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State Department Reverses Travel Ban As Trump Administration Eyes Appeal


WASHINGTON: The Department of Homeland Security complied with a judge’s orders Saturday and stopped enforcing President Donald Trump’s controversial entry ban, and the fast-moving legal dispute over the president’s powers could land at the nation’s highest court. On Saturday evening, Trump administration lawyers filed a notice to appeal the Seattle federal judge’s decision from Friday night that imposed a temporary, ... Read More »

H-1B Visa Issue Not A Sticking Point In India-US Ties: Shalabh Kumar


WASHINGTON: Asserting that artificial trade barriers between India and the US would “evaporate” quickly, an Indian-American donor and supporter of US President Donald Trump has said fears about the H-1B overhauling is “overblown” and the issue is unlikely to cause trouble in bilateral ties. “President Trump first and foremost is a businessman. He knows how to grow US as a ... Read More »

US Travel Ban Working ‘Very Nicely,’ Says Donald Trump


US President Donald Trump boasted Saturday that his “very strict” crackdown on Muslim immigration was working “very nicely,” amid mounting resistance to the order which has been branded by many as blatantly discriminatory. In an executive order signed Friday, Trump halted the arrival of refugees for at least 120 days and imposed tough new controls on travelers from Iran, Iraq, ... Read More »

Google’s Sundar Pichai Criticises Donald Trump’s Immigration Order


SAN FRANCISCO: Google’s India-born CEO Sundar Pichai today criticised US President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration order against people from seven Muslim-majority countries, saying it will create “barriers” to bringing great talent to the US, as the Internet search giant ordered its travelling staff to return to America. In an email to staff, Mr Pichai said that the ban on foreign ... Read More »

Saudi Arabia Shows Off New F-15 Warplane, Missile Attached To Belly


RIYADH: Saudi Arabia unveiled its next-generation fighter-bomber on Wednesday, nearly two years after beginning a controversial air war in Yemen. At a ceremony and air show in the Saudi capital, a hangar opened to reveal one of the F-15SA Eagle aircraft made by US manufacturer Boeing. A missile was attached to the belly of the plane displayed against the backdrop ... Read More »

The 3 Minutes Of No Translation When PM Narendra Modi, Officials Were Stumped


NEW DELHI: For the little over three minutes that Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke on Wednesday, headsets at the stately Hyderabad House that provide translation of speeches in foreign languages, were silent. As the prince began to speak after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made his address, politicians and journalists present began to look ... Read More »

Media ‘Delegitimising President From Day 1, Won’t Take It’, Says Team Donald Trump


WASHINGTON: The White House vowed on Sunday to fight the news media “tooth and nail” over what officials see as unfair attacks on President Donald Trump, setting a tone that could ratchet up a traditionally adversarial relationship to a new level of rancor. A day after the Republican president used his first visit to CIA headquarters on Saturday to accuse ... Read More »

Trump Signs Executive Order That Could Gut Affordable Care Act’s Individual Mandate


WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an executive order late Friday giving federal agencies broad powers to unwind regulations created under the Affordable Care Act, including enforcement of the penalty for people who fail to carry the health insurance that the law requires of most Americans. The executive order, signed in the Oval Office as one of the new president’s first ... Read More »