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Trump slams media as he celebrates 100 days

PTI   WASHINGTON Celebrating the first 100 days of his administration, Donald Trump today attacked the media for misleading the people with “fake news” as he skipped the “very boring” White House Correspondents’ Dinner to become the first president in over 30 years to boycott the gala. “I could not possibly be more thrilled than to be more than 100 ... Read More »

Sri Lanka seizes Indian vessel with Myanmar Rohingya refugees

PTI   COLOMBO Sri Lankan coast guards have seized an Indian fishing boat and detained two Indians and 30 Rohingya refugees, including 14 children, after the vessel illegally entered the country’s territorial waters, authorities said today. They were detained off the coast of Kankesanturai in the country’s northern Jaffna peninsula, the navy said. “Sri Lankan coast guards were observing the ... Read More »

No deals to be signed during Modi’s visit to Lanka: Sirisena

PTI   COLOMBO Prime Minister Narendra Modi would only attend the UN ‘Vesak Day’ celebrations and no bilateral agreements will be signed during his visit to Sri Lanka next week, Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has said. “No agreements will be signed during Prime Minister Modi’s visit. I am aware that disinformation is being spread on social media on the Indian ... Read More »

Impeachment motion against Nepal’s Chief Justice; Home Minister resigns

IANS   KATHMANDU The Nepal government on Sunday registered an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Sushila Karki, leading to the automatic suspension of the first woman to hold the top legal post. A total 249 lawmakers from the ruling Nepali Congress and CPN-Maoist Centre have accused Karki of interfering in the jurisdiction of the executive and failing to issue verdicts ... Read More »

EU adopts tough Brexit talks stance

AFP   BRUSSELS European Union (EU) leaders unanimously adopted their Brexit strategy at a special summit in Brussels on Saturday, in a show of unity ahead of two years of tough talks with Britain. The 27 leaders quickly agreed on the negotiating guidelines as they met without Britain for the first time since Prime Minister Theresa May triggered the divorce ... Read More »

Sharif sacks special adviser over Dawn leak

IANS   ISLAMABAD Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday approved the sacking of his Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi due to his alleged role in “leaking” to Dawn newspaper vital information from a National Security meet alleging a confrontation between the civil and military leadership. A notification from the PM’s Office said that “Rao Tehsin Ali, the ... Read More »

Hekmatyar calls on Taliban to lay down arms

IANS   KABUL In his first public appearance after 20 years, former Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar on Saturday called on the Taliban to lay down their arms and join the peace process. “The war must end in the country and the foreigners cannot end our war,” said Hekmatyar, leader of Hizb-e-Islami, while addressing a crowd of supporters in eastern Laghman ... Read More »

Cross-border rail project with China in final stage: Nepal

PTI   KATHMANDU Nepal and China are set to sign the much-talked about deal for a cross-border rail network, Deputy Prime Minister Krishna Bahadur Mahara has said. Mahara said the agreement for the proposed rail network between the Nepalese capital Kathmandu, which stands at an elevation of nearly 1,400 metres above sea level, and Kerung, a bordering town of China, ... Read More »

Wang-Tillerson meet amid tensions in Korean peninsula

PTI   UNITED NATIONS Amid escalating tensions over North Korea’s nuclear programme, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has held talks with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson to discuss cooperation in dealing with the “challenge” of the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. The two leaders agreed to reduce tensions in the Korean peninsula through dialogue as they met on the sidelines ... Read More »

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