Rawat’s remarks ‘unconstructive’: China

Rawat’s remarks ‘unconstructive’: China

BEIJING: China on Monday hit out at Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat for calling Dokalam a disputed territory and said that his “unconstructive” comments were not helpful for maintaining peace at the borders. In an angry rebuttal to Gen Rawat’s comments, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said his comments went against the consensus reached […]

I am not a racist, says Trump

I am not a racist, says Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Monday said he is not a racist as he sought to steer clear of the controversy surrounding his reported remarks against immigrants from certain countries. During a meeting with a bipartisan group of lawmakers last week, Trump had expressed frustration over some participants pushing for immigrants from certain “shithole” […]

Deadly twin blasts rock central Baghdad, dozens killed

Deadly twin blasts rock central Baghdad, dozens killed

BAGHDAD: Twin explosions in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad have killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 100, police and medical sources said. Monday’s attacks were carried out by two suicide bombers, who detonated their belts in a crowd of workers at the Al Tayaran Square in central Baghdad, Iraq’s interior ministry spokesman […]

Sri Lanka SC rules President’s term is five years

Sri Lanka SC rules President’s term is five years

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Supreme Court has informed President Maithripala Sirisena that the duration of his term of office is five years after he sought the apex court’s opinion on whether he can continue in office until 2021. Sirisena, 66, had requested the country’s apex court to determine whether his term is six years as stated […]

UK school wants govt to ban hijab, fasting for children

UK school wants govt to ban hijab, fasting for children

LONDON: One of the UK’s leading state-funded schools has called on the government to take a firm stand on children wearing hijab and fasting during Ramzan. St Stephen’s School in Newham, east London, became one of the first schools in the country to ban the hijab for girls under eight in 2016 and intends to […]

US envoy to Panama resigns saying he cannot serve under Trump

US envoy to Panama resigns saying he cannot serve under Trump

WASHINGTON: US Ambassador to Panama John Feeley has resigned, saying he cannot serve under President Donald Trump, media reports said on Friday. The State Department, however, said Feeley (56) had retired due to personal reasons. Feeley, a former Marine Corps helicopter pilot, is the first career foreign service diplomat to resign under Trump. “John Feeley, […]

UN chief calls for ‘balance of power’ in UNSC

UN chief calls for ‘balance of power’ in UNSC

United Nations: UN chief Antonio Guterres has called for establishing “balance of power” in the Security Council to make the world body more “democratic”. Speaking at a ceremony on Friday at which Egypt took over the chairmanship of the G77 and China from Ecuador, the UN Secretary-General called for a more democratic UN, with power […]

Bill for increasing allotment of Green Cards introduced in US

Bill for increasing allotment of Green Cards introduced in US

WASHINGTON: A legislation that seeks to push for a merit-based immigration system and increase the allotment of Green Cards by 45 per cent annually has been introduced in the US House of Representatives and may benefit Indian techies if signed into law. Backed by the Trump administration, the legislation ‘Securing America’s Future Act’ if passed […]

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