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North Korea Can Hit Most Of United States, US Officials Say

North Korea said on Saturday it had conducted another successful test of an ICBM that proved its ability to strike America’s mainland. North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) has shown that Pyongyang now may be able to reach most of the continental United States, two US officials told Reuters on Monday. […]

China will never permit loss of ‘any piece’ of land, says Xi

Chinese President Xi Jinping issued a tough line on national sovereignty on Tuesday amid multiple territorial disputes with his country’s neighbors, saying China will never permit the loss of “any piece” of its land to outsiders. Mr. Xi’s declaration came during a nearly one-hour speech in Beijing marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of […]

Bhutan may be key to resolving Doklam crisis, Chinese scholar

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval’s departure from Beijing, after a crucial meeting with China’s state councilor Yang Jiechi, has triggered an energetic debate on finding a formula for defusing the crisis in the remote Doklam plateau, where Indian and Chinese troops are engaged in a lengthy stand-off. The finer details of Mr. Doval’s exact conversation […]

Trump fires chief of staff as White House chaos continues

US President Donald Trump on Friday sacked his chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly in what is now ceaseless White House drama widely seen as bordering on the farcical. Priebus, a Republican Party satrap who was among Trump’s tenuous connections to the GOP, became the latest of […]

Gifts to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II

LONDON: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is putting gifts received from world leaders on display at Buckingham Palace, with the eclectic collection including presents from the likes of Nelson Mandela and John F. Kennedy. A remarkable array of over 200 gifts will go on display from Saturday, providing an intriguing reminder of the globetrotting lifestyle and […]

US ‘Looks Forward’ To Working With President-Elect Ram Nath Kovind

WASHINGTON: State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said: “We look forward to working with the president-elect on regional and global issues.The United States congratulated president-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said that it looks forward to working with him on both regional and global issues. Ram Nath Kovind, a lawyer-turned-politician, was elected as […]

In Gulf Crisis, Qatar Blinks First, Says Let’s Talk

In his first speech since four Arab countries severed ties with Doha, a defiant Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani said life was continuing as normal despite what he described as an unjust “siege”. Qatar’s emir called on Friday for dialogue to resolve a political crisis pitting his country against four Arab states, saying any talks […]

Russia Not Reason For US Ending CIA Arms To Syria Rebels

A U.S. decision to halt a CIA programme equipping and training certain rebel groups fighting the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was not done as a concession to Assad ally Russia, a top U.S. general said on Friday. Earlier this week a U.S. official said the decision was part of an effort by the […]

Donald Trump travel ban: Supreme Court relaxes Rules

Washington: The Supreme Court has dealt President Donald Trump’s government a fresh setback, saying its controversial travel ban cannot be applied to grandparents and other close relatives of people living in the United States — for now. On Wednesday, the court accepted a Hawaii federal judge’s ruling last week that the Trump administration had too […]