10 hours ago
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...

15 hours ago
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 ...

7 days ago
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...

11 days ago
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...

24 days ago
I definitely feel remorse: Roseanne Barr

Los Angeles, June 25 (IANS) TV star Roseanne Barr says she feels remorse over the Twitter rant which led ABC to cancel her sitcom Roseanne. Barr grabbed headlines with her racist tweets om response to a comment about Valerie Jarrett, a top former aide to former US President Barack Obama. In one tweet, she wrote: Muslim brotherhood and planet of the apes had a babyvj. Now ...

1 month ago
Dennis Rodman praises Trump's meeting with 'friend' Kim

Singapore, June 12 (IANS) Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star and longtime friend of Kim Jong-un, broke down in tears during a televised interview on Tuesday as President Donald Trump held a historic meeting with the North Korean leader in Singapore. Openly wiping away tears from beneath a large pair of black sunglasses, Rodman, who arrived in Singapore on Monday night, appeared overcome ...

1 month ago
Singapore prepares for historic Trump-Kim meeting

Singapore, June 10 (IANS) Final preparations are underway in Singapore for the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, as several hotels have placed impeccable flower arrangements in their lobbies and security checkpoints have started to be set up. I am sorry, you cannot pass, a security guard calmly told reporters attempting to approach the...

1 month ago
Proud of changes I'm seeing in this industry: George Clooney

Los Angeles, June 8 (IANS) Actor George Clooney, who made his acting debut on television in 1978 and is a recipient of three Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, says he is proud of the changes he is seeing in Hollywood. The actor was honoured with the American Film Institute's AFI Life Achievement Award on June 8, reports hollywoodreporter.com. During his acceptance speec...

1 month ago
Poonawalla honoured by University of Massachusetts

Pune, June 5 (IANS) The University of Massachusetts has conferred an honorary degree of 'Doctor of Science' on Cyrus Poonawalla, the founder of Serum Institute of India, the world's largest vaccines manufacturer, it was announced on Tuesday. The honour was conferred on Poonawalla last Sunday acknowledging his commendable work in the field of vaccines with the 1.50 billion doses produced ...

1 month ago
Cuban President welcomes US Senator, Google CEO

Havana, June 5 (IANS) Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel welcomed US Republican Senator Jeff Flake and Google CEO Eric Schmidt to the island country. During their meeting on Monday, Diaz-Canel and the US visitors exchanged views on the state of bilateral relations and possible areas of cooperation and mutual interest, reports Efe news. Flake, who has visited Cuba several times, th...

1 month ago
Quora now available in Hindi, soon in other Indian languages

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Aiming to expand its user base in India, popular question-and-answer platform Quora on Thursday launched in Hindi and promised the roll out of the platform in several other Indian vernacular languages soon. The launch of Quora Hindi is an expansion of our mission to share knowledge. We will soon launch the platform in other Indian languages within a few months, G...

1 month ago
'Roseanne' show cancelled after racist tweet

London, May 30 (IANS) The Roseanne sitcom has been cancelled after its star Roseanne Barr went on a racist Twitter rant. The ABC network cancelled the hit series on Tuesday, reports cnn.com. Roseanne's Twitter statement is abhorrent, repugnant and inconsistent with our values, and we have decided to cancel her show, a statement issued by ABC network read. In one of the t...

1 month ago
Sharp hike in US EB5 visa investment limits expected: Expert

New Delhi, May 27 (IANS) With the latest deadline for the extension of the US EB5 visa, popularly known as the Golden Visa, that allows foreign nationals to apply for a green card by investing in the US, set to expire on September 30, investment limits under the scheme are expected to be hiked sharply, according to an expert. The Office of Management and Budget earlier this month release...

1 month ago
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...

2 months ago
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...

2 months ago
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 ...

2 months ago
Netanyahu calls Iranian nuke deal 'horrible'

Jerusalem, May 7 (IANS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the Iranian nuclear deal horrible, saying that the deal allows the continuation of uranium enrichment and Iranian enrichment. Netanyahu has been a sharp critic of the deal since the days it was being negotiated by Iran and six powers as Russia, China, the US, Britain, France and Germany, Xinhua reported.

2 months ago
Barack Obama, Oprah attend Tom Hanks' anniversary party

Los Angeles, April 30 (IANS) Veteran actor Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson's 30th wedding anniversary party was attended by not only A-list celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, but also by former US president Barack Obama. Some of the other stars who attended the couple's party at their home in Pacific Palisades house included Kate Hudson, Martin Short, Isla Fisher, Kurt Russell, Goldie Ha...

2 months ago
Gay rights of no importance in Kenya: Kenyatta

London, April 21 (IANS) Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that his country does not consider gay rights relevant as it goes against the cultural beliefs of Kenyans. In an interview to CNN on Friday night, Kenyatta said that Kenya's cultural beliefs do not consider homosexuality a human right. I want to be very clear. I won't engage in a subject that is of no main importanc...

3 months ago
Obama, New Zealand PM discuss climate change, parenthood

Wellington, March 22 (IANS) New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and former US President Barack Obama met in Auckland on Thursday and discussed a range of issues, including climate change and the social media. Obama, who is on a private trip to New Zealand, also gave Ardern, who is expecting her first child, tips on parenthood during the meeting. We talked about pressing i...

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