Donald Trump prime-time speech: Corporal Ronil “Ron” Singh, a 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer, was shot dead during a traffic stop by an illegal immigrant

“There is a growing humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” Mr Trump said in his address. “This is a humanitarian crisis – a crisis of the heart and a crisis of the soul,” he said, emphasizing that the federal government “remains shut down for one reason and one reason only: because Democrats will […]

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US, China hold more trade talks overshadowed by Kim visit

US officials held a second day of trade talks with Chinese counterparts in Beijing on Tuesday, overshadowed by an unannounced visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. This is the first time the two sides have met face-to-face since President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping agreed to a tariff truce during a […]

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Talks with China going ‘very well’, says Trump

US President Donald Trump, who has been accusing China of indulging in unfair trade practices contributing to the huge trade deficit amounting to USD 375 billion, on Tuesday said that talks with Beijing on a trade deal were going on “very well”. “Talks with China are going very well!” Trump tweeted, amidst ongoing negotiations between […]

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Kim Jong un visits China after warning of alternate path to U.S. talks

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, only days after warning he may take an alternative path if the United States does not ease sanctions and pressure on his isolated country. The visit, confirmed by North Korean and Chinese state media, will likely lead to […]

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BRUSSELS: Mehdi Nemmouche stands accused of carrying out Europe’s first attack by a terrorist returning from the war in Syria. But his journey from a French foster home to a Brussels court began not in a Middle Eastern desert but in a run-down industrial town. This week, he will go on trial for four anti-Semitic murders during a shooting spree at Belgium’s Jewish Museum. Separately, he is also accused of acting as the jailer of four French journalists taken hostage by terrorists in Aleppo in 2013. The trial will last several weeks, but the 33-year-old is already a case study in the radicalisation of some young European Muslims. Belgium and France, in particular, fear the defeat of groups like the ISIS in Syria will send more angry young men homewards. But Nemmouche seems to have been on a radical path long before he set off, in early 2013, for the so-called “caliphate” on the Euphrates. The investigation into the May 2014 massacre in the museum has pieced together elements of his background. Troubled and angry youth Nemmouche was born April 17, 1985, in the northern French town of Roubaix, to a family of Algerian origin. He never knew his father and his mother was judged not “capable” of raising him, investigators say. Aged only three months, he was moved to a foster family in the northern industrial city of Lille, where he would stay — off and on — until he was 16. But his upbringing was not stable. He would make difficult trips to stay with his grandparents, and sometimes to care homes or a Parisian orphanage. His foster parents, in documents seen by AFP, describe him as an “angry” youth, “capable of the worst as well as the most kindly” acts. He committed his first known crime at 13, then at 16, he spent three weeks in a juvenile prison for a hold-up with an air pistol after being convicted by a children’s court. His criminal record grew ever longer in his late teens, with traffic offences and muggings, and his grandmother lost track of him after his second jail term. In 2007, aged 22, he headed to Provence in southern France after gaining a vocational qualification as an electrician, but soon fell back into trouble. “What an enormous waste,” his former lawyer Soulifa Badaoui said after the museum murders, lamenting the fact that the authorities had not helped Nemmouche integrate. “No one knew what to do with an intelligent, lively young man who wanted to get out, become an ordinary French citizen,” she told AFP. “Strict and violent” Between December 2007 and December 2012, he spent five years in custody — and investigators believe this is when his ideas hardened. In prison, he was known as an “extremist proselytiser” who tried to organise group prayer and spoke of terrorism and the 1995 “genocide of Muslims in Bosnia”. This linked him to the “Roubaix gang” — French terrorists who returned from the Bosnian war and carried out robberies to fund Al-Qaeda, some of whom he knew. When his grandmother saw him in Tourcoing in December 2012, he had a long beard and was praying daily, something she had not seen before. Less is known about his experiences in Syria, but three former French hostages have identified him as their “strict and violent” overseer. They say he did not hide his admiration for Mohammed Merah, who murdered three French soldiers, a Jewish teacher and three young children in 2012. Nemmouche, who was extradited to Belgium over the museum shooting after being arrested in Marseille, will go on trial in France over the hostages at a later date. Held under tight security at a prison in Leuze-en-Hainaut, his lawyers describe him as a man of “steely will” who was bearing up well under incarceration.

After pledging for years to construct a solid wall along the U.S.-Mexico border to combat illegal immigration, President Donald Trump appears to be backing away from that promise as he and his allies play down what the administration wants built – alternately referring to the planned wall as a fence, a “steel slat barrier” or […]

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Man Who Returned From Syria To Attack Europe Faces Trial This Week

BRUSSELS: Mehdi Nemmouche stands accused of carrying out Europe’s first attack by a terrorist returning from the war in Syria. But his journey from a French foster home to a Brussels court began not in a Middle Eastern desert but in a run-down industrial town. This week, he will go on trial for four anti-Semitic […]

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WikiLeaks Tells Journalists 140 Things Not To Say About Julian Assange

LONDON: WikiLeaks on Sunday advised journalists not to report 140 different “false and defamatory” statements about its founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London since June 2012. It was not immediately clear what prompted the advice to media organisations, but WikiLeaks singled out Britain’s Guardian newspaper for publishing […]

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Malaysia’s King Muhammad V steps down: Report

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia`s King Muhammad V resigned on Sunday, the first time a monarch has stepped down from the throne before completing their five-year tenure. The king`s resignation took effect immediately, the National Palace said in a statement. No reason was given and palace officials did not respond to requests for comment. Malaysia has nine […]

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Ties Between India And China “Back On Normal Track”: Report

NEW DELHI:  Ties between India and China have returned to a “normal track” and there have been positive developments like Beijing giving market access to Indian products, but much is yet to be done in addressing the widening trade deficit, official sources said. Relations between the two countries were severely hit by the 73-day face-off […]

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