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03-Aug-2020 Washington

SpaceX Crew Dragon returns with 2 NASA astronauts

Two NASA astronauts have safely returned to Earth from the International Space Station onboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, marking the completion of a historic flight called demonstration (Demo-2) mission.The Demo-2 test flight for NASA's Commercial...

02-Aug-2020 Washington

Donald Trump says working on "a big immigration bill"

US President Donald Trump said that his administration is working on what he called "a big immigration bill."Speaking to reporters at the White House before a trip to Florida, Trump said the bill will be "merit-based", the BBC reported on Saturday.In addition,...

01-Aug-2020 Washington

He'll ban TikTok from operating in US : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that he will ban the popular Chinese-owned video app TikTok from operating in the country through an executive order as early as Saturday, according to media reports.Speaking to reporters on board the Air Force One on...

30-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA Perseverance rover on way to Mars to find signs of life

NASA on Thursday launched the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover that will seek, as a primary goal, to answer one of the key questions of astrobiology: Are there potential signs of past microbial life, or biosignatures on the Red Planet?Launched on a United Launch...

22-Jul-2020 Washington

NASA's 'robot hotel' attached to space station

Two NASA astronauts have installed a tools storage unit, dubbed robot hotel, to the outside of the International Space Station, freeing up living space inside the station.The "robot hotel", officially called the Robotic Tool Stowage (RiTS), was attached...

21-Jul-2020 Washington

1st manned round-trip to Mars could take about 2 years: NASA

Stressing that human exploration of Mars is on the horizon, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said that the agency is planning its first round-trip voyage to Mars to take about two years during which the crew could spend about a month on the Martian surface.The...

16-Jul-2020 Washington

Solar Orbiter probe snaps closest pictures of Sun

The first images snapped by the Solar Orbiter spacecraft, an international collaboration between NASA and the European Space Agency, or ESA, are now available for the public, including the closest pictures ever taken of the Sun.Launched on February 9, the...

16-Jul-2020 Washington

Donald Trump continues legal fight to conceal financial records

Lawyers for US President Donald Trump have said that he will continue his fight to shield his tax returns and financial records from a federal prosecutor who subpoenaed them, days after the Supreme Court ruled the President is not entirely immune to criminal...

15-Jul-2020 Washington

Ended preferential treatment for Hong Kong : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has signed an order to end preferential treatment for Hong Kong, as his administration adopts an increasingly tough stance on China."Hong Kong will now be treated the same as mainland China," the president told reporters at the...

18-Oct-2019 Washington

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman led the Indian delegation at G20

Union Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs , Nirmala Sitharaman, led the Indian delegation at G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors as well as the BRICS Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meetings held in Washington D.C yesterday....

22-Sep-2019 Houston, Texas

Narendra Modi interacts with the members of Sikh community in Houston

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today interacted with the members of Sikh community in Houston, Texas. The members of the community accorded a warm welcome to the Prime Minister.During the interaction, the community members thanked the Prime Minister for the...

22-Sep-2019 Houston, Texas

Narendra Modi interacts with Kashmiri Pandits in Houston

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met a delegation of Kashmiri Pandits in Houston, Texas.During the interaction, the community members strongly supported the steps taken by the Prime Minister for the progress of India and the empowerment of every Indian.“I...

24-Jul-2019 Washington

My government most inclusive: Imran Khan on press censorship

Facing questions of censorship in Pakistan, Prime Minister Imran Khan said his government was the most inclusive government as far as the freedom of press was concerned and added that the media should act as a watchdog, not a blackmailer, Jang reported on Wednesday.Addressing...

23-Jul-2019 Washington

Pakistan willing to give up nuclear weapons if India does : Imran Khan

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his country would be willing to give up its nuclear weapons if India did the same.In an interview with Fox News on Monday, Khan, who had earlier met US President Donald Trump, was asked how Pakistan would respond if...

22-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump claims Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir

US President Donald Trump blindsided India in his mercurial style by stepping into the Kashmir quagmire with a claim on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to mediate the dispute with Pakistan.India immediately rejected Trump's assertion....

22-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump offers to mediate on Kashmir

US President Donald Trump on Monday offered to help mediate in the Kashmir issue between India and Pakistan, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi had broached the subject with him during their meeting in Osaka, Japan, last month."I was with Prime Minister...

19-Jul-2019 Washington

US warship destroys Iranian drone : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that a US warship destroyed an Iranian drone in the Strait of Hormuz.Speaking at the White House on Thursday, Trump said that USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the US Navy, destroyed the drone that threatened...

17-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump says 'great pressure' worked to find Hafiz Saeed

US President Donald Trump on Wednesday claimed credit for the arrest of Hafiz Saeed by Pakistan government, saying great pressure has been exerted over the last two years to find him even as India is yet to officially react to Islamabad's action.Terming...

12-Jul-2019 Washington

Not backing down in quest for immigration figures : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has announced that his administration was "not backing down" in the fight to know how many citizens and non-citizens were in America, at a time  when the country is increasingly divided over the immigration issue.Previously,...

12-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump lashes out at social media firms as Twitter crashes

US President Donald Trump lashed out at social networking platforms, especially Twitter, during the social media summit at the White House for censoring Republican views and blocking Americans from following him.As the summit was about to begin on Thursday,...

12-Jul-2019 Washington

Trump is terrorising immigrants with threat of raids : Nancy Pelosi

The speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, said Thursday that President Donald Trump's threats to round-up and deport undocumented immigrants are meant to sow fear in Latino communities."Families belong together. Every person in America...

06-Jul-2019 Washington

Donald Trump seeking legal rationale to include citizenship in census

US President Donald Trump has indicated that he might seek an executive order to place a citizenship question on the census, one of several options his administration wass considering in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that stymied its push to do so.Meanwhile,...

02-Jul-2019 Washington

US will 'never allow' Iran to develop nuclear weapons: White House

The Donald Trump administration has announced that it will continue with its campaign of "maximum pressure" against Iran and reiterated that the US will "never allow" it to develop nuclear weapons."The United States and its allies will never allow Iran to...

01-Jul-2019 Washington

US-China trade talks have 'already begun': Donald Trump

President Donald Trump has said that talks with China to end the ongoing trade war between the world's two largest economies have "already begun"."It's already begun," Efe news quoted Trump as saying to reporters at the White House on Monday."They're speaking...

27-Jun-2019 Washington

We must sue Facebook, Google : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has threatened to sue tech giants like Facebook, Google and Twitter, saying they are spreading political bias against the Republicans.In an interview with Fox Business Network on Wednesday, Trump blasted tech companies, saying...

25-Jun-2019 Washington

Sexual assault accuser 'not my type': Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has again denied allegations that he sexually assaulted a television show host and magazine columnist in the 1990s, saying "she's not my type".Trump said E. Jean Carroll was "totally lying" about the alleged attack in an upscale...

22-Jun-2019 Washington

US to impose major sanctions against Iran on Monday

US President Donald Trump on Saturday said the US would impose major additional sanctions against Iran on Monday."We are putting major additional Sanctions on Iran on Monday," Trump tweeted on Saturday, without providing any other details, Xinhua news agency...

22-Jun-2019 Washington

1 in 4 women go on date for a free meal: Study

Call it new-age dating but nearly one in four women now go on a date not for the sake of romance or building a long-term relationship but grabbing a free meal, an interesting study has revealed.The new phenomenon is a "foodie call" where a person sets up...

18-Jun-2019 Washington

Donald Trump threatens to begin deporting undocumented immigrants

US President Donald Trump has said that immigration enforcement authorities would begin deporting millions of undocumented migrants from the country in the coming week.Trump however, did not provide further details on the immigrants who would be affected...

17-Jun-2019 Washington

Donald Trump launches attack against 'dishonest' newspapers

U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at The New York Times and The Washington Post, as tensions between the White House and some of the nation's mainstream media continue to grow."A poll should be done on which is the more dishonest and deceitful newspaper,...

15-Jun-2019 Washington

Returning astronauts to moon in 2024 could cost $30bn : NASA

Returning astronauts to the moon in 2024 could cost about $30 billion, or roughly the same price tag as the Apollo 11 spaceflight when factoring in inflation, NASA has said."For the whole programme, to get a sustainable presence on the moon, we're looking at between...

13-Jun-2019 Washington

Will accept dirt on 2020 opponent from Russia, China : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump gas said that he would accept damaging information provided by foreign actors such as China or Russia on his Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential elections.In a TV interview on Wednesday, Trump said that he would listen...

10-Jun-2019 Washington

US should no longer need tariff threat with Mexico : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Sunday said that it would likely not be "necessary" to threaten Mexico with tariffs again because that country's government was now helping to contain the flow of migrants to the country.In a series of tweets, Trump said he...

06-Jun-2019 Washington

Progress in US-Mexico talks not nearly enough : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that the progress which has been made in talks between Washington and Mexico on tariffs and immigration were not enough, renewing his threat to impose a 5 per cent tariff on all imported Mexican goods next week."Immigration...

05-Jun-2019 Washington

Obama praises Sikh man with rainbow turban

Former US President Barack Obama has praised San Diego-based Sikh neuroscientist Jiwandeep Kohli who is celebrating this year's Pride Month with a rainbow turban.Kohli, who is a bisexual, went viral a few days ago when he shared an image of his elaborate creation...

05-Jun-2019 Washington

Obama praises Sikh man with rainbow turban

Former US President Barack Obama has praised San Diego-based Sikh neuroscientist Jiwandeep Kohli who is celebrating this year's Pride Month with a rainbow turban.Kohli, who is a bisexual, went viral a few days ago when he shared an image of his elaborate creation...

01-Jun-2019 Washington

3 US firms chosen to help NASA land US astronauts on Moon

The US space agency has awarded a total of $254 million to three companies to land their machines on the lunar surface, paving the way for NASA astronauts to land on the Moon by 2024.The three companies are: Astrobotic of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Intuitive...

01-Jun-2019 Washington

Disgruntled employee kills 12 in US city

At least 12 people were killed and four others injured when a disgruntled employee opened fire in a municipal centre building in the US state of Virginia. The attacker was shot dead after a police confrontation, authorities said.The shooting suspect identified...

31-May-2019 Washington

Donald Trump calls Mueller 'conflicted', 'true never-Trumper'

US President Donald Trump slammed Special Counsel Robert Mueller as "highly conflicted", a day after Mueller made his first-ever public statement saying that charging Trump with a crime was "not an option" due to Justice Department guidelines."After spending...

30-May-2019 Washington

NASA rover finds clay cache on Mars

Drilling by Curiosity Mars rover at a region of the Red Planet called the "clay-bearing unit" has revealed the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during the mission, NASA has said.The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called "Aberlady"...

29-May-2019 Washington

India removed from US currency monitoring list, China stays

The US Treasury Department has removed India from its currency monitoring list of major trading partners.In its semi-annual report to US Congress on International Economic and Exchange Rate Policies, the department on Tuesday removed India and Switzerland...

29-May-2019 Washington

Mississippi flooding longest-lasting since 1927 'Great Flood'

Mississippi River flooding has affected at least eight U.S. states since January, and it has become the longest-lasting since the "Great Flood" of 1927, the National Weather Service said.This year's flooding is a result of early spring snowmelt and record-breaking...

25-May-2019 Washington

US will send 1,500 more troops to Middle East : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump said on Friday that his country will send about 1,500 additional troops to the Middle East amid escalating tension with Iran.Trump told reporters at the White House that the extra deployment, which is "relatively small number of...

24-May-2019 Washington

Huawei could be part of US-China trade deal: Trump

US President Donald Trump has raised the possibility of easing restrictions on Huawei as part of a broader trade deal with Beijing, despite labelling the Chinese telecommunications giant "very dangerous".The comments on Thursday, which appear to run counter...

22-May-2019 Washington

Donald Trump taps former US ambassador to run Air Force

US President Donald Trump has nominated Barbara Barrett, a former US Ambassador to Finland and one-time Republican candidate for Arizona Governor, to serve as the next secretary of the Air Force.Barrett, 68, a wealthy Republican donor and wife of former...

20-May-2019 Washington

War with US will 'officially end' Iran : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has warned Iran "never" to threaten the US again, saying if Tehran wants to fight, that will be the "official end" of the Iranian regime."If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United...

19-May-2019 Washington

NASA's robot completes first hardware test in space

NASA has completed the first hardware test of a robot in space that would take care of the International Space Station (ISS) in the near future.The robot named Bumble is one of three Astrobee robots that will research automated caretaking aboard the ISS.Bumble,...

18-May-2019 Washington

Donald Trump lifts metal tariffs, delays auto levies

US President Donald Trump has agreed to lift tariffs on metal imports from Canada and Mexico, that in exchange agreed to stop punishing American farmers with their own taxes on pork, cheese and milk.At the same time, he postponed a decision on Friday on...

17-May-2019 Washington

NASA selects 11 US firms to build human lunar landers

The US space agency NASA has selected 11 companies including Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin, Elon Musk's SpaceX to develop prototypes of human landers for its Artemis lunar exploration programme.NASA aims to put the first woman on the Moon's south pole by 2024...

16-May-2019 Washington

Donald Trump declares national emergency over cyber threats

With a motive to protect US communications network from "foreign adversaries", President Donald Trump declared a national emergency on Wednesday.The executive order gives the federal government powers to restrict US companies from doing business transactions...

14-May-2019 Washington

NASA's Artemis to put first woman on Moon

NASAs ambitious plan to put the first woman on the Moon by 2024 has been named Artemis. It was set in motion following an additional increase to the agency's budget.NASA's plans for the first woman on the lunar surface ever comes nearly five decades after...

11-May-2019 Washington

N.Korea's missile tests not breach of trust: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that North Korea's recent missile tests were not a "breach of trust"."They're short-range and I don't consider that a breach of trust at all. And, you know, at some point I may. But at this point no," Trump said in an...

09-May-2019 Washington

China broke the deal in trade talks : Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that China "broke the deal" in trade talks, ramping up hostilities ahead of negotiations between the two sides to end a tit-for-tat trade war.On Twitter, Trump on Wednesday accused Beijing of attempting to run out the...

03-May-2019 Washington

90,000 YouTube videos violated terror policy : Google

In a bid to crackdown on terror-related content, Google said it has reviewed more than one million suspected terrorist videos on YouTube in the first quarter of 2019 and found 90,000 of such videos violated the company's terrorism policy.In a letter sent...

27-Apr-2019 Washington

US, Japan push for trade deal

US President Donald Trump has said that trade talks between the Washington and Tokyo were "moving along very nicely" and suggested a deal might be reached by late May as he met visiting Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe at the White House.During his meeting...

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