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Swedish PM loses no-confidence vote

STOCKHOLM: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven will step down following his defeat in a parliamentary no-confidence vote on Tuesday brought against him by the opposition.

Give enabling environment, stick to FTA: China tells Maldives

BEIJING: A wary China on Tuesday hoped the Maldives' new government will provide an "enabling environment" to the Chinese companies and stick to the controversial Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Beijing signed with the now ousted President Abdulla Yameen.

UN:Sushma discusses strategic cooperation, trade, development at bilaterals

UNITED NATION: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met nine leaders from across the globe in a whirlwind of bilateral interactions and spoke at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summity.

EU to create channel to facilitate business with Iran

NEW YORK: The European Union (EU) will create a special entity to facilitate business with Iran and avoid the sanctions imposed by the US after its exit from the nuclear agreement with Tehran.

Trump, Deputy AG to meet on Thursday

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet on Thursday, amid reports that the latter could resign or be fired, the White House announced.

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party

HONG KONG: Hong Kong authorities on Monday banned a party which openly advocated the independence of the former British colony from the rest of China.

US-China trade war escalates with biggest sets of tariffs

WASHINGTON: The ongoing trade war between the US and China further escalated on Monday as the two economic powerhouses slapped each other with the largest rounds of tariffs yet, unleashing punitive duties now on roughly half of their traded goods.

Maldives' opposition candidate decalred winner of presidential election

MALE: The Election Commission of Maldives on Monday declared opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party as the winner of the presidential election in the country that has been gripped by political upheaval.

Trump's tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods kicks in

WASHINGTON: The ongoing trade war between the US and China has escalated after American President Donald Trump's administration's new 10 per cent tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods kicked in on Monday, spanning thousands of products, including food seasonings, baseball gloves, network routers and industrial machinery parts.

Deputy AG suggested secretly recording Trump: Report

WASHINGTON: Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested wearing a "wire" to record conversations with President Donald Trump and recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office for being unfit, according to a media report.

US Army unlikely to hit 2018 recruitment goal

WASHINGTON: Low unemployment combined with a strong economy means the US Army is unlikely to meet its recruitment goal for the 2018 fiscal year, according to the military.

China cancels trade talks with US: Report

BEIJING: China has scrapped the trade talks with the US due next week by deciding not to send its Vice Premier Liu He for the negotiations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Vietnam President dead

HANOI: Vietnam President Tran Dai Quang died on Friday after prolonged illness.

44 killed in Tanzania ferry capsize

WASHINGTON: At least 44 people were killed when a passenger ferry carrying hundreds capsized in Tanzania's Lake Victoria, officials said.

US sanctions Chinese military for buying Russian weapons

WASHINGTON: The US has imposed sanctions against China's military for its purchases of Russian military equipment in a move US officials said is meant to punish Moscow for its "malign activities", including attacks on American elections.

This Alibaba robot will serve in China's hotels soon

CHINA: China's e-tail giant Alibaba on Thursday unveiled a robot that will serve guests in the country's hotels soon.

Four women in shortlist of six for Man Booker 2018

LONDON: Anna Burns, Esi Edugyan, Daisy Johnson, Rachel Kushner, Richard Powers and Robin Robertson were announced on Thursday as the six authors shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Japanese PM wins 3rd consecutive term as ruling party president

TOKYO: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the ruling Liberal Democratic Partys (LDP) leadership election on Thursday, securing a historic third term that will effectively extend his time in power by another three years.

1 killed in US courthouse shooting

WASHINGTON: A gunman who opened fire in a courthouse building in the US state of Pennsylvania and injured four people, has been shot dead by the police, authorities said.

Moon, Kim take historic trip to sacred N.Korean mountain

PYONGYANG: South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un embarked on a historic trip on Thursday to the summit of Mount Paekdu, a sacred mountain on the country's border with China, at the end of their three-day bilateral summit.

Former Malaysian PM arrested, to face fresh charges

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak was arrested on Wednesday to face fresh corruption charges related to scandal-hit state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad, the Malaysia's anti-graft body said.

Strawberry saboteurs may face 10-15 years in jail: Australian PM

CANBERRA: People responsible for putting needles into strawberries or posting online fake images of sabotaged fruits may face 10-15 years in jail, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday following a fruit contamination scare that has alarmed the country.

Philippines' typhoon toll reaches 81 amid rescue efforts

MANILA: Philippines authorities on Wednesday raised the death toll to 81 and the number of missing to 70 following typhoon Mangkhut's path through the country's north where rescuers continue searching for dozens of people trapped in a mine buried by a landslide.

N.Korea to shut down missile site: Moon

PYONYANG: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to shut down one of his main missile testing and launch sites, said South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday.

US, allies readying effort to expose N.Korean sanctions violations

WASHINGTON: The US and its allies are ready to launch a new effort to publicly expose North Korean violations of sanctions aimed at curbing its nuclear and missile programs, a media report said.

TB remains world's deadliest infectious disease: WHO

GENEVA: Tuberculosis (TB) remains the world's deadliest infectious disease although global efforts have averted an estimated 54 million tuberculosis (TB) deaths since 2000, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Tuesday.

Trump's SC pick, sexual abuse accuser to testify

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who has accused him of sexually assaulting her decades ago will testify publicly before the Senate on September 24.

Russian military plane disappears from radar off Syria

MOSCOW: A Russian military aircraft with 14 people on board has disappeared from the radar after flying over Syria, Moscow's Defence Ministry said on Tuesday.

Trump to impose tariffs on $200 bn in Chinese goods

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's administration will impose a 10 per cent tariff later this month on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, increasing to 25 per cent at the end of the year, a move that will sharply escalate the American trade war with Beijing.

Ex-NSA Flynn to be sentenced in November

WASHINGTON: Former US National Security Adviser (NSA) Michael Flynn will be sentenced by the end of November, after it had been delayed four times since he pleaded guilty to lying to investigators last December, according to his defence team.

India endorses 24-point programme for revitalising UN peacekeeping

UNITED NATION: India has endorsed a 24-point programme for revitalising the UN peacekeeping operations that is to become the basis of a high-level meeting next week, according to UN sources.

Over 100 killed in Nigeria floods

ABUJA: Over 100 people have died and thousands have been displaced in floods in Nigeria, authorities said.

Americans don't trust Trump: Indian-American Congresswoman

WASHINGTON: Americans are recognizing that they don't trust the US President who has maintained that he knew nothing about what was went on in his campaign, Indian-American Congressman Pramila Jayapal has said.

33 Philippine miners dead in typhoon-triggered landslides

MANILA: At least 33 miners were confirmed dead and 29 others missing in the mining town of Itogon in the northern Philippine Benguet province due to typhoon-triggered landslides, authorities said on Sunday.

Trump's SC pick's sexual assault accuser comes forward

WASHINGTON: A woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago has come forward publicly, detailing her allegations about President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee.

US imposes sanctions on Iran-related aviation company
WASHINGTON: The US Treasury announced on Friday that it has imposed sanctions on a Thailand-based aviation company, punishing it for its alleged ties with an already designated Iranian airline.
N.Korea resumes flights to Chinese city
SEOUL: North Korea has resumed flights between Pyongyang and the Chinese city of Dalian amid signs of improving ties between the allies, the media reported on Saturday.
Indian cities, states step up climate action plans

SAN FRANCISCO: At the Global Climate Action Summit, mayors and government functionaries of Indian cities have announced to scale up their actions to combat climate change and to protect people from hazardous climate impacts.

Chinese bus firm adopts analysis tech to prevent accident

SHANGHAI: A Chinese bus company here has installed cameras equipped with facial recognition and image analysis technology in some of its buses to prevent accidents due to driver action.

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