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President Donald Trump used his first full day in office to wage war on the media, accusing news organizations of lying about the size of his inauguration crowd as Saturday’s huge protests served notice that a vocal and resolute opposition would be a hallmark of his presidency. With Americans taking to the streets in red and blue states alike to emphatically decry a president they consider reprehensible and, even, illegitimate, Trump visited the Central Intelligence Agency for a stream-of-consciousness airing of grievances – including against journalists, whom he called “theRead More
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, including enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans. The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president’s first actions, directs agencies to grant relief to every one of the constituencies affected by the sprawling 2010 health-care law: insurers, hospitals, doctors, pharmaceutical companies and states. While the order doesRead More
WASHINGTON: Twenty-four hours before he takes the oath of office as the 45th US president, Donald Trump arrived in Washington on Thursday, determined to transform American politics over the next four years. The Republican billionaire’s arrival caps an extraordinary and improbable run for the White House that, once he takes the reins from President Barack Obama, will launch the United States into a new era. “The journey begins and I will be working and fighting very hard to make it a great journey for the American people,” Trump tweeted beforeRead More

Posted On January 19, 2017By telanganaIn World

President Obama holds final White House press conference

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama firmly defended his decision to cut nearly three decades off convicted leaker Chelsea Manning’s prison term on Wednesday, arguing in his final White House news conference that the former Army intelligence analyst had served a “tough prison sentence” already. Taking questions on many topics two days before his presidency ends, Obama also warned that the “moment may be passing” for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, pushing back on criticism over his recent move to put pressure on the Jewish state over settlement-building. Turning hisRead More
India will not hold talks with Pakistan as long as New Delhi’s nuclear-armed neighbor continues to support terrorism in South Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a foreign policy speech. “India alone cannot walk the path of peace, it also has to be Pakistan’s journey to make,” Modi said at a conference in New Delhi. “Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk toward dialogue with India.” Modi, who also made comments about China’s role in South Asia, said in a likely reference to Pakistan thatRead More
ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Monday captured the suspected jihadist who slaughtered 39 people on New Year’s night at an Istanbul nightclub, detaining him in a raid on a residential area of the city after a long manhunt. The alleged assailant was found along with his four-year-old son in an apartment in the Esenyurt district of Istanbul after a massive police operation, state-run TRT television reported. The attacker had been on the run for over two weeks, after slipping into the night following the attack on the glamorous Reina nightclub onRead More
Qatar is regaining its appetite for deals. In the past two months alone, the world’s richest country per capita invested in Turkey’s biggest poultry producer, Russian oil giant Rosneft, and U.K. gas company National Grid. The investments have been made through the Qatar Investment Authority, created in 2005 to handle the country’s windfall from liquefied natural gas sales, of which it is the world’s biggest exporter. Since then, the country – with a population smaller than Houston – has amassed $335 billion in assets around the globe, making its sovereignRead More
WASHINGTON: Rolling back Obamacare and industry regulations. Deporting undocumented immigrants. Scrapping trade deals. And of course, building that border wall. It will be an extremely busy first day in the White House for Donald Trump if he lives up to his various campaign and transition pledges to undo the policies of Barack Obama’s eight-year presidency. Some orders or guidance can be reversed with the stroke of a pen. Other policies will take months or longer to unwind. But he will be able to set efforts in motion on several fronts.Read More
WASHINGTON: US Vice President Joe Biden has singled out Pakistan along with Russia and North Korea and others for making “counterproductive” moves that only increased the risk that nuclear weapons could be used in a regional conflict. “Not just North Korea, but Russia, Pakistan, and others have made counterproductive moves that only increase the risk that nuclear weapons could be used in a regional conflict in Europe, South Asia, or East Asia,” Biden said in his remarks on nuclear security. Working with the Congress, the next administration will have toRead More
While touting his commitment to avoiding conflicts of interest, President-elect Donald Trump said Wednesday he recently turned down a sweet offer: A $2 billion deal from the Middle Eastern mega-developer of the “Beverly Hills of Dubai.” That man, Hussain Sajwani, is the billionaire chairman of Damac Properties, a Dubai-based development giant that has paid Trump’s company millions of dollars in recent years – and whom Trump called a “very amazing man” and a friend. The president-elect’s surprise call-out to the elite Dubai developer was an odd addition to a speechRead More