Iran strikes back at US with 'reciprocal' sanctions

Tehran: Iran sanctioned what it described as 15 American companies, alleging they support terrorism, repression and Israel’s occupation of land Palestinians want for a future state, likely in retaliation for sanctions earlier announced by the U.S. The wide-ranging list from an American real estate company to a major arms manufacturer appeared more symbolic than anything else as the firms weren’t immediately known to be doing business anywhere in the Islamic Republic. A Foreign Ministry statement carried by

UK attack: WhatsApp encryption hamstrings cops

London: Westminster Bridge attacker Khalid Masood sent a WhatsApp message that cannot be accessed because it was encrypted by the popular messaging service, a top British security official said. British press reports suggest Masood used the messaging service owned by Facebook just minutes before the Wednesday rampage that left three pedestrians and one police officer dead and dozens more wounded. As controversy swirled over the encrypted messages, police made another arrest in Birmingham, England, where Masood had lived. The

Civilian deaths in Mosul terrible tragedy: US

Washington: The top commander for US military forces in the Middle East today called recent civilian deaths in the Iraqi city of Mosul a ‘terrible tragedy’ but stopped short of taking responsibility. “We are investigating the incident to determine exactly what happened and will continue to take extraordinary measures to avoid harming civilians,” General Joseph Votel, who heads the US Central Command (Centcom), said in a statement.

Trump to undo Obama plan to curb global warming

Washington: President Donald Trump in the coming days will sign a new executive order that unravels his predecessor’s sweeping plan to curb global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said. EPA chief Scott Pruitt said the executive order to be signed Tuesday will undo the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, an environmental regulation that restricts greenhouse gas emissions at coal-fired power plants. The 2015 rule has been on hold

Fresh arrest in British Parliament terror case

London: British police made a new arrest as part of an investigation by the Counter Terrorism Command into the attack on UK Parliament, Scotland Yard said. “A 30-year-old man was arrested on Sunday at an address in Birmingham on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts. He was detained under the Terrorism Act and currently remains in police custody,” the police statement said. A 58-year-old man who was arrested on 23 March

Australian residents begin evacuating ahead of cyclone

Townsville(Australia): Residents began evacuating low-lying areas of Australia’s northeast as a powerful cyclone bore down on the coast. Cyclone Debbie was expected to cross the Queensland state coast along a sparsely populated 100-kilometer (60-miles) stretch between the towns of Ayr and Bowen early Tuesday, Australian Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Michael Paech said. The cyclone was expected to intensify from a category two storm on Monday to a category four storm with wind gusts

Ivanka Trump to attend women's economic summit in Berlin

Washington: Ivanka Trump is planning a trip to Germany to attend a summit on the economic empowerment of women. A senior administration official says the first daughter was invited by German Chancellor Angela Merkel during Merkel’s recent White House visit. Ivanka Trump plans to attend the women-focused effort within the Group of 20 countries, called the W20 summit. It meets in Berlin in late April. The official wasn’t authorized to discuss details