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Republican-led House blocks Obama immigration plan

WASHINGTON, Dec 5: In a symbolic rebuke to US President Barack Obama’s unilateral action on immigration, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted on Thursday (Dec 4) to block his plan to shield millions of people from deportation. The bill, which passed 219-197 along party lines, was introduced by conservatives furious with what they consider Obama’s abuse of power when ...Full Article

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels announce Dec 9 truce

KIEV, Dec 5: Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels said on Thursday (Dec 4) they had agree to halt fire across the eastern war zone on Dec 9 under the ...Full Article

Russia will not scale back ties with Europe, America: Putin

MOSCOW, Dec 5: President Vladimir Putin on Thursday (Dec 4) accused the West of exploiting the Ukraine crisis to undermine Russia and said in a key speech that Crimea ...Full Article

Over 1,500 in fresh New York race protests

NEW YORK, Dec 5: More than 1,500 people gathered in New York on Thursday (Dec 5) for a second night of protests against the chokehold death of an unarmed ...Full Article

NY policeman not charged in death of black suspect

NEW YORK, Dec 4: A New York grand jury on Wednesday (Dec 3) decided not to charge a white police officer in the choking death of a black man, ...Full Article

Kerry says any Iran strikes against IS militants ‘positive’

BRUSSELS, Dec 4: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday (Dec 3) welcomed any Iranian military action against Islamic State militants in Iraq as “positive” after the Pentagon ...Full Article

Swedish PM calls snap election after losing budget vote

STOCKHOLM, Dec 4: Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Loefven called the country’s first snap election in over half a century on Wednesday (Dec 3) after a far-right party torpedoed his ...Full Article

Egypt reports four new bird flu deaths

CAIRO, Dec 4: Egypt reported on Wednesday (Dec 3) four new deaths from bird flu, taking to seven the number of people that the H5N1 virus has killed in ...Full Article

French MPs vote in favour of recognising Palestine

PARIS, Dec 3: French lawmakers voted on Tuesday (Dec 2) in favour of recognising Palestine as a state, sparking an immediate angry reaction from Israel which said such “unilateral measures” ...Full Article

Ashton Carter likely next Pentagon chief: Reports

WASHINGTON, Dec 3: The former number-two ranking official at the Pentagon, Ashton Carter, will likely be named as the next US defence secretary, American media reported on Tuesday (Dec ...Full Article