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US expresses concern about LeT affiliates contesting elections

ISLAMABAD: The US State Department has expressed concern over the participation of Lashkar-e-Taiba-affiliated (LeT) individuals in the upcoming elections in Pakistan, media reports said on Saturday.

Trump attacks EU for fining Google ahead of Juncker visit

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Thursday attacked the European Union (EU), saying Europe's latest fining of US tech-giant Google showed that the bloc "truly" has "taken advantage of the US".

White House buys two Air Force One planes for $3.9 bn

WASHINGTON: The White House said on Wednesday it had signed a $3.

Scientists discover new 'Maghalayan age' in Earth's history

LONDON: Geologists have classified the last 4,200 years as being a distinct Earth age and are calling it a new chapter -- the "Meghalayan Age" -- the onset of which was marked by a mega-drought that crushed a number of civilisations worldwide.

No 'time limit' on N.Korea denuclearisation: Trump

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has said there is "no time limit" for North Korea to denuclearise and there is no need to rush the process.

China builds unmanned weather station near border with India

BEIJING: China has installed an unmanned automatic weather observation station near its border with India in Tibet to support its Army in the event of a live fire conflict with New Delhi.

62 militants killed in Afghan airstrikes

KABUL: At least 62 militants were killed in airstrikes in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, a military official said on Tuesday.

Universities need to evolve to adapt to changing times, says Australian educationist

SYDNEY: Amid warnings that about 40 per cent of existing university degrees will soon become obsolete, a leading Australian educationist has said that much shorter courses, with more online ones, would have to be the focus of future education with emphasis on "life-long learning" to continuously upgrade skills.

Guatemala volcano eruption toll reaches 116

GUATEMALA CITY: The death toll from the eruption of Guatemala's Fuego volcano on June 3 has risen to 116, authorities said.

American media gives Putin too much credit: Russian activist

MOSCOW: A member from the Russian punk band and activist group Pussy Riot said President Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule is actually less organised and effective than that portrayed by the American media.

US facing serious shortage of airline pilots

WASHINGTON: The US is currently facing a serious shortage of airline pilots, particularly at the regional airline levels, according to a report.

Adidas to use only recycled plastic by 2024

BERLIN: Global sportswear maker Adidas announced that it has committed to using only recycled plastic by 2024.

Lava bomb hits Hawaii tour boat, 23 injured

HONOLULU: At least 23 people were injured when a lava bomb hit a tour boat in Hawaii, according to fire officials.

Musk slammed for calling Thai cave rescuer 'Pedo'

SAN FRANCISCO: SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk was slammed on social media on Sunday for attacking a British diver who helped rescue the boys trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand, baselessly calling him a "pedo" on Twitter.

Trump arrives in Helsinki, to hold summit with Putin

HELSINKI: US President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin will hold their first official summit here on Monday, in which the leaders are expected to address issues including Syria, Ukraine conflicts, nuclear disarmament and the alleged interference of Moscow in the 2016 American elections.

Protests continue in Iraq over lack of jobs, basic services

BAGHDAD: Hundreds of Iraqi demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday in protest over lack of jobs and basic service, police said.

Plastic bags consumption reduces by 80% in Israel

TEL AVIV: Israeli consumption of plastic bags decreased by 80 per cent in 2017 than the year before, according to Israeli Environment Ministry on Sunday.

China spying on military exercises: Pentagon

BEIJING: The Pentagon has said that a Chinese spy ship is currently spying on a major US-led military exercise off the coast of Hawaii, the same exercise it was disinvited due to Washington's opposition to Beijing's militarisation in the South China Sea.

55 Hurt in train accident in Egypt

CAIRO: At least 55 people were hurt on Friday in a train derailment in the province of Giza, the Egyptian Health Ministry said.

Trump Baby' balloon takes flight in London

LONDON: A giant balloon depicting US President Donald Trump as a baby took flight over the British Parliament on Friday, kicking off widespread protests against his visit to the UK.

58 immigrant children reunited, says US officials

WASHINGTON: Fifty-eight immigrant children under the age of five have been reunited with their parents after being separated at the US border, officials said in a filing.

Authorities drop charges against Stormy Daniels

WASHINGTON: Prosecutors in Columbus, Ohio, on Thursday dismissed charges against adult film actress Stormy Daniels -- famous for a purported 2006 affair with US President Donald Trump -- following her arrest while performing at a strip club.

Former Brazil President acquitted in one of 7 corruption cases

BRASILIA: Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is in prison serving a sentence on a corruption conviction, was acquitted Thursday in one of the seven cases he is facing.

Stormy Daniels arrested at strip club

WASHINGTON: American porn star Stormy Daniels was arrested at a strip club for allegedly allowing a patron to touch her while on stage in a "nonsexual manner", her lawyer, Michael Avenatti said Thursday morning.

Japan floods toll reaches 199

TOKYO: The death toll from devastating floods resulting from torrential rains in Japan has increased to 199, a government official said on Thursday.

New US policy to turn away more asylum seekers

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump's administration will implement a new asylum policy at the border that will result in potentially thousands of asylum seekers being turned away before they can plead their case in court.

13 rescued from Thai cave lost 2 kg weight: Medics

THAILAND: A Thai medical team said on Wednesday that the 12 boys and their coach rescued from a cave in northern Thailand have lost approximately two kg of weight each after spending more than two weeks trapped underground.

China calls US trade actions 'shocking', 'totally unacceptable

BEIJING: China on Wednesday expressed "shock" and solemn protest against the US' announcement of fresh tariffs, calling it "totally unacceptable".

Explosion rocks Afghan education office, 1 dead

KABUL: An explosion on Wednesday rocked a provincial education office in the Afghan city of Jalalabad.

US levies 10% taxes on Chinese products worth $200 bn

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump has ordered the start of imposing additional 10 per cent taxes on Chinese imports worth $200 billion, according to a statement by the US Trade Representative (USTR).

US fires next shot in China trade war

WASHINGTON: The US has ramped up its trade war with China, listing $200 billion worth of additional products it plans to place tariffs on as soon as September.

Chicago mayor slams Trump's immigration policy

CHICAGO: The mayor of Chicago, the third biggest city in the US, has criticised President Donald Trump's controversial immigration policy as "cruel, unnecessary and unlawful".

China frees dissident Nobel Peace laureate's widow Liu Xia

BEIJING: After seven years of house arrest, Liu Xia, the widow of activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, on Tuesday left for Germany.

Monster crocodile caught in Australia after 10-year search

CANBERRA: Park rangers in Australia's Northern Territory (NT) have caught one of the region's biggest crocodiles after a decade-long hunt.

Kim Jong-un's private jet spotted in Russia

SEOUL: A flight tracking website on Monday detected North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's private jet in the Russian city of Vladivostok leading to speculations that the preparations for his visit might be underway.

Spain appoint former ATK coach Molina as sporting director

MADRID: Former Spain goalkeeper and Indian Super League (ISL) franchise ATK coach Jose Francisco Molina was on Monday appointed the new sporting director of the the Spanish football federation RFEF.

China, India clinch deal to reduce tariffs on Indian medicines, anti-cancer drugs

BEIJING: China on Monday said it has clinched a deal with India on the reduction of import duties on Indian medicines including anti-cancer drugs, which are highly expensive in the country.

Protesters try to break into Sharifs' London apartment

LONDON: A mob attempted to attack the Avenfield property of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family here, British authorities said.

Brexit Secretary David Davis resigns

LONDON: David Davis, the man responsible for overseeing the UK's exit from the European Union (EU) has resigned, citing irreconcilable differences with Prime Minister Theresa May.

Thailand gears up for second day of cave rescue

BANGKOK: Thai authorities on Monday were preparing for the second day of the rescue of the remaining nine boys trapped for more than two weeks in a cave in northern Thailand following a successful first operation in which four were taken out alive.

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