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President Donald Trump realises India has been ‘force for good’ in world

President Donald Trump realises India has been ‘force for good’ in world

USA
On the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit, the Trump administration has dismissed reports that it has been ignoring India, saying President Donald Trump realizes that the country has been a “force for good” in the world and ties with it were important. “I think that it would be wrong to say that this administration has been ignoring or not focused on India,” a senior administration official told reporters ahead of the two-day Modi visit from June 25. The Prime Minister would meet President Donald Trump face-to-face for the first time at the White House on Monday. “I think that the US really appreciates India, and I think that President Trump realizes that India has been a force for good in the world and that it’s a relationship that’s important. And I think that will come
Top US politician Steve Scalise, aides shot in Virginia

Top US politician Steve Scalise, aides shot in Virginia

USA
A gunman opened fire on Republican members of congress during a baseball practice near Washington early on Wednesday, wounding several people including senior Republican leader Steve Scalise, before being taken into custody, police and witnesses said. The gunman died later of his injuries, President Donald Trump announced at the White House. Lawmakers said the shooter, who was armed with a rifle, had exchanged fire with Capitol Hill police who were at the scene and was shot before being taken into custody. Scalise, the third most senior figure in the House of Representatives Republican leadership, was shot in the hip at the baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia. He was tended to by fellow lawmakers including Brad Wenstrup, an Ohio congressman who is a physician, before being tran...
Elon Musk praise India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030

Elon Musk praise India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030

National, Technology, USA
Tesla founder Elon Musk hailed India’s aim to move to an all-electric fleet by 2030, on a day when President Donald Trump said the US will withdraw from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Tesla enthusiasts in India may indeed have much to look forward in the coming days, as Musk responded positively to a tweet from Anand Mahindra, who prodded him to bring his electric cars to this country. Musk welcoming India’s move comes close on the heels of the Canadian-American businessman announcing his resignation from all three positions on the Presidential Councils, over Trump’s decision to exit the Paris Climate Agreement. “Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world,” Musk tweeted, not hiding his dismay at the move. While he was upset with the US President,
Trump decided to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord

Trump decided to pull the United States from the Paris Climate Accord

USA
Donald Trump has announced the withdrawal of the US from the Paris agreement on climate change, saying he wants to "renegotiate" a fairer deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers. Mr Trump, who has made pulling out of the pact – which has been signed by almost 200 nations – a central plank of his run for the presidency, said that in withdrawing he was keeping his campaign promise to put American workers first. He said that "if we can get a deal, that's great. If not, that's fine." The President had been put under extreme pressure by allies around the world to stay in the agreement, and although the administration said his views on the subject were "evolving" – having previously claimed climate change was a "hoax" – Mr Trump refused to be backed into a corner. He said
James Comey, FBI director, fired by Donald Trump

James Comey, FBI director, fired by Donald Trump

USA
US President Donald Trump has abruptly dismissed the director of FBI, saying that James Comey was no longer able to effectively lead the law-enforcement agency. Comey had been leading an FBI investigation into allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election and possible collusion with Trump's campaign. His dismissal on Tuesday is likely to prompt concerns about the integrity of the inquiry and renew calls for an independent investigation. Comey had been embroiled in a controversy surrounding his investigation into whether Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while US secretary of state during Barack Obama's first term as president compromised national security. "It is essential that we find new leadership for the FBI that restores public trus...
Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could escalate into a nuclear exchange

Pakistan, USA
Testifying before powerful Senate Armed Services Committee, General Joseph Votel, Commander of the US Central Command or CETCOM, said there is continued ongoing tensions between Pakistan and India. “India remains concerned about the lack of action against India-focused militants based in Pakistan and even responded militarily to terrorist attacks in India-held territory earlier this year,” Votel told top American Senators. “We assess that these types of attacks and the potential reactions, increase the likelihood for miscalculation by both countries,” he said. “Furthermore, India’s public policy to ‘diplomatically isolate’ Pakistan hinders any prospects for improved relations. This is especially troubling as a significant conventional conflict between Pakistan and India could
Nikki Haley Doing An ‘Awfully Good Job’: Trump

Nikki Haley Doing An ‘Awfully Good Job’: Trump

USA
US President Donald Trump has praised Indian-American Nikki Haley, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, saying that she is doing an “awfully” good job. Haley is the first Indian American to hold the Cabinet-level position and served as the 116th governor of South Carolina from January 2011 to January 2017. “I want to also thank your former governor, Nikki Haley, who is doing an awfully good job for us, ” Trump said to a crowd during a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. “She’s representing America very well as our ambassador to the United Nations. She is doing a spectacular job. It’s early, but she has just been really great,” he added. Trump comments came as he was attending the unveiling of the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner, a new commercial aircraft design
Flynn resigns as Trump’s national security advisor

Flynn resigns as Trump’s national security advisor

USA
The White House announced today that Michael Flynn has resigned as President Donald Trump’s national security advisor, amid escalating controversy over his contacts with Moscow. In his formal resignation letter, Flynn acknowledged that in the period leading up to Trump’s inauguration: “I inadvertently briefed the vice president-elect and others with incomplete information regarding my phone calls with the Russian ambassador.” Trump has named retired lieutenant general Joseph Kellogg, who was serving as a director on the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as acting national security advisor, the White House said.
Crumbling California Dam Prompts Urgent Evacuations for 188,000

Crumbling California Dam Prompts Urgent Evacuations for 188,000

USA
Water started flowing over an emergency spillway at the nation’s tallest dam, on Lake Oroville, for the first time on Saturday after erosion damaged the Northern California dam’s main spillway. Officials hoped to avoid using Oroville Dam’s emergency spillway, fearing it could cause trees to fall and leave debris cascading into water that rushes through the Feather River, into the Sacramento River and on to the San Francisco Bay. Crews prepared for several days, clearing trees and brush. Water began running over the emergency spillway around 8 am, according to California’s Department of Water Resources. It was the first time the emergency spillway has been used in the reservoir’s nearly 50-year history. Water was expected to continue flowing over the emergency spillway for 38
Donald Trump and PM Abe hail US-Japan alliance as “cornerstone” of peace

Donald Trump and PM Abe hail US-Japan alliance as “cornerstone” of peace

USA
In a joint White House press conference Friday afternoon, the US president also said his administration would work to strengthen US-Japanese ties and bring the two nations closer together. “The bond between our two nations and the friendship between our two peoples runs very, very deep,” Trump said. “This administration is committed to bringing those ties even closer.” The American president also expressed great personal warmth towards Abe, who was the first foreign leader to meet Trump as president-elect, and said the two of them “have a very, very good bond.” In further policy remarks, Trump thanked the Japanese Prime Minister for hosting American troops and reaffirmed America’s commitment to preserving freedom of navigation and maintaining Japan’s security, singling out def