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FATF to put Pakistan back on terrorist financing watchlist-sources
By Kay Johnson and Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
A global money-laundering watchdog has decided to place Pakistan back on its terrorist financing watchlist, a government official and a diplomat said on Friday. The United States has spent the past week lobbying member countries of the Financial Action Ta ... read..


Work on Afghan section of TAPI gas pipeline project begins
Kabul [Afghanistan] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The work on the Afghanistan section of the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) gas pipeline project began in the war-torn country on Friday. ... read..


China takes over Anbang Insurer Group that owns Waldorf Astoria
Beijing [China | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China has taken control of Anbang Insurance Group, the company that owns the Waldorf Astoria hotel and other marquee properties around the world, and charged its former chairman with economic crimes, the Chinese government said on Friday. ... read..


Taliban linked Pakistani seminary to get Rs 277m fund
Islamabad [Pakistan] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Pakistani seminary Darul Uloom Jamia Haqqania will be granted furthermore funds of Rs 277 million to bring its madrassas to the mainstream. ... read..


Pakistan put on terror financing watch list: Reports
Paris/Islamabad | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The inter-governmental organisation responsible for combating money laundering and financing of terrorism has added Pakistan to its terror-financing watch list that could cripple the country's economy, media reports said. The decision to include Pakistan ... read..


Russia says ready to vote for UN draft resolution on Syria - agencies
MOSCOW | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Russia is ready to vote for a U.N. Security Council draft resolution on a ceasefire in Syria, local news agencies cited Foreign Minister Lavrov as saying on Friday. Lavrov also said, according to Interfax news agency, that the United States and its allies ... read..


Donors pledge $500 mln for troops in West Africa's Sahel
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
International donors have raised half a billion dollars for a multi-national military operation in West Africa's Sahel region, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, as Europe seeks to stop migrants and militants reaching its shores. At a conference of a ... read..


Hungary wants at least half a billion euros for protecting borders -PM
BUDAPEST | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Hungary wants at least half of the more than 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) it has spent on border protection to be reimbursed from European Union funds, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday. "We have spent over 1 billion euros on border protectio ... read..


UML SC authorises Oli to decide ministers' names
Kathmandu | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The standing committee (SC) meeting of CPN-UML which was being held to decide the names of lawmakers to be inducted in the government, has concluded. Since the meeting could not execute a unanimous decision on the ministers' names, the SC has now authori ... read..


Florida shooting: Bullets flew for 4 minutes as armed deputy waited outside
New York | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
When Nikolas Cruz started shooting last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High, an armed deputy stationed at the Florida school rushed to the building. But instead of going inside, the officer waited outside for four minutes as the gunman killed students a ... read..


Bulgarian PM accepts energy minister's resignation over CEZ deal
SOFIA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov said on Friday he would accept the resignation of the energy minister after she admitted links to the firm due to buy CEZ's Bulgarian assets, but denied any wrongdoing. Earlier on Friday Energy Minister Temenuzhka ... read..


Germany says Turkey releases another German citizen from prison
BERLIN | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Germany said on Friday another of its citizens has been released from jail in Turkey, a week after German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yucel was freed from detention in a move that helped to ease tensions between the two NATO allies. Berlin has been pressing ... read..


Northern Ireland abortion laws violate women's rights, UN body says
GENEVA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The United Kingdom violates women's rights in Northern Ireland by unduly restricting their access to abortion, a report by the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women said on Friday. "Denial of abortion and criminalisation of abo ... read..


Russia, Iran should stop Syrian government violations, Turkey says
ISTANBUL | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday that Syrian government air strikes in eastern Ghouta were unacceptable, and called on Russia and Iran to put pressure on Damascus authorities. "Russia and Iran need to stop the Syrian government," ... read..


Turkish forces shell convoy headed to Syria's Afrin region
BEIRUT/ISTANBUL | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The Turkish army struck a convoy entering Syria's Kurdish-held Afrin region, which Ankara said carried fighters and weapons but Kurdish forces said was made up of civilians entering with food and medicine. In a statement on Friday, the Turkish military s ... read..


South Africa's anti-graft watchdog says minister misled parliament
JOHANNESBURG | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
A South African minister inadvertently misled parliament when she said a local consultancy firm linked to business friends of former President Jacob Zuma had no contracts with state power utility Eskom, an anti-graft watchdog said on Thursday. This is th ... read..


Biggest Indonesian party backs President Widodo for new term
JAKARTA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Indonesia's biggest political party in parliament on Friday endorsed President Joko Widodo as its candidate for elections in 2019, joining four other parties backing him for a second term. The presidential election is widely expected to be a re-run of a ... read..


South Sudan sentences S.African to hang for helping rebel chief
By Denis Dumo JUBA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
South Sudan sentenced a South African ex-colonel to death on Friday after convicting him of trying to bring down the government. Retired colonel William Endley, 55, had been providing advice to former-vice-president-turned-rebel-leader Riek Machar, whose ... read..


UNSC to vote on 30-day ceasefire in Syria
Washington [US] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A day after Russia vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution on the situation in Syria's conflicting region of Eastern Ghouta, the council will on Friday vote on the decree calling for a 30-day ceasefire in the war-torn nation, and allowi ... read..


Pro-independence activists chained to Catalan court arrested
Barcelona | Friday, 2018 5:15:04 PM IST
A dozen activists who had chained themselves to a court in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia to protest the imprisonment of pro-independence figures were on Friday arrested. ... read..


Largest joint military drills in SE Asia conclude
Bangkok | Friday, 2018 4:45:05 PM IST
The largest military exercises in Southeast Asia concluded on Friday in Thailand, after 11 days of drills, social and humanitarian projects and traditional jungle training. ... read..


MQM Chief criticises Pak Army, Chief Justice
London [United Kingdom] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Founder leader of Pakistan's political party Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Altaf Hussain has strongly criticised the Pakistani military and the Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saquib Nisar, saying, "it looked as if the CJP is a serving army General." ... read..


Florida school shooting: Armed Deputy 'failed to confront killer'
Washington | Friday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
The armed officer who was assigned to a Florida high school, where 17 students and children were gunned down, took cover outside the building rather than intervening while the shooting unfolded last week. ... read..


China securities regulator proposes to delay IPO reform
SHANGHAI | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
China's top securities regulator Liu Shiyu has proposed to delay a deadline for the government to authorise a registration-based initial public offering mechanism until Feb. 29, 2020, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Friday. The original dead ... read..


Polluting Poland told to put its people before the coal industry
Luxembourg | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Coal-dependent Poland could face a fine after it became only the second European Union country ever to be formally told it was breaching air pollution limits, according to an Euronews report. The EU's top court ruled the country had failed to uphold air q ... read..


Dutch MPs vote to recognise disputed Armenian 'genocide'
Amsterdam | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The Dutch Parliament has passed a motion recognising that the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks during World War One was a "genocide", a BBC News report said. Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their people died in the atrocities of 1915. Turkey ... read..


Syria war: Russia says no agreement on ceasefire resolution
Moscow | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Russia is calling for changes to a UN resolution for a ceasefire in Syria amid growing outrage over government bombardment of a rebel area, a BBC report said on Friday. Russia's UN ambassador called for "feasible" not "populist" action. But Western diplom ... read..


EU Civil Protection Mechanism to be strengthened
Brussels | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The European Union (EU) Civil Protection Mechanism will be strengthened thanks to a new and important contribution from Luxembourg. According to an European Commission (EC) press release here on Thursday, its satellite-based communication platform < emer ... read..


RBS reports first profit in 10 years
Edinburgh | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Royal Bank of Scotland has returned to profit for the first time in a decade as it continues its recovery, a BBC News report said on Friday. Chief executive Ross McEwan told the BBC it was "a really symbolic moment." The bank, which is majority-owned by t ... read..


Japanese scientists invent floating 'firefly' light
By Hideki Kato TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Japanese engineering researchers say they have created a tiny electronic light the size of a firefly which rides waves of ultrasound, and could eventually figure in applications ranging from moving displays to projection mapping. Named Luciola for its res ... read..


Philippine police say 10 killed in bloody night of drug busts
MANILA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Philippine police killed 10 suspected drug peddlers and arrested 63 people in dozens of operations during the single deadliest night of the country's ferocious war on drugs since police resumed participation in early December. Since President Rodrigo Dut ... read..


EU to double funding for military force in West Africa's Sahel
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The European Union will double its funding for a multi-national military operation in West Africa's Sahel region to counter Islamist insurgencies, the EU's top diplomat said on Friday, part of a broader effort to stop migrants and militants. At a donor c ... read..


More bombs fall on Syria's eastern Ghouta ahead of U.N. vote
By Ellen Francis BEIRUT | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
A new wave of bombs struck Syria's eastern Ghouta on Friday, which a witness in one town described as the worst yet, ahead of a U.N. Security Council vote to demand a 30-day ceasefire across the country. For a sixth straight day, warplanes have pounded t ... read..


Myanmar bulldozes Rohingya villages after "cleansing" campaign - group
By Shoon Naing and Thu Thu Aung YANGON | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Myanmar has bulldozed at least 55 villages that were emptied of their Rohingya Muslim inhabitants during violence that began last year, Human Rights Watch said on Friday citing a review of new satellite imagery. The group said the demolitions in the nort ... read..


South Sudan sentences S.African to hang over aid to rebel chief
JUBA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
A South Sudan court on Friday sentenced a South African ex-colonel to be executed by hanging, a Reuters witness said, after he was convicted of conspiracy and attempting to overthrow the government. Retired colonel William Endley, 55, had been providing a ... read..


UK to align auto regulations with EU post Brexit - health minister
LONDON | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Britain will align its regulations with the European Union's in some areas, such as the automotive sector, after it leaves the bloc in 2019, health minister Jeremy Hunt said on Friday. Hunt also told BBC radio there was no possibility of the government c ... read..


EU MPs urge China to release Swedish bookseller
Brussels | Friday, 2018 3:45:04 PM IST
European Union MPs have written to Chinese President Xi Jinping demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Swedish bookseller Gui Minhai who was detained from a Beijing-bound bullet train last month suspected of leaking state secrets, the media ... read..


Turbans must be shown as religious symbols: UK racism victim
London [England] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A prominent Sikh environmentalist from India, Ravneet Singh, who was allegedly attacked in the United Kingdom (UK) on Friday, called for the Indian government and the Gurudwara committees to indulge in "dialogue with other countries," saying that they sho ... read..


Pak to be put on grey list for terror financing: Sources
Islamabad [Pakistan] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has taken a decision to put Pakistan on a grey list for terror financing, according to the sources. ... read..


'New Cold War' brewing in Indian Ocean, says expert
Washington D C [United States] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
One of Australia's leading academic experts on strategy and security in South Asia and the Indian Ocean region and others have said that ongoing political crisis in The Maldives could provoke an even larger crisis in the immediate future, possibly result ... read..


PM Modi meets Trudeau, will hold delegation-level talks
Canberra [Australia] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met with his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau at Hyderabad House in the national capital. ... read..


Scandal-hit Australia deputy PM resigns
Canberra [Australia] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Barnaby Joyce has announced his resignation as Australia's deputy prime minister and leader of the Nationals amid claims of sexual harassment and an affair with a former aide. ... read..


President Yameen loses support of top law officers
Male [Maldives] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Prosecutor General of Maldives, Aishath Bisham, has told police in a letter that the state of emergency declared by President Abdullah Yameen is unconstitutional as the procedure followed for ratifying it in Parliament was not done as per established ... read..


Afghanistan: UN mission welcomes new penal code
United Nations | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
While welcoming the entry to force of a new Penal Code in Afghanistan as a having the "potential to trigger real change," the United Nations mission in the country has said that it was concerned by the removal of the chapter penalising violence against wo ... read..


UN aid chief calls for action by SC to save Ghouta, Syria
United Nations | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The United Nations humanitarian chief has called for action by the Security Council to halt the appalling destruction of Syria's eastern Ghouta, where nearly 300 people have reportedly been killed in just the past few days, as "bombs and mortars have rain ... read..


Barnaby Joyce to resign as Aussie Deputy PM
Canberra | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Barnaby Joyce will resign as Deputy PM and Nationals leader at a party meeting on Monday, an ABC News report said on Friday. Mr Joyce says he's standing aside to protect his new partner and family. Mr Joyce has faced sustained pressure to step d ... read..


EU set to prepare sanctions on Myanmar generals -diplomats
By Robin Emmott BRUSSELS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The European Union will start preparing sanctions against Myanmar generals over killings of Rohingya Muslims by formally calling on the bloc's foreign policy chief next week to draw up a list of possible names, two diplomats said. Any new travel bans and ... read..


Trump to announce new sanctions against NKorea; SKorea preps for talks with North
By Christine Kim and Steve Holland SEOUL/WASHINGTON | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The United States is due to announce its largest package of sanctions yet against North Korea to further pressure Pyongyang over its nuclear and missile programme, as South Korea readies itself for more talks with the North's officials. Tougher sanctions ... read..


EU to double funding for military force in West Africa's Sahel region
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Robin Emmott BRUSSELS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The European Union is set to double its funding for a multi-national military operation in West Africa's Sahel region to counter Islamist insurgencies on Friday, EU diplomats said, part of a broader effort to fight militants and people traffickers. At a d ... read..


Australian deputy prime minister resigns after affair with staffer
By Colin Packham SYDNEY | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Australia's deputy prime minister said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party after weeks of pressure over an affair with a staffer that brought him into open conflict with his premier and threatened to shatter a decades-old coalition. Barnaby Jo ... read..


UN Security Council to vote on Friday on demand for Syria truce
UNITED NATIONS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The United Nations Security Council will vote on Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations, but it was not immediately clear if the text had won the support of Syrian ally Russia. The vo ... read..


US Governor indicted over sexual misconduct allegations
Washington | Friday, 2018 12:45:04 PM IST
Eric Greiten, the Governor of US' Missouri state, has been indicted amid looming allegations of sexual misconduct and blackmail following an admission of an affair last month, the media reported. ... read..


Peshawar blast leaves three injured
Peshawar [Pakistan] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
At least three people were injured in a roadside bomb blast on Peshawar's Ring Road in Pakistan on Friday. ... read..


UNSC set to vote on Syria ceasefire resolution on Friday (Lead)
United Nations | Friday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
The Security Council is set to vote on Friday on a resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in war-torn Syria and to allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged areas that had been stalled, a spokesperson for Kuwait, which is the current president of the Co ... read..


Pentagon praises India over its Afghan role
Washington DC [United States] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Pentagon has heaped praises on India over its development role in Afghanistan, adding the country has pledged an "additional developmental aid" in the war-torn country. ... read..


Trudeau pays tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat
New Delhi [India] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family on Friday paid tribute to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat, here. ... read..


Trudeau meets Sushma Swaraj, discusses India-Canada ties
New Delhi [India] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday held a "warm" meeting with External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj in the national capital. ... read..


Ban troops from participating in US-led wars: Duterte
Manila | Friday, 2018 11:45:04 AM IST
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that he would not allow Philippine troops to participate in any armed conflicts involving the US. ... read..


Pressure grows on Australian deputy leader to quit amid new allegations
By Colin Packham SYDNEY | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Australia's embattled deputy prime minister called a news conference on Friday at which domestic media reported he was likely to resign after weeks of damaging revelations over an affair with a staff member who is carrying his child. Barnaby Joyce, the le ... read..


China insurance regulator takes control of Anbang Insurance Group, chairman prosecuted
BEIJING/SHANGHAI | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Anbang Insurance Group Co Ltd, one of China's biggest insurance conglomerates, has been taken over by the country's insurance regulator for one year, and its chairman has been prosecuted for economic crimes. The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC ... read..


Japan finmin: important for BOJ to keep current policy framework
TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso said on Friday that it was important for the Bank of Japan to maintain its current monetary policy framework. Aso also said he wanted to raise the national sales tax as scheduled in October 2019, to 10 percent from 8 per ... read..


U.S. Defense dept says prefers targeted steel, aluminum tariffs
WASHINGTON | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The U.S. Defense Department supports moves by the Commerce Department to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, although it would prefer a system of targeted tariffs rather than a global quota or a global tariff. The Commerce Department on Feb. 16 ... read..


Commonwealth Bank of Australia denies most new claims in money-laundering case
Undated | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Commonwealth Bank of Australia on Friday denied most of the 100 additional claims made against it in a major lawsuit by Australia's financial intelligence agency regarding breaches of anti-money laundering laws. Australia's biggest bank said in a statemen ... read..


Commonwealth Bank of Australia admits to some of new AUSTRAC allegations
Undated | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Commonwealth Bank of Australia on Friday admitted to some of the new allegations made against it by the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) regarding a failure of compliance with anti-money laundering laws. Of the 100 new allegati ... read..


Armed deputy stood outside Florida school building during shootings -sheriff
FORT LAUDERDALE | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The armed deputy who was on the campus of Stoneman Douglas High School during a shooting rampage that left 17 dead on Feb. 14 stood outside the building where it occurred and did not go in to engage the shooter, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said on ... read..


Five refugees killed, 20 injured, in Rwanda camp food protest-police
KIGALI | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
At least five refugees were killed and 20 injured at a camp in Rwanda after a protest over a cut in food rations turned violent, Rwandan police said on Friday. Seven policemen were also injured. Around 3,000 refugees had camped outside United Nations offi ... read..


Cambodia's ruling party set to sweep Senate election
By Prak Chan Thul PHNOM PENH | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The ruling Cambodian People's Party (CPP) of Hun Sen is poised to sweep a Senate election at the weekend, helping to consolidate the prime minister's rule of more than 30 years amid a crackdown on the opposition. Sunday's election for 58 members of the 62 ... read..


UN Security Council to vote Friday on demand for Syria truce
UNITED NATIONS | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The United Nations Security Council will vote at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Friday on a draft resolution demanding a 30-day truce in Syria to allow aid deliveries and medical evacuations, said Kuwait's U.N. mission, the council president for February. It w ... read..


Australian deputy prime minister resigns from Cabinet, remains in parliament
SYDNEY | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Friday he will resign as leader of his party and will move to the backbench after weeks of pressure over an extra-marital affair with his former media secretary. Joyce said he will step down on Monday ... read..


Armed deputy who failed to confront gunman at Florida school resigns
By Bernie Woodall FORT LAUDERDALE | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The armed sheriff's deputy assigned to the Florida high school where 17 people were shot dead has resigned rather than face suspension after an internal investigation showed he failed to enter the school to confront the gunman during the attack, the count ... read..


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By Jon Herskovitz AUSTIN | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Texas Governor Greg Abbott commuted the death sentence of a convicted murderer less than an hour before he was set to be executed on Thursday after the death row inmate's family begged for mercy and won a rare clemency recommendation. Florida executed a m ... read..


SKorea says approved visit by sanctioned North Korean to pursue peace on peninsula
SEOUL | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
South Korea said it had approved the Winter Olympic visit by a sanctioned North Korean official, blamed for the 2010 sinking of a South Korean ship that killed 46 sailors, in the pursuit of peace and asked for public understanding. Kim Yong Chol, vice-cha ... read..


Boeing, Lockheed interested in launching rockets from Brazil, minister says
By Anthony Boadle BRASILIA | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Brazil's defense minister said on Thursday that Boeing, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and other U.S. aerospace companies have expressed interest in launching rockets from its Alcantara military base near the equator and visited the site in December. "They were ... read..


NKorea's Kim Yong Chol "right person" for inter-Korean, denuclearisation talks -Yonhap citing spy agency
SEOUL | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
The official North Korea is sending to South Korea's Winter Olympics closing ceremony, Kim Yong Chol, is the "right person" for inter-Korean and denuclearisation talks, the South's Yonhap news agency reported on Friday citing a lawmaker briefed by the cou ... read..


Oil from sunken Iran tanker reached Japan shores -Coast Guard
By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Oil that reached islands in southern Japan earlier this month is highly likely to have come from the sunken Iranian tanker Sanchi, the Japan Coast Guard said on Thursday. Samples of oily matter that washed up on Feb. 8 on the shores of the Okinoerabu and ... read..


Pressure grows on Australian deputy leader to quit with new harassment allegation
By Colin Packham SYDNEY | Friday, Feb 23 2018 IST
Australia's embattled deputy prime minister called a news conference on Friday at which domestic media reported he was likely to resign after weeks of damaging revelations over an affair with a former staff member who is carrying his child. Barnaby Joyce, ... read..


Australian Deputy PM resigns amid sexual harassment claim
Canberra | Friday, 2018 11:15:05 AM IST
Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced his resignation on Friday following an allegation of sexual harassment. ... read..


Canada flew celebrity restaurateur to India at taxpayer expense for Trudeau
New Delhi [India] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Government of Canada flew Vancouver celebrity restaurateur and Chef Vikram Vij to India at the expense of taxpayer's money to cook for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and other ministers. ... read..


Trudeau inspects guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan
New Delhi [India] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday inspected a guard of honour at the Rashtrapati Bhawan here. ... read..


Armed officer at school did not enter building during shooting
Parkland (Florida) [USA] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The armed officer who was stationed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida did not enter the school during last week's deadly shooting, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced on Thursday. ... read..


Nepal to hold presidential elections next month
Kathmandu [Nepal] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The Election Commission (EC) of Nepal on Thursday announced that the elections for the new president will be held on March 13. ... read..


Burqa-clad women playing board game at Mecca's mosque spark controversy
Riyadh [Saudi Arabia] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A photo of four Burqa-clad women playing a board game in the premises of Mecca's holy mosque went viral on social media and has sparked online controversy across Saudi Arabia. ... read..


Saudi, China, Turkey block US move against Pak on terror watch list
New York [USA] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have joined hands to block a move by United State President Donald Trump's administration to place Pakistan on an international terror-financing watch list. ... read..


Netanyahu's associates remanded in custody amid corruption probe
Jerusalem | Friday, 2018 6:45:04 AM IST
Two associates of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been remanded in custody amid a corruption investigation. ... read..


Trump calls for 'arming' teachers
Washington D.C. [USA] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump on Thursday called on the idea of arming teachers with guns and rifles, in the wake of last week's deadly shooting at a Florida high school. ... read..


I never said 'give teachers guns': Trump slams media
Washington DC [United States] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump on Thursday in a series of tweets, slammed the media for misinterpreting his comments on giving guns to teachers. ... read..


China distribute 300,000 TVs in rural areas
Beijing [China] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The ruling Communist Party in China is distributing around 300,000 television sets to people in the rural areas of the country in order to spread its propaganda deeper into the Chinese society. ... read..


China denies arson in Tibetian temple fire
Beijing [China] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China has denied arson as the cause of a fire at a Tibetian Buddhist temple in Lhasa, its state media reported on Thursday. ... read..


UK MP condemns racist attack on Sikh guest
London [England] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Member of Parliament (MP) in United Kingdom (UK) Tanmanjeet S Dhesi on Thursday strongly condemned the alleged racial attack on his guest whose turban was pulled off while standing in a queue outside the British Parliament. ... read..


Trump's NSA to resign soon?
Washington D.C. [USA] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump's national security adviser (NSA), Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster will reportedly resign from his post and will head back to the military, according to defence and administration officials. ... read..


Meet the top 10 Chinese self-made billionaires!
Beijing [China] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China is home to 10 percent of the world's almost 2,400 billionaires. However, 94 percent of them are self-made billionaires, according to a latest report from Wealth-X. ... read..


India ranks 81st in global corruption index
Berlin [Germany] | February 23, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
India has been ranked 81st on the global corruption perception index 2017, in terms of graft and press freedom in the Asia-Pacific region, as per a report released by Transparency International (TI). ... read..


New charges filed against former Trump campaign associates
Washington | Friday, 2018 5:15:04 AM IST
Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed a new indictment against US President Donald Trump's former campaign aides, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates. ... read..


'Britain doesn't want Brexit to damage security relations with Europe'
London | Friday, 2018 3:15:04 AM IST
Britain does not want Brexit to damage its security relations with the European Union (EU) after the country leaves the 28-nation bloc, the former head of its domestic security service has said. ... read..


Pentagon to provide recommendation on transgender individuals to Trump this week
WASHINGTON | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will provide his recommendation to President Donald Trump on transgender individuals and military service sometime this week, the Pentagon said on Thursday. In September, the Pentagon said it had created a panel of senio ... read..


Guyana strengthens border security with Venezuela
By Neil Marks GEORGETOWN | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
In an attempt to thwart "incursion and invasion," Guyana set up two army bases this week on its jungle frontier with ailing Venezuela, following similar moves by larger neighbors Colombia and Brazil. Venezuelan soldiers are entering Guyanese territory in ... read..


Pence rallies conservatives with call to fight hard at 2018 elections
By James Oliphant and Steve Holland NATIONAL HARBOR | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Vice President Mike Pence rallied thousands of conservative activists on Thursday to fight back against a Democratic drive to take over the U.S. Congress in 2018 elections, calling it crucial to advance President Donald Trump's agenda. Pence spoke at the ... read..


Iran stays within main limits of nuclear deal, IAEA report shows
VIENNA | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Iran has stayed within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential quarterly report by the U.N. atomic watchdog seen by Reuters showed on Thursday. The Islamic Republic did not exceed limits on ... read..


Britain warns of Islamic State attacks in South Africa after couple kidnapped
By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Britain has warned of a threat of attacks by Islamists on foreigners in South Africa after two British nationals were kidnapped in a small town there, but South African police said they had no evidence militants were behind the incident. Africa's most in ... read..


Saudi Arabia frees nine Iranian fisherman detained two years ago -Iran
LONDON | Thursday, Feb 22 2018 IST
Saudi Arabia has freed nine Iranian fishermen detained two years ago, Iranian state TV said on Thursday but a tenth fisherman was killed in the initial incident, his brother said. Tension between Shi'ite Iran and Saudi Arabia's conservative Sunni monarch ... read..


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