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South Korean ministry apologises for "blacklist" of artists
By Ju-min Park SEOUL | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
South Korea's culture ministry apologised today for a blacklist of artists which excluded them from government support, admitting there was a systematic effort to sideline critics of scandal-plagued President Park Geun-hye. The apology was the clearest ad ... read..


Storms continue slamming U.S. South after killing at least 18
By Letitia Stein TAMPA | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
A dangerous weekend weather system killed at least 18 people in the US South, with Georgia officials reporting more than a dozen deaths after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes buffeted several states. Yesterday seven people died in Cook County, Georgia, ... read..


S.Korean acting President vows to address separated families issue
Seoul | Monday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
South Korea's Acting President and Prime Minister Hwang Kyo-ahn on Monday pledged to make constant efforts to address the issue of families separated after the 1950-53 Korean War. ... read..


Melbourne deaths prompt new bail laws in Victoria
Melbourne | Monday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
The Australian state of Victoria has announced changes to its bail laws after five persons were killed when a man drove a car into pedestrians in Melbourne, a media report said on Monday. ... read..


China's second-child policy increases births by 7.9%
Beijing | Monday, 2017 1:45:04 PM IST
The second-child policy implemented in China increased the number of births to 17.86 million in 2016, an increase of 7.9 per cent and the highest annual number since since 2000, according to health authorities. ... read..


ANP asks Pak Govt to take parties into confidence over revival of military courts
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Addressing a large crowd of Pashtun supporters on the occasion of the death anniversaries of Khudai Khidmatgar Tehreek leader Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, and his son Khan Abdul Wali Khan, and days after a bomb blast claimed the lives of 25 people in Parchina ... read..


Rights group calls for protection of migrants in US
Mexico City | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
A human rights group has called on various international organisations, including the UN, to ensure that the US immigration authorities comply with standard protocol, an official statement said. ... read..


Indonesia detains 17 over alleged IS links
Jakarta | Monday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
Indonesian authorities have detained 17 nationals upon their arrival from Turkey over the weekend for their suspected links with the Islamic State terror group, local media reported on Monday. ... read..


CPEC a framework of several developmental projects: Pak Planning Minister
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal has said that the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is not only a name of any road but a framework for several developmental projects. ... read..


UAE asserts commitment to counter threats of extremism, foreign terrorist violence
Abu Dhabi [UAE] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has asserted its commitment to countering the threat of extremism and foreign terrorist violence and finding solutions for it. ... read..


Pakistan provides Chinese firm with two chunks of land for CPEC power project
Lahore [Pakistan] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Two chunks of land, measuring 175 acres each have been provided to a Chinese company by the Government of Pakistan for the USD1.57 billion Matiari-Lahore 660kV High Voltage Direct Current transmission line power project. ... read..


Turkish military says killed 65 Islamic State militants in Syria
ANKARA | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Sixty-five Islamic State militants were killed in operations by the Turkish army in support of rebels in northern Syria on Sunday, the Turkish military said today. Turkey launched an operation to drive the jihadists away from the Syrian border five months ... read..


Canada's Trudeau, ministers to discuss Trump plans for NAFTA
By David Ljunggren CALGARY | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will begin a two-day retreat with his cabinet today, focused mainly on the best approach to take with new US President Donald Trump, whose vow to renegotiate NAFTA could damage Canada's economy. Trump said yesterday ... read..


S Korea prosecutors to investigate other conglomerates after Samsung probe
SEOUL | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
South Korea's special prosecutor's office said today it plans to investigate other conglomerates after completing its probe of Samsung Group , whose leader has been named a suspect in a graft scandal involving President Park Geun-hye. Prosecution office s ... read..


Bombing of ancient sites in Palmyra 'war crime': Syria
Damascus | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
The bombing of the historic heritage in the ancient oasis city of Palmyra by the Islamic State (IS) militant group is a "war crime", the Syrian Culture Minister has said. ... read..


Trump misspells 'honour' on Twitter
New York | Monday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
Shortly after assuming office as the 45th US President, Donald Trump tweeted saying he was "honered" to have been sworn in as the leader, evoking wide-spread response on the Twitter. ... read..


Direct Syrian talks yet to be agreed in Astana
ASTANA | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Parties to the Syrian peace talks in Astana have yet to agree on face-to-face meetings between the delegations of the Damascus government and rebel groups, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Roman Vassilenko said today. Speaking just hours ahead of the negoti ... read..


Malaysian transport minister to meet with MH370 families in Perth
SYDNEY | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Malaysia's transport minister said he will meet relatives of passengers from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 in Perth today, after being lobbied by a group representing families of those lost when the plane vanished in 2014. The Voice370 group said ... read..


China jails two former officials, who fled abroad, for corruption
BEIJING | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Chinese courts have jailed two former officials for corruption who had fled abroad to try and avoid justice, the ruling Communist Party's anti-graft watchdog said today. China has vowed to pursue an overseas search dubbed Operation "Fox Hunt" for corrupt ... read..


North Korea nuclear threat means South must not delay anti-missile system
By Jack Kim and Christine Kim SEOUL | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo-ahn said today the deployment of a US anti-missile defence system can not be delayed in the face of a growing North Korean nuclear missile threat and despite Chinese hostility to the move. South Korea and the United ... read..


Mexico president speaks with Canada's Trudeau ahead of Trump talks
MEXICO CITY | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Mexican President Enrique Pea Nieto agreed in a phone call with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday to join forces to encourage economic integration in North America, according to a statement from Pea Nieto's office. The call came ahead o ... read..


United domestic flights grounded due to 'IT issue'
Undated | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
United Airlines said it had grounded all domestic flights due to an "IT issue" on Sunday, company spokeswoman Maddie King said. "We are working as quickly as possible to resolve this issue and get out customers to their final destinations," King said in a ... read..


China's Xi to head new commission for military-civilian development
BEIJING | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Chinese President Xi Jinping will head a new commission overseeing joint military and civilian development, state media said, as the country continues with an ambitious military modernisation programme. Xi has set great store on China's military modernisa ... read..


Residents evacuated, airport closed and power cut off in Tahiti flooding
SYDNEY | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Heavy flooding in French Polynesia has forced many residents to evacuate, cut off power to thousands of homes, and closed Tahiti's international airport. The French Polynesia High Commission said three people were injured, one seriously, while more than 1 ... read..


Canada is not the focus of Trump team's trade worries -envoy
CALGARY | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
The Trump administration's main concerns about trade are the U.S. deficits with Mexico and China, Canada's ambassador to the United States said, adding: "I don't think Canada is the focus at all." David MacNaughton also told reporters yesterday that US ... read..


T2 Trainspotting charts era-defining anti-heroes 20 years on
EDINBURGH | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Fans and stars braved freezing Scottish weather to flock to the premiere of T2 Trainspotting, the sequel to the era-defining story of Edinburgh drug addicts Renton, Spud, Sick Boy and thug Begbie two decades on. The original Trainspotting tracked the sord ... read..


Trump to begin renegotiating NAFTA pact soon with Mexico, Canada
By Ayesha Rascoe WASHINGTON | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump said he plans talks soon with the leaders of Canada and Mexico to begin renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement. "We will be starting negotiations having to do with NAFTA," Trump yesterday said at a swearing-in cer ... read..


FBI Director Comey, who angered Democrats, gets hug from Trump
WASHINGTON | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
FBI Director James Comey upset Democrats over the email drama that engulfed Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. Yesterday, he got a hug from President Donald Trump. It occurred at a reception for law enforcement and security officials in th ... read..


Thousands join anti-government protests in Romania over proposed law reforms
BUCHAREST | Monday, Jan 23 2017 IST
Thousands of Romanians rallied in Bucharest and cities across the country to protest against government plans to decriminalise some offences and pardon some convicted prisoners through emergency decrees that critics say threaten to undermine a crackdown o ... read..


White House confirms relocation of US Israel embassy to Jerusalem
Washington D.C. [USA] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In a highly controversial move, President of the United States Donald Trump will on Monday announce to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. ... read..


To combat terrorism we need to undermine, confront extremist forces: Anwar Gargash
Abu Dhabi [UAE] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Citing association between extremism and terrorism Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, UAE Anwar Gargash on Monday said that to combat terrorism the extremist forces need to be undermined. ... read..


Trump, Netanyahu discuss Iran, Middle East peace
Washington | Monday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have discussed the "threats" posed by Iran. ... read..


Pak media blacks out death anniversaries of Pashtun leaders Bacha Khan and Wali Khan
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 23, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The joint death anniversary of Khudai Khidmatgar Movement founder and Pashtun independence activist Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan (1890-1988), popularly nicknamed Bacha Khan or Pacha Khan and his son, Khan Abdul Wali Khan (1917-2006), also a Pashtun leader, and ... read..


British government denies Brexit will destroy Belfast Agreement
London | Monday, 2017 7:45:32 AM IST
The British government rejected on Sunday a claim by Gerry Adams, President of the Sinn Fein political party, that taking Northern Ireland out of the EU will destroy the agreement that restored peace to the island. ... read..


Storms kill 11, injure 23 in US
Atlanta | Monday, 2017 7:45:28 AM IST
Storms lashing the southern United States have killed 11 persons in the state of Georgia, local authorities reported on Sunday. ... read..


Hamon, Valls qualify for France's Left primary run-off (Third Lead)
Paris | Monday, 2017 7:45:18 AM IST
Former Education Minister Benoit Hamon and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls topped the list after the first round of the French Socialist Party primaries held on Sunday. ... read..


Hamon, Valls top the list in French Socialist Party primaries (Second Lead)
Paris | Monday, 2017 3:15:04 AM IST
Former Education Minister Benoit Hamon and former Prime Minister Manuel Valls topped the list after the first round of the French Socialist Party primaries held on Sunday, according to early counts. ... read..


Trump responds to marches, slams celebrities involved in protests
Washington | Monday, 2017 2:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to respond to the demonstrators who poured into the streets of Washington and other cities around the world to protest against him, saying he was "under the impression that we just had an election!" ... read..


1 million French voters cast ballots in Left primary's first round (Lead)
Paris | Monday, 2017 1:15:04 AM IST
About 1 million left-wing French voters on Sunday headed to polling stations to cast ballots in a presidential primary, organisers said. ... read..


German police say man arrested on suspicion of planning an attack
BERLIN | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
German police have arrested a man on suspicion of planning to carry out an attack, a police spokesman said today, adding that the authorities believe he could be linked to a suspect arrested in Austria two days ago over jihadi contacts. Special police uni ... read..


Kansas City Royals pitcher Yordano Ventura killed in car crash
Undated | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Yordano Ventura, a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic, Major League Baseball said today. He was 25. The Royals said in a statement posted on Twitter that the accident occurred last night, and no furt ... read..


Face-to-face Syrian talks not yet agreed - Russian diplomat
ASTANA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
It remains unclear whether representatives of the Syrian government and rebels will meet face to face at talks in Astana, although this is their main objective, a Russian diplomat said today. Alexander Lavrentyev, head of the Russian delegation to the Ast ... read..


Three suspected al Qaeda members killed in drone strikes in Yemen -officials
SANAA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Three suspected members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed today by what local officials said they believed were two separate US drone strikes. If confirmed, they would be the first such attacks since US President Donald Trump assumed office on Friday ... read..


Philippines' Duterte stands by his police chief amid resignation calls
MANILA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has stood by his police chief after calls for him to resign over the alleged killing of a South Korean businessman by police officers at the national police headquarters. Ronald Dela Rosa, a top figure in Duterte's dea ... read..


White House says media delegitimizing Trump, says won't 'take it'
WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus intensified the Trump administration's criticism of the news media today, accusing it of trying to delegitimize Donald Trump's presidency and vowing to fight such coverage "tooth and nail." "The media from Day One ... read..


Egypt extends participation in Yemen conflict
CAIRO | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Egypt's National Defence Council extended the military's participation in a Saudi-led operation in Yemen, the presidency said in a statement. It did not specify how long the extension would be for today. "The National Defence Council agreed during the me ... read..


Syria serious about talks in Astana: PM
Damascus | Sunday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Syria's Prime Minister Imad Khamis on Sunday said that his government is serious about the imminent Syrian talks in Astana, noting that Damascus welcomes any initiative to restore peace, media reports said. ... read..


Voting starts in France's left-wing presidential primary
Paris | Sunday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
The first round of France's Left primary kicked off on Sunday morning with the competition to be a three-horse race among former Prime Minister Manuel Valls and his main rivals Arnaund Montebourg and Benoit Hamon, both former ministers in his government i ... read..


Turkey President eager to hear Trump's Mideast policies
Istanbul | Sunday, 2017 8:45:04 PM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday said he was eager to hear US President Donald Trump's Middle East policies. ... read..


People missing from avalanche-hit hotel in Italy rise to 24
PENNE | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Twenty-four people are missing from the wreckage of a hotel in central Italy that was flattened by a deadly avalanche, with difficult research and rescue operations still ongoing, authorities said today. A statement from the national fire service said the ... read..


Brazilian authorities build temporary wall to quell deadly prison clashes
SAO PAULO | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Brazilian security officials worked to complete an improvised wall of metal shipping containers today inside a prison where rival gangs have clashed in the past week, resulting in the brutal killing of 26 inmates. The rusty red containers were hauled into ... read..


Syria peace negotiator says ceasefire on Astana agenda-SANA
BEIRUT | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Syria's UN ambassador Bashar Ja'afari, head of its delegation to peace talks in Astana, said today the main points on the agenda included strengthening ceasefire lines and reaching common ground on fighting terrorism, state-owned SANA reported. Ja'afari a ... read..


More settler homes approved in Jerusalem, Palestine fumes
Jerusalem | Sunday, 2017 8:15:04 PM IST
The Israeli authorities on Sunday approved the construction of 560 new housing units in settlement neighbourhoods of East Jerusalem, drawing condemnation from Pelestinian presidency. ... read..


No immunity deal agreed for Gambia's Jammeh, Senegal minister says
By Diadie Ba and Tim Cocks DAKAR/BANJUL | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
West African leaders did not agree to immunity for Yahya Jammeh during negotiations that convinced Gambia's longtime ruler to flee into exile, Senegal's foreign minister said today. Jammeh, who is accused of serious rights violations, led his country for ... read..


Two suspected al Qaeda members killed in drone strike in Yemen -officials
SANAA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Two suspected members of al Qaeda's Yemen branch were killed on Sunday by what local officials believed was a US drone strike. If confirmed, it would be the first such attack since US President Donald Trump assumed office on Friday. The men were killed wh ... read..


Former Zimbabwe VP's party suffers defeat in first election
HARARE | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
A new party founded by Zimbabwe's former vice president Joice Mujuru suffered a crushing defeat in its first ever election contest again President Robert Mugabe's ruling ZANU-PF, showing the task she faces in her bid to challenge her ally-turned-adversary ... read..


Turkish police capture suspect in Istanbul rocket attacks - police sources
ANKARA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Turkish authorities captured a man believed to be among those responsible for rocket attacks on the Istanbul police headquarters and the offices of the ruling AK Party on Friday evening, police sources said today. Armed assailants attacked Istanbul's poli ... read..


Russia should not think sanctions will be lifted soon - PM
MOSCOW | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Russia should part with the illusion that Western sanctions against the country will be lifted soon, Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev said today. "It is obvious that all this will last for a long time. Do not rely on someone else's election, on incom ... read..


Thousands protest outside Taiwan Presidential Office over pension reform plan
By Faith Hung TAIPEI | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Thousands of military personnel, teachers, police and civil servants protested a plan to reform Taiwan's pension system outside of the Presidential Office in Taipei today, as a national conference to discuss reform was held in the Office. Vice President C ... read..


UK PM May: I will tell Trump when I find something unacceptable
LONDON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May said today she would not be afraid to tell US President Donald Trump when she finds something he has said unacceptable. May is due to meet Trump in Washington on Friday and said she would use the opportunity to discuss t ... read..


Israel's Netanyahu to speak with Trump today, Iran on agenda
JERUSALEM | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he would later in the day hold his first conversation with Donald Trump since his inauguration as US president. "A telephone conversation will be held this evening between President Trump and me. Many m ... read..


UK confident of n-weapons system despite test malfunction
London | Sunday, 2017 4:15:04 PM IST
Britain's Ministry of Defence says it has "absolute confidence" in the country's nuclear weapons system despite reports of a malfunction during a test. ... read..


Syrian army and allies take village from Islamic State
BEIRUT | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
The Syrian army and its allies today drove Islamic State from the village of Soran, east of Aleppo, state media and a military media unit run by Hezbollah reported, bringing them closer to territory held by Turkey-backed rebels. Several overlapping confli ... read..


Philippine officials to visit Beijing to discuss investment deals, ASEAN summit
MANILA | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is sending a cabinet-level delegation to Beijing this week to meet with China's Vice Premier Wang Yang and other top Chinese officials to discuss investment deals and his country's chairmanship of the Association of So ... read..


Car bomb explosion hits Libyan capital
Tripoli | Sunday, 2017 2:45:04 PM IST
A car bomb explosion hit the Libyan capital Tripoli late on Saturday, near the Italian embassy, Xinhua news agency reported. ... read..


Pope Francis says "wait and see" on Trump
MADRID | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Pope Francis today said he would not make an opinion of Donald Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new US president would implement. On Friday, as Trump was taking office, Francis had urged him to be guided by ethical values, sa ... read..


7.9 quake hits Papua New Guinea
Sydney | Sunday, 2017 12:45:04 PM IST
A tsunami alert was issued on Sunday for the Pacific after a powerful undersea earthquake measuring 7.9-magnitude on the Richter scale struck Papua New Guinea. ... read..


Powerful quake strikes off PNG, initial tsunami alert wound back
By Harry Pearl SYDNEY | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
An 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea (PNG) today, triggering a tsunami alert for several Pacific islands though that was subsequently wound back to cover just PNG and the neighbouring Solomon Islands. The United States Geological Survey ... read..


Losing in Iraq, Islamic State seeks to shore up Syria presence
* IS seeks to shore up territory it holds in Syria * Fears for tens of thousands under siege in Deir al-Zor city * Final battle against IS will seen as being in Syria * IS strength in Syria seen as a challenge for Trump By Tom Perry and Laila Bassam BEIRUT | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Islamic State is fighting hard to reinforce its presence in Syria as it loses ground in Iraq, deploying fighters to seize full control of a government-held city in the east while at the same time battling enemies on three other fronts. It underlines the r ... read..


In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S.
By Scott Malone and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Hundreds of thousands of women, many with husbands, boyfriends and children in tow, filled the streets of several major US cities yesterday in an unprecedented wave of mass protests against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration. Women acti ... read..


China party paper says no "provocation" can stop its military drills
BEIJING | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
China's military will carry out drills regardless of foreign provocations and pressure, the Communist Party's paper said today, adding that exercises far out at sea like those conducted recently by its sole aircraft carrier will become normal. China cau ... read..


Car bomb explodes in central Tripoli, near Italy embassy - security official
TRIPOLI | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
A car bomb exploded close to the recently re-opened Italian embassy in the Libyan capital, a security official said. It was not clear who was responsible for the blast. Two charred bodies were recovered from the car, according to a statement on a social ... read..


Trump plans to meet with UK's May, Mexico's Pena Nieto -White House
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump is arranging to meet soon with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, two long-standing US allies concerned about how his presidency will affect their relationships with Washington. Trump w ... read..


In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across US
By Scott Malone and Ginger Gibson WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Women took to the streets in unexpectedly large numbers in major US cities in mass protests against US President Donald Trump, in an early indication of the strong opposition the newly inaugurated Republican may face in office. Hundreds of thousands of ... read..


White House accuses media of playing down inauguration crowds
By Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
The White House accused the media of framing photographs to understate the crowd that attended Donald Trump's inauguration, a new jab in a long-running fight between the new president and the news organizations who cover him. In an unusual and fiery sta ... read..


Gambia's Jammeh heads to exile in Equatorial Guinea -ECOWAS
DAKAR | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Gambia's former authoritarian leader Yahya Jammeh was heading to exile in Equatorial Guinea with a stop in Guinea after he stepped down in the face of pressure from West African states to recognize his election defeat, the regional bloc ECOWAS said. ECO ... read..


French primary vote to leave two in running for Socialist presidential nomination
PARIS | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
The battle to decide the Socialist candidate for the French presidential election will be whittled down to two in a primary vote today in which ex-prime minister Manuel Valls faces an outside risk of failing to make it to the party runoff. Candidates wh ... read..


Trump to meet with British Prime Minister May next week - White House
WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump is set to meet next week with British Prime Minister Theresa May and has talked about meeting Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on January 31, White House spokesman Sean Spicer told reporters. The date of May's visit was not ... read..


Denying feud over Russia hacking, Trump vows support to CIA
By Jeff Mason and Warren Strobel LANGLEY | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump tried to ease tensions with the CIA, telling officers he had their back after he had leveled unprecedented criticism against spy agencies for their investigation into Russian hacking during the election. In his first official v ... read..


Brazil graft probe judge buried after being killed in plane crash
By Brad Brooks SAO PAULO | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
A Brazilian Supreme Court justice who had overseen the investigation of politicians linked to the nation's largest graft scheme was buried, two days after he died in a plane crash. Justice Teori Zavascki was killed when the small aircraft he was in cras ... read..


Gambia's Jammeh flies into exile after leaving power
BANJUL | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul and into exile after stepping down from power, a Reuters witness and mediators said. The authoritarian leader took power in a 1994 coup and stepped down overnight in the face of pressure ... read..


Trump son-in-law Kushner can serve as White House adviser -Justice Department
WASHINGTON | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
President Donald Trump can hire his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser without breaking federal anti-nepotism laws, the US Department of Justice said. In a letter dated January 20 posted on its website, the department's Office of ... read..


Gambia's Jammeh arrives at Banjul airport after stepping down
BANJUL | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Gambia's Yahya Jammeh arrived at the airport in the capital Banjul in the company of mediator Alpha Conde, the president of Guinea, after stepping down from power, a Reuters witness said. Jammeh was likely headed into exile, mediators said. He took pow ... read..


Quake of 8.0 magnitude strikes off Papua New Guinea - USGS
SINAGPORE | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
An 8.0 magnitude earthquake struck 47 kilometres west of Arawa on Bougainville island, Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey reported today. REUTERS SHS RAI1028 ... read..


Iraqi general's tour suggests tough fight ahead in west Mosul
* Jails and torture chambers * Fight in West Mosul expected to be tougher * Documents illustrated Islamic State's planning By Michael Georgy MOSUL | Sunday, Jan 22 2017 IST
Residents of east Mosul held up their children and took selfies with Iraqi counter-terrorism commander Lieutenant General Abdul-Wahab al-Saadi after his men cleared Islamic State fighters from their neighbourhoods. But his tour yseterday of homes once occ ... read..


Over 30 mn viewers watched Trump's inauguration
Washington | Sunday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
Over 30 million people watched the live coverage of Donald Trump's inauguration as he became the 45th President of the US, reports said on Sunday. ... read..


Millions stage women's rights march in US (Second Lead)
Washington | Sunday, 2017 10:45:04 AM IST
More than one million people marched across the US and the world to show support for women's rights and express their discontent over the election of US President Donald Trump. ... read..


Trump visits CIA headquarters, expresses gratitude (Lead)
Washington | Sunday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
On his first full day in office, US President Donald Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agencys (CIA) headquarters to express his gratitude for the community which he had repeatedly railed against during his campaigns. ... read..


Trump to meet UK, Mexico leaders (Second Lead)
Washington | Sunday, 2017 9:15:05 AM IST
US President Donald Trump is slated meet UK Prime Minister Theresa May and his Mexican counterpart Enrique Pena Nieto, his first brush with foreign leaders since he assumed office on Friday, a White House spokesman announced. ... read..


Trump to meet with British PM on Friday (Lead, correcting para 6)
Washington | Sunday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump will meet with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May next week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Saturday. ... read..


Trump to meet with British PM on Friday
Washington | Sunday, 2017 7:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump will meet with visiting British Prime Minister Theresa May next week, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said on Saturday. ... read..


Trump's son-in-law name cleared to serve as senior White House adviser
Washington D.C. [United States] | January 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's name has been cleared by the Justice Department to serve in the White House. ... read..


Trump visits CIA headquarters, extends support to intelligence officials
Virginia [United States] | January 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
President Donald Trump has extended his support to the Central Intelligence Agency during his visit to the headquarters of the CIA in Langley, Virginia. ... read..


Pak Minister directs PIA management to develop restoration plan for airlines
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's Federal Minister for Planning and Reforms Ahsan Iqbal has said directed Pakistan International Airlines's (PIA) senior management to develop a comprehensive two-year plan for its restoration by January 26. ... read..


America considers Pakistan as 'important partner': U.S. envoy
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The United States Ambassador to Pakistan David Hale has said the U.S. values its longstanding ties with Islamabad and considers it as an important partner. ... read..


British PM calls for early Brexit talks with new European Parliament President
London | Sunday, 2017 5:15:04 AM IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Saturday for an early meeting with the new President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani to discuss Britain's exit from the European Union. ... read..


11 killed in blast in refugee camp at Syria-Jordan border
Damascus | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 AM IST
At least 11 persons were killed on Saturday when an explosion rocked a camp for displaced Syrians near the Syria-Jordan border, a monitor group reported. ... read..


Jammeh leaves The Gambia for exile after 22 years in power
Dakar | Sunday, 2017 4:45:04 AM IST
The former President of The Gambia left the country on a flight bound for Guinea on Saturday, a day after agreeing to accept the results of last month's election and peacefully cede power, local media reported. ... read..


I am so behind you: Trump to CIA
Washington | Sunday, 2017 3:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump told CIA employees on Saturday at their headquarters in Langley, Virginia, "I am so behind you." ... read..


Trump can legally hire son-in-law Kushner: US Justice Department
Washington | Sunday, 2017 1:45:04 AM IST
Donald Trumps son-in-law has been cleared to work in the White House as a Senior Adviser, according to a Department of Justice memo. ... read..


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