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US boycotts UN human rights session on Israel

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The US has boycotted a United Nations Human Rights Council session focusing on Israel’s human rights violations against the Palestinians due to the inter-governmental body’s “bias” against Israel.US State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Washington boycotted Monday’s UNHRC session over the council’s focus on Israel’s human rights …

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Trump administration weighing broad sanctions on North Korea – US official

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The Trump administration is considering sweeping sanctions aimed at cutting North Korea off from the global financial system as part of a broad review of measures to counter Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile threat, a senior US official said on Monday.The sanctions would be part of a multi-pronged approach …

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UN chief wants report on ‘apartheid’ Israel taken off web

IBLAGH: (Web Desk) United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked the UN regional commission that represents most Arab countries to remove from its website a report accusing Israel of practising an “apartheid regime” against Palestinians, a UN official said on Friday.The report for the United Nations Economic and Social Commission …

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US airports searching Muslim travellers’ cellphones

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Muslim travellers, coming in or go­ing out of the United Sta­tes, are often asked to hand over their cellphones and share their passwords with US immigration officials, the NBC News reported on Tuesday. The US TV channel repor­ted that 23 of the 25 travellers it interviewed were …

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Trump’s 2005 tax returns leaked by MSNBC

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) President Donald Trump paid $38 million in taxes on more than $150m in income in 2005, the White House said on Tuesday, responding to an MSNBC report that the network had obtained two pages of the returns. MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said she received the documents from …

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Family of Trump son-in-law in $4 bn deal with Chinese company

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) A company owned by the family of President Donald Trump´s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, is set to receive more than $400 million from a Chinese firm that is investing in its Manhattan office tower, Bloomberg reported Monday. The Kushner Companies deal with Anbang Insurance Group for the property …

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Trump gives CIA authority to conduct drone strikes: WSJ

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump has given the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) new authority to conduct drone attacks against suspected militants, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday, citing US officials. The move would be a change from the policy of former President Barack Obama’s administration of limiting …

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White House adviser suggests surveillance of Trump went beyond phones

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway is suggesting that alleged government surveillance of Donald Trump during his campaign may have gone beyond the president’s accusation that former President Barack Obama had his phones tapped. Conway tells New Jersey’s Bergen County Record “there are many ways to surveil …

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Trump’s revised travel ban denounced by over 130 experts

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Over 130 US foreign policy experts have denounced President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban, saying it undermines America’s national security and interests as much as the original order barring travellers from some Muslim-majority countries and refugees. “To Muslims ─ including those victimised by or fighting against ISIS …

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Man held for burning down Texas mosque

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) Police in Texas have arrested a man who allegedly burned down a mosque in a town near Houston, the US media reported on Friday. Marq Vincent Perez, 25, burglarised the mosque at the Islamic Centre in Victoria, a town in Texas, on Jan 22 and then again …

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