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Merkel, Trump talk over situation in Afghanistan, Ukraine

Berlin: German chancellor has talked with US President Donald Trump, exchanging thoughts on the current situation in Afghanistan and in eastern Ukraine. Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement on Thursday that the two leaders had talked by phone on Wednesday afternoon. He says Merkel emphasized her concerns about the implementation of the so-called Minsk agreement in the Ukraine conflict, and that the two agreed to remain in close contact. No further details were released.

Trump wants major expnsion in Navy

New York: President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he had spoken with maritime leaders to discuss plans for a “major expansion” of the Navy. Reiterating a goal of Navy officials, he said the force should maintain a fleet of 12 aircraft carriers. Currently, the Navy comprises 10 aircraft carriers, the oldest of which dates back to 1975. The soon-to-be-commissioned, $12.9-billion Ford will become America’s 11th carrier and another ship, the John F. Kennedy, is under construction. But with the Navy’s oldest carrier due to be retired in about 2025,Read More

Indian IT industry faces twin challenges of Trump, automation

Mumbai. Automation and the new US administration were the big unknowns at the Indian tech sector’s annual shindig this week, with machines threatening to take away thousands of jobs and concerns over possible visa rule changes in the key American market. The sector, led by Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd, is lobbying hard as the new US administration under President Donald Trump considers putting in place visa restrictions. The administration may also raise salaries paid to H1-B visa holders, a move that could significantly increase costs forRead More

Trump assures full support to Abe after N Korea’s missile launch

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Sunday assured its “great ally” Japan of America’s full support after North Korea in an apparent provocation test fired a ballistic missile, which was denounced by the visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as “absolutely intolerable.” “I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, it’s great ally, 100 per cent,” Trump said in a brief statement during a joint news conference with Abe. He did not elaborate. His comments came after Abe denounced theRead More

‘Wasn’t kidding,’ says Trump as US begins designing Mexican border wall

Washington: President Donald Trump on Wednesday said that the US is in the process of designing the wall on its southern border with Mexico. “The wall is getting designed right now. A lot of people say, ‘Oh, oh, Trump was only kidding with the wall.’ I wasn’t kidding. I don’t kid. I don’t kid,” Trump told conference of County Sheriffs at the White House. The wall, a major poll promise, is essential to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and drug pouring into the country from across the border, heRead More

Iran’s missile test ‘not a message’ to Trump

Tehran: Iran said on Monday a recent missile trial launch was not intended to send a message to new US President Donald Trump and to test him, since after a series of policy statements Iranian officials already “know him quite well”. Iran test-fired a new ballistic missile last week, prompting Washington to impose some new sanctions on Tehran. Trump tweeted that Tehran, which has cut back its nuclear programme under a 2015 deal with world powers easing economic sanctions, was “playing with fire”. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi wasRead More

In severe legal blow, judge blocks Donald Trump travel ban

Los Angeles: A federal judge in Seattle on Friday ordered a temporary, nationwide halt to President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, in the most severe legal blow to the controversial measure. The temporary restraining order issued by US District Judge James Robart will remain valid nationwide pending a full review of a complaint by Washington attorney general Bob Ferguson. “The constitution prevailed today,” Ferguson said, describing the judge’s decision as historic. “No one is above the law not even the president.” “I said from the beginningRead More

Indian IT sector leaders to meet US lawmakers to lobby against H1-B visa bill

Mumbai: Indian IT sector leaders will meet both US lawmakers and officials from US President Donald Trump’s administration later this month to lobby against any major changes to visa regulations that could hurt the country’s $150 billion industry. R. Chandrashekhar, head of Indian IT industry body Nasscom, said details of the visit were still being finalised, but chief executives from some of India’s big IT companies would be part of a delegation visiting Washington in the week of February 20. India’s software services industry is concerned about a bill introducedRead More

‘Worst call ever’: Donald Trump slams Australian PM on phone, hangs up

Washington: President Donald Trump was perhaps not having a ‘g’day’ when he recently spoke with his Australian counterpart, whom the new US leader upbraided over a refugee accord, The Washington Post reported. The new US leader reportedly abruptly cut short his call with Australian Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull after criticizing the countries’ bilateral refugee agreement and exulting over his electoral college victory in the November election, according to the paper. Australia is considered one of the closest allies of the United States, and one might have expected to the callRead More

As tensions escalate, Mexican President cancels Washington visit

Mexico City: Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto canceled a planned Tuesday meeting with President Donald J. Trump on Thursday, signaling a remarkable souring of relations between Washington and one of its most important international partners just days into the new administration. The rift capped days of increasingly confrontational remarks – on Twitter and in dueling public appearances – between the two men, whose countries conduct some $1.6 billion a day in cross-border trade, and cooperate on everything from migration to anti-drug enforcement to environmental issues. Hours after Trump tweeted thatRead More