In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S.

In challenge to Trump, women protesters swarm streets across U.S.

WASHINGTON, January 22 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of women, many with husbands, boyfriends and children in tow, filled the streets of several major U.S. cities on Saturday in an unprecedented wave of mass protests against President Donald Trump the day after his inauguration.   Women activists, galvanized by Trump campaign rhetoric and behavior they […]

Trump son-in-law Kushner can serve as White House adviser – Justice Department

Trump son-in-law Kushner can serve as White House adviser – Justice Department

WASHINGTON, January 22 (Reuters) – President Donald Trump can hire his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, as a senior White House adviser without breaking federal anti-nepotism laws, the U.S. Department of Justice said.   In a letter dated January 20 posted on its website, the department’s Office of Legal Counsel said the president has special hiring authority […]

Trump plans to meet with UK’s May, Mexico’s Pena Nieto – White House

Trump plans to meet with UK’s May, Mexico’s Pena Nieto – White House

WASHINGTON, January 22 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump is arranging to meet soon with British Prime Minister Theresa May and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, two long-standing U.S. allies concerned about how his presidency will affect their relationships with Washington.   Trump will meet on Friday with May in Washington, White House spokesman Sean […]

Japan enters uncharted waters as emperor’s abdication pondered

Japan enters uncharted waters as emperor’s abdication pondered

TOKYO, January 22 (Reuters) – Japan is moving to adopt a law allowing its octogenarian Emperor Akihito to abdicate but many touchy topics, such as his title and duties, remain to be settled before the monarch can retire in a step unprecedented for two centuries.   Japanese law does not currently allow an emperor to […]

Women’s march against Trump swamps Washington streets, subway

Women’s march against Trump swamps Washington streets, subway

WASHINGTON, January 21 (Reuters) – Large crowds of women, many wearing bright pink knit hats, poured into downtown Washington by bus, train and car on Saturday for a march in opposition to U.S. President Donald Trump only a day after the Republican took office.   The Washington event was expected to be the largest of […]

US asks SKorea to arrest former UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s brother

US asks SKorea to arrest former  UN chief Ban Ki-moon’s brother

NEW YORK/SEOUL, January 21 (Reuters): The U.S. government has asked South Korea to arrest a brother of former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on charges that he engaged in a bribery scheme to carry out the sale of a Vietnamese building complex, a U.S. prosecutor said on Friday.   During a court hearing in federal court […]

China sees ‘grim’ situation in relations with Taiwan this year

China sees ‘grim’ situation in  relations with Taiwan this year

BEIJING, January 21 (Reuters): Relations between China and Taiwan this year will be “even more complex and grim” and Beijing will resolutely oppose any form of separatist activity, a senior Chinese official said, but added China would also maintain peace and stability.   Yu Zhengsheng, the ruling Communist Party’s fourth ranked leader, was speaking at […]

Northern Irish children suffered decades of cruel abuse: report

BELFAST, January 21 (Reuters): Children in Northern Ireland suffered decades of cruel sexual, physical and emotional abuse in institutions run by the state, charities and the Catholic and Protestant churches, an official report said on Friday.   Instances of sexual abuse by priests and lay people were detailed in a 2,300 page, 12-volume report that […]

Turkish parliament approves prez system, paving way for referendum

ANKARA, January 21 (Reuters): The Turkish parliament has backed a plan to strengthen the powers of the presidency, paving the way for a referendum on the issue in spring which, if passed, could allow President Tayyip Erdogan to stay in office until 2029. Erdogan says the reform will provide stability in the European Union candidate […]

America’s tryst with Trump

America’s tryst with Trump

(Washington Diary)   Washington, January 21 (IANS) As the clock struck the noon hour, Donald Trump with his left hand on Abraham Lincoln’s bible, raised his right hand to take an oath to preserve, protect and defend the American constitution.   With that act, the destiny of the world’s oldest democracy fell into the hands […]

On Trump’s 2nd day, thousands of women to march in D.C. in protest

On Trump’s 2nd day, thousands of women to march in D.C. in protest

WASHINGTON, January 21 (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the United States are expected to pack into downtown Washington on Saturday for a women’s march in opposition to the agenda and rhetoric of President Donald Trump.   The Women’s March on Washington, featuring speakers, celebrity appearances and a protest walk along […]