4 hurt in pipe bomb blast in NY

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

In yet another “attempted terrorist attack” in New York City, an ISIS-inspired man of Bangladeshi descent set off a home-made pipe bomb at the Port Authority Bus Terminal subway station at the height of the morning rush hour on Monday, injuring himself and three others. The bomber was identified as 27-year-old...

Recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital makes peace possible: PM

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | AFP | Brussels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital "makes peace possible", after widespread international criticism of the US decision to do so. US President Donald Trump's announcement last week has been followed by days of protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories, as well...

EU tells Netanyahu it rejects Trump's Jerusalem move

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | Agencies | Brussels

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his case to Europe to ask allies to join the United States in recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, but was met by a firm rebuff from EU foreign ministers who saw the move as a blow against the peace process. Making his first ever visit to EU...

Melbourne to test terrorism alarm system

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | AP | Melbourne

Melbourne will test a terrorism alarm system this month after police thwarted two alleged plots targeting Christmas-New Year crowds and a lone driver killed six pedestrians in the last year in Australia's second-largest city. Victoria state Acting Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said Monday loudspeakers were being installed at over 90...

Women ‘victimised’ by Trump seek Congressional probe

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

Some of the women who accused President Donald Trump of sexual misconduct in the run-up to last year’s White House race have joined hands to demand a Congressional investigation. The women were set to hold a news conference in New York on Monday. Hosting the news conference is Brave New Films,...

Saudi Arabia lifts ban on public cinemas

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | AFP | Riyadh

Saudi Arabia on Monday lifted a decades-long ban on cinemas, part of a series of social reforms by the powerful crown prince that are shaking up the ultra-conservative kingdom. The Government said it would begin licensing cinemas immediately and the first movie theatres are expected to open next March, in a...

Putin orders partial Russia troop withdrawal from Syria

Tuesday, 12 Dec 2017 | AFP | Moscow

President Vladimir Putin on Monday ordered the partial withdrawal of Russian troops from Syria during a surprise visit to the war-torn country. Russia first intervened in the conflict in 2015, staging air strikes in support of its ally Damascus targeting both the Islamic State group and other jihadists as well...

Trump attacks Washington Post scribe for ‘fake news’

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | PTI | Washington

A Washington Post reporter on Sunday had to tender an apology after US President Donald Trump asked him to do so for posting an erroneous tweet about his rally in Florida. Dave Weigel, who covers politics for the newspaper, had posted a picture on his Twitter account which showed an empty...

Haley: Women accusers should be heard, even if Trump is target

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | Agencies | Washington

UN Ambassador Nikki Haley said on Sunday she believes any woman who has felt violated or mistreated by a man has every right to speak up, even if it is President Donald Trump they are accusing. Haley, discussing a cultural shift of women coming forward on the CBS “Face...

Israel says it destroyed Hamas tunnel using new techniques

Monday, 11 Dec 2017 | AP | Jerusalem

The Israeli military says it has destroyed a tunnel built by the Hamas militant group that stretched from the Gaza Strip several hundred metres into Israel. Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, told reporters on Sunday that Israel used a new set of “tools” to destroy the tunnel. He said forces...


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N Korea blames US for tensions in rare UN talks

10 Dec 2017 | AFP | Seoul

North Korea blamed US "nuclear blackmail" for soaring tensions over its weapons programme in rare meetings with a senior UN official, but agreed to regular communication with the organisation, state media said today. Jeffrey Feltman arrived in Beijing today after wrapping up a five-day visit to Pyongyang aimed at defusing the crisis, just a week after North Korea said it test-fired a new ballistic missile capable of reaching the United States...

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Himalayan region shows lack of political will: Chipko leader

12 Dec 2017 | PNS | Dehradun

The Chipko Movement leader and noted activist Chandi Prasad Bhatt said that the Himalayan region is experiencing the effects of lack of political will and absence of ground level implementation of various environmental laws. He said this while delivering the second RS Tolia memorial lecture on the occasion of International Mountain Day at the regional science centre of the Uttarakhand State Council for Science and Technology (UCOST) here on Monday...

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