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Foreign students "must leave United States" if classes move online

07 Jul 2020

Foreign students "must leave United States" if classes move online

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the US government has toughened its visa rules for foreign students, telling them on Monday that they will have to leave if all their classes move online.

US demolishes Pakistan's claim that Masood Azhar is "missing"

25 Jun 2020

US demolishes Pakistan's claim that Masood Azhar is "missing"

Pakistan hasn't expressed the will to act against terrorists functioning from its soil and has continued to provide a safe haven to regionally focused terrorist groups, the US State Department said in a report released on Wednesday.

Closely monitoring situation, says US after Indo-China clash

17 Jun 2020

Closely monitoring situation, says US after Indo-China clash

Hours after India reported that 20 of its soldiers were martyred in a violent clash with the Chinese at the Galwan Valley, the United States announced it was closely monitoring the situation.

G20 summit on #Coronavirus: India to have coordinated, forward-looking approach

26 Mar 2020

G20 summit on #Coronavirus: India to have coordinated, forward-looking approach

An extraordinary virtual G20 leaders' summit will be convened on Thursday to discuss the coronavirus pandemic and global plans to deal with public health and economic challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis.

Before FATF decision, US asks Pakistan to prosecute Hafiz Saeed

14 Oct 2019

Before FATF decision, US asks Pakistan to prosecute Hafiz Saeed

Pakistan is going through a tough time as the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) will soon decide whether it will keep the country on its greylist or downgrade it to the dreaded blacklist.

Trump doesn't know why Yazidi activist Nadia Murad received Nobel

19 Jul 2019

Trump doesn't know why Yazidi activist Nadia Murad received Nobel

If you are a stranger to Iraqi human rights activist and Nobel laureate Nadia Murad's works, you will find company in United States President Donald Trump.

US embassies in India hoist Pride flag, defying Trump administration

09 Jun 2019

US embassies in India hoist Pride flag, defying Trump administration

Despite the United States Department of State's rejection of all embassy requests to hoist LGBTQ+ rainbow flags to mark Pride month, several US diplomats around the world, are doing it anyway.

Want visa for US? You'll have to submit social-media details

02 Jun 2019

Want visa for US? You'll have to submit social-media details

Since he took office, US President Donald Trump has been speaking about cracking down on illegal immigrants. Taking this same thought a step further, the US has changed rules for visa applicants.

UN expert to visit Assange, assess violation of privacy claims

06 Apr 2019

UN expert to visit Assange, assess violation of privacy claims

An independent rights expert will visit WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at the Ecuadoran embassy in London to assess whether privacy violation claims involving him merit investigation, the UN rights office said Thursday.

Address global concerns on cross-border terror: India, US to Pakistan

13 Mar 2019

Address global concerns on cross-border terror: India, US to Pakistan

India and the US yesterday called on Pakistan to address global concerns regarding terrorism, including that emanating from across the border.

Foreign Secretary Gokhale to discuss regional, global issues with Pompeo

11 Mar 2019

Foreign Secretary Gokhale to discuss regional, global issues with Pompeo

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale today, during which the two officials are likely to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of common interest.

US urges Pakistan to take 'sustained, irreversible' actions against terrorists

08 Mar 2019

US urges Pakistan to take 'sustained, irreversible' actions against terrorists

The US has asked Pakistan to take "sustained and irreversible" actions against terrorist groups operating from its territory, according to a top State Department official.

Abhinandan Varthaman was choked, beaten in Pakistan during captivity: Report

07 Mar 2019

Abhinandan Varthaman was choked, beaten in Pakistan during captivity: Report

The first 24 hours of captivity in Pakistan were terrible for Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman as the officials from the other side of border tried to extract crucial information from him regarding "Indian troop deployment, high-security radio frequencies and sensitive logistics," reports HT.

US shuts down its consulate in Jerusalem, Palestinians infuriated

04 Mar 2019

US shuts down its consulate in Jerusalem, Palestinians infuriated

The United States has officially shuttered its consulate in Jerusalem, downgrading the status of its main diplomatic mission to the Palestinians by folding it into the US Embassy to Israel.

Pakistan uses F-16 against India, US seeks more information

02 Mar 2019

Pakistan uses F-16 against India, US seeks more information

After Pakistan used F-16 jets to target military installments in India earlier this week, the United States is seeking more information.

US seeks information from Pakistan on potential misuse of F-16s

02 Mar 2019

US seeks information from Pakistan on potential misuse of F-16s

The US is seeking more information from Pakistan on the potential misuse of American-made F-16 fighter jets by it against India in violation of the end-user agreement, the State Department has said.

Saudi Arabia strips Osama bin Laden's son Hamza of citizenship

02 Mar 2019

Saudi Arabia strips Osama bin Laden's son Hamza of citizenship

Saudi Arabia announced yesterday it has revoked the citizenship of Hamza bin Laden, the son of the late al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who has become an increasingly prominent figure in the terror network.

Trump picks Kelly Kraft as Nikki Haley's successor at UN

23 Feb 2019

Trump picks Kelly Kraft as Nikki Haley's successor at UN

US President Donald Trump has nominated his envoy to Canada, Kelly Knight Craft, as the next US Ambassador to the UN to succeed Indian-American Nikki Haley.

US President Trump describes Pulwama attack as a "horrible situation"

20 Feb 2019

US President Trump describes Pulwama attack as a "horrible situation"

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump described the Pulwama attack as a "horrible situation", adding that he was getting reports on it, and would issue a statement soon.

Heather Nauert withdraws her nomination for US envoy to UN

17 Feb 2019

Heather Nauert withdraws her nomination for US envoy to UN

In a surprise move, US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert withdrew her nomination to replace Indian-American Nikki Haley as the top US diplomat at the United Nations, amid criticism by Democrats for her lack of diplomatic experience.

Trump-Kim summit to be held on February 27-28 in Hanoi

09 Feb 2019

Trump-Kim summit to be held on February 27-28 in Hanoi

The much-anticipated summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will take place in Hanoi, Vietnam capital, on February 27 and 28.

US urges citizens to exercise 'increased caution' on China travel

04 Jan 2019

US urges citizens to exercise 'increased caution' on China travel

The US State Department has urged its citizens traveling to China to exercise "increased caution" due to "arbitrary enforcement of local laws" and special restrictions on dual US-Chinese nationals.

US slaps fresh sanctions on Russian spies for damaging activities

20 Dec 2018

US slaps fresh sanctions on Russian spies for damaging activities

The US has slapped fresh sanctions on 12 Russian individuals and entities for their alleged interference in the 2016 presidential elections and the brazen use of a military-grade nerve agent in an assassination attempt inside America's closest ally.

On 26/11 anniversary, Trump tweets US stands with Indians

27 Nov 2018

On 26/11 anniversary, Trump tweets US stands with Indians

On the tenth anniversary of 26/11 terror attacks which killed 166, President of United States Donald Trump tweeted his country stood with Indians.

#26/11Attacks: US says guilty haven't been convicted, announces $5-million reward

26 Nov 2018

#26/11Attacks: US says guilty haven't been convicted, announces $5-million reward

On the tenth anniversary of the barbaric Mumbai attacks, the United States of America has said those who plotted the attack have still not been convicted and announced a reward of $5 million for information on preparators.

US strongly condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

24 Nov 2018

US strongly condemns deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan

The US yesterday condemned the two deadly terrorist attacks in Pakistan and said that it will continue to look for opportunities to cooperate with Islamabad to counter regional threats.

Ensure dignified return of Rohingya-refugees to Myanmar: US to Bangladesh

12 Nov 2018

Ensure dignified return of Rohingya-refugees to Myanmar: US to Bangladesh

Seeking a voluntary, safe, and dignified return of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh to Myanmar, the US asserted yesterday that Dhaka must ensure the returnees have the freedom of movement and "not be confined to camps".

Granted temporary exemptions to those seeking help: Trump on Iran-sanctions

08 Nov 2018

Granted temporary exemptions to those seeking help: Trump on Iran-sanctions

President Donald Trump yesterday said he gave temporary exemptions to India and seven other major importers of Iranian oil as they sought US' "help" and he didn't want to drive oil prices "up to $ 100 a barrel or $150 a barrel".

Pompeo abruptly shelves plans to meet top North Korean official

07 Nov 2018

Pompeo abruptly shelves plans to meet top North Korean official

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday abruptly shelved plans to meet a top North Korean official in New York, the latest twist in diplomatic attempts to secure a potentially landmark peace deal.

US eyes more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve attack

07 Nov 2018

US eyes more Russia sanctions over Britain nerve attack

The United States has said that it was preparing fresh sanctions against Moscow over the attempted assassination of a former spy in Britain after a previous round sowed chaos on Russian markets.

Enough petroleum supply for countries to cut Iran oil-import: Trump

01 Nov 2018

Enough petroleum supply for countries to cut Iran oil-import: Trump

President Donald Trump said yesterday that he had determined there was sufficient supply of petroleum and petroleum products for countries to "significantly" reduce their purchase of crude oil from Iran, which is going to face US sanctions from November 5.

Indian-American woman honored at White House for combating human trafficking

19 Oct 2018

Indian-American woman honored at White House for combating human trafficking

An Indian-American woman has been honored with a Presidential award by the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for her extraordinary contribution towards combating human trafficking in Houston.

Senators ask Trump to order probe into missing Saudi journalist

11 Oct 2018

Senators ask Trump to order probe into missing Saudi journalist

As many as 22 top US Senators have asked US President Donald Trump to order an investigation into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's whereabouts and impose sanctions against anyone found responsible for his mysterious disappearance.

Five people on shortlist to replace Haley as UN-ambassador: Trump

11 Oct 2018

Five people on shortlist to replace Haley as UN-ambassador: Trump

US President Donald Trump has said he has five persons in mind, including his former Deputy National Security Adviser Dina Powell, to replace Nikki Haley as the US Ambassador to the UN.

Obama was 'impotent' about South China Sea, says Trump

10 Oct 2018

Obama was 'impotent' about South China Sea, says Trump

US President Donald Trump today slammed his predecessor Barack Obama for being "impotent" and not stopping China from expanding its influence in the South China Sea, saying the Chinese Navy was now posing a confrontational challenge for the US in the disputed region.

#IndiaRussiaTies: $5 billion deal for S-400 Triumf missile systems signed

05 Oct 2018

#IndiaRussiaTies: $5 billion deal for S-400 Triumf missile systems signed

On Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the deal with Prime Minister Narendra Modi which will let India procure five Russian S-400 Triumf missile shield systems.

Haley accuses New York Times of releasing an incorrect story

21 Sep 2018

Haley accuses New York Times of releasing an incorrect story

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to UN, yesterday slammed The New York Times for publishing a wrong story about expensive curtains at her official residence despite knowing the actual facts.

Pakistan militant outfits LeT, JeM continue to pose threat: US

21 Sep 2018

Pakistan militant outfits LeT, JeM continue to pose threat: US

The US has said the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant groups continue to pose a regional threat and that Pakistan didn't adequately address America's concerns on terrorism in 2017.

59% of terrorist attacks in 2017 happened in 5 countries

20 Sep 2018

59% of terrorist attacks in 2017 happened in 5 countries

Almost 59% of all terrorist attacks in 2017 took place in five Asian countries, including India and Pakistan, according to US report.

US: Ajit Doval to hold meetings with Trump administration officials

14 Sep 2018

US: Ajit Doval to hold meetings with Trump administration officials

A week after the successful India-US 2+2 Dialogue in New Delhi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval is in Washington to hold meetings with top officials of Trump Administration.