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Hillary Clinton condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Hillary Clinton condemns terrorist attack in Jerusalem

Washington: Democratic presidential front runner Hillary Clinton has condemned the terrorist attack in a bus in Jerusalem which left at least 21 people injured.

"I strongly condemn the terrorist attack in Jerusalem - my thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and their families, and I pray for their recovery. This attack comes in the midst of a wave of violence that has rocked Israel for months," Clinton said in a statement.

'Israelis have been living in fear of going about their daily lives - going to the store, to the boardwalk, riding the bus. All of us, including Palestinian leaders, must condemn such violence," she said.


Top Donald Trump aide lobbied for ISI frontal outfit in US: Report

Top Donald Trump aide lobbied for ISI frontal outfit in US: Report

Washington: US Republican frontrunner Donald Trump's new top campaign aide Paul Manafort lobbied for a group charged for operating as a front for Pakistan's powerful spy agency ISI and received USD 700,000 from it, a media report has said.

The company of Paul Manafort, who was recently hired by Trump campaign as its convention manager allegedly received USD 700,000 from the Kashmiri American Council (KAC) between 1990 and 1995, Yahoo News reported.

The money was received by Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, which was Manafort's lobbying firm.

Ghulam Nabi Fai, the head of Kashmiri American Council, was sentenced by a US court for two years of imprisonment on charges of receiving money from ISI and working on its behalf.


India now more confident in dealing economically with other nations: Jaitley

India now more confident in dealing economically with other nations: Jaitley

New York, April 19 : India's confidence level in dealing with other countries economically has risen and it is now in a position to boldly consider multilateral trade arrangements as it has emerged as the fastest-growing major economy amid a "grim" global situation, according to Finance Minister Arul Jaitley.


Sanders campaign claims huge crowd at New York rally

Sanders campaign claims huge crowd at New York rally

New York, April 18 : Democrat candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drew a record-breaking crowd to a park in Brooklyn as he looks to build momentum ahead of the New York primaries on Tuesday.

Sanders attracted over 28,300 people on Sunday afternoon, according to the campaign and a production company helping to plan the event.

This total was higher than the campaign's previous record of 28,000 in Portland, Oregon, in August 2015, NBC News reported.

"In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot of people here this afternoon!" Sanders bellowed to cheers as he took the stage after veteran actor Danny DeVito glowingly introduced him.


India has created favourable investment climate: Jaitley to WB

India has created favourable investment climate: Jaitley to WB

Washington: India has created a favourable investment climate in all sectors which has resulted in a hefty increase in FDI in the last two years, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told the World Bank today.

"India has liberalised foreign investment policies and created a very favourable investment climate for investments across all segments of economy -- agriculture, manufacturing and services -- under major initiatives of 'Make in India', 'StartUp India' and 'Digital India'," Jaitley said in his address to the 93rd meeting of the development committee of the World Bank.


Bernie Sanders says he met Pope at Vatican

Bernie Sanders says he met Pope at Vatican

Washington, April 16 : Bernie Sanders said he met Pope Francis at 6 a. m. (local time) on Saturday at the papal residence in Santa Marta.

"He is a beautiful man," Sanders told ABC on Saturday. "I am not a Catholic, but there is a radiance that comes from him. It was very wonderful to meet him."

Sanders was joined by his wife, and Pope Francis was joined by Argentine Bishop and Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, ABC reported.

Jane, Sander's wife, is Catholic. She said "the trip was definitely worth it".


Pak removes offensive references from textbooks: Ambassador Jilani

Pak removes offensive references from textbooks: Ambassador Jilani

Washington, Apr. 16 : Pakistan has been steadily reforming its education system and has also removed a number of offensive references from its textbooks, Pakistani Ambassador to United States Jalil Abbas Jilani said in his reply to a US report about objectionable material in Pakistani textbooks.

While reviewing the report 'Teaching Intolerance in Pakistan', Ambassador Jilani noted that the report by the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) was a follow-up to an earlier study.

The report concludes that majority of examples of religious intolerance found in 2011 textbooks had been removed, reports Dawn.

The ambassador added that he considers this an incremental but positive change.


UNSC condemns DPRK's firing of ballistic missile

UNSC condemns DPRK's firing of ballistic missile

New York, Apr. 16 : The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has strongly condemned the firing of a ballistic missile by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on Friday.

"Although the DPRK's ballistic missile launch was a failure, this attempt constituted a clear violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions," the UNSC said in a statement.

It urged the DPRK to refrain from further such actions that violate relevant UNSC resolutions.

"The members of the Security Council agreed that the Security Council would continue to closely monitor the situation and take further significant measures in line with the Council's previously expressed determination," the statement said.


Tensions between Trump, GOP escalate into public fight

Tensions between Trump, GOP escalate into public fight

Washington, April 16 : Tensions between the Republican Party and its own front-runner erupted into a full-blown public battle as top party officials rebuked Donald Trump on Friday for alleging that the GOP primary system was "rigged" against him.

The dispute, which has been simmering for days, centres on Trump's failure to win any delegates last weekend in Colorado, which selected its 34 delegates at a party convention rather than a primary attended by voters. All went to Trump's chief rival, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, The Washington Post reported.


No climate of intolerance in India: Arun Jaitley

No climate of intolerance in India: Arun Jaitley

Washington: There could be "stray" incidents of people on either side of the political spectrum making irresponsible statements but this could not be generalised as prevalence of a climate of intolerance in the country, Union Minister Arun Jaitley has said.

Dubbing such incidents as "terrible", the senior BJP leader, however, said that they are "rare" in a large country like India.

"There could be stray incidents of irresponsible statements by individuals on either side of the political spectrum, that does not mean that zamin per koi iss tarah ki activity hai (intolerance exists)," Jaitley said during a media roundtable with Indian reporters here.


ISIS is the most dangerous terror group: Susan Rice

ISIS is the most dangerous terror group: Susan Rice

Washington: Calling the Islamic State as the "most dangerous" terror organisation, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice Friday said America has a four-point strategy to fight the dreaded militant group which poses an "enormous" threat to civilians under its brutal reign.

What makes the Islamic State especially dangerous is that it is present both on the ground attempting to function as a state and online, Rice said.

"It is essentially a hybrid: a terrorist organisation and an insurgency, which exploited the chaos in Syria and Iraq to occupy large swaths of territory," she said.


Time ripe for reevaluation of fiscal policy: Jaitley at G20

Time ripe for reevaluation of fiscal policy: Jaitley at G20

Washington: Emphasising the need for globally coordinated policy decisions to remedy the global economic turbulence, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said the time is ripe for a reevaluation of the fiscal policy space.

"We feel that the efficacy of monetary policy instruments has reached its limits and that its pass through has not been seamless.

The time is ripe for a reevaluation of the fiscal policy space, with a greater focus placed on public investment," Jaitley said at the G-20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting on 'Global Economy and Framework for Strong, Sustainable and Balanced Growth'.


North Korea missile launch failed

North Korea missile launch failed

Washington D. C., Apr. 15 : South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff has announced that North Korea's attempt to fire a missile from its eastern coast ended in failure.

According to CNN, the statement from South Korea's military the attempt involved an intermediate-range Musudan missile.

"We call again on North Korea to refrain from actions and rhetoric that further raise tensions in the region and focus instead on taking concrete steps toward fulfilling its international commitments and obligations," a U. S. State Department official said

Earlier this week, U. S. intelligence satellites spotted signs that North Korea may have been preparing to launch a mobile ballistic missile.


Japan earthquake: Nine killed, more aftershocks expected

Japan earthquake: Nine killed, more aftershocks expected

Washington D. C, Apr. 15 : The deadly earthquake which struck Japan yesterday has left at least nine people dead and stict caution is being maintained as more aftershocks are expected.

According to CNN, search crews are still looking for people trapped under collapsed buildings.

The magnitude-6.2 quake struck near Ueki, the U. S. Geological Survey said. Dozens of smaller aftershocks followed.

Two deaths occurred in Mashiki, the Kumamoto Prefecture office said. One person died in a collapsed house, and the other died in a fire caused by the quake.

Nearly 800 people were injured, 50 severely. The prefecture office said 44,449 people had evacuated.


Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama have tense ties, says book

Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama have tense ties, says book

Washington, April 14 : US First Lady Michelle Obama continues to "resent" Democrat front-runner Hillary Clinton due to the "bad blood left over from the bruising" 2008 campaign, a new book has alleged.

In "First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies", best-selling author Kate Andersen Brower delves into the intricate relationships between the nation's first ladies, New York Daily News reported on Wednesday.

"The 2008 presidential campaign left deep and lasting scars on both the Hillary and Obama camps, and they are still shockingly fresh," Brower wrote, citing countless interviews with former aides to both women and their husbands.

"I don't think that Michelle thought much of the Clintons," a former Obama adviser said in one such sit-down with Brower.


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