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Trump says he may scrap Russia sanctions

Sunday, 15 Jan 2017 | AFP | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

President-elect Donald Trump has hinted that he may lift sanctions on Russia and won't stand by the "One China" policy unless Beijing improves its currency and trade practices. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview published Friday that he would keep intact "at least for a period of time"...

Putin ‘ordered’ operation to help Trump win: US report

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | IANS | Moscow | in Sunday Pioneer

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered an “influence campaign” aimed at hurting Hillary Clinton and helping Donald Trump win in the 2016 presidential election, the US intelligence has revealed in a unclassified report. The 25-page report released on Friday was the first official, full and public accounting by the US intelligence community...

Tanker bomb kills 48 in Syria’s Azaz

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | AFP | Beirut | in Sunday Pioneer

A huge tanker truck bomb killed at least 48 people and wounded dozens more on Saturday in the Syrian rebel-held town of Azaz near the Turkish border, a monitor said. The blast ripped through a market area in front of a local Islamic courthouse, the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights...

US goes bystander in Syria peace efforts

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | AP | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

Stung by years of failure to stop Syria’s bloodshed, the United States is now but a bystander to the civil war as President Barack Obama leaves office. Secretary of State John Kerry still is speaking sporadically with Russian, Turkish and Arab Foreign Ministers about cease-fire efforts, and there are occasional consultations...

Turkey dismisses more civil servants in post-coup purge

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | AP | Istanbul | in Sunday Pioneer

Turkey has dismissed more than 8,000 civil servants for alleged ties to terror organisations, in the latest purge under a state of emergency imposed following the failed July 15 coup attempt. The latest dismissals were announced on the Turkish Government’s Official Gazette on Friday. They include 2,687 police officers, 1,699 Justice...

Turkey Parliament to debate expanding Erdogan powers

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | AFP | Istanbul | in Sunday Pioneer

Turkey’s Parliament will next week start a fortnight of debates on a controversial new constitution aimed at expanding the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state media said on Saturday. The new constitution, which will replace the basic law drawn up in the wake of Turkey’s 1980 military coup,...

Turkish PM visits Iraq amid spat on unauthorised troops

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | AP | Baghdad | in Sunday Pioneer

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for a two-day visit, according to a report on Iraqi state TV. It’s the first such visit since the two Governments quarreled over the presence of unauthorized Turkish troops in northern Iraq, straining relations between the two neighbors fighting the...

Five dead as Army veteran opens fire at airport in Florida in US

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | PTI | Houston | in Sunday Pioneer

An Army veteran, who had told FBI that he was being forced to fight for ISIS, opened fire in the baggage area of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in Florida, killing five people and wounding eight others, the latest mass shooting incident to rock the US. The 26-year-old suspect, identified...

‘The Doll Squad’, ‘Batman’ actress Francine York dead at 80

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | PTI | Los Angeles | in Sunday Pioneer

Actress Francine York, best known for her performance in “The Doll Squad” and a familiar guest star of numerous TV shows from “Batman” to “The Mindy Project”, has passed away. She was 80. York died on Friday morning at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California after battling cancer, her friend...

Trump nominates former Indiana Senator as his spy master

Sunday, 08 Jan 2017 | PTI | Washington | in Sunday Pioneer

US president-elect Donald Trump on Saturday nominated former Indiana Senator Dan Coats as the Director of National Intelligence, the federal agency which heads all American intelligence agencies including the FBI and CIA. "I'm very confident that Senator Dan Coats is the right choice to serve as Director of National Intelligence," Trump...

SOUNDBITE

I want to personally thank Obama (and Michelle) for changing my life. His courage and compassion created equality for everyone.

TV host | Ellen DeGeneres

My father has care and concern for others. You can’t control the world; you can only control your reaction.

Actor | Hrithik Roshan

Virat (Kohli) has showed a lot of trust in me and it was very important for me that people in the dressing room trust me.

Indian cricketer | Yuvraj Singh
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