12 held for spreading extremist content online in China

Beijing: Twelve persons have been arrested between January and March in China’s restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province for allegedly spreading extremist, separatist and fake news content online. The regional public security bureau arrested 12 persons, State-run Global Times quoted Xinjiang’s cyberspace administration office as saying. Xinjiang province in China is restive for several years due to the resentment by Uygurs over increasing settlements of Han population from other provinces. China blames separatist

Indian-American enters governor's race in New Jersey

Washington: An Indian-American entrepreneur has entered the governor’s race in New Jersey, the elections for which are scheduled for later this year. Harsh Vardhan Singh (31), a Republican, entered the race with a promise to cut property taxes and make New Jersey a national technology leader. If elected in the November gubernatorial elections, Singh would succeed outgoing Governor Chris Christie. However, he faces a tough Republican primary on 6 June, 2017.

Trump signs order to nullify Obama's climate change measures

Washington: US President Donald Trump signed an executive order to nullify his predecessor Barack Obama’s climate change efforts, raising questions over America’s leadership in the international campaign against global warming. Trump signed the order at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), keeping his campaign promise to support the coal industry. Trump said the order will ‘eliminate federal overreach’ and ‘start a new era of production and job creation’. “With today’s executive

Chinese city announces punishment for VPN users

Beijing: A Chinese city has announced stiff fines and punishments for those who access Internet using virtual private networks (VPNs) outside the nation’s infamous Great Firewall, which censors and criminalises sensitive material online. Southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality announced a new regulation yesterday to punish unauthorised Internet connections outside China’s Great Firewall (GF) using VPNs by individuals in the region. The regulation, which was issued to ‘strengthen China’s rule of law and cyberspace

Iranians, engines of US university research, wait in limbo

Boston: Hundreds of Iranian students already accepted into US graduate programs may not be able to come next fall because of the uncertainty surrounding President Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban, potentially derailing research projects and leaving some science programs scrambling to find new students. With admission season still in full swing, 25 of America’s largest research universities have already sent more than 500 acceptance letters to students from the six affected countries,

'Monster' cyclone Debbie batters northeast Australia

Ayr(Australia): A ‘monster’ cyclone made landfall in northeast Australia today, cutting power and uprooting trees as coastal towns went into lockdown in the face of lashing rain and howling winds. Great Barrier Reef islands popular with foreign tourists were pummeled by the category four storm which hit the Queensland state coast with destructive wind gusts of up to 270 kph near its wide core. There were fears the tempest’s arrival would coincide with early morning high tides, causing

Malaysia says Kim Jong Nam's body still in the country

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia’s health minister says the body of the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is still in the country, dismissing reports that the remains of Kim Jong Nam were about to be flown out of the country as part of diplomatic negotiations. Conflicting reports in local media yesterday said either that Kim’s body was to be cremated and flown to Pyongyang, or that the body was about to be sent to Macau