Wednesday, July 18, 2018

BRICS media forum to start in Cape Town
Cape Town | Wednesday, 2018 2:45:04 AM IST
The 3rd BRICS Media Forum under the theme of "BRICS Media Cooperation - Fostering an Inclusive, Just World Order" will be held on July 18-19 in Cape Town, South Africa. ... read..

Rebuking Trump's embrace of Putin, U.S. lawmakers look to punish Russia
By John Whitesides and Susan Heavey WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
U.S. President Donald Trump faced outrage on Tuesday for his failure to hold Russia accountable for meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, and some U.S. lawmakers threatened action in Congress to punish Moscow and show support for U.S. intelligence agencies. ... read..

U.S. court order 'buys time' for separated immigrant families - lawyers
By Jonathan Allen NEW YORK | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Lawyers for immigrant families separated by the U.S. government at the border with Mexico said a federal judge's order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give them breathing room as they struggled for access to clients. The fam ... read..

World Cup victory boosts French morale, but not Macron's popularity
PARIS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Winning the soccer World Cup has turned the French, long-time pessimists, into optimists, but has not boosted President Emmanuel Macron's popularity, a survey showed on Tuesday. Some 62 percent of the French polled by the Odoxa polling institute on July ... read..

Russia, Ukraine agree to continue gas transit talks - EU's Sefcovic
BERLIN | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Ukraine and Russia have agreed to continue European Union-mediated talks on continuing to supply Europe with Russian gas via Ukrainian pipelines after the current contract expires at the end of 2019, a top European Commission official said. European Com ... read..

Health system in Mosul remains broken one year after defeat of Islamic State
By Kawa Omar Amin MOSUL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A year after Iraqi forces recaptured Mosul from Islamic State the city's healthcare system remains broken, its hospitals lie in ruins and even basic services are lacking, according to aid groups. The government retook Mosul with help from a U.S.-led coa ... read..

Iran files suit against U.S. sanctions at World Court
AMSTERDAM | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Iran has filed a suit against the United States alleging that sanctions imposed by Washington in May violate a 1955 bilateral treaty between the two countries, the International Court of Justice said on Tuesday. The ICJ, or World Court, is the United Na ... read..

Russia says France's trade agency in Moscow had no legal basis
MOSCOW | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The Russian foreign ministry, citing a court ruling, said on Tuesday that Business France trade agency in Moscow, which Paris has now decided to shut down, had been functioning without any "legal basis". France said on Monday it had decided to shut its ... read..

British caver says he approached by U.S., British lawyers over Musk's comments
By Amy Sawitta Lefevre MAE SAI | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A British caver who helped rescue 12 boys from a Thai cave said on Tuesday that he has been approached by British and American lawyers and will seek legal advice after Tesla CEO Elon Musk directed abuse at him on Twitter. "I've been approached by Britis ... read..

Myanmar police focused interrogation on Rohingya story-Reuters journalist
By Thu Thu Aung and Aye Min Thant YANGON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A Reuters reporter on trial in Myanmar said the police questioning after he and a colleague were arrested in December centred on their reporting of a massacre of Rohingya Muslims, not on secret state documents they are accused of obtaining. Wa Lone, 32, ... read..

Spain's Constitutional Court blocks latest Catalan independence motion
MADRID | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Spain's Constitutional Court said on Tuesday it had blocked a motion approved by Catalonia's parliament to resume steps to declare independence of the wealthy northeastern region. The court's formal suspension of the secessionist motion approved on July ... read..

EU's Juncker to visit Trump to talk trade on July 25
BRUSSELS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 to discuss strained trade ties between the two. "President Juncker and President Trump will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forgin ... read..

Trump says NATO is better funded "only because of me"
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
President Donald Trump on Tuesday took personal credit for the strength of NATO, an organization he has frequently criticized, and cast his recent meeting with ally countries in a positive light. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is better-funded "on ... read..

Almost 300 Malians killed this year in militia clashes - UN
GENEVA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Nearly 300 Malian civilians have been killed in fighting between rival militias this year, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday, as surging inter-communal violence across the country threatens a presidential election due later this month. Malians ... read..

Portugal turns to elite firefighters to avoid repeat of forest fire tragedy
By Axel Bugge POMBAL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Forest fires in Portugal killed 114 people last year. Before any blaze starts this year, elite firefighters are getting ready to strike back. The government has doubled the National Republican Guard's first strike firefighting units to 1,064 soldiers as p ... read..

Low-level of politics dangerous for Pak: Bilawal
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 9:11:43 PM IST
Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto on Tuesday took on those exchanging in war of words, saying that such low-level of politics was dangerous for the country's future. ... read..

N Korea to return remains of US soldiers killed in Korean War
Seoul [South Korea] | July 17, 2018 9:11:34 PM IST
North Korea has agreed to return the mortal remains of 55 American soldiers who were killed during the 1950-53 Korean War, according to a US military newspaper report. ... read..

Ghani assures enhanced border security for Pak polls
Rawalpindi [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 9:11:34 PM IST
Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday assured Pakistan of providing assistance to enhance border security measures on the Afghan side of the border between the two countries during the July 25 general elections. ... read..

Prince Harry and Meghan visit Nelson Mandela tribute in London
LONDON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Prince Harry and his new wife Meghan visited an exhibition marking 100 years since the birth of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex met friends and family of the anti-apartheid campaigner who died in 2 ... read..

Europe rights court censures Russia over journalist murder probe
PARIS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday ordered Russia to pay 20,000 euros ($23,442) in damages to relatives of murdered investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya, saying it had failed to carry out an effective investigation into her killing. Pol ... read..

Polish PM: Strengthen NATO's eastern flank in response to Russia
WARSAW | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Tuesday that NATO's eastern flank needed to be strengthened in response to Russia's aggressive policy. "NATO's eastern flank needs to be strengthened because Russia's aggressive policy has not, unfortunate ... read..

Thailand's rescued cave boys to address media on Wednesday
By Panarat Thepgumpanat BANGKOK | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The 12 Thai boys and soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave will be discharged from hospital on Wednesday and hold a news conference the same day to satisfy huge media interest in their story, a government official said. "We want to reduce publ ... read..

Trump is a little fanboy of Putin: Schwarzenegger
Washington D.C. [USA] | July 17, 2018 7:11:36 PM IST
Terming the press conference of US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki "embarrassing", 'Terminator' star Arnold Schwarzenegger has said that the former acted like a "fanboy" of the Russian leader. ... read..

Trump under fire for defending Putin over poll meddling
Washington | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:37 PM IST
US President Donald Trump is facing a barrage of criticism for defending his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over claims of Moscow's interference in the 2016 presidential elections. ... read..

5 killed in S.Korea's military copter crash
Seoul | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:37 PM IST
Five soldiers were killed and one was injured in a military helicopter crash on Tuesday in South Korea's Pohang city, authorities said. ... read..

China builds unmanned weather station near border with India
Beijing | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:32 PM IST
China has installed an unmanned automatic weather observation station near its border with India in Tibet to support its Army in the event of a live fire conflict with New Delhi. ... read..

Intelligence unit behind waitresses' defection to South Korea
Seoul | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:27 PM IST
South Korea's military intelligence agency has been accused of being behind the defection of a group of North Korean waitresses in 2016, Yonhap news agency reported on Tuesday. ... read..

Australians involved in Thai cave rescue to receive honours
Canberra | Tuesday, 2018 6:45:17 PM IST
Two Australian divers who helped rescue 12 boys and their football coach from a flooded cave in Thailand will receive civilian honours, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced on Tuesday. ... read..

Ensure security for free and fair vote, Human Rights Watch tells Pakistan govt
New York | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Parliamentary elections in Pakistan scheduled for July 25 could be severely compromised unless the interim government take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of candidates and political party activists who are at risk of attack from the Taliban and ... read..

Authorities in Nicaragua have killed, imprisoned and tortured people -U.N.
By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Police and authorities in Nicaragua have killed and imprisoned people without due process and committed torture, the U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday, calling for an end to violence in which an estimated 280 people have died since April. Protests ... read..

Macron starts 'new phase' with unions after fast-and-furious 1st year
PARIS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
French President Emmanuel Macron told unions and bosses on Tuesday his second year in power would be a "new phase" in his presidency during which he would consult them more after largely ignoring them in his first year, an employers group said. "The pres ... read..

Woman arrested in Washington, accused of being Russian government agent
By Sarah N. Lynch WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A 29-year-old Russian woman living in Washington, D.C., has been arrested and charged with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian government while developing ties with American citizens and infiltrating political groups, the U.S. Justice Department ... read..

Egypt's parliament passes $11 billion sovereign wealth fund
CAIRO | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Egypt is setting up a sovereign wealth fund with a capital of 200 billion Egyptian pounds ($11 billion), the state news agency said on Tuesday. Former Public Enterprise Minister Khaled Badawi said in March that Egypt was discussing setting up a sovereign ... read..

Japan, EU ink free trade agreement
Tokyo | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Japan and the EU on Tuesday signed an unprecedented free trade agreement, sending a "clear message" against protectionism. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Ab ... read..

China won't allow Philippines to fall into a "debt trap"
MANILA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
China will not allow the Philippines to fall into a "debt trap", even as it has committed itself to handing out loans and grants to help finance the Southeast Asian country's massive infrastructure projects, Beijing's ambassador said on Tuesday. Speaking ... read..

Kenya's Safaricom in "advanced talks" to take M-Pesa to Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Kenya's Safaricom is in "advanced talks" with the Ethiopian government to introduce its popular M-Pesa mobile money service to neighbouring Ethiopia, a market of 100 million people, two sources said on Tuesday. Britain's Vodafone, Safaricom's parent comp ... read..

U.S. lawmakers urge Google, Facebook to resist Vietnam cybersecurity law
By James Pearson and Mai Nguyen HANOI | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Seventeen U.S. lawmakers have urged the CEOs of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by a new cybersecurity law in Vietnam, which critics say gives the Communist-ruled state more power to crackdown on dissent. The law, which was approved by V ... read..

Turkish court rules to keep two Greek soldiers in custody
ISTANBUL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A Turkish court has ruled to keep in custody two Greek soldiers who were detained in Turkey in March, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday, in a case which has escalated tensions between the two neighbouring NATO allies. Greece says the soldiers cr ... read..

Iraqi police use batons to disperse protesters outside Zubair oilfield
By Aref Mohammed BASRA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Iraqi police wielded batons and rubber hoses to disperse about 250 protesters gathered at the main entrance to the Zubair oilfield near Basra on Tuesday as unrest across southern cities over poor basic services gathered pace. Since demonstrations began n ... read..

Japan's regional jet not flying so high after air show prang
FARNBOROUGH | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Japan's efforts to show off its new regional jet, the MRJ, were dealt another setback on Tuesday after a prang forced it to skip a flying display at the Farnborough Airshow. The 90-seat MRJ90, Japan's first passenger plane since the 1960s, made a success ... read..

From cloud seeding to vehicle curbs, Indonesia fights pollution ahead of Asian Games
JAKARTA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
As Indonesia prepares to host thousands of competitors and fans at next month's Asian Games, pollution concerns have flared following a spell of unhealthy air in Jakarta and forest fire hotspots near the second venue, Palembang in South Sumatra. Traffic ... read..

Russian establishment chalks up Trump summit as a win for Putin
By Christian Lowe MOSCOW | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Russia's political and media establishment heralded talks between the Russian and U.S. leaders in Helsinki as a victory for Vladimir Putin in breaking down Western resolve to treat Russia as a pariah. "The West's attempts to isolate Russia failed," read ... read..

S.Korean military helicopter crash kills five, injures one
SEOUL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A South Korean military helicopter crashed during a test flight on Tuesday in the southeastern city of Pohang, killing five people and injuring one, the Marine Corps said. The craft crashed from a height of about 10 m (33 ft) on a runway at a key Marine ... read..

Syrians approach Israeli frontier as Assad assault closes in
GOLAN HEIGHTS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Dozens of Syrians approached the Israeli frontier on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary from a Russian-backed Syrian army offensive, before turning back after a warning from Israeli forces. Tens of thousands of ... read..

Islamabad HC rejects Sharif family's bail plea
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 5:11:24 PM IST
The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday cancelled the bail requests of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar in connection to the Avenfield properties case. ... read..

IMF sees trade rows as 'threat' to global growth
Washington | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The International Monetary Fund has warned that rising trade disputes between the United States and its trading partners could pose a "threat" to global growth. Expressing concern about the outlook of global economic growth, IMF chief economist Maurice O ... read..

Hawaii tours face new limits after 'lava bomb' injuries
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Hawaii lava tour boats faced tighter restrictions on Tuesday after 23 passengers were injured by a volcanic explosion, as authorities investigated whether a vessel hit by "lava bombs" went too close to molten rock oozing into the Ocean. The U.S. Coast Gu ... read..

Texas to execute convicted killer despite clemency plea by victim's family
AUSTIN | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Texas plans to execute a man on Tuesday convicted of murdering a store owner during a 2004 robbery despite calls from some relatives of the victim to spare the life of the inmate whom they say they have forgiven. Texas is set to execute Christopher Young ... read..

Lawyers welcome U.S. court order to slow deportations of separated families
Undated | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Lawyers for immigrant families separated at the border by the U.S. government said a federal judge's order barring rapid deportations until at least next Tuesday would give them breathing room as they struggled for access to clients. The families had bee ... read..

Syrians who approached Israeli Golan frontier walk back towards refugee encampments
GOLAN HEIGHTS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Dozens of Syrians who approached Israel's frontier fence on the Golan Heights on Tuesday in an apparent attempt to seek help or sanctuary, began walking back towards nearby refugee encampments after being warned off by the Israeli military. "Go back befo ... read..

Boeing lifts 20-year industry demand forecast to $6.3 trillion
By Eric M. Johnson FARNBOROUGH | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Boeing Co raised its rolling 20-year industry forecast for passenger and cargo aircraft by three percent on Tuesday, but shaved its projections for wide-body as well as regional jets, as its battle with Airbus intensifies in smaller planes. The world's l ... read..

Syrian civilians approach Israeli frontier fence in Golan Heights
GOLAN HEIGHTS | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Dozens of people walked on Tuesday from Syrian refugee encampments on the Golan Heights to Israel's nearby frontier fence, where they stopped some 200 metres (yards) away and were ordered by an Israeli soldier to turn back. "You are on the border of the ... read..

Inducting extremist groups in politics claiming lives in Pakistan
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 4:11:31 PM IST
The acceptance and appeasement of extremist and militant groups in the political arena of Pakistan still continue. This scourge is leading to the death of innocent citizens to suicide attacks, according to a Pakistan-based editorial. ... read..

In parched Afghanistan, drought sharpens water dispute with Iran
By Rupam Jain KABUL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Rafiqullah Dawoodzai says his fields were too dry to sow crops this year, the first time he has skipped a growing season in more than 40 years. The 60 acres he farms lie along the banks of Afghanistan's Helmand River, but the country lacks the infrastruct ... read..

Sterling settles near 8-month lows as Brexit uncertainty weighs
LONDON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Sterling held near eight-month lows on Tuesday after a series of votes in parliament exposed the growing rift within Prime Minister Theresa May's Conservative Party over a Brexit roadmap. By accepting the demands of hardline Brexit campaigners, she expose ... read..

Bombardment in Syria's SW kills at least six as Damascus keeps up assault-monitor
BEIRUT | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Heavy bombardment killed at least six people in a village in southwestern Syria on Tuesday, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported, as the Syrian government pressed a Russian-backed offensive in the area. UOSSM, a medical charity that operates i ... read..

Iranian security forces arrest four members of suspected Islamic State cell
BEIRUT | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Security forces in southwest Iran have arrested four suspected Islamic State operatives who were planning attacks, Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi was cited as saying by the Tasnim news agency on Tuesday. Under Islamic State's ultra-hardline Sunni Mus ... read..

Protesters gather at entrance to Iraq's Zubair oilfield - police
BASRA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Iraqi police used batons and rubber hoses on Tuesday to disperse about 250 protesters who gathered at the main entrance to the giant Zubair oilfield near Basra, police said, in growing unrest across southern cities over poor basic services. Officials at t ... read..

Indonesian authorities burn carcasses of hundreds of crocodiles
By Jessica Damiana JAKARTA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Indonesian authorities have burned the carcasses of nearly 300 crocodiles slaughtered by villagers retaliating for the death of a man attacked by a reptile from a breeding farm, a government official said on Tuesday. After the victim's burial, an angry mo ... read..

In a first, Chinese-ruled Hong Kong moves to ban separatist group
By Venus Wu HONG KONG | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Hong Kong on Tuesday kick-started a process which could lead to a ban on a group that promotes secession from China, the first time since the former British colony's return to Chinese rule in 1997 it has sought to outlaw a political organisation. The move ... read..

Slovenia faces prospect of early election after NSI quits coalition talks
By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Slovenia faced the prospect of early elections after the conservative New Slovenia (NSI) party pulled out of coalition talks late on Monday, blaming divisions between the six movements taking part. NSI leader Matej Tonin said "potential conflicts" had eme ... read..

Reviving supersonic passenger flights to harm environment
By Jamie Freed Undated | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Reviving supersonic passenger flights will harm the environment as the jets will not likely be able to comply with existing fuel efficiency, pollution and noise standards for subsonic aircraft, according to a study released on Tuesday. U.S. based startups ... read..

Qatar Airways adapts to regional political dispute, may avoid making a loss
By Sarah Young FARNBOROUGH | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Qatar Airways' chief executive said the airline was adapting to a regional political dispute that has prevented it flying some routes, and that those restrictions would not necessarily push it into the red for the current financial year. "There is a possi ... read..

Mexican leasing firm Damojh blames plane crew for Cuba crash
MEXICO CITY | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Mexican plane leasing company Damojh said on Monday that black boxes retrieved from the wreckage of a plane that crashed in Cuba in May showed a steep take-off due to human error by its Mexican crew was to blame. Mexico's civil aviation authority said it ... read..

Brexit campaign group Vote Leave referred to police for breaching spending rules
LONDON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Britain's Electoral Commission said on Tuesday it had fined the officially designated pro-Brexit campaign group 61,000 pounds ($80,843) for breaching spending rules in the 2016 referendum and referred it to the police. Two years since voting 51.9-48.1 to ... read..

Avenfield verdict: Islamabad HC to hear Sharif family's pleas
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 3:11:42 PM IST
The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday was expected to take up the appeals filed by former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and son-in-law Captain (retd) Muhammad Safdar against their convictions in connection to the Avenfield ... read..

Israeli lawmakers vote to ban some left-wing groups from schools
By Maayan Lubell JERUSALEM | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Israel's parliament passed a law on Tuesday that could see groups critical of government policies toward the Palestinians banned from entering Israeli schools and speaking with pupils. Critics of the law, which passed with 43 votes in favour and 24 agains ... read..

India tops list in providing UN peacekeeping troops in Asia
By Mir Afroz Zaman Dhaka | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
India is the largest contributor of Army personnel in UN peacekeeping mission in Asia, followed by Pakistan and Bangladesh. According to a non-governmental organisation, India contributes the most number of troops in Asia, with 7,471 personnel stationed ... read..

Universities need to evolve to adapt to changing times, says Australian educationist
Sydney | Tuesday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
Amid warnings that about 40 per cent of existing university degrees will soon become obsolete, a leading Australian educationist has said that much shorter courses, with more online ones, would have to be the focus of future education with emphasis on "li ... read..

Two Koreas fully restore western military communication line
Seoul | Tuesday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
South and North Korea on Tuesday fully restored their military communication line, Seoul's Defence Ministry said. ... read..

Judge rules for Trump administration in suit over family-planning program shift
By Brendan O'Brien Undated | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A federal judge ruled on Monday against birth control organisations that sought to block the Trump administration from shifting a federal family-planning grant program toward prioritizing groups that are faith-based and counsel abstinence. Three planned ... read..

Heatwave blankets Japan, kills 14 people over long weekend
TOKYO | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
An intense heatwave killed at least 14 people over a three-day long weekend in Japan, media reported on Tuesday, and high temperatures hampered the recovery in flood-hit areas where more than 200 people died last week. Temperatures on Monday, a national h ... read..

US judge suspends deportations of reunited immigrant families
By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A federal judge temporarily barred the U.S. government on Monday from the rapid deportation of immigrant parents reunited with their children, while a court considers the impact on children's rights to seek asylum. The government is working to meet a cour ... read..

US general says remarks on Afghan peace talks "mischaracterised"
KABUL | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected reports its commander General John Nicholson had said the United States was ready to join direct negotiations with the Taliban, saying his comments were "mischaracterised". In a stat ... read..

WHO calls on businesses to create smoke-free workplaces
Manila | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
The World Health Organisation is inviting businesses across the Western Pacific Region to join a new campaign, 'Revolution Smoke-Free', and establish smoke-free workplaces in which everyone is free from tobacco smoke in their workplaces and beyond. ''A ... read..

Peru arrests more than 50 in anti-drug bust at Colombian border
LIMA | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Peru arrested more than 50 people on Monday, the majority Colombian, as part of an operation against drug trafficking in a jungle border province where dissident former Marxist FARC rebels have reportedly taken refuge. Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra s ... read..

U.N. chief demands end to Nicaragua violence, hundreds protest Ortega
By Alvaro Murillo SAN JOSE | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday that groups linked to Nicaragua's government were using "unacceptable" lethal force against citizens, and urged an end to violence that has killed at least 275 people in months of protests. In the Nic ... read..

Britain's May wins parliament vote after bowing to Brexit pressure
By Elizabeth Piper | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
British Prime Minister Theresa May won a series of votes in parliament on Monday, keeping her over-arching strategy to leave the European Union just about on track after bowing to pressure from Brexit supporters in her party. But by accepting the demands ... read..

Putin says he told Trump that Russia prepared to extend START treaty -Fox News
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview broadcast on Monday that he told U.S. President Donald Trump that Russia is prepared to extend the New START nuclear treaty that expires in 2021. "I reassured President Trump that Russia stands ready t ... read..

Trump to meet with members of Congress after summit criticism
WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
President Donald Trump will meet with members of Congress on Tuesday, the White House said, after many lawmakers criticized his performance at a summit on Monday with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The White House did not say who would attend the meet ... read..

Volcanic lava 'bomb' injures 23 people on tour boat in Hawaii
By Jolyn Rosa HONOLULU | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
A blob of hot volcanic lava struck an ocean tour boat just off the Big Island of Hawaii on Monday, injuring nearly two dozen people in the worst casualty incident to date from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano, authorities said. One woman's leg ... read..

U.S. lawmakers slam Trump as 'weak' in Russia summit; some push new sanctions
By Richard Cowan and Amanda Becker WASHINGTON | Tuesday, Jul 17 2018 IST
Leading U.S. lawmakers, including numerous Republicans, criticized President Donald Trump on Monday for failing to confront Russian President Vladimir Putin over Moscow's meddling in the 2016 U.S. election as the two heads of nuclear powers stood side-by- ... read..

US considering direct talks with Taliban
Washington DC [USA] | July 17, 2018 11:41:30 AM IST
The United States is considering to join the direct talks with Taliban, in an attempt to end the 17 year-long war in Afghanistan. ... read..

Peru declares 60-day state of emergency
Lima [Peru] | July 17, 2018 10:41:23 AM IST
Peru declared a 60-day state of emergency on its Colombian border to ensure security from the menace of drug trafficking in a region. ... read..

B'desh: Nearly 600 women raped in last six months
Dhaka [Bangladesh] | July 17, 2018 9:41:24 AM IST
At least 592 incidents of rapes were reported in Bangladesh in last six months, revealed the report of the Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP). ... read..

23 injured after lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat
Honolulu (Hawaii) [United States] | July 17, 2018 8:11:32 AM IST
At least 23 people were wounded after lava struck the roof of a tour boat in Hawaii. ... read..

Kansas shooting: Suspect in Sharath Koppu's killing shot dead
Washington DC [United States] | July 17, 2018 8:11:32 AM IST
A suspect involved in the killing of Indian student Sharath Koppu in Kansas City, the United States has been killed. ... read..

US arrests Russian woman accused of being Kremlin agent
Washington | Tuesday, 2018 7:15:05 AM IST
A Russian woman was arrested in Washington on charges of being an unregistered foreign agent for the Kremlin, the US Justice Department announced Monday. ... read..

Security should be top priority of Pak interim govt: Bilawal Bhutto
Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 7:11:23 AM IST
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, who is in Quetta to extend condolences to the family of slain Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) leader Siraj Raisani, underscored that security should be the top priority of the caretaker governmen ... read..

4th BIMSTEC Summit to begin from Aug. 30
Kathmandu [Nepal] | July 17, 2018 6:41:55 AM IST
Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has confirmed that the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Summit will commence from August 30. ... read..

Nothing short of treasonous: Ex-CIA director on Trump-Putin news conference
Helsinki [Finland] | July 17, 2018 6:41:43 AM IST
Former CIA Director John Brennan has said that United States President Donald Trump's comment during a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "nothing short of treasonous." ... read..

PML-N leader Sheikh Aftab escapes assassination bid
Attock (Punjab) [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 6:41:39 AM IST
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former federal minister Sheikh Aftab escaped an assassination attempt on him on Monday. ... read..

Have great confidence in US intelligence: Trump
Helsinki [Finland] | July 17, 2018 6:41:34 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump, who faced fierce criticism for his comments during a recent joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, has insisted that he has "great confidence" in his people from the intelligence com ... read..

Russian woman arrested, accused of acting as agent in US
Washington DC [United States] | July 17, 2018 6:41:25 AM IST
29-year-old Russian woman Mariia Butina has been arrested on the charges of conspiring to act as an agent of the Russian government, the US Department of Justice said on Monday. ... read..

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: Pak to file counter-memorial today
Islamabad [Pakistan] | July 17, 2018 6:41:23 AM IST
Pakistan will file its second counter-memorial in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on Tuesday, on the conviction of retired Indian naval officer Kulbhushan Jadhav, who was sentenced to death in April last year on charges of espionage and terrorism ... read..

Putin, Trump deny Russian involvement in US elections
Helsinki [Finland] | July 17, 2018 6:11:32 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed Russian President Vladimir Putin's stance on Russia's non-involvement in the 2016 US Presidential election, insisting that he ran a clean campaign. ... read..

Obama calls for end to ethnic tensions
Nairobi | Tuesday, 2018 5:45:06 AM IST
Former United States President Barack Obama on Monday called for an end to ethnic tensions and tribal conflicts, citing Kenya, the country of his father's birth, as an example for Africa. ... read..

Trump, Putin content with summit despite lack of concrete results
Helsinki | Tuesday, 2018 3:15:04 AM IST
US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Monday voiced their satisfaction with their first one-on-one meeting here, though acknowledged problems remain. ... read..

Iran's army chief says US seeks insecurity in region
Tehran | Tuesday, 2018 2:45:04 AM IST
The US seeks insecurity and is against restoration of peace in the Middle East, Chief of Staff of Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri said on Monday. ... read..

Suspect in killing of Indian student in US shot dead
New York | Tuesday, 2018 2:15:11 AM IST
A man who was a suspect in the killing of an Indian student in Kansas City has been shot dead by police after he shot and wounded three officers on Sunday, according to media reports. ... read..

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