Cannot bar traders from importing sugar from Pakistan: Paswan

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:52

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) Union Food Minister Ram Vilas Paswan on Thursday expressed his inability to stop sugar import from Pakistan saying the government cannot bar private traders from doing so under the prevailing policy.


SC seeks Centre's response on LGBT IITians plea against Section 377

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:32

New Delhi, May 17 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Thursday sought the response from the Centre on a plea filed by a batch of 20 current and former students of Indian Institutes of Technology for scrapping the law that makes homosexuality a crime.


UK may crash out of EU without Brexit deal: Varadkar

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:42

Dublin, May 17 (IANS) Ireland's Indian-origin Prime Minister Leo Varadkar on Thursday raised the prospect of Britain crashing out of the EU without a deal if the UK government infighting continues over the next few weeks.


Police raid ex-Malaysian PM's residence amid graft probe

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:34

Kuala Lumpur, May 17 (IANS) Malaysian police conducted overnight raids on five properties linked to former Prime Minister Najib Razak following a corruption probe ordered by newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.


Greenpeace unfurls banner near European Parliament

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 19:32

Brussels, May 17 (IANS) Greenpeace activists on Thursday set up solar panels on the European Parliament in Brussels and unveiled a giant banner demanding easier access to solar power as the penultimate round of negotiations on the role of renewable energy in the EU was held.


Facebook launches global project to fight election interference

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:58

Washington, May 17 (IANS) In a bid to prevent its platform from being abused during elections, Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with Washington-based Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab that will independently monitor disinformation and other vulnerabilities in elections globally, including in India.


EU leaders urge Trump to open dialogue with Iran

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:42

Sofia, May 17 (IANS) European Union leaders, upon their arrival to a summit in the Bulgarian capital on Thursday, underscored the importance of the Iran nuclear deal and urged US President Donald Trump to open a dialogue with Tehran to avoid destabilizing the region.


Malaysian PM Mahathir names himself new Education Minister

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:24

Kuala Lumpur, May 17 (IANS) Newly-elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announced that he will also be Malaysia's Education Minister as he outlined his plans for posts in the new government on Thursday.


China dismisses global plea to free late dissident's widow

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:00

Beijing, May 17 (IANS) China on Thursday dismissed the plea of a group of international writers and artists to free poet and widow of late Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, saying the case was being handled as per the law of the country.


Russia-based Kaspersky Lab to transfer customers' data to Zurich by 2019

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:58

Moscow, May 17 (IANS) After facing a US ban, Russia-based Kaspersky Lab on Thursday announced to move its core customer data storage and processing processes for most regions to Zurich, Switzerland, by 2019 -- at a time when the European Union (EU) gets ready to introduce a new data privacy law.


Court dismisses plea for treason case against Nawaz Sharif

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:30

Islamabad, May 17 (IANS) The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday dismissed as "non-maintainable" a petition seeking registration of a treason case against former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif after his recent remarks on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people dead.


Italy 'very important' to EU, says Juncker

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:22

Brussels, May 17 (IANS/AKI) Italy is a country "of maximum importance" for the European Union, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said.


Albanian IS supporter expelled from Italy

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:18

Rome, May 17 (IANS/AKI) Italian authorities deported a 42-year-old Albanian supporter of the Islamic State jihadist group, the Interior Ministry said.