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Donald Trump travel ban: Supreme Court relaxes Rules

Washington: The Supreme Court has dealt President Donald Trump’s government a fresh setback, saying its controversial travel ban cannot be applied to grandparents and other close relatives of people living in the United States — for now. On Wednesday, the court accepted a Hawaii federal judge’s ruling last week that the Trump administration had too […]

Doklam stand-off: Pentagon tells China, India to engage in direct Dialogue

India and China should engage in direct dialogue free of any “coercive aspects” to reduce the tension over a military standoff in Dokalam, the Pentagon has said. Chinese and Indian soldiers have been locked in a face-off in Doklam area in the southernmost part of Tibet in an area also claimed by Indian ally Bhutan […]

US clears sale of Guardian drones to India

WASHINGTON: The US has cleared the sale of predator Guardian drones to India, as US President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged on Tuesday to deepen their defence and security cooperation.The US and India look forward to working together on advanced defence equipment and technology at a level commensurate with that of America’s […]

South Korea makes 1st formal approach for Military

The South Korean Red Cross proposed talks with the North to discuss reunions of families separated during the Korean War. South Korea on Monday proposed military talks with North Korea this week, the first government-level talks since late 2015, in an effort to halt hostile activities near their joint border and after a series of […]

 Russian official says ‘almost’ near deal with Trump administration for return of diplomatic compounds

 A Russian official said after a high-level meeting with Trump administration officials that the two countries have “almost” reached a deal for the U.S. to return two diplomatic compounds to Russian control.Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov had just left the meeting at the U.S. State Department early Monday evening when he responded to a […]

US drops ‘mother of all bombs’ on Islamic State in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON, APRIL 13: The United States dropped “the mother of all bombs,” the largest non-nuclear device it has ever unleashed in combat, on a network of caves and tunnels used by Islamic State in eastern Afghanistan on Thursday, the military said. President Donald Trump touted the bombing as evidence of a more muscular US foreign […]

Arab leaders had warned me about Qatar, says Trump

US President arrived in Saudi Arab today, the first stop on his maiden international trip since taking office in January. Top regional ally Saudi Arabia has said the trip will conclude political and commercial agreements and will help bolster the joint fight against Islamist militants. Saudi and pan-Arab news channels showed Air Force One on the […]

American Jewish Support for Israel Is Eroding

American Jewish support for Israel is eroding. But the most important reason is not Israel’s policy on the Palestinians. More significant is the unending submission of Israeli leaders to the dictates of the government-sponsored Orthodox religious establishment. What is confounding here is that Israelis are in complete denial about the threat that the religious issue […]