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US may stop spouses of H-1B visa holders from working

Washington, Dec 16 (IANS) US President Donald Trump's administration is set to propose revoking a rule that makes spouses of thousands of H1-B visa holders eligible to work while in the US, potentially complicating a major driver of technology jobs, the media reported. Since 2015, the spouses of H-1B, or high-skilled, visa holders waiting for green cards have been eligible to work in the...

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US regulator repeals Obama's net neutrality rules

Washington, Dec 15 (IANS) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has voted to roll back net neutrality rules adopted in 2015 that required internet service providers to treat all online traffic equally. In the rules adopted in 2015 under then US President Barack Obama, internet service providers were not allowed to block or degrade access to legal content, applications, services,...

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Republican accused of molesting teens loses Senate race in setback to Trump

New York, Dec 13 (IANS) An extremist Republican accused of molesting teens lost the Senate election in Alabama, buoying the Democratic Party and delivering President Donald Trump a stinging blow that endangers his agenda. Roy Moore lost on Tuesday to Democrat Doug Jones by about 1.5 per cent in the traditionally staunch Republican state where Trump had won by a margin of 27 percent. <...

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In historic first, Sikh nominated to be attorney general of New Jersey

New York, Dec 13 (IANS) In a historic first, a distinguished Sikh public prosecutor who has experienced hate and intolerance first-hand has been nominated to be the next attorney general of the US state of New Jersey. If Gurbir S. Grewal's nomination by Democrat Governor-elect Phil Murphy is approved by the State Senate early next year, he will be the first Sikh to assume the top state l...

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Gates warns of war between Israel, Hezbollah

Dubai, Dec 12 (IANS) Former US Defence Secretary Robert Gates on Tuesday warned there might be an all-out war between Israel and Lebanon's Iran-backed Shia militia Hezbollah in 2018. He made the remarks at the one-day annual Arab Strategy Forum in Dubai, Xinhua news agency reported. As Hezbollah had helped the Syrian regime defeat the Islamic State (IS) group, this might encourag...

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US records plunge of 'irregular migration' from Cuba

Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) The US has recorded a significant reduction in irregular migration from Cuba since the end of a longstanding migration policy in January, the State Department has announced. From fiscal year 2016 to 2017, apprehensions of Cuban migrants at US ports of entry decreased by 64 per cent, while maritime interdictions of Cuban migrants decreased by 71 per cent, the dep...

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'Power of One' awards honour UN diplomats, officials

United Nations, Dec 12 (IANS) At an awards ceremony honouring six serving and former diplomats and international civil servants for their contributions to world peace and development, the UN was hailed as an institution embodying the Diwali spirit of good overcoming evil. The first Power of One awards were given at a ceremony here on Monday by the Diwali Foundation, US, which grew out of...

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Trump to send astronauts back to moon

Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) US President Donald Trump authorised the acting NASA administrator Robert M. Lightfoot Jr. to lead an innovative space exploration programme to send American astronauts back to the moon, and eventually Mars during a White House signing ceremony. Standing with retired astronauts including Harrison Schmitt, one of the astronauts on Apollo 17 -- the last piloted mi...

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Trump signs directive to send astronauts back to moon

Washington, Dec 12 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has signed his administration's first space policy directive, formally directing the US space agency NASA to send astronauts back to the moon and eventually Mars. The directive I'm signing today will refocus American space program on human exploration and discovery, Trump said at a White House ceremony on Monday, Xinhua news agency repo...

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US Congress approves budget measure avoiding government shutdown

Washington, Dec 8 (IANS) The US Congress has approved a stopgap budget that averts, for now, a partial government shutdown, which had been a strong possibility due to the failure of Republican and Democratic lawmakers to agree on a more comprehensive bill. The approval came after President Donald Trump met Democratic and Republican congressional leaders on Thursday to negotiate an agreem...

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US to begin Jerusalem embassy move preparations: Tillerson

Washington, Dec 7 (IANS) US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has that the State Department will immediately act on President Donald Trump's order and start preparations to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Earlier on Wednesday, Trump announced in a televised speech that he officially recognises Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and instructed the State Depart...

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No support to Trump's decision on Jerusalem: Merkel

Berlin, Dec 7 (IANS) German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that Germany does not support US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel. The Federal Government does not support this attitude because the status of Jerusalem is to be negotiated within the framework of a two-state solution, Xinhua news agency quoted spokesperson Steffen Seiber...

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Trump officially recognises Jerusalem as Israeli capital

New York, Dec 7 (IANS) United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the face of international criticism while asserting that he was not taking a position of any final status of the ancient city that is also claimed by Palestine. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, speaking immediately after Trump's announcement...

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Obama 'criticises Trump' over climate pact withdrawal

Chicago, Dec 6 (IANS) Former President Barack Obama has lamented the lack of US leadership in the fight against climate change and without mentioning his successor Donald Trump, who has been dismantling his administration's environmental policies, he said that the country is in a position that is difficult to defend. Obviously we're in an unusual time when the US is now the only nation o...

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Obama's tweet most-liked ever, Trump has none

San Francisco, Dec 6 (IANS) Although US President Donald Trump creates a lot of buzz on Twitter round the clock but it is his predecessor Barack Obama who has the most-liked tweet of 2017 in his kitty. According to Twitter's year-in-review list, Obama's tweet reacting to racist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was not only the most-liked tweet of 2017 but also in the hist...

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US lawmakers begin negotiations to avoid government shutdown

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) The US Congress has begun bipartisan negotiations to reach a consensus on federal funding to avoid a partial government shutdown. White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley confirmed on Monday night that President Donald Trump is set to meet leading Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer on Thursday, a day before funding for the federal government is due to expire, ...

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Trump orders largest reduction in protected lands

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) President Donald Trump has ordered the largest reduction in public protected lands in the history of the US, cutting more than 9,200 sq.km from two national monuments in Utah, a measure condemned by ecologists and Native Americans. On a visit to Salt Lake City on Monday, Trump ordered Bears Ears, designated by his predecessor Barack Obama, to be reduced in size f...

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US Labor Department plans to scrap Obama-era ban on tip pooling

Washington, Dec 5 (IANS) The US Labor Department on Monday signalled that it would scrap a Barack Obama-era legislation that bans employers from pooling workers' tip. In a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, the Labor Department said workplaces would have the freedom to allow sharing of tips among more employees, Xinhua news agency reported. The proposal would help decrease wage dispa...

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Egypt, US stress strategic cooperation in military domain

Cairo, Dec 3 (IANS) Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi met on Saturday with US Secretary of Defense James Mattis in the Egyptian capital Cairo to discuss strategic cooperation and joint counter-terrorism efforts. Sisi stressed the strength of the Egyptian-US relations and their distinguished strategic aspects, urging to enhance all aspects of cooperation between the two sides partic...

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Owaisi opposes triple talaq bill, calls for Muslim unity to protect 'shariat'

Hyderabad, Dec 2 (IANS) Strongly opposing the proposed legislation on triple talaq, MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi on Saturday called for unity among Indian Muslims to protect the 'shariat'. Stating that the Supreme Court verdict on the issue is confusing and nobody can say if uttering talaq thrice in one sitting annuls marriage or it is considered only one talaq, he wondered how the governm...

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