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US to impose new sanctions on Russia for nerve attack in UK

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Washington said on Wednesday it would impose fresh sanctions on Russia after it determined that Moscow had used a nerve agent against a former Russian agent and his daughter in Britain.A senior State Department official said it had notified the Kremlin of the sanctions earlier in the …

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Saudi-Canada row leaves US in tight diplomatic spot

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The sharp diplomatic row between Saudi Arabia and Canada has left Washington partners and allies of both – in a bind, but the State Department on Tuesday nevertheless urged Riyadh to respect due process for detained activists.Saudi Arabia has expelled Canada’s ambassador, recalled its own envoy and …

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California scorched by raging wildfires the size of LA

CALIFORNIA (Web Desk) Tens of thousands of firefighters battled relentless flames ripping across California on Tuesday, as the death toll from a series of infernos that erupted last month hit 11.The raging Mendocino Complex fire comprising twin blazes in the western state’s north has now ravaged more than 290,000 acres …

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Trump-backed candidate in Ohio locked in tight race

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Two candidates endorsed by US President Donald Trump are locked in tight races, with votes from Tuesday’s elections still left to count.Republican Troy Balderson clung to a narrow lead in a hotly contested US House of Representatives race in Ohio late on Tuesday, holding off a strong …

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Twin blazes form California’s largest wildfire in history

CALIFORNIA (Web Desk) Two blazes mercilessly charring northern California have grown so rapidly that they became the US state’s largest in recorded history on Monday, authorities said.The River and Ranch fires, collectively dubbed the Mendocino Complex, have burned through 283,800 acres (114,850 hectares) an area nearly the size of the …

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Trump says his son sought information on Clinton from Russians

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump acknowledged on Sunday that his son met with Russians in 2016 at Trump Tower to get information on his election opponent Hillary Clinton, saying it was “totally legal” and “done all the time in politics.The Republican president had previously said the meeting was …

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Dozens arrested at right wing protest in California

CALIFORNIA (Web Desk) More than a dozen people have been arrested in the US state of California as a small group of right-wing protesters clash with hundreds of counter-protesters.On Sunday, police in Berkeley had to arrest some 20 people, who were mostly armed, Berkeley Police Department announced.Even though there were …

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US sets up security assistance fund to counter China

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Saturday announced the intent to provide nearly $300 million of security assistance for nations in the Indo-Pacific region. “This includes $290.5 million to improve security relationships across the region,” State Department Spokes­person Heather Nauert said. The funding will cover projects …

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Trump and Erdogan square up for a fight

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) PRESIDENT Donald Trump may have squabbled with Western European leaders on a trip to Nato headquarters last month and cast the European Union as a “foe” but he displayed plenty of warmth for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. According to one account, Trump “fist-bumped” his Turkish counterpart …

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Senators pass bill to increase US aid to Israel to $3.8 billion

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US senators are quietly paving the way for a military aid to Israel that exceeds $3.8 billion. The number would amount to $23,000 per year for every family in Israel, according to a Friday report by Minnesota-based news website MintPress News, released amid a media blackout. American …

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