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Five Sikhs inducted into US Army with religious accommodation

Five Sikhs have been granted approval to serve in the US Army with their religious insignia intact, days after the army issued a new regulation under which servicemen who wear turbans, hijabs or beards can be enrolled in the military. This is the largest induction of Sikhs into the US armed forces after the Department […]

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US: Lockdown lifted at Arizona Air Force base after reports of gunshots

A US Air Force base in Arizona was placed briefly on lockdown Monday following reports of gunshots, a spokesperson said. All personnel at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base southwest of downtown Tucson were ordered to take shelter in early morning as the reports were investigated. “All clear, the lockdown has been lifted,” a message on the […]

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Path clears for former oil executive Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state

US President Donald Trump’s choice for secretary of state, former Exxon Mobil Corporation chairman Rex Tillerson, narrowly won approval from a Senate committee on Monday, but is expected to be confirmed by the full Senate. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 11-10 to approve Tillerson, with every Republican backing the former oil executive and every […]

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First days of Donald Trump era signal America’s deepening political divide

In the blocks surrounding the White House, signs reading “Love Trumps Hate” and “Build Bridges Not Walls” littered the sidewalks on Sunday, the detritus of the Women’s March protesting the policies of President Donald Trump. Both Trump’s supporters and women and men who took part in the massive march against him in Washington on Saturday […]

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Trump warns journalists, says ‘among the most dishonest human beings’

Describing journalists as the most dishonest human beings on Earth, US President Donald Trump has said he has been “running a war” with the media and warned them of consequences for falsely reporting that less number of people attended his inauguration. “We had a massive field of people. You saw them. Packed. I get up […]

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Former US president George HW Bush’s health improves

Former US president George HW Bush is recovering well from pneumonia but will remain in the intensive care unit at the Texas hospital where he has spent the last week, a spokesman said in a statement. Barbara Bush, his wife, was also taken to the Houston Methodist Hospital this week with bronchitis but may be […]

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In pics: Over 1 million join anti-Trump women’s marches worldwide

In a global exclamation of defiance and solidarity, more than 1 million people rallied at women’s marches in the nation’s capital and cities around the world Saturday to send President Donald Trump an emphatic message on his first full day in office that they won’t let his agenda go unchallenged. Plenty of men joined in, […]

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Pakistan asks India to suspend work on hydro projects in Jammu and Kashmir

Pakistan’s two parliamentary committees in rare joint resolution asked India to immediately suspend work on two hydropower projects in Jammu and Kashmir and agree on the constitution of an arbitration court to resolve the water dispute. National Assembly’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and Water and Power held a joint sitting in Islamabad yesterday to discuss […]

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Rescue teams pull 2 bodies from Iran building rubble

Rescuers found the bodies of two firefighters in the rubble of a commercial building that collapsed in Tehran after a blaze, leaving up to 30 dead. Footage showed rescuers carrying the body of one of the victims. The two were the first to be found in the large pile of debris. Also on Saturday, President Hassan […]

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There’s Always Tomorrow at Dhaka Fest – a quaint look at a romance gone by

Shilpa Krishnan Shukla’s There’s Always Tomorrow (Pularum Iniyum Naalekal) in Malayalam and English – which screened at the Dhaka International Film Festival – is a short and sweet story of a man and a woman who meet at an Abu Dhabi cafe and spend an afternoon together.Once, they were lovers. Shukla’s movie did remind me […]

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