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At least 70 fires, gas explosions reported in US, three towns evacuated

Mass evacuations from US towns north of Boston were underway on Thursday after dozens of fires and suspected gas explosions erupted, police said, leaving at least six injuries. Massachusetts State Police said they had responded to 70 reports of fires, explosions and the smell of gas in a widespread zone encompassing the east coast towns of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover. “Gas lines are currently being depressurised,” police said on […]

US doesn’t expect much from China trade talks this week: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump does not expect much progress from trade talks with China this week in Washington, he told Reuters on Monday. Trump said in an interview that he had “no time frame” for ending the trade dispute with China, which threatens to impose tariffs on virtually all goods traded between the world’s two largest economies. “I’m like them; I have a long horizon,” he added. The talks this […]

US has started biggest trade war in history: China

China on Friday accused the US of starting “the biggest trade war in economic history” as American tariffs took effect on Chinese goods worth $34 billion. “China is forced to strike back to safeguard core national interests and the interests of its people,” the country`s Commerce Ministry said in a statement after the tariffs kicked in. President Donald Trump`s administration’s 25 per cent tariffs are targeting Chinese products such as […]

US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, calls it 'cesspool of political bias

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Both insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights, but for many, the […]

Singapore to spend 20 million dollars for Trump-Kim summit: PM Lee

Singapore will spend about 20 million dollars to host the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong revealed on Sunday. Singapore is one of the few countries that have diplomatic relations with both the United States and North Korea. “It’s our contribution to an international endeavour which is in our profound interest,” Lee told reporters at the […]

'No big changes' in H-1B visa, nothing new on the H-4 visa policy: US

There have been “no big changes” in the H-1B programme and “nothing new” on the H-4 visa policy, the US said today, amid the Trump administration’s plan to overhaul the immigration system. US Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) in Delhi, MaryKay L Carlson said granting employment visa and work permits is the sovereign decision of a country. The US Mission here today observed ‘Student Visa Day’, an event to celebrate […]

100 years after conviction, Donald Trump pardons boxer Jack Johnson who infuriated white America

US President Donald Trump on Thursday issued a posthumous pardon to boxer Jack Johnson, the first African-American heavyweight champion who was jailed a century ago after having a relationship with a white woman. “I believe Jack Johnson is a worthy person to receive a pardon, to correct a wrong in our history,” Trump said. In a case that came to symbolize racial injustice, Johnson was arrested in 1912 with Lucille […]

Why did an Indian minister just go to North Korea?

On Thursday, India revealed that it had sent a minister to North Korea for the first time in two decades. The last time an Indian minister visited North Korea was in September 1998. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, information and broadcasting minister of the then ruling BJP-led alliance, had flown to Pyongyang to attend a film festival. This time, it is more substantial. VK Singh, a junior foreign minister and the former […]

US still hopeful of Trump-Kim summit despite North Korea threat

The United States is still hopeful that an unprecedented summit with North Korea will take place, in spite of a threat by Pyongyang to pull out, but President Donald Trump is prepared for a tough negotiation, the White House said on Wednesday. North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt on Wednesday saying it might not attend if Washington continues to insist that it unilaterally give up its nuclear […]

Rift with US could push Pakistan deeper into China's grip: Report

The ongoing deterioration of relations between Islamabad and Washington could end up increasing Pakistan’s vulnerability to China’s financial muscle, an analysis in a widely regarded foreign policy magazine has said. The analysis says the US move to put Pakistan on a terrorism financing watchlist could mean Islamabad’s ‘risky reliance’ on China would only increase. The analysis, titled ‘Pakistan’s Risky Reliance on China Set to Grow’, appeared in The Diplomat, the […]