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Lucknow: Gunbattle underway between ATS, suspected IS militant


Senior police official Daljit Chaudhary told media: "Had received inputs about presence of some suspects in Kanpur and Lucknow". Encounter between UP ATS and terrorist is now underway in Lucknow . IG and Inspector General of the ATS is leading the operation. He added that the suspect inside the building is possibly from Lucknow and is suspected to have weapons. Read More »

Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General Nominee, Faces Senate Committee

Attorney in the country, would inherit any DOJ investigations into the presidential campaign. Sessions announced his recusal from overseeing an investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. When Sessions won confirmation, Boente stepped to the No 2 position. Rod Rosenstein has applied that principle faithfully during his time as US attorney in Maryland. Read More »

Suspended DU professor GN Saibaba gets life imprisonment for Maoist links


He also that Saibaba shouldn't get any reprieve, even as he is disabled and wheelchair-bound. He was lodged in Nagpur jail until April, 2016, when the Supreme Court granted him bail on medical grounds saying that the Maharashtra government had been "extremely unfair" to him and had been "unnecessarily harassing" him. Read More »

Smartphone Maker to Pay $890M for Iran Deals


ZTE entered into an agreement to plead guilty to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act, obstruction of justice and making a material false statement , the Justice Department said . The Justice Department said despite knowledge of an ongoing investigation into its Iran exports, ZTE took actions to conceal and mislead officials and "created an elaborate scheme to hide the data related to these transactions from a forensic accounting firm". Read More »

Poachers Kill Rhino for Prized Horn Inside French Zoo


The zoo's two other white rhinos, 37-year-old Gracie and five-year-old Bruno, " escaped the massacre ", the Thoiry Zoo revealed. As the number of wild white rhinos dwindles, their horns, which many Asian cultures believe to have medicinal properties , have become increasingly valuable. Read More »

Melbourne introduces female traffic light figures


Ten female pedestrian figures have been installed on traffic lights at the intersection of Swanston and Flinders streets in the city centre as part of a 12-month trial. Melbourne's Lord Mayor Robert Doyle doesn't agree, however, he said: "I'm all for doing anything we can for gender equity, but really?" Opponents to the scheme also took to social media to voice their criticism. Read More »

Trump, Netanyahu speak on phone, discuss Iran, rising anti-Semitism in US


Last Tuesday, Trump noted recent bomb threats on Jewish institutions and vandalism of cemeteries in his first address to a joint meeting of Congress. Netanyahu was last questioned by police at the end of January. Trump once pledged to rip up the nuclear deal but more recently his administration said they should uphold the agreement, even if it is imperfect. Read More »

Hyderabad's Airport Ranked 1 in Service Quality


The friendliest airport staff in the world can be found at Incheon International Airport in Seoul, according to the results of a new survey. Airports large and small from around the globe, including several in Canada, demonstrated their commitment to providing an excellent customer experience. Read More »

Jamaica adopts alternative theme for International Women's Day

Among other causes of the day are labor rights, including equal pay for women; reproductive rights; and a general pushback against misogyny. Organizers are sending emails to the whole agency reminding them to wear red and walk out together, creating a Facebook and Twitter event detailing time, place, and why as an agency they are walking out. Read More »

France's Hollande warns of rise of anti-EU parties


Britain voted to leave the group of 28 member states last June in an unexpected result, and Theresa May has promised to deliver a so-called "Hard Brexit " at the end of the two year-process. European Union chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker, who last week presented options for reforming the bloc that will be discussed at the Rome summit, has spoken positively of some states pushing ahead more quickly with integration. Read More »

Afghan Family Had Valid Entry Visas, Yet They Were Detained At LAX


Attorneys representing the family say they have no idea why the government is holding the family and under what justification. She further added that the detention of the family "shocks the conscience". "Despite this record of service on behalf of our country, CBP has detained this fearless family and denied them access to counsel", said the petition, filed on Saturday with the US District Court Central District of California, referring to US Customs and Border Protection. Read More »

Erdogan's Nazi claim 'unacceptable' says German government


You lecture us about democracy but then you don't let this country's ministers speak there". In Ankara , the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the German ambassador for an explanation, ministry sources said. European leaders have accused Erdogan of concentrating power as the government cracks down on dissent. The growing rift has potential security implications. Read More »

Film historian Robert Osborne dies


But his dream job came when Turner Classic Movies launched in 1994: "I was preparing for my ideal job that didn't exist", he said. He joined us an expert of classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed abassador for TCM. Read More »

IEA warns on need for oil supply growth

Birol pointed out that one-third of global oil demand growth will come just from Asian trucking. "We expect global oil demand to grow by 100 million barrels per day by 2019, with from China and India jointly responsible for half of global demand growth". Read More »

Trump slams Pelosi over Russian Federation meetings


Trump's campaign and administration have been dogged by questions of links to the Russian government and contacts Trump's campaign team had with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election campaign. According to the caption, Putin was visiting the first NY gas station of Lukoil, a Russian company. North American natural gas production hadn't really taken off yet, the United States had just gone to war in Iraq and many were anxious that the heavily Middle Eastern OPEC would ... Read More »

110 dead from hunger in past 48 hours in drought


The United Nations is putting out urgent calls for aid, saying as many as 5 million people need aid in the shadow of a looming starvation, according to The Associated Press . The drought is the first crisis for Somalia's newly elected Somali-American leader, President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, who is also known as Farmajo. Read More »

Korean missiles landed in its waters


Geng added that North Korea had expressed its opposition to annual joint military exercises carried out by Washington and Seoul last week, which had likely provoked the launches. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo lodged a "strong protest" to North Korea after the launch of what it said were four ballistic missiles . Read More »

Fillon won't give in to pressure, will stay in French presidential race

Earlier Sunday, Christian Estrosi, a longtime Republican lawmaker and major political figure in the south, said on BFM TV that the party needed to find a "respectful" exit for Fillon. Opinion polls now show that far-right leader Marine Le Pen and centrist Emmanuel Macron would go through to the second round of the presidential contest on 7 May, with Mr Fillon eliminated in the first round. Read More »

Libya National Army Retreats from Key Oil Port

The spokesman of the LNA, Colonel Ahmad al-Mismari, said on Friday that it had retreated to avoid civilian casualties. Speaking to Arraed TV, Abu Khamada ordered all PFG personnel to get ready for the takeover, calling for an immediate ceasefire in the oil crescent region. Read More »

Jordan Executes 15 People, 10 Convicted of Terror Charges


Jordan has executed 15 prisoners, including 10 convicted of terrorism charges, officials say. Government spokesman Mohammad al Momani told state media those executed included one man who was convicted of an attack previous year on an intelligence compound near a Palestinian camp that killed five security personnel. Read More »

Austrian chancellor suggests EU-ban on campaigning by Turkish politicians


The previous day, Erdogan said Deniz Yucel, a correspondent for Germany's Die Welt newspaper who is in detention in Turkey, was a "German agent" and a "representative" of the banned Kurdish rebel group, PKK. He has been sharply criticised in western Europe for mass dismissals and arrests of suspected conspirators, from judges to journalists. On Thursday , Turkey summoned Germany's ambassador to Turkey, Martin Erdmann, to the foreign ministry in Ankara to protest Gaggenau's cancellation ... Read More »

Iraqi forces initiate new progress toward city center of western Mosul


Last week, the International Committee of the Red Cross said seven patients with symptoms indicating exposure to a toxic chemical agent were being treated at a hospital near Mosul. The UN, which has been providing shelter, food and other assistance to Iraqis who have fled Mosul during the almost five-month-long battle, said it is working as fast as possible to help those displaced . Read More »

USA suspends fast-track processing for highly skilled H-1B visa


The temporary suspension of the fast-track processing of the H-1B visas - widely used by the Indian IT industry - may last six months. Staying true to United States President Donald Trump's administration vows to crack down hard on H1-B visas, the authorities on late Friday announced that they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all the H1-B visa petitions.The move is set to particularly restrict foreign engineers from working in the US. Read More »

North Korean ambassador KICKED OUT after Kim Jong-un's brother killed


Malaysia has expelled North Korea's ambassador after he criticised its investigation into the killing of the North Korean leader's half-brother. Ri Jong-Chol, who is among eight North Koreans suspected of involvement in the killing of Kim Jong-Nam, made the comments to journalists in Beijing, after Malaysia released him citing insufficient evidence. Read More »

Suspected Syrian plane 'crashes near Turkey border'


Ahrar al-Sham is part of a Turkish-backed military campaign in Aleppo province fighting Islamic State group militants and Kurdish groups. Syrian government sources later reportedly confirmed that contact had been lost with a low-flying plane over Idlib, but said this was due to technical difficulties. Read More »