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UNSC adopts tougher sanctions on N Korea

United Nations: The United Nations Security Council on Saturday unanimously adopted a US-drafted resolution that aims to slash by a third North Korea’s $3 billion annual export revenue over Pyongyang’s two intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests in July. The resolution would ban Pyongyang’s exports of coal, iron, iron ore, lead, lead ore and seafood. It would also prohibit countries from increasing the current numbers of North Korea’s labourers working abroad,

Pak to elect new PM on Tuesday

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Parliament will elect a new prime minister on Tuesday to replace the ousted premier Nawaz Sharif. The Supreme Court on Friday disqualified 67-year-old Sharif for dishonesty and ruled that corruption cases be filed against him and his children over the Panama Papers scandal, forcing the embattled leader out of office. President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned National Assembly, the lower house of parliament, on Tuesday at 3 pm to

Israel removes metal detectors at holy site

Jerusalem: Israeli ministers have decided to stop the use of metal detectors at a highly sensitive Jerusalem holy site, a statement said today, after the new security measures set off deadly violence. The move comes after intensive international diplomacy seeking to stop the outbreak of wider unrest, with warnings that it could spread far beyond Israel and the Palestinian territories. Israel’s security cabinet accepted “the recommendation of all the security

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

Shoot drug sellers if resisting arrest: Indonesia Prez

Jakarta: Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has ordered the police to shoot drug traffickers who resist arrest in the latest effort to eradicate drug use in the country. In a speech to one of Indonesia’s political parties late Friday, Widodo urged law enforcers to crackdown on drug dealers in Indonesia. “Be firm. Especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country. If they resist even the slightest, just shoot them,” Widodo

S Korea offers family reunion with North

Seoul: South Korea has offered to talk with North Korea to ease animosities along their tense border and resume reunions of families separated by their war in the 1950s. Seoul’s proposal for two sets of talks indicates new President Moon Jae-in is pushing to improve ties with Pyongyang despite the North’s first intercontinental ballistic missile this month. The Defence Ministry said Monday it’s proposing talks at the border village of

Pak HC resumes case of prez Nawaz Sharif

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Supreme Court today resumed the hearing of high-profile Panamagate graft case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, a week after a probe panel in its final report recommended filing of a graft case against him and his children. Strict security measures are in place in and around the Supreme Court. Around 700 policemen, along with Rangers personnel and officials of the local administration, have been deployed