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Clinton leads over Trump: Fox News poll

Clinton leads over Trump: Fox News poll

Washington, June 30 : Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton opened up a 6-point lead over Republican rival Donald Trump in the latest Fox News poll released on Wednesday evening.

In a head-to-head match-up, Clinton earned 44 per cent to Trump's 38 per cent, while 7 per cent volunteered that they would vote for someone else, 5 per cent said they would not vote and 5 per cent said they did not know who they would choose, Politico reported citing the poll.

In the previous Fox News survey conducted earlier this month, Clinton's lead was only 3 points, 42 per cent to 39 per cent.


Imran Khan's funding of University of Jihad is"dangerously naive", say U.S. Experts

Imran Khan's funding of University of Jihad is"dangerously naive", say U.S. Expe

Washington DC, June 30 : Imran Khan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government's funding of over $2.8mn to a madrasa known as 'University of Jihad' has been termed as "dangerously naive" by the analysts in Washington DC who believe that Khan is doing this at the behest of the ISI and to position himself for the next elections.

"One could argue that the PTI genuinely believes that funding the Haqqania facility will put the institution in a stronger position to carry out education reforms. Given Haqqani's reputation, however, it seems wildly risky to throw so much money at it and to assume otherwise is dangerously naA_ve," says Micheal Kugelman, Senior Program Associate for South and South East Asia at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington DC.


Donald Trump is not speaking for broad base of the country: Barack Obama

Donald Trump is not speaking for broad base of the country: Barack Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's record low favourability ratings show that he does not have a broad-based support within the country.

In an interview to National Public Radio, Obama cited Trump's high negative rating to prove his point.

"I think it's pretty hard to argue that somebody who almost three-quarters of the country thinks is unqualified to be president and has a negative opinion about is tapping into the zeitgeist of the country or is speaking for a broad base of the country. But we'll find out," Obama said.

Latest opinion polls indicate that Trump is trailing behind Hillary Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee, by more than 10 points.


Pak. hunts for U.S. lobbyist amid strained diplomatic ties

Pak. hunts for U.S. lobbyist amid strained diplomatic ties

Washington, June 27 : With diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the United States strained following Washington's refusal to subsidise an F-16 deal and President Barack Obama's campaign to induct India into the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), Islamabad is now looking for a paid lobbyist in the U.S. capital.

Pakistan Embassy spokesman Nadeem Hotiana has confirmed to that the country was now looking for a lobbyist "but has not yet taken any decision", reports Dawn.

According to the U.S. Justice Department record the last law firm to lobby for Pakistan in Washington was Locke Lord Strategies and Islamabad failed to renew its contract with the firm in July 2013, after the Pakistan Muslim League -Nawaz (PML-N) replaced Pakistan People's Party (PPP) in the government in Islamabad.


Clinton boasts double-digit lead as support for Trump plunges

Clinton boasts double-digit lead as support for Trump plunges

Washington, June 27 : Presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is holding a 12-point lead over her Republican rival Donald Trump as support for the latter tumbled in the past month, a poll released on Sunday showed.

Clinton enjoys 51 per cent of support among Americans, up by seven points from May, compared to Trump's support at 39 per cent, which is down by seven points, according to the Washington Post-ABC News poll.

This is Clinton's biggest lead over Trump since last fall and is a dramatic reversal from the May poll, in which Trump led Clinton slightly by 46 per cent to 44 per cent, Xinhua news agency reported citing the poll.


If invited for GES, would try to stop by India: Barack Obama

If invited for GES, would try to stop by India: Barack Obama

Washington: US President Barack Obama has said that he might visit India next year if invited for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES).

"I'll try to stop by if I'm invited," Obama said in his address to GES at Stanford University in California.

GES is a personal initiative of Obama to bring entrepreneurs from across the globe on one platform.

After meeting Obama at the White House early this month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced that India would host the next GES.

The Obama Administration has thanked India for continuing Obama's legacy.


Trump's image slips while Clinton's remains steady: Gallup

Trump's image slips while Clinton's remains steady: Gallup

Washington, June 22 : Americans' views of presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump have drifted slightly more negative over the past month and a half, while his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton's image remains steady, according to a Gallup poll.

Trump's net favourable rating slipped to -33 for mid-June, from -28 in the first week of May, according to the poll released on Tuesday.

At the same time, Americans' view of Clinton has remained significantly less negative and more stable, with a current -13 net favourable rating, Xinhua cited the Gallup as saying.

By this point in an election cycle, when each party's nomination has been clinched, candidates typically have had a more positive image than has been the case for Clinton and Trump.


Clinton closing in on running mate search

Clinton closing in on running mate search

Washington, June 22 : Democratic Party's presumptive presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has narrowed down her choices for a running mate, officials said.

Clinton has not yet conducted formal interviews, but has devoted hours studying the records and backgrounds of several Democrats on a list that includes Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro of Texas, the party officials told CNN on Tuesday.

The list also includes Labour Secretary Tom Perez, Senator Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Representative Xavier Beccera of California.


Trump's adviser resigns after mocking fired campaign manager

Trump's adviser resigns after mocking fired campaign manager

Washington D. C., June 21 : Michael Caputo, an adviser to Donald Trump, resigned after he tweeted mocking the just-fired campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

According to CNN, Caputo tweeted "Ding Dong the witch is dead" following the news that Lewandowski had been fired.

"I regret sending out a tweet today alluding to the firing of Corey Lewandowski. In hindsight, that was too exuberant a reaction to this personnel move. I know this is a distraction from the kind of campaign you want to run, so I'm resigning my position as director of communications for caucus operations at the 2016 Republican National Convention. Let's make this immediate," Caputo wrote in a letter.


Trump's children behind sacking of campaign manager Lewandowski

Trump's children behind sacking of campaign manager Lewandowski

Washington D. C., June 21 : With Donald Trump coming under major pressure from his advisors and family members to take stock and reset his struggling presidential campaign, he has fired his controversial campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, unleashing a major shake-up.

According to CNN, Ivanka Trump, the candidate's daughter, played a pivotal role in convincing Trump to take action against Lewandowski. She had been critical of Lewandowski for months and this was not the first time that she had leaned on her father to part ways with his top aide.

Lewandowski's departure is the campaign's most significant staff change to date, signalling an acknowledgment from Trump that an overhaul is necessary ahead of the general election.


After China's backhand, U.S. reiterates call for support to India's NSG membership

After China's backhand, U.S. reiterates call for support to India's NSG membersh

Washington D. C., June 21 : With China playing a dampener saying that India's admission to the elite Nuclear Suppliers' Group (NSG) is not on the agenda of the grouping which began its plenary session in Seoul yesterday, the Unites States has called on the participating governments of the NSG to support India's application.

State Department spokesperson John Kirby said in a press briefing that the US has not changed its stand regarding India's membership in the elite group.


U.S., India gear up for 21st century knowledge initiative awards

U.S., India gear up for 21st century knowledge initiative awards

Washington, June 20 : In a continuation of the educational partnership between Washington and New Delhi, the U.S.

Department of State and the University Grants Commission (UGC) have announced eight institutional partnership projects for the fifth and final round of Indo-U.S. 21st Century Knowledge Initiative awards.

Formerly known as the Obama-Singh 21st Century Knowledge Initiative, the initiative aims to strengthen collaboration between the institutions of higher education of both sides.

Each project will receive an award of up to 190,000 USD that can be utilized over a three-year period.

Out of the eight partnership projects, four will be led by the U.S. institutions and the other four by Indian institutions.


More than 135 countries participating in Int'l Yoga Day is a record: Syed Akbaruddin

More than 135 countries participating in Int'l Yoga Day is a record: Syed Akbaru

New York, June 20 : India's Ambassador to the United Nations Syed Akbaruddin said here on Monday that with more than 135 countries gearing up to participate in the grand celebrations of International Yoga Day, the event is set to become a 'record of sorts', adding that for the first time, Indian peacekeepers who are deployed in global missions will also take part.

In a video message released today, Akbarrudin said that in New York, the International Day of Yoga always has a special resonance, because it was here in September 2014 that Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the initiative to declare June 21st as an occasion where the world could celebrate and highlight the importance of Yoga.


'America is the only superpower', says Putin

'America is the only superpower', says Putin

Washington, June 19 : Accepting the United States is probably the world's sole superpower, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that Moscow was ready to work with Washington.

Speaking at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum on Friday, Putin said: "America is a great power. Today, probably, the only superpower. We accept that."

"We want to and are ready to work with the United States," Putin added.

Hinting to the US-EU sanctions on Russia in response to its military actions in Ukraine, Putin said: "The world needs such strong nations, like the US. And we need them. But we don't need them constantly getting mixed up in our affairs, instructing us how to live, preventing Europe from building a relationship with us."


Trump defends stance on gun rights, immigration

Trump defends stance on gun rights, immigration

Washington, June 18 : The Republican party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald Trump, defended his stance on gun rights and immigration at a rally in Houston on Friday night.

Trump told thousands of his supporters that he supported the second amendment of the Constitution on gun rights, Xinhua news agency reported.

"Nobody will protect your Second Amendment like Donald Trump," he said, adding that the worst shooting massacre in US history could have been prevented earlier this week if patrons of the nightclub involved in Orlando had been armed.


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