Tuesday , 20 March 2018


‘America First’: WTO faces first attack from US under Trump

GENEVA / BEIJING: The World Trade Organisation on Thursday became the target of a first concrete attack launched by US President Donald Trump’s administration when Washington declared it was not bound by the body’s rulings. The US decision is a clear break from precedent and could threaten the viability of the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB), where major trade conflicts have ... Read More »

Jeff Sessions urged to quit over Russia links

WASHINGTON: Top US Democrats demanded the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday over his failure to disclose that he met twice with Russia’s ambassador to Washington during last year’s election campaign. The revelation of Sessions’ Russian contacts plunged President Donald Trump’s administration into fresh turmoil. And they fed mounting calls for Sessions to recuse himself from oversight of Justice ... Read More »

Manto Goes to America with Sarmad Khoosat!


After the successful release of the film Manto in September, 2015, Sarmad Sultan Khoosat, the director and actor is taking the United States of America with a storm in October, 2015. The film about Pakistan’s renegade writer will be screened at the Harvard University, Yale University, Columbia University, University of California, Berkley, Georgetown University and University of Texas at Austin. ... Read More »

Wall Street flat amid growth concerns ahead of Fed meet

Wall Street flat amid growth concerns ahead of Fed meet

Global markets were under pressure after data showed a drop in producer prices and car sales in China and slowing capital spending in Japan. Adding to the gloom, influential fund manager David Tepper of Appaloosa Management told CNBC that corporate earnings may not rise as much as expected and he was not overly bullish on stocks next year. “Investors are ... Read More »

U.S. jobless claims drop; imported inflation remains weak

U.S. jobless claims drop; imported inflation remains weak

Initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped 6,000 to a seasonally adjusted 275,000 for the week ended Sept. 5, the Labor Department said on Thursday. It was the 27th straight week that claims remained below the 300,000 threshold, which is usually associated with a strengthening labor market. The four-week moving average of claims, considered a better measure of labor market ... Read More »

Muslim flight attendant suspended for refusing to serve alcohol


A Muslim flight attendant says she has been suspended by American airline ExpressJet for refusing to serve alcoholic drinks in accordance with her beliefs. Charee Stanley, 40, who has been an employee at the airline for three years, was suspended in August after another colleague filed a complaint against her, claiming she was not fulfilling her duties by refusing to ... Read More »

U.S. labor market shows some muscle despite slower job growth

U.S. labor market shows some muscle despite slower job growth

Nonfarm payrolls increased 173,000 last month after an upwardly revised gain of 245,000 in July, the Labor Department said on Friday. August’s gain was the smallest in five months as the factory sector lost the most jobs since July 2013. The jobs count, however, may have been tarnished by a statistical fluke that has often led to sharp upward revisions ... Read More »

Venezuela takes census in border area amid row with Colombia

CARACAS: Venezuela bolstered its military presence and started taking a census Monday in towns along the border with Colombia as part of a diplomatic spat that has seen more than 1,000 Colombians deported.The countries have been locked in a row since Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro closed part of the border this month after unidentified assailants attacked a Venezuelan anti-smuggling patrol, ... Read More »

US to welcome 5,000 to 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016

WASHINGTON: The United States expects to accept between 5,000 and 8,000 Syrian refugees in 2016, officials said on Monday.State Department spokesman John Kirby also said 15,000 Syrian refugees have been referred to the US for resettlement by the UN refugee agency.In December, Washington had said it had received 9,000 referrals from the UN.It had also previously said it would admit ... Read More »

White House admits Biden mulling 2016 run

WASHINGTON: The White House on Monday acknowledged that Vice President Joe Biden is still weighing a possible run for the top job, amid controversy surrounding Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton.Biden, President Obama's deputy for nearly seven years, has previously said he would make a decision on entering the 2016 race by the end of the summer."I would assume that that means ... Read More »