing on Tuesday for talks in the first such high-level visit since June last year, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported, after China halted coal imports from the impoverished nation under U.N. sanctions. North Ko ... read..


China angrily reacts with threats after S.Korean missile defence decision
BEIJING | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
Chinese state media has reacted with anger and threats of boycotts after the board of an affiliate of South Korea's Lotte Group approved a land swap with the government that will enable authorities to deploy a U.S. missile defence system. The government d ... read..


China's total energy consumption rose 1.4 pct in 2016
* Total energy production down 4.2 pct in 2016 * Coal accounts for 62 pct of energy consumption mix * Greenpeace says CO2 emissions showed zero growth SHANGHAI | Tuesday, Feb 28 2017 IST
- China's total energy consumption grew 1.4 percent to 43.6 billion tonnes of standard coal in 2016, according to preliminary calculations published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Tuesday. Total energy production was down 4.2 percent compared to ... read..


George W. Bush breaks silence on Trump
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
George W. Bush broke his silence on President Donald Trump's leadership, after refusing to criticise publicly those who succeeded him since he left the Oval Office eight years ago, a media report said on Monday. ... read..


'Trump may display populist rhetoric in Congress address'
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 10:15:04 AM IST
Two Senate and House Democrats predicted on Monday that the speech President Donald Trump will deliver on Tuesday before a joint session of Congress will be simply another display of "populist rhetoric" filled with "empty words". ... read..


US Senate confirms commerce secretary
Washington | Tuesday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
The US Senate has confirmed billionaire banker and investor Wilbur Ross as President Donald Trump's commerce secretary, media report said. ... read..


Sexting a bigger fear for British parents
London | Tuesday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
Four out of five British parents are concerned about their children sexting -- a higher proportion than parents who fear their offspring will smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol, a new study has found. ... read..


Kansas bar shooter appears in court
New York | Tuesday, 2017 7:45:04 AM IST
The man accused of shooting two Indian techies and an American at a bar in Kansas last week had his first court appearance through video conference. ... read..


China confirms 'joint counter-terrorism' operations with Afghanistan, but 'not with |military
Hong Kong [China] | February 28, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
China has confirmed that it is helping Afghanistan conduct joint law enforcement operations in the border areas of that country to counter terrorism, after initially being in a state of denial about the sightings of Chinese military vehicles moving around ... read..


New deputy UN chief to be sworn in on Tuesday
United Nations | Tuesday, 2017 6:15:04 AM IST
Amina Mohammed, the new deputy UN secretary-general, will formally take office on Tuesday, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said. ... read..


Nobody knew health care could be so complicated: Trump
Washington D.C. [United States] | February 28, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump has said that nobody knew health care could be so complicated, adding that his administration has come up with a solution which is very good. ... read..


Hillary urges Trump to speak out against hate crimes
New Delhi [India] | February 28, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged President Donald Trump to speak out against hate crimes following a rise of the same across the country. ... read..


Russia to cooperate with Tajikistan in strengthening security
Astana [Kazakhstan] | February 28, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin has affirmed his willingness to cooperate with Tajikistan in strengthening security and stability. ... read..


Trump attributes himself for Republican Party's growing fame
New Delhi [India] | February 28, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
U.S. President Donald Trump has claimed that more American adults support Republicans in Congress than Democrats since he became the President of the country. ... read..


Pentagon sends White House plan to defeat IS
New York | Tuesday, 2017 5:45:04 AM IST
The Pentagon has sent the White House a preliminary plan to defeat the Islamic State (IS), a spokesman said without providing details about the plan. ... read..


Portuguese fisherman finds unexploded WWII bomb
London | Tuesday, 2017 4:15:04 AM IST
A Portuguese fisherman in Nazare, around 120 km north of Portuguese capital Lisbon, found an unexploded bomb, believed to be from World War II. ... read..


Bush seeks answers on alleged Russian role in US elections
New York | Tuesday, 2017 3:45:04 AM IST
Former US President George W. Bush has called for "answers" regarding Russia's alleged interference in the November 8 presidential elections. ... read..


Britain deports woman for 'spending too much time abroad'
London | Tuesday, 2017 3:15:04 AM IST
Britain has deported a woman without warning because she allegedly spent too much time abroad. ... read..


Heavy rains cause 117 deaths in Zimbabwe
Harare | Tuesday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
At least 117 people have died due to heavy rains that have been received in Zimbabwe in recent months while 106 others have been injured by lightning, the Civil Protection Unit (CPU) has said. ... read..


Kansas man charged with murder of Indian engineer due in court
By Karen Dillon OLATHE | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
A white US Navy veteran charged with murdering an Indian software engineer at a Kansas bar was due in court today over the shooting, which federal authorities are probing as a possible hate crime. Adam Purinton, 51, is accused of killing Srinivas Kuchibho ... read..


Pentagon delivers draft plan to defeat Islamic State to White House
WASHINGTON | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
A Pentagon-led preliminary plan to defeat Islamic State has been delivered to the White House and US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will brief senior administration officials later today, a Defense Department spokesman told reporters. Pentagon spokesman Cap ... read..


Carnival float crushes spectators at Rio samba parade, 20 hurt
By Pilar Olivares RIO DE JANEIRO | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
The spectacular Carnival parade of Rio's top samba troupes was marred by the injury of 20 people who where pushed against a wall by a faulty float at the start of the famed Sambadrome show, organizers said today. The accident did not stop the all night pa ... read..


No evidence yet of contact between Trump campaign, Russia -US lawmaker
WASHINGTON | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
The chairman of the US House of Representatives intelligence committee said today he has seen no evidence of contact between Donald Trump's campaign and the Russian government during the 2016 presidential election. Representative Devin Nunes, head of the ... read..


US FAA says Kenya meets aviation standards
WASHINGTON | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
The US Federal Aviation Administration said today that Kenya now complies with international aviation safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The rating means the east African nation's civil aviation authority meets International Civil ... read..


Trump to propose increase in defence spending by $54 billion
New York [U.S.] | February 27, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The White House announced Monday that President Donald Trump's first budget proposal will look to increase defence and security spending by $54 billion and cut roughly the same amount from non-defence programs. ... read..


Trump meets insurers, promises catastrophic year for Obamacare
WASHINGTON | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
President Donald Trump told several chief executives of large insurance companies today that 2017 will be a "catastrophic" year for the Affordable Care Act as he seeks to make good on a campaign promise to repeal the measure. The Republican president told ... read..


Oscars blunder prompts probe as 'Moonlight' takes best picture
By Jill Serjeant LOS ANGELES | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Oscar officials today were investigating an embarrassing mix-up over the best picture award, which eventually went to African-American coming-of-age drama "Moonlight," after a ceremony studded with political jokes and minor mishaps. In a mistake that stun ... read..


Mexico's Pemex posts much narrower 4th-qtr loss
MEXICO CITY | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Mexico's state-owned oil company Pemex on Monday reported a narrower quarterly loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 at $1.58 billion (32.6 billion pesos), a loss more than 80 percent smaller than the year-earlier period. REUTERS PY VN2211 ... read..


Turkey says does not welcome comments from Austria on Erdogan visit
ANKARA | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Turkey today criticised Austria after its foreign minister said President Tayyip Erdogan was not welcome to campaign among Turks living in Austria for a referendum to be held in Turkey in April. Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus told a news co ... read..


Militants behead German hostage in Philippines
New York [U.S.] | February 27, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Abu Sayyaf militants in southern Philippines beheaded a German hostage after the deadline passed to pay his ransom passed. ... read..


Ex-President Bush backs 'welcoming' US immigration policy, free media
WASHINGTON | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Former Republican US president George W. Bush diverged sharply from Donald Trump's new administration today, saying he supported a welcoming immigration policy and praising the media as "indispensable to democracy." In a wide-ranging interview with NBC's ... read..


Azerbaijan says 5 soldiers killed in clashes with Armenian separatists
BAKU/YEREVAN | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Five Azeri soldiers were killed in clashes with Armenia-backed separatists along the boundary with the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, Azerbaijan's defence ministry said today, with each side accusing the other of an attempted incursion. Clashes over c ... read..


WHO says new drugs urgently needed to fight 12 "priority pathogens"
By Kate Kelland | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
New antibiotics need to be developed urgently to combat 12 families of bacteria, the World Health Organization said today, describing these "priority pathogens" as the greatest threats to human health. The United National health agency said many of these ... read..


Pakistan turning to coal for energy leaves Sindh locals in tears
London [UK] | February 27, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The indigenous communities in Pakistan's Sindh province have come down on the government over the massive coal mining in the region which has severely affected their daily lives. ... read..


Rhino poaching toll in South Africa falls 10 percent in 2016
* Rhino poaching hit record high of 1 | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
The number of rhinos poached for their horns in South Africa fell 10 per cent in 2016 to 1,054, the second straight year of decline according to government data released today, but conservationists said the levels remain alarming. Rhino poaching rates in ... read..


Acrimonious election campaign deepens Northern Ireland deadlock
* Snap elections due after Sinn Fein collapses government * Unionists | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Acrimonious campaigning ahead of Thursday snap elections in Northern Ireland has increased antagonism between pro-British unionists and Irish nationalists and exacerbated fears devolved power may revert to London for the first time in a decade. The power- ... read..


Israeli aircraft attack Hamas targets after rocket fired from Gaza
GAZA | Monday, Feb 27 2017 IST
Israeli aircraft carried out a series of strikes in Gaza today, wounding at least four people, witnesses said, after a rocket fired from the Palestinian territory hit an empty area in southern Israel. The Israeli military said its planes attacked five pos ... read..


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