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President Jimmy Carter`s grandson passes away

Jimmy Carter

Washington D.C., Dec. 21 - Former U.S president Jimmy Carter's 28-year-old grandson has recently passed away.

According to a source, Jeremy Carter went to take a nap, but when his mom Annette Carter went to check on him, she found that his heart was not beating, reports TMZ.com.

The family tried CPR, but it didn't help, the insider added.

President Carter announced the sad news while teaching a Sunday school class in his hometown of Plains, GA.

Jeremy's cause of death has not been determined yet. (ANI)


Putin is not an ally but a bully, dictator: Jeb Bush

Putin is not an ally but a bully, dictator: Jeb Bush

Washington: Slamming fellow presidential aspirant Donald Trump for praising Vladimir Putin, Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush today said the Russian President was not an ally but a "bully" and "dictator".

"Putin is organised to challenge the United States across the world now. He views his success by pushing us back. We're losing influence around the world, and Putin is gaining influence. He's not an ally. He's a dictator. He's a bully," Bush told CBS News.

"He has nothing to do, nothing to admire with him, other than fact that he's strong. And we can admire that. We can respect that. But he admires strength, too," Bush said as he lashed out at Trump -- the current front-runner of the Republican presidential race -- for praising Putin.


HRW urges Pak to restore death penalty moratorium

HRW urges Pak to restore death penalty moratorium

New York, Dec. 17 - Pakistan's government should immediately halt executions, reinstate the moratorium on the death penalty, and move toward abolition, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint letter with Amnesty International to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

In the year since the country's six-year moratorium on executions was lifted, Pakistan has carried out more than 300 executions. Those executed include child offenders, defendants who received blatantly unfair trials, and, most recently, individuals tried in secret by military courts with no civilian oversight.

"Over the past year with the moratorium lifted, the Pakistani government has sent hundreds to the gallows with cruel disregard for the rights of those put to death," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.


US to raise H1B, L1 visa fee for Indian IT firms

US to raise H1B, L1 visa fee for Indian IT firms

Washington, Dec.17 - In a move which would have a big impact on Indian IT companies in United States, American lawmakers in an attempt to restrict visas for skilled foreign workers has imposed a special fee of up to USD 4,500 on the H1B and L1 visas popular among Indian IT companies.

Congress leaders, while agreeing on the USD 1.1 trillion spending bill, on Wednesday decided to impose a special fee of USD 4,000 on certain categories of H1B visas and USD 4,500 on L1 visas.

The US House of Representative will vote on Friday on the USD 1.1 trillion spending bill.


Critical for Pakistan to improve ties with India: US

Critical for Pakistan to improve ties with India: US

Washington : It is critical for Pakistan to improve its relations with India, and the entire region will benefit substantially from increased economic cooperation

between the two neighbours, a top Obama Administration official told lawmakers today.

"It is also critical that Pakistan improve relations with its other neighbour India," Richard G. Olson, Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on Pakistan.

"We hope the recent high-level talks between Indian and Pakistani officials and the announcement of the resumption of formal dialogue will be used to reduce tensions and increase ties between the two nations," he said.


US lawmakers lash out at Pak for terrorist safe havens

US lawmakers lash out at Pak for terrorist safe havens

Washington : Pakistan remains a "safe haven for terrorists and a fount of "radical Islamist thought" while its security agencies support militant groups destabilising Afghanistan and threatening India, a top US lawmaker said on Wednesday.

"Pakistani governments have come and gone, but it's northwestern frontier has remained a terrorist haven, with its security services supporting what it considers to be good Islamist terrorist groups," Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said in one of the sharpest attack on Pakistan.

"These good groups, under Pakistan's calculus, destabilise Afghanistan and threaten neighbouring India, while the government simultaneously opposes what it considers the bad Islamist groups," he said.


Obama welcomes Iraq refugee as new U.S. citizen

Obama welcomes Iraq refugee as new U.S. citizen

Washington D.C, Dec. 16 - United States President Barack Obama reiterated that America is at the risk of repeating past mistakes if its turns away the victims of war, especially those from Syria and welcomed an Iraq refugee as a US citizen.

According to CNN, Obama made his statement at a naturalization ceremony in Washington where 31 new citizens, including the Iraqi refugee, swore the Oath of Allegiance to the United States.


Muslim-Americans are best defence against home-grown terrorism: Hillary

Muslim-Americans are best defence against home-grown terrorism: Hillary

Washington D.C, Dec. 16 - Setting herself in contrast from the Republican presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton stated that that United States can stop home-grown terrorism and outlined a plan to battle radicalization on American soil.

Her statement comes weeks after two Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) sympathisers killed 14 people is a mass shootout in California.

According to CNN, Clinton in her speech at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis, said that Muslim-Americans were the first, last and best defense against homegrown radicalization and terrorism."


Obama sings `Hotline Bling` in video mashup

Obama sings `Hotline Bling` in video mashup

Washington D C, Dec 15 - Right after making the US President Barack Obama sing 'Thriller' by Michael Jackson, the genius minds behind Obama's 'BaracksDubs' are back with one of the biggest hits of the year `Hotline Bling` mash-up.

Right when the song was going down on the list, Obama's compilation of speeches in the video has given people a reason to catch it up again, reported E! Online.

In the video Obama is seen repeating practically every lyric to 'Hotline Bling' by Drake and as a cherry on the cake, the creators have put the politician's head on the singer's body for some crazy dance moves(ANI)


Obama to explain anti-ISIS strategy at Pentagon this week

Obama to explain anti-ISIS strategy at Pentagon this week

New York, 14 Dec. - US President Barrack Obama will visit the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center this week to explain his strategy to combat Islamic state of Iraq and Syria(ISIS) with no expectations of bringing significant changes to the plan.

Obama will also try to reduce citizens' concerns about the growing global as well as domestic threat posed by the terro group.

According to critics, the visit follows the president's December 6 Oval Office address that failed to provide an apt strategy to fight the extremist group, reported Fox News.


American court asks for Narendra Modi's US visa records by February

American court asks for Narendra Modi's US visa records by February

New York: A US judge has ordered the State Department to produce all documents by February regarding the Obama administration's decision to revoke a ban on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's entry to the US.

Judge John Koeltl of the Southern District of New York, in an order dated December 9, stated that the Department of State will make an "initial production of discovery" in mid-January 2016 and will submit more details by February.

"The next conference in this case will take place on February 29, 2016," Koeltl said.


American Muslim doctors feel greater scrutiny

American Muslim doctors feel greater scrutiny

Washington D.C, Dec 12 - A new study has found that nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job.

While many studies have examined the impact of bias based on race, gender or sexual orientation, religious discrimination in the health care workplace has received little research attention.

The study conducted at the University of Chicago finds that for Muslim Americans, even those in one the nation's most highly regarded professions, encounter a less-than-inclusive and welcoming work environment during their career.


White House hits out at Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

White House hits out at Trump's 'Muslim Ban'

Washington D.C., Dec.8 - The White House lambasted Donald Trump's statement demanding a ban on Muslims from entering the United States and said that his remark 'disqualified' him from becoming president.

According to CNN, White House press secretary Josh Earnest hit out at Trump in a press briefing yesterday.

Earnest said that every president must take an oath to "preserve, protect and defend" the U.S. Constitution, and therefore, Trump's statement automatically disqualified him.

Trump had earlier released a statement calling to block entry of foreign Muslims into the U.S. His proposal was met with widespread criticism, besides his own team who massively supported his demand.


Donald Trump calls for blocking entry of Muslims to U.S.

Donald Trump calls for blocking entry of Muslims to U.S.

Washington D.C., Dec. 8 - Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump has said that the U.S. should bar any Muslims from entering the country

According to CNN, Trumps campaign press release stated that Trump has called for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until the country's representatives can 'figure out what is going on'.

After his controversial call for surveillance against all mosques, Trump new shocker comes in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in San Bernardino, California by suspected ISIS sympathisers.

Trump's comments are a far cry from President Barack Obama who had asked the nation, in his recent Oval Office address, to not 'turn against each other' out of fear.


Will wipe out ISIS and other terror groups threatening America: Obama

Will wipe out ISIS and other terror groups threatening America: Obama

Washington D.C, Dec. 7 - Speaking to the nation in a rare address from the Oval Office on the threat of terrorism, U.S President Barack Obama reiterated his pledge to wipe out the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and any other terrorist organisation that threatens to harm America and its people.

"The threat from terrorism is real, but we will overcome it. We will destroy ISIL and any other organization that tries to harm us. Our success won't depend on tough talk, or abandoning our values or giving into fear. That's what groups like ISIL are hoping for. Instead, we will prevail by being strong and smart, resilient and relentless," Obama said.


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