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  • Lights out as millions around the world mark Earth Hour 1 hour 15 minutes ago

    New York:The Empire State Building dimmed its lights and the Eiffel Tower went dark as iconic landmarks across the world observed Earth Hour, the global climate change awareness campaign. The usually glittering nighttime majesty of the Empire State Building was set to "faint sparkle" in New York, while theaters on Broadway...
  • Singapore bids farewell to Lee Kuan Yew in elaborate funeral 2 hours 17 minutes ago

    Singapore: Tens of thousands of Singaporeans undeterred by heavy rains lined a 15 kilometer (9 mile) route through the Southeast Asian city-state to witness an elaborate funeral procession on Sunday for longtime leader Lee Kuan Yew. Lee's coffin, protected from the downpour by a glass casing, lay atop a ceremonial gun...
  • Disappointed with India for voting against gay rights: US 21 hours 52 minutes ago

    Washington: The US has voiced its disappointment with India for voting against the benefits of same-sex partners at the UN. Addressing the gathering at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, US Ambassador to India Richard Verma talked about Strategic Plus Partnership between India and the US but maintained that it was...
  • US isolated as allies line up to join China-led bank Yesterday

    Washington: US resistance to a Chinese-led Asian regional bank has left it isolated among its Asian and European allies and given some heft to China's frequent complaints that Washington wants to contain its rise as a world power. South Korea, one of America's closest friends in Asia, announced yesterday it will...
  • Ashraf Ghani jokes Afghanistan may beat US to woman president 2 days ago

    New York: Afghanistan may have one of the worst reputations in the world for women's rights in the world but its leader joked in New York on Thursday that Afghans may elect a female president before the United States. President Ashraf Ghani could not resist the throwaway quip, just weeks before...
  • Afghan president says need to find way to say 'sorry' to Taliban 2 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Wednesday that some members of the Taliban had legitimate grievances given the torture and ill treatment they had suffered and it was necessary to find a way to apologise and heal national wounds. Speaking during a visit to Washington, Ghani said South Africa and...
  • Citing Mumbai attack, report says FBI needs to improve 2 days ago

    Washington: Citing the November 2008 Mumbai terror attack and four other cases, a report has concluded FBI has made strides in the past decade but needs faster reforms to transform itself into a threat-based, intelligence-driven organization. One of the key plotters of 26/11, the terror assault on Mumbai, Pakistani-American David...
  • Afghan leader Ashraf Ghani vows new chapter in US ties 3 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani professed deep gratitude to the American people for their service and sacrifice in a protracted war in Afghanistan, but warned of extremism's persistent threat in a speech to US lawmakers. Addressing a rare joint meeting of Congress one day after President Barack Obama...
  • Amazon blasts US agency for being slow in approving drone testing for commercial purpose 4 days ago

    Washington: E-commerce power Amazon.com blasted federal regulators on Tuesday for being slow to approve commercial drone testing, saying the United States is falling behind other countries in the potentially lucrative area of unmanned aviation technology. Less than a week after the Federal Aviation Administration gave Amazon.com the green light to test...
  • India under Modi's leadership driving optimism across South Asia: US 4 days ago

    Washington: The US has said India's resurgence under the new leadership was driving energy and optimism across South Asia and the two countries were now "indispensable partners" in promoting peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. "If there is one overarching positive trend that is driving the energy and optimism...
  • Afghanistan will not be 'a burden' to US: Ashraf Ghani 5 days ago

    Washington: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani told US troops on Monday his country would always be grateful to them and promised his country would not be "a burden" to the United States. Speaking to a gathering of American soldiers and top officials at the Pentagon, Ghani repeatedly expressed appreciation for the sacrifices...
  • Barack Obama to host Iraq PM on April 14, discuss ISIL campaign: White House 5 days ago

    Washington: US President Barack Obama will host Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi next month and discuss political and security issues, including the campaign against militant group ISIL in the violence-torn country. Obama and Abadi's meeting would take place on April 14, the White House said. "The Prime Minister's visit underscores the...
  • Chandigarh Municipal Corporation removes Martyrs Day hoardings having photos of US Army men, not Indian soldiers 6 days ago

    Amritsar: After coming under fire from various quarters, Chandigarh Municipal Corporation on Monday removed hoardings having pictures of US Army men instead of Indian Army soldiers. The Municipal Corporation committed a major faux pas as it has put up photographs of the US Army personnel instead of Indian Army soldiers in...
  • Islamic State Hacking Division releases 'list' having information of 100 members of US military 6 days ago

    A group calling itself the Islamic State Hacking Division released an apparent 'hit list' which it claims has the personal information of 100 members of the US military. The information posted online includes names, photos and purported addresses of military personnel who have taken part in US military campaigns in...
  • US defence dept. issues new acquisition rules for cyberattack-proof weapons 6 days ago

    Washington: The US Defence Department is taking aggressive action to bolster the security of US weapons systems against cyberattacks, including issuing new rules for acquisitions that will be finalized in coming months, officials told Reuters. In addition to the acquisition policy, the department is producing a guidebook to help program managers...
  • Chandigarh Municipal Corporation puts photos of US Army men, not Indian soldiers on Martyrs Day 6 days ago

    New Delhi: The Chandigarh Municipal Corporation committed a major faux pas as it has put up photographs of the US Army personnel instead of Indian Army soldiers in its hoardings commemorating Martyrs Day. The photograph shows three soldiers wearing the US flag on their uniforms. Mayor of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation...
  • Afghan President Ashraf Ghani admits ISIS gaining influence in his country 6 days ago

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has admitted that in an attempt to takeover, the ISIS is gaining influence in his country. The Afghan President will meet with US President Barack Obama on Monday. ...
  • Iran rejects 'bullying' as West stresses unity in nuclear talks 1 week ago

    London: Iran's top leader voiced mistrust on Saturday of US efforts to reach a nuclear deal, even as Washington and its allies spoke of real progress and urged Tehran to take "difficult decisions". With just 10 days remaining until an end-of-March deadline for a framework agreement, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali...
  • Barack Obama says it is now 'hard to find a path' on Israeli-Palestinian peace 1 week ago

    Washington: In a fresh rebuke to Benjamin Netanyahu, President Barack Obama said the Israeli leader's pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict makes it "hard to find a path" toward serious negotiations to resolve the issue. In an interview with the Huffington Post, Obama also scolded Netanyahu over...
  • Islamic State calls on backers to kill 100 US military personnel 1 week ago

    Washington: Islamic State has posted online what it says are the names, US addresses and photos of 100 American military service members, and called upon its "brothers residing in America" to kill them. The Pentagon said after the information was posted on the Internet that it was investigating the matter. "I...
  • New report reveals US regulators recommended lawsuit against Google over altered search results 1 week ago

    San Francisco: US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) officials concluded in 2012 that Google employed anti-competitive practices and abused its monopoly, according to a report recently brought to light and about which The Wall Street Journal also reported on its website. The Journal, which accessed a report by the FTC's bureau of...
  • We only have one home: Pharrell Williams urges action on climate change March 21, 2015

    United Nations: It's time to go "from climate change to climate action" in efforts to save the planet, U.S. pop star Pharrell Williams said at the United Nations on Friday. Singer-producer Williams, 41, partnered with the United Nations Foundation on the International Day of Happiness to raise awareness and call for...
  • FAA to introduce new steps to make it easier for businesses to operate drones: Report March 21, 2015

    Washington: The US Federal Aviation Administration plans to unveil new steps soon to make it easier for companies to use drone aircraft for specific business operations, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Commercial drone flights are generally banned in the United States, except in a small number of cases...
  • India, US move forward on implementation of Nuclear deal March 20, 2015

    New Delhi: India and the US are in the process of exchanging the inked copies of Administrative Arrangements (AA) for the nuclear deal, paving the way for the implementation of the pact which was signed seven years ago. "After the necessary internal procedures, the signed texts are currently being exchanged between...
  • Sensex, Nifty end lower; NTPC tanks 6 per cent March 20, 2015

    Mumbai: The market ended lower dragged mostly by capital goods and FMCG stocks. The Sensex is down 208.59 points or 0.7 per cent at 28261.08. The Nifty is down 63.75 points or 0.7 per cent at 8570.90. About 770 shares have advanced, 2104 shares declined, and 168 shares are unchanged....
  • Our strategic relationship with India has energised under Modi's leadership: US March 20, 2015

    Washington: The US remains heavily engaged with India and the strategic relationship between the two countries has energised under the new leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a top Pentagon commander has said. "Last year, India held the largest election in its history. With new leadership in place, India is...
  • Serious in Lakhvi trial, no critical evidence on him by US: Pakistan March 19, 2015

    Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it was serious in the trial of Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi and in bringing the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack to justice even as it rejected reports the US had shared any "critical" evidence with it about the mastermind. Foreign Office spokesperson Tasnim Aslam during...
  • India, US have mutual desire for naval, maritime ties, says Admiral Kevin M Donegan March 19, 2015

    Washington: With the convergence of strategic interest in the Indian Ocean there is a mutual desire for a deeper naval and maritime co-operation between India and the US, top Pentagon commanders have said. "The convergence of strategic maritime interests in the Indian Ocean region to include the security of critical energy...
  • Modi pips Xi Jinping in handling domestic, international affairs: Survey March 19, 2015

    Beijing: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pipped Chinese President Xi Jinping to secure the top rank in handling domestic and international affairs in a global survey conducted by a Chinese firm. In the China's National Image Global Survey 2014, conducted in nine countries - the US, UK, Australia, Japan, South...
  • US likely to delay planned closure of two Afghanistan bases March 19, 2015

    Washington: The US military bases in Kandahar and Jalalabad are likely to remain open beyond the end of 2015, a senior US official said, as Washington considers slowing its military pull-out from Afghanistan to help the new government fight the Taliban. The anticipated policy reversal reflects the US embrace of Afghanistan's...