Trump's compromise bid to end government shutdown shot down by Democrats
NEW YORK: With an eye on political moderates, President Donald Trump has offered to bargain temporary status for nearly a million illegal immigrants for the $5.
Thousands march across US to protest against Trump
WASHINGTON: Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in Washington D.
Fleeing Saudi woman arrives in Canada

OTTAWA: The young Saudi woman who has been granted asylum after fleeing from her reported abusive family arrived in Canada's Toronto on Saturday morning, media reported.

Five dead in Afghanistan attack
KABUL: Attackers killed five people at a police station in Herat, Afghanistan, on Saturday evening, Herat police Chief Aminullah Amarkhel told CNN.
Thailand urged to stop deportation of Saudi woman
BANGKOK: The Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Thai authorities to stop the deportation of an 18-year-old Saudi woman who fled her family and has been held at the Bangkok airport since the weekend.
US fires tear gas at Mexico border to deter migrants
WASHIGTON: US border agents have launched tear gas to deter migrants attempting to breach the US-Mexico border fence into California.
Ready to meet Trump again at any time: Kim Jong-un
PYONGYANG: Top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un, said in a New Year's address that he is ready to meet US President Donald Trump again at any time, Korean Central Television reported on Tuesday.
Bangladesh polling closes amid clashes, opposition boycott
DHAKA: Polling stations in Bangladesh closed on Sunday after a day of violent clashes in which at least 12 people have died as well as a boycott by the main Muslim opposition party, reported EFE.
Over 40,000 evacuated in Indonesia over fresh tsunami fear
JAKARTA: A massive evacuation was ordered from the coast along Indonesia's western Sunda Strait on Friday after the warning of a possible second tsunami triggered by the eruption of the Anak Krakatau volcano that claimed over 400 lives last week.
At least 32 killed in attack on Afghan govt building
KABUL: At least 28 civilians, one police officer and three attackers were killed after a deadly explosion and ensuing gun firing rocked a government office near a diplomatic district in Afghan capital on Monday, spokesman of Ministry of Interior Affairs said on Tuesday.
'Poor' Trump 'all alone' on Christmas amid wall impasse

WASHINGTON: With the US government shutdown entering its third day, President Donald Trump took to Twitter and lamented how he was "all alone" in the White House and aired his many grievances.

Chinese firms ask workers to shun iPhones, buy Huawei devices
BEIJING: Extending support to Huawei which is facing immense pressure from the US, Chinese companies have rallied behind the tech giant, offering hefty discounts to employees to buy Huawei devices and shun iPhones.
Apple provided customers' data on Indian government requests
NEW DELHI: The Indian government has asked Apple to provide information for 27 devices and 18 accounts in the January-June 2018 period, with the company providing data in most of the cases owing to an iTunes Gift Card fraud investigation.
Over 2,000 evacuated as 5.8 quake strikes Tibet
LHASA: More than 2,100 people were evacuated after a 5.
Indonesian tsunami toll rises to 281 amid fresh warnings issued
JAKARTA: Indonesian authorities have confirmed the death of at least 281 people in the devastating tsunami that hit the Sunda Strait in the western part of the archipelago on Saturday night, which also left 1,016 injured.
Trump says government shutdown 'could be a long stay'
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said Saturday that he was negotiating with the Democrats to end a partial government shutdown, but "it could be a long stay" due to continued discrepancy on his long-time demand for a border wall, reported Xinhua.
Tsunami toll in Indonesia rises to 222
JAKARTA: The death toll from the tsunami triggered by volcano eruption in Indonesia rose to 222, and over 800 people were injured, Xinhua reported quoting officials on Sunday.
Deadly 'volcano tsunami' hits Indonesia, 62 dead
JAKARTA: At least 62 people have been killed and 584 injured after a tsunami hit the coast on Indonesia's Sunda Strait possibly following undersea landslides after the Krakatoa volcano erupted, government officials say.
US government partially shuts down: 3rd time in 2018
WASHINGTON: With funding for roughly a quarter of the US government, including appropriations for the Departments of Homeland Security and Justice expiring at midnight, a partial shutdown of the federal administration began on Saturday after the Congress and the White House failed to reach a deal.
US Supreme Court rejects Trump request to enforce asylum ban
WASHINGTON: The US Supreme Court has rejected a request from the Donald Trump administration to begin enforcing a ban on asylum for immigrants who illegally cross the US-Mexico border.
Wickremesinghe sworn in as Sri Lankan PM, political impasse ends
COLOMBO: Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, sacked from the post in October, was sworn in again on Sunday by President Maithripala Sirisena, a move that ended a nearly two-month political impasse that erupted after his surprising dismissal.
Dream fulfilled, says "Miss India Worldwide 2018" Shree Saini

NEW JERSEY: Born in Punjab (India) Indian-American Shree Saini got her cherished dream fulfilled when she was crowned Miss India Worldwide 2018 at the 27th Annual Global pageant held in the Fords City of New Jersey.

Pakistan, China, Afghanistan sign MoU on anti-terrorism cooperation
KABUL: Pakistan, China and Afghanistan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) vis-a-vis anti-terrorism cooperation during a second trilateral ministerial dialogue in Kabul on Saturday.
Sri Lanka's disputed PM Rajapaksa resigns amid crisis
COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's disputed Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa resigned on Saturday, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis in the island nation.
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.

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