British ministers quit over draft Brexit agreement

 LONDON:  Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab and another senior UK minister resigned on Thursday, just hours after Prime Minister Theresa May secured her Cabinet's backing on a draft EU withdrawal deal following lengthy and tense meetings with her government.

Khashoggi killing: Saudis seek death penalty for 5

RIYADH:  Saudi prosecutors said on Thursday that they have requested the death penalty for five people who they say were involved in murdering Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Brexit Secretary resigns over EU agreement

LONDON: Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigned on Thursday saying he "cannot in good conscience support" the UK's draft Brexit agreement with the European Union (EU).

Second Trump-Kim summit in 2019: Pence

SINGAPORE: US Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday confirmed that a second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un would take place next year.

'Toxic' is Oxford Dictionaries' Word of the Year

LONDON: Oxford Dictionaries announced that it has chosen "toxic" as its annual "Word of the Year", arguing that it was "the sheer scope of its application that has made it the standout choice".

Nearly 2 lakh Indians studied in US in 2017-18

NEW YORK:  India is the second largest international reservoir for the US higher education institutions having sent 196,271 students here in the last academic year, according to latest data.

Indian, Pakistani origin authors make cut for South Asian lit prize

LONDON:  Four authors of Indian origin and two of Pakistani, whose novels bring alive a spectrum of themes and emotions relevant in contemporary South Asian life were short-listed on Thursday for the US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2018.

May faces Cabinet showdown over Brexit deal

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May will preside over a decisive extraordinary Cabinet meeting on Wednesday in which she will seek the backing of her ministers for a draft technical deal struck between the UK and the EU on Brexit.

India, US discuss free Indo-Pacific, cooperation in defence, trade

SINGAPORE: India and the US on Wednesday discussed their roles in a free Indo-Pacific region and cooperation in defence and trade sectors during a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US Vice President Mike Pence on the sidelines of the East Asia Summit here.

Mothers' personality traits influence stability of kids' relationships

NEW YORK: The relationship skills and personality traits that you inherit from your mother are likely to determine the number of romantic partners you will have, say researchers.

Melania wants WH aide fired

WASHINGTON:  US First Lady Melania Trump has called for a top national security aide to President Donald Trump to be fired, media reports said.

Walmart says Flipkart CEO Binny Bansal resigned after misconduct investigation

BLOOMBERG: The co-founder and chief executive officer of Indian e-commerce company Flipkart Group resigned after an investigation into allegations of sexual assault, dealing a blow to owner Walmart Inc.’s ambitions in that country.

Blasphemy protests: Pakistan court refuses to try Islamists

ISLAMABAD:  A Pakistani court has refused to try for treason the Islamist leaders who organized mass protests to oppose the Supreme Court acquittal of Christian woman Asia Bibi in a blasphemy case, the lawyer who filed the petition said on Tuesday.

Report of N. Korea's 'undisclosed' missile bases not new: Seoul

SEOUL / WASHINGTON: South Korea's presidential office on Tuesday played down a report on North Korea's "undisclosed" missile sites, saying the state intelligence communities of Seoul and Washington earlier acquired relevant information.

44 killed in California wildfires

SAN FRANCISCO: The three raging wildfires in California have killed 44 people since it started last week, a record number of deaths from a wildfire in the US state, officials said.

13 hidden North Korean missile bases outed in new report

BLOOMBERG: Thirteen undeclared North Korean missile operating bases were identified in a new report, undermining the Trump administration’s claims that its outreach to Pyongyang is making progress in getting Kim Jong Un’s regime to give up its nuclear weapons program.

Stan Lee, creator of a galaxy of Marvel superheroes, dies at 95

LOS ANGELES:  Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.

China expected to expand budget deficit amid Trade war risks

BLOOMBEREG: China’s policy makers are expected to increase the budget deficit in the coming year, as a slowing economy and the downdraft from the trade war with the U.S. raise the need for a more active fiscal policy.

Suicide bomb attack in Kabul, casualties feared

KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up in the Afghan capital of Kabul on Monday, senior security officials said, but there was no immediate word on casualties.

Saudis close to Crown Prince discussed killing enemies: NYT

NEW YORK:  Top Saudi intelligence officials close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman asked a small group of businessmen last year about using private companies to assassinate enemies of the Kingdom, The New York Times reported.


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