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India-US 2+2 talks: Defense agreement, regional security on agenda

26 Oct 2020

India-US 2+2 talks: Defense agreement, regional security on agenda

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in India to participate in the third edition of 2+2 talks.

Plea of 169 Indians against Trump's H-1B visa move rejected

18 Sep 2020

Plea of 169 Indians against Trump's H-1B visa move rejected

A United States judge has turned down a plea by 169 Indians challenging President Donald Trump's decision to suspend H-1B visas till the end of this year, a move widely criticized by tech giants.

Will use 'all tools' to counter China's SCS claims: US

16 Jul 2020

Will use 'all tools' to counter China's SCS claims: US

Terming China's claims over the South China Sea "illegal," the United States on Wednesday announced to support Southeast Asian countries that believe Beijing has violated their sovereignty in the territorially disputed waters.

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.

#NewsBytesExplainer: Everything you need to know about 'dark web'

04 Jun 2020

#NewsBytesExplainer: Everything you need to know about 'dark web'

Whenever we hear about cybercrimes such as child abuse or sale of stolen data, weapons, etc., the word "dark web" comes into play.

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.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: US Commission seeks sanctions against Amit Shah

10 Dec 2019

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: US Commission seeks sanctions against Amit Shah

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill has not only provoked protests in India but has also prompted a reaction from a United States Commission on international religious freedom.

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

22 Oct 2019

US says it supports India, but is concerned about Kashmir

More than two months ago India revoked Article 370, withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and put the state under a lockdown.

#KashmirIssue: UN, US, China, Russia snub Pakistan; refuse to intervene

10 Aug 2019

#KashmirIssue: UN, US, China, Russia snub Pakistan; refuse to intervene

Pakistan suffered a huge setback on the Kashmir issue after being rebuffed in all efforts to seek international intervention against India's decision to revoke Article 370 and split Jammu & Kashmir into two Union Territories.

Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead, say US officials

01 Aug 2019

Osama bin Laden's son Hamza is dead, say US officials

Deceased terrorist Osama bin Laden's son Hamza, seen widely as the heir of al Qaeda, is dead, US media said on Wednesday.

Trump claims Modi asked for mediation on Kashmir-issue, India denies

23 Jul 2019

Trump claims Modi asked for mediation on Kashmir-issue, India denies

Hours after the United States President Donald Trump made a tall claim that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has "requested" him to "mediate" on Kashmir dispute, India refuted it.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

N Korea warns US sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

17 Dec 2018

N Korea warns US sanctions may 'block path to denuclearization'

North Korea has condemned the US over its latest sanctions measures, warning the policy could "block the path to denuclearization on the Korean peninsula forever".

Pakistan rejects US religious freedom report, calls it 'politically motivated'

12 Dec 2018

Pakistan rejects US religious freedom report, calls it 'politically motivated'

Pakistan today rejected as "unilateral and politically motivated" the US's decision to place it on its annual list of nations that infringe on religious freedom.

North Korea tests new ultramodern tactical weapon: State media

16 Nov 2018

North Korea tests new ultramodern tactical weapon: State media

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has overseen the testing of a 'newly developed ultramodern tactical weapon', Pyongyang's state media reported yesterday, in a move that will raise the temperature over denuclearization talks.

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".

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.

#ConstitutionalCrisis: US urges Sri Lankan parties to refrain from violence

27 Oct 2018

#ConstitutionalCrisis: US urges Sri Lankan parties to refrain from violence

The US urged political parties in Sri Lanka to abide by the Constitution and refrain from violence, as the island nation faces a constitutional crisis after President Maithripala Sirisena sacked his former ally Ranil Wickremesinghe and made controversial strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa the new premier.

Deepika talks about playing acid-attack survivor in Meghna Gulzar's next

05 Oct 2018

Deepika talks about playing acid-attack survivor in Meghna Gulzar's next

After her spectacular performance in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmaavat', Deepika Padukone is all set to enthral us with another exciting project now.

Saudi journalist, also a govt critic, goes 'missing in Turkey'

04 Oct 2018

Saudi journalist, also a govt critic, goes 'missing in Turkey'

A veteran Saudi journalist who has been critical of the government has gone missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, the Washington Post reported.

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.

Russia warns US it is 'playing with fire' over sanctions

21 Sep 2018

Russia warns US it is 'playing with fire' over sanctions

Moscow said today Washington's latest raft of anti-Russian sanctions that also target China undermined global stability, warning the US against "playing with fire."

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.

India's best-known acid attack survivor's plight highlights a larger problem

18 Sep 2018

India's best-known acid attack survivor's plight highlights a larger problem

Winner of the US State Department's International Women of Courage Award in 2014, India's best-known acid attack survivor, Laxmi Agarwal, is now living without a job, and may soon lose her home.

US asks Pakistan to act against all 'externally-oriented' terror groups

21 Aug 2018

US asks Pakistan to act against all 'externally-oriented' terror groups

The US has expressed concern over terrorist groups continuing to enjoy safe haven in Pakistan and is asking the country to do more against "externally oriented" extremist outfits, Alice Wells, the Head of South and Central Asian Bureau at US State Department said.

Pyongyang summit, bold step towards ending war with N-Korea: Moon

16 Aug 2018

Pyongyang summit, bold step towards ending war with N-Korea: Moon

South Korean President Moon Jae-in yesterday said his visit to Pyongyang next month will be a bold step towards formally ending the decades-old war with North Korea.

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

01 Aug 2018

US: 3D-printed guns now? Thankfully, the judge blocks the release

A day back, it seemed that the floodgates of gun control were about to burst open in the US, with schematics for 3D-printed guns and supporting software slated to go public from August 1.

Air India follows other airlines to call Taiwan 'Chinese Taipei'

05 Jul 2018

Air India follows other airlines to call Taiwan 'Chinese Taipei'

Prodded by Beijing, and following on the footsteps of several major airlines, Air India has now modified its website to show Taiwan as "Taipei, Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, Chinese Taipei".

Pompeo postpones '2+2 dialogue' with India to visit N-Korea this-week

03 Jul 2018

Pompeo postpones '2+2 dialogue' with India to visit N-Korea this-week

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who last week abruptly announced the postponing of the July 6 "2+2 dialogue" with India, will be traveling to Pyongyang this week.

US approves $930mn deal to sell 6 Apache-attack-choppers to India

13 Jun 2018

US approves $930mn deal to sell 6 Apache-attack-choppers to India

The Trump administration has approved a deal to sell six AH-64E Apache attack helicopters to India for $930 million, the Pentagon said, underlining that this will strengthen India's ability to deter regional threats.

Preparations for North Korea summit moving along very well: Trump

06 Jun 2018

Preparations for North Korea summit moving along very well: Trump

US President Donald Trump today said that preparations for the June 12 Singapore Summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un are moving along very well.

Texas school shooting: Hundreds attended Pakistani student's funeral

24 May 2018

Texas school shooting: Hundreds attended Pakistani student's funeral

17-year-old Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani student in the US, was set to return home in a few weeks' time for Eid.

North-Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting over US-South Korea military-drills

16 May 2018

North-Korea threatens to cancel Trump meeting over US-South Korea military-drills

North Korea on Wednesday canceled a high-level meeting with South Korea citing the military drills between the latter and the US, hours before the Korean nations were to meet.