Putin signs Russian ‘counter-sanctions’ into law

Putin signs Russian ‘counter-sanctions’ into law

Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions from journalists during a joint news conference with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia on May 30. (REUTERS File Photo)   MOSCOW, June 4 (Reuters): Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday signed into law counter-sanctions legislation that was drawn up by […]

U.S. urges China to account for the ‘ghosts’ of Tiananmen

U.S. urges China to account for the ‘ghosts’ of Tiananmen

A man takes pictures as a paramilitary policeman keeps watch in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, China on June 4. (REUTERS Photo)   BEIJING/HONG KONG, June 4 (Reuters): The United States urged China to make a full public account of a crackdown on student-led pro-democracy protests in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989 as tens of […]

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption kills 25, injures hundreds

Guatemala’s Fuego volcano eruption kills 25, injures hundreds

The road in front of Fuego volcano is seen covered with ash after the volcano erupted violently, in San Juan Alotenango, Guatemala on June 3. (REUTERS Photo)   Guatemala City, June 4 (Reuters): An estimated 25 people, including at least three children, were killed and nearly 300 injured on Sunday in the most violent eruption of […]

Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings

Suicide bomber kills 14 after Afghan clerics outlaw suicide bombings

Afghan security forces keep watch at the site of a suicide attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on June 4. (REUTERS Photo)   KABUL, June 4 (Reuters): A motorcycle suicide bomber killed 14 people near a gathering of Muslim clerics in the Afghan capital on Monday after they had issued a fatwa against suicide bombings, officials said, […]

Fitch downgrades PNB’s viability ratings

Fitch downgrades PNB’s viability ratings

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS): Fitch Ratings has downgraded the viability rating (VR) of state-owned Punjab National Bank (PNB) to ‘b’ from ‘bb-‘ and maintained it on rating “watch negative” (RWN).   “The two-notch downgrade to PNB’s VR is a reflection of the significant deterioration in its standalone credit profile, mainly due to a drop in its […]

Richard Gere is ‘happiest man in the universe’

Richard Gere is ‘happiest man in the universe’

New York, June 4 (IANS): Actor Richard Gere says he is the happiest man in the universe after getting married to girlfriend Alejandra Silva in an Indian-inspired wedding.   Silva, 35, and Gere, 68, tied the knot in a ceremony that took place on the actor’s ranch outside New York earlier this year.    “I feel […]

Vegetable prices jump in India as farmers go on strike

Vegetable prices jump in India as farmers go on strike

A vendor speaks on his mobile phone as he maintains his ledger book at a stall selling vegetables in Mumbai on June 4. (REUTERS  Photo)   MUMBAI, June 4 (Reuters): Vegetable prices jumped as much as 10 percent in major Indian cities, including Mumbai and Delhi, as a four-day old strike by millions of farmers […]

Jordan’s king replaces PM to defuse protests

Jordan’s king replaces PM to defuse protests

Policemen clash with protesters near the Jordan Prime Minister’s office in Amman, Jordan on June 3. (REUTERS Photo)   AMMAN, June 4 (Reuters): Jordan’s King Abdullah on Monday asked Omar al-Razzaz, a former World Bank economist, to form a new government after Hani Mulki resigned as prime minister following the country’s biggest protests in years, […]

Mexican leftist widens double-digit lead for presidency: poll

Mexican leftist widens double-digit lead for presidency: poll

Leftist front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the National Regeneration Movement (MORENA) gestures to supporters after his campaign rally in Mexico City, Mexico on June 3. (REUTERS Photo)   MEXICO CITY, June 4 (Reuters): Leftist candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his double-digit opinion poll lead to claim half of voter support ahead of Mexico’s […]

Take charge as change-makers: President tells Governors

Take charge as change-makers: President tells Governors

The President, Ram Nath Kovind addressing the opening session of the 49th Governors’ Conference, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on June 04, 2018. The Vice President, M. Venkaiah Naidu, the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and the Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh are also seen. (PIB Photo)   New Delhi, June 4 (IANS) President Ram […]