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Category: International Affairs

US regulator website hacked after TV host comments

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The US agency regulating internet policy has said its website was attacked after a TV host urged viewers to pressure officials over plans to roll back “net neutrality” rules. The Federal...

US Senate confirms Heather Wilson as Donald Trump’s Air Force secretary

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The US Senate easily confirmed Heather Wilson, a former Republican member of the House of Representatives, on Monday to be President Donald Trump’s secretary of the Air Force. The vote was 76-22 in...

Donald Trump in-laws promote thorny visa-for-sale program in China

President Donald Trump waves as he walks across the south lawn of the White House in Washington late Saturday night, April 29, 2017, on this return from a rally in Harrisburg, Pa. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

Plenty can go wrong when foreign money mixes with immigration green cards, real estate deals and political connections. Revelations that the sister of Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s...

US: Indian-American doctor Ramesh Kumar shot dead in Michigan, parents say not hate crime

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An Indian-American doctor was found dead in a car in Michigan, United States.Thirty-two-year-old Ramesh Kumar was shot dead in the passenger seat of the car parked in a rest area 90 miles of...

France’s Le Pen pledges to overhaul party after presidential election defeat

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen leaves after speaking at her election day headquarters Sunday, May 7, 2017 in Paris. Le Pen says she has called centrist Emmanuel Macron to congratulate him and says the vote confirms her National Front party and its allies as the leader of France's opposition. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Marine Le Pen on Sunday put a brave face on her crushing defeat to Emmanuel Macron in Sunday’s presidential election, pledging to overhaul her far-right party and turn it into the main opposition...

Barack Obama urges Congress to show ‘courage’ on health care

Former President Barack Obama speaks after being presented with the 2017 Profile in Courage award during ceremonies at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Former President Barack Obama, in his first public comments about the ongoing debate over his signature health care plan, implored members of Congress on Sunday to demonstrate political courage even...

Man arrested for alleged attacks on French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen’s website

French far-right leader Marine le Pen makes a statement on the presidential election in the United States of America, Wednesday Nov. 9, 2016 in Nanterre, outside Paris. A French outsider with an anti-system agenda, far-right leader Marine Le Pen, is a candidate in France's spring presidential elections. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

A man, suspected of having regularly attacked the campaign website of French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, has been arrested by French cyber crime police, officials said. “We have...

‘World’s heaviest woman’ Eman Ahmed hospitalised in Abu Dhabi

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An Egyptian believed to have been the world’s heaviest woman before her surgery was hospitalised in Abu Dhabi to continue treatment after a drastic weight-loss operation in India. Eman Ahmed Abd El...

Donald Trump makes return to NYC fresh off health vote win

An anti-Trump demonstrator (L) interacts with pro-Trump supporters near the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum ahead of an expected visit by U.S. President Donald Trump in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., May 4, 2017.  REUTERS/Brendan McDermid     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Donald Trump turned his first trip home as president into a victory lap on Thursday, returning to the city that has largely opposed him while celebrating House passage of legislation undoing much his...

North Korea warns China of ‘grave consequences’ in its direct criticism

FILE - In this Saturday, April 15, 2017, file photo, a North Korean national flag flutters as soldiers in tanks salute to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea to celebrate the 105th birth anniversary of Kim Il Sung, the country's late founder and grandfather of the current ruler. A North Korean mid-range ballistic missile apparently failed shortly after launch Saturday, April 29, South Korea and the United States said, the third test-fire flop just this month but a clear message of defiance as a U.S. supercarrier conducts drills in nearby waters. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, File)

North Korean state media have issued a stinging denunciation of the country’s chief ally and diplomatic backer China, saying Beijing should be grateful for its protection.The official Korean...

Russia, Turkey agree to support safe-zones in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands after a news conference following their talks in Putin's residence in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia, Wednesday, May 3, 2017. The presidents of Russia and Turkey are holding talks on the situation in Syria and also the restoration of full economic ties between their two countries. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool)

The presidents of Russia and Turkey have said they support the creation of safe-zones in war-torn Syria as a delegation of Syrian rebels walked out of cease-fire talks with the Damascus government...

Barack Obama unveils presidential library designs in Chicago

Former President Barack Obama speaks at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center, Wednesday, May 3, 2017, in Chicago. The Obama Foundation unveiled plans for the former president's lakefront presidential center, showcasing renderings and a model at an event where former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were expected to give more details. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Barack Obama has unveiled the vision for his presidential library in Chicago, a modern, $500 million project he hopes will be a training ground for future leaders housed in the city that launched his...

Blast traps, kills 12 in train tunnel being built in China

Smoke rises as firefighters battle a blaze after a gas explosion in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016. A powerful natural gas explosion that neighbors said felt like an earthquake rocked the busy injuring two firefighters and two civilians. One building in the popular shopping district was reduced to rubble and the exterior of one side of another building had been ripped off, its windows blown out. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Authorities say 12 people were killed and 12 injured after a suspected gas explosion in a railway tunnel under construction through a coal seam in southern China. Officials in Dafang County in...

Russian election hacking ‘wildly successful’ in creating discord, says former US lawmaker

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Russia succeeded in its goals of sowing discord in US politics by meddling in the 2016 presidential election, which will likely inspire similar future efforts, two top former US voices on...

Nine Malian soldiers killed in central Mali attack

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Nine Malian soldiers were killed and five wounded in an area regularly targeted by jihadist groups, as the commander of France’s counter-terrorism force for the region said an operation on the...

Earthquake measuring 6.2 magnitude near Canada border jolts Yukon, southeast Alaska

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A major earthquake in northwest British Columbia shook up communities in nearby Alaska and Yukon Territory but caused no apparent damage. Kathryn Carl, a teacher in the Alaska village of Klukwan...

Canada defense minister sorry for exaggerating military role

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Canada’s defense minister apologized in Parliament on Monday for claiming to have been the “architect” of the country’s largest battle in Afghanistan. Harjit Sajjan repeatedly said sorry for...

Donald Trump to speak by phone with Putin on Tuesday -White House

President Donald Trump about the health care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. rump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails.

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U.S. President Donald Trump will speak by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. EDT (1630 GMT), the White House said on Monday night. A senior Trump administration...

Pakistan’s ISI supporting terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and Taliban, US lawmakers told

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Pakistan’s ISI is supporting terrorist organisations inside the country, US lawmakers were told by a newly formed Muhajir (refugee) group which alleged terror outfits like Taliban and al-Qaeda are...

No vote on healthcare bill this week in US House

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves after delivering a statement about missile strikes on a Syrian airfield, at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., April 6, 2017. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US House leaders have decided against holding a vote on a reworked healthcare system overhaul this week after failing to find the necessary support, congressional aides said on Thursday. White House...

China needs to boost economic pressure on North Korea: US

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China needs to step up economic pressure on North Korea, after Pyongyang “upped the ante” in its nuclear testing in recent months, the US State Department has said. Beijing “frankly has to put...

Japan reconstruction minister quits after inappropriate comment on disaster zone

Masahiro Imamura speaks to journalists after submitting his resignation from his post, disaster reconstruction minister, to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at Abe's official residence in Tokyo Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Imamura resigned over his remark that "it was good" that the March 2011 quake and tsunami had hit northern Japan instead of areas closer to Tokyo. Abe accepted Imamura's resignation. (Toshiyuki Matsumoto/Kyodo News via AP)

The Japanese cabinet minister overseeing reconstruction of areas devastated by the 2011 tsunami and Fukushima nuclear disaster resigned on Wednesday after saying it was better the disaster struck the...

Donald Trump picks trade fight with Canada

President Donald Trump about the health care overhaul bill, Friday, March 24, 2017, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. rump says he would be willing to reopen negotiations for a health care bill with Democrats if the Affordable Care Act fails.

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Trade tensions spiked between Washington and Ottawa as President Donald Trump accused Canada of being “very rough” on its southern neighbor and threatened to retaliate against new restrictions on...

Pope Francis urges powerful leaders to act humbly in surprise TED talk appearance

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Pope Francis made a surprise appearance at a TED talk conference on Tuesday, urging powerful leaders “to act humbly” and said he hoped technological innovation would not leave people behind. The...

We value investments by Indian companies: US on H-1B visa issue

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Days after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley raised the issue of restrictions on H-1B visa with his American counterpart Steven Mnuchin, the US has said that it greatly values investments by Indian...

Ivanka Trump heads to Berlin for women’s conference

Ivanka Trump addresses the Forbes annual Most Powerful Women Summit 2016 at The Ritz-Carlton in Dana Point Wednesday morning, Oct. 19, 2016, in Dana Point, Calif. (Sam Gangwer/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP)

Ivanka Trump’s advocacy for women and girls will take her to a women’s conference in Berlin Tuesday, in an international outing she hopes will build global support for investment in women’s...

US president Donald Trump backs away from demand for border wall money

U.S. President Donald Trump holds a joint news conference with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 20, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein

President Donald Trump stepped back Monday from demanding a down payment for his border wall in must-past spending legislation, potentially removing a major obstacle to a bipartisan deal just days...

UN chief vows to stand up against anti-Israel bias

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres delivers remarks regarding Russia's Ambassador Vitaly Churkin in the U..N. Security Council, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Churkin, Russia's ambassador to the United Nations since 2006, died suddenly after falling ill at his office at Russia's U.N. mission Monday. He was the longest-serving ambassador on the Security Council, the U.N.'s most powerful body. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres sought to reassure international Jewish community leaders that he would stand up against any perceptions of anti-Israel bias at the world organization. Guterres...

Donald Trump denounces anti-Semitism on Israel Holocaust day

FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump looks up while hosting a House and Senate leadership lunch at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo

President Donald Trump vowed to wipe out anti-Semitism in a message to mark Israel’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day after his administration was criticised for past statements about the genocide....

American monitor killed after land mine blasts vehicle

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A land mine blew up a vehicle carrying an OSCE monitoring team in the separatist Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine on Sunday, killing an American observer and wounding two European members of the...

Brexit supporter Donald Trump now pitches for ‘strong Europe’

President Donald Trump meets with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, April 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Once a supporter of Britain’s decision to leave the EU, President Donald Trump has now said a “strong” Europe is “very, very important” for the US. “Yes, a strong Europe is very, very...

US prosecutors weighing charges against WikiLeaks: Reports

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Two media reports say US prosecutors are preparing or closely considering charges against the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, including its founder Julian Assange, for revealing sensitive government...

Paris attack: IS group claims Champs-Elysees shooting on police officers

In this image made from video, police attend the scene after an incident on the Champs-Elysees with Arc de Triomphe in background in Paris, Thursday April 20, 2017.  French media are reporting that two police officers were shot Thursday on the famed shopping boulevard. (AP Photo)

An attacker with an automatic weapon opened fire on police on Paris’ iconic Champs-Elysees, killing one officer and seriously wounding two others before police shot and killed him. The Islamic...

New Zealand toughens requirements for skilled immigrants

FILE - In this Jan. 26, 2017, file photo, New Zealand Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse, left, smiles as he interacts with refugee students during his visit to the UNHCR Tzu Chi Education Centre in Selayang, outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. New Zealand announced Wednesday, April 19, 2017, that it is introducing tougher requirements for skilled overseas workers as it tries to control immigration numbers that have reached an all-time high. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)

New Zealand announced Wednesday that it is introducing tougher requirements for skilled overseas workers as it tries to control immigration numbers that have reached an all-time high.The changes come...

Venezuela: 2 dead, over 400 arrested in anti-government demonstrations

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At least two persons have died in the anti-government demonstrations in Venezuela that saw more than 400 people arrested, according to the country’s Criminal Forum. While some 57 persons have been...

Bomb explodes outside Eurobank office in Athens

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A bomb has exploded outside a Eurobank branch in the centre of the Greek capital city in Athens, police has confirmed. There were no casualties, a media report said. The bomb was placed at the door...

North Korean mock-up birthday video shows missiles blowing up US

A North Korean flag flies on a mast at the Permanent Mission of North Korea in Geneva October 2, 2014.   REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

North Korea put on a musical show to mark the birthday of founding father Kim Il Sung, which ended with a mock-up video of missiles engulfing the United States in flames, prompting cheers from the...

In Mosul, Iraqi snipers track jihadists around the clock

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A few hundred metres from an iconic mosque in west Mosul, Iraqi sniper Salah al-Zuheiri has his eye glued to his scope as he searches for Islamic State group jihadists.Iraqi forces are battling to...

California professor on paid leave for anti-Trump tweet

U.S. President Donald Trump delivers remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee March Dinner in Washington, U.S., March 21, 2017.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Fresno State University in California says an American history professor who tweeted that President Donald Trump “must hang” will be on paid leave for the rest of the semester. The university...

US Vice-President Mike Pence heads to Japan, turns focus to trade with key ally

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence looks at the North side from Observation Post Ouellette in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, South Korea, Monday, April 17, 2017. Viewing his adversaries in the distance, Pence traveled to the tense zone dividing North and South Korea and warned Pyongyang that after years of testing the U.S. and South Korea with its nuclear ambitions, "the era of strategic patience is over." (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is traveling to Japan for talks expected to focus largely on trade with America’s anchor ally in the region. Concluding a visit to South Korea, Pence told business...

US to hold UN human rights meeting after deal with Russia

The new U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley, addresses a Security Council meeting of the United Nations, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

US Ambassador Nikki Haley was determined to hold a Security Council meeting on the importance of human rights to international peace and security and it will happen on Tuesday but only after the US...

China says US wants diplomatic solution to North Korea standoff

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has made a new appeal for calm on the Korean Peninsula and says he believes the United States would prefer a diplomatic resolution to the standoff. Wang told...

President Erdogan announces victory, opponents plan challenge

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President Tayyip Erdogan declared victory in a referendum on Sunday to grant him sweeping powers in the biggest overhaul of modern Turkish politics, but opponents said the vote was marred by...

Taiwan says ready to review Chinese activist’s asylum request

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Taiwan said on Monday it was prepared to review a petition for asylum from a Chinese activist who left his tour group in Taiwan without notice last week. Local media reported on Sunday that Zhang...

U.S. successfully tests upgraded nuclear bomb

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The United States has successfully tested the latest upgrade to its B61, sending General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon multirole fighter to drop the intermediate yield strategic and tactical...

South Korea begins candidate registration for Presidential election

Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye smiles as she is greeted by supporters upon her arrival at her private home in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, March 12, 2017. Park expressed defiance toward the corruption allegations against her as she vacated the presidential palace and returned to her home on Sunday, two days after the Constitutional Court removed her from office. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

South Korean authorities on Saturday began the official registration of candidates contesting the upcoming presidential election. After the two-day registration, the official campaign period for the...

‘Mother of all bombs’ killed at least 90, say Afghan officials

This photo provided by Eglin Air Force Base shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. The Pentagon says U.S. forces in Afghanistan dropped the military's largest non-nuclear bomb on an Islamic State target in Afghanistan. A Pentagon spokesman said it was the first-ever combat use of the bomb, known as the GBU-43, which he said contains 11 tons of explosives. The Air Force calls it the Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb. Based on the acronym, it has been nicknamed the "Mother Of All Bombs." (Eglin Air Force Base via AP)

The number of Islamic State fighters killed by a massive US bomb in eastern Afghanistan has nearly tripled to at least 90, Afghan officials said today. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb...

United States’ first female, African-American Muslim judge found dead in Hudson River

FILE- In this April 30, 2013 file photo, Justice Sheila Abdus-Salaam looks on as members of the state Senate Judiciary Committee vote unanimously to advance her nomination to fill a vacancy on the Court of Appeals at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. The New York City Police Department confirmed that Abdus-Salaam's body was found on the shore of the Hudson River off Manhattan on Wednesday, April 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

A groundbreaking black jurist who became the first Muslim woman to serve as a US judge was found dead in New York’s Hudson River on Wednesday, police said. Sheila Abdus-Salaam, a 65-year-old...

South Africa postpones President’s no-confidence vote

South African President Jacob Zuma arrives for the official announcement of the munincipal election results at the result centre in Pretoria, South Africa August 6, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko/File Photo

South Africa’s parliament has decided to postpone a debate and a motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma, officials said. The decision on Wednesday followed a request by the opposition...

In abrupt shift, Donald Trump warms to China and NATO, sours on Russia

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 12, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

After less than three months in office, President Donald Trump has abruptly shifted his stance on an array of foreign policy issues from the US relationship with Russia and China to the value of the...