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Gabbard sues Clinton for defamation over 'Russian asset' commentRediff.com16 hours ago
The lawsuit, filed in the Southern District of New York on Wednesday, has also claimed that Hawaii Democrat Gabbard suffered an economic loss to be proven at trial. "Hillary calling me a 'Russian asset' is not only intended to smear my reputation and derail my campaign for president, it's also intended to silence any voice that dares to speak out against the establishment status quo," Gabbard, 38, said in an email to her supporters explaining the reason for her suing the Democratic nominee in the 2016 presidential elections.
Trump impeachment trial opens with clash over witnessesRediff.com1 days ago
In a 228-193 vote, which was mainly on party lines, the House had appointed seven impeachment managers to argue Democrats' case for removing Trump from the office.
US signs 'historic' trade deal with ChinaRediff.com7 days ago
The first phase of the trade deal includes IP protection and enforcement, ending forced technology transfer, dramatic expansion of American agriculture, removing barriers to American financial services, ending currency manipulation, rebalancing the US-China trade relationship and effective dispute resolution.
India's growth will 'decelerate' to 5% in FY20: World BankRediff.com9 Jan 2020
In India, economic activity slowed substantially in 2019, with the deceleration most pronounced in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors, whereas government-related services sub-sectors received significant support from public spending, the Bank said.
Trump says Iran appears to be 'standing down', offers peaceRediff.com9 Jan 2020
Trump called on Iran to "work together" to eliminate the Islamic State, saying the killing of ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was "good" for Iran.
Iran claims 80 US casualties in missile attacksRediff.com8 Jan 2020
Iranian state television on Wednesday claimed that at least 80 "American terrorists" were killed after Teheran launched 15 missiles on US targets in Iraq.
'All is well', says Trump after Iran missile attackRediff.com8 Jan 2020
On Tuesday night, Iran launched over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two bases where US military and coalition forces' are stationed in Iraq to 'avenge the killing' of General Qasem Soleimani.
US prohibits flights over Iraq, Iran and the GulfRediff.com8 Jan 2020
The direction comes hours after Iran fired over a dozen ballistic missiles targeting at least two American bases in response to the killing of its General Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike.
SEE: Iran fires missiles targeting US military bases in IraqRediff.com8 Jan 2020
Pentagon said Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles against US military and coalition forces in Iraq. Trump has been briefed and is monitoring the situation, officials said.
Trump warns Iran of 'major retaliation' in case of attackRediff.com6 Jan 2020
United States President Donald Trump has warned Iran of "major retaliation" if Tehran carries out any attack against America to avenge the killing of top military commander Qasem Soleimani and hinted at striking its cultural sites. His statement came hours after Iran announced it will no longer abide by the limits contained in the 2015 landmark nuclear deal.
Soleimani should have been eliminated years ago: TrumpRediff.com3 Jan 2020
Pompeo defended the killing of Soleimani saying he was making efforts for an attack on Americans in the region.
Trump ordered killing of Iran Guards commander in BaghdadRediff.com3 Jan 2020
General Soleimani headed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps's Quds Force and also served as Iran's pointman on Iraq.
IMF says India in midst of significant economic slowdownRediff.com24 Dec 2019
IMF believes it is mostly cyclical, not structural, but because of the financial sector issues, recovery will be not be quick. IMF said, it saw an opportunity with the strong mandate of the new government to reinvigorate the reform agenda to boost inclusive and sustainable growth.
Why Jaishankar refused to meet Pramila JayapalRediff.com20 Dec 2019
Jaishankar said that the resolution on Kashmir introduced by Jayapal in the House is not a fair characterisation of the situation in J-K. And also said that he has no interest in meeting the Congresswoman.
'US should not obstruct flow of talent from India'Rediff.com20 Dec 2019
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said if 'you look at the totality of our ties and we will look at where we have strong economic synergies, where we have strong technology promptings, these are really based on the flow of talent.'
Trump impeached by US House, faces Senate trialRediff.com19 Dec 2019
The 1st article of impeachment, abuse of power, was on party lines with 230 to 197 votes, while the 2nd, obstruction to the Congress, was voted 229-198.
Trump on the verge of being impeachedRediff.com18 Dec 2019
Donald Trump, on the verge of becoming the third United States president to be impeached, has attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and accused the Democrats of an "unprecedented and unconstitutional" abuse of power as he described himself as a victim of an "illegal, partisan attempted coup."
IMF's Gita Gopinath on what Modi govt should do to revive India's economyRediff.com16 Dec 2019
With economic growth slowing to a six-year low, IMF Chief Economist Gita Gopinath says the government should undertake structural reforms such as bank clean-up and labour reforms to address the slowdown in domestic demand. She rooted for government policies focusing on managing a slowdown in domestic demand, and on boosting productivity growth and supporting employment creation in the medium term.
US rebuked Pak for F-16 misuse: ReportRediff.com12 Dec 2019
The IAF had said that during the aerial engagement on February 27, one of its MiG-21 Bison shot down a F-16.
US commission seeks sanctions against Shah over CABRediff.com10 Dec 2019
In a statement issued on Monday, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom said that it was deeply troubled over the passage of the bill in Lok Sabha.
'India took only 5 years to move from $2 to $3 trillion economy'Rediff.com9 Dec 2019
Indian Ambassador to the US, Harsh Vardhan Shringla said the United States, today, is not only India's largest trading partner, but most importantly, the two countries enjoys excellent people-to-people contact.
Jayapal introduces Kashmir resolution in US CongressRediff.com8 Dec 2019
It's a simple resolution, which cannot be voted in the other chamber, Senate, and does not have the force of law.
Saudi Air Force trainee kills 3 at US naval baseRediff.com7 Dec 2019
The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist media, identified the shooter as Mohammed al-Shamrani, and said that prior to opening fire he condemned America as a "nation of evil" in an online manifesto on twitter, according to media reports.
US House to move ahead with Trump's impeachment: Speaker PelosiRediff.com5 Dec 2019
Trump and the White House has described this as an impeachment hoax. White House asserted that the president has done no wrong.
US Congress passes Uyghur bill; China threatens retaliationRediff.com5 Dec 2019
By passing this bill, Congress is showing that the US will not turn a blind eye to the suffering of the oppressed, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said.
Indian-origin Kamala Harris drops out of US presidential raceRediff.com4 Dec 2019
Harris, who is of mixed Indian and African heritage, had been polling poorly in recent weeks.
Google's Sundar Pichai promoted as Alphabet CEORediff.com4 Dec 2019
Google Chief Executive Officer Indian-American Sundar Pichai, 47, will be assuming the role of Alphabet CEO, making him one of the most powerful corporate leaders of the world.
On surprise Afghan visit, Trump announces resumption of peace talksRediff.com30 Nov 2019
Trump had a hastily-arranged bilateral meeting with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani
Indian-American student sexually assaulted, strangulated in ChicagoRediff.com26 Nov 2019
The assailant, Donald Thurman, 26, was arrested Sunday from a Chicago metro station.
Resolution condemning human rights violations in Kashmir introduced in US CongressRediff.com22 Nov 2019
The resolution said that any changes to the status of Jammu and Kashmir must be made with the direct consultation of the Kashmiri people, who must play a central role in the determination of their future.
US okays big guns for Indian Navy worth $1bnRediff.com21 Nov 2019
$1 billion worth of naval guns will be used against warships, anti-aircraft and shore bombardment.
US no longer believes Israeli settlements are illegalRediff.com19 Nov 2019
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States recognises -- as have Israeli courts -- the legal conclusions relating to individual settlements must depend on an assessment of specific facts and circumstances on the ground.
Will consider testifying in impeachment probe: TrumpRediff.com18 Nov 2019
Trump floated the possibility of him testifying before the Congress after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the president has every opportunity to testify himself.
THIS is the number of students India sent to the USRediff.com18 Nov 2019
With 202,014 students, India sends the second largest number of foreign students to the United States, a report said.
Indra Nooyi inducted into Smithsonian portrait galleryRediff.com18 Nov 2019
'To be an immigrant, a South Asian immigrant of colour, a woman to be included in the Portrait Gallery... it really says that we are the country where people look for the people who make a positive impact and celebrate them,' Nooyi, 64, told reporters during the portrait gallery induction ceremony on Sunday.
US House begins impeachment hearing against TrumpRediff.com14 Nov 2019
'The Democrats have stacked the deck against President Trump and the Republicans. They have leaked out everything,' Trump said in a series of tweet.
Sikhs third most targeted religious group in US: FBIRediff.com13 Nov 2019
A total of 7,120 hate crimes were reported to the FBI by law enforcement agencies around the country last year, slightly down from 7,175 in 2017, the FBI said, adding that this involved 8,496 offenses.
US hikes H-1B application fee by $10Rediff.com8 Nov 2019
This non-refundable fee will support the new electronic registration system to make the H-1B cap selection process more efficient for both petitioners and the federal agency, USCIS said.
PIO outfit urges US Senate to lift cap on green cardRediff.com8 Nov 2019
In a policy paper submitted to US Senators, the Foundation for India and Indian Diaspora Studies (FIIDS) said the excessive delays in the processing of permanent residency applications due to country-wise quota contributed to America's loss of revenue, market leadership and competitive edge.
4 Indian-Americans win state, local elections in USRediff.com7 Nov 2019
Indian-American Ghazala Hashmi, a former community college professor, created history by becoming the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Virginia State Senate.