US warns North Korea against using nuclear weapons

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:36

Seoul, Feb 3 (IANS) US Defence Secretary James Mattis on Friday reiterated Washington's security commitment to Seoul and vowed to overwhelmingly respond to any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea.


Uber CEO leaves Trump advisory council

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 09:12

Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) US ride hailing company Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick bowing to pressure, has quit President Donald Trumps advisory team, said a private statement he sent to his employees.


Israeli settlements may not help in achieving peace: US

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:38

Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) The US government has said that Israel's construction of new settlements on occupied Palestinian land "may not be helpful" in achieving peace, a White House statement said.


Indian-origin doctor found guilty in bribe case

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 08:12

New York, Feb 3 (IANS) A suburban Chicago doctor, Neil Sharma, has been convicted of receiving bribes in a deal that he claimed could provide the briber millions of dollars in business, according to federal prosecutors.


US adjusts sanctions on selling technology products in Russia

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 07:52

Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) The US Treasury adjusted sanctions on selling technology goods to Russia, including expanding exemptions for the Federal Security Service (FSB), the former KGB spy agency, the entity tasked with authorizing licenses for importing technology.


Mexican Foreign Secretary to meet Guterres over crisis with Trump

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 07:16

Mexico City, Feb 3 (IANS) Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Luis Videgaray is on his way to New York, where he plans to meet with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres amid the diplomatic crisis with US President Donald Trump's administration.


US eases sanctions on Russian intelligence agency

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 06:38

Washington, Feb 3 (IANS) The US Treasury Department issued a notice easing sanctions on a Russian intelligence agency that former President Barack Obama sanctioned over Moscow's alleged hacking activities in last year's US presidential election.


Syrian cease-fire monitoring group to meet in Astana

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 05:52

Moscow, Feb 3 (IANS) The Syrian cease-fire monitoring group, made up of experts from Russia, Turkey, Iran and the United Nations, will meet next week in Astana, the Russian Defence Ministry said.


Merkel presses Erdogan to safeguard free speech

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 03:44

Ankara, Feb 3 (IANS) The wave of mass arrests that followed the attempted coup d'etat raises concerns about the status of free speech in Turkey, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Turkish President.


US missile allegations baseless, says Iran

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 01:12

Tehran, Feb 3 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister dismissed US National Security Advisor Michael Flynn's remarks about Iran's recent missile test as "baseless", media reports said.


Britain presents its Brexit policy document to Parliament

Fri, 02/03/2017 - 00:44

London, Feb 3 (IANS) Britain's government presented its formal Brexit policy document to Parliament's lower chamber on Thursday, a day after lawmakers voted overwhelmingly in favour of giving the Prime Minister the power to trigger the withdrawal.