US police precinct torched as ‘I can’t breathe’ protests rage on

A POLICE precinct in Minnesota went up in flames late Thursday (28) in a third day of demonstrations as the so-called Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul seethed over the shocking police killing of a handcuffed black man. The precinct, which police had abandoned, burned after a group of protesters pushed through barriers around […]

Trump thanks Medicare chief Seema Verma for plan to cap insulin costs

US president Donald Trump has praised health policy consultant Seema Verma and thanked her for working hard on evolving a Medicare plan for seniors that will cap their insulin bills at $35 a month. In March, 49-year-old Verma was appointed as one of the key members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force constituted by […]

Florida governor urged to act as Krishna Maharaj’s cellmate develops coronavirus

By Nadeem Badshah A BRITISH man serving a life sen­tence in the US for a double mur­der which his lawyers say he did not commit should be moved af­ter a cellmate developed corona­virus, campaigners have urged. Krishna Maharaj, 81, was given a death sentence for the killings in a hotel in Florida in 1986. In […]

Trump warns of ‘big action’ against Twitter, set to sign executive order aimed at social media

DONALD TRUMP is expected to sign an executive order on Thursday (28), after threatening to shutter social media platforms following Twitter’s move to label two of his tweets misleading. The US president is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet’s Google from being responsible for the […]

‘I can’t breathe’ protests erupt in US over police killing of black man

DEMONSTRATORS clashed with police, looted stores and set fires as a man was fatally shot during a second night of protests in the US city of Minneapolis on Wednesday (27) over the killing of a black man by a police officer. Police fired tear gas and formed a human barricade to keep protesters from climbing […]

Trump accuses Twitter of ‘stifling free speech’ for placing fact-check alert on his tweet

DONALD TRUMP has alleged that Twitter was “interfering” in the US election and “completely stifling” free speech, after the social media network placed a fact-checking warning under one of his tweets for the first time. Twitter on Tuesday (26) prompted readers to check the facts in the US president’s tweets, warning that his claims about mail-in […]

New H-1B legislation in the US could benefit Indian students

A new legislation proposing major reforms in the H-1B work visas by giving priority to the US-educated foreign youths has been introduced in both the chambers of the US Congress. The bill, introduced a bipartisan group of lawmakers, could benefit Indian students already in the US. The H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act, as introduced […]

Ivanka Trump draws derision in India for praising migrant’s hard journey home

THE US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump’s praise of an Indian teenager’s bicycle ride home hundreds of kilometres away is drawing criticism in India for being insensitive to the plight of impoverished migrant workers struggling in a lockdown. The girl carried her father on the back of her bicycle for about a week for 1,200 km […]

India-born US national deported for his alleged links with al-Qaeda

A man hailing from Telangana, who was alleged by the US of being an al-Qaeda operative, has been deported to India after air travel between the two countries resumed partially, officials said on Thursday. Ibrahim Zubair Mohammad, an India-born US national, arrived at Amritsar airport on May 19 where he was questioned about the allegations […]

US flags China’s ‘provocative and coercive’ military activities against its neighbours

CHINA is engaged in provocative and coercive military and paramilitary activities against its neighbouring countries, the White House said on Thursday, a day after a top American diplomat backed India’s move to strongly resist Chinese aggression into its territory. “Beijing contradicts its rhetoric and flouts its commitments to its neighbours by engaging in provocative and […]