No decision on removing Cuba from terror sponsors list yet

Panama City : US President Barack Obama said Saturday he has not yet decided on whether to remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List and that he has held "candid and fruitful conversation" with Cuban leader Raul Castro on the sidelines of a regional summit.

Obama, however, said Cuba is not a threat to the US,"we are not in the business of regime change" and the Cold War on Cuba is over, Xinhua reported.

The US State Department has completed the review of Cuba's status and recommended the White House to remove Cuba from State Sponsors of Terrorism List.


Previous government 'gave away' coal mines like it was a handkerchief: Modi

Paris : Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the previous government of "giving away" coal mines as easily as one would give a pen, a handkerchief or even a piece of paper. And his government through the auctioning of just 20 of the 204 coal mines had got Rs.2 lakh crore.

Addressing a civic reception by the Indian diaspora, Modi said that "204 coal mines were just given away like, "come and take my pen, take this hanky, this piece of paper" but even while giving a pen you will think twice, but the 204 coal mines were just given away", he alleged.

India a land of peace, asking for UNSC seat as its right: Modi

Paris : Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch for India to be given a seat in the UN Security Council, saying that India, the land of the Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi - a land of peace - is asking for its rights to be given a permanent seat in the UN Security Council.

Addressing an enthusiastic civic reception by the Indian community on Saturday evening, Modi also reached out to the diaspora, including to those living in the French territories of Guadeloupe, Reunion Islands and St Martin.

US, Israel concerned, disappointed over Lakhvi's release

New Delhi/Washington: The US and Israel have expressed concern and disappointment over the release of 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi from a Pakistani jail.

Conveying its grave concern, the US has asked Pakistan to follow through on its commitment to bring the attack perpetrators to justice.

"We are gravely concerned about the release on bail of alleged Mumbai attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi," State Department spokesperson Jeff Rathke told reporters on Friday in response to a question.

Foreign prisoners must not be forced to overstay: CHRI

New Delhi:Foreign prisoners belonging to countries with poor rule of law are "almost always" forced to overstay and continue to spend their lives in jails even after the completion of their sentence, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said on Saturday.

They are released yet they suffer imprisonment either in jails or detention centres. This is an additional punishment, absolutely inconsistent with Article 21 of the constitution that guarantees protection of liberty to both citizens and non-citizens, it said in a statement issued here.

Kenyan police shoot dead two terror suspects

Nairobi: Kenyan police on Saturday shot dead two terror suspects in an incident that left one police officer injured in the coastal town of Kwale amid a major crackdown on terrorists across the country.

Kwale county Commissioner Evans Achoki said detectives from the crime prevention unit killed the two suspects in Diani, Kwale, and recovered two pistols with 16 rounds of ammunition after a raid at their house.

US man arrested for plotting attack on military base

Washington: An American man who was allegedly plotting a suicide attack at a military base in US' Kansas state has been arrested, authorities said.

John.T. Booker Jr., 20, from Topeka, Kansas was arrested on Friday and charged with three counts -- attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive, and attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State (IS) terror group -- the US Justice Department said in a statement.


India, France reaffirm commitment to strategic partnership

Paris: India and France on Friday reaffirmed their commitment to their deep strategic partnership and deepened bilateral ties.

A joint statement issued at the end of a meeting between visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande said that the two leaders held “wide ranging and fruitful discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues reflecting their convergence in world views”.

Yemeni crisis worsening hourly: UN

United Nations: The humanitarian situation is getting worse by the hour in Yemen, said a UN spokesman Friday.

According to the World Health Organization(WHO), violence killed 643 people and injured 2,226 between March 19 and April 6, Xinhua quoted UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric as saying in a daily briefing here.

Heavy clashes were reported in Aden, a seaport city in Yemen and an unknown number of health workers and volunteers in Aden, including staff of a Yemeni NGO, were abducted by parties to the conflict and taken to unspecified locations, he said.

Tulsi Gabbard gets married in Hindu ceremony

Washington : US Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, the only Hindu member of the House of Representatives, married her fiance Abraham Williams in a traditional Hindu ceremony in Hawaii, media reported.

Gabbard, 33, exchanged vows with Williams, 26, on Thursday in a traditional Hindu ceremony -- with a Brahmin officiating -- but with a Hawaiian twist, with the couple saying their "I dos" in Hawaiian, according to a Hawaii News Now report.

Williams, a cinematographer and musician, was in charge of music and asked some friends to play.