EU hopes Italy will get government 'soon'

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 00:28

Brussels, April 24 (IANS/AKI) The European Union hopes that a government will be formed in Italy "soon", ending the stalemate since last month's inconclusive election, EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstroem said on Monday.


Italy's President seeks talks on a populist-centre-left government

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 22:20

Rome, April 23 (IANS/AKI) Italy's president Sergio Mattarella on Monday asked the lower house of parliament's Speaker Roberto Fico to hold talks with the populist Five-Star Movement and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) in a fresh bid to form a government after the inconclusive March 4 national election.


Sitharaman arrives in China

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 21:38

Beijing, April 23 (IANS) Indian Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman arrived here on Monday to take part in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) ministerial meeting, according to the Indian External Affairs ministry.


EU, UN to co-host conference on Syria aid

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:48

Brussels, April 23 (IANS) The EU and the UN will co-chair a two-day international conference starting here on Tuesday, aiming to pump financial aid for Syrians and garner political support for UN-led intra-Syrian talks.


CPEC has become a reality: Pakistan PM

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:42

Islamabad, April 23 (IANS) Pakistani Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Monday said that the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has become a reality and provided the country with a platform to achieve development, prosperity and poverty alleviation.


UAE donates $70 million to support Palestinians

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 20:30

Abu Dhabi, April 23 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has donated AED 258 million ($70 million) to support the Palestinian people on the directives of President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.


Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:42

London, April 23 (IANS) Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and wife of Prince William, gave birth to a baby boy on Monday, the royal family announced.


Sushma calls on Xi, meets Chinese Vice President

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 18:40

Beijing, April 23 (IANS) India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday called on Chinese President Xi Jinping and had a crucial one-on-one meeting with Vice President Wang Qishan.


Exhumation of Spain's civil war victims begins

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:56

Madrid, April 23 (IANS) Experts on Monday began the exhumation of four people who were killed in the Spanish Civil War and buried alongside thousands of other war dead in mass graves incorporated into a mausoleum that was built by former dictator Francisco Franco.


France's National Assembly approves controversial immigration bill

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:56

Paris, April 23 (IANS) The French National Assembly has passed a tough immigration reform bill that shortens asylum application deadlines, doubles the time for which illegal migrants can be detained and introduces a one-year prison sentence for entering France illegally.


Woman fined $500 in US over apple

Mon, 04/23/2018 - 16:28

Washington, April 23 (IANS) A woman said on Monday that she was facing a $500 fine from the US customs agency after a free apple that she was given as a snack on a plane was found in her bag.