Will defend ‘interests’ in South China Sea: US

Washington: The White House warned China it will “defend” US and international “interests” in the South China Sea and that trade must be a “two-way street.” Signaling Donald Trump’s tough stance against Beijing on Monday, spokesman Sean Spicer said “the US is going to make sure we protect our interests” in the South China Sea. “If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country.” China lays claim to aRead More

Donald Trump vows to eradicate ‘radical Islamic terrorism’

Washington: The Trump administration will make defeating “radical Islamic terror groups” its top foreign policy goal, according to a statement posted on the White House website moments after Donald Trump’s inauguration as US president. Trump, a Republican, used his inaugural address on Friday to promise to “unite the civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will eradicate completely from the face of the earth.” In the statement, titled “America First Foreign Policy,” the Trump administration said, “Defeating ISIS and other radical Islamic terror groups will be our highest priority.”Read More

‘Will Make America Great Again’: US President Trump

Washington: In an opening salvo against “Obamacare,” President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday night that appears aimed squarely at the undoing the health care law’s unpopular requirement that individuals carry insurance or face fines. The order directs federal agencies to stop issuing regulations that would expand the law’s reach. And it directs them to grant waivers, exemptions and delays of provisions in the Affordable Care Act that would impose costs on states or individuals, potentially including the law’s penalties on people who remain uninsured – a key provision.Read More

‘It’s going to change’: Trump pledges to unify US on inauguration eve

Washington: Billionaire Republican Donald Trump on Thursday pledged to bring unity to America as he swept into Washington on the eve of the most consequential moment of his life — his inauguration as 45th president of the United States. On Friday, Trump will cap an extraordinary and improbable run for the White House when he takes the reins from President Barack Obama at mid-day, launching the nation into uncharted waters. The 70-year-old leader-in-waiting traveled from New York aboard a  government jet to a military base near the capital with hisRead More

President Obama dials Delhi, thanks Modi for strengthening Indo-US ties

Washington: Outgoing US President Barack Obama telephoned Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for his partnership that enhanced the relations between India and America, the White House has said. Obama spoke on the phone with Modi on Wednesday to thank him for “his partnership” and to review joint efforts of cooperation including defence, civil-nuclear energy, and enhanced people-to-people ties, a readout of the telephonic conversation between the two leaders said. “Recalling his visit as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the PrimeRead More

French PM Valls to announce run for president

Paris: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls is expected to announce a presidential bid, in hopes of rallying the divided French left amid growing populist pressure ahead of France’s April-May presidential election. Valls’ office says he will make an unspecified announcement Monday evening in the Paris suburb of Evry. Government spokesman Stephane Le Foll said on Francetvinfo that he learned Monday morning that Valls is expected to announce his candidacy. President Francois Hollande, who is deeply unpopular, decided not to run for re-election. Valls, a center-leaning Socialist with a tough lineRead More

Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump stage duelling rallies as race narrows

Raleigh: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off Thursday in do-or-die North Carolina with dueling rallies and some star power in the Democrat’s camp as the bitter US presidential race continues to narrow in the home stretch. As the candidates jostle for supremacy in the handful of battleground states that will decide the November 8 election, two of the biggest prizes on the electoral map, Florida and North Carolina, are now absolute dead heats, according to RealClearPolitics poll aggregates. Democrat Clinton unleashed top surrogates including President Barack Obama to bolsterRead More

President Obama Considers PM Modi A Good Friend: White House

Washington: US President Barack Obama considers Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend and the two countries have collaborated on a number of projects, the White House said on Friday. “We are in close contact with the government of India. President Obama considers Prime Minister Modi a good friend. We’ve collaborated on a number of projects,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at his daily press conference. Schultz was responding to a question on Chinese aggressive behaviour on South China Sea. “Most recently, most notably the agreementRead More

Delhi High Court notice to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Arvind Kejriwal’s plea

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today issued notice to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on a plea filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking stay on the proceedings in a criminal defamation case filed against him and five other AAP leaders by Jaitley. Justice PS Teji sought Jaitley’s response by August 21 on Kejriwal’s plea challenging the trial court’s May 19 order which rejected his plea that there are two cases-one civil and another criminal-filed against the AAP leaders and one of them should be stayed. Jaitley had filedRead More

‘The ghost of Aam Aadmi Party is haunting PM Narendra Modi’

New Delhi: Miffed on President Pranab Mukherjee’s rejection of Delhi government’s bill on appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries, Arvind Kejriwal has started training his gun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Alleging that PM Modi is not allowing AAP government to function, Kejriwal said, “PM Modi is afraid of Aam Aadami Party. PM Modi has AAP-phobia and it’s haunting him like a nightmare.” PM is trying to disqualify his MLs to defunct his government, he added. The BJP has said it’s Mr Kejriwal’s “frustration speaking.” The party’s Ramesh Bidhuri said dismissively, “ArvindRead More