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US’ remark on Iran oil imports not India specific: MEA

New Delhi [India], June 28 (ANI): The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday clarified that the statement made by the United States in connection with reducing imports of oil from Iran was not "India specific" and is applicable to all the countries. "The statement which has been made by the US State Department talks about reducing oil imports from Iran to zero by November 4 and not about snapping ties. It should be noted that the statement was not India specific and it applies to all countries," official spokesperson of the MEA, Raveesh Kumar, said in a media briefing. "As far as we are concerned we will take all necessary steps, including engagement with relevant stakeholders, to ensure our energy security," Kumar added. The United States has asked countries to cut all oil imports from Iran by the start of November or else face powerful US sanctions, a senior official of..

Facebook sinking fast among US teens: survey

WASHINGTON, May 31, 2018 (AFP) - Facebook is rapidly losing ground against rival internet platforms in attracting and keeping US teenagers, a survey showed Thursday. The Pew Research Center report confirms a trend seen in other surveys, showing a sharp drop in Facebook's share of what had long been a core age segment for the huge social network. The survey found 51 percent of US teens ages 13 to 17 use Facebook, compared with 85 percent for YouTube, 72 percent for Instagram and 69 percent who are on Snapchat. The landscape has shifted since a 2014-15 Pew survey which found Facebook leading other social networks with 71 percent of the teen segment. According to the survey, 95 percent of the teens survey said they used a smartphone and 45 percent were online "almost constantly," with both figures showing increases from prior surveys. "The social media environment among teens is..

Chinese FM says China firmly supports Trump-Kim meeting

WASHINGTON, May 23 (Xinhua) : Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here on Wednesday that China firmly supports the planned meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and the top leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong Un. Direct contact and dialogue between top leaders of the two nations are keyto solving the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, Wang said at a press conference with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after their meeting. He made a stopover in Washington D.C. on his way back from Argentina on Wednesday. China expects the meeting to be held as scheduled and achieve success, he said. China believes that President Trump and Chairman Kim are capable and have the wisdom to make the right decision to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and bring good news to the world, Wang said. China is firmly committed to the..

French PM cancels Israel trip

PARIS, May 23, 2018 (AFP) - France's Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has cancelled a planned trip to Israel early next month, citing "domestic agenda" issues, his office said on Wednesday. Philippe had been expected to visit Jerusalem on June 1 for an event promoting ties between France and Israel along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He was also planning a trip to Tel Aviv and the West Bank city of Ramallah. Aides to Philippe pointed to looming strikes in France at the beginning of June and the government's packed reform agenda, as well as his decision to cancel a trip to Mali in April. But the decision comes at a particularly tense time in the Middle East, with France among the countries condemning a spate of bloodshed along the Gaza border where Israeli forces killed scores of Palestinian protesters in recent weeks. It also comes as French President Emmanuel..

World markets dive as Trump sparks trade, N.Korea worries

LONDON, May 23, 2018 (AFP) - Global stocks sank Wednesday after US President Donald Trump said he was not satisfied with talks that are aimed at averting a trade war with China. Equities were also dented by poor eurozone economic data, and as Trump cast doubt on a planned summitwith North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. "Trump (is) continuing to drive uncertainty over global trade," said analyst Joshua Mahony at trading firm IG. "European markets are following their Asian counterparts lower, as a pessimistic tone from Trump is compounded by downbeat economic data," he added. Markets had surged Monday after US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Chinese Vice Premier Liu He said they had agreed to pull back from imposing threatened tariffs on billions of dollars of goods and continue talks on a variety of trade issues. However, Trump has declared that he was "not satisfied" with the..

Cuba confirms 110 dead in Friday’s plane crash, 3 survivors in serious condition

HAVANA, May 20 (Xinhua) : Cuba confirmed here on Saturday that 110 people were dead from Friday's Boeing 737 crash close to Havana's Jose Marti International Airport. Transportation Minister Adel Yzquierdo told a press conference that of the 110 dead, 99 were Cubans, 11 foreigners including six Mexican crew members, two Argentines, one Mexican and two temporary foreign residents. The three survivors, identified as Mailen Diaz, 19, Gretell Landrovell, 23, and Emiley Sanchez, 39, are still in critical condition. FOLLOW-UP WORK UNDERWAY An identification process of the victims and an investigation into the accident have been underway, according to local authorities. So far, only 15 bodies have been identified, Yzquierdo said, adding officials were working intensively to identify the rest of the victims, whose remains were transferred to the Institute of Legal Medicine in..

Trump, Moon discuss N. Korea’s threat to scrap summit

SEOUL, May 20 (AFP) - US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Sunday discussed North Korea's recent threats to cancel its unprecedented summit with Washington, Seoul's presidential office said. After weeks of warm words and diplomatic backslapping, Pyongyang abruptly threatened to pull out of the planned summit next month because of US demands for "unilateral nuclear abandonment", according to the North's official KCNA news agency. North Korea also cancelled at the last minute a high-level meeting with the South, protesting joint military drills between Seoul and Washington. In a phone conversation on Sunday, Trump and Moon "exchanged views on various actions taken by North Korea recently", Moon's office said in a statement. The two leaders agreed to "work closely" for the success of the landmark summit in Singapore on June 12, which would be the first..

More than six million tweets on Harry and Meghan’s big day

PARIS, May 20 (AFP) - Over six million people tweeted on Prince Harry's marriage to Meghan Markle, more than three times the number during his older brother's wedding, social media monitoring firm Visibrain said Sunday. Between 2200 GMT Friday and 2300 GMT Saturday, 6,604,498 tweets were posted worldwide on the royal nuptials, of which 5.2 million bore the hashtag #RoyalWedding, the French firm said. That compared with 1,821,669 tweets across a similar timeframe for Prince William when he married Kate Middleton back on April 29, 2011 when Twitter, founded in 2006, was in its relative infancy. The most picked up post was by Lucy Sempey and was retweeted nearly 105,000 times. It was a photograph of Markle outside Buckingham Palace as a teen with the message: "One day you're 15 and posing outside Buckingham palace and 22 years later you're marrying the Prince...

India’s history incomplete without Nepal: Indian PM Modi

- Himanshu Chaudhary/ Birendra Karna/ Ajay Kumar Saha Janakpurdham, May 11(RSS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said India's beliefs, conviction and history would remain incomplete without Nepal. In his address to a civic felicitation organised in the honour of Indian Prime Minister Modi who is presently on a two-day State visit to Nepal, at Barhabigha Ground in religious and historic city Janakpur today, he said, "Hearts of Nepali are deeper than sea and Nepal's sovereignty is higher than the Mount Everest. " The ceremony was jointly organised by the Province 2 government and the Janakpur Sub Metropolis. "The Mithila region, the area which is held close by both Nepal and India is enriched by cultural beliefs. The Mithila culture is supreme in the world", he said, adding that creations of Vidyapati (1352-1448), a well-known poet of the Mithila literature, kept equal..

Tour bus collision kills 9 in south Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO, May 5 (Xinhua) : At least nine people were killed early Saturday in Brazil's southern Parana state following a head-on collision between a tour bus and a car, highway police said. The accident occurred around dawn when the car reportedly tried to pass a vehicle at a point in the road where passing was prohibited, and collided into the oncoming bus. According to the authorities, the bus was carrying 30 patients who were returning to the city of Realeza after undergoing medical tests in the state capital Curitiba.Preliminary reports said seven of the bus passengers were among the dead, while the other two fatal victims were in the car that crashed...