Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand PM reveals she is pregnant

Wellington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced that she is pregnant, according to a BBC News report on Friday. Ms Ardern said she and her partner, Clarke Gayford, were expecting their child

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US DySec to take part in UNSC debate on Afgh'tan

Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

US Deputy Secretary of State John J Sullivan is travelling to New York on Friday to participate in a ministerial-level, United Nations Security Council meeting on "Building Regional Partnership in Afg

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US, SK hold 2nd meeting of deterrence strategy

Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

The United States of America and the Republic of Korea (ROK) have held the second meeting of the Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) in Washington. According to a media note

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NK to remain focus of Tillerson while in Europe

Washington | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

The DPRK or North Korea will be high on the agenda of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson while in Europe -- January 21-27. According to a press statement, issued here by Heather Nauert, Department

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Sri Lankan finance minister restores ban on selling alcohol to women

COLOMBO | Thursday, Jan 18 2018 IST

A ban on selling alcohol to women will remain in place in Sri Lanka, after the finance minister reversed his earlier decision to lift the ban. President Maithripala Sirisena had said on Sunday the ban

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Storm kills three in the Netherlands, three in Germany

AMSTERDAM | Thursday, Jan 18 2018 IST

Three people were killed in the Netherlands and three people died in Germany on Thursday as powerful winds toppled trees, blew trucks off the road and forced the cancellation of hundreds of flights.Am

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Car plows through Copacabana sidewalk, kills baby, injures 15

RIO DE JANEIRO | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

A speeding car plowed through evening strollers on a crowded sidewalk of Rio's famed Copacabana beach on Thursday in an apparent accident, killing an 8-month old baby and injuring 15 people, police sa

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Japan criticises U.S. for military flights over school in Okinawa

TOKYO | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

Japan criticised the U.S. military on Friday for breaking a pledge to avoid flying helicopters over a school next to its base in Okinawa, a rare flash of discord with Tokyo's main ally. The school nex

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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern pregnant with first child

By Charlotte Greenfield WELLINGTON | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Friday she was pregnant with her first child, prompting an outpouring of support from women's rights groups and labour activists as she declared "I'll

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China lifts yuan mid-point to new 2-year high

(Rptg | Friday, Jan 19 2018 IST

China's central bank set its official yuan midpoint at a more than two-year high on Friday at 6.4169 per dollar, underpinned by gains in the spot yuan a day earlier and broad dollar weakness in global

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U.S. House leader says Trump supports stopgap funding bill

WASHINGTON | Thursday, Jan 18 2018 IST

The top Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives said President Donald Trump does support a bill the House is set to vote on Thursday to provide a short-term extension of government funding. "I

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Shutting out immigrants is not Christian, pope says

By Philip Pullella and Marion Giraldo IQUIQUE | Thursday, Jan 18 2018 IST

Pope Francis said on Thursday that it is not Christian to shut out immigrants, urging nations to welcome people whose lives had been "watered down" by poverty, injustice and exploitation. Francis, who

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