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House Democratic Women

In deal to avert another US govt shutdown, early reports hand victory to Democrats

It has been a long day in the world of foreign affairs, and we begin by looking at how the Democrats and the Republicans, the two leading parties of the US, reached a deal to avert another government shutdown.
Donald Trump

US making progress in negotiating peace with Taliban: Trump during State of Union address

Justifying US pullout from the Iran nuclear deal, Trump says it’s a radical regime that is the world’s leading state sponsor of terror.
Juan Guaido

Guaido vs Maduro: Where do countries stand on the Venezuela crisis?

In El Salvador, anti-corruption crusader wins presidential election, vows not to ‘steal’.
Queen Elizabeth II

Where will the Queen go if Brexit turns ugly — and other updates from London

Pope Francis arrives in the UAE to promote a dialogue for peace and tolerance between the two faiths. 
Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Arabia wraps up 2017 corruption crackdown that began in a luxury hotel

The anti-corruption drive, referred to as ‘shock therapy’, was launched by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman in November 2017.
Bicycles covered in snow

Record-setting weather extremes see America shiver as Australians burn

The National Weather Service warns that even 5-minute exposure to the cold could cause frostbite as reports emerge that Apple knew of Facetime bug.
Howard Schultz

How US is reacting to former Starbucks CEO’s possible run in presidential elections

US files charges against Chinese telecom giant Huawei for stealing trade secrets among others. 

OnCamera

Actor Vyjayanthimala

Every Bollywood reincarnation story must tip its hat to Bimal Roy’s Madhumati

Of the many things that Bimal Roy’s Madhumati got right, Pran’s antagonistic turn was one.
space laws

When it comes to space activities in India, are no laws better than bad laws?

The government had put the draft Space Activities Bill in the public domain, inviting suggestions. The bill was never introduced in this Lok Sabha. 

Defence

Convoys to Kashmir can’t be stopped even if aircraft are available, top CRPF officers say

CRPF officer says nearly 4,000 personnel needed to be moved from Jammu to Srinagar due to a backlog caused by weather. Not all could’ve gone by aircraft.
National Interest

Suicidal Pakistan should know Modi may not be scared of its nuclear button

Pakistan has taken too much of a chance with Pulwama — with the wrong government in India, and at the wrong time.