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U.K. race audit shows British Indians are better off

While the report faced flak from some quarters, it has been welcomed by many working to promote racial equality

F-35 stealth fighter data stolen in Australia defence hack

The hackers used a tool called “China Chopper” which according to security experts is widely used by Chinese actors, and had gained access via an internet-facing server, he said.

London Mayor Khan to visit India, Pakistan

Trip is part of the Mayor’s ‘London is Open’ campaign

Trump suggests he’s smarter than Rex Tillerson

Trump’s tense relationship with Tillerson burst into public view last week. An NBC News story claimed Vice President Mike Pence had to talk Tillerson out of resigning this summer, and that Tillerson had called Trump a “moron.”

Google uncovered Russia-backed ads on YouTube, Gmail: Washington Post

Google officials are expected to testify publicly before both the House and Senate intelligence committees on November 1 alongside Facebook and Twitter

China plans to ban petrol and diesel cars

n a bid to cut emissions, China has outlined an aggressive plan to ban petrol and diesel cars.

Boat carrying Rohingya refugees from Myanmar capsizes off Bangladesh

The boat sank near Shah Porir Dwip, on the southern tip of Bangladesh, said Lieutenant Colonel Ariful Islam, the local commander of Border Guard Bangladesh.

Mass rally in Cuba marks ‘Che’ Guevara’s 50th death anniversary

The Latin American revolutionary was shot dead by CIA-trained troops in a remote village in Bolivia on October 9, 1967.

Gunfire from mass shooting pierced Las Vegas airport jet fuel tank

Airport authorities declined to speculate on whether the gunman, Steve Paddock, was aiming to hit the cylindrical 43,000-barrel fuel tank or whether the vessel was struck by two stray rounds in the midst of the shooting spree.

Bangladesh PM says government will continue to help Rohingya

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said her government would continue to support nearly 1 million Rohingya Muslims who have fled neighboring Myanmar to escape violence.

5 fake news alerts in UAE that you need to careful about

If the offer is too tempting to be real, get in touch with the company involved to confirm

U.S., S.Korea troops stage mock battle to retake village near N.Korean border

Sep 20: The screech of incoming fire followed by an explosion resounds across forested hillsides near the border between North and South Korea.

U.S. defence firms want control over tech in Make-in-India plan

Sep 20: U.S. defence firms offering to set up production lines in India to win deals worth billions of dollars want stronger assurances they won’t have to part with proprietary technology.

US, Moscow seek Russian held in Greece over Bitcoin laundering

Sep 20: Moscow has requested the extradition of a Russian national also wanted in the United States for laundering billions of dollars through a Bitcoin exchange he operated, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Suu Kyi rejects criticism over Rohingya, UN chief urges army pullback

Sep 20: Aung San Suu Kyi pledged Tuesday to hold rights violators to account over the Rohingya crisis but refused to blame Myanmar’s army

WHO grants USD 175,000 for healthcare of Rohingya refugees in Cox’s Bazar

Sep 20: The WHO has released its first tranche of emergency funding of USD 175,000 to provide essential medicines and life-saving healthcare to the "vulnerable population".

French cardinal to face trial for alleged church abuse cover-up

Sep 20: French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin will go on trial in April on charges of covering up for a priest accused of abusing children in his Lyon diocese over 25 years ago, a court ruled Tuesday.

World afraid of nuclear war with N. Korea, says UN chief Guterres

Sep 20: Global anxieties about a nuclear war are at their highest level in decades, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday as he opened a gathering of world leaders dominated by the crisis with North Korea.

Trump tells UN ’sovereign nations’ basis of world order

Sep 20: US President Donald Trump laid out his vision of a world order based on strong "sovereign nations" rather than multilateral alliances Tuesday, in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

At least 149 killed by earthquake in Mexico -civil protection agency

Sep 20: At least 149 people were killed by a powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said.

Trump issues stark threats to North Korea and Iran at UN

Sep 20: President Donald Trump warned today that the US is ready to "totally destroy" North Korea and vowed to confront Iran’s "murderous regime" over its weapons programme.

North Korea fires missile over Japan that lands far out in the Pacific

Sep 15: North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday

’Missile launch, take cover’: Japan’s terrifying wake-up call

Sep 15: "Missile launch! Missile launch! A missile appears to have been launched from North Korea. Take cover in a building or underground."

India, Pak hold talks on Indus Waters Treaty

Sep 16: India and Pakistan are holding high-level talks on technical issues of the Indus Waters Treaty here, a senior World Bank official

UNSC expresses concern over situation in Myanmar

Sep 14: The UN Security Council has expressed concern over violence in Myanmar’s restive Rakhine state from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled to Bangladesh.

After 86 years Pakistani lawyer seeks to establish Bhagat Singh’s innocence

Sep 14: Eighty-six years after revolutionary Bhagat Singh was hanged for the murder of a British police officer, a Pakistani lawyer is fighting to prove the legendry Indian freedom fighter’s innocence in a Lahore court.

UN chief urges Myanmar to halt attacks on Rohingya

Sep 14: UN chief Antonio Guterres acknowledged Wednesday that Rohingya Muslims were being ethnically cleansed in Myanmar as he called for a halt to a military campaign in Rakhine state.

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi scraps UN trip amid Rohingya crisis

Sep 14: Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has scrapped plans to attend the United Nations General Assembly later this month, her spokesman said Wednesday, as the Nobel laureate faces intense global scrutiny over the Rohingya refugee crisis.

Al Qaeda warns Myanmar of ’punishment’ over Rohingya

Sep 14: Al Qaeda militants have called for support for Myanmar’s Rohingya Muslims, who are facing a security crackdown that has sent about 400,000 of them fleeing to Bangladesh, warning that Myanmar would face "punishment" for its "crimes".

Rohingya exodus from Myanmar hits 379,000

Sep 14: Some 379,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled Myanmar’s troubled Rakhine state for Bangladesh since new violence erupted last month, the United Nations said Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi visits Tesla, Sun Power research facility in US

Sep 14: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has visited US-based electric car major Tesla and a solar research centre in California to understand the implications of renewable and clean energy for India.

Suicide bomber kills three near Kabul cricket stadium: police

Sep 14: A suicide bomber killed three people including a policeman and wounded five others after blowing himself up near a cricket stadium in the Afghan capital Kabul on Wednesday, police said.

Halimah Yacob formally elected Singapore’s first woman president

Sep 14: Halimah Yacob, a former speaker of parliament, was declared elected as Singapore’s first woman president on Wednesday, after the returning officer announced she was the sole candidate to qualify for the contest.

Vijay Mallya set to return to court in UK

Sep 14: Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya is set to return to court in London tomorrow for a hearing in his ongoing extradition case over economic offences in India.

China’s Xi asks Macron for French help easing North Korea tensions

Sep 9: Chinese President Xi Jinping called on France to help ease the situation in North Korea during a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron, state media said today, days after Pyongyang’s largest ever nuclear test.

Death toll rises to 60 in powerful Mexico earthquake

Sep 9: One of the most powerful earthquakes ever recorded in Mexico struck off the country’s southern coast, toppling hundreds of buildings and sending panicked people fleeing into the streets in the middle of the night.

Indian-origin men plead guilty in US call centre scam

Sep 9: Four Indian-origin men have pleaded guilty to charges of their involvement in a multi-million USD telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme in the US perpetrated by India-based call centres.

China, Pak to boost anti-terror cooperation along CPEC

Sep 9: China and Pakistan have agreed to strengthen anti-terrorism and security cooperation along a USD 50 billion economic corridor that links the restive regions of the two countries through a network of rail and road projects.

Mass exodus in Florida as Hurricane Irma closes in

Sep 9: Store owners boarded up their windows and families sandbagged their homes to join a mass exodus as Hurricane Irma churned toward Florida after cutting a deadly swath through the Caribbean.

Myanmar ’to provide aid’ to displaced Rohingya inside country

Sep 9: Camps will be set up to provide aid for displaced Muslims inside Rakhine state, state-backed media said Saturday

Facebook: Accounts from Russia bought ads during US campaign

Sep 8: Hundreds of fake Facebook accounts, probably run from Russia, spent about USD 100,000 on ads aimed at stirring up divisive issues such as gun control and race relations during the 2016 US presidential election, the social network said.

Pak among top 50 countries with high terror-financing risks

 

Sep 8: Pakistan is among the top 50 countries with high terrorism financing and money laundering risks, according to a latest report by a Swiss group.

Rawat’s remarks contrary to views expressed by Xi, Modi: China

Sep 8: China today reacted sharply to army chief Gen Bipin Rawat’s assertion that Beijing was testing India’s limits, saying the remarks were contrary to the views expressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping .

Petition seeks to revoke Suu Kyi’s Nobel over Rohingya crisis

Sep 9: Thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for the Nobel committee to revoke Aung San Suu Kyi’s peace prize over the Myanmar government’s treatment of its Rohingya Muslims.

Wanted Chinese tycoon seeks US political asylum

Sep 8: Chinese real estate tycoon Guo Wengui, one of the Communist Party’s most wanted exiles, has applied for political asylum in the United States.

Irma’s deadly passage batters Caribbean, at least 12 dead

Sep 8: Hurricane Irma pounded more of the Caribbean, shredding homes and weather records and leaving at least 12 people dead as it honed in on the United States, where up to a million people were told to flee.

North Korea could be preparing new missile launch: Seoul

Sep 5: North Korea could be preparing another missile launch, Seoul said today as it strengthened its defences following Pyongyang’s biggest-ever nuclear test and declaration it had a hydrogen bomb.

PM for early setting up of BRICS credit rating agency

Sep 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today strongly pitched for setting up of a BRICS credit rating agency to counter western rating institutions and cater to the financial needs of sovereign and corporate entities of developing nations.

Modi, Putin discuss bilateral issues, security situation in Afghanistan

Sep 5: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and discussed ways for boosting bilateral trade and investment along with the security situation in Afghanistan.

’World is waiting’ for Suu Kyi to act against Rohingya unrest: Malala

Sep 5: Education activist Malala Yousafzai has called on her fellow Nobel laureate Aug San Suu Kyi to condemn the "shameful" violence against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar, saying the "world is waiting" for her to condemn the unrest.

China avoids Azhar ban issue after BRICS declaration names JeM

Sep 5: China today parried questions on any change in its stand of blocking JeM chief Masood Azhar’s banning by the UN, even as the declaration of the BRICS Summit

India turning into open economy fast, GST biggest reform: Modi

Sep 5: India is fast changing into one of the most open economies in the world, with improvements on global indices and the biggest ever reform GST weaving the nation into one unified market, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.

BRICS nations commit to enhance cooperation on health matters

Sep 5: India and other BRICS members today praised the establishment of a "long-term mechanism" for traditional medicine exchanges and committed themselves to enhance cooperation on health issues at international fora, including at the G20.

BRICS declaration may strain China-Pak ties: Chinese scholar

Sep 5: The move to name some Pakistan-based terror groups in the BRICS declaration would "irritate" Islamabad and may strain its ties with China, a Chinese scholar said in a rare criticism of the government’s decision.

JeM, LeT in BRICS declaration due to violent activities: China

Sep 5: China today said that Pakistan-based terrorist outfits like JeM, LeT and the Haqqani network have been included in the BRICS joint declaration due to concerns about their violent activities in the region.

Kim Jong-Un is begging for war: Nikki Haley

Sep 5: North Korea is "begging for war" with abusive use of missiles and nuclear threats, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley has said, pushing for the "strongest possible measures" on Pyongyang following its sixth and most powerful nuclear test.

US intends to work with Pak to take down terrorists: Mattis

Sep 2: The US intends to work with Pakistan to take down terrorists, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis has said, asserting that this is what a "responsible" nation does.

India shares US’s concerns over Pak giving safe havens to terrorists: Sarna

Sep 2: India welcomes President Donald Trump’s Afghan and South Asia policy, India’s envoy to the US has said, underlining that New Delhi shares America’s concern over Pakistan which provides safe havens to terrorists.

Muslims around world celebrate Eid as hajj enters final days

Sep 2: Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid al-Adha holiday today as some 2 million Muslim pilgrims carry out the final rites of the annual hajj in Saudi Arabia

Officer sentenced in Bhutto case was head of judge’s security

Sep 2: A top police officer sentenced to 17 years in jail by an anti-terrorism court in Pakistan in the Benazir Bhutto murder case was also the head of the security arrangements for the judge who pronounced the verdict.

UN says 27,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar as bodies wash up

Sep 2: More than 27,000 Rohingya Muslims have fled violence in Myanmar in recent days, the United Nations has said, as corpses of people drowned in desperate attempts to cross the border river washed up on Bangladeshi soil today.

Putin warns of ’major conflict’ over NKorea

Sep 2: Russian President Vladimir Putin warned today of a "major conflict" looming on the Korean Peninsula, calling for talks to alleviate the crisis after Pyongyang fired a missile over Japan this week.

Dokalam standoff had put Trump admn in awkward position:Expert

Sep 2: The Dokalam standoff between India and China had put the Trump administration in an awkward position and it was not eager to get embroiled in

Rahul Gandhi to speak at prestigious US varsity on Sep 11

September 1: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will speak at a prestigious American university on September 11 on his view of contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy, the varsity has announced.

US gives USD 225 mn worth of conditional assistance to Pak

September 1: The Trump administration has notified Congress that it has given USD 225 million worth of conditional military assistance to Pakistan that the country can access only if it takes more action against terror groups.

Hafiz Saeed challenges Pak’s order to extend his detention

September 1: Mumbai terror attack mastermind and Jamaat-ud Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has challenged the order of Pakistan’s Punjab government to extend his detention for 60 more days.

Pak summons India’s DHC over ceasefire violations along LoC

September 1: Pakistan today summoned India’s Deputy High Commissioner J P Singh over alleged "ceasefire violations" by Indian troops along the Line of Control (LoC) which resulted in the killing of a civilian.

2 explosions reported at Texas chemical plant

September 1: "At approximately 2 am CDT (0700 GMT), we were notified by the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) of two explosions and black smoke coming from the Arkema Inc plant in Crosby, Texas," the company statement said.

Musharraf declared fugitive in ex-PM Bhutto’s murder trial

September 1: A Pakistan anti-terrorism court has declared former military ruler Pervez Musharraf a fugitive in ex-prime minister Benazir Bhutto’s murder trial, ordering his property confiscated, a court official said Thursday.

China against discussing Pak’s counter-terror record at BRICS

September 1: China today said that concerns over Pakistan’s counter-terrorism record is not an "appropriate topic" to be discussed at the next week’s BRICS summit where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping were expected to meet.

PLA says it will beef up patrols in Dokalam but mum on road

September 1: China’s military today said it will beef up the presence of troops and patrols to protect "every inch" of its territory in Dokalam

Boats carrying fleeing Rohingya sink in Bangladesh; 26 dead

September 1: Officials say three boats carrying ethnic Rohingya fleeing violence in Myanmar have capsized in Bangladesh and 26 bodies have been recovered.

US asks Russia to close its San Francisco consulate, annexes

September 1: In an apparent retaliatory move, the US today asked Russia to close down its consulate in San Francisco and the two chancery annexes in Washington and New York in two days.

Rahul Gandhi to speak at prestigious US varsity on Sep 11

August 31: Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi will speak at a prestigious American university on September 11 on his view of contemporary India and the path forward for the world’s largest democracy, the varsity has announced.

Harvey death: Jaipur boy’s mother gets early morning call

August 31: Dr Suman Bhatia was home when the phone rang early on Sunday morning. It was a call from a US hospital, with a message that shook the Jaipur lecturer’s world.

China building modern, regionally powerful navy: report

August 31: China is building a modern and regionally powerful navy with a limited but growing capability for conducting operations beyond the country’s shores, a congressional report said.

India’s refusal to budge on Dokalam will resonate well: expert

August 31: India’s refusal to back off from Dokalam standoff despite heavy pressure mounted by China will have a wider resonance in the region against Beijing’s assertive behaviour, former Indian Ambassador to China Ashok Kantha said.

North Korea says more missiles to come as UN condemns launch

August 31: North Korea leader Kim Jong-Un has promised more missile flights over Japan, insisting his nuclear-armed nation’s provocative launch was a mere "curtain-raiser", in the face of UN condemnation and US warnings of severe repercussions.

American Idol Texas auditions cancelled due to Hurrican Harvey

August 31: Auditions for the singing reality TV show "American Idol" have been called off in wake of Hurrican Harvey.

US shoots down missile in test off Hawaii coast

August 31: The US military shot down a medium-range ballistic missile target off the coast of Hawaii early today, in a successful test of a missile interception system Japan is seeking to bolster its defence against North Korea.

Louisiana braces for heavy winds, rain as Harvey strikes again

August 31: After pouring record rains on Texas, Tropical Storm Harvey made a second landfall today to strike Louisiana, a state that still bears deep scars from 2005’s Hurricane Katrina.

North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan: Seoul, Tokyo

August 30: Nuclear-armed North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan today, South Korea’s military and the Japanese government said, in a major escalation by Pyongyang amid tensions over its weapons ambitions.

Experts welcome India, China troops disengagement at Doklam

August 30: Top experts in the US have welcomed the disengagement of troops by both India and China at Doklam, but warned that the problem is not out of the woods yet as the status quo of the last three decades has been "disturbed irrevocably".

Indian students rescued from lake critical

August 30: Two Indian students are in a critical condition after they nearly drowned in a swollen lake in the US state of Texas, where Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc, affecting about 100,000 Indian-Americans living here.

Suicide bomber kills five in Kabul bank blast

August 30: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a bank in the Afghan capital Kabul today, days ahead of the Eid holiday, killing five people and injuring several others in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

China non-committal on halting road construction in Dokalam

August 30: China today remained non-committal on the issue of stopping road construction in Dokalam, a day after Indian and Chinese troops ended 73-day standoff that was triggered by China’s move to build a road in the border area.

’You’re worst Foreign Secretary ever’, Basit wrote to Chaudhry

August 30: Pakistan’s former envoy to India Abdul Basit has slammed former top diplomat and the country’s ambassador to the US Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry as the "worst foreign secretary ever"

Value ties with Pak, looks forward to scheduling meetings: US

August 30: The US values its relationship and partnership with Pakistan, the Trump administration has said, days after Islamabad suspended official visits and talks with Washington to protest against President Donald Trump’s criticism .

Harvey rampage continues ahead of second landfall, 10 dead

August 30: Harvey, one of the most destructive storms in US history, battered Texas for the fourth day today even as more heavy rains were expected to lash the region

North Korea says fired missile over Japan

August 30: Nuclear-armed North Korea today said that it had fired a missile over Japan the previous day, the first time it has ever acknowledged doing so.

India should draw lessons from Doklam standoff: China

August 30: Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi today said the 73-day stand-off between India and China in Dokalam ended after India withdrew its troops and asked New Delhi to "learn lessons" and prevent such incidents in future.

New US Afghan policy may push Pak towards China, Russia: Report

August 21: Pakistan is bracing for a "tough time" and may have to seek even "deeper" ties with China and Russia to offset any fallout from the Trump administration’s new Afghan strategy, according to a media report here today.

China blames Indian troops for Pangong Lake incident in Ladakh

August 21: China today blamed Indian soldiers for "violent action" against its troops during a standoff at Pangong Lake in Ladakh on August 15 leading to scuffles and stone pelting, and has lodged a protest with India.

Two dead, six injured in Finland stabbing spree

August 19: Two people were killed and six were injured in a stabbing spree in the Finnish city of Turku on Friday, police said, after officers shot one suspect and warned several others could still be at large.

Bannon returns to Breitbart after his White House ouster

August 19: Hours after he left the White House as its chief strategist, Stephen Bannon today returned to Breitbart News as its executive chairman

Prez’s arts council quits over Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

August 19: The members of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues

Police name three Moroccans suspected of Spain attacks

August 19: Spanish police today released the names of three Moroccans suspected of deadly terror attacks and who were shot dead overnight by security forces in the seaside resort of Cambrils.

Strong 6.4 quake hits off Fiji: US monitor

August 19: A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji today, US seismologists said, but it was considerably deep and there were no reports of damage or injury.

Sino-India frictions raise potential for open conflict: CRS

August 19: Intensified frictions between India and China raise the potential for an open conflict and could serve as an "impetus" for further US-India strategic cooperation

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