Trump proud of Kushner's open talks with Russia

Washington: President Donald Trump is “proud” of his son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner for being transparent about his interaction with Russians and lay out everything clear to expose the “witch hunt” that the probe has been, a White House official has said. “The President was very proud of Jared for voluntarily going to the Hill and being very transparent with every interaction that he’s had,” White House Press Secretary

US resumes H1B work visa process

Washington: The US has announced resuming faster processing of H-1B work visas, popular with Indian techies, for high skilled foreign professionals in categories exempt from Congress-mandated limit, which are mostly for higher education and scientific research institutions. The H1-B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialised fields. The technology companies depend on it

UN condemns terror attacks in Pak, Afghan

United Nations: UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has condemned the terror attacks in Kabul and Lahore and called for those responsible to be brought to justice. Describing the attack in Kabul as “horrifying”, he said the deliberate targeting of civilians constitutes a grave violation of human rights and international humanitarian law and “may constitute a war crime”. At least 26 people were killed and 41 injured after a Taliban-claimed car bomb

China uses coercive methods to achieve goals: CIA

Washington: China is increasingly resorting to “coercive, assertive practices” to achieve its goals in the Asia-Pacific region, as seen in the disputed South China Sea, a senior official of the US foreign intelligence service said. The remarks from Michael Collins, Deputy Assistant Director at the Central Intelligence Agency’s East Asian Mission Centre, came as the Pentagon yesterday said that a US Navy surveillance aircraft was intercepted on Sunday by two

Wild fire spreads across entire South France

Bastia (France): Hundreds of firefighters were battling blazes across southern France, with one inferno spreading across 900 hectares of forest and threatening homes on the island of Corsica, emergency services said. Residents were evacuated from homes at the edge of the town of Biguglia, on the island’s northeastern coast. “The fire is very fierce and heading to urban areas of Biguglia,” lieutenant-colonel Michel Bernier, of France’s civil defence forces, told

Erdogan in the Gulf seeking to ease Qatar crisis

Jeddah: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan began a key visit to the Gulf region aimed at defusing the standoff around Turkey’s ally Qatar, saying no one had an interest in prolonging the crisis. Erdogan, whose country has come to Qatar’s aid in the crisis, had talks in Jeddah Sunday with King Salman who hailed the Turkish leader’s “efforts in the fight against terrorism and its financing,” Saudi state news agency SPA

Fix gender pay gap now: BBC woman journos

London: Some of the BBC’s most prominent female journalists and TV presenters are banding together to demand that the broadcaster fix its wide gender pay gap immediately rather than in several years as management has proposed. TV personalities including Clare Balding, Victoria Derbyshire and others wrote an open letter today to the BBC’s top manager saying that plans to resolve the company’s gender pay gap by 2020 must be accelerated.

Eight immigrants found dead in truck in US

Kachru Houston: Bodies of eight “undocumented” immigrants were found yesterday in the back of a sweltering tractor-trailer in the US, authorities said. Police were alerted by a Walmart employee who was approached by someone in the truck who asked the employee for water. The employee brought water for the man, then called police and asked them to conduct a welfare check, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus was quoted as

Israeli Cabinet reviews Jerusalem security policy

Jerusalem: Israel’s security Cabinet met to review a decision to install metal detectors at a contested Jerusalem holy site, following a week of escalating tensions with the Muslim world, mass prayer protests and Israeli- Palestinian violence. The Ministers met yesterday amid mounting controversy at home, with some critics saying the government had acted without sufficiently considering the repercussions of introducing new security measures at the Holy Land’s most sensitive shrine

Popularity tumbles for France's Macron: poll

Paris: A poll out has shown that the popularity rating of France’s new President Emmanuel Macron has slumped 10 points to hit 54 percent over the past month. While Macron has made a strong start on the world stage and won a solid majority in parliament, his first three months in power have not been completely trouble-free. He was widely criticised by opponents and the press as heavy-handed after a row

Trump tweets frustration with Republicans

Washington: President Donald Trump has expressed his frustration with Republicans, saying they do very little to protect their President. In one of several tweets issued yesterday, Trump said the lack of support happens even with some that were carried over the line on my back. Trump’s tweet wasn’t clear about why he was upset. It came as Republicans in the Senate struggled to come together on a bill to overhaul