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Beijing, 12 Nov 2017/--/Feeling down on "Singles Day" this weekend? A Chinese white liquor maker wants to lift lonely spirits by offering a lifetime supply of booze for less than $1,700. Jiangxiaobai Liquor Company is making its offer Saturday during China`s biggest shopping festival -- held every...

London, 9 Nov 2017/--/Britain's senior-most Indian-origin minister Priti Patel has resigned from her Cabinet post over her unauthorised secret meetings with Israeli politicians while on a holiday in the Jewish country. Patel's position as international development minister had become increasingly...

Jerusalem, 9 Nov 2017/--/Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to be questioned by police today in connection with two separate investigations into alleged corruption, media reports said. Police refused to confirm the reports. Netanyahu has already been questioned by police four times...

Madrid, 9 Nov 2017/--/The former speaker of Catalonia's sacked parliament Carme Forcadell appeared today at Spain's Supreme Court over her role in the region's controversial independence drive. A judge may decide to detain Forcadell and five former lawmakers on charges of sedition, rebellion and...

Vatican City, 9 Nov 2017/--/Pope Francis is seeking to defuse rising nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula and to boost support for disarmament with a Vatican conference that will bring together 11 Nobel Peace Prize winners, United Nations and NATO officials, and representatives from a handful...

Washington, 9 Nov 2017/--/The United States wants to "increase societal tolerance" in India with its recently announced nearly USD 500,000 grant to non-governmental organisations in the country, the US State Department said today. The department had yesterday announced the grant for organisations...

London, 9 Nov 2017/--/An Indian-origin teenager in the UK has been convicted of trying to buy explosives online with intent to endanger life or cause serious injury. Gurtej Singh Randhawa, 19, of Tettenhall in England, was arrested in May after undercover officers from the UK's National Crime...

SINGAPORE, 9 Nov 2017/--/A woman originally from India was among three Singaporeans arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for supporting the Islamic State and terrorism- related activities, authorities said today. Of the three, Adzrul Azizi bin Bajuri (19) was issued with a Restriction...

Moscow, 9 Nov 2017/--/Russian President Vladimir Putin and his US counterpart Donald Trump will meet tomorrow in Vietnam, Kremlin aide Yuri Ushakov told Russian news agencies on Thursday. The meeting "will be on November 10," but the exact time is being decided, Ushakov told the official TASS...

Vatican City, 9 Nov 2017/--/Pope Francis took snap-happy bishops, priests and pilgrims to task today, telling them mass was a time for prayer, not an opportunity to whip out camera phones. "At a certain point, the priest leading the ceremony says 'lift up our hearts'. He doesn't say 'lift up our...

Colombo, 9 Nov 2017/--/Sri Lanka is committed to work towards reconciliation with Tamils and has taken concrete steps to prevent torture, the foreign ministry said today after a media report claimed that more than 60 Sri Lankans were subjected to physical abuse under the current government. The...

Houston, 6 Nov 2017/--/A former US Air Force airman wearing a tactical gear and using an assault rifle opened fire on worshippers at a Sunday service at a church in Texas, killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others in the latest gun- related massacre to shock the country. The suspect wearing...

Tokyo, 6 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump's visit to Japan briefly took a turn from formal to fishy. Amid the protocol and pageantry today, Trump and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe paused for a lighter moment to feed Asian carp fish in a koi pond. Trump concluded the activity by theatrically...

Tokyo, 6 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump appeared to strike a more conciliatory tone on North Korea as he got down to business today on an Asian tour that will be dominated by the nuclear crisis with Pyongyang. Trump began his marathon trip in belligerent form, warning yesterday that "no...

SEOUL, 6 Nov 2017/--/South Korea announced new unilateral sanctions against Pyongyang -- the first under President Moon Jae-In -- today, a day before US President Donald Trump arrives in Seoul on an Asian tour dominated by the North's nuclear programme. A total of 18 North Korean bankers stationed...

Beirut, 6 Nov 2017/--/Saad Hariri's resignation from Lebanon's premiership has raised fears that regional tensions were about to escalate and that the small country would once again pay a heavy price. Analysts said the Saudi-backed Sunni politician's move yesterday to step down from the helm less...

Sanaa (Yemen), 6 Nov 2017/--/The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen closed off the land, sea and air ports to the Arab world's poorest country early today after a rebel- fired ballistic missile targeted Riyadh, blaming the launch on Iran and warning it could be "considered as an act of war."...

Beijing, 6 Nov 2017/--/The Chinese military, the world's largest, has pledged absolute loyalty to President Xi Jinping, further consolidating his hold on power after the recent key Congress of the ruling Communist Party conferred on him a leadership status akin to the party founder, Mao Zedong. Xi...

YOKOTA AIR BASE (JAPAN), 5 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump today warned that "no dictator" should underestimate the United States, in a thinly veiled reference to North Korea, which is likely to dominate his Asian tour. Speaking to cheering servicemen at Yokota Air Base just west of Tokyo,...

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOUR-, 5 Nov 2017/--/President Donald Trump paid a solemn visit to Pearl Harbor and its memorial to the USS Arizona, a hallowed place he said he had read about, discussed and studied but had never visited until just before opening his first official visit to Asia. Trump saluted...

Madrid, 5 Nov 2017/--/A Spanish judge issued an EU arrest warrant for Catalonia's deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, a day after he failed to appear for questioning over his role in the region's tumultuous independence drive. The announcement added to anger and dismay in a second straight...

Aden, 5 Nov 2017/--/Two suicide attacks hit security buildings in the Yemeni government bastion of Aden today, killing five members of the security forces and sparking clashes, officials in the war-torn country said. The official, a high-ranking member of the security forces, said an explosives-...

Washington, 5 Nov 2017/--/The US has conducted a pair of drone strikes against Islamic State fighters in Somalia, the first time America has hit the jihadists in the Horn of Africa nation, officials said. The strikes occurred in northeastern Somalia and killed "several terrorists," the US military'...

Beijing, 5 Nov 2017/--/China today reacted cautiously over a proposal by the Trump administration for a working-level quadrilateral meeting with India, Japan and Australia, saying Beijing hopes that it would not target or damage a "third party's interest". The US was looking at a "working-level"...

Washington, 5 Nov 2017/--/Two influential Congressional sub-committees will hold a joint hearing on Pakistan's commitment in the fight against terrorism, and the review of the US' aid to it even as a Congressman expressed doubts over its commitment to denying terrorists safe harbour. An...