Americas

China can’t ‘buy its way out’ of global problems: US

China can’t ‘buy its way out’ of global problems: US

By AFP SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA:  China cannot use its economic power to dodge its international responsibilities in the South China Sea and in deterring North Korea, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Monday. After talks in Australia, Tillerson insisted Washington wanted a productive relationship with Beijing, but said China must pull its weight on important […]

CNN hosts makes ‘racist’ comment to 12-year-old Spelling Bee Champion

CNN hosts makes ‘racist’ comment to 12-year-old Spelling Bee Champion

By News Desk Alisyn Camerota, the host of a CNN show, has been accused of making a ‘racist’ comment when speaking to 12-year-old Ananya Vinay, winner of the Scripps Spelling Bee contest. Ananya, who is of Indian origin but was born and raised in Fresno, California, was recently named champion of the 2017 spelling bee competition, among […]

Qatar’s dispute with Arab states lifts oil prices, may affect Moody’s credit rating

Qatar’s dispute with Arab states lifts oil prices, may affect Moody’s credit rating

News Desk Saudi Arabia and key allies on Monday cut ties with Qatar, the world’s top seller of liquefied natural gas (LNG), accusing it of supporting extremism and sending shockwaves through the energy industry. Saudi Arabia, along with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, and Bahrain said they would sever all ties including transport links with […]

Two girls ‘harassed’ by US school authorities for wearing hijab

Two girls ‘harassed’ by US school authorities for wearing hijab

By News Desk Hajah Bah and Fatmata Mansaray, both cousins and students of Freedom High School, Virginia, allege that the school administrators harassed them over their decision to don hijabs. PHOTO: INSIDE NOVA Two Muslim students in a US school were allegedly sent home for wearing hijabs without carrying notes from parents. Hajah Bah and […]

Why Ivanka, Melania Trump covered up in Rome but not Saudi Arabia

Why Ivanka, Melania Trump covered up in Rome but not Saudi Arabia

US First Lady Melania Trump raised eyebrows as she arrived at the Vatican on Wednesday to meet Pope Francis, wearing a veil which she chose to forego during her trip to Saudi Arabia. Melania, who is accompanying Donald Trump on his first foreign tour since he became president, wore a long-sleeved Dolce & Gabbana black dress and a black veil, […]

Man sets himself on fire, live streams his death on Facebook

Man sets himself on fire, live streams his death on Facebook

By News Desk A man live streamed his death on Facebook as he set himself on fire and ran into a crowded bar on Saturday. The 33-year-old man, Jared McLemore, had drenched himself in kerosene and burst into flames. The body was identified by the Memphis police department, which said McLemore had been taken to […]

United says cockpit door codes may have been published online

United says cockpit door codes may have been published online

By Reuters WASHINGTON:  Codes to gain access to United Airlines cockpits may have been made public, the carrier said on Monday, but it stopped short of confirming a report that a flight attendant inadvertently published the codes online in a potential threat to air security.The airline still could keep its flight decks secure through other […]

Teenager died after drinking caffeine too quickly, says coroner

Teenager died after drinking caffeine too quickly, says coroner

By Reuters A South Carolina teenager who collapsed in a high school classroom last month died because he drank several highly caffeinated drinks too quickly, a coroner said on Monday. Davis Allen Cripe, 16, drank a latte from McDonald’s, a large Mountain Dew soda, and a highly caffeinated energy drink in just under two hours, […]

Pakistan committed to eliminating conflict-related sexual violence: Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan committed to eliminating conflict-related sexual violence: Maleeha Lodhi

UNITED NATIONS:  Pakistan, on Tuesday, called on the international community to convert political-will into practical action to end conflict-related sexual violence that poses a threat to world peace and security. “The world has watched in horror as several state and non-state actors have employed rape and sexual abuse as a deliberate policy to subdue and […]

Ransomware attack again thrusts US spy agency into unwanted spotlight

Ransomware attack again thrusts US spy agency into unwanted spotlight

WASHINGTON:  An unprecedented global cyber attack that infected computers in at least 150 countries beginning on Friday has unleashed a new wave of criticism of the US National Security Agency. The attack was made possible by a flaw in Microsoft’s Windows software that the NSA used to build a hacking tool for its own use […]

FBI chief’s firing highlights Trump media team chaos

FBI chief’s firing highlights Trump media team chaos

FBI chief’s firing highlights Trump media team chaos WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump’s shock dismissal of FBI chief James Comey this week not only unleashed a political firestorm in Washington — it also revealed the discordant sounds emanating from his communications team. It was a complicated week for the Republican billionaire and his spokespersons – one that […]

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

White House defends Trump invitation to Duterte despite human rights criticism

Desk Report WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s decision to invite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila. Trump issued the invitation on Saturday night in what the […]

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