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US Senate approves major tax cuts in victory for Trump

WASHINGTON: The US Senate narrowly approved a tax overhaul, moving Republicans and President Donald Trump a big step closer to their goal of slashing taxes for businesses and the rich while offering everyday Americans a mixed bag of changes. In what would be the largest change to US tax laws since the 1980s, Republicans want to add $1.4 trillion over 10 years to the $20 trillion national debt to finance changes that they say would further boost an already growing economy. “We are one step closer to delivering MASSIVE…

EU Commissioner calls for summit over major egg contamination scare

BRUSSELS: The European Commissioner in charge of food safety has called for a meeting of ministers and national regulatory agencies to discuss a widespread European contamination scare, which has seen shops remove millions of eggs from sale. Tensions have risen between agricultural ministers in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany after traces of the moderately toxic insecticide fipronil were found in batches of eggs, linked by authorities to a Dutch supplier of cleaning products. While initially the Belgian food…

Indian soldier shoots dead Major over use of mobile phone

KASHMIR: An Indian soldier killed his senior colleague after the latter caught him using a mobile phone while on duty in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. Local media reports said Major Shikhar Thapa, posted with the 8 Rashtriya Rifles, an Indian army’s elite counterinsurgency unit, was shot dead in Uri sector by a colleague following altercation over using mobile phone on duty. Uri sector is close to the restive Line of Control (LoC) which divided the Himalayan region between the Pakistan and India…

Trump says ‘major, major’ conflict with North Korea possible

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump said on Thursday a major conflict with North Korea is possible in the standoff over its nuclear and missile programs, but he would prefer a diplomatic outcome to the dispute. "There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely," Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday. Nonetheless, Trump said he wanted to peacefully resolve a crisis that has bedeviled multiple U.S. presidents, a path…

Major internet providers say will not sell customer browsing histories

WASHINGTON: Comcast Corp, Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc said Friday they would not sell customers’ individual internet browsing information, days after the U.S. Congress approved legislation reversing Obama administration era internet privacy rules. The bill would repeal regulations adopted in October by the Federal Communications Commission under former President Barack Obama requiring internet service providers to do more to protect customers' privacy than websites like Alphabet Inc's Google or Facebook Inc.…