Trump admin has very positive view of Indo-US ties: Jaishankar

Washington: The Trump Administration has a ‘very positive view’ of the Indo-US relationship and a lot of interest in taking the ties forward, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar said after his wide-ranging talks with senior Cabinet members and top officials here. ‘Optimistic’ about the continuation of the upward trajectory of the bilateral relationship, Jaishankar told Indian reporters here that the India-US Strategic and Commercial Dialogue, which was started under the previous Obama administration, would be held later this

Pak should shut Deobandi madrassas: US Congman

Washington: Pakistan needs to be serious about closing down 600 Deobandi madrassas in the country, an influential US lawmaker has said, underlining that there is a prevailing sentiment in the Congress and Trump administration that such schools are breeding ground for terrorists. “I think, the sentiments are, Pakistan needs to be serious about closing down the Deobandi schools, there are about 600 of them as they churn out people who

Kim murder accused released by Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: The only North Korean arrested over the Cold War-style assassination of Kim Jong-Nam was released today as diplomatic wrangling between Pyongyang and Kuala Lumpur intensified over the murder. Ri Jong-Chol (41) was freed a day after attorney general Mohamed Apandi Ali announced there was insufficient evidence to charge him and that he would be deported today. The vehicle carrying Ri, who wore a bullet-proof vest, was escorted by a

White House staff told to preserve Russia-related materials

Washington: White House lawyers have instructed the President’s aides to preserve materials that could be connected to Russian interference in the 2016 election and other related investigations, three administration officials said. The memo, which was sent to White House staff on Tuesday, comes after Senate Democrats last week asked the White House and law enforcement agencies to keep all materials involving contacts that Trump’s administration, campaign and transition team or anyone acting

Theresa May faces first Brexit bill defeat

London: Prime Minister Theresa May has faced her first parliamentary defeat over Brexit after Britain’s upper house voted to amend and thereby delay a bill empowering her to begin talks for the UK’s exit from the EU. The House of Lords voted 358 to 256 for an amendment requiring ministers to protect the rights of EU nationals based in the UK following Brexit. However, the government’s defeat in the Lords could

Malaysia cancels North Korea visa-free deal after Kim murder

Kuala Lumpur: Kuala Lumpur has cancelled a visa-free travel deal with Pyongyang as a diplomatic spat deepens over the assassination of the half-brother of North Korea’s leader, national news agency Bernama reported. The cancellation will take effect on 6 March, after which North Koreans entering Malaysia will be required to obtain a visa, Malaysian news agency quoted the country’s deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as saying. Before the murder of

Trump softens stand on immigration rules

Washington:  US President Donald Trump today called for adopting a merit-based immigration system that could benefit high-tech professionals from countries like India, modifying his hard-line campaign rhetoric with a promise to revive the ‘American spirit’. Trump, during his first address to Congress, noted that ‘nations around the world, like Canada, Australia and many others have a merit-based immigration system’. He said that such a system will save countless dollars and raise workers’ wages.