Japan calls for text-based negotiations on Security Council reform

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:54

United Nations, Dec 16 (IANS) Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has called to urgently revitalise the long-stalled Security Council reform process by adopting a text on which to base the negotiations during the current General Assembly session.


Trump's judicial nominee struggles to answer basic legal questions

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:46

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) One of US President Donald Trump's judicial nominee struggled to answer basic legal questions posed to him at a hearing by a Republican senator, including his lack of experience on trial work and the amount of depositions he had worked on.


Republicans release final tax bill ahead of key vote

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 10:22

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) Republican lawmakers have unveiled their final tax bill, a step that will place them on track to vote on their plan next week and potentially have President Donald Trump sign it into law by the end of the year, the media reported.


Google to shut down smartphone AR platform 'Tango'

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 09:56

San Francisco, Dec 16 (IANS) Google will shut down its ambitious Augmented Reality (AR) platform "Tango" built specifically for smartphones from March 1, 2018, the company said on Saturday.


I have your back 100 per cent, Trump tells FBI

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 08:00

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has said he supports the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) "100 per cent", less than an hour after criticising the agency.


Woman jailed in Switzerland for trying to join IS

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 07:10

Geneva, Dec 16 (IANS) A Swiss court has given a 31-year-old woman a partially suspended 18-month jail sentence after she tried to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group.


South Africa remains divided on racial lines: Zuma

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 05:44

Cape Town, Dec 16 (IANS) South African President Jacob Zuma has said although reconciliation, social cohesion and nation building have been prioritised since 1994, the country remains divided on various cultural, racial and class lines.


6.9-magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia

Sat, 12/16/2017 - 00:34

Jakarta, Dec 16 (IANS) An earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter scale shook Indonesia's West Java province on Friday night, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said. No casualty or damage has, however, been reported.