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Trump offers meeting requests to Rouhani: Iran

Tehran, July 19 (IANS) Iranian President Hassan Rouhani received eight requests from his US counterpart for a meeting, presidential chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi announced on Wednesday. Vaezi said US President Donald Trump's requests were made during Rouhani's visit to New York for a United Nations General Assembly meeting in September 2017, according to Xinhua. He did not elabora...

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South Africa celebrates Mandela's 100th birth anniversary

Johannesburg, July 18 (IANS) South Africans celebrated their late President Nelson Mandela's 100th birth anniversary on Wednesday, remembering the life and legacy of the anti-apartheid leader and the country's first black President through solidarity events, art and sport. The celebrations began in earnest last week and on Tuesday former US President Barack Obama delivered a speech to a ...

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Obama slams Trump-era, warns of 'strongman politics'

Johannesburg (South Africa), July 18 (IANS) Barack Obama has used his first high-profile speech since stepping down as US president to take swipes at strongman politics and politicians' disregard for facts. Obama on Tuesday here mounted a passionate defence of democracy and warned against the politics of the day as his successor, Donald Trump, was heavily criticised for a humiliating new...

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Obama calls for end to ethnic tensions

Nairobi, July 17 (IANS) Former United States President Barack Obama on Monday called for an end to ethnic tensions and tribal conflicts, citing Kenya, the country of his father's birth, as an example for Africa. On the second and final day of his trip to Kenya, Obama spoke to members of the press at the inauguration of a youth center run by his half-sister Auma through her charity, the S...

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Trump-Putin summit should proceed: Pompeo

Washington, July 15 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the summit between President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin should proceed even as the political fallout continues over the indictments of 12 Russian military intelligence officers. Despite calls by top Democrats in Congress for Trump to cancel the meeting scheduled to take place in Finland on Mond...

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Modi loses nearly 3 lakh Twitter followers, Rahul Gandhi 17,000

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost nearly 300,000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers. The number of Modi's followers went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million. According to SocialBlade.com that tracks the number of T...

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No government comment on Trump's R-Day visit report

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) The External Affairs Ministry on Friday declined to comment on a media report that suggested US President Donald Trump has been invited to be the chief guest at next year's Republic Day celebrations. According to the report, the invitation to Trump was extended in April this year. If he accepts, he will become the second US President after Barack Obama i...

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Modi loses nearly 3 lakh Twitter followers, Rahul Gandhi 17,000

New Delhi, July 13 (IANS) As Twitter began sanitising its platform by removing inactive and locked accounts, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday lost nearly 300,000 followers while Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi lost over 17,000 followers. The number of Modi's followers went down to 43.1 million from 43.4 million. According to SocialBlade.com that tracks the number of T...

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Obama best US President of recent years: Survey

Washington, July 12 (IANS) Forty-four per cent of Americans believe that former President Barack Obama did the best job of any president in their lifetime, according to a new survey. Obama, who served two terms, is the best or second-best president of their lifetime, Politico quoted the Pew Research Centre survey. Bill Clinton came in next with 33 per cent, followed by Ronald Re...

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Trump, Obama lose followers as Twitter sanitises its platform

New Delhi/San Francisco, July 12 (IANS) US President Donald Trump lost about 100,000 of his 53.4 million followers and former President Barack Obama lost about 400,000 as Twitter began removing locked accounts -- which are disabled owing to suspicious activity -- to sanitise its platform. Several high-profile users were set to experience a drop in the number of their followers on the mic...

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Cuba urges US to comply with migration deals

Havana, July 12 (IANS) Cuba has urged the US government to comply with the 1994 migration agreements which stipulate 20,000 immigrant visas should be granted annually to Cuban nationals, pressing Washington to restart consular services in Havana. According to a statement by the Cuban Foreign Ministry on Wednesday, the two countries held a meeting in Washington to discuss migration issues...

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Roseanne Barr 'won't do TV interviews' amid row

Los Angeles, July 10 (IANS) Actress-comedian Roseanne Barr says she will not be participating in any television interviews in the wake of her controversial tweet. On July 8, Barr had said she would be doing an interview this week, tweeting, To my wonderful fans who I treasure and love - who have carried me these past weeks when I was 2 weak 2 carry myself: I will be doing a TV interview ...

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Obama joins Spanish King for museum tour in Madrid

Madrid, July 7 (IANS) Former US President Barack Obama on Saturday accompanied King Felipe VI of Spain on a private tour of the Reina Sofia modern art museum in the Spanish capital, where the pair admired masterpieces from the likes of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali. Obama and King Felipe spent time admiring Picasso's 1937 work of art Guernica, which depicts the aftermath of the bombing...

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Germany urges Iran to stick with nuclear deal

Vienna, July 6 (IANS) Germany's Foreign Minister on Friday urged Iran to remain committed to the nuclear deal struck with members of the international community, insisting that it would reap benefits despite the fact that one of the most powerful backers, the US, pulled out and was pursuing sanctions on Tehran. Heiko Maas gave brief remarks to reporters in Vienna before a ministerial-lev...

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US admitted 33,000 refugees in 2017

Washington, July 6 (IANS) The US resettled 33,000 refugees in 2017, a roughly two-thirds drop from the figure of the previous year, which stood at 97,000, according to data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees published in a report by US-based Pew Research Centre. The decline in refugee resettlement in the US coincided with the arrival of Donald Trump in the White House in January ...

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Trump wishes US happy Fourth of July

Washington, July 5 (IANS) US President Donald Trump wished the nation a happy Fourth of July, the American Independence Day which commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Happy Fourth of July... Our country is doing great! he tweeted on Wednesday morning. Shortly after the first tweet, Trump posted a video message for his followers, reports CBS News. ...

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Trump reverses Obama-era affirmative action in schools

Washington, July 4 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration has rescinded seven Obama-era policy guidelines that called on universities to consider race as a factor in diversifying their campuses. In a joint letter, the Education and Justice Departments said on Tuesday that the guidelines advocate policy preferences and positions beyond the requirements of the Constitution, repo...

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Roseanne Barr considers TV return

Los Angeles, July 4 (IANS) Actress-comedian Roseanne Barr, whose show Roseanne was taken off air over a controversry, might be heading back to the small screen sooner than expected. During an appearance on Rabbi Shmuley Boteach's podcast, Barr hinted at a possibility of returning to television, reports variety.com. Inside every bad thing is a good thing waiting to happen, and I f...

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SC vacancy: Trump interviews Indian American judge under consideration

New York, July 3 (IANS) Indian American federal appeals court judge Amul Thapar has emerged as a serious contender for a spot in the US Supreme court and has been interviewed for the position by President Donald Trump, according media reports. He was one of four judges interviewed for the position on the nation's highest court by Trump on Monday, according to The Washington Post and oth...

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Trump calls out Colbert, Kimmel Fallon

Los Angeles, June 26 (IANS) US President Donald Trump launched into a tirade, speaking out against late night show hosts Jimmy Fallon at a rally in South Carolina. He called Fallon a lost soul, Colbert a lowlife and Kimmel terrible. The rally was for South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, but Trump's remarks were heavy on celebrity references, reported variety.com. He looks like...

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