White House pledges to step up cybersecurity ahead of congressional elections

The White House warned foreign hackers on Thursday that it will increase offensive measures as part of a new national cyber-security strategy.The move comes as US intelligence officials expect a flurry of digital attacks ahead of the November 6 congressional elections. The strategy provides federal agencies with new guidance on how to protect themselves and […]

Amid India’s Plans To Buy Russian S-400 Missiles, US Warns Of Sanctions

WASHINGTON:The purchase of major military equipment like the multi-billion-dollar S-400 Triumf missile system from Russia would be considered as a “significant transaction” and has a potential for imposing tough US sanctions, the Trump administration said today, as India considers buying the air defence systems. Donald Trump on Thursday signed an executive order, paving the way […]

Nasheed asks India to exert its influence to ensure free and fair election in Maldives

  COLOMBO: Former Maldivian president Mohamed Nasheed on Friday asked India to exert its influence to ensure a free and fair election in the country as he fears that September 23 presidential polls could be rigged. The Maldives on Sunday will hold its third-ever multiparty presidential election.Opposition parties from across Maldivian politics have formed a […]

More Than 100 Dead In Ferry Disaster In Tanzania

NAIROBI, KENYA: The death toll in a ferry capsize in Lake Victoria climbed to more than 100 on Friday, as Tanzanian rescue workers pressed on with searches to find scores of more people feared drowned. The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers — double the ferry’s capacity — when it […]

8-year-old girl among five shot at in New York’s Syracuse:Police

Five people were shot, including an eight-year-old girl, in Syracuse, New York on Thursday, the city’s police chief said. Police responded to a shooting in the city in upstate New York shortly after 9pm local time, the department said in a statement posted on Twitter by a producer for National Public Radio. “This is very […]

Hurricane Florence Makes Landfall In US’ North Carolina: Official

WILMINGTON, UNITED STATES: Hurricane Florence smashed into the US east coast Friday with howling winds, torrential rains and threatening life-threatening storm surges as emergency crews scrambled to rescue hundreds of people stranded in their homes by flood waters. Forecasters warned of catastrophic flooding and other mayhem from the monster storm, which is only Category 1 […]

Evacuation underway as huge typhoon nears Philippines, China

MANILA, PHILIPPINES: Philippine authorities were evacuating thousands of people from the path of the most powerful typhoon this year, closing schools, readying bulldozers for landslides and placing rescuers and troops on full alert in the country’s north. More than 4 million people live in areas at most risk from the storm, which the Joint Typhoon […]

Spain makes U-turn, will now sell 400 missiles to Saudi Arabia

The Spanish government reversed its decision to scrap a deal to sell 400 laser-guided missiles to Saudi Arabia, despite earlier reservations the hi-tech weapons may kill civilians in Yemen’s devastating war. Foreign Minister Josep Borrell said on Thursday the deal will now go ahead, a week after it was halted. “The decision is that these […]