Only 'stupid and fool' think cordial relations with Russia is bad: Trump

Only 'stupid and fool' think cordial relations with Russia is bad: Trump

Washington .D.C. [USA], Jan. 8 : President-elect Donald Trump, who has been refusing to believe conclusions reached by the US intelligence agencies of Russian involvement in the 2016 election, has defended his belief that closer ties with Moscow would be good for Washington.

Trump's comments came one day after he received intelligence reports stating that the Russian government hacked into the Democratic Party groups and individuals during the election, and that Moscow acted to hurt Hillary Clinton's campaign to benefit Trump.


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UN secretary general to play role of 'honest broker' between India, Pakistan: Maleeha Lodhi

UN secretary general to play role of 'honest broker' between India, Pakistan: Maleeha Lodhi

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 7 : Pakistan's permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that the new United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres has agreed to play the role of an "honest broker" to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan.

Lodhi, in an interview to Geo News on Saturday after her meeting with the UN secretary general, said that Pakistan welcomed the decision of the UN secretary general.


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Poets from across the world come together in New York to read poems on capital cities

Poets from across the world come together in New York to read poems on capital cities

New York [United States], Jan.7 : Poets Alfred Corn from the United States, Ladan Osman from Somalia, Jonathan Cohen and Indran Amrithanayagam from the United States, ko ko Thett from Myanmar, Lola Koundakjian from Armenia, Denize Lauture from Haiti and Abhay K. from India came together at the prestigious Poets House in New York to read from a blazing new international poetry anthology on the capitals cities of the world edited by poet-diplomat Abhay K. titled CAPITALS on the evening of 5th January.


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Trump calls his meeting with intelligence officials as 'constructive'

Trump calls his meeting with intelligence officials as 'constructive'

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 7 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has said that his meeting with intelligence officials on the intelligence community's report on Russian related hacking was 'constructive'.

"I had a constructive meeting and conversation with the leaders of the Intelligence Community this afternoon. I have tremendous respect for the work and service done by the men and women of this community to our great nation, Trump said in a statement after meeting.


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Five dead, eight wounded in shooting attack at Florida airport

Five dead, eight wounded in shooting attack at Florida airport

Florida [United States], Jan. 7 : At least five people have been shot dead and over eight injured after a gunman opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida early today morning.

The attack took place at the baggage claim area in Terminal 2 of the airport.

The suspect, identified as Esteban Santiago is an Iraq war veteran, has been taken into custody.

According to the law enforcement sources, the suspect had brought the firearm in his checked luggage.


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UN rights expert to assess potential abuses in northern Myanmar

UN rights expert to assess potential abuses in northern Myanmar

New York [US], Jan. 7 : An independent United Nations expert will assess the human rights situation in Myanmar starting next week, it was announced yesterday, following increasing concerns about civilians in Kachin State and the escalating violence in Rakhine State.

"The events of the last few months have shown that the international community must remain vigilant in monitoring the human rights situation there," said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the country.


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Trump mocks intel agencies for delay in briefing on Russian hacking

Trump mocks intel agencies for delay in briefing on Russian hacking

New York [USA], Jan. 5 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has mocked the country's intelligence agencies due to brief him on alleged Russian hacking of American political groups.

"The "Intelligence" briefing on so-called "Russian hacking" was delayed until Friday, perhaps more time needed to build a case. Very strange!," he tweeted.

He followed the tweet with, "Julian Assange said "a 14 year old could have hacked Podesta' - why was DNC so careless? Also said Russians did not give him the info!"


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Indian-American Raj Shah appointed to key White House position

Indian-American Raj Shah appointed to key White House position

Washington [U.S.A.], Jan. 5 : U.S. President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday appointed Indian-American Raj Shah as Deputy Communications Director and Research Director, a key White House position.

According to a statement by the transition team, Trump filled out more of his senior White House staff, formally naming Katie Walsh Deputy Chief of Staff to the White House, Rick Dearborn as Deputy Chief of Staff for Legislative, Intergovernmental Affairs and Implementation, and Joe Hagin will Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations.


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India-US defence relationship on excellent path: Pentagon

India-US defence relationship on excellent path: Pentagon

Pentagon [US], Jan. 4 : Pentagon has asserted that the defence relationship between India and the United States is on an excellent path and will continue to be so in the next administration and beyond.

"We think the defense relationship with India is on an excellent path and will continue to be so in the next administration and beyond," said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.

The statement assumes significance as it comes days ahead of President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration.


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US calls on India, Pakistan to resolve differences on Indus Waters Treaty

US calls on India, Pakistan to resolve differences on Indus Waters Treaty

Washington D.C. [ US], Jan. 4 : Asserting that Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) has served as a model for peaceful cooperation between India and Pakistan for decades, the United States has called on both the Asian neighbours to work together and resolve any differences relating with the issue.

Spokesperson of the U.S. State Department, John Kirby said, "The Indus Water Treaty has served as a model for peaceful cooperation between India and Pakistan for now 50 years. We encourage, as we have in the past, India and Pakistan to work together to resolve any differences."


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Trump names Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

Trump names Robert Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative

New York [United States], Jan. 4 : U.S. President-elect Donald J. Trump has announced Robert Lighthizer as Washington's Trade Representative.

Lighthizer served under President Ronald Reagan as Deputy United States Trade Representative, playing a major role in developing trade policy for the Reagan Administration and negotiating roughly two dozen bilateral international agreements on a variety of topics from steel to grain.


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Paul Ryan re-elected as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Paul Ryan re-elected as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives

Washington D.C. [United States], Jan. 4 : Paul Ryan was re-elected as the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives for another term by the House of the 115th Congress.

Ryan, who received 239 votes, got the support of all republican except for Tom Massie, who voted for Daniel Webster.

While addressing the house after being re-elected, Ryan said, "We are not here to be; we are here to do."

"Millions and millions of Americans are deeply dissatisfied with their situation," the Washington Post quoted, Ryan as saying.


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Songbirds divorce, flee, fail to reproduce due to suburban sprawl

Songbirds divorce, flee, fail to reproduce due to suburban sprawl

Washington D.C. [USA], January 4 : Songbirds divorce, pack up and leave and miss their best chances for successful reproduction, courtesy suburban development.

As forested areas increasingly are converted to suburbs, birds that live on the edge of our urban footprint, must find new places to build their nests, breed and raise fledglings.


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How do conch shells have such huge variety?

How do conch shells have such huge variety?

Washington D.C. [USA], January 4 : Conch shells and its varied shapes and size have always been something that has captivated the eyes of collectors.

And with more than 50,000 estimated living species bearing a shell, scientists who study the phylum Mollusca have long sought to understand the molecular underpinnings behind the beautiful array of shell patterns and colors.


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Trump says he has information on alleged Russian cyber hacking in 2016 election

Trump says he has information on alleged Russian cyber hacking in 2016 election

Florida [United States], Jan. 2 : The United States President-elect Donald Trump has said that he has information about the alleged Russian cyber hacking in the 2016 election and promised to disclose the same this week.

"It could be somebody else. And I also know things that other people don't know, and so they cannot be sure of the situation," CNN quoted Trump, as saying.

Responding to a question as to what undisclosed information he knew, Trump said, "You'll find out on Tuesday or Wednesday."


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