Modi leading as counting begins in state election

11 March 2017

NEW DELHI – Early counting on Saturday in India’s most populous state showed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party leading in the country’s most important electoral test since the 2014 general election. If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) does wrest control of Uttar... Read More


EU ready to respond to Britain's exit note 'within 48 hours' 

10 March 2017

The European Union will be ready to respond within 48 hours to Britain's notification that it plans to leave the 28-nation bloc, the chairman of EU leaders, Donald Tusk, said on Friday. Britain has said it will submit its formal notification to exit the EU by the... Read More


Hawaii issues first challenge to Trump's new travel ban

09 March 2017

The state of Hawaii requested emergency court intervention on Wednesday to halt a revised executive order from President Donald Trump placing US entry restrictions on refugees and travellers from six Muslim-majority countries. Arguing that the new travel ban violates... Read More


Texas Senate committee approves 'bathroom bill'

08 March 2017

AUSTIN, TEXAS – A Texas Senate committee on Wednesday approved a bill that would restrict access to public bathrooms for transgender people after hundreds of people lined up to testify on legislation that critics said promotes discrimination. The bill, which would... Read More


WikiLeaks publishes files on CIA hacking techniques

07 March 2017

WASHINGTON – Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks on Tuesday published what it said were thousands of pages of internal CIA discussions about hacking techniques used over several years, renewing concerns about the security of consumer electronics and embarrassing yet another... Read More


Brexit hits another snag in Lords

07 March 2017

LONDON – Britain’s upper house of parliament voted on Tuesday to give lawmakers more power to reject the final terms of the country’s exit from the European Union (EU), ignoring pleas from Prime Minister Theresa May’s government not to hamstring their negotiations.... Read More


North Korea bars Malaysians from leaving, in 'diplomatic meltdown'

07 March 2017

KUALA LUMPUR/SEOUL – North Korea barred Malaysians from leaving the country on Tuesday, sparking tit-for-tat action by Malaysia, as police investigating the murder of Kim Jong Nam in Kuala Lumpur sought to question three men hiding in the North Korean embassy. Malaysia's... Read More


Plan to replace Obamacare revealed

07 March 2017

WASHINGTON – Long-awaited legislation to dismantle Obamacare was unwrapped on Monday by U.S. Republicans, who called for ending health insurance mandates and rolling back extra healthcare funding for the poor in a package that drew immediate fire from Democrats. ... Read More


North Korea leader Kim supervised missile tests

06 March 2017

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un supervised the test launches of four missiles by an army unit commissioned with attacking US military bases in Japan, the country's official news agency reported on Tuesday, stepping up threats against Washington as its troops conduct... Read More


Trump signs new travel ban order, Iraq left off

06 March 2017

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump signed a revised executive order for a United States travel ban on Monday, leaving Iraq off the list of targeted countries, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts, senior administration officials said. ... Read More


Clapper says Obama did not order wiretap on Trump

06 March 2017

WASHINGTON – The former top U.S. intelligence official rejected President Donald Trump’s accusation that his predecessor, Barack Obama, wiretapped him even as the White House on Sunday urged Congress to investigate Trump’s allegation. The New York Times reported... Read More


Pope: Carry and read Bible like a mobile phone

05 March 2017

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Sunday called on people to carry and read the bible with as much dedication as they do their mobile phones. Speaking to pilgrims in a rain-soaked St Peter’s Square, the 80-year-old pope asked: “What would happen if we treated the Bible... Read More


110 dead in two days

05 March 2017

days from famine and diarrhoea resulting from a drought, the prime minister said on Saturday, as the area braces itself for widespread shortages of food. In February, United Nations children’s agency UNICEF said the drought in Somalia could lead to up to 270 000... Read More


Separatist leader arrested after two-week standoff

04 March 2017

KINSHASA – Police in Democratic Republic of Congo said on Friday they had arrested the leader of a separatist Christian cult in the capital Kinshasa following a two-week standoff in which least six of his supporters were killed. Ne Muanda Nsemi, a Member of Parliament... Read More


Germany's Merkel to visit Washington March 14

03 March 2017

GERMAN CHANCELLOR Angela Merkel will travel to Washington on March 14 to meet President Donald Trump, their first encounter after a rocky start to relations amid disagreements about trade, Trump’s travel ban and his comments about the media. A US official announced... Read More


Make Americans gets visas for Europe

03 March 2017

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT called on the European Union (EU) executive on Thursday to force Americans to apply for visas before visiting Europe this summer, stepping up pressure to resolve a long-running transatlantic dispute on the issue. The European Commission stressed... Read More


Sessions will not take part in Russia probe

02 March 2017

WASHINGTON – United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions said on Thursday he would stay out of any probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election but maintained he did nothing wrong by failing to disclose he met last year with Russia’s ambassador.... Read More


Suspend visa-free EU travel for US citizens, lawmakers say

02 March 2017

UNITED STATES CITIZENS should be denied visa-free access to the European Union before summer because Washington does not allow some EU nationals to enter there without visa, EU lawmakers said in a vote on Thursday. The European Parliament vote is set to put pressure... Read More


Brexit suffers parliamentary hitch

02 March 2017

LONDON – Britain’s upper parliamentary house dealt a defeat to Theresa May’s government on Wednesday, voting for a change to her Brexit plan that says she can only trigger divorce talks if she promises to protect European Union (EU) citizens’ rights. The defeat is... Read More


In speech, Trump tries to turn from divisive to deal-maker

01 March 2017

WASHINGTON – United States President Donald Trump showed a different side in his first address to Congress. This Trump was part deal-maker, part salesman, asking for unity and trying to repackage his populist message in more palatable terms. He was less combative,... Read More


Disruption in Amazon's cloud service ripples through internet 

28 February 2017

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some web surfers on Tuesday experienced glitches on media outlets and other sites whose data is hosted by Inc's popular cloud business, which Amazon said suffered a technical disruption. The technology company's simple storage service,... Read More




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