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Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump.

WASHINGTON — Long-simmering tension within President Trump’s national security team spilled into public view on Wednesday as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson took the extraordinary step of calling a news conference to affirm his support for Mr. Trump, despite what associates describe as his... read more »

Saudi’s Falih says oil agreements ...

Saudi’s Falih says oil agreements with Russia helping market stabilit...

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Agreements reached between Russia and Saudi Arabia on global oil supply have helped oil markets to stabilize, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Thursday. The two countries, the world’s biggest producers of crude, helped secure a deal between OPEC and rivals... read more »

GOP Rep. Tim Murphy won’t seek reelectio...

GOP Rep. Tim Murphy won’t seek reelection after reports he asked woman to g...

Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, an opponent of abortion, will not be seeking reelection at the end of his current term, ending speculation about his future a day after a news report claimed the married Republican had asked a woman with whom he had an extramarital affair to get an abortion. “After... read more »

Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlig...

Tillerson’s News Conference Only Highlights Strains With Trump.

WASHINGTON — Long-simmering tension within President Trump’s national security team spilled into public view on Wednesday as Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson took the extraordinary step of calling a news conference to affirm his support for Mr. Trump, despite what associates describe as his... read more »

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Mukherjee, 52 other leaders to attend Mandela-linked memorial events

‘Mandela was constant source of inspiration at Robben Islan...

Johannesburg – Nelson Mandela was a constant source of inspiration to the entire body of prisoners at the Robben Island and transformed me from being an angry young man to one who learnt to... read more »

South Africa prepares for Mandela funeral

South Africa prepares for Mandela funeral

The government of South Africa was working frantically on the weekend to prepare for Tuesday’s memorial service for Nelson Mandela, the “father... read more »

Mandela’s transformational leadership to last for...

Mandela's transformational leadership to last forever

By Santhosh Babu Almost four years ago, transformational leadership Mandela-style hit close home. While conducting a leadership alignment workshop for the... read more »

Obama to attend memorial events in honour of Mandela

Obama to attend memorial events in honour of Mandela

Washington – US President Barack Obama will fly to South Africa next week to attend the memorial events to be he! ld in honour of Nelson Mandela, the... read more »

Africa must ensure its own security: France

Africa must ensure its own security: France

Paris – France has said it is up to African leaders to guarantee people’s security in the continent. Heading a two-day Africa summit on peace and... read more »

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Chinese react to stampede deaths: Thought this happened only in I...

China on Friday mourned the 36 dead from New Year festivities at its financial capital Shanghai, as the city government revealed the victims of the deadly stampede were mainly young women. Among the... read more »

Explosion in Auto-Parts Plant in China Kills 17, X...

An explosion at an auto-parts factory in southern China’s Guangdong province killed 17 people and injured 20 others, the official Xinhua News... read more »

Chinese man jailed for 13 years for eating tigers

BEIJING – A Chinese man has been jailed for 13 years for buying and eating endangered tigers and making wine made out of their blood, state media... read more »

Father of pilot captured by ISIS pleads for release

AMMAN (Jordan): The father of a Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State militants in Syria has pleaded for his son’s release. Safi Yousef... read more »

Chinese city, university ban Christmas celebrations

History behind common Christmas traditions revealed

BEIJING: A Chinese city, which earlier saw demolition of portions of churches, has banned Christmas celebrations. Joining the move is a university in Xian,... read more »

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China urges personnel's safety in South Sudan

UNGA should play a greater role: China

United Nations – China called on the UN General Assembly (UNGA) to play a greater role in shaping the agenda of global development beyond 2015. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent... read more »

China allegedly withholds residence visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

China daily criticises Cameron, says Britain not &...

Sydney – A China daily has criticised British Prime Minister David Cameron for colluding with France and Germany to provoke Beijing over the... read more »

China announces launch of Chang’e-3 lunar probe &...

China announces launch of Chang'e-3 lunar probe "successful"

Beijing – China launched it’s first moon rover aboard its Chang’e-3 lunar probe on Monday, bringing Chinese dreams of reaching the moon... read more »

Chinese fighter jets patrol new air-defence zone

China slams Japan for slandering its air defence zone in international forum

Beijing – Chinese fighter jets Thursday carried out patrols in the newly demarcated East China Sea Air Defence Identification Zone, an official... read more »

US bombers defy China’s air-defence zone

US bombers defy China's air-defence zone

Washington – Two US B-52 bombers defied China’s new air-defence zone over the East China Sea, flying directly into the demarcated zone without... read more »

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Gaza truce ends with Israel claim of Hamas rocket fire

The Israeli military claimed renewed rocket fire by Gaza militants after a three-day truce expired on Friday and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal for the coastal strip hit a deadlock. The... read more »

Arabs see Gaza war stoppage as Hamas victory despi...

Arab reactions to what seems to be the end of the Gaza war, for now, has been schizophrenic in that there has been widespread condemnation of... read more »

Israeli army announces total withdrawal from Gaza Strip

JERUSALEM: A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas meant to last at least three days and end nearly a month of fighting went into effect in the Gaza Strip in... read more »

Gaza conflict: Israel calls up 16,000 reserve soldiers

Israel is calling up 16,000 extra reservists to bolster its military as the conflict in Gaza continues. The deployment brings the total called up by Israel to... read more »

Former Libyan deputy prime minister kidnapped in Tripol...

TRIPOLI: Unidentified gunmen on Tuesday kidnapped Libya’s former deputy prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagor, a parliamentarian confirmed. The gunmen... read more »

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Jamaat calls for strike in Bangladesh over leader's death

Jamaat calls for strike in Bangladesh over leader’s death

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami party has called for a nationwide dawn-to-dusk general strike Sunday in protest of the execution of its leader Abdul Quader Mollah. The announcement... read more »

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Mixed reactions to Jamaat-e-Islami leader’s ...

Dhaka – Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Mollah’s execution Thursday for crimes against humanity in 1971 – the first... read more »

Shahbaz Sharif meets PM, extends invite to visit Pakist...

Shahbaz Sharif meets PM, extends invite to visit Pakistan

New Delhi – Pakistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here Thursday and handed over an invitation from Pakistan... read more »

Imran’s party’s blockade of Nato supplies &...

Imran's party's blockade of Nato supplies 'hurting' Pak army's interests: Experts

Peshawar –  Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf’s ongoing suspension of Nato supplies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is against Pakistan military’s interest,... read more »

‘Osama doc’ Afridi’s lawyer flees Pak...

'Osama doc' Afridi's lawyer flees Pak after life threats from militants

Peshawar – The lawyer for Dr Shakil Afridi, who helped the United States track down al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, has fled Pakistan after receiving... read more »

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Iranian n-programme makes 'important first step': David Cameron

Iranian n-programme makes ‘important first step’: Dav...

London – British Pri! me Minister David Cameron said Sunday that the agreement reached on Iran’s nuclear programme in Geneva was “an important first step”. “We now have... read more »

Britain calls Geneva deal on Iran 'encouraging'

Britain calls Geneva deal on Iran ‘encouragi...

London – British Foreign Secretary William Hague has hailed the agreement reached between the P5+1 group and Iran on the latter’s... read more »

David Cameron asked to justify arms exports to `human-r...

UN condemns UK immigration bill for creating 'climate of ethnic profiling'

London – UK Prime Minister David Cameron has been asked to justify allowing export of machine guns and assault rifles to Sri Lanka, despite his recent... read more »

Women rescued from UK house after 30 years

Women rescued from UK house after 30 years

Three women enslaved for 30 years have been rescued from a house in London including one who has spent her entire life in domestic servitude, police said on... read more »

Germany to introduce national minimum wage: Merkel

German coalition agreement emerging

Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has indicated that the country will introduce a national minimum wage as demanded by her prospective coalition... read more »

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Kerry, Karzai reach pact on U.S. troop stay beyond 2014

Kerry, Karzai reach pact on U.S. troop stay beyond 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he and Afghan President Hamid Karzai had agreed on the terms of the bilateral security agreement (BSA) to cover the presence of American troops... read more »

US Congressman Radel arrested for cocaine possession

US Congressman Trey Radel arrested for cocaine pos...

Washington – First-term US congressman Trey Radel of Florida has been arrested for possession of cocaine, court documents showed on Tuesday. A... read more »

End self-inflicted fiscal pain, says Obama

End self-inflicted fiscal pain, says Obama

Washington – US President Barack Obama called for bipartisan efforts to end self-inflicted fiscal pain in the nation, like the government shutdown that... read more »

Give diplomacy a chance for six months on Iran sanction...

Obama assuages Netanyahu on Iran post 'historic blunder' remarks

A day before the United States and the other world leaders are set to resume negotiations with Iran in Geneva, U.S. President Barack Obama has asked American... read more »

No need for fresh sanctions on Iran: Obama

No need for fresh sanctions on Iran: Obama

Washington – There is no need for Congress to add new sanctions on Iran if the US is serious about pursuing diplomatic solution to Tehran’s... read more »

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After Sharif, who could be Pakistan’s next PM? Brother, ally among probables

Nawaz Sharif was ousted from the prime minister’s office by the Supreme Court, but as the head of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) party he will be able to nominate his... read more »

Saudi coalition downs Yemen rebel missile near Mecca

A ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Houthi rebels toward the Muslim holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia was shot down late on Thursday, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting... read more »

Panama Papers Verdict updates: It is a historic day which marks the end of Nawaz Sharif...

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned after his family was named in Panama papers case. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif resigned today after Supreme Court judgment. Pakistan... read more »

China may have quietly moved tonnes of war gear into northern Tibet, claims report

may have quietly moved tonnes of military gear while it was conducting military exercises in the remote mountainous Tibet region, the PLA Daily, the official mouthpiece of Chinese... read more »

President Donald Trump lets Iran nuclear deal live, but signals h...

President Donald Trump agreed Monday night to let the issue go, but only for a few more months and only after last-minute changes to distance Trump further from the deal. President Donald Trump was... read more »