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Iran to dominate many Tillerson conversations in Europe next week
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Iran will dominate many of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson's conversations in Europe next week, when he is visiting London, Paris, Warsaw and Davos, Switzerland, a senior U.S. State Department official said on Friday. "Inevitably, Iran will dominate ... read..


Canada PM to boost support for NAFTA in U.S. as talks intensify
By David Ljunggren OTTAWA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will visit three major U.S. cities next month to bolster support for NAFTA as negotiators revising the trade pact tackle major differences, officials said on Friday. The timing of Trudeau's Feb. 7-10 trip is signific ... read..


Mexico says no reports of damage from Gulf of California quake
MEXICO CITY | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Mexican authorities said there were no immediate reports of damage and ruled out a tsunami risk from an earthquake that struck in the Gulf of California on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured at 6.3 magnitude, after initially report ... read..


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JUBA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Seventy percent of South Sudan's children are out of school and the young country risks losing a generation that would make it harder to rebuild after conflict ends, a United Nations official said. South Sudan, which split off from its northern neighbour ... read..


Actor Michael Douglas accused of sexual misconduct in 1980s
NEW YORK | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A woman on Friday publicly accused Oscar-winning actor and producer Michael Douglas of sexual misconduct, saying he had repeatedly harassed her verbally and fondled himself in front of her when she worked for him in the 1980s. "He thought he was the king ... read..


Czech PM, blocked from forming govt, loses immunity from fraud charge
By Jason Hovet and Robert Muller PRAGUE | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The Czech parliament lifted Prime Minister Andrej Babis' immunity on Friday, leaving him open to prosecution over accusations he fraudulently received European Union subsidies. The threat of legal action has prevented Babis from creating a government as s ... read..


title="UPDATE 1-Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S. defense strategy" data-text="UPDATE 1-Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S. defense strategy" dir="auto" class="headline">Pentagon puts countering China, Russia at center of U.S. defense strategy
By Idrees Ali WASHINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The U.S. military has put countering China and Russia at the heart of a new national defense strategy unveiled on Friday, the latest sign of shifting American priorities after more than a decade and a half of focusing on the fight against Islamist militan ... read..


What happens in a U.S. government shutdown?
Undated | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
President Donald Trump and the U.S. Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the U.S. government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, government employees are vulnerable to furlough, o ... read..


At least a dozen Congo soldiers killed in east
KINSHASA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
At least a dozen soldiers were killed in Democratic Republic of Congo's volatile eastern borderlands where the army is battling Ugandan Islamist rebels, Congolese security and diplomatic sources said on Friday. The armies of Congo and Uganda launched a mi ... read..


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Undated | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
North Korea has cancelled the planned visit of a delegation to South Korea to prepare for a trip by an art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics, South Korean authorities said on Friday. The North did not give a reason for the cancellation, the Unifi ... read..


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BEIRUT | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Nine Syrians froze to death crossing into Lebanon when an icy storm hit a smuggling route in the mountains near a border post with Syria, the Lebanese Army said on Friday. The army rescued six others from near the Masnaa border crossing, one of whom later ... read..


Turkey shells Syria's Afrin region, minister says operation has begun
By Mert Ozkan SUGEDIGI | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Turkish artillery fired into Syria's Afrin region on Friday in what Ankara said was the start of a military campaign against the Kurdish-controlled area. The cross-border bombardment took place after days of threats from Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan t ... read..


Lebanon disrupts IS cell plot using informant
BEIRUT | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Lebanon has thwarted a planned Islamic State cell by detaining a militant and turning him into an informant, Interior Minister Nohad Machnouk said on Friday. The Iraqi man, identified only by the initials A.Z., had been sent by Islamic State to Lebanon to ... read..


MEA summons Pak diplomat over ceasefire violation
New Delhi [India] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) summoned Pakistan's Deputy High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah on Friday to voice concerns over continued ceasefire violations and deliberate targeting of innocent civilians by Pakistan security forces. ... read..


White House to hold briefing on possible govt shutdown
Washington D.C [USA] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The White House announced in a statement that it would be holding a media briefing on Friday over the possible government shutdown, as legislators struggled to keep the United States government funded. ... read..


Saudi cleric killed in rural Guinea after preaching
By Saliou Samb CONAKRY | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A Saudi Arabian Islamic preacher was killed in eastern Guinea after proselytizing to hunting communities in a remote region near the Mali border, police and lawyers said on Friday. The preacher's death in the village of Kantedou Balandou on Tuesday was fo ... read..


California siblings 'starved, shackled, taunted with food' (Lead)
Washington | Friday, 2018 9:15:05 PM IST
The 13 children imprisoned by their parents for years in their squalid California home were starved, shackled with padlocks and their parents even taunted them by placing pies at a place where the kids could see them but would not be able to eat them, aut ... read..


Pak High Commissioner calls on SAARC Secretary General
New Delhi [India] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood called on the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretary-General, Amjad Hussain B. Sial here today. ... read..


WBO relaunches #FreeBalochistan campaign in UK taxis
London [UK] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The World Baloch Organisation (WBO) on Friday relaunched its #FreeBalochistan human rights campaign on black taxis in London and elsewhere in the United Kingdom. ... read..


Arrested Pakistani man used to produce fake passports for ISIS members: Thailand
Bangkok [Thailand] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Thailand's Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has said that the arrested Pakistani man used to produce fake passports for the Islamic State (ISIS) members. ... read..


Somali authorities say troops rescue 32 children from "terrorist school"
By Feisal Omar MOGADISHU | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Somali authorities said troops stormed a school run by al Shabaab on Thursday night and rescued 32 children who had been taken as recruits by the Islamist militant group. "The 32 children are safe and the government is looking after them. It is unfortunat ... read..


Far from home, Mexican migrants eager to influence presidential race
By Daina Beth Solomon and Lizbeth Diaz MEXICO CITY | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Tijuana native Alma Martinez will cast her first-ever vote for a Mexican president this July, but from across the country's northern border, where she is among hundreds of thousands of co-nationals whose participation could be decisive in a close race. Se ... read..


Brazil great Pele collapses with exhaustion
SAO PAULO | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Brazilian soccer great Pele has collapsed with exhaustion and been forced to cancel a long-planned trip to London this weekend, the Football Writers Association (FWA) said on Friday. The FWA was due to host a dinner in his honour at the Savoy hotel on Sun ... read..


US House, Senate in scramble as government shutdown looms (Lead)
Washington | Friday, 2018 8:15:04 PM IST
A shutdown of the US federal government is looming with opposition in the House and Senate to a Republican bill that would keep the government open for another month. ... read..


US presses to relocate embassy to Jerusalem by 2019
Washington | Friday, 2018 7:45:05 PM IST
The Trump administration is accelerating its transfer of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem with a plan to have the facility ready by 2019, senior officials have said, despite insisting last month that the move would not happen until the end of Pre ... read..


Chinese airlines allow inflight mobile phone use, Wifi
Beijing | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines have begun to allow passengers to use portable electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets, but phones still have to be switched to airplane mode. Inflight wifi is available on 74 of China Eastern Airline ... read..


China to enshrine Xi's thought into State Constitution
Beijing | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
China's ruling Communist Party is expected to enshrine President Xi Jinping's political thought into the country's Constitution, according to the state media reports on Friday. This decision indicates solidification of Xi's power following its addition ... read..


Israel's Indian Jews and their lives in 'promised land'
Jerusalem | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Even as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just left India after a six-day official visit during which the two countries heralded a "new era" in ties, a BBC Hindi reporter travelled to Beersheba in Israel to meet a community of Indian-origin Je ... read..


Russia will abide by all of its international commitments on North Korea - Kremlin
MOSCOW | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Russia will abide by all of its international commitments, the Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday when asked about U.S President Donald Trump's allegation that Moscow was in breach of U.N. sanctions on North Korea. Trump said in an interview w ... read..


German court convicts man who sold weapon to Munich shooter
FRANKFURT | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A German man who admitted selling the weapon a teenage gunman used to killed nine people has been sentenced to seven years in prison, a court spokeswoman said on Friday. David Ali Sonboly, 18, killed nine people in Munich in 2016 before shooting himself d ... read..


Activists blame EU for ignoring human rights warnings
Nairobi | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The European Union has been accused of a fatally slow response to human rights warnings after the killing of an indigenous man at one of the projects it funds in Kenya, The Guardian reported on Friday. Robert Kirotich of the Sengwer one of the countr ... read..


China downplays US Navy official's 'disruptive force' comment
Beijing | Friday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
China on Friday downplayed a US Navy official's comments that Beijing is a "disruptive force", wondering why Washington worries about Beijing's rise so much. ... read..


Pakistani man suspected of ISIS links arrested in Bangkok
Bangkok [Thailand] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A Pakistani man suspected of having links with the Islamic State (ISIS) has reportedly been arrested in Bangkok for allegedly producing fake passports for suspected transnational criminals, possibly including those joining a terror group. ... read..


US won't provide $45m food aid pledged to UNRWA
Washington DC [United States] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The United States has announced that it will not provide USD 45 million in emergency food aid for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) for now. ... read..


'Trump determined to bite somebody ... China likely target'
Beijing | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A year after President Donald Trump took office, the United States' trade deficit with China looms larger than ever, a CNBC report has said. Although both countries calculate the gap differently, the latest data from Beijing indicates a trade differential ... read..


Living costs in many Aus cities rising faster than rest of world
Sydney | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Many Australian capital cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Hobart, have become more expensive over the past year compared to the rest of the world, an ABC News report has said. Most expensive cities are: Hamilton, Bermuda; Zurich, Switze ... read..


Trump denies changing view on Mexico border plan
Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
US President Donald Trump has denied changing his views on a border wall after his top aide reportedly said the president was "uninformed" when he made the promise, a BBC News report has said. White House chief of staff John Kelly told Fox News the presi ... read..


British police cordon off roads near London's Kings Cross station due to suspicious package
LONDON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
British police cordoned off roads around Kings Cross railway station due to a report of a suspicious package on Friday. A police spokesman said roads had been shut near the station and said officers were in attendance. He gave no further details. REUTERS ... read..


I will be judged on goals, says new Everton striker Walcott
LONDON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Everton striker Theo Walcott said on Friday that he will be judged on his ability to score regularly for his new club. The 28-year-old joined from Arsenal in a 20 million pound ($27.8 million) deal this week and is line to make his debut at home to West B ... read..


Trump to mark first anniversary of inauguration with glitzy gala
Washington | Friday, 2018 5:15:04 PM IST
US President Donald Trump is set to depart Washington to celebrate his one-year inauguration anniversary at a glitzy gala at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, hours before the deadline to avoid a government shutdown on Friday midnight. ... read..


Putin dips into icy waters to mark Orthodox Epiphany
Moscow | Friday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
In the early hours of Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin submerged himself into the gelid waters of a frozen lake to mark the Epiphany, when the Orthodox Church carries out the great sanctification of the water. ... read..


Kulbhushan Jadhav abducted from Iran: Baloch activist
Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Balochistan activist Mama Qadeer Baloch has levelled serious allegations against the Pakistan government, including the kidnapping of Indian Naval Officer Kulbhushan Jadhav from Iran. ... read..


CJP takes suo motu notice of 'extra judicial murder' of Naqeebullah
Islamabad | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Friday took suo motu notice of alleged extra judicial killing of Naqeebullah Mehsood, an model, Geo TV reported. According to the TV channel, the Supreme Court chief justice have sought a report from the Ins ... read..


CJP expresses concerns on unavailability of health facilities
Islamabad | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar has expressed concerns over the unavailability of health facilities in the country, the Dunya News reported on Friday. The Supreme Court Chief Justice met the adhoc body of Pakistan Medical & Dental Co ... read..


Police killing of Naqeebullah angers Pakistanis
Islamabad | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The police killing of a man in Karachi has sparked a social media outcry, as his family members reject claims by authorities that he was a member of the Pakistani Taliban, saying he was an innocent aspiring male model, Al Jazeera report said on Friday. P ... read..


Akombe gets UN job promo despite quiet push for dismissal
Nairobi | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Former commissioner of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Roselyne Akombe, has been promoted to a senior role at the United Nations, signalling a vote of confidence in her by the global organisation, The Star reported here on Fri ... read..


Turkish operation in Syria's Afrin has started "de facto", minister says
ANKARA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Turkey's operation in Syria's Kurdish-controlled Afrin region has started "de facto" with cross-border shelling, but no troops have gone into Afrin, Turkish Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday. In an interview with broadcaster AHaber, Canikli ... read..


Teenager pleads not guilty to carrying out London bomb attack
LONDON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A teenager who is accused of planting an improvised bomb on a London commuter train which injured 30 people pleaded not guilty to the charges of attempted murder and causing an explosion on Friday. Ahmed Hassan, who is accused of carrying out the attack a ... read..


Turkish minister says military operation in Syria's Afrin should happen without delay
ANKARA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Turkey's Defence Minister Nurettin Canikli said on Friday that a military operation in Syria's Afrin region should be carried out without delay and that Ankara and Moscow would continue talks about Turkey's planned military action. In an interview with br ... read..


Pakistan turning blind eye to evidence against Saeed: MEA
New Delhi [India] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
India has criticised Pakistan for turning a blind eye towards the evidence available against Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed. ... read..


Seasonal influenza in South Punjab claims 35 lives
Islamabad | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Thirty-five people in total have died of seasonal influenza in the past one month in Multan, Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur, a spokesman for the Multan Health Department said on Friday, according to a report of Geo TV. In Multan, 106 cases of influenza ha ... read..


New border survey 'moves' Nepali land towards India
Kathmandu | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Fifty bighas of Nepali land has fallen into Indian territory after a Nepal-India joint survey team marked the positions for new subsidiary boundary pillars between main border posts 391 and 392 in Chhapkaiya area of Birgunj Metropolis-1 of Parsa district, ... read..


Pak-Iran to resume rail services
Islamabad [Pakistan] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistan and Iran will be resuming train services between two countries by September as the security situation has improved. ... read..


Russian airstrikes kill 5 in Syria
Idlib [Syria] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
At least five people have been killed and 30 others injured in airstrikes conducted by the Russian warplanes in Syria's northern province of Idlib. ... read..


FBI re-launches hunt for hijackers of Pan Am Flight
Washington DC [United States] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has re-launched its search to catch four hijackers of the Pan Am Flight 73. ... read..


UN and partners launch $1.68-bn aid in DR Congo
United Nations | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Warning of a "dramatic deterioration" in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last 12 months, United Nations agencies and relief partners have launched the largest-ever funding appeal for the vast central African ... read..


WADA welcomes rejection of legal challenge to whereabouts rule
ZURICH | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has welcomed the rejection of a legal challenge to the whereabouts rule which it says is a key element in the fight against doping. French unions representing rugby, football, basketball and handball players had filed a ... read..


Russia's Constitutional Court rejects Putin critic Navalny's election complaint - RIA
MOSCOW | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Russia's Constitutional Court has refused to review a complaint from opposition leader Alexei Navalny over a ban on him running in a March presidential election citing legal problems with it, the RIA news agency reported on Friday. Russia's central electi ... read..


Palace's Loftus-Cheek doubtful for World Cup after ankle injury
London | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Crystal Palace midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek down with ankle injury appears doubtful for the World Cup in Russia, informed club manager Roy Hodgson on Thursday. "The injury is more severe than we originally thought, or perhaps hoped, it would be," Hodgso ... read..


In sign of times, luxury watchmaker Audemars embraces second-hand
GENEVA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Swiss luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet said it would launch a second-hand business this year, becoming the first big brand to announce plans to tap into a fast-growing market for pre-owned premium watches. The company told Reuters it had carried out a te ... read..


Zimbabwe ruling party fires 11 Mugabe allies from parliament
HARARE | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF party has fired from parliament 11 allies of former leader Robert Mugabe, as President Emmerson Mnangagwa continues a purge of officials that publicly supported his old boss and wife Grace. Mnangagwa came to power in November aft ... read..


South Africa's NUM union says branch leader at Lonmin unit shot dead
JOHANNESBURG | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
South Africa's National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday that its branch chairman at Eastern Platinum Mine, a unit of Lonmin , was shot by unknown assailants and subsequently died in hospital. The shooting is the latest in a spate of such inciden ... read..


North Korea may hold military parade on eve of Olympics, analysts say
SEOUL | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
North Korea may be preparing to hold a military parade on the eve of next month's winter Olympics in South Korea, analysts and diplomats say, even as the two countries have sought to mend ties. The North's continued development of nuclear weapons and inte ... read..


Anti-China slogans reverberate at JSMM rally in Sindh, Pakistan
Sann (Sindh) [Pakistan] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Anti-China slogans were raised during a rally organised by Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) to mark the 114th birth anniversary of scholar ideologue, and founder of Sindhudesh Movement Ghulam Murtaza Shah Syed, also known as G. M. Syed here. ... read..


Russia's Putin takes dip in icy lake to mark Orthodox Epiphany
MOSCOW | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
- Russian President Vladimir Putin stripped off to his bathing trunks and immersed himself in the freezing waters of a lake late on Thursday, observing an Orthodox Christian ritual to mark the feast of Epiphany. Russian state television showed Putin march ... read..


'Granting Ecuadorian citizenship to Assange won't sway UK'
Quito | Friday, 2018 11:45:04 AM IST
A former Ecuadorian President has said the current administration's decision to grant citizenship to WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange "will not convince the British to let him exit the UK". ... read..


'No China, Go China' slogans reverberate at JSMM rally in Sindh
Sann (Sindh) [Pakistan] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Anti-China slogans were raised during a rally organised by Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) to mark the 114th birth anniversary of scholar ideologue, and founder of Sindhudesh Movement Ghulam Murtaza Shah Syed, also known as G. M. Syed here. ... read..


'Kim must realise Trump would obliterate regime'
(Rptg | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
North Korea has refused to end their nuclear programme, but have come to the negotiating table to speak with South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics. Fears have been raised that the rogue state could be using the Pyeongchang games to buy time to put m ... read..


China lifts yuan mid-point to new 2-year high
(Rptg | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
China's central bank set its official yuan midpoint at a more than two-year high on Friday at 6.4169 per dollar, underpinned by gains in the spot yuan a day earlier and broad dollar weakness in global markets overnight. Friday's official midpoint was 232 ... read..


Mexico should study Colombia peace process, says Obrador aide
By Diego Or MEXICO CITY | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The Colombian peace process is a "good reference" for Mexico to follow to try and end years of drug violence, the security advisor of leftist presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Thursday. Lopez Obrador has chosen Alfonso Durazo, a ... read..


Ex-CIA Director Stansfield Turner dead at 94; served under Carter
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Stansfield Turner, a Navy admiral and Rhodes Scholar who was Director of Central Intelligence under President Jimmy Carter, died on Jan. 18 at home in Seattle, Washington. He was 94. His death was confirmed by his secretary, Pat Moynihan, who did not repo ... read..


Social media companies accelerate removals of online hate speech: EU
By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Social media companies Facebook , Twitter and Google's YouTube have greatly accelerated their removals of online hate speech, reviewing over two thirds of complaints within 24 hours, new EU figures show. The European Union has piled pressure on social med ... read..


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SHANGHAI | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
China's central bank set its official yuan midpoint at a more than two-year high on Friday at 6.4169 per dollar, underpinned by gains in the spot yuan a day earlier and broad dollar weakness in global markets overnight. Friday's official midpoint was 232 ... read..


Italy's centre-right leaders sign policy pact ahead of election
ROME | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi and his rightist allies agreed on Thursday to a joint manifesto ahead of a March 4 national election, committing themselves to cutting taxes and rolling back pension reform. "United we win," Berlusconi wrote on Twit ... read..


U.S. won't pay $45 mln pledged for Palestinian food aid for now
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
- The United States will not provide $45 million in food aid for Palestinians that it pledged last month as part of the West Bank/Gaza Emergency Appeal led by the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.S. State Department said on Thursday. The State ... read..


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Seoul | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
North Korea has refused to end their nuclear programme, but have come to the negotiating table to speak with South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics. Fears have been raised that the rogue state could be using the Pyeongchang games to buy time to put ... read..


'Shaking' Malaysia Airlines flight turns back to Aus
Sydney | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A Malaysia Airlines flight was forced to divert to central Australia after a technical issue left the aircraft "shuddering", passengers say, a BBC News report said on Friday. Flight MH122 was travelling from Sydney to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday when it tur ... read..


Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant
Wellington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant, according to a BBC News report on Friday. Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child in June, after which she planned to take a six-week bre ... read..


Jamia Hamdard holds int'l conf on innovative health fin mechanism
New Delhi | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
New Delhi-based Jamia Hamdard university, which is completing 30 years of its existence this year, is holding a two-day International Conference on "Innovative Health Financing Mechanisms: Making Healthcare Affordable in India" here on Friday and Saturday ... read..


US DySec to take part in UNSC debate on Afgh'tan
Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
US Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan is travelling to New York on Friday to participate in a ministerial-level, United Nations Security Council meeting on "Building Regional Partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a Model to Link Security a ... read..


US, SK hold 2nd meeting of deterrence strategy
Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The United States of America and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have held the second meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington. According to a media note issued here on Thursday by the Office of Spokesperson, ... read..


NK to remain focus of Tillerson while in Europe
Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The DPRK or North Korea will be high on the agenda of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while in Europe -- January 21-27. According to a press statement, issued here by Heather Nauert, Department of State spokesperson, on Thursday, Mr Tillerson will t ... read..


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child
By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday she was pregnant with her first child, prompting an outpouring of support from women's rights groups and labour activists as she declared "I'll be a prime minister and a mum". Ardern said she planne ... read..


Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15
RIO DE JANEIRO | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police said. Injured pedestrians lay sprawled out on the sidewal ... read..


Japan criticises U.S. for military flights over school in Okinawa
TOKYO | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Japan criticised the U.S. military on Friday for breaking a pledge to avoid flying helicopters over a school next to its base in Okinawa, a rare flash of discord with Tokyo's main ally. The school next to the Futenma base on the southern island of Okinawa ... read..


Duterte says may ban sending Filipinos to work in Kuwait due to abuses
MANILA | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is considering banning workers being sent to Kuwait because of abuses he said were being inflicted on Filipino domestic helpers there and which led to several committing suicide in recent months. Duterte said he was aw ... read..


China detains rights lawyer critical of President Xi Jinping - wife
By Christian Shepherd BEIJING | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
Beijing authorities on Friday took outspoken rights lawyer Yu Wensheng into custody as he was taking his child to school, his wife told Reuters, days after Yu said he was stripped of his legal license for criticizing President Xi Jinping. Yu, a Beijing-ba ... read..


Trump administration appeals against 'Dreamer' immigrant ruling to top court
WASHINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
The US Justice Department asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to quickly overturn a lower court ruling that blocked President Donald Trump's move to end a program that protects hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States illegally as ... read..


S.Korea President Moon's approval rating drops on Olympics furor
SEOUL | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST
- South Korean President Moon Jae-in's approval rating has fallen to a four-month low, a poll showed on Friday, after a public backlash over a decision for South and North Korea to field a joint ice hockey team at next month's Winter Olympics. Moon's ... read..


N.Korea accuses US of plotting another Korean War
Pyongyang | Friday, 2018 11:15:04 AM IST
North Korea has accused the US of plotting to provoke another Korean War by convening a foreign ministers' meeting in Vancouver, Canada. ... read..


Hafiz Saeed should be prosecuted: US
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Dismissing Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's latest remarks on Mumbai attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed, the United States made it clear that he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. ... read..


Three decades on, FBI re-launches search for Pan Am hijacking suspects
Washington | Friday, 2018 10:45:04 AM IST
The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has re-launched its search to catch four hijackers of the Pan Am Flight 73, almost 32 years after the failed attempt at Karachi airport. ... read..


UN calls for new nuke disarmament efforts
United Nations | Friday, 2018 9:45:04 AM IST
The UN has called for a new push for nuclear disarmament amid concerns over the North Korean crisis and bilateral spats between Russia and the US. ... read..


US House passes stopgap spending bill to avoid government shutdown
Washington | Friday, 2018 9:45:04 AM IST
The US House of Representatives passed a short-term spending bill to avoid a government shutdown, but whether the bill could pass the Senate remained uncertain. ... read..


Sexual harassment, assault goes unnoticed at UN: Victims
United Nations | Friday, 2018 9:45:04 AM IST
The cases of sexual harassment and assault are rife in the UN offices around the world, with offenders enjoying impunity in a culture of flawed grievance system, a media report said on Friday. ... read..


US House passes bill to avoid govt. shutdown
Washington DC [United States] | January 19, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The United States House of Representatives passed a Republican-led bill aimed at avoiding a government shutdown. ... read..


Trump sows confusion as Republicans scramble to avert shutdown
Washington | Friday, 2018 8:45:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump has appeared to undercut his party's attempts to reach a budget deal with Democrats, on the eve of a possible government shutdown. ... read..


May, Macron agree on measures to deepen ties
London | Friday, 2018 8:45:04 AM IST
Britain's departure from the European Union should not prevent a high level of cooperation with France, President Emmanuel Macron has said at the end of a British-French summit. ... read..


California couple deny torturing 'shackled siblings'
Los Angeles | Friday, 2018 8:45:04 AM IST
The parents accused of holding their 13 children in shackles at a California home have pleaded not guilty. ... read..


New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern announces pregnancy
Wellington | Friday, 2018 8:15:04 AM IST
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant. ... read..


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