Category: World News

Trump signs “Buy American, Hire American” executive order

19 April, Washington: U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a “Buy American, Hire American” executive order in Kenosha, Wisconsin, initiating visa and government purchase reforms. “With this action, we are sending a powerful signal to the world: We’re going to defend our workers, protect our jobs, and finally put America first,” Trump told hundreds of factory workers before signing the document. The document will bring in major changes regarding the H1B visa program, including closing loopholes for immigration fraud and a shift from the current lottery system to a mechanism that favors higher paid and higher skilled workers....

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India bus crash kills 44: official

19 April, New Delhi: At least 44 people were killed and 12 others injured, some of them critically, after a passenger bus carrying them fell into river in northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh, officials said Wednesday. The accident took place near Guma in the remote area of Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh. “This afternoon, a bus carrying 56 people met with an accident and fell into river Tons, killing 44 people and injuring 12 others,” Rohan Chand Thakur, deputy commissioner of Shimla, told Xinhua via telephone.”We have rushed police and medical staff to the spot,” the...

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Police arrest 38 in major online child sex abuse swoop

19 April, The Hague: Police have arrested at least 38 suspects in over a dozen countries across Europe and Latin America after busting an online paedophile ring that used the WhatsApp chat service to distribute child pornography, Europol and Interpol said Tuesday. In coordinated swoops late last month, local and international authorities searched houses and seized hundreds of devices containing child sexual exploitation material in South and Central America as well as Germany, Italy and Spain, Europe’s policing agency Europol said in a statement. “These offenders are pushing the boundaries of modern technology to try to avoid being caught...

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More than 60 pct of Chinese read via WeChat

19 April, Beijing: A total of 62.4 percent of Chinese adults read via the popular messaging app WeChat in 2016, up 10.5 percentage points year on year, according to a survey released on Tuesday. About 68.2 percent of adults read digitally in 2016, up 4.2 percentage points than 2015, while 58.8 percent read paper books, only a 0.4 percentage-point increase, according to an annual poll on reading habits, which was carried out in 52 cities across the country. The survey, conducted by the Chinese Academy of Press and Publication, revealed that 66.1 percent of respondents read on their mobile...

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Mosul op has displaced nearly half a million: UN

18 April, Baghdad: The six-month-old operation to retake the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group has forced around half a million people to flee their homes, the United Nations said Monday. Iraqi forces began the country’s biggest military operation in years exactly six months ago and recaptured the east side of the city in January. But an assault launched the following month on the part of Mosul that lies west of the Tigris river has seen a sharp rise in displacement. “The sheer volume of civilians still fleeing Mosul city is staggering,” Lise Grande, the UN’s...

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China says no political motive as N.Korea flights suspended

17 April, Beijing: China Monday denied any political motive in the cancellation of flights by its flag carrier to North Korea, as pressure mounts on Beijing to help curb Pyongyang’s weapons programmes. State broadcaster CCTV reported last Friday that Air China had suspended its Beijing-Pyongyang route, leading to speculation the move was intended to pressure the North. But foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang distanced his government from the decision and said it was purely “market-based”. “It’s natural for Air China or other airlines to make such decisions,” Lu told a regular press briefing. “There shouldn’t be overinterpretation of this...

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South Korea’s ex-president Park indicted for bribery

17 April, SEOUL (AFP) Ousted South Korean President Park Geun-Hye was on Monday charged with bribery involving millions of dollars over the massive corruption and influence-peddling scandal that brought her down. Park, whose impeachment was confirmed by Seoul’s top court last month, is at the centre of a sprawling graft investigation, which has also implicated top businessmen and brought millions of people onto the streets. The former leader, already detained at a centre near Seoul, also faces charges of abusing her powers and leaking state secrets, Seoul prosecutors probing the scandal said in a statement.”We have formally charged Park…...

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8 missing in NW China landslide

17 April, XI’AN  (Xinhua) Eight people went missing in a landslide in northwest China’s Shaanxi Province on Monday, local authorities said. A seven-story residential building collapsed in the landslide, which occurred at 11:58 a.m. in Maoping Township, Baihe County in the city of Ankang, according to the county’s publicity department.The building accommodates 39 people from 11 households. An initial investigation showed that eight people were missing. Rescue work is under way. The county was hit by rainstorms over the...

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6.2-magnitude quake rattles northern Chile: USGS

16 April, Santiago: An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale shook northern Chile Saturday, according to the United States Geological Survey, but there was no tsunami alert and no immediate report of damage or injuries. The powerful quake, at a depth of 135 kilometers (84 miles), hit at approximately 5:19 am (0819 GMT) with an epicenter about 67 kilometers southeast of the San Pedro de Atacama tourist zone, US seismologists said. Chile’s National Office of Emergency said the “medium-intensity” quake was felt in the northern regions of Tarapaca, Antofagasta and Atacama. Chile lies on what is known as...

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N. Korea prepared to respond to any nuclear attack in kind: No.2 official

15 April, Seoul: North Korea is prepared to respond to any nuclear attack by the United States in kind, the country’s number two official said Saturday. “We’re prepared to respond to an all-out war with an all-out war and we are ready to hit back with nuclear attacks of our own style against any nuclear attacks,” Choe Ryong-Hae said in a speech at a ceremony before a large military parade started, which was broadcast live by the North’s Korean Central TV....

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