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Trump Loses A Trusted Aide, White House Anxiety Continues

Washington(AP): Hope Hicks has bid farewell to the White House and the press-shy communications director took a rare moment in the spotlight on her final day in Donald Trump's administration. But the exit yesterday of the president's most trusted aide, coming one day after yet another Cabinet departure, highlights continuing uncertainty among Trump aides and White House staff about who...

Malala Makes First Trip To Pakistan Since Taliban Attack, Meets PM

Islamabad(PTI): A visibly emotional Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai returned to Pakistan today, saying that she had dreamed about returning home every day for the last five years since she was airlifted to Britain after being shot in the head by the Taliban militants in 2012. Hours after her arrival here, the famed human rights activist met Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan...

Kim Holds Talks With Xi In Secret Trip To China Ahead Of Trump Summit

Beijing(PTI): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that he is committed to denuclearisation as the dictator made a secret trip to China ahead of his landmark meeting with US President Donald Trump. After two days of speculation, China and North Korea both confirmed that Kim had travelled to Beijing to meet Xi, with both...

Cold War Returns: US Expels 60 Russian Intelligence Officials

Washington(PTI): In a decision reminiscent of the Cold War era, the US today expelled 60 Russian diplomats, describing them as "intelligence officers" and ordered closure of the country's consulate in Seattle over the use of nerve agent allegedly by Moscow against a former Russian spy in the UK. A dozen of these expelled diplomats are based at Russia's Permanent Mission...

UN Report: Loss Of Plants, Animals Making A Lonelier Planet

Washington(AP): New United Nations scientific reports diagnose that Earth is getting sicker, losing plants, animals and clean water at a dramatic rate. Scientists meeting in Colombia looked at shrinking biodiversity in the Americas, Europe, Asia and Africa. They report today that nowhere is doing well. Study team chairman Robert Watson says shrinking biodiversity means less food and clean water for people. The...

Bodies Of 39 Indians Abducted By ISIS In Iraq, Found: Sushma Swaraj

New Delhi(PTI): All the 39 Indians, who were abducted by ISIS in Iraq nearly three years back, were killed and their bodies have been recovered, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said today. As many as 40 Indians were originally abducted by terrorist organisation ISIS in June 2015 from Mosul in Iraq but one of them escaped by posing as a...

Putin Wins 4th Term With Record Mandate

Moscow(AFP): Vladimir Putin was today set for another six years in power after his landslide victory in Russia's presidential election but so far only close allies have congratulated him as Moscow's relations with the West disintegrate. Putin, who has ruled Russia for almost two decades, recorded his best election performance with 76.67 per cent of the vote but rejected the...

Xi Set To Rule China For Life As Parliament Scraps 2 Term Limit

Beijing(PTI): China's one-party political landscape today changed as the country's rubber-stamp parliament ratified a historic constitutional amendment abolishing the two-term limit for President Xi Jinping, paving the way for his continuation in power perhaps for life. Set for his second five-year term as President this month, 64-year-old Xi, the most powerful leader in recent decades heading the ruling Communist Party...

India, France Sign 14 Pacts; Major Boost To Defence, Nuclear Energy Cooperation

New Delhi(PTI): In a major expansion of strategic ties, India and France today inked 14 pacts in key areas of defence, security, nuclear energy and protection of classified information besides resolving to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and step up joint efforts to contain terrorism. The agreements were signed after extensive talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French...

US Muhajirs Hail India’s Statement At UN Rights Session

Washington(PTI): The US-based Muhajir community has welcomed India's statement in the UN human rights session on state atrocities committed by Pakistan in Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces. "The inclusion of the name of Sindh in India's statement on human rights violations is an important and encouraging development for 70 million Muhajirs," Nadeem Nusrat, a US-based Muhajir leader and former...

Nirav Gate: PNB Scam And Nuptial Knots

Mumbai: India’s richest couple and Mukesh Ambani and Neeta Ambani’s son Akash Ambani is reportedly getting married and his would be bride’s name is Shloka Mehta. Shloka is the daughter of Russel and Mona Mehta. The Mehtas own world’s largest diamond trading company, the ‘Rosy Blue Diamonds’. Engagement ceremony of Akash and Shloka will be held in Mumbai...

Imran Khan Ties Knot For 3rd Time, Confirms Party

Lahore(PTI): Pakistani cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has tied the knot for the third time with his 'spiritual guide', his party has confirmed, ending weeks of speculation. Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf spokesperson Fawad Chaudhary said the 65-year old party chief married Bushra Maneka, a "respected Pir" (faith healer) in Pakpattan, in a simple ceremony in Lahore yesterday. The ceremony was held at the residence...

US Will Not Allow China To ‘Coerce’ Nations In Asia: Trump Administration

Washington(PTI): The US will not allow China to "bully" or "coerce" nations in Asia, a senior Trump administration official has said, amidst Beijing flexing its muscles in the region. The Trump administration has made clear that the US wants a "productive" relationship with China, and the two countries must work to manage and resolve differences, Susan Thornton, Acting Assistant Secretary...

Jacob Zuma Forced To Put In Papers As South Africa’s President

By: Fakir Hassen Johannesburg(PTI): South African President Jacob Zuma resigned from the position today, ending an impasse with his ruling African National Congress (ANC), which was planning to side with opposition parties in Parliament to remove him via a motion of no confidence. Zuma's resignation comes three days after the ANC's national leadership decided at a marathon meeting in the...