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Madhya Pradesh: Carol singers' vehicle set on fire in Satna Madhya Pradesh: Carol singers' vehicle set on fire in Satna
- December 15, 2017

Father M. Rony, social work director of Satna diocese, told PTI that some young men stormed the venue of a pre- Christmas function at around 9 last night and created a ruckus, alleging that religious conversion was going on there. When a group of priests went to the police station to enquire about the detentions, their parked vehicle was torched, allegedly by a mob belonging to a right-wing Hindu group, said Theodore Mascarenhas, secretary general of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. (more...)
Government will complete its term: PM Government will complete its term: PM
- December 15, 2017

The meeting was attended by former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his children Maryam and Hassan, Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, here at the office of Hassan Nawaz. He said that various important issues were discussed during the meeting with Nawaz Sharif. He also added that government has completed 70 per cent of its agenda, and the rest of the issues will also be resolved soon. (more...)
Trump, Putin discuss N Korea over phone Trump, Putin discuss N Korea over phone
- December 15, 2017

Putin is largely considered a shoo-in for reelection. "Just look at how the markets have gone up", he added, according to TASS . "Are you normal at all?" "On the US initiative, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump have held a phone conversation ". (more...)
Aarushi case: Hemraj's wife moves Supreme Court against Talwar couple's acquittal Aarushi case: Hemraj's wife moves Supreme Court against Talwar couple's acquittal
- December 15, 2017

On October 8, the Allahabad High Court had reversed the decision of the CBI Court which had given the couple life imprisonment in the case. The 50-year-old woman was of the view that the courts and investigations are tilted towards the rich and influential, the Talwars in this case. (more...)
Ryan School murder : Bail plea of the accused juvenile rejected Ryan School murder : Bail plea of the accused juvenile rejected
- December 15, 2017

As per media reports, the board also took cognisance of the psychological report of the accused. On Wednesday, the JJB had rejected the petition filed by the juvenile's family to treat the accused as minor till the time chargesheet is filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI ) in this case. (more...)
Nationwide strike in Greece over austerity measures Nationwide strike in Greece over austerity measures
- December 15, 2017

Greece has depended on global bailouts since 2010 but must return to bond markets next year when its third consecutive rescue program runs out in August. Hundreds of thousands of Greeks have lost their jobs during the crisis and a deep recession induced by austerity. Unemployment rates have declined to about 21 percent, according to the latest official data, but still due to over taxation and slashed pensions and wages, the average household struggles to make ends meet. (more...)
Zanu-PF to finalise Mugabe's removal as party leader Zanu-PF to finalise Mugabe's removal as party leader
- December 15, 2017

The 93-year-old former leader who ruled the southern African nation for 37 years, resigned after the army and his ruling ZANU-PF party turned against him when it became clear that his 52-year-old wife, Grace, was being groomed as his successor. (more...)
Not enough evidence yet in shooting of MN woman Not enough evidence yet in shooting of MN woman
- December 15, 2017

Officer Mohamed Noor shot Justine Ruszczyk (ROOS'-chehk) Damond in July when she approached his squad auto after calling 911 to report a possible sexual assault. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office issued a statement on Thursday in response to the video: "We are working diligently on the case to complete the investigation as soon as possible. (more...)
93-Year-Old Woman Evicted, Arrested for Not Leaving Home 93-Year-Old Woman Evicted, Arrested for Not Leaving Home
- December 15, 2017

They eventually managed to get her out of the independent living facility and put her in the back of a patrol vehicle without handcuffs, it said. The cops are recorded telling Fitzgerald to relax, insisting they're not putting pressure on her at all despite her clearly being uncomfortable with the situation. (more...)
Ajinkya Rahane's father arrested after hitting woman to death Ajinkya Rahane's father arrested after hitting woman to death
- December 15, 2017

She succumbed to several injuries and was declared dead when she was taken to the nearest government hospital. However, it is still not clear as to who was driving the vehicle. The Rahanes had rushed the injured woman to the hospital, but she died during treatment. "The deceased was apparently standing in the middle of the road when Mr. (more...)
Macron meets Richard Branson and Bill Gates seeking cash for climate change Macron meets Richard Branson and Bill Gates seeking cash for climate change
- December 15, 2017

Macron called the summit after US President Donald Trump's announcement in June that he would pull America out of the 2015 Paris pact which had taken almost 200 nations more than two decades to negotiate. Bloomberg said Trump's decision to withdraw from the agreement, which was decried by many world leaders, has actually spurred thousands to action. "OK, we have to react and do something, because it's impossible to leave this all to - a sort of dismantling of the Paris agreement", he ... (more...)
Iraq announces victory over ISIL Iraq announces victory over ISIL
- December 15, 2017

Iraq's armed forces held a military parade in Baghdad on Sunday to celebrate the victory announced by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi over the Daesh (also known as ISIL or ISIS ) group. In addition, although ISIS no longer controls territory in Iraq, the threat of violence from members of the group is not over. "We mark today's historic victory mindful of the work that remains". (more...)
Vodafone launches 'Super Plan' with unlimited calling, data benefits at Rs 179 Vodafone launches 'Super Plan' with unlimited calling, data benefits at Rs 179
- December 15, 2017

The telco has introduced unlimited calling on roaming and 1GB per day 2G internet for 28 days at just Rs. 176, an offer which is unmatched in the market making unlimited, truly unlimited with free calling on roaming. First up, the unlimited data bundled with the pack is limited to 2G connectivity. For this, the company has come with the Life Insurance Mobility Plan Red Protect. (more...)
Russian Court Jails Ex-Minister Ulyukayev For 8 Years In Bribery Case Russian Court Jails Ex-Minister Ulyukayev For 8 Years In Bribery Case
- December 15, 2017

A court in Moscow found Ulyukayev guilty of demanding and accepting the bribe on November 14 past year. Mr Ulyukayev, the highest-ranking Russian official to be prosecuted since a failed coup in 1991, had denied any wrongdoing, calling the prosecution "a monstrous and cruel provocation". (more...)
Fox News obtains draft of Comey's statement on Clinton's email server Fox News obtains draft of Comey's statement on Clinton's email server
- December 15, 2017

Sen. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, the Republican chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said he obtained from the Federal Bureau of Investigation a copy of Comey's original draft with proposed line-by-line edits from other Federal Bureau of Investigation officials. (more...)
Supreme Court Dismisses Congress Plea For VVPAT Verification in Gujarat Elections Supreme Court Dismisses Congress Plea For VVPAT Verification in Gujarat Elections
- December 15, 2017

The apex court, however, turned down the plea, refusing to interefere in the Gujart election. Veteran Congress leaders and senior lawyers Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi are likely to argue for their party in the top court. Congress made the request after exit polls on TV channels suggested the BJP is headed for a landslide victory in Himachal Pradesh trouncing the incumbent Congress and is set to begin its sixth consecutive term in power in Gujarat holding on to its current strength. (more...)
The long shadow of Trump frustrated the WTO ministerial meeting in Argentina The long shadow of Trump frustrated the WTO ministerial meeting in Argentina
- December 15, 2017

The World Trade Organization failed to reach any new agreements on Wednesday, ending a three-day ministerial conference in discord in the face of stinging US criticism of the group and vetoes from other countries. Argentina's former Foreign Affairs Minister Susana Malcorra, who served as president of this conference, said "without doubt it was a very complex conference" which took place "at a watershed moment for global trade". (more...)
Assad orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria Assad orders Russian troop withdrawal from Syria
- December 15, 2017

Russian Federation launched its air campaign in Syria at the end of September 2015 when Assad's government was teetering on the brink of collapse and quickly changed the course of the conflict in its favor. "We will never forget about the victims who fell in the fight against terror both here and in Russian Federation". 'Our homeland thanks you, my friends, ' Putin said, 'Have a safe trip. (more...)
Fire engineer dies as California's Thomas Fire keeps burning Fire engineer dies as California's Thomas Fire keeps burning
- December 15, 2017

Strong Santa Ana winds are rapidly pushing multiple wildfires across the region, expanding across tens of thousands of acres and destroying hundreds of homes and structures. The only other victim so far is a 70-year-old woman who was in an accident as she fled in her vehicle, and the blaze was considered 30 percent contained by Thursday, according to Cal Fire. (more...)
Arms supplied by US, Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say Arms supplied by US, Saudi ended up with Islamic State, researchers say
- December 15, 2017

Weapons secretly provided to Syrian rebels by the United States military quickly fell into the hands of ISIS fighters, a new study conducted by Conflict Armament Research revealed on Thursday. All of the items examined were made in European Union countries and, in passing them onto armed groups in Syria, the U.S. and Saudi broke contractual clauses prohibiting their retransfer. (more...)
Netanyahu questioned for the seventh time in ongoing graft probes Netanyahu questioned for the seventh time in ongoing graft probes
- December 15, 2017

Since a year ago, Netanyahu has been the subject of criminal investigations in two separate corruption cases. Netanyahu was questioned in relation to allegations that he accepted gifts from supporters in exchange for favours. Netanyahu has also reportedly told police the items were given willingly, making them gifts rather than demands. The second case relates to allegations that Netanyahu struck a deal for favorable media coverage with Arnon Mozes, publisher of popular Hebrew-language ... (more...)
NYC bombing suspect charged with state offenses, federal terrorism charges to come NYC bombing suspect charged with state offenses, federal terrorism charges to come
- December 15, 2017

The 27-year-old suspect in the explosion is in custody. Four Port Authority Police Officers have been hailed as heroes after taking down the Bangladeshi man USA authorities say set off a homemade pipe bomb in a crowded New York City commuter hub on Monday. (more...)
Putin: US special services are controlling whistleblower Rodchenkov Putin: US special services are controlling whistleblower Rodchenkov
- December 15, 2017

Putin added that Rodchenkov should never have been appointed to run Moscow's anti-doping laboratory in the first place. He fled to the United States in 2016 saying he feared for his life after the sudden death of two senior officials in the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA). (more...)
EU's Juncker: Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first EU's Juncker: Second phase of Brexit talks will be harder than first
- December 15, 2017

MPs from across different parties voted in favour of Parliament being given a meaningful vote on the terms of Brexit by 309 votes to 305. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday that "some of us thought, including me, that she did make big efforts and this has to be recognized". (more...)
Egypt minister set to sign deal to resume Russian flights Egypt minister set to sign deal to resume Russian flights
- December 15, 2017

According to the Russian state-run media outlet "Russia Today", the resumption of commercial flights agreement between Russian and Egypt will be signed on Friday in the presence of both the Egyptian Aviation Minister Sherif Fathy, and Russia's and Sokolov. (more...)
Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon — Trump to NASA Fly me (or some other guys) to the Moon — Trump to NASA
- December 15, 2017

In short, unless this administration is taking a second term for granted, time is running out for it to meaningfully change the course of the USA spaceflight program. Under such a scenario, it is hard to see NASA or its partner astronauts landing on the Moon before 2030, presuming the next president sticks with this plan. (more...)
China, ROK to enhance communication on promoting peace China, ROK to enhance communication on promoting peace
- December 15, 2017

Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump discussed North Korea during a phone call, the White House and Kremlin said in separate statements. The two leaders talked about "working together to resolve the very risky situation", the White House said on Thursday. (more...)
SC to announce verdict in Imran, Tareen disqualification cases tomorrow SC to announce verdict in Imran, Tareen disqualification cases tomorrow
- December 15, 2017

In the verdict announced by Justice Saqib Nisar, it was categorically observed that "Imran Khan was qualified enough to be a lawmaker". The SC sent the foreign funding case to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) to consider. The PTI's Spokesman Fawad Chaudhry and other party leaders including Firdous Ashiq Awan, Nazar Muhammad Gondal and Senator Shibli Faraz attended the Court proceedings. (more...)
Fawad Chaudhry blames weak prosecution for dismissal of reopening Hudaibiya case Fawad Chaudhry blames weak prosecution for dismissal of reopening Hudaibiya case
- December 15, 2017

PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry addressing the media outside the Supreme Court. He further said that the SC judges were not guided the right way since the basic documents of the case were not attached to the appeal. The detailed verdict will be issued later, the court stated. Sharif, 67, and some of his family members are already facing corruption charges in the Panama Papers case relating to their ownership of properties in London. (more...)
'Deep state conspiracy' to take down Trump tainted the Mueller investigation? 'Deep state conspiracy' to take down Trump tainted the Mueller investigation?
- December 15, 2017

The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General is reviewing Strzok's role in the Clinton investigation, as well as other politically sensitive cases. The two then use words like "idiot" and "awful" to characterise Mr Trump, with Mr Strzok saying, "America will get what the voting public deserves". (more...)

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