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Saudi ambassador to US says won't rule out building nukes to counterbalance 'nuclear-armed Iran'

Saudi ambassador to US says won't rule out building nukes to counterbalance 'nuc

Washington, March 27 : The Saudi Ambassador to the United States has gone on record to say that he would not rule out the possibility of Saudis creating their own nuclear bomb to counterbalance a nuclear- armed Iran in the Middle East region.

Ambassador Adel Al-Jubeir said that Saudi Arabia would never negotiate over two things, namely, faith and security. He added that the kingdom will take whatever measures are necessary in order to protect its security, reported the CNN.

Al Jubeir revealed that the details disclosed by the Obama administration to the Saudis about the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran were "positive" but went on to add that the nation will make a judgment only after all the details have been revealed.


Opposition leader Isaac Herzog concedes defeat in Israeli election

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog concedes defeat in Israeli election

Washington, March 18 : Israel's Zionist Union chief Isaac Herzog has conceded defeat in the country's election as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party earned 30 out of parliament's 120 seats.

The opposition leader, who heads the left-center, called Netanyahu to congratulate him on his victory, reported ABC News.

As Netanyahu's Likud appeared set to build a coalition government with its nationalist, religious and ultra-Orthodox Jewish allies, Herzog signaled that he would be heading the opposition. While speaking to the press outside his Tel Aviv home, he said that Israel now needed "another voice, a voice that offers an alternative and a voice that tells it the truth."

The Zionist Union, who appeared set to win Israel's election just days ago, won 24 seats. (ANI)


Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to India

Time not right for business as usual with Russia: US to IndiaWashington: The US on Friday re-emphasised that it was not the right time for "business as usual" with Russia, a day after India and Russia signed 20 bilateral agreements in key areas like oil, gas and defence during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi.

"We've seen press reporting on India concluding business, nuclear and defence deals with Russia, but not confirmation of those agreements or specifics of what those agreements would entail. Our view remains that it's not time for business as usual with Russia," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said.


Obama to allow more expansive role for U.S. army in Afghanistan post 2015 pullout

Barack ObamaNew York, Nov 22 : United States President Barack Obama has decided to authorize a more expansive role of the U. S. army in Afghanistan in 2015 as opposed to the original plans.

According to the New York Times, U. S. troops would have a direct role in battling in the war torn country for at least one year.

According to several administrations, military and congressional officials with knowledge of the President's decision, Obama's orders would allow the American forces to carry operations against the Taliban and other militants groups that threaten the U. S. or the Afghan government.


After Modi visit, NSA Doval talks counter-terrorism with top US officials

After Modi visit, NSA Doval talks counter-terrorism with top US officialsWashington: Following up on the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Barack Obama, Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met top US officials to discuss US-India security cooperation and counter-terrorism issues.

Doval, who stayed back after Modi's departure, met his US counterpart Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday after meeting Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel Wednesday.


'US working on ambitious roadmap for Narendra Modi-Barack Obama meeting'

'US working on ambitious roadmap for Narendra Modi-Barack Obama meeting'New York: The US is looking forward to a "very substantive and consequential" visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Washington later next month and is working on a "pretty ambitious roadmap" for his bilateral meeting with President Barack Obama, a top American official said.


Powell resignation not related to any tension: US

Powell resignation not related to any tension: USWashington, April 1 : The US has denied that the sudden resignation of US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell was in any way "related to any tension, any recent situations" between India and the US.

"There's no big behind-the-scenes story here," US State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday. She also said Powell's resignation does not indicate any realignment in India-US ties.

Harf said Powell "has submitted her resignation to President (Barack) Obama, as has been planned for some time, and she will retire to her home in Delaware before the end of May".


Nikki Haley gets ready for a rematch in South Carolina

Nikki Haley gets ready for a rematch in South CarolinaWashington, March 28 : South Carolina's Indian American Republican Governor Nikki Haley is getting ready for a November rematch with Democrat Vincent Sheheen banking on lower joblessness and a record of bringing jobs to the state

Haley, born Nimrata Nikki Randhawa to Sikh immigrant parents from Amritsar, India, and Democratic state Senator Sheheen both signed up for their second fight in four years Tuesday at the state Election Commission in Columbia.

Sheheen hopes the Haley administration's first-term mishaps translate into the victory that eluded him in 2010, according to local newspaper The State.


Tuning to the Indian elections in America

Tuning to the Indian elections in AmericaWashington, March 26 : With Americans and Indians in America alike keenly watching next month's parliamentary elections in India, several think tanks have organised briefings while a community body offers expert insights through weekly conference calls.

The calls organised by the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), which describes itself as the political voice of 2.7 million Indian-Americans, offers expert opinion on the election trends in India.


India and US can accomplish a lot together: Obama

India and US can accomplish a lot together: ObamaWashington, March 11 : Welcoming new Indian ambassador Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, US President Barack Obama told him that the two countries could accomplish a lot together

Obama also wished Jaishankar success in his responsibilities as he presented his credentials to the president at the Oval Office of the White House Monday, according to the Indian Embassy.

Jaishankar, in turn, conveyed warm greetings from President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Obama and Michelle Obama.


Carl Lewis says Chris Christie 'bullied him' to drop out of 2011 senate race

Carl Lewis says Chris Christie 'bullied him' to drop out of 2011 senate raceWashington, Jan 21 : Olympic legend Carl Lewis has said Republican New Jersey Governor Chris Christie cancelled a plan to appoint him the state's first physical fitness ambassador after he launched a political campaign against a Christie friend.

The nine-time Olympic gold medallist said Christie called to dissuade him from running as a Democrat for state Senate in 2011 against Republican Senator Dawn Addiego.


Five Indian-Americans score victories in US polls

US pollsWashington, Nov 8 : At least five Indian-American candidates scored victories in Tuesday's US polls with three of them becoming legislators in two states and two others winning elections to local bodies.

The most significant gains for the Indian American community came in New Jersey where Kolkata-born Raj Mukherji scored a victory in the 33rd district to join fellow Democrat Upendra Chivukula, who retained his 17th district seat, in the State assembly.


Dysfunctional government top US problem: poll

Dysfunctional government top US problem: pollWashington, Oct 10 - The dysfunctional US government has become the country's biggest problem, as one-third of Americans expressed their disappointment over the current shutdown, a study has found.

According to a survey conducted by Gallup, about 33 percent of Americans cited dissatisfaction with the government and Congress due to the impact of the government shutdown and the debt ceiling debate. This is the highest percentage reported by Gallup since 1939, Xinhua reported.

The US government partially shut down Oct 1 when Congress could not agree a budget.


Is Bobby Jindal preparing for a 2016 presidential run?

Is Bobby Jindal preparing for a 2016 presidential run?Washington, Feb 18 : Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal is laying the groundwork for a likely presidential bid and using his state as a testing ground for policies that play well with national conservatives, according to a media report.

He's passed a sweeping school voucher plan, rejected the Medicaid expansion in Obamacare and proposed scrapping the state income tax, all intended to please the Republican party's conservative base, Politico, an influential media site focusing on politics noted in a report Sunday.


Obama sports smile in2nd term White House portrait

Obama sports smile in2nd term White House portraitNew York, January 19 : Looking at the new official portrait of President Obama released by the White House on Friday, which is markedly different from the one taken four years ago after he won his first historic election, it seems that happy days are back again.

The new colour photo shows the current US President standing tall, flashing a big smile, his arms folded, flanked by flags and standing in front of his desk in the Oval Office, The New York Daily News reported.

In the 2008 photo the President looked somewhat somber, the setting was bland and unrecognizable, with flags over his right shoulder.


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