Trump nominee for ambassador to Singapore withdraws

Trump nominee for ambassador to Singapore withdraws

Washington: President Donald Trump said Friday that K T McFarland has withdrawn from consideration to be ambassador to Singapore. Trump expressed his “disappointment” and said McFarland served the administration “with distinction.” He said Democrats “chose to play politics rather than move forward with a qualified nominee for a critically important post.” McFarland is a former deputy […]

Trump imposes tariff on imported solar cells

Trump imposes tariff on imported solar cells

Washington; President Donald Trump has slapped high tariffs on import of solar cells and washing machines to protect the American market badly hit by products from countries like China and South Korea.The move is in line with President Trump’s “America First” trade policy. The US Trade Representative (USTR) made the recommendations to the President based on […]

Bangladesh cancels Chinese road construction project on corruption charges

Bangladesh cancels Chinese road construction project on corruption charges

Bangladesh: Bangladesh has cancelled a road constructionproject with a major Chinese company which was building the Dhaka Sylhet highway on charges of attempting to bribe Bangladeshi officials and has blacklisted the firm from participating in any future ventures, according to a Voice of America (VoA) report. ‘”China Harbor Engineering Co., Ltd. (CHEC) has been blacklisted by the government of Bangladesh for bribing […]

Taliban attack on Afghan hotel ends after 13 hours, 18 dead

Kabul: A Taliban assault on the Intercontinental Hotel in Afghanistan’s capital killed at least 18 people, including 14 foreigners, and pinned security forces down for more than 13 hours before the last attacker was killed today, with the casualty toll expected to rise. The heavily-guarded luxury hotel is popular among foreigners and Afghan officials. Interior Ministry […]

Swaraj concludes ‘productive’ three-nation visit

Swaraj concludes ‘productive’ three-nation visit

Singapore,  External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s visit to Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore to deepen India’s ties with key ASEAN countries has been productive, an official said today. Swaraj was in Singapore on the last leg of the 5-day tour. “Bidding farewell to the Lion City #Singapore. EAM @SushmaSwaraj emplanes for Delhi after a productive 5-day […]

US will have a fantastic year ahead: Trump

US will have a fantastic year ahead: Trump

  Washington;US President Donald Trump has said the US will have a “fantastic year” ahead as he touted the economic success during his first year in office.The remarks came as the president walked into the New Year’s Eve party at Mar-a-Lago, his Palm Beach, with first lady Melania Trump. The president said the country is […]

India a leading global power, says new US security policy

India a leading global power, says new US security policy

WASHINGTON: Describing India as a “leading global power”, the US on Tuesday unveiled its new National Security Strategy (NSS) that said it will “deepen” America’s strategic partnership with India and support its leadership role in Indian Ocean security and throughout the broader region.With an eye on China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) and the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor […]

Thousands rally in Pakistan against Trump’s Jerusalem move

Thousands rally in Pakistan against Trump’s Jerusalem move

 Karachi; Thousands of Islamists have rallied in two major cities in Pakistan to condemn US President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem Israel’s capital.Supporters of the Jamaat-e-Islami party in Karachi and advocates of US-wanted Islamist Hafiz Saeed in Lahore dispersed peacefully after rallying Sunday for the Palestinian cause. Protests have persisted in Pakistan since Trump’s announcement angered […]

Trump calls for calm, moderation in Middle East: White House

Trump calls for calm, moderation in Middle East: White House

Washington: US President Donald Trump has called for calm and moderation in the Middle East, the White House said today, amid reports of clashes in the region following his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. “The president has called for calm and moderation and we are hoping that the voices of tolerance prevail […]

May, Juncker ‘likely’ to hold Brexit talks today: EU

May, Juncker ‘likely’ to hold Brexit talks today: EU

 Brussels,  British Prime Minister Theresa May is set for a possible meeting with European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker in Brussels early today in a bid to seal a Brexit divorce deal, the EU said. EU Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said on Twitter that they were “likely to meet this morning at 7:00 AM (0600 GMT) […]