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H-1B visas could be a source of tension in Indo-US ties: Former US diplomat

H-1B visas could be a source of tension in Indo-US ties: Former US diplomat

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WASHINGTON: “Demonising” the H-1B work visa issue could be a “source of tension” in Indo-US ties, a former top diplomat under the Obama Administration has said, calling for a “rational discourse” on the topic that could affect the lives of thousands of Indians. “The issue of H1B and the rhetoric…

US military faces burgeoning nude picture-sharing scandal

US military faces burgeoning nude picture-sharing scandal

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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon faced a burgeoning scandal as more pictures of naked female service members apparently shared without their consent by male colleagues have turned up on secret social media sites. General Robert Neller, the commandant of the Marine Corps, appeared embarrassed and uncertain how to deal with the problem,…

Obama books to be published worldwide, from Ireland to India

Obama books to be published worldwide, from Ireland to India

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NEW YORK: The publishing of the upcoming books by Barack and Michelle Obama will be a global event. Penguin Random House announced that it has lined up publishers from Ireland to South Africa for the two books, to be released by the Crown imprint in the US and Canada. Titles…

Top US envoy begins Asia tour amid North Korea crisis

Top US envoy begins Asia tour amid North Korea crisis

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TOKYO: Washington’s top diplomat was to fly into Tokyo to begin a first tour of Asian capitals under the shadow of North Korea’s nuclear posturing. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has promised to take a tough line on Kim Jong-un’s isolated regime as he talks to allies Japan and South…

US deploys anti-ballistic missile defence system to South Korea

US deploys anti-ballistic missile defence system to South Korea

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SEOUL: US missile launchers and other equipment needed to set up a controversial missile defence system have arrived in South Korea, the US and South Korean militaries said, a day after North Korea test-launched four ballistic missiles into the ocean near Japan. The plans to deploy the Terminal High-Altitude Area…

Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct state business

Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct state business

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WASHINGTON: Vice President Mike Pence used a private email account to conduct public business as Indiana’s governor, according to public records obtained by the Indianapolis Star. that emails provided through a public records request show that Pence communicated with advisers through his personal AOL account on homeland security matters and…

Barack Obama denies Trump’s claim he wiretapped him during campaign

Barack Obama denies Trump’s claim he wiretapped him during campaign

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WASHINGTON: A spokesman for Barack Obama rejected claims by US President Donald Trump that the then-president had wiretapped Trump in October during the late stages of the presidential election campaign, saying it was “simply false.” Trump made the accusation in a series of tweets, without citing evidence, just weeks into…

Masked man shoots, wounds Sikh outside his home in US

Masked man shoots, wounds Sikh outside his home in US

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WASHINGTON: A Sikh man was told ”go back to your country” before being shot at by a white gunman in an apparent hate crime that comes on the heels of a similar episode last week in Kansas that claimed the life of an Indian engineer. Deep Rai, a 39-year-old US…

Tom Perez elected US Democratic party chairman

Tom Perez elected US Democratic party chairman

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ATLANTA: US Democrats elected former Labor Secretary Tom Perez as chairman, choosing a veteran of the Obama administration to lead the daunting task of rebuilding the party and heading the opposition to Republican President Donald Trump. Members of the Democratic National Committee, the administrative and fundraising arm of the party,…

US Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

US Senate confirms billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary

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WASHINGTON: The Senate confirmed billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary as President Donald Trump adds to his economic team. Breaking with Republican orthodoxy, Ross said the Trump administration will work quickly to re-do the North American Free Trade Agreement. That’s the massive trade pact with Canada and Mexico that…

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