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Ali Jahangir Siddiqui takes charge as Pakistan’s Ambassador to US

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Ali Jahangir Siddiqui took charge as Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States on Wednesday.Siddiqui arrived in Washington, DC Monday night ahead of his swearing-and replaced outgoing Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry, the former foreign secretary who served as Pakistan’s envoy to the US before his retirement last month.He was …

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US warships sail near South China Sea islands claimed by Beijing

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Two U.S. Navy warships sailed near South China Sea islands claimed by China on Sunday, in a move that drew condemnation from Beijing as President Donald Trump seeks its continued cooperation on North Korea.The operation was the latest attempt to counter what Washington sees as Beijing’s efforts …

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Former US President George H.W. Bush taken to hospital in Maine

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Former US President George H.W. Bush, 93, was taken to a hospital in Maine on Sunday after experiencing low blood pressure and fatigue, a family spokesperson said on Twitter.Bush, the oldest living former US president, will likely remain at Southern Maine Health Care for a few days …

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US, North Korean officials meet for talks on summit

SEOUL (Web Desk) American and North Korean officials met at the border between North and South Korea on Sunday in preparation for a possible North Korea-US summit, as North Korea’s Kim Jong Un was cited as reaffirming his commitment to meet with US President Donald Trump.Both Pyongyang and Washington are …

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Thousands evacuate as Storm Alberto churns toward Florida

FLORIDA (Web Desk) Thousands of Florida residents evacuated their homes on Sunday as Subtropical Storm Alberto drove north through the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters saying it could bring “life-threatening inundation” to southern coastal states.The storm was about 190 kilometres (120 miles) south of Apalachicola, Florida, on the Gulf of …

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US warns Syria of ‘firm’ measures for ceasefire violations

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The United States warned Syria on Friday it would take “firm and appropriate measures” in response to ceasefire violations, saying it was concerned about reports of an impending military operation in a de-escalation zone in the country’s southwest.Washington also cautioned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against broadening the …

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US in ‘productive talks’ about reinstating North Korea summit in June

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) U.S. President Donald Trump late on Friday said the United States was having “productive talks” about reinstating a June 12 summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, just a day after he canceled the meeting citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.We are having very productive talks about reinstating …

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Trump says North Korea summit could still happen

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) One day after abruptly pulling the plug on a high-stakes summit with North Korea, US President Donald Trump said Friday the meeting with Kim Jong Un could go ahead after all and would “likely” happen on the originally scheduled date of June 12.The summit would be an …

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Muslim inmates fed pork during Ramazan: activists

LOS ANGELES (Web Desk) A federal judge granted a restraining order Thursday forcing prison guards in Alaska to stop giving Muslim inmates pork as they break their fasts during Ramazan, rights campaigners said.The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) filed a lawsuit on Tuesday claiming Anchorage Correctional Complex had violated constitutional …

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Trump cancels Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump informed Kim Jong Un Thursday he is canceling their nuclear summit next month in Singapore, blaming “anger” and “hostility” from the North Korean regime for the collapse of the historic event.Trump and Kim had been due to hold high-stakes talks on June 12 …

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