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Factbox: Donald Trump impeachment trial – What happens next?

The US House of Representatives will take up impeachment charges against President Donald Trump next week after the House Judiciary Committee on Friday recommended two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, to the full chamber. Here is what happened on Friday and likely will happen in coming days: …

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Genocide of Muslims a step away in IOK, Assam: Dr Stanton

WASHINGTON: The world’s best-known expert on genocide has said Muslims in occupied Kashmir and Assam are just one step away from genocide. At a briefing at the US Congress in Washington, President of the Genocide Watch, Dr Gregory Stanton said preparation for genocide is definitely under way in India. He …

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Saudi Arabia quietly trying to mend ties with Iran: Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON: Saudi Arabia is quietly seeking to improve relations with Iran and other players in the region amid economic concerns and doubts about Washington’s backing for Riyadh, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reports. According to the report published on Friday, Saudi officials have grown more worried about the risks that …

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US Senate committee approves Turkey sanctions bill

WASHINGTON: The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has approved legislation to impose sanctions on Turkey over its offensive against Syria as well as its purchase of the Russian S-400 missile system. The panel voted by 18-4 on Wednesday to send the “Promoting American National Security and Preventing the Resurgence of …

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Trump signs executive order against anti-Semitism at colleges

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that will make Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act apply to anti-Semitic acts, amid concerns that it will be used to silence those who oppose Israel’s apartheid policy toward the Palestinians. The executive order, announced at the White …

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US warns North Korea to avoid acting upon threats of weapons test

UNITED NATIONS: The United States on Wednesday warned North Korea of consequences if it makes good on threats of a spectacular weapons test in the New Year, while offering flexibility if it stays in talks. Frustrated by the lack of sanctions relief after three summits with President Donald Trump, North …

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US bars former Saudi diplomat from entering country

The United States has barred from entering the country Mohammed al Otaibi, who was the Saudi consul general in Istanbul in October 2018 when dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was slaughtered there. “The murder of Jamal Khashoggi was a heinous, unacceptable crime,” the State Department said in a statement on …

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US warns Russia against election interference

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Tuesday he warned Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov of reprisals if Moscow interferes in next year´s presidential election. “On the question of interference in our domestic affairs I was clear, it´s unacceptable,” Pompeo told a joint news conference with Lavrov in Washington. …

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Islamophobic content meets community standard, Facebook tells users

CALIFORNIA: The social media giant is telling users that Islamophobic content, circulated by a secret network of far-right pages, cannot be taken down because it meets the company’s ‘community standards’. Despite finding evidence that such content is a calculated act of spreading hatred and disinformation, Facebook has refused to take …

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Trump spoke with Saudi crown prince about deadly shooting

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump has spoken with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia regarding Friday’s deadly shooting at a US Navy base in Florida where a Saudi Air Force officer went on a shooting spree. The suspect — Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, whom the FBI has officially identified …

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