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Barack, Michelle Obama to make TV, films for Netflix

Los Angeles, May 22 (IANS) Former US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have officially sealed a deal with Netflix to produce television shows and films for the streaming service. The deal will give Barack an international television platform during his post-presidency, allowing him to reach millions of people in the US and internationally, reports nytimes.com. The coup...

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US will crush Iran through sanctions: Pompeo

Washington, May 21 (IANS) The US will aim to crush Iran with economic and military pressure by imposing the strongest sanctions in history unless it changes its behaviour in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday. Pompeo, unveiling the Trump administration's new policy on Iran just weeks after President Donald Trump dumped the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, said the US w...

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US to probe Trump campaign 'infiltration'

Washington, May 21 (IANS) The US Department of Justice will investigate whether FBI agents spied on President Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign for inappropriate purposes, media reports said. In a tweet, Trump said he wanted to know whether his predecessor Barack Obama's administration ordered such a move. I hereby demand, and will do so officially tomorrow (Monday), that th...

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Trump seeks probe into FBI election campaign 'infiltration'; inquiry ordered

Washington, May 21 (IANS) Under pressure from President Donald Trump, the US Justice Department has asked its inspector general to assess whether political motivation tainted the FBI investigation into ties between Russia and Trump's campaign. Officials hoped the step might avert a larger clash between the President and federal law enforcement officials, The Washington Post reported on S...

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Gina Haspel confirmed as CIA's first female Director

Washington, May 18 (IANS) The US Senate has approved Gina Haspel as the first female Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) despite her role in the spy agency's brutal detention and interrogation programmes post-9/11 terror attacks. Haspel's confirmation on Thursday in a 54-45 vote followed a partisan fight among senators about Haspel's past ties to the CIA's former rendition,...

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Trump lambasts Russia probe on its first anniversary

Washington, May 18 (IANS) US President Donald Trump has slammed the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, calling it yet again a witch hunt on the first anniversary of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Congratulations America, we are now into the second year of the greatest Witch Hunt in American History... and there is still No Collusion and No O...

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Serious concerns over Aadhaar data collection: Ex-US State Department official

Vancouver, May 16 (IANS) There are serious concerns about the collection of biometric data for Aadhaar cards in India and these must be allayed, a former State Department official who is considered an expert on social media and cyber-crime issues has stressed. I don't want to meddle in India's politics. But there are concerns (about collection of personal details for Aadhaar card), Jared...

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Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

Moscow, May 14 (IANS) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reached Moscow on Monday as part of a series of international diplomatic meetings aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal following the withdrawal of the US. Zarif will be discussing the agreement with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov, CNN reported. Before Russia, Zarif was in Beijing where he stressed the imp...

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The Indian-American diaspora: A vital resource for India

Over 31 million people of Indian birth or descent are part of the Indian diaspora spread around the world. Of them, 3.1 million, or 10 per cent, are Indian-Americans living in the US. The Indian-American diaspora has proven to be a vital resource contributing to the economic, political and social development of India. Devesh Kapur highlighted the importance of the Indian diaspora in his ...

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Trump nominates Indian-American to federal judgeship

New York, May 10 (IANS) US President Donald Trump nominated Diane Gujarati, a prosecutor of Indian descent, to a federal judgeship on Thursday in an unusual move as she had been former President Barack Obama's choice for the position. The White House announced that Trump is sending the nomination of Gujarati, who is the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division of the federal prosecutor's fo...

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European powers pledge to uphold Iran N-deal after US exit

Washington, May 9 (IANS) European leaders have pledged to remain committed to the Iran nuclear deal after US President Donald Trump dumped it as a horrible, one-sided agreement rooted in fiction and ordered the highest level of economic sanctions against Tehran. Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Wednesday called Trump's Tuesday speech silly and superficial and said he was m...

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European powers try to save Iran N-deal after US exit

Washington, May 9 (IANS) European powers have pledged their continuing commitment to the Iran nuclear deal after President Donald Trump announced the US' withdrawal from the 2015 horrible, one-sided pact rooted in fiction. Following Trump's widely expected decision on Tuesday night, the UK, France and Germany urged Washington not to obstruct the implementation of the Iran deal, also know...

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Pompeo in Pyongyang; Tokyo-Seoul-Beijing join hands on N.Korea

Pyongyang, May 9 (IANS) US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday arrived here in North Korea, amid growing speculation over the possible release of three US detainees, to prepare for the historic talks between Kim Jong-un and President Donald Trump. Pompeo's arrival coincided with the first trilateral summit between Japan, China and South Korea, who endorsed the agreement signed by...

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Trump pulls US out from Iran nuclear deal, triggering outcry

Washington, May 9 (IANS) US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that he will withdraw his country from the Iran nuclear deal, a decision that immediately drew global frustration and outcry. The pullout of the US from the deal, which eased sanctions on Iran in exchange for the country limiting its nuclear program, risks sparking an arms race in the Middle East, experts said, Xinhua new...

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Obama condemns Trump decision to pull-out of Iran deal

Washington, May 9 (IANS) Former US President Barack Obama criticized the decision made on Tuesday by President Donald Trump to pull the United States out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, calling the move a serious mistake. I believe that the decision to put the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) at risk without any Iranian violation of the deal is a serious mistake, Obama said in a...

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EU will stand by Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini

Rome, May 9 (IANS) Europe will stand by the international nuclear accord with Iran, EU Foreign Policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a live press statement in Rome on Tuesday in response to American President Donald Trump's announcement that the US is withdrawing from the deal. The EU is determined to preserve it, she said. We expect the rest of the international community to continue ...

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Trump pulls US from 'one-sided' Iran n-pact

Washington, May 9 (IANS) US President Donald Trump declared on Tuesday that he was pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal, unravelling the signature foreign policy achievement of his predecessor, Barack Obama, and isolating the US among its Western allies. This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made, Trump said at the White House in announcing his decision. It...

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Trump to announce decision on Iran accord on Tuesday

Washington, May 8 (IANS) US President Donald Trump said that he would announce his decision on whether Washington will pull out of the Iran nuclear accord at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, media reports said. I will be announcing my decision on the Iran deal tomorrow from the White House, he tweeted on Monday afternoon. Trump is weighing whether to continue waiving sanctions on Iran's energy...

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Melania Trump unveils platform, tells children to 'be best'

Washington, May 8 (IANS) Melania Trump, nearly 16 months into her tenure as First Lady, has at last revealed her formal platform: Be Best, ae comprehensive programme which will focus on well-being, fighting opioid abuse and positivity on social media, the media reported. As a mother and as First Lady, it concerns me that in today's fast-paced and ever-connected world, children can be les...

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Trump to announce decision on Iran accord

Washington, May 8 (IANS) President Donald Trump announced on Monday that he will make public his decision on whether to withdraw from the nuclear accord signed by several big world powers with Iran in 2015. I will be announcing my decision on the Iran Deal tomorrow from the White House at 2.00 p.m, the President said via Twitter. French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancello...

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