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Record 27 US Congressmen travelling to India this month
WASHINGTON: A record number of 27 US Congressmen will visit India later this month, reflecting the growing bipartisan support for strengthening the Indo-US strategic ties.
The top lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties are visiting India in two separate delegations.
Describing this as an important development, Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US, said such visit is reflective of the efforts on the part of the US to "strengthen and build" on the bipartisan support that they have in the US Congress for India-US relations
Six killed in suicide attack in northwestern Pakistan
PESHAWAR: Four security personnel were among at least six persons who were killed when two Taliban suicide bombers today attacked a government compound in northwestern Pakistan's restive tribal region.
The explosion took place at the headquarters in Ghalanai in the Mohmand tribal region when two suicide bombers tried to enter the colony and when signaled to stop – one blew himself up while the other was killed by firing of security forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
North Korea slams UN condemnation of missile launch
SEOUL: North Korea defended its latest ballistic missile launch and slammed UN Security Council condemnation in a defiant statement today, as tensions escalate over the reclusive state's recent behaviour.
The communique from the North's foreign ministry came as investigators in Malaysia probe the shock assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Monday. The North's leader has been trying to strengthen his grip on power in the face of growing international pressure over his country's nuclear and missile programmes.
Chinese media warns India against playing Taiwan card
BEIJING: China's official media today warned India against playing the 'Taiwan card', saying New Delhi will suffer losses by challenging Beijing over the sensitive issue.
The warning came after a Taiwanese women Parliamentary delegation visited India."By challenging China over the Taiwan question, India is playing with fire," state-run Global Times said in an op-ed article titled 'New Delhi will suffer losses if it plays Taiwan card'.
Jihadist groups hail Trump's travel ban as victory: report
WASHINGTON: Jihadist groups, including Islamic State sympathisers, have hailed the Trump administration's ban on travel to the US from seven Muslim- majority nations saying it would persuade American Muslims to side with the extremists, according to a media report.
Comments posted to pro-Islamic State social media accounts predicted that US President Donald Trump's executive order would persuade American Muslims to side with the extremists, The Washington Post reported.
Trump fires chief US lawyer who defied him
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Monday fired the acting attorney general, a holdover from the Obama administration, after she ordered Justice Department attorneys not to defend his controversial immigration orders.
In a sharply worded statement, the White House called Sally Yates "weak on borders and very weak on illegal immigration" and also criticized Democrats for not yet confirming the appointment of attorney general-designate Jeff Sessions.
Trump questions White House motive over Russian hacking probe
WASHINGTON: US president-elect Donald Trump today questioned the White House's motive over ordering an investigation into alleged Russian hacking of the Democratic Party's servers and emails of campaign officials of his defeated presidential rival Hillary Clinton.
"If Russia, or some other entity, was hacking, why did the White House wait so long to act? Why did they only complain after Hillary lost?" Trump tweeted.
Baloch leader seeks B'desh's help to raise Balochistan issue
DHAKA: Equating atrocities in Balochistan to the massacre of Bengalis by Pakistan Army during the 1971 liberation war, a self-exiled Baloch leader has sought Bangladesh's support to raise the issue at the UN and help liberate the restive region from "Pakistan's occupation".
"They (Pakistan) are committing the same atrocities that they had committed with you," Mir Suleman Dawood Jan Ahmedzai said here yesterday, referring to Bangladesh's independence struggle during which 3 million Bengalis were killed.
At least 25 dead in Indonesian earthquake
MEUREUDU (INDONESIA): At least 25 people died and hundreds were injured after a strong earthquake struck off Aceh province on Indonesia's Sumatra island Wednesday, local officials said.
The shallow 6.5-magnitude quake struck Pidie Jaya district at dawn, as some in the predominantly Muslim region prepared for morning prayers.
FBI clears Hillary in latest email review
WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: The FBI lifted the threat that Hillary Clinton might face charges over her private email server -- another campaign bombshell just 36 hours before her White House showdown with Donald Trump.
The Democrat's camp welcomed the news that FBI Director James Comey had decided not to change his July recommendation that she not be prosecuted for putting US secrets at risk while serving as secretary of state.