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Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in New York
New York [U.S.A] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly council. ... read..


Trump meets Afghan President Ghani, ignores Pak PM at UNGA
New York [U.S.A] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
US President Donald Trump on Thursday held a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, while he clearly ignored Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is also present at th ... read..


No alternative to political, diplomatic ways to resolve issue of Korean peninsula: Russian FM
New York [U.S.A] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Condemning the Nuclear Missile test by the North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that there is 'no alternative to political and diplomatic ways' to resolve the situation on the Korean peninsula. ... read..


China urges North Korea to not to go further in 'dangerous direction'
New York [U.S.A] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Raising concern over the North Korean missile-tests, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that negotiations is the only way to find out the solution and urged the ruling Democratic People's Republic of the Korean Government to not go further in 'dangerou ... read..


Private jet carrying five onboard crashes on landing at Istanbul Airport
Istanbul [Turkey] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A small private jet, carrying five people onboard, ran off a runway at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport and caught fire on Thursday. ... read..


Trump announce new Executive Order against North Korea
New York [U.S.A] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
President Donald Trump has issued new Executive Order that expands US sanctions on North Korea and companies or individuals that do business with the nation, indulge in creating tension with nuclear and ballistic missile test. ... read..


BRICS countries call for expeditious adoption of CCIT
New York [USA] | September 22, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Foreign Ministers of BRICS countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, in a meeting on sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), have called for expeditious adoption of Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT) a ... read..


Trump, May meet on Iran, N.Korea issues: White House
Washington | Friday, 2017 4:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May have discussed issues concerning Iran and North Korea, the White House has said. ... read..


France ready to skip 2018 Winter Games if security risk too great
PARIS | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
France's Winter Olympics team will not travel to the 2018 Games in South Korea if its security cannot be guaranteed, French Sports Minister Laura Flessel said on Thursday. US President Donald Trump is locked in a stand-off with North Korea over its nuclea ... read..


Pak PM Abbasi washes hands off deadly blasphemy law
Islamabad [Pakistan] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has washed his hands off the blasphemy law, saying it is on the parliament to change or amend it. ... read..


PoK leaders demand action against Pak army officials responsible for Neelum Valley incident
Geneva [Switzerland] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The leaders of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) have strongly condemned the Pakistani army's torture on youngsters in Neelum Valley and demanded strong action against the Pakistani army officials behind the heinous crime. ... read..


Macron praises IOC for keeping Paris, LA dreams alive
PARIS | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday promised a 2024 Olympic Games that transform French sport and praised the International Olympic Committee's decision to keep the dreams of two cities alive by announcing the 2024 and 2028 Games at the same time. That ... read..


Hindu festival Dashain begins in Nepal with sowing of maize, barley
Kathmandu [Nepal] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The biggest Hindu festival of Nepal, Dashain, began on Thursday with the sowing of maize and barley in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for the germination of the sowed grains - known as "Jamara" (the barley shoots). ... read..


Musharraf accuses Zardari for Benazir Bhutto's murder
Islamabad [Pakistan] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday directly accused Pakistan People's Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of being involved in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. ... read..


Suspected separatist bomb wounds 3 police in Cameroon's Anglophone region
YAOUNDE | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
An improvised bomb wounded three policemen in the main city of Cameroon's minority English-speaking region on Thursday, the regional governor said, in an attack a senior security source blamed on separatist militants. Speaking on state TV, Adolphe Lele La ... read..


Ukraine President says Trump backs UN deployment along border with Russia
KIEV | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Thursday said US President Donald Trump had expressed his support for the deployment of UN peacekeepers across Ukraine's eastern conflict zone and along its whole border with Russia. After a meeting with Trump in Ne ... read..


Sushma has 'warm encounter' with Japanese PM
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:46:22 PM IST
Exactly a week after the ground-breaking ceremony of the Japan-aided Ahmedabad-Mumbai high speed rail project in India, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had a "warm encounter" with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here on Thursday on the sideline ... read..


US to put more sanctions on N. Korea: Trump
Washington | Thursday, 2017 9:46:22 PM IST
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that the US would impose more sanctions on North Korea. ... read..


Khamenei slams Trump's 'gangster, cowboy' speech
Tehran | Thursday, 2017 9:46:22 PM IST
Irans supreme leader on Thursday lashed out against US President Donald Trump describing the speech he delivered at the UN this week as full of "gangster and cowboy" rhetoric. ... read..


Mexico earthquake toll 250 as search for survivors continues (Lead)
Mexico City | Thursday, 2017 9:46:12 PM IST
The death toll in the powerful 7.1 magnitude earthquake that rattled Mexico on Tuesday climbed to 250 as rescue workers backed by an army of volunteers on Thursday searched for survivors buried under mounds of rubble, officials said. ... read..


Canadian SC stays extraditions in Jassi case, Punjab Police awaits details
Chandigarh | Thursday, 2017 9:46:07 PM IST
A day after the Supreme Court of Canada stayed the extradition of two prime accused in the Jassi Sidhu murder case, Punjab Police was on Thursday awaiting details from Canadian and Indian High Commission authorities, informed sources said. ... read..


Thousands protest outside Catalonian court against referendum arrests
Barcelona | Thursday, 2017 9:46:07 PM IST
At least 20,000 people gathered outside the Catalonian region's higher court in Barcelona on Thursday to protest against the arrest of 14 officials for their alleged involvement in the preparation of an independence referendum that the Spanish judiciary h ... read..


I view India as a set of ideas, not a piece of land: Rahul
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:45:53 PM IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi has said that he views India not as a piece of land but as a set of ideas and anybody who has the ideas that make up India is an Indian. ... read..


Myanmar mob tries to block Rohingya aid boat
Naypyidaw | Thursday, 2017 9:45:43 PM IST
A Buddhist mob in Myanmar threw petrol bombs in a bid to block a boat carrying aid for Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state before police fired warning shots to disperse them, a media report said. ... read..


Chinese lake turns pink, green
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 9:45:39 PM IST
A salt lake in China's Shanxi province has turned pink and green attracting people from all across the country. ... read..


These tiny frogs can't hear their own calls
London | Thursday, 2017 9:45:29 PM IST
Two species of pumpkin toadlets, which are among the smallest frogs in the world and found on the leaf litter of Brazil's Atlantic forest, cannot hear the sound of their own calls, new research has found. ... read..


Hillary Clinton's new book sells more than 300,000 copies in first week
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:45:29 PM IST
Hillary Clintons new book "What Happened," about her stunning loss in 2016 to Donald Trump, has sold more than 300,000 copies in its opening week. This figure, disclosed by the publisher Simon & Schuster, reflects combined sales in all formats of hardcove ... read..


Beijing mulls fireworks ban
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 9:45:24 PM IST
Beijing authorities are mulling a fireworks ban in the city throughout the year due to heavy air pollution and casualties caused by the crackers during festivals. ... read..


China to provide aid for Rakhine state (Lead, Supersedes earlier version)
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 9:45:24 PM IST
China will donate $147,000 to help restore peace and stability in Myanmar's Rakhine state where a military offensive has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim minority community. ... read..


G4 nations call for text-based negotiations on UNSC reforms
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:45:15 PM IST
Member states of the G4, including India, have reaffirmed the need for early reform in the UN Security Council (UNSC) while calling for text-based Intergovernmental Negotiations (IGN) in this regard. ... read..


Sixth suspect detained over London Tube attack
London | Thursday, 2017 9:45:15 PM IST
A sixth suspect has been detained over last week's terror attack on a London Tube train, the Metropolitan Police said on Thursday. ... read..


China calls for calm in Korean Peninsula
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 9:45:15 PM IST
A peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is in line with the common will of the international community and will help prevent the tensions from spiralling out of control, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said. ... read..


S.Korea to offer $8mn aid to N.Korea
Seoul | Thursday, 2017 9:45:10 PM IST
South Korea on Thursday decided to offer $8 million of humanitarian aid to North Korea through UN organisations. ... read..


China to donate $147bn for peace in Myanmar's Rakhine state
Beijing | Thursday, 2017 9:45:10 PM IST
China has announced it will donate $147 billion to help restore peace and stability in Myanmar's Rakhine state where a military offensive has led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Rohingyas, a Muslim minority community. ... read..


Atletico agree deal to re-sign Costa from Chelsea
LONDON | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Chelsea have agreed a deal to sell striker Diego Costa to Atletico Madrid, the Premier League club said on Thursday. "Chelsea Football Club has today agreed terms with Atletico Madrid for the transfer of Diego Costa," Chelsea said in a statement. "The tra ... read..


Trump says Puerto Rico obliterated by Hurricane Maria
NEW YORK | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
President Donald Trump said on Thursday that Hurricane Maria "totally obliterated" the U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico with its electrical grid destroyed. Trump told reporters during a meeting with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko that he would vis ... read..


Saudi King to visit Russia - RIA cites Kremlin
MOSCOW | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz is expected to visit Russia, the RIA news agency cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying on Thursday. The agency earlier cited a source saying the Saudi King's trip to Russia is planned for October 4-7. ... read..


NRIs can make priceless contribution to motherland, Congress: Rahul Gandhi
New York | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi has said NRIs can contribute significantly to the nation and even his party. Addressing a 1500-strong gathering of Non-Resident Indians at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Times Square yesterday, he pointed out that Mahatma ... read..


Kenyan president says repeat election must be held within set time
NAIROBI | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Kenya's repeat presidential election must be held within the 60 days stipulated in the constitution after the Supreme Court nullified the result of a vote held last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Thursday. Kenyatta also accused the court of rea ... read..


UAE investigating Emirates A380 'serious incident' in Moscow
By Alexander Cornwell Undated | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
The United Arab Emirates' (UAE) civil aviation regulator is investigating why an Emirates Airbus A380 superjumbo flew dangerously low when approaching Moscow's Domodedovo Airport last week. The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) said its air accident ... read..


North Korea terms Trump's UNGA speech as 'sound of a dog barking'
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed United States President Donald Trump's speech, in which he had bashed Pyongyang for its nuclear tests and said that if U.S. is threatened, "we will totally destroy North Korea," as "sound of a ... read..


Russia test fires 2nd ICBM in 10 days
Moscow [Russia] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Russia on Wednesday tested its second Yars inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) in last 10 days. ... read..


G4 nations call for early reforms in U.N. Security Council
New York [U.S.A.] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Reaffirming the need for early reforms in the United Nations Security Council, the G4 nations have issued a joint statement after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G4 nations. ... read..


German minister: Ending Iran deal would be setback for curbing nuclear arms
NEW YORK | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said a move by the United States to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal would discourage other powers such as North Korea from participating in international negotiations to end their own nuclear programmes. Gabriel, sp ... read..


Thousands rally in Philippines to warn of Duterte 'dictatorship'
By Romeo Ranoco and Roli Ng MANILA | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Left-wing activists and political opponents of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte held rallies on Thursday to warn against what they see as the emergence of a dictatorship under the no-nonsense but hugely popular leader. Politicians, indigenous people, ... read..


Mexico searches for earthquake survivors against increasing odds
By Daniel Trotta and Adriana Barrera MEXICO CITY | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Rescuers labored against long odds into the dawn on Thursday to save a 12-year-old schoolgirl and untold other survivors who may be trapped beneath crumpled buildings in central Mexico following the country's deadliest earthquake in 32 years. More than 50 ... read..


From new tax office, Catalonia hopes to grab billions from Madrid
By Angus Berwick BARCELONA | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
In a glass building overlooking Barcelona's port, empty desks and computers wait for new workers of Catalonia's tax agency. As in other Spanish regions, the agency already collects some taxes on wealth, inheritance, gambling and transport. But the regiona ... read..


Swiss indict three for alleged Al-Qaeda propaganda films
ZURICH | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Swiss prosecutors have indicated three leading members of a Muslim group for their alleged role in making and distributing propaganda films for banned Islamist group Al-Qaeda, the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) said on Thursday. The case targets thr ... read..


Nine killed as Rohingya aid truck crashes in Bangladesh
DHAKA | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
A truck carrying relief supplies for Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded off a hilly road in Bangladesh and plunged into a paddy field on Thursday, killing nine people and injuring 10, police and aid workers said. The accident happened in a district near the ... read..


Hurricane Maria lashes Dominican Republic after direct hit on Puerto Rico
By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Hurricane Maria thrashed parts of the Dominican Republic with heavy rain and high winds as it passed off its east coast on Thursday after making a direct hit on Puerto Rico that caused severe flooding and cut power to almost all the island. Maria has kill ... read..


China says N.Korea situation shows importance of Iran nuclear deal -state media
BEIJING | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
The recent tensions on the Korean peninsula underlined the importance of the Iranian nuclear deal, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, according to state radio on Thursday. China supports and safeguards the Iranian nuclear deal, Wang said in a meeting ... read..


Beijing government pulls winter construction ban from website
BEIJING | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Beijing's city authorities have taken down from their website a policy document put up just a few days ago that looked to help improve the city's notorious air quality by banning construction during winter months. It is unclear if the move means the prohi ... read..


British police make sixth arrest in Tube bomb investigation
LONDON | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
British detectives have arrested a 17-year-old youth in connection with a bomb attack on an underground train in London last week that injured 30 people, bringing the total number of arrests to six, police said on Thursday. The young man was arrested in t ... read..


S.Korea approves aid to N.Korea, North calls Trump "barking dog"
By Christine Kim SEOUL | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of aid to North Korea, as China warned the crisis on the Korean peninsula was getting more serious by the day and the war of words between Pyongyang and Washington continued. North Korea's f ... read..


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PARIS | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Florian Philippot, for many years the closest aide of French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, said on Thursday he would quit the National Front party, opening up a likely split in the country's far-right ranks. Philippot, whose responsibilities for str ... read..


Singapore's deputy PM says understands disquiet about presidential election
SINGAPORE | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Singapore's Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam has said he understands people's concerns about this month's uncontested presidential election, which was reserved for members of the minority Malay community. "It is encouraging that people feel ab ... read..


Maria regains major hurricane status -NHC
Undated | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Maria regained major hurricane strength near the eastern Dominican Republic early on Thursday, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. The category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson wind scale was about 55 miles (90 km) north of Punta Cana, Dominic ... read..


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BEIJING | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
"Good preparations" should be made by China and the United States to ensure that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to China later this year is a success, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Trump will likely visit China ... read..


Man sets himself on fire outside New Zealand parliament
WELLINGTON | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
A man has reportedly set himself on fire on the grounds of New Zealand's parliament in Wellington, two days ahead of national elections, police said on Thursday. "Ambulance are with the man currently, who's reportedly in a critical condition," New Zealand ... read..


PoK: Four men seeking jobs in Neelum Valley assaulted by Pak Army
Neelum valley [PoK] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Four young men, who were looking for work at one of the work-sites in the Neelum Valley area of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK), were illegally picked up by the Pakistan Army and were brutally beaten up at the behest of a Pakistani contractor. ... read..


Pak PM Abbasi says military has routed Taliban from Afghan border
New York [U.S.A.] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The newly-appointed prime minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has insisted that the Pakistani military forces had uprooted all the sanctuaries used by the Islamic extremists, along its rugged frontier with Afghanistan. ... read..


'Trump's threat to destroy N.Korea sounds like dog barking'
New York | Thursday, 2017 11:45:04 AM IST
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said US President Donald Trump's threat to destroy Pyongyang sounded like "a dog barking". ... read..


N.Korea's foreign minister calls Trump's UN address "sound of dog barking"
SEOUL | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho called US President Donald Trump's address to the United Nations "the sound of a dog barking", brushing aside Trump's remarks that the United States may be forced to "totally destroy" North Korea. "There is a sayin ... read..


Myanmar says security forces told to avoid collateral damage in Rakhine
UNITED NATIONS | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Myanmar's vice president told the United Nations on Wednesday that security forces in his country's Rakhine State, from which hundreds of thousands of people have recently fled, have been instructed to take "full measures" to avoid collateral damage and h ... read..


Iran regional behavior means nuclear deal not enough -Macron
By John Irish NEW YORK | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday the Iran nuclear deal was not enough given that Tehran had increased its influence in the region and pressed ahead with ballistic missile tests, and offered to mediate between the United States and Iran. ... read..


Apple concedes new watch has connectivity glitch
By Supantha Mukherjee and Stephen Nellis Undated Sep 21 | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Apple Inc on Wednesday conceded its latest smartwatch unveiled a week ago has problems with its most important feature: the ability to make phone calls and access data without an iPhone nearby. Several prominent reviewers said Wednesday they could not rec ... read..


Iran says it does not expect US to leave nuclear deal
By Steve Holland and John Irish UNITED NATIONS | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Iran said on Wednesday it did not expect the United States to abandon the Iranian nuclear deal as US officials sent mixed signals on what they plan to do about the international accord. A collapse of the 2015 deal, which US President Donald Trump has call ... read..


California cities sue big oil firms over climate change
Undated Sep 21 | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents. The lawsuits, filed ... read..


Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes Vanuatu in Pacific - USGS
Undated | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck Vanuatu's Erromango island in the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, but caused no damage, the US Geological Survey and local authorities said. The USGS said the quake struck the center of the island, Vanuatu's fourth l ... read..


Mexicans race to save schoolgirl buried by quake; death toll at 237
By Michael O'Boyle and Ana Isabel Martinez MEXICO CITY | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Mexican rescuers raced against the clock on Wednesday to save a 12-year-old girl trapped beneath a collapsed school and reach other possible survivors buried in rubble in central Mexico following the country's most deadly earthquake in three decades. At l ... read..


China reiterates calls for S.Korea to remove THAAD
BEIJING | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi reiterated to his South Korean counterpart Beijing's demand for the removal of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) anti-missile system, state news agency Xinhua said on Thursday. Wang made the comments during a ... read..


Twitter to meet Congressional panel probing 2016 US election
Undated | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Twitter Inc representatives will meet with the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence staff next week in relation to inquiries into the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a company representative said. The committee, along with other congressional com ... read..


Tokyo Gov Koike's allies seek to repeat local success in Japan national poll
By Linda Sieg TOKYO | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
With no platform, no party leader and not even a formal name, a nascent political party linked to popular Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike is preparing for a snap election that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to call for next month. Koike, 65, i ... read..


Malaysia arrests seven suspected of involvement with Abu Sayyaf militant group
KUALA LUMPUR | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Malaysia has arrested seven Philippine men suspected of involvement in activities of the Abu Sayyaf militant group, police said on Thursday, as concern grows in Southeast Asia over the possible expansion of militant Islamist activity. The Abu Sayyaf, whos ... read..


Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Muslim Rohingya
By Andrew R.C. Marshall SITTWE | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Hundreds of Buddhists in Myanmar tried to block a shipment of aid to Muslims in Rakhine state where the United Nations has accused the military of ethnic cleansing, with a witness saying protesters threw petrol bombs before police dispersed them by firing ... read..


New Zealand calls in navy to beat jet fuel shortage before vote
By Ana Nicolaci da Costa WELLINGTON | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
A New Zealand navy vessel will ferry diesel fuel around the country as the government rushes to alleviate a days-long fuel shortage that has cast air travel into disarray in the run-up to Saturday's national election. The ship would transport up to 4.8 mi ... read..


Iraq launches offensive on Hawija, an Islamic State-held region near oil city Kirkuk
BAGHDAD | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Iraq launched an offensive on Thursday to dislodge Islamic State from Hawija, an area located west of the oil city of Kirkuk. The offensive, announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, comes four days before a referendum on Kurdish independence due to be ... read..


Hurricane Maria clobbers Puerto Rico, plunges island into darkness
By Dave Graham and Robin Respaut SAN JUAN | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to strike Puerto Rico in nearly 90 years, carved a path of destruction through the U.S. territory on Wednesday, causing severe flooding and plunging the island into darkness as the storm's death toll in the Caribbean r ... read..


S.Korea approves $8 million aid to N.Korea, timing to be decided later
* S.Korea aid aimed to help children | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
South Korea approved a plan on Thursday to send $8 million worth of humanitarian aid to North Korea, the South's Unification Ministry said, as part of an aid policy that the government says remains unaffected by geopolitical tensions with the North. The a ... read..


Trump urges 'strong and swift' UN action to end Rohingya crisis
By David Brunnstrom and Tommy Wilkes UNITED NATIONS/COX'S BAZAR | Thursday, Sep 21 2017 IST
US President Donald Trump wants the United Nations Security Council to take "strong and swift action" to end violence against Myanmar's Rohingya Muslims, Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday, declaring the crisis a threat to the world. Speaking at ... read..


Allowing advertisers to target Jew haters 'inappropriate': Facebook
San Francisco | Thursday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
After reports surfaced this week that the social media giant enabled advertisers to reach "Jew haters", Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg -- also of Jewish origin -- has apologised, saying the company is now strengthening its ad policies. ... read..


US Senate to vote on new Obamacare repeal bill
Washington | Thursday, 2017 11:15:04 AM IST
The US Senate is slated to vote on a new Obamacare repeal bill next week in an attempt to take advantage of a legislative exemption that expires on September 30 whereby the legislation could be approved with only a simple majority. ... read..


World Sindhi Congress protests against enforced disappearances of activists in Pakistan's Sindh province
Geneva [Switzerland] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
The World Sindhi Congress (WSC) held a protest at Broken Chair in front of United Nations in Geneva to highlight the issue of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and targeted killings of political activists in Pakistan's Sindh province. ... read..


Pakistan harbours terrorism, says British activist Tommy Robinson
Geneva [Switzerland] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
British activist Tommy Robinson has accused Pakistan of harbouring and supporting terrorism and said that the latter tries to play two parts-be the friend and support terrorism. ... read..


Activists blame Pakistan for harbouring terrorists and targeting minorities
Geneva [Switzerland] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Political activists and human rights defenders have blamed Pakistan for crushing voices of dissent and harbouring terrorists. ... read..


Poem sent over WhatsApp can prove deadly in Pakistan
New York [USA] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
In Pakistan, a poem sent over WhatsApp can prove deadly. ... read..


Divisive politics ruining India's reputation abroad: Rahul (Lead)
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:45:04 AM IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a strong hit at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, saying that "divisive politics" was ruining India's reputation of peace and harmony abroad. ... read..


Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on sidelines of SCO meeting
New York [USA] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
India's External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Foreign Minister's meeting. ... read..


Growing concern in US over threats to tolerance in India: Rahul
New York | Thursday, 2017 9:15:09 AM IST
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi asserted that there was a growing concern in the US over threats to tolerance in India and asked the Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) to stand up against the "forces" that helped in dividing the nation. ... read..


Hurricane Maria knocks out power across Puerto Rico
San Juan | Thursday, 2017 8:45:04 AM IST
Hurricane Maria, the most powerful storm to make a direct hit on Puerto Rico in almost a century, has ravaged the island and knocked out electricity supply across the island, the media reported. ... read..


Pak Foreign Minister evades question on terrorism
New York [USA] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, who is in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday refused to answer any question on Islamabad being accused of sponsoring terrorism. ... read..


Pakistan exposed as terror promoting state in Geneva
Geneva [Switzerland] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
A series of protests and events were held in Geneva by activists from Balochistan, Sindh and Pakistan occupied-Kashmir during the ongoing 36th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to expose Islamabad as a terror promoting state. ... read..


Pakistan risks regional isolation, US aid cut: U.S. Officials
Washington DC.[US] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Highly placed sources in the Trump administration, who advise the US President on policy in the Afghanistan, Pakistan region, have said that instructions have been handed down from the White House to hit pause on American aid flowing to Pakistan till the ... read..


Mexico earthquake toll increases to 230
Mexico City | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
The number of confirmed deaths as a result of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that rocked Mexico on Tuesday stands at 230, officials said. ... read..


Fresh n-talks with US 'waste of time': Iran
Tehran | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
Iran has ruled out talks with the US on revisiting a 2015 nuclear accord as "waste of time", the media reported. ... read..


Trump calls Mexican president after deadly earthquake
Washington | Thursday, 2017 8:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump has spoken by phone with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto as Mexico recovers from a powerful earthquake that hit the country on Tuesday. ... read..


Rouhani fights back at Trump over nuclear deal
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 7:45:04 AM IST
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will preserve an international deal on Iran's nuclear program but decisive response would be made to possible violation by the US. ... read..


UN chief prioritises politics in peacekeeping reform
United Nations | Thursday, 2017 6:45:04 AM IST
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has said politics must be prioritised in the reform of UN peacekeeping operations. ... read..


Sushma Swaraj meets Afghan President Ghani in New York
New York [United States] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
India's External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj held bilateral talks with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in New York on Wednesday. ... read..


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New Delhi [India] | September 21, 2017 12:01:13 AM IST
Nobel Peace Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who became the youngest person ever to win a Nobel Peace Laureate, just witnessed one of the most 'unbelievable' moments of her life. ... read..


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