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         N Korean media issue threat to 'wipe out' US    
 
 
SEOUL: An official North Korean website warned that Pyongyang will "wipe out" the United States if Washington starts a war on the peninsula, the latest tit-for-tat sabre-rattling that has sent tensions soaring in the region.

 
         Mexico will 'eventually' pay for border wall: Trump    
 
 
NEW YORK: With the Democrats and Republicans preparing for budget negotiations this week, President Donald Trump has expressed confidence that Mexico will 'eventually' pay for the border wall.

 
         US accuses TCS, Infosys of violating H-1B visa norms    
 
 
WASHINGTON: The US has accused top Indian IT firms TCS and Infosys of unfairly cornering the lion's share of H-1B visas by putting extra tickets in the lottery system, which the Trump administration wants to replace with a more merit-based immigration policy.

 
         PPP to launch movement for Sharif's resignation    
 
 
LAHORE: The Pakistan People's Party (PPP) will launch a movement across the country to press Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to resign and expose his government's inability to control electricity load shedding despite remaining in power for about four years.

 
         Pakistani man eats leaves for 25 years, never falls ill: Report    
 
 
LAHORE: A man in Pakistan has been surviving on fresh leaves and wood for the last 25 years and has never fallen ill, according to news report. Mehmood Butt, 50, who hails from Gujranwala district in Pakistan's Punjab province, started eating leaves at the age of 25 as he had no work and could not afford a basic meal.

 
         ISI protecting al-Zawahiri in Karachi    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Egyptian-born Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, one of the world's most wanted terrorists, is most likely hiding in Karachi under the protection of Pakistan's notorious spy agency ISI, a US media report said.

 
         Indian-American Surgeon asked to step down by Trump admin    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Indian-American Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, appointed by the previous Obama regime, has been asked to step down by the Trump administration to put its own leadership in place.

 
         Over 100 dead, wounded in Taliban attack on Afghan army base    
 
 
Kabul:More than 100 Afghan soldiers were killed and wounded in a coordinated Taliban attack on an army base in northern Afghanistan, the country's defence ministry said.

 
         Taliban inflict more than 50 Afghan casualties in base attack, U.S. says    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Taliban fighters have probably killed and wounded more than 50 Afghans in an ongoing attack on a mosque and dining facility inside an Afghan military base, a U.S. military spokesman said, describing it as a "significant" strike.

 
         Have lawful right to standardise names in Arunachal: China    
 
 
BEIJING: China today asserted that it was its "lawful right" to standardise official names for six places in Arunachal Pradesh, while its state-run media warned that India will pay "dearly" if it continues to play the Dalai Lama card.

 
         India will pay dearly if it plays Dalai Lama card, says China    
 
 
BEIJING: India will pay "dearly" if it continues the "petty game" of playing the Dalai Lama card, Chinese media warned today, dismissing as "absurd" New Delhi's reaction to Beijing renaming six places in Arunachal Pradesh.

 
         China asserts 'lawful right' to rename Arunachal regions    
 
 
BEIJING: Beijing on Friday dismissed New Delhi's protest over its decision to rename six places in Arunachal Pradesh, which China considers to be a disputed territory, saying "it is a legitimate measure."

 
         Hillary Clinton: Progress in LGBT rights may not be secure    
 
 
NEW YORK: Hillary Clinton told an audience of LGBT advocates Thursday night that the progress they've achieved in recent years may not be secure under the Donald Trump administration, and urged them to keep fighting.

 
         Sharif narrowly survives Panamagate jolt    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif narrowly survived being disqualified after a 3-2 split decision by a Supreme Court bench which ordered to set up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) within a week to probe the allegations of money laundering against his family.

 
         After scrapping 457 visa, Aus unveils tougher citizenship laws    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Announcing sweeping changes to Australia's citizenship laws, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull unveiled tighter requirements for new applicants, a move that follows the scrapping of the 457 visa program for foreign workers.

 
         Panama Papers verdict can oust Nawaz Sharif    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is waiting with a baited breath for the Supreme Court's decision in the high-profile Panamagate case against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children amid speculation that the adverse ruling may force him to step down.

 
         EU says Brexit negotiations will start after British election    
 
BR"russels: The European Union's "real political" negotiations on Britain's exit from the bloc will start after the snap British election in June, an EU spokesman said today. "The real political negotiations on article 50 with the UK will start after the elections foreseen for the 8th of June," European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas told a press conference.

 
         Trump signs executive order for overhaul of H-1B visa system    
 
 
WASHINGTON: Acting on his 'Buy American, Hire American' pledge, US President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for tightening the rules of the H-1B visa programme, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals, to stop "visa abuses".

 
         British PM calls for early general election on June 8    
 
 
LONDON: UK Prime Minister Theresa May, on Tuesday, called for an early general election on June 8, saying it is the only way to guarantee political stability for years ahead after Britain leaves the European Union.

 
         No more ‘457 visa’ to Australia, Indians in trouble    
 
 
MELBOURNE: Australia, on Tuesday, abolished a visa programme used by over 95,000 temporary foreign workers, majority of them Indians, to tackle the growing unemployment in the country

 
         Trump to sign executive order on reform of H-1B visa system    
 
 
WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump is set to sign an executive order that would tighten the process of issuing the H-1B visas and seek a review of the system for creating an "entirely new structure" for awarding these visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT firms and professionals.

 
         Erdogan declares referendum victory, opposition cries foul    
 
 
ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared victory on Monday in a historic referendum that will tighten his grip on power, but the knife-edge result left the country bitterly divided, with the opposition crying foul.

 
         'Yes' camp edging tight Turkey poll on Erdogan powers    
 
 
ISTANBUL: The 'Yes' campaign to give Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded powers was just ahead of its rival Sunday in a bitterly-contested referendum that will determine Turkey's future destiny, initial results said.

 
         68 children among dead in bomb attack on Syria evacuees    
 
 
BEIRUT: At least 68 children were among those killed in the car bomb attack on a convoy carrying evacuees from besieged government-held towns in Syria, a monitor said on Sunday.

 
         Pope's Easter address marked by heightened security    
 
 
VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis began his traditional Easter mass in Rome on Sunday with thousands of the faithful being subjected to heightened security measures.

 
         World's oldest person dies at age 117    
 
 
ROME: The world's oldest person has died at age 117 in her home in northern Italy. Emma Morano was born on November 29, 1899. She was also believed to have been the last surviving person in the world who was born in the 1800s.

 
         Pak to submit new dossier on Jadhav to UN    
 
 
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has prepared a new dossier about alleged militant activities of Indian prisoner on death row Kulbhushan Jadhav and will share it with the UN and foreign envoys stationed here, media reports have said.

 
         North Korean test missile explodes on launch, say US, South Korea    
 
 
SEOUL: A North Korean missile exploded during launch on Sunday, US and South Korean officials said, a high-profile failure that comes as a powerful US aircraft super-carrier approaches the Korean Peninsula in a show of force.

 
         At least 100 killed in explosion at Syrian evacuation point    
 
 
BEIRUT: A stalled population transfer resumed on Saturday after a deadly explosion killed at least 100, including children, government supporters and opposition fighters, at an evacuation point, adding new urgency to the widely criticised operation.

 
         Syria car bombing kills at least 24 evacuees    
 
 
BEIRU: ide car bombing killed at least 24 people today in an attack near buses for Syrians evacuated from two besieged government-held towns, a monitor said. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attack in Rashidin, west of Aleppo, targeted residents evacuated from the northern towns of Fuaa and Kafraya under a deal reached between the regime and rebels.

 
 
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