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North Korea's ballistic missile test-launch fails again
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 29 Apr 2017,Saturday
North Korea today unsuccessfully test-fired a ballistic missile, making this its fourth consecutive unsuccessful missile test since March, American and South Korean officials have said. US President Donald Trump tweeted, "North Korea disrespected the wishes of China... when it launched, though unsuccessfully, a missile today. Bad!" North Korea had earlier warned of "weekly, monthly" missile tests.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:47 am on 29 Apr
Trump administration proposes 'largest tax reform'
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Donald Trump administration recently unveiled the "largest tax reform" in the history of the United States, which proposes to cut corporate tax rates from 35% to 15%. The plan would have three individual income tax brackets (10%, 25%, and 35%), instead of the current seven. It also proposes to abolish the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) in place since 1969.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 09:56 pm on 28 Apr
Major, major conflict with North Korea possible: Trump
short by Pragya Swastik / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
US President Donald Trump on Thursday in an interview with Reuters said, "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely." He added, "We'd love to solve things diplomatically but it's very difficult." This comes after Trump administration declared North Korea an urgent national security threat and top foreign policy priority.
short by Pragya Swastik / 10:45 am on 28 Apr
Facebook report says governments influencing public opinion
short by Pragya Swastik / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A Facebook report has revealed foreign governments are manipulating public opinion through the social media platform to further their geopolitical agendas. Besides spreading fake news, these campaigns are using multiple networks of fake accounts to manipulate public opinion, the report added. Coordination to silence unfavourable voices to sway public opinion in one's favour was also noticed.
short by Pragya Swastik / 07:35 pm on 28 Apr
Indian man killed in crossfire outside US motel
short by Sumedha Sehra / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A 56-year-old Indian man was killed outside a motel in the US state of Tennessee on Monday after he was caught in crossfire. About 30 bullets were fired, one of which struck Khandu Patel in the chest, when he had been standing at the back. Notably, Patel is the fifth Indian to be killed in the US since February.
short by Sumedha Sehra / 10:30 pm on 28 Apr
All women may have to wear headscarves: Austria President
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, has said that there may come a day when all women are asked to wear headscarves out of solidarity, citing discrimination faced by Muslims in the country. Bellen added that he believes it is "every woman's right to wear whatever she likes". Notably, Austrian government recently banned the full-face Islamic veil in public places.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:17 pm on 28 Apr
German parliament approves partial ban on Islamic veil
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The German parliament's lower house has approved a draft law that partially bans the full-face Islamic veil for public servants including election officials, military, and judicial staff while at work. The law, however, allows exceptions such as for health workers protecting themselves against infections or police officers concealing their identity. It will now go to the upper house for approval.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:44 pm on 28 Apr
North Korea agrees to first ever UN rights expert visit
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
North Korea has agreed to a visit by a UN expert on the rights of people with disabilities, Catalina Devandas-Aguilar, the United Nations said on Thursday. Her visit will be the first ever to North Korea by an independent expert designated by UN Human Rights Council. Notably, North Korea has consistently denounced the council's resolutions as a US conspiracy.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:14 pm on 28 Apr
S Korea should pay for $1-bn THAAD system: Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he wants South Korea to pay for the $1-billion Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system. "It's phenomenal, shoots missiles right out of the sky," Trump added. However, South Korean Defence Ministry said the country would provide the THAAD site and infrastructure, while the US would pay to deploy and operate it.
short by Ankush Verma / 09:50 pm on 28 Apr
Thai cops to arrest Red Bull heir in 2012 hit-and-run case
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A court in Thailand on Friday issued an arrest warrant for the heir of Red Bull energy drink fortune, Vorayuth Yoovidhya, who is accused of killing a policeman while speeding in Bangkok in 2012. This comes after Yoovidhya missed summons to report to court on Thursday for the eighth time since legal proceedings against him began in 2016.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:03 pm on 28 Apr
Helping Saudi get on UN rights panel a mistake: Belgian PM
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel has said that it was a mistake for his nation to help vote Saudi Arabia onto a UN women's rights committee, arguing that the country does not respect gender equality. Michel told Parliament that last week's vote came unexpectedly and that a diplomat was forced into a hasty decision without proper consultations with the government.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:15 pm on 28 Apr
I thought being President would be easier: Donald Trump
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
US President Donald Trump on Thursday said that he expected presidency to be easier than his previous life. Adding that he misses aspects of his former life, Trump said that he now has much less privacy than before. "You're really into your own little cocoon, because you have such massive protection that you really can't go anywhere," Trump stated.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:53 pm on 28 Apr
Detainees found in hidden Philippines police station cell
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
A cell with detainees hidden behind a bookshelf has been exposed in a police station in the Philippines, rights activists said. The detainees who have reportedly been held without being charged were begging for water and were forced to urinate in plastic bags. This comes amid the 'war on drugs' waged since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power last year.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:46 pm on 28 Apr
Over 100 injured as protesters storm Macedonian Parliament
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Over 100 people, including 22 police officers and at least three MPs, were injured as demonstrators fought their way through a police cordon and stormed the Macedonian Parliament. The scuffles came as nationalist Macedonian protesters were angered by the election of an ethnic Albanian as parliamentary speaker. Notably, Macedonia has been without a functioning government since 2015.
short by Ankush Verma / 08:42 pm on 28 Apr
Syrian who saved refugee boat appointed UNHCR ambassador
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Syrian national Yusra Mardini, who helped save a boat carrying fellow refugees in 2015, has been appointed a Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Mardini, who competed in 2016 Rio Olympics as part of the first-ever Refugee Olympic Team, said she would dedicate her voice to speak up for people who have been forced to flee their homes.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:36 pm on 28 Apr
Indonesian female Islamic clerics issue child marriage fatwa
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Female Islamic clerics in Indonesia have issued an unprecedented fatwa against child marriage, urging the government to raise the minimum legal age for women to marry to 18 from the current 16. The fatwa called underage marriage "harmful" and said preventing it was mandatory. According to UNICEF, one in four women in Indonesia marry before the age of 18.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:02 pm on 28 Apr
Trump's immigrant crime hotline trolled with alien reports
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
People used US President Donald Trump's Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office hotline to report alien crimes and UFO sightings on Wednesday, which was recognised as Alien Day by the 'Alien' movie franchise. The Homeland Security Department had said VOICE was for "people impacted by crimes committed by illegal aliens," but meant "aliens" to describe criminals who weren't American citizens.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:19 pm on 28 Apr
'The Simpsons' releases video on Trump's first 100 days
short by Ankush Verma / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
Cartoon sitcom 'The Simpsons' has released a short animated video on US President Donald Trump's first 100 days in office. The clip shows Trump in bed at the White House counting up accomplishments as President, like increasing his Twitter following. The video also imagines Trump's daughter, Ivanka, taking Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:08 pm on 27 Apr
116-yr-old Mexican woman denied bank card for being too old
short by Ankush Verma / on 27 Apr 2017,Thursday
Maria Felix, a 116-year-old woman from Mexico, went three months without her monthly 1,200 pesos (over ₹4,000) welfare payment after her bank denied her a debit card saying that her age exceeded the "calibration limits" of its system. Government officials delivered a cheque and an apology to Felix in person after they became aware of her case.
short by Ankush Verma / 11:30 pm on 27 Apr
Ex-German Chancellor Kohl gets €1mn damages over biography
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl has been awarded €1 million in compensation over an unauthorised biography that a judge said had "deeply violated" his personal rights. Kohl said the book 'Legacy - The Kohl Transcripts' contained inaccurate remarks about current Chancellor Angela Merkel as well as former President Christian Wulff. Notably, the book, published in 2014, was a German bestseller.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:52 pm on 28 Apr
Afghan Taliban announces spring offensive
short by Ankush Verma / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
The Taliban has announced the launch of its spring offensive in Afghanistan, warning that its enemies, including foreign troops, will be "targeted, harassed, and killed". The militant group said its offensive will target enemies with guerrilla warfare, complex martyrdom attacks, and insider attacks. The group also said that it will begin building institutions in areas under its control.
short by Ankush Verma / 10:29 pm on 28 Apr
German Army officer disguised as Syrian refugee arrested
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
German police have arrested an army officer who spent over a year posing as a Syrian refugee on suspicion of planning a terror attack, reports said. It is believed that the officer attempted to put the blame for the possible assault on migrants. The officer was earlier arrested by Austrian police after being caught hiding a gun at Vienna airport.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 08:50 am on 28 Apr
Trump agrees not to terminate NAFTA treaty: White House
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
US President Donald Trump has agreed not to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) treaty "at this time" in phone calls with leaders of Mexico and Canada but will renegotiate it with them, White House has said. This comes after White House disclosed that Trump was considering issuing an order to withdraw the country from the trade pact.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 08:47 am on 28 Apr
Russia mulls criminalising bride abduction tradition
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 28 Apr 2017,Friday
Russian Republic of Ingushetia's parliament has submitted a draft bill to the State Duma, suggesting a three-year imprisonment penalty for kidnapping women and forcing them into marriage. Notably, the tradition of bride abduction, which still persists in some regions of Russia, usually goes unpunished, since the issue is often settled between the families of the bride and the abductor.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 10:32 pm on 28 Apr
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