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TTV Dinakaran concedes defeat as AIADMK shuns out him and Sasikala

Last night, senior ministers - at least 10 of them - met in Chennai and decided that Dinakaran, who is the party's No 2, and his aunt, VK Sasikala, who is the party chief, would be evicted from their positions. If we don't follow this path, then it shall be an injustice to the people", he said. According to the trial court judgment, which was restored by the Supreme Court, her wealth should have been attached and fine of Rs 100 crore collected from the vast estate she had left behind. Read More »

Trump orders changes to H-1B visa programme, not pushing legislative action

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A senior Trump administration official argued on Monday that the H-1B visas are supposed to be awarded to highly qualified workers, but often bring in less skilled employees who earn lower wages than those they are meant to replace. The tech industry has argued that the H-1B programme is needed because it encourages students to stay in the U.S. after getting degrees in high-tech specialties, and that they can not always find enough American workers with the skills they need. Read More »

GM Will Start Producing an Electric Car in China in Two Years

Last year, Volvo introduced its first plug-in hybrid vehicle, the XC90 T8 Excellence in India at a price of Rs 1.25 crore (Ex-showroom, Delhi). To compete with Musk's iconic Tesla cars, Volvo just announced that in 2019 it will release its first fully electric vehicle. Read More »

U.S. misleads allies on DPRK deterrence effort

Vice President Mike Pence Wednesday declined to say whether the United States had any role in North Korea's failed missile test over the weekend and said that "the patience of the USA and its allies in this region has really run out - and we're beginning to take such measures diplomatically to isolate Pyongyang". Read More »

Turkey's justice minister: Time to contest vote results over

He tweeted, "applications against the High Electoral Board's decisions can not be taken to any court or authority, including the Council of State and the Constitutional Court". Official results by the electoral board are expected next week. It cited precedents in which it had accepted unstamped ballots as valid due to the incompetence or lack of training of local ballot box officers who had failed to stamp them in time for elections. Read More »

Corpses being sent home for burial after Taliban attack

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The Western-backed Afghan government is locked in a prolonged war with Taliban insurgents and other militant groups. According to USA watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35% in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed. Read More »

Handel Celebrates 6th District Results, Gets Ready For Runoff

Wednesday. Both parties see the race as a test, an early indicator of what lies ahead in the 2018 congressional mid-term elections so Democrats have been trying to make it a referendum on the president. Ossoff has enough momentum to draw attention from Trump himself. "Force runoff and easy win!" Simas says members of Congress from districts like Culberson's have some work to do, even if it's too early for them to be anxious. Read More »

Nawaz Sharif not out of the woods on graft

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If the Supreme Court announces punitive measures against Sharif or his family members as part of the decision, it may lead to a serious crisis in government. The ruling sparked celebrations outside the court by deputies of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz party, which enjoys a comfortable 134-seat majority in the directly elected lower chamber of parliament. Read More »

Trump Doesn't See US Role In Libya Nation-Building

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Last year, USA -led air power drove ISIS from its safe haven in Sirte and into Libya's southern desert. See the full press conference. Italy, in particular, sees Libya as a focal point for the migrant crisis , with 97 percent of the migrants who arrive on Italy's shores either originating from the country or using it as a transit point. Read More »

Taliban Attack on Afghan Military Base Leaves 150 Dead

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The defense ministry had said Friday night that eight soldiers were killed and 11 others were wounded in its initial reports. One official in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Read More »

Mary Keitany breaks a marathon record with 3rd London win

Rafael Botello Jimenez was third after a dramatic finish on The Mall as Weir passed Tanni Grey-Thompson's six victories and said it helped banish the demons of his failed Paralympic bid. Having pulled away from her main rivals in the opening kilometres, Keitany found herself well under the pace required to beat Radcliffe's absolute record of 2:15:25, a time he Briton set with male pacemakers and often described as "Beamonesque". Read More »

Australia, New Zealand hit back at North Korea threat

However, in response to the comments, North Korea's state-run KCNA news agency on Saturday quoted a foreign ministry spokesman accusing Ms Bishop of "spouting a string of rubbish" against the nation. "It is hard to expect good words from the foreign minister of such government". The tit-for-tat came as US Vice-President Mike Pence again attacked North Korea's weapons program while in Australia. Read More »

White House defends claim carrier group was headed to Korea

US Vice President Mike Pence said on Saturday it would arrive "within days" but gave no other details. The move increased tensions with Pyongyang, with its official Korean Central News Agency calling the carrier's deployment "nothing but a reckless action of aggression to aggravate the tensions in the region". Read More »

Saudi King Appoints Son as Country's Ambassador to US

The decision by Saudi Arabia's King Salman to restore cuts to financial allowances for civil servants and military personnel is being seen as helping the kingdom avoid recession this year while smoothing the path toward economic reforms. Additionally, Emir Abdulaziz bin Salman was appointed as Minister of State Responsible for Energy. A royal decree dismissed the kingdom's information and civil service ministers and set up a committee to investigate allegations of abuse of the civil service ... Read More »

Turkish election body to evaluate poll result concerns

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The brief statement does note that Trump thanked the Turkish leader for supporting the recent USA strike in response to the Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons. The White House said Trump spoke with Erdogan "to congratulate him on his recent referendum victory" and to discuss Syria and the fight against the Islamic State group. Read More »

'No doubt' Syria behind chemical attack: Pentagon chief

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He said Moscow has lots of questions about the "very ambiguous" and "contradictory" ideas emanating from Washington. "We consider it of utmost importance to prevent the risks of replay of similar action in the future". Intelligence services from several Western countries dispute that claim. The health minister in Turkey, which treated numerous attack's victims and conducted autopsies on others, said Tuesday that test results conducted on victims confirmed sarin gas was used. Read More »

General election 2017: Blair warns against Brexit 'blank cheque'

May and the Conservatives, thus weakening instead of strengthening her position in the Brexit negotiations, possibly putting the United Kingdom's Liberal Democrats, opposed to Brexit, in a stronger position in national politics, and perhaps even forcing her to resign for her bad judgment in calling the elections in the first place. Read More »

British MPs approve PM May's call for snap election

The episode served to underline how slim May's majority was in parliament. Avoiding a situation in which negotiations reached their conclusion in the run-up to a British general election campaign was also positive for the European Union, he said. Read More »

British PM May refuses to rule out personal tax hikes after election

Or Labour, whose natural instinct is to always raise taxes'. She said that since Britons voted to leave the European Union in June, the country had come together, but politicians had not. "It is pretty ironic for Labour, of all people, to be using the "tax bombshell" line". "She looked across the despatch box and thought "I can not resist the temptation of taking on Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party - the most ineffective opposition in inter-planetary history". Read More »

U.S., Iran trade barbs over landmark 2015 nuclear deal

The tough talk is a smokescreen to allow him to stick with the deal . "The strategy is to use rhetoric to distract from the reality", Mr Rubin said . Iran has reiterated that the U.S. Trump described the accord as the "worst deal ever negotiated" during his campaign and threatened to tear it up, but analysts say that is increasingly unlikely. Read More »

France tightens security ahead of presidential elections

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In response to the attack, Le Pen called for the closure of all the mosques in France and the expulsion of all those suspected of terrorist acts. The risk for the main presidential candidates is misjudging the public mood by making an ill-perceived gesture or comment. Read More »

Lebanese PM asks U.N. to help seek permanent truce with Israel

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Fayyad's remarks come three days after Prime Minister Saad Hariri criticized Hizbullah's border tour during a landmark visit to the South. The recent verbal escalation between Hezbollah and Israel has been intense bringing into memory the devastating 33-day war between the two sides in July 2006 that ended with the United Nations Security Council issuing resolution 1701 that halted all the military operations on the border. Read More »

Emirates trims US flights after Trump administration curbs

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Emirates, hit hard by President Trump's ban on using electronics on us -bound flights, is cutting its schedule to five American cities because of "significant deterioration" in bookings, the airline said. Five cities out of 12 will see cuts, according to Business Insider , and the number of flights will be reduced rather than stopped altogether. They also say the ME3 are in violation of the Open Skies agreements that govern air travel between the USA and 120 nations including the UAE and Qatar. Read More »

Australia to tighten citizenship rules for new migrants

The Australian government has announced changes to its current visa programs, with plans to axe the four-year 457 visa for highly skilled workers and replace it with two temporary skills visas. The 457 visa, now used by about 95,000 foreign workers, will be replaced by a new temporary visa and the list of occupations that qualify for a visa will be reduced from more than 200. Read More »

Exxon seeks waiver from U.S. sanctions on Russia

Congress has launched an investigation into Russia's actions during in the US presidential election, and the FBI has an investigation into connections between Trump campaign officials and Russian intelligence. The company sought to resume oil drilling in several areas of the Black Sea banned by USA sanctions on Russian Federation. It was however, allowed to complete some drilling projects as the sanctions took effect. Read More »

Exxon Won't Be Getting That Waiver From Russian Sanctions

An Exxon spokesman said the company declined to comment on ongoing issues. For ExxonMobil, the current situation is far from he flawless status, the concern that it could lose its contractual exploration rights in the Black Sea if drilling operations did not recommence by the end of 2017. Read More »

Labour eyes referendum on Brexit deal in 2017 manifesto

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The Labour leader has faced challenges from within his parliamentary team since he won a landslide victory to take the reins following Ed Miliband's departure, but has remained in charge due to his high level of support among its core membership. Read More »

Prince was 'greatest performer of his generation'

Prince wrote about social issues in his music up until his death: His final studio album, 2015's Hit n Run Phase Two , contained the song "Baltimore", which referenced the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray. The first 10,000 fans through the doors at Target Field will receive " Purple Rain " umbrellas, and Prince's music will, naturally, be played throughout the evening before, during and after the game. Read More »

French voters begin casting ballots in presidential election

A slate of other candidates are polling in single digits. By 5 p.m. local time (11 a.m. ET) 69.42% of France's 47 million registered voters had cast their ballots, according to the Interior Ministry. Polls suggest far-right nationalist Marine Le Pen and Emmanuel Macron, an independent centrist and former economy minister, were in the lead. There are speculations the vote will be impacted by the recent terror. Read More »

Stephen Colbert Scolds Russia For Criticizing Donald Trump After Electing Him

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Navy admiral who served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Barack Obama, said President Donald Trump's words didn't mean action, and that his tough talk was created to keep the pressure on North Korea. "When we requested to restore the agreed language that was of political importance and expressed commitment to continue to work on the draft. the USA delegation without providing any explanations cancelled the work on the draft", the Russian UN mission said in a ... Read More »

North Korea threatens Australia with nuclear strike

That prompted the furious response from North Koreans. It would be "an actual example to show our military's force" according to the newspaper, but such a strike would also likely lead to war on the peninsula. The report said the situation on the Korean Peninsula was "inching close to the brink of war in an evil cycle of increasing tensions". "Is this really what Australians want to be involved in?" Moon Jae-in, South Korea's leading presidential candidate, on Sunday announced a set of ... Read More »