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Green card clampdown planned for US immigrants on benefits

WASHINGTON: US immigrants who get public benefits like food stamps or housing vouchers could be denied green cards, under a new proposal from President Donald Trump's administration. Trump came to power pledging to make immigration to the United States more difficult, and reduce the number of people allowed to stay in the country. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said Saturday that under the proposed rule change, being a current or previous recipient of certain public aid would be seen as a "heavily weighed…

Allies keep Syria options open as Britain says no strikes planned

LONDON/DAMASCUS: Western powers have no plans for further missile strikes on Syria but will assess their options if Damascus uses chemical weapons again, Britain’s foreign minister said on Sunday as debate raged over the legality and effectiveness of the raids. US, French and British missile attacks struck at the heart of Syria’s chemical weapons program on Saturday in retaliation for a suspected poison gas attack a week ago, and the three countries insisted they were not aimed at toppling President Bashar al-Assad or…

North Korea says no US talks planned at Olympics, Pence vows continued pressure

SEOUL, South Korea: North Korea has no intention of meeting US officials during the Winter Olympics that start in South Korea on Friday, state media said, dampening hopes the Games will help resolve a tense standoff over the North’s nuclear weapons program. However, the North’s high-ranking delegation, including the younger sister of its leader Kim Jong Un, will meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in and have lunch with him on Saturday. Such a meeting would be the first such event between a South Korean head of state…

Las Vegas gunman stockpiled weapons over decades, planned attack

LAS VEGAS: The Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock who killed 58 people and himself in the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history stockpiled weapons and ammunition over decades, and meticulously planned the attack, authorities believe. But what led Stephen Paddock, 64, to unleash the carnage he did remains largely a mystery. “What we know is that Stephen Paddock is a man who spent decades acquiring weapons and ammo and living a secret life, much of which will never be fully understood,” Clark County Sheriff Joseph…

Terrorists planned to paralyse aviation of Pakistan; report sent to PM

KARACHI: The initial report of Karachi airport attack has been sent to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which reveals that terrorists had planned to destroy all air-crafts and paralyze aviation system of the country, ARY News reported Monday. The report says that terrorists stormed the airport from two different points to destroy all stationary aircrafts in the hangar. Report states that courage and gallantry by Airport Security Force (ASF) prevented terrorists from damaging sensitive facilities and their movement towards…