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  • ‘Team Trump unsure of his fitness for office’

    5 January, 2018 3:56 PM 29

    The author of a book about Donald Trump’s White House on Friday defended his scathing portrayal of the U.S. President and said “one hundred percent” of those around him questioned his fitness for office. Michael Wolff, the author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House said he spent three hours with Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign and in the White

  • China applauds next week's talks between rival Koreas

    5 January, 2018 2:33 PM 24

    The United States said it will delay annual military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. China is applauding news that the rival Koreas will sit down for their first formal talks in more than two years next week. A spokesman for China’s foreign ministry said at a briefing Friday- “We welcome the recent

  • Trump says new book on his administration ‘full of lies’

    5 January, 2018 5:14 AM 8

    The book quotes key Trump aides, including Mr. Bannon, expressing serious doubt about his fitness for office. US President Donald Trump on Thursday dismissed an upcoming book on his campaign and administration as "full of lies" and invented sources, after unsuccessfully attempting to block its release. “I authorised Zero access to White House (actually

  • US puts Pakistan on 'Special Watch List' for severe violations of religious freedom

    4 January, 2018 6:20 PM 57

    The protection of religious freedom is vital to peace and stability, the US said on Thursday.  New Delhi: In a major embarrassment for Islamabad, the United States on Thursday placed Pakistan on a 'Special Watch List' for severe violations of religious freedom. The US Department of State said in a press statement, "In accordance with the International

  • Cate Blanchett to head Cannes Festival jury

    4 January, 2018 3:29 PM 27

    She co-launched the ‘Time’s up’ initiative Cate Blanchett, who is leading a Hollywood campaign to tackle sexual harassment in the workplace, will head the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, organisers said on Thursday. Ms. Blanchett, 48, who helped launch the “Time’s Up” initiative this week following a string of sexual assault accusations against

  • Iceland’s pay parity move hailed

    3 January, 2018 4:54 PM 33

    Other countries should follow Iceland which has become the first country to make it illegal to pay men more than women, politicians and equal rights campaigners said on Wednesday. Iceland has been widely praised for introducing legislation on January 1 that imposes fines on any company or government agency with over 25 staff without a government certificate

  • Trump eyes potential talks between North Korea, South Korea

    2 January, 2018 2:40 PM 40

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said possible talks between North Korea and South Korea held mixed potential, while sanctions were beginning to take a toll on Pyongyang amid tensions over its nuclear and missile programs. “Sanctions and 'other' pressures are beginning to have a big impact on North Korea. Soldiers are dangerously fleeing to South

  • Pakistan has given U.S. nothing but lies and deceit, says Donald Trump

    1 January, 2018 1:16 PM 55

    In his first tweet of the year, the U.S. President accused Pakistan of giving terrorists a safe haven. Issuing a tough warning to Pakistan, U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday alleged that this South Asian nation has given America nothing but lies and deceit and has given safe haven to terrorists. “The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion

  • North Korea may participate in South Korea’s Winter Olympics, says Kim

    1 January, 2018 9:29 AM 34

    Kim Jong-Un on Monday gave the first indication that North Korea could participate in next month’s Winter Olympics in the South, despite tensions over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons programme. “I sincerely hope the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be staged successfully,” said Mr. Kim, the North Korean leader, in his new year’s address to the nation

  • Pope Francis laments war, injustices that ‘ruined’ 2017

    1 January, 2018 3:00 AM 29

    Bidding 2017 farewell, Pope Francis decried wars, injustices, social and environmental degradation and other man-made ills which he said spoiled the year. Pope Francis presided at a New Year’s Eve prayer service in St Peter’s Basilica, a traditional occasion to say thanks in each year’s last hours. In his homily, the Pope said God gave to us a “whole