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May survives no-confidence vote triggered by Conservative MPs
LONDON: UK Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday survived a vote of no-confidence triggered by members of her own ruling Conservative Party over her handling of the country exiting the European Union (EU).
Canada warns Trump against politicising Chinese executive's arrest
OTTAWA: Canada has issued a stern warning to US President Donald Trump against using the arrest of Chinese tech company Huawei's Chief Financial Officer (CFO), who has been accused of helping the firm dodge American sanctions on Iran, as a bargaining chip in trade talks with Beijing.
6 killed in Italy nightclub stampede

ROME: At least six people were killed and 35 injured on Saturday following a stampede at a nightclub in Italy, authorities said.

Trump signs two-week spending bill to avoid government shutdown

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed a two-week spending bill to extend federal government funding, averting a partial shutdown and delaying an expected partisan fight over the proposed border wall.

Manafort told multiple discernible lies: Mueller

NEW YORK: Special counsel Robert Mueller has said that President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort told "multiple dis­cern­ible lies" during interviews with prosecutors, including about his contacts with an employee who is alleged to have ties to Russian intelligence.

Italy fines Facebook 10 mn euros for misleading users

LONDON: Italian regulators have fined Facebook 10 million euros for selling users' data without informing them.

'Indian city' Brampton to have Canada's first world-class cricket stadium

TORONTO: With its population of cricket-loving immigrants increasing rapidly, the Indian-dominated city of Brampton on the outskirts of Toronto will soon build the first world-class cricket stadium in Canada.

Cohen acted at Trump's direction when he broke law: Prosecutors

NEW YORK: US prosecutors have said that Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former attorney, acted at the President's direction when he committed two election-related crimes during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Paris tourist sites to close amid protest fears

PARIS: Tourist sites, including the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower, in Paris will be closed over the weekend amid fears of further street violence due to "yellow vests" anti-government protests.

Malala Yousafzai honoured by Harvard University

WASHINGTON: Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai has been honoured by Harvard University for her global work promoting girls education.

World food prices fall to two-year low: FAO

ROME: Global food prices declined in November, led by abundant inventories and sharp drops for palm oil and other vegetable oils, as well as declines in dairy products and cereals, the UN Food and Agriculture of the UN said.

We're not your 'hired gun' anymore, Imran Khan tells US

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused the US of "pushing Pakistan away" and said he would never want to have a relation with Washington where his country is treated like a "hired gun".

US border family arrests maintain record-high streak

WASHINGTON: Apprehensions of migrant family members who illegally crossed the southern border into the US broke another record in November, according to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) statistics.

CNN's New York offices evacuated after 'bomb threat'

NEW YORK: CNN's offices and studios here were evacuated on Thursday night because of a phoned-in bomb threat.

Trump to nominate Nauert as next UN ambassador

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has planned to nominate State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert to replace Nikki Haley as his new ambassador to the UN.

Arab nations outmanoeuvre US to defeat anti-Hamas resolution at UN

UNITED NATIONS: Arab nations have deftly outmanoeuvred the US at the UN to defeat a resolution it sponsored condemning Hamas by requiring a two-thirds majority for it to pass, rather than the simple majority it received.

India tried to politicize Kartarpur border opening: Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said that India gave a "political colour" to his gesture of opening the Kartarpur border and called it "unfortunate".

Bush Sr.'s coffin back in Texas for final farewell

WASHINGTON: The casket with the remains of former US President George H.

US military planes crash off Japan, 6 missing

TOKYO: Six members of the US Navy are missing after two military aircraft collided off the west coast of Japan, the US Armed Forces deployed in the Asian country reported on Thursday.

Nokia unveils 8.1 with 'PureDisplay' screen technology

DUBAI: HMD Global that makes and sells Nokia phones has launched Nokia 8.

Ex-Indian diplomat elected to UN's socio-economic, cultural panel

UNITED NATIONS: Former senior Indian diplomat Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) of the UN.

1st Test: India 56/4 at lunch vs Australia on Day One

ADELAIDE: A disciplined bowling attack by Australia left India at 56/4 at lunch on the first day of the first Test of the four-match series at the Adelaide Oval here on Thursday.

Oil prices slide as Trump urges OPEC not to cut supply

NEW YORK: Oil prices have extended losses as US President Donald Trump once again tried to dampen OPEC's efforts to tackle falling oil prices amid market expectations on further output cut.

'Europeans more concerned about climate change than Americans, Chinese'

KATOWICE: Europeans are more concerned about climate change than people in the US and China, a survey has said.

Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

WASHINGTON: US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.

Man arrested in wife missing case of 1982

CANBERRA: Australian police have arrested the husband of a Sydney woman whose disappearance in 1982 has become the subject of a popular crime podcast.

After Oscars, BAFTA shifts 2020 award ceremony date

LONDON: Four months after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced a new date for Oscars ceremony in 2020, British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has also moved its film awards for the year.

France to suspend fuel tax hike after protests

PARIS: The French government will suspend its plan to introduce a fuel tax hike which has led to violent protests, the media reported on Tuesday.

Pentagon will send green-card holders to recruit training

WASHINGTON: The Pentagon will begin sending a backlog of thousands of green-card holders to recruit training, suspending a policy adopted by President Donald Trump's administration that required more-stringent background checks for some immigrants wanting to serve.

Manafort tried to broker deal over Assange's handover to US

NEW YORK: Paul Manafort, US President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman who awaits sentencing for lying to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement, flew to Ecuador to help negotiate a deal for the handover of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to Washington, a media report said.

CIA Director to brief lawmakers on Khashoggi murder

WASHINGTON: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director Gina Haspel is slated to brief a small group of lawmakers Tuesday on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to a congressional source.

Rajapaksa can't take actions as Sri Lankan PM: Court

COLOMBO: The Court of Appeal in Sri Lanka on Monday issued an interim order restraining former strongman Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of his purported government from functioning as the Prime Minister, Cabinet and deputy ministers.

'JAI' okay if it promotes peace: China

BEIJING: China on Monday reacted cautiously to the trilateral meet between India, Japan and the US on the sidelines of the just-concluded G20 summit, saying Beijing was okay to such a set-up if it did not disturb peace in the region.

China agrees to reduce tariffs on US cars: Trump

WASHINGTON: China has agreed to cut tariffs on cars it imports from the US, President Donald Trump has said, a day after he negotiated a ceasefire in the trade war with Beijing.

Kamala Harris to decide on 2020 US presidential bid over holidays

SAN FRANCISCO: Democrat Kamala Harris, the first Indian-American to serve in the US Senate, said she will make a decision about a potential 2020 presidential bid during the upcoming holiday season.

Hockey World Cup: India hold Belgium in exciting clash

BHUBANESWAR: India recovered from a slow start to produce a superb second half performance and hold title contenders Belgium to a 2-2 draw in a crucial Pool C match of the FIH World Cup here on Sunday.

Xi, Trump hold 'successful meeting', agree not to impose tariffs
BUERNOS AIRES: Following a "highly successful meeting" here between US and Chinese Presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, the leaders of the two largest economies have agreed not to impose new tariffs from January 1, 2019, and pledged to continue negotiations to seek a way out of the ongoing trade war.
G20: India presents 9-point agenda to deal with fugitive economic offenders

BUENOS AIRES: India has called for a strong and active cooperation across G-20 countries -- including in legal processes for effective freezing of proceeds of crime and early return of offenders -- to deal with fugitive economic offenders and facilitate asset recovery.

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