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Washington, 12 Feb 2019/--/Democrats and Republicans have struck a deal in principle to fund the US government and avert another crippling government shutdown while denying President Donald Trump much of the USD 5.7 billion he demanded to build a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border. The...

Baghdad, 12 Feb 2019/--/A  top Pentagon official arrived in Baghdad on Tuesday to consult with American military commanders and Iraqi government leaders on the future US troop presence in Iraq. Pat Shanahan, the acting secretary defense, said before his unannounced trip that he wanted to hear...

Washington, 12 Feb 2019/--/China and Russia have developed robust and capable space services and the two countries pose a challenge and threat to the space capabilities of the US, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Russian military doctrines indicate they view space as important to modern warfare...

Addis Ababa, 10 Feb 2019/--/Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who led an active, reformist tenure as African Union chair, on Sunday passes the baton to Egypt, seen as more likely to focus on security issues than expanding the powers of the body. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi will officially...

Kabul, 10 Feb 2019/--/An Afghan lawmaker says airstrikes in the southern Helmand province have killed 21 civilians, including women and children. Mohammad Hashim Alkozai, a senator from Helmand, said Sunday that 13 civilians were killed in one strike and eight in another. Both airstrikes were...

London, 10 Feb 2019/--/UK-based Indian doctors and healthcare professionals are campaigning against what they describe as an "unfair" doubling of a health surcharge imposed on professionals from outside European Union (EU) living and working in Britain. The "Immigration Health Surcharge" was...

Islamabad, 10 Feb 2019/--/Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan will meet IMF chief Christine Lagarde in Dubai on Sunday to discuss the conditions of the bailout package for his cash-strapped country. Khan is paying a day-long trip to the UAE to take part in the 7th edition of the World Government...

Washington, 9 Feb 2019/--/A 29-year-old New York City man has been arrested while he was about to catch a flight to Pakistan to join the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), in a dangerous sign that the Pakistan-based terror group, which carried out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, has expanded its tentacles in...

Bangkok, 9 Feb 2019/--/A Thai political party will obey a command from the king blocking the candidacy of a princess for prime minister, it said in a statement Saturday, in a dramatic reversal only a day after putting her forward for the position. "Thai Raksa Chart party complies with the royal...

Washington, 9 Feb 2019/--/US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet for a second much-anticipated summit in Hanoi, as preparations kick into high gear for the peace talks. Trump announced the exact location on Twitter -- only the country, Vietnam, was previously known...

Abu Dhabi, 5 Feb 2019/--/Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, capping the first ever papal visit to the Gulf where Islam was born. The pontiff waved at the enthusiastic crowd carrying yellow...

Kabul, 5 Feb 2019/--/The Taliban killed at least 21 people in their latest attacks in Afghanistan, including 11 policemen who were slain when the insurgents stormed a checkpoint in northern Baghlan province, provincial officials said Tuesday. The attacks were reported as representatives of the...

Paris, 5 Feb 2019/--/Eight people have died in an overnight blaze at an apartment block in Paris that is being treated by police as possible arson attack, officials said Tuesday. The fire on the top floors of an eight-storey building in the rue Erlanger in the wealthy 16th district of southwest...

Islamabad, 5 Feb 2019/--/Pakistan on Tuesday observed Kashmir Solidarity Day, with top leaders extending their support to the people in the Valley and to finding a just and peaceful resolution to the issue. President Arif Alvi in his address in the Legislative Assembly in Muzaffarabad in Pakistan-...

Caracas, 3 Feb 2019/--/Buoyed by the defection of a top general, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido predicted Saturday the month of February would be "decisive" in determining the future of the nation as he and socialist leader Nicolas Maduro held competing mass rallies in the capital....

Los Angeles, 3 Feb 2019/--/The second in a string of powerful storms battered California on Saturday, shutting key highways after water and mud rushed into lanes from bare hillsides in wildfire burn areas where thousands of residents were under evacuation orders. Flash flood warnings were issued...

Kathmandu, 3 Feb 2019/--/A 21-year-old Nepali woman has died reportedly due to suffocation during her stay in a windowless hut as part of a banned practice that considers women untouchable during menstruation, according to a media report. The incident happened in Nepal's remote Doti district on...

New York, 3 Feb 2019/--/A witness in the trial of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman told the US government the Mexican drug kingpin drugged and raped girls as young as 13, according to court documents unsealed Saturday. Longtime associate Alex Cifuentes told authorities a woman would send Guzman photos of...

Washington, 2 Feb 2019/--/US President Donald Trump has said he is getting closer to declaring a national emergency to secure funding for a wall along the country's southern Mexico border to prevent illegal immigrants from entering America. A national emergency would allow Trump to proceed with a...

Beijing, 2 Feb 2019/--/China called Saturday for Washington to negotiate with Russia instead of pulling out of a nuclear arms treaty the Trump administration sees as a restraint on its ability to compete with Beijing and Moscow. China's foreign ministry ruled out negotiating a new multilateral...

Lahore, 2 Feb 2019/--/Pakistan's Punjab provincial government Saturday ordered that Nawaz Sharif be shifted to a hospital from jail, days after a special medical board concluded that the former prime minister has developed cardiac complications. Sharif, 69, has been serving a seven-year jail term...

Caracas, 2 Feb 2019/--/Opposition leader Juan Guaido appealed to his countrymen to take to the streets at the weekend for "the biggest march in the history of Venezuela" in a bid to rachet up pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro to call early elections. Major European countries have set...

Manila, 6 Jan 2019/--/The death toll from a storm that devastated the Philippines shortly after Christmas rose to 126, authorities said Sunday, adding landslides caused by torrential rain were the top cause. The storm hit central and eastern Philippine islands on December 29 and caused massive...

BELGRADE (SERBIA), 6 Jan 2019/--/Thousands of people have braved snow and freezing temperatures in Serbia's capital to turn up for the fifth week of street protests against populist President Aleksandar Vucic. The demonstrators marched through downtown Belgrade blowing whistles and booing and...

Mexico City, 6 Jan 2019/--/President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has launched an ambitious plan to stimulate economic activity on the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border despite recent U.S. threats to close the border entirely. Mexico plans to slash income and corporate taxes to 20 per cent from...