UK goes for hung Parliament; May refuses to quit

London: British Prime Minister Theresa May faced mounting pressure today to resign after her Conservative party failed to muster a simple majority in the crucial polls she had called three years ahead of schedule hoping to boost her negotiating powers during the complex Brexit talks. Though the Conservatives emerged as the single largest party in the election for Britain’s 650-seat Parliament, the impressive show by the Opposition Labour Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn, is

US won't be dictated by others on climate: Trump

Washington: America will continue to lead the world on environmental protection but would not be dictated by others on the issue, President Donald Trump has said as he justified his decision to withdraw from the landmark Paris climate deal. “From now on, we will follow a very simple rule: Every day I am president, we are going to make America first, not somebody else, not some other country. We are going

Japan clears way for emperor Akihito abdication

Tokyo: Japan’s parliament passed a law today that clears the way for its ageing Emperor Akihito to step down, in what would be the first imperial abdication in more than two centuries. The popular 83-year-old monarch shocked the country last summer when he signalled his desire to take a back seat after nearly three decades on the Chrysanthemum Throne, citing his age and health problems. The unexpected move presented a challenge

Mocking CNN anchor slammed by Indian-Americans

Washington: Two US lawmakers have criticised a CNN anchor for allegedly “otherising” Indian-American national spelling champion Ananya Vinay by assuming that the 12-year-old is “used to using” Sanskrit due to her heritage, saying the US needs to get educated about Hinduism and India. California resident Ananya was being interviewed by CNN anchors Alisyn Camerota and Chris Cuomo following her win last week at the prestigious Scripps National Spelling Bee. Towards the

Trade does not reduce Indo-China tension, says US report

Washington: The Pentagon has said that tension continues to exist along the disputed portions of Indo-China border even though the economic relationship between the two countries have increased in recent years. According to Pentagon, China’s use of force in territorial disputes has varied widely throughout its history. “Tensions persist along disputed portions of the sino– Indian border, where both countries patrol with the armed forces,” the Pentagon said in its

Britain unfazed by terror attacks, polls Thursday

London: Britain braces for the final day of general election campaigning, after a turbulent few weeks which have shifted the political ground and been marred by terror attacks. Prime Minister Theresa May was riding high when she called a snap election on 18 April, having kicked off Brexit proceedings and boasting a double-digit lead over the rival Labour party. But in recent weeks, the Conservative leader has seen her popularity

Did Russian hacking lead to Qatar crisis?

Washington: US intelligence officials believe Russian hackers planted a false news story that led Saudi Arabia and several allies to sever relations with Qatar, prompting a diplomatic crisis, a media report said. FBI experts visited Qatar in late May to analyse an alleged cyber breach that saw the hackers place the fake story with Qatar’s state news agency, the CNN reported. Saudi Arabia then cited the false item as part of

Trump calls King Salman, asks for Gulf unity

Washington: US President Donald Trump spoke to Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and called for a united Gulf Cooperation Council to fight terrorism and promote stability in the region, amid deepening diplomatic crisis in Qatar. Both the leaders discussed ways to prevent terror financing and eliminate extremism by any country in region, the White House said yesterday. During the phone call, Trump underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical

IATA opposes air travel restrictions to Qatar

Cancun (Mexico): Global airlines’ body IATA has opposed the restrictions on air travel imposed on Qatar by some Middle Eastern nations, who have cut off diplomatic ties with Doha, saying air connectivity needs to be restored immediately. “We are not in favour of the ban. We would like connectivity to be restored as soon as possible,” International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEO and Director General Alexandre de Juniac said in

Trump calls for travel ban from 'dangerous countries'

Washington: US President Donald Trump has renewed his call for a travel ban to protect Americans from “certain dangerous” countries after the latest terror attack in London. However, he did not name the countries he considers “dangerous”. “That’s right, we need a TRAVEL BAN for certain DANGEROUS countries, not some politically correct term that won’t help us protect our people!” Trump told his 31.6 million followers on Twitter last night.

Three giant pandas return to China from Japan

Beijing: Three giant pandas born and raised in Japan have been returned to China under a standard agreement to encourage breeding by the rare animals. The pair of twins and their younger sister had been living at Wakayama Adventure World in southern Japan. The three arrived Monday night in the city of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province that is home to most wild pandas as well as sanctuaries and