Exclusive

Publication

Byline

India, Pak hostility shadows SCO summit, both sides mum on a possible meeting

India, May 24 -- The growing hostility between India and Pakistan is threatening to cast a shadow on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit to be hosted by Kazakhstan on June 8 and 9.

Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz Sharif are likely to attend the two-day meeting in Astana in which India and Pakistan are to be inducted as the seventh and eighth members of the grouping led by China and Russia.

It ... Read More


Melania's hair tuck is a win. Watch the hands again

New Delhi, May 24 -- Melania Trump's swatting hand buzz has not died down, and the US First Lady has done it again. With an excellent hand-eye co-ordination, Melania Trump managed to evade Trump's effort to hold her hand yet again. This too, in full view of the cameras.

Donald Trump and wife Melania landed in Rome and they stood stood at the door of the aircraft to wave at the crowds. Then the President reached out for her hand again, the First ... Read More


Trump 'to do everything' for Middle East peace

Sri Lanka, May 24 -- US President Donald Trump has said he will "do everything" to help Israelis and Palestinians achieve peace.

At talks with Mahmoud Abbas, he spoke of being gratified that the Palestinian leader had committed to taking necessary steps to "fight terrorism".

Israel and the Palestinians have not held peace talks for three years and Trump acknowledges it would be "one of the toughest deals of all" to broker.

This is the last day... Read More


ISIS leaders among 10 killed in East of Afghanistan

Afghanistan, May 24 -- At least ten militants affiliated with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group's offshoot in Afghanistan, ISIS Khurasan, were killed during the ongoing counter-terrorism operations in eastern Nangarhar province of Afghanistan.

The provincial government in a statement said the militants were killed during the Hamza counter-terrorism operations conducted in the vicinity of Achin district.

The statement fu... Read More


Manchester attack: Trump calls attacker a 'loser'

Sri Lanka, May 24 -- US President Donald Trump has called those behind the Manchester suicide bombing and other similar attacks "evil losers in life".

He said in a speech during a visit to the Middle East that he wouldn't call them monsters because they would like that term, instead he would call them losers.

World leaders have been sending messages of grief and solidarity to the UK city after the explosion at an Ariana Grande concert on Monday... Read More


Crude oil up on OPEC production cut expectation

India, May 24 -- Crude oil futures closed higher in the domestic market on Tuesday buoyed by expectations that OPEC will decide later this week to extend production cuts for at least another six months.

Traders also weighed President Trump's plan to sell some crude from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of his broader budget proposal.

At the MCX, crude oil futures for June 2017 contract closed at Rs 3343 per barrel, up by 1 per cent,... Read More


Crude oil rises on OPEC production cut expectation

India, May 24 -- Crude oil futures closed higher in the international market on Tuesday buoyed by expectations that OPEC will decide later this week to extend production cuts for at least another six months.

Traders also weighed President Trump's plan to sell some crude from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve as part of his broader budget proposal.

Published by HT Digital Content Services with permission from Dion Global Solutions Limited.... Read More


Australia, Brazil worry as China lifts ban on 'American beef'

Beijing, May 24 -- Brazil and Australia now have something to worry about as Chinese President Xi Jinping gave a nod to U.S. beef import following the first meet with U.S. President Donald Trump, in April.

China has lifted its ban, placed in 2003 over worries about mad cow disease, on the cheaper U.S. imported beef. Before the ban, U.S. imported beef constituted two thirds of imported beef in China.

Beside the beef industry, several other areas... Read More


US markets closed higher on Tuesday

India, May 24 -- The US markets closed higher on Tuesday, marking a fourth straight session in the green following the White House's release of its 2018 budget proposal. The White House is seeking to slash federal spending by $3.6 trillion over the next decade through steep cuts across most agencies and tough new restrictions on aid to the poor - a dramatic rethinking of the role of government in the American economy. Defense is one of the few ar... Read More


PM performs holy Umrah

Bangladesh, May 24 -- Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina performed the holy 'Umrah' in Makkah, Saudi Arabia Monday night, according to a BSS message received on Tuesday.

Sheikh Hasina first performed 'tawaf' around the holy Ka'aba Sharif and later walked and ran between Safa and Marwa.

She also offered prayers seeking divine blessings for the countrymen as well as continued peace, progress and prosperity of the entire Muslim Ummah.

Foreign Mini... Read More