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Emergency declared on Indonesian island after volcanic eruption

IANS JAKARTA Indonesian authorities have declared a state of emergency on Siau island following the continuous eruption of a volcano, which has caused the evacuation of over 100 people, officials said on Friday. The government in Siau Tagulandang Biaro (Sitaro) municipality, located to the north of Sulawesi island, took the decision on Thursday night after lava flows from the Karangetang ... Read More »

US Senator registered for bar as ‘American Indian’

IANS Washington US Senator and prospective Democratic candidate for president Elizabeth Warren listed her race as “American Indian” on a State Bar of Texas registration card in 1986, the media reported. The yellow registration card, which is dated April 1986, was filled out in blue ink and signed by Warren, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday. The card listed Warren’s ... Read More »

Trump-Kim summit2.0 on February 27-28

IANS Washington US President Donald Trump announced the time and date for his second summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 27 and 28 in Vietnam. Addressing the Congress and the nation in his much awaited State of the Union on Tuesday, Trump said: “Our hostages have come home, nuclear testing has stopped, and there has not been ... Read More »

Ivanka Trump hits back at art exhibit

AP WASHINGTON A new art exhibit at a Washington DC museum shows an Ivanka Trump lookalike pushing a vacuum cleaner and invites spectators to toss crumbs for her to clean up. The art piece by Jennifer Rubell, Ivanka Vacuuming, opened on 1 February and continues through 17 February at the Flashpoint Gallery. The public is encouraged to “throw crumbs on ... Read More »

Jesus at our side when we are alone: Pope at historic mass in UAE

AFP   ABU DHABI Pope Francis held a historic public mass for an estimated 1,70,000 Catholics at a stadium in the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Tuesday, capping the first ever papal visit to the Gulf where Islam was born. The pontiff waved at the enthusiastic crowd carrying yellow Vatican flags and banners as he rode in ... Read More »

NASA faced cybersecurity threat daily during US govt shutdown

IANS Washington NASA faced about one cybersecurity threat daily during the US government’s 35-day partial shutdown in December which furloughed almost all NASA employees, led to missed paychecks and stalled science missions, says a report. The partial shutdown, which started on December 22 and ended on January 25, became the longest on record, overtaking the previous record of a 21-day ... Read More »

Ten dead in possible arson attack at Paris apartment block

AFP   Paris At least 10 people died and 30 were injured in an overnight blaze at an apartment block in Paris that police are treating as possible arson, officials said Tuesday. The fire on the upper floors of the building in the rue Erlanger in the upmarket 16th district of southwest Paris is the most deadly in the capital ... Read More »

Detained 130 foreign students were aware of their crime: State Dept

PTI   Washington All 130 foreign students, including 129 Indians,  detained in the US for enrolling in a fake university were aware that they were committing a crime to fraudulently remain in the country, the State Department has said amid claims that they knew nothing about the varsity’s illegal operation. The State Department’s response came after India issued a demarche ... Read More »

Trump to call for unity in State of the Union address

PTI   WASHINGTON US President Donald Trump will focus on key issues like immigration, national security and trade and call for unity in a hugely divided Congress in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday as he begins the second half of his first term in the White House. Contrary to his aggressive tweets and his frequent lashing ... Read More »

UK Home Secretary orders Vijay Mallya’s extradition

LONDON: The extradition of Vijay Mallya, accused of conspiracy to defraud banks and money laundering offences, has been approved by United Kingdom (UK) Home Secretary, the British government said on Monday, in a major blow to the liquor baron and boosting India’s efforts to bring back the fugitive businessman. Please like & share: Read More »