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Washington: The Russians are back! His spooks revealed, yes, they had been sniffing into his teammates' contacts with Vladimir Putin's spies for months before he became POTUS 45. And no, they did not 'wiretap' his Trump Tower at the behest of their then boss, that "Bad (or sick) guy!" Barack Obama, as he had claimed. But The Donald now ensconced in the White House was unfazed.

New Delhi: Morgan Freeman, who was on a working trip to India last year, terms his experience of being in the country "settling". The Oscar-winning screen legend says memories of the time he spent on the Ganges will forever remain with him. "I was fascinated by India. So going there was a very settling experience. I went there for a spiritual trip more than a sight-seeing trip. So, it was a spiritual experience for me. The time I spent on the Ganges will stay with me forever," Freeman told IANS in an email interview.

New Delhi: Immigrants are the backbone of American society and a big contributor to the US economy, says Indian-American musician Siddhartha Khosla, who believes US President Donald Trump's immigration policies lack foresight and will take the country backward. The singer-composer's parents came to the US as immigrants back in 1976. And he has carved a niche for himself as a musician, composing tunes for TV and films.

Islamabad: The Pakistan government has decided to delay voting on a crucial bill seeking revival of military courts, a media report said. The step was taken following fears in the government that it may not be able to ensure the presence of a maximum number of legislators on Monday evening, when the National Assembly (NA) is set to resume its session after a two-day recess, Dawn news reported. A meeting of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz's (PML-N) parliamentary party scheduled for Monday has also been postponed and will now be held on Tuesday.

Washington:  The Secret Service detained a man who drove up to a White House checkpoint and claimed to have a bomb in his vehicle, security officials told CNN. There was no confirmation on whether there was any device in the vehicle, but security at the White House was immediately upgraded on Saturday night.  The vehicle is being checked, the officials said. The incident occurred at 11.05 p.m., according to the Secret Service.  President Donald Trump is not at the White House. He is at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia proposes to create 1.2 million jobs for locals in an effort to end domination of foreign workers in crucial occupations, local media reported on Monday. The goal of the Saudi Labour Ministry's programme is to cut unemployment among Saudi citizens and to ease the high demand for foreigners in important jobs in all sectors, Al Hayat reported. This will be done through a nationwide programme of training and other initiatives, the newspaper said.

Washington: US Senate Republicans sought alternative plans to House Speaker Paul Ryan's tax reform package, which includes a controversial border adjustment tax that's facing lots of resistance in the upper chamber, a media report said on Sunday. "Senators are laying the groundwork for a new direction, expecting the House plan will either fail or require substantial revisions," Xinhua quoted The Hill, a US political website, as saying.

Dubai: Why does one go to a beach? To relax or to check out water sports, perhaps. But this beach in Dubai has transformed into a dining and entertainment hot-spot with a line-up that includes celebrity chefs, home-grown restaurant concepts and fantastic family-friendly activities.

New Delhi: Even if the US pulls out of the Paris Agreement, as President Donald Trump has threatened to do, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) will bank on India, China and the European Union (EU) and India for the success of the accord, which aims to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius, if now below 1.5 degrees Celsius, above pre-industrial levels by 2100 its top administrator has said.

Washington: The US says it wants Compassion International, a Christian missionary outfit, and the Indian government to find a solution that "honours India's laws." "We want all parties to be able to work cooperatively and certainly in a way that honours India's laws and also, as I said, in a transparent process and find a way forward," Mark Toner, the State Department's Acting Spokesperson said Thursday.

Washington: The US state of Washington has said that it would ask a federal judge to block President Donald Trump's new travel ban, joining Hawaii as the second state to challenge the executive order, the media reported. The move comes a day after Hawaii launched its own lawsuit, and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson, said that despite the significant changes to the President's previous executive order, the new travel ban still suffers from legal flaws, CNN reported.

Dubai: Among all things culinary at the ongoing Dubai Food Festival, which has brought tastes from across the globe here, one of the most appealing is the "Hidden Gems of Dubai" in which about 3,500 voters selected the undiscovered culinary treasures of the city. This list is surprisingly topped by a small kiosk. After an initial shortlist of 50 by top food influencers, such as Muna Al Shamsi and Talal Al Rashed, foodies in Dubai were given the chance to pick the top 10 outlets.

Mosul: Iraqi security forces on Tuesday dislodged Islamic State (IS) militants from main government buildings in Mosul city. The federal police and interior ministry special forces after overnight clashes with militants managed to free large parts of the neighbourhoods of Dawassa and Dandan.  The forces recaptured the judicial government complex, Mosul Museum, court buildings and Nineveh police directorate building, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Amir Yarallah, from the Joint Operations Command said in a statement.

Paris: Former French Prime Minister and runner-up in the centre-right presidential primaries Alain Juppé said on Monday that he would not re-enter the race for the Elysée Palace. There were calls for Juppé to replace Francois Fillon, whose presidential campaign for the French centre-right has been marred by an investigation into allegations that he paid family members public money for fictitious jobs, Efe news reported.

Dubai: Food remains an aspect of our lives that we take for granted, but celebrated chef Manal Al Alem believes that culinary habits can help improve relations between different nations and spread diversity across the globe. The hugely popular chef, known as the "Queen of the Arab Kitchen", has argued that the current decade is witnessing a revolutionary movement in the food industry -- globalisation -- where prominent dishes from each part of the world are gaining popularity in others.

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