Trump backs US spy agencies

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AFP | Hanoi

Donald Trump said on Sunday he backed US Intelligence agencies who concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 US presidential election, but repeated his trust in the sincerity of Vladimir Putin’s denials and slammed critics of his relationship with the Russian leader. Key former Trump aides are under US investigation for...

Don offers to mediate in protracted SCS feud ‘

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AP | Manila

President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in South China Sea disputes and his Chinese counterpart played down concerns over Beijing’s military buildup and the prospects of war in the contested waters. Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke separately about the territorial rifts ahead of an annual summit of Southeast...

Trump says he will never call N Korea leader ‘short and fat’

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AFP | Hanoi

US President Donald Trump has said he would never call Kim Jong-Un “short and fat”, after months of trading personal insults and threats of war with the North Korean leader. “Why would Kim Jong-Un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh...

Spainish PM vows to end ‘separatist havoc’

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Agencies | Barcelona

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said regional elections next month in Catalonia will help end “separatist havoc” in the north-eastern region. He addressed a campaign event on his first visit there since imposing direct rule on the region a fortnight ago. Defending his decision in Barcelona, he said he had “exhausted...

China agreed to up sanctions against N Korea: US Prez

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AFP | Hanoi

US President Donald Trump said Chinese leader Xi Jinping had agreed to toughen sanctions against North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. “President Xi of China has stated that he is upping the sanctions against (North Korea),” Trump tweeted from Hanoi — the latest leg on an Asian tour.

Huge rally demands jailed separatists’ release

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AP | BARCELONA

Hundreds of thousands of people backing Catalonia’s bid to secede from Spain packed the streets in downtown Barcelona on Saturday to demand the release of jailed separatist leaders. The rally’s grassroots organisers called for ten prominent members of the secessionist movement in the northeastern Spanish region to be freed from prison. Eight...

New mass graves found in Iraq could contain up to 400 bodies

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | AP | Kirkuk (Iraq)

Iraqi security forces have found mass graves in an area recently retaken from the Islamic State group that could contain up to 400 bodies, an Iraqi official said on Sunday. The bodies of civilians and security forces were found in an abandoned base near Hawija, a northern town retaken in early...

Hariri ‘held for refusing to confront Hezbollah’

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | Agencies | Riyadh

From the moment his plane touched down in Saudi Arabia on Friday, November 3, Saad Hariri was in for a surprise. There was no line-up of Saudi princes or ministry officials, as would typically greet a Prime Minister on an official visit to King Salman, senior sources close to Hariri and...

Global pact to tackle climate impact on health

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | IANS | Bonn

The World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat on Sunday signed a MoU to renew their joint commitment to tackle public health challenges emerging from rising temperatures and to help countries boost the efficiency of their response to climate change. The signing of...

EU Brexit chief preparing for ‘possible’ failure

Monday, 13 Nov 2017 | PTI | Paris

EU Brexit chief Michel Barnier said on Sunday he is making contingency plans for the “possible” failure of divorce talks with Britain, which he has given two weeks to reach preliminary agreement on key issues. “It’s not my (preferred) option,” he told French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche (JDD). “But it’s...


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Modi pays tribute to Rang Avadhoot

19 Nov 2017 | PNS | GANDHINAGAR

Addressing a gathering of people via video conferencing in Bharuch district of poll-bound Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked them to unite against casteism, terrorism, black money, corruption and communalism. “It is a strange environment…We must hold each others hand and move ahead…...

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State Govt to celebrate “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas every wednesday

20 Nov 2017 | PNS | Lucknow

To control the rising number of road accidents and deaths in the state, Uttar Pradesh government has decided to observe every Wednesday of the week as “Helmet and Seat Belt “ diwas. State principal secretary transport Aradhana Shukla, in an order on Sunday said that on every Wednesday, the department officials would hold rigorous checking of helmet for the driver and the pillion riders of the two wheeler and...

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