New administration takes shape in U.S.
  • Published on: 8:22pm Saturday 19th November 16

Michael Flynn picked as NSA and Sen. Sessions as Attorney General; Rep. Pompeo to head CIA

President-elect Donald Trump is moving ahead with filling key posts in his administration, picking Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions for the job of attorney general and Rep. Mike Pompeo as head of the CIA.

The announcements came on the heels of Mr. Trump’s decision to tap former...Read More

Britain plans £369 mn refit for Buckingham Palace
  • Published on: 8:21pm Saturday 19th November 16

Buckingham Palace is set to get a £369 million overhaul to replace leaky pipes and fire-risk cables under a taxpayer-funded plan unveiled on Friday that would see Queen Elizabeth II forced to move rooms.

The works are to start next year and last until 2027 and will see solar panels installed on the roof of the palace as well as more...Read More

Turkey’s free press withers under crackdown
  • Published on: 8:18pm Saturday 19th November 16

A prominent columnist wrote recently about how President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey hates cigarettes so much that he confiscates packs from his followers, lecturing them on the evils of smoking.

The columnist, Kadri Gursel, then urged his readers to protest the President’s anti-democratic ways by lighting a cigarette and not putting it out.

For that, Mr. Gursel was arrested on terrorism...Read More


Japan's tabloid press has reported that Ivanka might replace JFK's daughter Caroline Kennedy as U.S. envoy to Tokyo.

Photos of U.S. president-elect Donald Trump’s landmark first talks with a foreign leader show his daughter Ivanka was present, underscoring the family’s influence as he readies to take power.

In the meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the mogul’s Trump Plaza residence,...Read More


"I want to see this as a smooth process, an orderly process, working towards a solution that is in the interests of both the United Kingdom but also in the interests of our European partners too," May said.

Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday assured her German counterpart that preparations for Britain’s exit from the European Union were on schedule, and...Read More

Anti-Muslim Buddhist monk in Myanmar: Trump ‘similar to me’
  • Published on: 9:36pm Friday 18th November 16

Shunned by Myanmar’s new government and its Buddhist hierarchy, a nationalist monk blamed for whipping up at times bloody anti-Muslim fervor said he feels vindicated by U.S. voters who elected Donald Trump to be president.

Ashin Wirathu, a high-profile leader of the Myanmar Buddhist organization known as Ma Ba Tha, drew parallels between his views on Islam and those of the...Read More

Hillary reflects on loss, urges backers to ‘stay engaged’
  • Published on: 8:51pm Thursday 17th November 16

Hillary Clinton reflected on her devastating defeat evening, acknowledging the difficulty of her loss for her supporters and urging them to persevere through the Donald Trump era.

In remarks that were equal parts pep talk and funeral dirge, Ms. Clinton encouraged her backers to “never, ever give up.”

“I know this isn’t easy. I know that over the past week a lot...Read More

Nikki Haley to meet Trump, considered for Secretary’s post
  • Published on: 8:50pm Thursday 17th November 16

Indian-American Nikki Haley will meet U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday, the presidential transition team has said amid reports that the two-term Governor of South Carolina is being considered for a Cabinet position, particularly for the high-profile post of Secretary of State.

In a conference call with reporters last night, the transition team’s spokesman Sean Spicer listed 44-year-old Haley as one...Read More

No surge of white nationalism: Dhillon
  • Published on: 8:39pm Thursday 17th November 16

The interpretation of Donald Trump’s victory as a resurgence of white Christian nationalism in the U.S. is a false narrative created by the media, said Harmeet K. Dhillon, the highest-ranking Indian-American in the Republican Party.

Ms. Dhillon is a member of the Republican National Committee (RNC) and had recited Ardas, a Sikh prayer, at the party national convention in July. “I...Read More

Obama confident of policy continuity
  • Published on: 8:17pm Wednesday 16th November 16

On his final foreign tour, U.S. President says Trump is committed to NATO and other key alliances

President Barack Obama sought to reassure the global and domestic audiences that his successor in waiting, Donald Trump, would ensure continuity in policy even as the latter continues to send out conflicting signals on domestic and foreign policy questions.

Ahead of embarking on his last...Read More

UN chief Ban hopes U.S. doesn’t abandon Paris pact under Trump
  • Published on: 8:09pm Wednesday 16th November 16

110 countries have ratified Paris Agreement covering 75 per cent of global emissions

Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), assured the press here on Tuesday that the U.S. will not abandon the Paris Agreement under a Trump administration.

“I have spoken to President-elect Donald Trump last week and I remain optimistic about our efforts to control climate change,” he told...Read More

Trump, Pence meeting in New York on Cabinet picks
  • Published on: 8:23pm Tuesday 15th November 16

"Our work will provide a strong foundation for the new transition team leadership as they move into the post-election phase, which naturally is incorporating the campaign team in New York who drove President-elect Trump to an incredible victory last Tuesday," Mr. Rogers said.

President-elect Donald Trump planned to meet with Vice President-elect Mike Pence in New York on Tuesday to discuss...Read More


"I spoke to the President-elect last week and I remain optimistic about our efforts to control climate change," says Ban Ki-moon.

As speculations of United States President-elect Donald Trump appointing oil moguls and corporate executives to his administrative team continued, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon assured the press here on Tuesday that the country will not abandon the Paris Agreement under...Read More

Russia launches offensive in Syria, airstrikes hit Aleppo
  • Published on: 8:20pm Tuesday 15th November 16

The offensive began hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President-elect Donald Trump discussed Syria over the phone and agreed on the need to combine efforts in the fight against terrorism.

Russia announced a major air offensive in Syria on Tuesday as Syrian opposition activists reported the first airstrikes in three weeks in the besieged, rebel-held part of the northern...Read More

Trump names Priebus, Bannon to senior White House roles
  • Published on: 8:54pm Monday 14th November 16

Trump said he would eschew the $400,000 annual salary for the president, taking only $1 a year.

President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments on Sunday, one an overture to Republican circles by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Washington establishment by tabbing...Read More


Swedish officials on Monday questioned WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London for over four years, over sexual assault charges.

The 45-year-old Australian national has been living in the embassy for more than four years after he was granted political asylum by Ecuador amid fears he will be extradited to the U.S. and...Read More

Two killed as powerful earthquake strikes New Zealand
  • Published on: 8:47pm Monday 14th November 16

A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region.

Strong aftershocks continued to shake the country on Monday, rattling the nerves of exhausted residents, many...Read More

Trump open to keeping ‘amended’ version of Obamacare: WSJ
  • Published on: 10:06pm Saturday 12th November 16

Trump said he would create jobs through nationwide infrastructure projects and improved international trade deals

Donald Trump has indicated that he will consider retaining an “amended” version of the Affordable Care Act, a marked shift in stance on his major campaign promise of repealing President Barack Obama’s flagship healthcare law.

The President-elect made the apparent U-turn after his meeting with Obama at...Read More

Bernie urges Democrats to change
  • Published on: 9:46pm Saturday 12th November 16

Asks party leaders to pick their side between the Wall Street billionaire class and working people

Far from the fireworks they had planned for Tuesday evening, the Democrats are struggling to find a spark for their future that looks dark now.

“…the Democratic Party needs to look itself in the mirror and work tirelessly to become once again the party that working...Read More

30 killed, 100 injured in Pakistan's Shah Noorani Shrine blast
  • Published on: 9:35pm Saturday 12th November 16

KARACHI: Nearly 30 people, including women and children, were killed and more than 100 injured today in a blast at a popular shrine in Pakistan's volatile Balochistan province, officials said.

The blast occurred in the remote Hub region in Lasbela district where devotees were attending a Sufi dance called "dhamaal" at Dargah Shah Noorani shrine.Read More

Oregon is epicenter as Trump protests surge across nation
  • Published on: 8:17pm Friday 11th November 16

Another night of nationwide protests against Donald Trump’s election came to a head in Portland, where thousands marched and some smashed store windows, lit firecrackers and sparked a dumpster blaze. Police termed the protest a riot and used “less lethal munitions” help clear the streets.

Some 4,000 protesters surged into the downtown area late Thursday night with chants like “we reject...Read More

Remembering India’s fallen in World War I
  • Published on: 8:13pm Friday 11th November 16

World leaders gathered in Belgium on Friday to mark the 98th anniversary of the end of World War I in which 1.5 lakh Indian soldiers participated as part of the largest volunteer Army in the world.

On November 11, 1918 — at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month — the Allies and Germany formally signed an...Read More


Hillary and Bill Clinton’s daughter Chelsea Clinton is being groomed to run for a US House of Representatives seat held by a 79-year-old veteran Democrat who has decided to retire, a media report said today.

The 36-year-old daughter could run for the seat in New York City’s 17th Congressional District to replace Nita Lowey.

Lowey, a respected career politician with nearly 30...Read More

‘Not my President’, protests erupt in U.S. cities
  • Published on: 10:46am Friday 11th November 16

In at least 25 cities across the country, thousands of protesters took out rallies denouncing President-elect Donald Trump

A day after Republican Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th President of the U.S., it dawned on America that divisions are easy to create but difficult to heal. The three protagonists of this election season — President Barack Obama, President-elect Trump and...Read More

What can Trump do to your U.S. dreams?
  • Published on: 10:42am Friday 11th November 16

“I am totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney... I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labour programme,” U.S. President-elect Donald Trump had said in one of his campaign meetings earlier this year, specifically talking about an incident in which Indian workers replaced...Read More

Had an excellent conversation with Trump, says Obama at White House
  • Published on: 10:01am Friday 11th November 16

US President Barack Obama today met for the first time his successor Donald Trump at the White House and vowed his support for him as the two leaders discussed domestic and foreign policy issues to take a step towards transition of power after a bitterly fought election.

The meeting between the two lasted for 90 minutes.

Obama described his meeting with Trump...Read More