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18-Jan-2019 Washington

Donald Trump hits back at Pelosi, cancels her foreign trip

In a tit-for-tat move, US President Donald Trump cancelled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's planned trip to three countries, a day after she angered Republicans by suggesting the President should delay his State of the Union Asdress due to the impasse over...

07-Jan-2019 Dhaka

Sheikh Hasina takes oath as Bangladesh PM for 4th term

Sheikh Hasina was on Monday sworn in as Bangladesh's Prime Minister for a record fourth term following her party's victory in the December 30 election fraught with violent incidents and allegations of fraud by the opposition.Hasina, 71, was sworn in along with...

02-Jan-2019 Beijing

Taiwan independence a 'dead end' : Xi Jinping

President Xi Jinping on Wednesday called on Taiwan to reject independence by terming it a "dead end" and embrace "peaceful reunification" with China.Xi made the remarks at a gathering to mark the 40th anniversary of the issuing of the "Message to Compatriots in...

31-Dec-2018 Agartala

Dhaka to reinforce ties with India, NE states : Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday said her government will further reinforce its ties with Tripura, other northeastern states and with India as a whole, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.Deb talked to Hasina over phone on Monday and congratulated...

30-Dec-2018 Dhaka

Confident about election victory: Sheikh Hasina

Bangladesh Prime Minister and Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said she is confident about winning the 11th parliamentary election.In her reactions after casting vote at the Dhaka City College centre on Sunday morning, Hasina said: "The boat (her party...

30-Dec-2018 Washington

Immigrant children's deaths 'fault of the Democrats' : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said that the Democrats shall be blamed for the latest deaths of the two children over the execution of US immigration policy."Any deaths of children or others at the Border are strictly the fault of the Democrats and...

27-Dec-2018 Moscow

Russia's 'invulnerable' n-missile ready to deploy : Vladimir Putin

Russia's new hypersonic missile system, which Moscow claims is "invulnerable" to the US defences, will enter service in 2019, President Vladimir Putin said after conducting a test of the missile.The Avangard hypersonic system was tested from the Dombarovsky military...

25-Dec-2018 Tehran

US sanctions will not defeat Iran : Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday said that the US would not succeed in destroying the Islamic Republic despite the negative impact of Washington-imposed sanctions on the country's economic development.Speaking before lawmakers, Rouhani said that Iran...

24-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Nawaz Sharif gets 7-year jail term for corruption

An accountability court on Monday sentenced former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to seven years in prison in a fresh corruption conviction.The Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) leader was arrested from the courtroom for having investments beyond his declared...

20-Dec-2018 Moscow

Vladimir Putin : Threat of nuclear war shouldn't be underestimated

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday said that the threat of a nuclear war should not be underestimated as he accused the US of provoking an arms race after abandoning various agreements.During his annual live-broadcast press conference, Putin said there...

19-Dec-2018 Tehran

US cannot influence Iranian ties with neighbours: Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday said Washington cannot dictate its policies on regional countries for their relations with Iran.Rouhani made the remarks at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport before leaving for Turkey, Xinhua news agency reported.He...

18-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump advises Fed not to consider interest rate hike

US President Donald Trump advised the Federal Reserve (Fed) not to raise interest rates at its meeting this week, given the strength of the dollar and an almost absence of inflation."It is incredible that with a very strong dollar and virtually no inflation,...

18-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Imran Khan hopes US-Taliban talks end Afghan suffering

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said he hoped that the Islamabad-backed US-Taliban negotiations which was held a day earlier in the UAE, could bring an end to "almost three decades of suffering of the brave Afghan people"."Pakistan has helped in...

17-Dec-2018 Los Angeles

Donald Trump calls SNL 'Democrat spin machine'

US President Donald Trump has openly criticised the show "Saturday Night Live" and the NBC network as "Democrat spin machines"."A real scandal is the one-sided coverage, hour by hour, of networks like NBC and Democrat spin machines like 'Saturday Night...

16-Dec-2018 Colombo

Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan PM, political impasse ends

Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sacked from the post in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly two-month political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal.Wickremesinghe,...

13-Dec-2018 Copenhagen (Denmark)

Yemen government, Houthis agree to truce in Hodeida : Antonio Guterres

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Thursday said Yemeni government representatives and Houthi insurgents had agreed to a ceasefire in the embattled city of Hodeida.Guterres said it marked an important step in the ongoing peace negotiations between...

11-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump approves strategy on combating WMD terrorism

US President Donald Trump on Monday approved the National Strategy for Countering WMD Terrorism, in a bid to counter extremist groups' attempt to use Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) against the US.According to a statement issued by the White House, the...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump accuses Comey of lying in testimony to Congress

US President Donald Trump has accused former FBI Director James Comey of lying during his testimony before a congressional committee last week, when the ex-official revealed that the investigation into presumed Russian interference in the 2016 presidential...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

Chief of Staff John Kelly leaving by year end : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that his Chief of Staff John Kelly will exit the White House by the end of the year.Trump's announcement on Saturday came after it was reported on Friday that Kelly was expected to announce his departure in the coming...

09-Dec-2018 Washington

John Kelly to leave his job at year end : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said the White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will leave his job at the end of the year.Trump called Kelly "a great guy," while speaking to reporters at White House on Saturday, Xinhua reported."He's been with me almost two...

09-Dec-2018 Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu, Vladimir Putin agree to arrange security meeting

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed on Saturday to soon arrange a meeting between security delegations of the two countries.The agreement was reached during the earlier phone talks between the two leaders over...

08-Dec-2018 United Nations

UN chief asks world to prevent genocide

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the international community to prevent rather than react to genocide as the crime does not happen overnight."Genocide is deliberate and premeditated and requires serious preparations that take time. Those...

07-Dec-2018 Islamabad

We're not your 'hired gun' anymore, Imran Khan tells US

Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the US of "pushing Pakistan away" and said he would never want to have a relation with Washington where his country is treated like a "hired gun"."I would never want to have a relationship where Pakistan is treated like...

06-Dec-2018 Islamabad

India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening : Imran Khan

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that India gave a "political colour" to his gesture of opening the Kartarpur border and called it "unfortunate".Pakistan opened the Kartarpur border in November to facilitate visa-free pilgrimage by Indian Sikhs...

05-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Imran Khan meets US special envoy, promises help for Afghan peace

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday met US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad here and reaffirmed Islamabad's "abiding interest" in achieving lasting peace in war-torn Afghanistan.Khalilzad told Khan that "the US...

03-Dec-2018 Islamabad

Imran Khan dismisses Pakistan minister's 'googly' remark

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday dismissed Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi's "googly" remark, saying that the Kartarpur Corridor opening was not a "double game" but a sincere effort in establishing peaceful ties with India."The (ground-breaking)...

03-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump says China to cut tariffs on US cars, markets rise

China has agreed to cut tariffs on cars it imports from the US, President Donald Trump has said, after he negotiated a truce in the trade war with Beijing. The announcement boosted the financial markets."China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars...

03-Dec-2018 Jerusalem

Benjamin Netanyahu to meet Pompeo in Brussels

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday that he will meet US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo later in the day in Brussels to discuss regional issues.A statement issued by Netanyahu's Office said he will depart for Belgium later in the day, adding...

03-Dec-2018 Washington

China agrees to reduce tariffs on US cars : Donald Trump

China has agreed to cut tariffs on cars it imports from the US, President Donald Trump has said, a day after he negotiated a ceasefire in the trade war with Beijing."China has agreed to reduce and remove tariffs on cars coming into China from the US. Currently...

03-Dec-2018 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Xi Jinping calls for new era in relations with Argentina

China and Argentina on Sunday signed 30 economic, trade and export agreements after a meeting between their presidents -- Xi Jinping and Mauricio Macri, respectively -- with the Chinese leader calling for "opening a new era" in bilateral relations.After the...

01-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump discusses 2nd DPRK summit with S. Korea's Moon

US President Donald Trump on Friday met with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in to discuss the recent development regarding the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Trump's plans to hold a second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.According...

01-Dec-2018 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

Donald Trump extends brief greeting to Saudi crown prince at G-20

US President Donald Trump extended a brief greeting to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman this Friday in Buenos Aires, a week after Washington considered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by Riyadh agents to be a case closed.Trump's short...

01-Dec-2018 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

BRICS leaders declare common stand on WTO reform

Leaders of the emerging economies' bloc BRICS declared their common stand on the reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) here on Friday.A communique was issued after Brazilian President Michel Temer, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Indian Prime Minister...

01-Dec-2018 Buenos Aires (Argentina)

China, India agree to bring ties to higher level

Chinese President Xi Jinping here on Friday met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the G-20 summit and they agreed to increase mutual trust and bring the bilateral ties to a higher level.Xi said that China-India relations have seen...

01-Dec-2018 Washington

Donald Trump, Shinzo Abe discuss DPRK, trade in talks

US President Donald Trump on Friday met in Buenos Aires of Argentina with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the situation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and bilateral trade.According to a statement issued by White House spokesperson...

28-Nov-2018 Kartarpur (Pakistan)

Why hue and cry in India over Sidhu's Pak visit : Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday showered effusive praise on his friend from cricketing days and Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu and wondered why there was a "hue and cry" in India after his visit to Pakistan three months ago with the message...

28-Nov-2018 Kartarpur (Pakistan)

Imran Khan extends olive branch to India, says war not an option

Reaching out to India in a big way, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wedenesday said it will be madness to think of war between the two nuclear-armed states and that friendship was the only option even as he asserted that the Army and political leadership...

27-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump threatens to block China trade deal

US President Donald Trump has said that it was "highly unlikely" he would accept an offer by his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping aimed at averting Trump's plan to raise tariffs on over $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25 per cent in January 2019.Trump in...

27-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump says Brexit deal may benefit EU more, block UK-US trade

US President Donald Trump has said that he does not like the Brexit deal between Britain and the European Union (EU), noting it seems to favor the EU more and might block the trade between Britain and the United States.Speaking to the media at the White...

27-Nov-2018 Washington

Donald Trump hopes Ukraine-Russia confrontation is 'straightened out'

US President Donald Trump said here on Monday that he hopes the current confrontation between Ukraine and Russia will get "straightened out".Speaking to reporters before leaving the White House for campaign rallies, Trump said that "we do not like what's...

24-Nov-2018 London

EU won't offer better deal on Brexit : Theresa May

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said the UK should not hope for a "better deal" from the EU if MPs reject her Brexit agreement.She told a BBC phone-in that there would be just "more division and uncertainty" if Parliament voted against the agreement next...

23-Nov-2018 Washington

Khashoggi killing: CIA didn't blame Saudi crown prince : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that the CIA did not blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for ordering the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Khashoggi was murdered on October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.Officials told US media such...

21-Nov-2018 Washington

US will stand with Saudi Arabia : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday played down the importance of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman's possible implication in the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and said the episode will not affect the steadfast alliance of Washington and...

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