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Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

Sujatha sacked, Jaishankar new Indian foreign secy

In a major shakeup in the India's foreign ministry last night, Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh was removed from her post six months ahead of her term’s end. An official statement said the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet approved the "curtailment" Sujatha Singh’s term as foreign secretary with "immediate effect". India’s ambassador to the United States...

Hackers claim it is behind Facebook outages, other sites

Hackers claim it is behind Facebook outages, other sites

Internet sites including Facebook, the world's largest social network, Instagram and other popular sites suffered temporary outages on Tuesday and a hacker group associated with other recent high-profile attacks claimed it caused the outages. A Twitter account that purports to speak for hacker group "Lizard Squad" posted messages suggesting that it was behind an...

India, US near tax pact to boost foreign investment

India, US near tax pact to boost foreign investment

India is set to strike a bilateral tax agreement with the United States as early as this weekend, hoping to boost foreign investment and ease concerns raised by bruising disputes including cases against Vodafone and Shell. The pact, which industry executives say would specifically target the prickly issue of transfer pricing, is part of...

Letter of Titanic survivor up for auction

Letter of Titanic survivor up for auction

An indignant letter from a British aristocrat who survived the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 is coming up for auction in the United States next week. Lady Lucy Duff-Gordon, a target of public outrage after she fled the doomed ocean liner on a nearly-empty lifeboat, penned the two-page letter in London a month after the disaster. "How kind of you to send me a cable of sympathy from New York on our safety," the fashion designer wrote to a stateside friend. "According to the way we've been treated by England on our return we didn't seem to have done the right thing in being saved at all!!!! Isn't it disgraceful." New England...

Business & Finance

Europe's lapse of reason

At long last, the United States is showing signs of recovery from the crisis that erupted at the end of President George W. Bush's administration, when the near-implosion of its financial system sent shock waves around the world. But it is not a strong recovery; at best, the gap between where the economy would have been and where it is today is not widening. If it is closing, it is doing so very slowly; the damage wrought by the...

US CUBA RELATIONS BREAKTHROUGH

US CUBA RELATIONS BREAKTHROUGH

After more than 50 years, on December 18, the United States and Cuba agreed to restore diplomatic ties. A day earlier, after 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an...

US-cuba Relations

World leaders hail move to normalise ties

World leaders welcomed the groundbreaking news that the United States and Cuba are moving to restore diplomatic relations and bury one of the last vestiges of the Cold War after more than 50 years of hostility. Celebrations broke out on the streets of Havana Wednesday as people living on a pittance per day in the communist-run island savoured the prospect of an end to the crippling US trade embargo and perhaps a brighter future. From China to Chile, plaudits rang out....

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Uber plans tighter screening for drivers

Online taxi service Uber Technologies Inc, which had a driver was accused of rape in New Delhi, said it was exploring adding new methods to verify drivers' credentials and make its service safer. Uber has started research and development on biometrics and voice verification to build tools for enhanced driver screening, Phillip Cardenas, the...

US, Iran hold new nuke talks in Geneva

Senior officials from the United States and Iran resumed talks yesterday over Tehran's disputed nuclear programme, a diplomatic source said, three weeks after world powers missed a deadline for reaching a deal. The two-day discussions in Geneva will be followed by a meeting on Wednesday involving the political directors of the other five permanent members of the UN Security Council, Germany and the European Union. "I can confirm that the talks have begun," the diplomatic source told AFP, without giving further...

Iraq appeals to US for more air power

Iraq yesterday appealed to visiting Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel for the United States to escalate its air war against the Islamic State group and to provide more powerful weapons. Iraqi PM Haider al-Abadi made the request at the start of discussions with Hagel, who insisted the outcome of the war was up to the Iraqis themselves. Hagel flew into Iraq from Kuwait, where US Lieutenant General James Terry on Monday told reporters that members of the anti-ISIS coalition meeting last week...

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