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Pakistan doesn't do a damn thing for US: Donald Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
Defending his administration's decision to suspend aid to Pakistan, US President Donald Trump said, "Pakistan doesn't do a damn thing for us". He added that Pakistan government had helped Osama bin Laden hide in the country. The US suspended nearly $2 billion in security assistance to Pakistan earlier this year for not taking action against terrorists operating from its soil.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:57 am on 19 Nov
Postcard on shrinking Swiss glacier asks to stop global warming
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
A postcard aimed at creating awareness about global warming and climate change has been laid out on Switzerland's rapidly shrinking Aletsch glacier. Organisers claim the postcard consisting of 125,000 children's drawings and messages is the world's largest. The glacier, which experts fear could disappear by 2100, is losing up to 12 metres of ice a year.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:48 pm on 19 Nov
Indian woman criticises US pub for Hindu gods on toilet walls
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
An Indian woman based in US has written a letter to a New York pub criticising it over images of Hindu gods on its toilet walls. "I wasn't proud...I thought is it possible that my culture is again being...treated like an accessory of white culture," she wrote. The pub apologised and said, "The bathroom will be dismantled and redesigned ASAP."
short by Ankush Verma / 04:08 pm on 19 Nov
PM Modi attends swearing-in ceremony of new Maldives President
short by Arshiya Chopra / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
PM Narendra Modi on Saturday attended the swearing-in ceremony of Maldives' new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the island nation's capital Malé. "India and the Maldives share a strong partnership rooted in history...My government's vision of inclusive development 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikaas' extends to all our neighbours too," PM Modi wrote in a Facebook post ahead of the ceremony.
short by Arshiya Chopra / 07:37 pm on 17 Nov
India-Maldives agree on renewing ties, peace in Indian Ocean
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / on 18 Nov 2018,Sunday
PM Narendra Modi and Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih expressed confidence in renewal of bilateral ties and maintaining security and peace in the Indian Ocean, a joint statement after Solih's swearing-in ceremony read. PM Modi assured Solih of India's firm commitment in helping Maldives achieve sustainable economic development. This was PM Modi's first Maldives visit since assuming office.
short by Ayushi Ahluwalia / 10:49 am on 18 Nov
Indian-origin professor in US used students as servants: Reports
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
Ashim Mitra, an Indian-origin professor at US' University of Missouri-Kansas City reportedly used his students as his personal servants. Mitra reportedly told his students to look after his dog and water the house plants when he and his wife were away. One of his students said that he considered his life at the university as "nothing more than modern slavery".
short by Ankush Verma / 07:51 pm on 19 Nov
Man sues British Airways for 'seating him next to fat passenger'
short by Ankush Verma / on 18 Nov 2018,Sunday
A man is suing British Airways for £10,000 for "seating him next to an obese passenger" during a 12-hour flight from Bangkok to Heathrow, claiming he suffered back injuries as a result. "I could feel the weight of his pure bulk putting lateral pressure on my upper body," the man said. The airline denied the claims made by the man.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:56 pm on 18 Nov
UK's Princess Beatrice takes an Uber after landing in Los Angeles
short by Anmol Sharma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
Princess Beatrice of York, who is eighth in line to the British throne, took an Uber cab at the airport after landing in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old, who is the eldest daughter of the Queen's son Prince Andrew and Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, is reportedly in the US for a business trip. "I hope she didn't pick the pool option," a user tweeted.
short by Anmol Sharma / 10:48 pm on 19 Nov
Death toll in California's deadliest wildfire rises to 71
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
The death toll in California's deadliest wildfire, the Camp Fire, climbed to 71 on Friday as the number of missing people surpassed 1000. The Camp Fire broke out last week and quickly spread due to dry and windy weather conditions. President Donald Trump is expected to visit California on Saturday to survey the damage with Governor Jerry Brown.
short by Ankush Verma / 05:04 pm on 17 Nov
Won't listen to 'terrible' recording of journo's murder: Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
US President Donald Trump has said he has been briefed on a recording of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder but will not listen to it himself. "It's a suffering tape, it's a terrible tape...It was very violent, very vicious," he added. Khashoggi, a Saudi government critic, was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:09 pm on 19 Nov
Germany bans Saudi journo murder suspects from much of Europe
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
Germany has issued entry bans for 18 Saudi citizens suspected of involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, effectively banning them from the European Union's (EU) Schengen zone. Schengen refers to the EU passport-free zone that covers most of the European countries. Last month, Germany imposed a ban on selling weapons to Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi's murder.
short by Ankush Verma / 07:20 pm on 19 Nov
We'll 'throw out' CNN journo if he misbehaves: US Prez Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
After a US judge ordered the White House to reinstate CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press pass, President Donald Trump has said, "We'll throw him out or stop a press conference if he misbehaves." The White House had revoked his pass accusing him of placing his hands on a female intern who was trying to take his microphone away.
short by Ankush Verma / 05:16 pm on 17 Nov
Stop selling Soviet-themed goods: European lawmakers to Amazon
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
In an open letter, European lawmakers have asked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise on the global online shopping platform, saying it offends victims of the regime. The letter covers goods like T-shirts, costumes, flags and memorabilia, among others. Earlier, Walmart pledged to stop selling clothing with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols following similar complaints.
short by Ankush Verma / 01:30 pm on 17 Nov
Hospital removes woman's kidneys, report says organs were healthy
short by Ankush Verma / on 18 Nov 2018,Sunday
A US woman is considering legal action after doctors at the University of Colorado Hospital removed both of her healthy kidneys. The woman said doctors told her the surgery was necessary because she likely had kidney cancer. However, a biopsy conducted after the kidneys were removed found no evidence of carcinoma and no mass lesion.
short by Ankush Verma / 05:11 pm on 18 Nov
Chinese author jailed for 10 years over gay sex scenes in novel
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
A Chinese court has sentenced a female author of erotic fiction to more than 10 years in jail for writing and selling a novel that featured gay sex scenes. The court ruled that she wrote and sold obscene articles for profit. Pornography is illegal under China's 20-year-old criminal law, which prohibits pornographic books, videos and audio content.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:06 pm on 19 Nov
US teen shoots dead 61-yr-old Indian-origin man, steals his car
short by Ankush Verma / on 18 Nov 2018,Sunday
A 61-year-old Indian-origin man has been shot dead by a teenager in New Jersey, US. Sunil Edla, who hailed from Telangana, was reportedly leaving his home for an overnight shift at work when the 16-year-old shot him and escaped with his car. The teenager has been arrested and charged with murder, robbery, carjacking, and unlawful possession of a handgun.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:34 am on 18 Nov
Saudi women wear abayas inside out in protest
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
Saudi women have launched a protest against the abaya (full body robe) by posting pictures on social media wearing the dress inside out. The women have been posting the pictures along with the hashtag "inside-out abaya", in a rare protest against the dress code. In March, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said wearing the robe was not mandatory in Islam.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:10 pm on 17 Nov
Argentine submarine found a year after disappearing with 44 aboard
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
An Argentine Navy submarine that went missing on November 15 last year with 44 crew members aboard has been located by a US company. The submarine ARA San Juan was found some 800 metres below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean. Argentina signed a contract with the company in August that guaranteed it $7.5 million if it found the submarine.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:14 pm on 17 Nov
Pak PM says got 'big' aid deal from China; doesn't reveal amount
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
Pakistan has received a "big" package of aid from its ally China, Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Friday. However, the Pakistan leader did not disclose the amount, saying Chinese President Xi Jinping has asked him not to reveal it. Khan visited China earlier this month to secure an economic package amid the debt crisis in the country.
short by Ankush Verma / 02:21 pm on 17 Nov
Woman who kept baby in car boot for 23 months jailed in France
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
A French court has sentenced a woman to five years in jail, three years of which are suspended, for keeping her baby girl hidden in the maggot-infested boot of her car for 23 months. She has been charged with negligence causing mental disability. The infant was discovered by a mechanic in 2013 after the woman took her car for repair.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:11 pm on 17 Nov
US making Pakistan a scapegoat for its own failures: Pak PM
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
After US President Donald Trump said that Pakistan "doesn't do a damn thing for us", Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said the US was making Pakistan a "scapegoat for its own failures". "No Pakistani was involved in 9/11 but Pakistan decided to participate in US war on terror...Can Mr Trump name another ally that gave such sacrifices?" he added.
short by Ankush Verma / 07:01 pm on 19 Nov
Pakistan polio vaccinators caught faking data, wasting vaccine
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
A team of polio vaccinators was caught faking data and wasting vaccine in the Pakistan's capital Islamabad. They would spill two drops of the vaccine on the ground for every fake name they would enter in the data. Authorities said the services of all 11 team members were terminated so no one dares repeat such a practice.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:42 pm on 19 Nov
Parrot mimics smoke alarm, firefighters reach the scene
short by Ankush Verma / on 17 Nov 2018,Saturday
A parrot's impersonation of a smoke alarm led to firefighters being called out to a home in England's Northamptonshire. Firefighters cleaned out a smoke detector at the home, but heard the noise again. The crew then discovered that the noise was coming from one of two pet birds impersonating the sound.
short by Ankush Verma / 01:57 pm on 17 Nov
No deal struck with US over deadline to end Afghan war: Taliban
short by Ankush Verma / on 19 Nov 2018,Monday
The Taliban has said it struck no deal with US over deadline to end the Afghan war during a three-day meeting between the militant group and US special envoy for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad. "These were preliminary talks and no agreement was reached on any issue," it added. Khalilzad said he hoped to strike a deal with Taliban by April 2019.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:40 pm on 19 Nov
Philippine Prez Duterte calls Int'l Criminal Court judges 'idiots'
short by Ankush Verma / on 18 Nov 2018,Sunday
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has called International Criminal Court (ICC) judges "idiots". He said that the ICC is a mere "creation" of the European Union, which he claimed wanted to spread its "international governance". Notably, the ICC had started an investigation into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte in his war against drugs.
short by Ankush Verma / 04:49 pm on 18 Nov
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