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New US H-1B norms won't make much difference: Nasscom

The United States' latest move on issuing H-1B visas to software engineers will not make much difference to Indian IT firms, apex industry body Nasscom said on Friday.

US makes H-1B visa approval tougher for 3rd-party worksites

In a move that is likely to hit Indian IT firms and their employees, the Trump administration has announced a new measure that makes it tougher to issue H-1B visas to those to be employed at one or more third-party worksites.

Australian Deputy PM resigns amid sexual harassment claim

Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce announced his resignation on Friday following an allegation of sexual harassment.

44 killed in Peru bus accident

At least 44 people were killed and 24 others injured when a bus skidded off the road and plunged into a river in Peru's Arequipa region, authorities said.

Pakistan SC disqualifies Nawaz Sharif as PML-N chief

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Supreme Court on Wednesday disqualified former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the president of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), saying that all the decisions made by him as the party chief stand "null and void".

UN employees have no immunity in crime, sexual abuse cases: Spokesperson

UNITED NATIONS: UN employees have no immunity in cases involving crimes including sexual abuse, according to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric.

Saudi women allowed to launch businesses without male permission

RIYADH: Saudi women will from now on be allowed to open their own businesses without the consents of their male relatives, media reports said on Sunday.

Saudi introduces free visa for foreign scientists

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will grant visas free of charge to foreign scientists and experts, in a move that especially aims at improving its health sector, media reports said on Sunday.

66 people killed in Iran plane crash

TEHRAN: A passenger plane crashed in central Iran on Sunday killing all 66 people on board, authorities said.

Florida school shooting survivors call for tougher gun laws

Survivors of a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that killed 17 students and teachers, have called for tougher gun laws in the country and and urged voters to kick out lawmakers who oppose the move, the media reported.

Iran replaces paper visas with electronic ones at airport

TEHRAN: Electronic visas have replaced paper visas at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) as of early February, media reports said on Saturday.

Israel strikes six Hamas military targets in Gaza

JERUSALEM: The Israeli Air Force (IAF) fighter jets targeted a total of six military targets in the Gaza Strip on Saturday, in response to the detonation of an explosive device on the border fence in southern Gaza.

22 killed in Nigeria suicide attack

At least 22 people were killed and 28 others injured when three suicide bombers attacked a market in Nigeria's Borno state, the authorities said on Saturday.

13 Russian nationals indicted over 2016 US election interference

WASHINGTON: US Special counsel Robert Mueller has indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for allegedly meddling in the 2016 presidential election, charging them with conspiracy to defraud Washington, according to the Department of Justice.

Ex-Playboy model claims having affair with Trump

A former Playboy model claimed that she had an affair with Donald Trump in 2006 and has also described the US President's alleged system for concealing affairs, a media report said.

Six lions, 74 vultures poisoned to death in Tanzania

Six lions and 74 vultures were found dead near a national park in southern Tanzania this week after they were poisoned to death, authorities.

'Florida school shooter heard voices in his head'

Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old youth who killed 15 students and two staff members with an AR-15 automatic rifle in Florida, told police that voices in his head told him how to carry out the attack, police said on Friday\Cruz was arrested and charged on Thursday on 17 counts of premeditated murder, after confessing to the mass shooting of students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on February 14, Valentine's Day, Efe reported.

7.2-magnitude quake jolts Mexico, no casualties reported

An earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Mexico, with the epicentre recorded in the state of Oaxaca, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

Strong earthquake hits Mexico

MEXICO CITY: A powerful earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.

Texas has second most romance scams victims in US: FBI

Citing Houston Public Media, Xinhua reported that the FBI said almost 15,000 complaints categorised as romance scams or confidence fraud were reported to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) in the country in 2016 and the losses associated with those complaints exceeded $230 million.

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