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Trump to Overhaul Immigration System to Filter Who Is Allowed Into US

Washington, May 16: U.S. President Donald Trump will outline on Thursday a plan to harden border security and overhaul the legal immigration system to favour applicants who speak English, are well-educated and have job offers, senior administration officials said.

Trump's immigration proposal, the product largely of senior...

Sri Lankan Easter blast suspect was under Indian watch

Colombo/Ahmedabad, May 15: A Sri Lankan software engineer suspected by authorities in Sri Lanka of having provided technical and logistical support to the Easter Sunday suicide bombers was monitored by Indian intelligence agencies three years ago for links with Islamic State suspects, investigators said.

Four sources in...

Massive breach at WhatsApp puts 1.5 bn users at risk

San Francisco, May 14: Facebook's WhatsApp urged users to upgrade to the latest version of its popular messaging app after reporting that users might be vulnerable to having malicious spyware installed on phones without their knowledge.

WhatsApp, one of the most popular messaging tools, is used by...

In Pakistan, voices critical of CPEC being suppressed, US lawmakers told

Washington, May 14: People and the media in Pakistan are scared of speaking against the multi-billion-dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as critical voices are being suppressed, treated as anti-national or branded as terrorists, a former Obama Administration official has told US lawmakers.

"Rarely will you read an article...

Mobs kill one in Sri Lanka as communal riots spread despite nationwide curfew

Colombo, May 14: Mobs slashed to death a Sri Lankan Muslim man despite a nationwide curfew imposed Monday night after anti-Muslim riots spread to three districts north of the capital in a violent backlash against Easter suicide bombings.

The 45-year-old man died shortly after admission to a hospital in...

Sri Lanka blocks social media after attacks on mosques, Muslim owned businesses

Colombo, May 13: Sri Lanka said on Monday it was temporarily blocking some social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, after mosques and Muslim-owned businesses were attacked in the wake of Easter bombings by Islamist militants.

Several dozen people threw stones at mosques and Muslim-owned stores...

Judicial probe begins to look into Christchurch mosque massacre

Wellington, May 13: A judicial inquiry into whether New Zealand's police and intelligence services could have prevented the Christchurch mosque attacks in which 51 worshippers died began taking evidence on Monday.

The royal commission -- the most powerful judicial probe available under New Zealand law -- will examine events...

US deploys warship, Patriot missiles in Middle East

Washington, May 12: Amid escalating tensions with Iran, the Pentagon has announced that it is deploying a warship and a Patriot air defence missile system in the Middle East to deter the threats of possible operations against US forces in the region by Tehran.

The USS Arlington, which transports...

70 countries urge N-Korea to scrap nuclear weapons

New York, May 11: Seventy countries urged North Korea on Friday to scrap its nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and related programs, decrying the "undiminished threat" posed to world peace.

Signatories included the United States and South Korea, as well as nations in Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe....

Three convicted of terrorism over Australian mosque arson attack

Melbourne, May 9: An Australian jury on Thursday found three men guilty of terrorism after they set fire to a mosque in the southern state of Victoria in December 2016.

Sunni Muslims Ahmed Mohamed, Abdullah Chaarani and Hatim Moukhaiber set fire to a Shiite mosque in a suburb of...