Oxfam bosses to be questioned over sex scandal

Senior Oxfam executives will appear before British MPs on Tuesday amid criticism over the way the charity handled claims of sexual misconduct by its staff in Haiti. The MPs from the International Development Committee will question the charity’s chief Mark Goldring and chair of trustees Caroline Thomson, about safeguarding policies, reports the BBC. Representatives from …

US-S.Korea military drills to begin after Winter Olympics

The South Korean Defence Ministry on Tuesday said that it will carry out its annual military drills with the US once the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. This is the first time that Seoul has spoken about the drills following the historic visit of a North Korean delegation headed by Kim Yo-jong, sister of Kim Jong-un, representing …

Microsoft ends push notifications for Windows 7, 8 Phones

Microsoft has announced that it is ending support for all push notifications for Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 devices starting from Tuesday. “Windows Phone 7.5 and Windows Phone 8.0 have reached their end of support dates and thus services for these versions of Windows will be discontinued over time,” the company wrote in …

Google discloses security flaw in Microsoft Edge

Google has made public the details of a medium-level security flaw in Microsoft Edge browser whose patch is still not produced. The vulnerability was first discovered in November 2017, by the search giant’s Project Zero. According to Engadget, taking advantage of the flaw, hackers could bypass Microsoft Edge’s existing security measures to inject malicious code …

Khalistan issue has derailed focus of Trudeau’s visit: Herb Dhaliwal (IANS Interview)

Canadas first Cabinet minister of Indian origin, Herb Dhaliwal, says the focus of the on-going visit of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to India has been derailed by the Khalistan issue. “It is very unfortunate that the media in India has overblown this Khalistan issue. This has shifted the focus away from trade — which is …

Mexico investigates disappearance of three Italians

Mexican authorities were investigating the disappearance of three Italian men who went missing on January 31 in the state of Jalisco. “We are working very hard to locate these three people,” Jalisco state government spokesman Roberto Lopez said on Monday. Raffaele Russo, 60, who sold electric generators, his son Antonio Russo, 25, and his nephew …

Teens hold ‘lie-in’ outside White House, demands gun reform

A group of teens and more than a hundred supporters staged a “lie-in” outside the White House on Presidents Day to pressurise lawmakers to pass tougher gun laws, the media reported. The group, dubbed Teens for Gun Reform, had started organising the event by seeking 17 demonstrators to lie down for three minutes to symbolise …

‘Sadistic’ British researcher sentenced for sexual exploitation

A British university researcher has been sentenced to 32 years in prison for a litany of “warped and sadistic” crimes, including blackmail and sexual exploitation. Matthew Falder, 29, admitted to 137 separate offences that when put together told “a tale of ever-increasing depravity,” Judge Philip Parker said during the sentencing in Birmingham on Monday. “Your …

Trump endorses Mitt Romney’s bid for Senate seat

US President Donald Trump has endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who will run for a Senate seat from Utah state in November. Despite their rivalry, Trump on Monday tweeted “all my support and endorsement” for Romney and considered him a “worthy successor” to Orrin Hatch, the current Utah senator who announced last month …

Myanmar to implement 10-year elephant conservation action plan

Myanmar’s government has planned to conduct a 10-year action plan on elephant conservation which aims to prevent a decrease in the number of wildlife elephants and a reduction of their pasture land, authorities said on Tuesday. The action plan covers protection of wild elephants and their pasture land, solving human-elephant conflict, prevention of and enforcing …

Israeli minister meets Palestinian PM for peace talks

Israel’s Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon met with Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in the Palestine’s West Bank city on Monday, and called on to renew the long-stalled peace talks. The rare meeting was attended also by the Israeli Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Major General Yoav Mordechai, and Deputy Finance Minister Itzik …

Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression

A study of middle-aged women by the University of Illinois (UI) found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression. The UI researchers used data from the Midlife Women’s Health Study, which followed 776 women aged 45-54 in the greater Baltimore area for up to …

Trump backs efforts to tighten gun background checks

The US President Donald Trump supports efforts to strengthen federal background checks on those looking to purchase firearms, the White House said Monday. The announcement comes just five days after a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 dead. The shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, who has been charged with 17 counts of premeditated murder, has …

Germany to add more soldiers in NATO exercises

Germany will significantly increase the number of its armed forces personnel participating in NATO exercises on the military alliance’s “Eastern frontier”, media reports on Monday said. Around 12,000 German soldiers will participate in such exercises in 2018, according to a schedule drawn up by the Ministry of Defense, Xinhua reported. The figure marks a three-fold …

3 policemen killed during clash with ‘Deravish’ in Iran

Three security policemen were killed and some others were injured in the clashes with the “Deravish” sect in Iranian capital Tehran on Monday. The incident happened as the “mad bus” belonging to the “Deravish” raided police station in Tehran’s Pasdaran street and hit the policemen, Xinhua reported. A group of the Iranian “Deravish Gonabadi” gathered …

British minister calls for new approach to end knife crime

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called on Monday for “a different approach” to tackling the “terrible” toll of knife deaths as a 19-year-old became the fifth London teenage this year to die in a stabbing. Rudd said “incentives” would be provided in a “different approach” to knife crime. It would see more emphasis placed on …

Jaitley co-chairs India-Saudi Arabia Joint Commission meet

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley led the country’s delegation at the 12th India-Saudi Arabia Joint Consultative Mechanism meeting here on Monday. The Saudi delegation at the talks was led by the kingdom’s Trade Minister Majid Al Qasabi. “Co-chairing the 12th India-Saudi Arabia Joint Consultative Mechanism meeting with H.E. Dr. Majid Al Qasabi, Minister of Trade …

Turkey renames street outside US embassy to mark Syrian offensive

Authorities in the Turkish capital have officially changed the street name outside the US embassy to “Olive Branch” in a not-so-discreet bid to antagonize American officials by referencing the ongoing Turkish military offensive against US-backed Kurdish militias in northern Syria. Brand new signs for Zeytindali Caddesi (Olive Branch Street) were drilled into place by municipal …

Sri Lankan President’s party to stay in unity government

The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) led by President Maithripala Sirisena on Monday ended days of political uncertainty in the country, saying it would continue to be a part of the unity government to push for “major changes” within the government. SLFP parliamentarian and Minister of Social Empowerment S.B. Dissanayake said the SLFP decided to …

Maldives Parliament committee approves extension of Emergency (Lead)

Maldives’ parliamentary committee on national security passed a resolution on Monday to extend the ongoing state of Emergency by an additional 15 days. The development came after President Abdulla Yameen earlier in the day requested the Parliament to extend the Emergency, which was first declared on February 5 for 15 days. Parliament was convened for …