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White House looking at replacements for US defense secretary

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) The White House is “actively” discussing possible candidates to replace James Mattis as the secretary of defense, a media report has revealed, amid intensified speculations that the Pentagon chief may step down after the disclosure of his criticism of President Donald Trump.Citing a senior White House official, …

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Ex-Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to be appointed US adviser on Afghanistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Former US Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad will join the State Department as an adviser on Afghanistan, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday.Ambassador Khalilzad is going to join the State Department team to assist us in the reconciliation effort, so he will come on …

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Trump wanted to kill Assad after chemical attack falsely blamed on Syria

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) A new book has revealed that US President Donald Trump allegedly demanded the assassination of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a 2017 chemical attack that Washington blamed on Damascus.According to an excerpt from the book by Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward, the US president told Defense Secretary …

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US seeks ‘reset’ in ties with Pakistan

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said he was hoping to “reset the relationship” with Pakistan ahead of a trip to Islamabad to meet with new Prime Minister Imran Khan.Speaking on-board a plane for a trip to South Asia, Pompeo also announced that Zalmay Khalilzad, …

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US Gulf Coast bracing for Hurricane Gordon as storm nears

FLORIDA (Web Desk) Tropical Storm Gordon whipped the southern tip of Florida with high winds and rain on Monday, and was expected to make landfall as a hurricane along the central US Gulf Coast on Tuesday night, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said.The storm was forecast to come ashore late …

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Trump warns Syria not to ‘recklessly attack’ Idlib city

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) US President Donald Trump on Monday warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to “recklessly attack” Syria’s rebel-held Idlib province, warning that hundreds of thousands of people could be killed.The Russians and Iranians would be making a grave humanitarian mistake to take …

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Democrats slam White House for withholding documents on SC nominee

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Democrats on Sunday criticised the Trump administration for refusing to release thousands of documents on Brett Kavanaugh ahead of this week’s upcoming Senate hearings on his nomination to the US Supreme Court.Kavanaugh, nominated by President Donald Trump, worked in the White House under former President George W. …

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US firefighters battle suicidal thoughts after the blaze

WASHINGTON (Web Desk) Matt Shobert opens his eyes and wishes he was dead, a recurrent thought that started four years ago when the former firefighter first contemplated taking his own life.He is not the only one: some of his comrades suffer in silence, and some end up committing suicide.Fighting forest …

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Kuwait emir announces visit to Washington, talks with Trump

WASHINGTON  (Web Desk) Kuwait’s ruler will travel to Washington on Monday for a working visit and hold talks with US President Donald Trump, the state news agency KUNA announced on Sunday.The White House said in a statement the leaders would discuss trade, investment and security cooperation in their Sept 5 …

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FBI tried to flip Russian oligarch into informant: Report

WASHINGTON: (Web Desk) The FBI and Justice Department sought to turn Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, who had close ties to the Kremlin, into an informant between 2014 and 2016, a report says. The two US agencies offered Deripaska assistance in getting visas for the United States in exchange for information …

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