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Nigel Farage upsets UK setup after meet with Donald Trump

London: After helping secure the shock vote for Brexit, UKIP leader Nigel Farage pulled off another coup by becoming the first British politician to meet Donald Trump, upsetting the establishment once again. Long dismissed as a political outsider who had failed repeatedly to win a seat in the House of Commons, Mr Farage stunned Britain and the world when he helped deliver the June vote to leave the European Union. Five months later, Mr Trump’s victory has again propelled the UK Independence Party (UKIP) interim leader into the limelight. MrRead More

North Korea Says Sanctions Push After Nuclear Test ‘Laughable’

Tokyo: North Korea said on Sunday a push for further sanctions following its fifth and biggest nuclear test was ‘laughable’, and vowed to continue to strengthen its nuclear power. The isolated state on Friday set off its most powerful nuclear explosion to date, saying it had mastered the ability to mount a warhead on a ballistic missile, ratcheting up a threat that its rivals and the United Nations have been powerless to contain. A US special envoy met with Japanese officials on Sunday and said later the United States mayRead More

North Korea Test Fires Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile

Seoul: North Korea on Wednesday test-fired a submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) in waters off its east coast, the South Korean military said. The launch near the port city of Sinpo around 5.30 a.m. (local time) was in an apparent show of defiance against the ongoing military drill between Seoul and Washington, Yonhap news agency quoted Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) as saying. The military said the missile flew about 500 km, which is an improvement compared with past launches. It fell into waters inside Japan’s air defence identification zone. TensionsRead More

Watching India-Iran ties ‘very closely’: US

Washington: The US is “watching very closely” India’s growing ties with Iran after it recently pledged USD 500 million for developing the Chabahar port and will see if its legal parameters and requirements are being met, the Obama Administration has told lawmakers. As of now, there is no military or counter terrorism cooperation between the two countries that could be a cause of concern for the US, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Nisha Desai Biswal told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a CongressionalRead More

Situation very complex in Bangladesh: US

Washington: The situation is “very complex” and there is a threat “on the ground” in Bangladesh, the US has said after a series of bloody attacks on secular writers and minorities in the Muslim-majority country were claimed by ISIS and al-Qaeda. “It is a very complex situation on the ground,” State Department deputy spokesman Mark Toner told reporters when asked about the series of killings of activists in Bangladesh. “What we’re asking for is that the government conduct an investigation into these attacks, these brutal attacks and these brutal murders,Read More

Afghan peace talks should continue despite attacks: US

Washington: Acknowledging that Afghanistan remains a “dangerous place”, the US has said Taliban’s continued terror attacks underscore the importance of the peace talks to get to a “productive conclusion”. “We continue to encourage that process to move forward,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters yesterday. “It is absolutely true that Afghanistan remains a dangerous place; there’s no question about that. Today’s attack underscores that,” he said referring to the latest suicide attack in Kabul that killed at least 20 people. It also underscores the importance of the continued internationalRead More

Syria talks ‘likely’ to delay as opposition quarrels

Beirut: The United Nations has said that crucial talks on ending the Syria conflict would likely be delayed by a few days, as a dispute over who will represent the opposition intensified. The talks, scheduled to open in Geneva on Monday, are part of the biggest diplomatic push yet to resolve a civil war that in nearly five years has left more than 260,000 dead and forced millions from their homes. World powers agreed last year in Vienna on an 18-month roadmap that would lead to the peace talks, aRead More

Obama asks Sharif not to discriminate among terror groups

Washington: US President Barack Obama has made it clear to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif that his country should not discriminate between terrorist groups, the White House said. “One piece that was important to the President is that Pakistan (should) not discriminate against terrorist groups. That’s something that we’ve made clear in the past and was reiterated yesterday in the bilateral meeting,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz told reporters at his daily news conference yesterday. According to officials here Pakistan only targeted terrorist groups that attacked the PakistaniRead More

China’s rise comes with important responsibilities: US

Washington: Welcoming the rise of China, the White House has said that the new status for the Communist giant comes with important responsibilities like upholding an international order that benefits big countries. White House Press Secretary, Josh Earnest said. “We welcome that rise of China. However, that rising status comes with important responsibilities. Those responsibilities are to uphold an international order that benefits big countries,” he said. China has a growing economy, he said, adding, Beijing is interested in protecting the free flow of commerce in the South China Sea.Read More

15 more airstrikes launched against Islamic State

Washington: The United States and its coalition partners conducted eight air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and seven in Iraq since early Thursday.. In a statement on Friday, the Combined Joint Task Force said the strikes near al Raqqah, Kobani and Dayr az Zawr in Syria hit numerous armored vehicles used by the militant group as well as two units of fighters, among other targets. Militants from the jihadist group had attacked the Ain al-Asad base and the nearby town of al-Baghdadi a day earlier, leading to sporadicRead More