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Asia up as Wall Street extends record rise, dollar steady | Reuters

By Shinichi Saoshiro | TOKYO TOKYO Asian stocks edged up on Wednesday, joining a record-setting night for world markets as investors cheered upbeat factory activity in Europe and solid earnings on Wall Street. The dollar was steady after hawkish comments from top Federal Reserve officials bolstered ...

Exclusive: China finishing South China Sea buildings that could house missiles - U.S. officials | Reuters

By Idrees Ali | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON China, in an early test of U.S. President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two U.S. officials told Reuters.The ...

How one Chinese region shows risks of relying on heavy borrowing | Reuters

By David Stanway | SHENYANG, China SHENYANG, China A flurry of construction in the Chinese city of Shenyang belies a regional economy in crisis, a striking example of the increasingly diminishing returns from a policy of investing heavily in infrastructure to prop up economic activity.A new ...

Amnesty says Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place | Reuters

By Nathalie Kantaris Diaz | PARIS PARIS Amnesty International said on Wednesday U.S. President Donald Trump's "poisonous" rhetoric on his way to winning the White House led a global trend towards increasingly divisive politics in 2016 that had made the world a "darker" place.In its annual report ...

Amnesty says Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place | Reuters

By Nathalie Kantaris Diaz | PARIS PARIS Amnesty International said on Wednesday U.S. The post Amnesty says Trump's 'poisonous' rhetoric makes world a darker place | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

Tillerson affirms importance of constructive China ties - State Department | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson spoke by telephone with China's top diplomat on Tuesday and affirmed the importance of a constructive U.S.-China relationship, and the two agreed on the need to address the threat posed by North Korea, the State Department said.Tillerson and Yang ...

Life expectancy study shows many likely to live beyond 90 by 2030 | Reuters

By Kate Kelland | LONDON LONDON Average life expectancy will rise in many countries by 2030, breaking through 90 years in some places, and policymakers need to make more efforts to plan for it, according to a large international study.South Koreans are likely to have the highest life expectancy in ...

White House signals reversal in transgender bathroom policy | Reuters

By Daniel Trotta The White House on Tuesday signaled it was preparing to reverse a U.S. The post White House signals reversal in transgender bathroom policy | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

Canada PM - will not halt illegal border crossing despite opposition | Reuters

OTTAWA Canada will continue to accept asylum seekers crossing illegally from the United States but will ensure security measures are taken to keep Canadians safe, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday.The number of would-be refugees crossing into Canada at isolated and unguarded ...

Conservative U.S. justices sceptical in cross-border shooting case | Reuters

By Lawrence Hurley | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON Conservative Supreme Court justices on Tuesday voiced scepticism about extending constitutional rights to non-citizens in a case involving a 15-year-old Mexican shot dead by a U.S. agent from across the border in Texas that could have broad implications.The ...

Oil rises 1 percent as OPEC sees higher compliance with cuts | Reuters

By Devika Krishna Kumar | NEW YORK NEW YORK Oil prices ended about 1 percent higher after touching three-week highs on Tuesday on OPEC's optimism for greater compliance with its deal with other producers including Russia to curb output in an effort to clear a glut that has weighed on the market.OPEC ...

U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province - Kurdish military source | Reuters

By Tom Perry and John Davison | BEIRUT BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.The advance into the province, most of which is under the ...

Germany suggests EU ease rules to deport asylum seekers | Reuters

By Tom Körkemeier and Gabriela Baczynska | BRUSSELS BRUSSELS German officials have proposed that the European Union relax some human rights safeguards so that more asylum seekers can be deported while awaiting the outcome of their cases, according to a working paper seen by Reuters.The paper is ...

Quebec mosque hires own lawyers for accused gunman's trial | Reuters

By Kevin Dougherty | QUEBEC CITY QUEBEC CITY A Quebec City mosque attacked in January by a gunman who killed six worshippers, is hiring its own lawyers to observe the trial of the accused shooter, a member of the congregation said on Tuesday. The lawyers will attend the trial of accused mosque ...

Trump issues first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents | Reuters

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. President Donald Trump delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States on Tuesday after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centres around the country and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery.Several of the ...

Verizon, Yahoo agree to lowered $4.48 billion deal following cyber attacks | Reuters

By Anjali Athavaley and David Shepardson Verizon Communications Inc said on Tuesday it would buy Yahoo Inc's core business for $4.48 billion, lowering its original offer by $350 million in the wake of two massive cyber attacks at the internet company.The closing of the deal, which was first ...

U.S.-backed alliance enters Syria's Deir al-Zor province for first time - Kurdish military source | Reuters

BEIRUT The U.S.-backed Syria Democratic Forces alliance has crossed into Deir al-Zor province for the first time as part of an offensive against Islamic State, a Kurdish military source said on Tuesday.The advance into the province, which is almost entirely under the control of the ultra-hardline ...

Trump delivers first public condemnation of anti-Semitic threats | Reuters

By Ayesha Rascoe | WASHINGTON WASHINGTON U.S. The post Trump delivers first public condemnation of anti-Semitic threats | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman back in hosts squad for Test series after injury lay-off

Mustafizur has not played a Test since his debut series against South Africa in 2015 after suffering a series of injuries. He underwent surgery on his shoulder last year. The post Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh: Mustafizur Rahman back in hosts squad for Test series after injury lay-off appeared first on ...

French presidential candidate Macron to meet with British PM Theresa May | Reuters

PARIS/LONDON French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron will be meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday during his visit to London, a coup for the young frontrunner who has been seeking to boost his credibility on the world stage.Macron, who is seeking to bolster his stature as ...

Iran Supreme Leader calls on Palestinians to pursue intifada against Israel | Reuters

BEIRUT Iran’s Supreme Leader called on Palestinians on Tuesday to pursue an uprising against Israel, suggesting the Israeli government was a "cancerous tumour" that should be confronted until Palestinians were completely liberated."... by Allah’s permission, we will see that this intifada ...

Wall Street hits record highs as retailers post strong results | Reuters

By Yashaswini Swamynathan U.S. The post Wall Street hits record highs as retailers post strong results | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

Govt not to support Bill which seeks to declare Pakistan a 'terror state'

A Private Member's Bill, which seeks to declare Pakistan a country sponsoring terrorism, will be opposed by the government in Parliament. The post Govt not to support Bill which seeks to declare Pakistan a 'terror state' appeared first on Firstpost.

India vs England U-19 Test series: Delvay Rawlins, Will Jacks steady visitors on Day 1 of 2nd Junior Test

Rawlins 124 and Jacks 66 shared an unbeaten sixth wicket stand of 131 runs to help stabilise England's first innings at the VCA Stadium at Jamtha near Nagpur. The post India vs England U-19 Test series: Delvay Rawlins, Will Jacks steady visitors on Day 1 of 2nd Junior Test appeared first on ...

Manohar Parrikar questions Pakistan's motives behind Hafiz Saeed's house arrest

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday said it has to be seen whether terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed's house arrest was the result of "real wise thinking" on the part of Pakistan or simply because things had started "burning under their feet". The post Manohar Parrikar questions Pakistan's ...

India needs to re-think its energy policy and say no to nuclear power: Greenpeace

India needs to "re-think" its energy policies and say no to nuclear power, Greenpeace India said on Tuesday after the NGO released a report highlighting high radiation levels in Fukushima in Japan. The post India needs to re-think its energy policy and say no to nuclear power: Greenpeace appeared ...

France joins the party as euro zone economic outlook shines | Reuters

By Jeremy Gaunt and Krishna Eluri The euro zone's economy improved sharply this month and enjoyed some rare positive news about jobs, with French business activity unexpectedly matching that in big beast Germany just as its presidential race heats up.Preliminary purchasing manager surveys on Tuesday ...

Donald Trump's travel ban: British Muslim teacher from South Wales denied entry to US

A British Muslim teacher travelling to New York last week as a member of a school party from South Wales was denied entry to the US, a media report said. The post Donald Trump's travel ban: British Muslim teacher from South Wales denied entry to US appeared first on Firstpost.

BMC Election 2017: Post-voting, BJP, Shiv Sena claim tide in their favour in Mumbai

Minutes after voting ended in Mumbai on Tuesday, the Shiv Sena and BJP rushed to claim a tide in their favour going by the turnout for the polls to the country's richest civic body. The post BMC Election 2017: Post-voting, BJP, Shiv Sena claim tide in their favour in Mumbai appeared first on ...

Punjab Election 2017: Drugs, liquor, cash worth Rs 127 cr seized during polls, reveals EC

Punjab recorded total seizure of cash, liquor, drugs and other items worth about Rs 127 crore during 2017 Assembly polls, officials said on Tuesday. The post Punjab Election 2017: Drugs, liquor, cash worth Rs 127 cr seized during polls, reveals EC appeared first on Firstpost.

SBI chief, Tata Sons board members hail Chandrasekaran

"I am sure that Chandra is going to do really, really well. We wish him the very best," Bhattacharya said, and expressed hope that he will take on the many challenges the group faces head-on. The post SBI chief, Tata Sons board members hail Chandrasekaran appeared first on Firstpost.

Pakistan cancels licenses of weapons issued to 'terrorist' Hafiz Saeed and his aides

Pakistan has cancelled the licenses of 44 weapons issued to JuD chief Hafiz Saeed and other members of his organisations, citing security reasons. The post Pakistan cancels licenses of weapons issued to 'terrorist' Hafiz Saeed and his aides appeared first on Firstpost.

Near collision of IndiGo, SilkAir planes, govt launches probe

New Delhi: Two planes were involved in a near-miss over Kolkata airspace last December, it has emerged, prompting the government to launch a probe. The IndiGo plane from Kolkata to Hyderabad and the Kolkata-bound SilkAir aircraft from Singapore were involved in the incident that occured on 11 ...

No more big fat weddings for Kashmir: Govt limits number of guests and food served

The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned the big fat weddings to curb the wastage of food in these social events. The numbers of guests and meal courses risen phenomenally in recent years and Kashmiri’s often spent their entire life savings either on a house or a wedding. The post No more ...

France's Marine Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti over headscarf

Beirut: Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen cancelled a meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti on Tuesday after refusing to wear a headscarf. The post France's Marine Le Pen cancels meeting with Lebanon's Grand Mufti over headscarf appeared first on Firstpost.

BMC Election 2017: Sena to lodge complaint after 12 lakh voters' names go missing on poll day

More than 12 lakh Mumbaikars who showed up across the 227 wards on Tuesday to elect a new Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, had to return home disappointed as their names were missing from the voters' list provided by the Maharashtra State Election Commission. The post BMC Election 2017: Sena to ...

Naliya gangrape case: Congress questions Narendra Modi's silence, seeks HC monitored probe

The Congress on Tuesday demanded that a sitting judge under the supervision of the High Court must investigate the Naliya gang rape case, allegedly involving BJP leaders from Kutch, and also questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi's silence on the issue. The post Naliya gangrape case: Congress ...

Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio to start commercial launch from April; industry heaves a sigh of relief

Salgaonkar also said that the top 3 telcos – which means Bharti, Vodafone and Idea - will continue to invest in building capacity to compete with RJio The post Mukesh Ambani's Reliance Jio to start commercial launch from April; industry heaves a sigh of relief appeared first on Firstpost.

General Bipin Rawat's comment: Politicians deriding Indian Army is irresponsible, unacceptable

Adverse comments by J&K politicians are natural because those speaking do not want the situation to normalise with the money they are raking in or are in league with the separatists and/or their cross-border benefactors. The post General Bipin Rawat's comment: Politicians deriding Indian Army is ...

Goa Election 2017: Congress alleges poll officials leaked postal ballots' serial numbers

The Congress in Goa on Tuesday alleged that election officials leaked serial numbers of postal ballots to the BJP, a charge rubbished by the state's Chief Electoral Officer . The post Goa Election 2017: Congress alleges poll officials leaked postal ballots' serial numbers appeared first on ...

Hafiz Saeed on terror list: Move an attempt to improve Pakistan's image, not goodwill gesture towards India

In fact, it would naïve of us to conclude that this registration of Hafiz Saeed on the global terrorist list is some sort of reaffirmation of faith or a goodwill gesture to India. The post Hafiz Saeed on terror list: Move an attempt to improve Pakistan's image, not goodwill gesture towards India ...

Zakir Naik responds to ED summons, says ready to give statement via e-facility

Controversial televangelist Zakir Naik has responded to the ED summons in connection with a money laundering case and said he is willing to give statement via any electronic media facility. The post Zakir Naik responds to ED summons, says ready to give statement via e-facility appeared first on ...

Use GPS to collect precise data on road accidents, recommends govt panel

An expert committee set up by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has recommended a new format, which includes use of GPS, to collect more precise data on road accidents. The post Use GPS to collect precise data on road accidents, recommends govt panel appeared first on Firstpost.

Manipur Deputy CM Gaikhangam escapes militant attack

Imphal: Manipur Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam on Tuesday escaped an assassination attempt in Tamenglong district when militants attacked his cavalcade. Police suspect a tribal militant outfit to be behind the attack. The post Manipur Deputy CM Gaikhangam escapes militant attack appeared first on ...

India vs Australia: Darren Lehmann bats for discarding toss in upcoming series

Australia coach Darren Lehmann is in favour of doing away with the toss, and feels that flip of the coin won't have any bearing on the result of the upcoming Test series in India. The post India vs Australia: Darren Lehmann bats for discarding toss in upcoming series appeared first on Firstpost.

BMC Election 2017 LIVE updates: Mumbai disappoints again; just 41.32 percent turnout by 3 pm

Elections to the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra, which have virtually turned into a battle of prestige for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, heading the state's first BJP-led government, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, will be held on ...

Odisha: BJP leader arrested for distributing money to voters

Bhubaneswar: The police on Tuesday arrested nine persons including a BJP leader from Chhattishgarh for allegedly distributing money to voters in Kalahandi district. The post Odisha: BJP leader arrested for distributing money to voters appeared first on Firstpost.

BMC Election 2017 LIVE updates: Will the Shiv Sena maintain its hold on Mumbai?

Elections to the cash-rich Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation and nine other civic bodies in Maharashtra, which have virtually turned into a battle of prestige for Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, heading the state's first BJP-led government, and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, will be held on ...

Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar speaks out about sexual harassment, exploitation in film industry

Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar posted a message condemning sexual harassment of women The post Tamil actress Varalaxmi Sarathkumar speaks out about sexual harassment, exploitation in film industry appeared first on Firstpost.

Kareena Kapoor Khan calls Rangoon 'film of the year' and praises all three actors

Kareena Kapoor Khan said that there is a healthy competition between Saif Ali Khan, Shahid Kapoor and Kangana Ranaut, which complements the film. The post Kareena Kapoor Khan calls Rangoon 'film of the year' and praises all three actors appeared first on Firstpost.