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Israel plans to build 2,500 houses in West Bank settlements

JERUSALEM: Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Thursday that he would request approval from a planning committee for the construction of 2,500 new housing units in settlements in the occupied Palestinian territory of the West Bank.

China, Pakistan extend currency swap deal

BEIJING: The People's Bank of China, the country's central bank, on Thursday extended a currency swap agreement with the State Bank of Pakistan.

US expels two Venezuelan diplomats in retaliatory move

WASHINGTON: The US has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, ordering them to leave the country within 48 hours, in a retaliatory move against Caracas's decision to remove two American diplomats, the media reported.

China 'disinvited' from major US military exercise

WASHINGTON: The US has withdrawn an invitation to China to participate in what has been described as the world's largest international maritime warfare exercise, the Pentagon has announced.

NASA's Curiosity rover tests new drilling method on Mars

WASHINGTON: After a mechanical problem took NASA Mars rover Curiosity's drill offline in December 2016, it has now successfully tested a new drilling method on the Red Planet, making a 50-millimetre deep hole in a target called "Duluth", NASA has said

US will be defeated in fresh anti-Iran move: Khamenei

TEHRAN: Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that the US is "not trustable" and will be defeated in its fresh anti-Iran move, media reports said.

1 dead in fireworks blast in Spain

MADRID: One person was killed and 27 others were injured on Wednesday in an explosion of fireworks materials at a home in northern Spain, the Vice President of the Galicia region said.

Key Taliban commander among 6 militants killed

KUNDUZ (AFGHANISTAN): Six Taliban militants including a key commander were killed after the Afghan security forces' aircraft struck the terror group's hideout in Kunduz province on Wednesday, officials said.

Pulitzer winning novelist Philip Roth dies

NEW YORK: Philip Roth, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and uncompromising realist who wrote about male sexuality, Jewish life and America in books like "Godbye Columbus", has died at a hospital here. He was 85.

US blacklists 5 Iranians for helping Yemen rebels

WASHINGTON: The US government has unveiled fresh sanctions against five Iranian individuals linked to the country's military who are supporting anti-government forces in Yemen.

Beijing SCO security meet discusses terrorism, Afghan situation

BEIJING: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) security meet here on Tuesday discussed ways to strengthen cooperation to fight terrorism and worsening situation in Afghanistan.

16 killed in Afghanistan blast

KABUL: At least 16 people were killed when a vehicle, packed with explosives detonated in the southern Kandahar province on Tuesday, authorities said.

Ex-Malaysian PM Razak to record statement

KUALA LUMPER: Former Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak arrived at the national anti-corruption body headquarters here on Tuesday to record his statement in a 2015 scandal involving state investment company 1MDB.

SpaceX to launch twin NASA water cycle tracker satellites

WASHINGTON: On its way to deploy five Iridium Next communications satellites on Tuesday, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will also launch twin NASA satellites that will monitor Earth's water cycle, marking a unique rideshare arrangement.

Heatstroke kills 65 in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: At least 65 people have been killed due to heatstroke in the last three days in Pakistan's Karachi, where the temperature hit 44 degrees Celsius, media reported on Tuesday.

Cuba plane crash survivor dies, toll rises to 111

HAVANA: The toll from last Friday's plane crash in Cuba has risen to 111 as one of the survivors succumbed to her injuries here, officials said.

5 killed as heavy rains lash Sri Lanka

COLOMBO: At least five people have been killed and seven are missing as heavy rains and strong winds caused havoc in Sri Lanka, the Disaster Management Centre (DMC) said on Monday.

Restaurant meals behind food-borne illnesses in kids: Survey

 NEW YORK: One among every 10 parents blame "contaminated" meals from restaurants as the leading cause behind food-borne illnesses in their children, a survey has revealed.

China calls mining report near Arunachal border 'groundless'

BEIJING: China on Monday dismissed as "groundless" a report that it was mining gold on its side of the disputed border in Arunachal Pradesh.

US temporarily suspends tariffs on Chinese products

WASHINGTON: The US has put on hold its plan to impose sweeping tariffs on Chinese products as it presses forward with negotiations to reduce its trade deficit with Beijing, a top priority of President Donald Trump.

Cuba plane crash: Airline 'had safety complaints'

HAVANA: The Mexican charter company whose plane crashed in Cuba last Friday, killing 110 people on board, had received prior safety complaints, two-ex pilots say.

China removes tariff on sorghum import from US

BEIJING: China announced on Friday that it was removing the heavy 178.

72 bags of cash, jewels seized in Najib-linked raids

KUALA LUMPUR: Police in Malaysia have seized 72 bags stuffed with cash, jewellery and luxury goods from properties linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak as part of investigations into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) fund corruption scandal.

Hockey: India women beat Malaysia

DONGHAE CITY (SOUTH KOREA): Defending Champions India registered their third consecutive victory at the fifth Women's Asian Champions Trophy as they best Malaysia 3-2 in a closely-fought encounter at the Sunrise Stadium here on Thursday.

Character actor Joseph Campanella dead at 93

LOS ANGLELE: Veteran character actor Joseph Campanella, who has appeared in more than 200 TV and film roles over his 50-year career, is dead. He was 93.

Facebook allows advertisers to target sensitive user interests

LONDON: Just a few days ahead of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect, a Guardian investigation has found that Facebook lets advertisers to target users it thinks are interested in sensitive subjects such as homosexuality, Islam or liberal

President Trump discloses payment to lawyer in financial report

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump repaid his lawyer Michael Cohen over $100,000 for expenses that Cohen incurred during the 2016 presidential election, according to a financial disclosure form released on Wednesday.

Two Indians arrested with gold in Nepal

KATHMANDU: Two Indians nationals have been arrested with half a kg of gold in Nepal.

Researchers develop molecule, move step closer to treating common cold

LONDON: Moving closer to finding a cure for common cold, researchers have developed a molecule that may prevent the virus from attacking human cells.

14 killed in Afghanistan clashes

KABUL: At least six Afghan security forces and eight Taliban militants were killed on Tuesday after heavy fighting broke out in the country's Farah city.

N. Korea urges US to hold dialogue without strings

PYONGYANG: North Korea on Saturday urged the US to hold dialogue without any precondition. A dialogue with Washington is possible, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said in a statement, Xinhua reported.

Doug Johnson named police chief at IUPUI

INDIANAPOLIS: Indiana University – Purdue Indianapolis IUPUI Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Camy Broeker and Indiana University Superintendent of Public Safety Benjamin Hunter have announced the appointment of Doug Johnson as chief of the Indiana University Police Department division at IUPUI. Johnson will lead more than 50 full-time and part-time uniformed officers and detectives beginning January. 1.

Trump officially recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital

NEW YORK: United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the face of international criticism while asserting that he was "not taking a position of any final status" of the ancient city that is also claimed by Palestine.

US Supreme Court allows Trump's third travel ban to go into effect

WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court on Monday allowed the third version of the Trump administration's travel ban to take effect, impacting citizens of eight countries from entering the US.

Afghan envoy meets Punjab CM, moots trade route and revival of Kabul-Amritsar air link

CHANDIGARH: Afghanistan’s ambassador to India Shaida Mohammad Abdali has proposed revival of the Amritsar-Kabul air corridor and a pilot project for 1500 tonnes of cargo trade to further boost his country’s traditionally close ties with Punjab.

Hyderabad getting decked up for Ivanka's visit

With less than a week left for Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), this Information Technology hub is getting decked up for the delegates from 150 countries, especially US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump.

Dr Shahid Athar presented Interfaith Ambassador 2017 Award

CARMEL (INDIANA): Renowned Endocrinologist Dr Shahid Athar on Saturday night was felicitated with the Interfaith Ambassador of the Year Award 2017 in rocognition to his commitment and devotion to the building of Interfaith relationship, during the Interfaith Thanksgiving Service at Carmel Christian Church which was sponsored by Carmel Interfaith Alliance.

UK to exit EU on March 29, 2019 -- at 11 p.m.

LONDON: The United Kingdom will exit the European Union (EU) at 11 p.

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