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Trump, Modi discuss Afghanistan, Myanmar, Maldives, North Korea: White House

U.S. President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke by phone on Thursday, discussing topics including the political crisis in the Maldives, the war in Afghanistan and the plight of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar, the White House said. The trump administration has launched an effort to deepen military and economic ties with India as a way to balance Chinas assertive posture...


Trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits
Source: Reuters

trump administration may target immigrants who use food aid, other benefits

The trump administration is considering making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to get permanent residency if they or their American-born children use public benefits such as food assistance, in a move that could sharply restrict legal immigration. The Department of Homeland Security has drafted rules seen by Reuters that would allow immigration officers to scrutinize a pote...


Trump calls North Korea leadership 'depraved,' warns of nuclear missile threat

Branding North Koreas leadership depraved, President Donald Trump told Americans on Tuesday that Pyongyangs pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland and vowed a continued campaign of maximum pressure to keep that from happening. In his first State of the Union speech to the U.S. Congress, Trumps tough rhetoric underscored persistent tensions despite recent talks between...


Can Trump be seen going soft with the new proposal?
Source: Image: Border prototype (Reuters), News: Pankaj Thapa,

Can Trump be seen going soft with the new proposal?

Well most of us know how Trump can be? He tweets pretty much everything - then why hasnt he tweeted this counter offer propsed to the U.S. Congress by the White House? He possibly could be too busy with the productive meetings he has had with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Israels Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Or is he possibly softeni...


Turkey kills at least 260 Kurdish, Islamic State fighters in Syria offensive: military

Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about Ankaras offensive against U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG fo...


Why has the U.S. Government shut down? What is shut, and what is not?
Source: Pankaj Thapa (With inputs from Reuters Report)

Why has the U.S. Government shut down? What is shut, and what is not?

President Trump and the U.S Congress failed to meet a Friday midnight deadline to pass a short term funding bill to extend federal funding, which has caused the U.S. Government to shut down. The government had been operating on temporary funding measures since the end of the fiscal year in September. Short term funding measures were being adopted as Republicans and Democrats were not being able t...


US government shuts down
Source: Reuters

US government shuts down

The US Congress are racing to meet a midnight Friday deadline to pass a short-term bill to keep the US government open and prevent agencies from shutting down. In shutdowns, non-essential government employees are furloughed, or placed on temporary unpaid leave. Workers deemed essential, including those dealing with public safety and national security, keep working. After previous government ...


Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries'
Source: Reuters

Trump questions taking immigrants from 'shithole countries'

President Donald Trump on Thursday questioned why the United States would want to have immigrants from Haiti and African nations, referring to some as shithole countries, according to two sources familiar with the comments. Trumps remarks, made in the White House, came as Democratic Senator Dick Durbin and Republican Senator Lindsey Graham briefed the president on a newly drafted immigration b...


U.S. threatens to withhold aid cash to Palestinians

U.S. President Donald Trump said in tweets on Tuesday that the United States may withhold future aid payments to Palestinians, accusing them of being no longer willing to talk peace with Israel. Trump said that Washington gives Palestinians HUNDRED OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS a year and get no appreciation or respect. They dont even want to negotiate a long overdue peace treaty with Israel ... with ...


New US airstrike in Somalia kills 13 al-Shabab members

The U.S. military says it has killed 13 members of the al-Shabab extremist group with a new airstrike in southern Somalia. The statement from the U.S. Africa Command says the strike was carried out Sunday morning. A spokeswoman says it occurred about 50 kilometers (31 miles) northwest of Kismayo and that no civilians were killed. The United States has carried out 34 drone strikes in Somalia ...


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