Orwell’s ‘1984’ back as bestseller amid focus on ‘alternative facts’

Orwell’s ‘1984’ back as bestseller amid focus on ‘alternative facts’

NEW YORK, January 26 (Reuters) – George Orwell’s “1984” novel about a dystopian future under an authoritarian regime is back as a bestseller and being reprinted decades after it was written as readers grapple with Donald Trump administration’s defence of “alternative facts.”   The book, first published in 1949, features a devious “Big Brother” government […]

Trump to order plan for Syria ‘safe zones’ – document

Trump to order plan for Syria ‘safe zones’ – document

WASHINGTON, January 26 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump is expected to order the Pentagon and the State Department in coming days to craft a plan for setting up “safe zones” for refugees in Syria, according to a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday, a move that could risk escalation of U.S. military involvement in Syria’s […]

Trump moves ahead with wall, puts stamp on U.S. immigration, security policy

Trump moves ahead with wall, puts stamp on U.S. immigration, security policy

WASHINGTON, January 26 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday ordered construction of a U.S.-Mexican border wall and punishment for cities shielding illegal immigrants while mulling restoring a CIA secret detention program as he launched broad but divisive plans to reshape U.S. immigration and national security policy. A draft executive order seen by Reuters that […]

Trump’s early war with the media will damage both

Trump’s early war with the media will damage both

By Peter Apps REUTERS   By the middle of the first full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, the Washington Post front-page story on his activities was refuting his claims of what the weather had been like less than 24 hours earlier.   It appeared an early taste of what looks set to be a uniquely […]

China’s population to reach 1.45 bn by 2030

China’s population to reach 1.45 bn by 2030

Beijing, January 25 (IANS) China on Wednesday said its population is likely to touch about 1.45 billion by 2030.   China is the world’s most populous nation. As of 2015, its population was 1.375 billion.   The data was released by the State Council, China’s cabinet, said Xinhua news agency.   The country will enter […]

Pipeline opponents face high legal hurdles challenging Trump

Pipeline opponents face high legal hurdles challenging Trump

NEW YORK, January 25 (Reuters) – Opponents of two controversial oil pipelines face a long and difficult legal path if the U.S. government approves their construction, experts said after the Trump administration issued orders on Tuesday intended to advance the Keystone XL and Dakota Access projects.   U.S. President Donald Trump issued a pair of […]

Factbox – Dakota Access Pipeline’s long journey

Factbox – Dakota Access Pipeline’s long journey

January 25(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday allowing the Dakota Access Pipeline to go forward, after months of protests from Native American groups and climate activists pushed the Obama administration to ask for additional environmental review for the controversial project.   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in December […]

HRW questions freedom of expression in Myanmar

Yangon, January 25 (IANS): Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday questioned the repression on freedom of expression in Myanmar and urged the government to take steps to protect it, a media report said. The HRW report said there has been an escalation in the suppression of opposition critics by the state authorities, Efe news reported. […]

Trump to choose Supreme Court justice nominee on February 2

Trump to choose Supreme Court justice nominee on February 2

WASHINGTON, January 25 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he will make his choice to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 2 as he seeks to restore the conservative majority on the Supreme Court.   Trump announced the date in Twitter message one day after meeting with key […]

Trump to seek ‘major investigation’ on voter fraud – Twitter

Trump to seek ‘major investigation’ on voter fraud – Twitter

WASHINGTON, January 25 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would seek a “major investigation” on voter fraud in the November election, despite an overwhelming consensus among state officials, election experts and politicians that voter fraud is rare in the United States.   “I will be asking for a major investigation into VOTER […]