Trump worried talking under oath to be ‘perjury trap’

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | AFP | Washington

US President Donald Trump expressed worry that talking under oath to special counsel Robert Mueller about the Russia probe could lead to his being charged with perjury. In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Trump also declined to say if he will actually sit down to be interviewed by Mueller. Mueller...

Rockets hit during Afghan Prez’s address; no injuries

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | AP | Kabul

Rockets were fired on Tuesday toward the presidential palace in Kabul as the Afghan president was delivering his holiday message for the Muslim celebrations of Eid al-Adha, police said, prompting a ferocious aerial response, with helicopter gunships bombing the house from where the rockets were reportedly launched. Police initially blamed the...

No indication N Korea nuclear activities stopped: IAEA

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | AFP | Vienna

The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it had not seen any indication that nuclear activities in North Korea have stopped despite its pledges to denuclearise. “The continuation and further development of the DPRK’s nuclear programme and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern,” said a report by the...

Trump plans rollback of Obama’s coal emissions standards

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | AP | Washington

The Trump administration is set to roll back the centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s efforts to slow global warming, the Clean Power Plan that restricts greenhouse gas emissions from coal-fired power plants. A plan to be announced in coming days would give states broad authority to determine how to restrict carbon...

Globe Trotting

Wednesday, 22 Aug 2018 | Agencies

Pak lifts political censorship on media Islamabad: Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Hussain Chaudhry on Tuesday announced that the PTI Government has lifted all political censorship in state-run media outlets. The minister tweeted that Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan will now enjoy complete editorial independence over the content they produce. ‘Speed of Rohingyas...

US rejects Turkey’s rider on pastor release

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | AFP | WASHINGTON

President Donald Trump’s administration has rejected Turkey’s offer to condition the release of an American pastor on clearing a top Turkish bank of billions of dollars in US fines, media reported on Monday. Washington and Ankara are locked in a bitter feud over the nearly two-year jailing of Andrew Brunson over...

Ex-Trump lawyer investigated for $20 m bank fraud

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | AFP | WASHINGTON

Federal investigators are investigating whether President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen committed bank and tax fraud exceeding $20 million via loans obtained by the taxi medallion business he owns with his family, The New York Times has reported. The Times, in its report first published on Sunday, said investigators...

Pope condemns sexual abuse: ‘We showed no care for the little ones'

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | AP | Vatican City

Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its coverup, demanding accountability, and begging forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims. The pontiff’s letter comes in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the...

Pak wants ‘uninterrupted’ talk with India: Qureshi

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

Pakistan’s new Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday extended the hand of friendship to India soon after taking oath by offering “uninterrupted” dialogue to resolve all the outstanding issues, saying it is the “only wise course” as the two countries cannot afford any “adventurism”. After the swearing-in ceremony at the President...

16 ministers from PM Imran’s Cabinet sworn in

Tuesday, 21 Aug 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

Sixteen ministers from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s 21-strong Cabinet were sworn-in on Monday as the formation of Pakistan’s federal Government was completed after the general elections. President Mamnoon Hussain administered the oath to the 16 federal ministers. Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Khan was by his side. The new Cabinet has 16 federal...


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A legacy of conflict

19 Aug 2018 | Kumar Chellappan

A succession war is brewing in the DMK after Karunanidhi’s death, with both Stalin and Alagiri staking a claim to their father’s political legacy. This, along with the churning in the AIADMK after Jayalalithaa’s death, is bound to have an impact on the political landscape of Tamil Nadu in the run-up to 2019 Lok Sabha polls, writes Kumar Chellappan Tamil Nadu politics sans Muthuvel Karunanidhi is like the drama Hamlet without...

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Tiwari promises to take up NH 33 plight issue with Centre

22 Aug 2018 | Parvinder Bhatia | Jamshedpur

Bhojpuri singer turned BJP leader Manoj Tiwari, who is also a Member of Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture on Tuesday promised that he will take up the issue of poor NH 33 stretch with Union Road Transport, Highways Ministry. Addressing a press meet he said that apart from being Delhi BJP State president he is also a member of standing committee he is aware of the present plight...

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