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Saudi Crown Prince signs $10 billion deal during Cairo visit

Saudi Crown Prince signs $10 billion deal during Cairo visit The chosen projects will be selected by the investment ministry from Egypt's investment map, in coordination with other ministries and government institutions. Protesters have accused the Egyptian president of surrendering Egyptian territory in return for Saudi money amid reports that Cairo was receiving 20 billion dollars in aid from Riyadh to relinquish sovereignty of the uninhabited islands... [Full Article...]

Truck falls into drain in Gujarat; 26 killed

Truck falls into drain in Gujarat; 26 killed Reports said most of those killed were women and children. Around 60 people were celebrating a wedding party inside the truck when the vehicle lost balance on Ranghola bridge on the Rajkot-Bhavnagar highway, according to reports. The accident happened in Bhavnagar district, about 200 kilometres from the state capital Ahmedabad. "May those who have been injured recover at the earliest", PM Modi s... [Full Article...]

Undiscovered "supercolony" of penguins revealed using NASA satellite imagery

Undiscovered Scientists have stumbled across a "supercolony" of penguins on an island in the Antarctic Peninsula relatively untouched by human activity. However, that changed when scientists spotted telltale guano stains in existing NASA satellite imagery of the islands in 2014, hinting at a mysteriously large number of penguins. [Full Article...]

Lenin statue razed in Tripura's Belonia town, CPM blames BJP workers

Lenin statue razed in Tripura's Belonia town, CPM blames BJP workers Tapas Dutta, a local functionary of the outgoing Communist Party of India (Marxist), told The Indian Express newspaper that eyewitness had told him "that after the statue fell, its head was dismembered from the body". Just a few hours after the results of Tripura Assembly elections were announced, the state had been witnessing a series of violent incidents. BJP spokesperson Mrinal Kanti Deb ... [Full Article...]

Populist parties surge in gridlocked Italian vote

Populist parties surge in gridlocked Italian vote Italy's national election produced no outright victor on Sunday, according to exit polls that pointed to political gridlock for the euro zone's third-largest economy and showed voters backing anti-establishment and far-right parties in record numbers. [Full Article...]

China explains move to scrap presidential term limits

China explains move to scrap presidential term limits Defense spending is still about a quarter of US levels, but nevertheless its long-term growth, combined with a more assertive enforcement of China's territorial claims, has rattled some of China's neighbors. Spokesman Zhang said the rise in defense spending is partly to compensate for past insufficiency in spending, and is mainly being used to upgrade equipment, improving the lives of servicemen... [Full Article...]

Ex-Russian spy in critical condition after being exposed to 'unknown substance'

Ex-Russian spy in critical condition after being exposed to 'unknown substance' The police have said that several locations in Salisbury were cordoned off as part of the investigation, but that they did not believe there was any risk to the wider public. The 66 year old, along with a 33 year old woman believed to be known to him became critically ill after being exposed to an unknown substance. Skripal, once a colonel in Russia's GRU military intelligence, was convict... [Full Article...]

Expedite Process For Special Status To Andhra Pradesh: Governor To Centre

Expedite Process For Special Status To Andhra Pradesh: Governor To Centre As per the estimation of the newly formed AP government, from June 2014 to March 2015, Rs 16078 crores was calculated as revenue deficit. The YSR Congress Party (YSRCP) on Monday said their members of Parliament (MPs) would resign from the Lok Sabha on April 6 if Andhra Pradesh is not accorded special status by April 5. [Full Article...]

Reynolds: modernize NAFTA, not withdraw

Reynolds: modernize NAFTA, not withdraw Several hundred people attended the day-long event at the Richmond Marriott hotel in downtown Richmond. We're not backing down, Mexico is, uh, we've had a very bad deal with Mexico, a very bad deal with Canada, it's called NAFTA. President Trump continues to hint at withdrawing from NAFTA because of what he perceives as an unfair trade balance between the US and other countries. [Full Article...]

EU targets $3.5 bn of US imports for trade retaliation

EU targets $3.5 bn of US imports for trade retaliation The announcement of punitive tariffs on steel and aluminum imports by U.S. President Donald Trump could inspire a wave of mutually-reinforcing protectionist measures, the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (DIHK) warned on Friday. [Full Article...]

China Hikes Defence Budget to $175 billion, 3 times that of India's

China Hikes Defence Budget to $175 billion, 3 times that of India's Speaking ahead of Monday's release of China's national budget by parliament, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Yesui, who is also parliament's spokesman, declined to provide any guidance on how much defence spending would rise, as has been the custom in recent years the day before the legislature opens. [Full Article...]

Man critical after chemical incident is 'RUSSIAN SPY given refuge by UK'

Man critical after chemical incident is 'RUSSIAN SPY given refuge by UK' Skripal and the woman are being treated at Salisbury District Hospital after police responded to a call at Maltins shopping center on Sunday. Mr. Skripal is a retired colonel in Russia's military intelligence service. Russian prosecutors charged that he had taken tens of thousands of pounds from the British spy agency. The death of former FSB officer Aleksandr Litvinenko in London in 2006 ha... [Full Article...]

This year's best picture nominees weren't huge box office draws

This year's best picture nominees weren't huge box office draws The U.S. television audience for the 90th Academy Awards broadcast on Walt Disney Co's ABC on Sunday dropped almost 16 percent from a year ago, preliminary Nielsen data showed on Monday. Sunday's Oscars showed that the Academy Awards are coming closer to reflecting society when it comes to diversity, with increasing representation by women and people of color, but there's still a long ... [Full Article...]

The ESA confirms it will attend White House meeting about violent games

The ESA confirms it will attend White House meeting about violent games President Trump has said he'll meet with video game executives at some point this week to discuss the violent content in their products. President Trump has voiced concern about the effects of playing violent video games. Though plenty of evidence rebuts this logic , the ESA intends to make the case for the video game industry directly to the White House. There were suggestions following the ... [Full Article...]

Democrats outnumber Republicans in early voting

Democrats outnumber Republicans in early voting For the first time in a decade, more Democrats voted early than Republicans in the Nueces County primaries. I read many letters attacking Republicans. "I don't think it's going to have any effect on our outcome". "It signals a Democratic electorate that is motivated to make a statement against Donald Trump, and that motivation is nowhere more powerful than in female voters". [Full Article...]

Philippine evangelicals march in support of top judge

Philippine evangelicals march in support of top judge Calida argued that Sereno lacks integrity for failing to submit her Statement of of Assets, Liabilites, and Net worth (SALN) within the 10-year mandated period when she applied for the Chief Justice post in 2012. Calida's petition stemmed from a letter filed by suspended lawyer Eligio Mallari last February 21 asking the OSG to initiate a quo warranto proceeding against Sereno. [Full Article...]

China Completes Military Staff Reduction by 300000 Soldiers

China Completes Military Staff Reduction by 300000 Soldiers In his speech, Li Keqiang also said that over the last few years the world has witnessed an anemic recovery in the global economy, the volatility of global financial markets, and the sharp rise of protectionism. The economy grew by 6.9 percent in 2017 and the government said Monday it will target growth of around 6.5 percent in 2018. Beijing has largely relied on debt-fuelled investment and ... [Full Article...]

China's 2018 defense spending up 8.1%

China's 2018 defense spending up 8.1% The growth target of "around 6.5 per cent" announced by Premier Li Keqiang to China's ceremonial legislature, little-changed from previous year, would be among the world's strongest if achieved. "If we take a look at the share of defence budget in China's GDP or national fiscal spending and also per-capita term, China's defence input is still lower than many countries". [Full Article...]

China's 2018 Defence Budget Set at $174.5 billion

China's 2018 Defence Budget Set at $174.5 billion The adviser, Liu He, said he will take charge of reform efforts this month and wants a list of United States demands for what China can do to ease tensions, according to the person, who requested anonymity to discuss a confidential meeting. [Full Article...]

80-year-old tutor charged after girl, 12, reports sex assault

80-year-old tutor charged after girl, 12, reports sex assault The girl told police that she was at her tutor's home on February 28 when she was sexually assaulted. They say they are now trying to find the victim's boyfriend, who they say is a 39-year-old man from Toronto. Sivalingam Vallipuram, 80, of Toronto, has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and sexual exploitation. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately. [Full Article...]


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