I want immigrants to come from everywhere: Trump

Washington: US President Donald Trump has said he wants immigrants to come from everywhere even as the White House pushes for a merit-based immigration system. “I want them to come in from everywhere everywhere,” Trump told reporters yesterday in a brief response to a question surrounding the controversy about his recent statement in which he allegedly said he wants more people to come from Norway. Later in the day, White

White House doctor gives Trump clean bill of health

Washington: US President Donald Trump is in “excellent” health and mentally fit for presidency, according to the presidential physician. “All clinical data indicates that the president is currently very healthy, and that he will remain so for the duration of his presidency… the president’s overall health is excellent,” said Navy Rear Adm Dr. Ronny Jackson, who shared the results of Trump’s first physical report. Jackson held an extraordinary news conference

South Korea's kimchi deficit hits record high

Seoul: South Korea’s trade deficit in kimchi, its proud traditional side dish of fermented cabbage, reached an all-time high last year as low-priced Chinese imports flooded the market, statistics showed today. The spicy foodstuff is emblematic of Korean cuisine and accompanies almost every meal served in the country, whatever its culinary origins, with kimchi-making still an important annual ritual for many families. But the commercial market has been deluged by

Myanmar cops open fire as Rakhine Buddhists riot

Yangon: Myanmar police opened fire on a crowd of ethnic Rakhine Buddhists as they tried to seize a government office, in unrest that left seven dead and injured around a dozen more, police said. Several thousand Buddhist protesters had gathered yesterday for a ceremony in Mrauk U, an ancient temple complex that has so far remained unscathed by the military’s crackdown on the region’s minority Rohingya Muslim community. It was

US, UN for safe, voluntary return of Rohingyas to Myanmar

Washington/United Nations: The United States and the United Nations today insisted on safe and voluntary return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar. Over 655,000 Myanmar’s Muslim minority fled across the border to Bangladesh since the Myanmar army launched a crackdown on Rohingya rebels in northern Rakhine State on 25 August. Though Myanmar authorities said that the campaign was aimed at rooting out Rohingya militants who attacked police posts on

Hundreds converge on Times Square to protest racism

New York: Hundreds of Haitian-Americans and others have rallied in Times Square to denounce racism and remarks that President Donald Trump is said to have made disparaging African countries and questioning further US acceptance of Haitian immigrants. Politicians including Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) joined the demonstration yesterday. Protesters carried Haitian flags and signs with messages including “peace, love, power, dream.” Police at one point ushered demonstrators out

Muhajirs in US launch Free Karachi campaign

Washington: A group of Muhajirs in the US have launched a ‘Free Karachi’ campaign to highlight the alleged state-sponsored atrocities against their community in the port city of Pakistan. Led by a mini-truck, about half a dozen cabs displaying #FreeKarachi banners yesterday took part in the historic Martin Luther parade here to raise awareness on alleged state-sponsored atrocities against Muhajirs and other ethnic communities and minorities in Karachi. “We want

Australia offers cash for Great Barrier Reef rescue ideas

Sydney: Australia is calling on the world’s top scientific minds to help save the Great Barrier Reef, offering hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund research into protecting the world’s largest living structure. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed reef is reeling from significant coral bleaching due to warming sea temperatures linked to climate change. The 2,300-km site is also under pressure from farming runoff, development and predatory crown-of-thorns starfish, with experts

PLO urged to suspend recognition granted to Israel

Ramallah: Palestinian leaders voted today to call for the suspension of recognition of Israel as they met in response to US President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The vote ordered the Palestine Liberation Organisation¬†(PLO) to suspend its recognition of Israel until it “recognises the State of Palestine”, cancels its annexation of east Jerusalem and stops settlement activity, a statement said. It was unclear if the vote by

Do not fear the other, pope says on World Migrant Day

Vatican City: Pope Francis called yesterday for hospitality towards migrants, calling it a sin to give in to fear of the other as he marked the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. “It is not easy… to put oneself in the shoes of people so different from us,” the pontiff said during a solemn mass at St Peter’s Basilica. “Local communities are sometimes afraid that the newly arrived will disturb

Philippine volcano rumbles back to life

Manila: The Philippines’ most active volcano rumbled back to life yesterday with lava rising to its crater in a gentle eruption that has prompted authorities to evacuate thousands of villagers. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology warned a “hazardous eruption” of Mount Mayon, located in Albay province in the northeastern Philippines, is possible within weeks or even days. Renato Solidum, who heads the volcanology institute, said three steam-explosions at