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  • Senate passes defence bill without CAATSA waiver

    20 June, 2018 1:36 PM 38

    The U.S Senate has ignored the Donald Trump administration’s request for powers to waiver provisions of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA), which requires it to impose sanctions on countries that have “significant” defence relations with Russia. The Senate version of the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) for 2019 passed

  • Taliban strikes Afghan army checkpoints, killing 30 troops

    20 June, 2018 11:12 AM 47

    The Taliban had observed a cease-fire over Eid al-Fitr last weekend but rejected the government’s request for an extension. Taliban fighters have killed at least 30 Afghan soldiers in an attack on two checkpoints in western Badghis province, a provincial official said. Abdul Aziz Beg, head of the provincial council in Badghis, said the fighters first

  • Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

    20 June, 2018 2:28 AM 41

    The country is set to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis Canada's upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational marijuana, setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize cannabis. The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected

  • Dozens missing after ferry sinking at Indonesia’s Lake Toba

    19 June, 2018 2:22 AM 39

    Dozens of people are missing after a ferry sank on Indonesia’s Lake Toba, casting a tragic pall over holidays marking the end of the Muslim holy month. Cellphone video released on Tuesday by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency shows the crew of another ferry attempting to rescue people struggling in the waters shortly after the sinking on Monday

  • Trump orders Pentagon to create US ‘Space Force’

    18 June, 2018 6:12 PM 49

    President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the Pentagon to create a new US “Space Force,” which would become the sixth branch of the American military but which requires Congressional approval to take effect. “I'm hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch

  • UAE urges Houthis to withdraw

    18 June, 2018 5:10 PM 72

    Arab coalition aircraft bombarded Houthi fighters holed up at the airport of Yemen’s main port Hodeidah on Monday as a senior alliance official said he hoped UN diplomacy could coax the movement to cede the city. Apache helicopter gunships fired at Houthi snipers and other fighters positioned on the rooftops of schools and homes in the Manzar neighbourhood

  • Exclusion of Indian students from visa reform amounts to self-harm: British think tank

    18 June, 2018 5:08 PM 55

    Think tanks, lawmakers condemn discriminatory measure Britain’s decision to exclude India from reform of its international student visa application process has been widely condemned in Britain, including by the Labour Party, with one think tank describing it as an “act of self-harm” that threatened to push even more Indian students away from British

  • Trump adviser Roger Stone reveals new meeting with Russian

    18 June, 2018 6:13 AM 41

    Special counsel Robert Mueller is examining a previously undisclosed meeting between longtime Donald Trump confidante Roger Stone and a Russian figure who allegedly tried to sell him dirt on Hillary Clinton. The meeting between Mr. Stone and a man who identified himself as Henry Greenberg was described in a pair of letters sent on Friday to the House

  • Philippine troops clash with remnants of defeated Islamist group

    18 June, 2018 5:06 AM 94

    Philippine troops have clashed with remnants of a pro-Islamic State militant group that held a southern city for five months last year, the army said on Monday. Colonel Romeo Brawner, the deputy commander of Joint Task Force Marawi, said security forces conducted air and ground assaults in the province of Lanao del Sur on Sunday in a bid to flush out Maute

  • U.S., S. Korea to announce suspension of joint drills

    17 June, 2018 5:24 PM 58

    Routine military training to continue South Korea and the U.S. are expected to announce the suspension of “large-scale” military drills this week, with the provision that they would restart if North Korea failed to keep its promise to denuclearise, news agency Yonhap said on Sunday. Citing an unnamed government source, the South Korean news agency said the suspension