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Trump weighs declaring emergency

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump, facing the prospect within days of the longest U.S. government shutdown in history, was considering declaring a national emergency that would likely escalate a policy dispute with Democrats over his proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall into a court test of presidential power. To escape a political trap of his own making, Trump suggested strongly on Thursday that he might declare an emergency so that he can bypass Congress to get funding for his wall, which was a central promise of his 2016…

US government shutdown extends into next week

WASHINGTON: The US government partial shutdown was set to stretch deep into next week after legislators failed Thursday to make a breakthrough in the row over President Donald Trump's demand for a US-Mexico border wall. After convening for just a few minutes following the official Christmas break, a still nearly empty Senate adjourned, deciding to renew budget deliberations only next Wednesday, the last day of the current Republican-controlled Congress. That would take the government shutdown, already on its sixth day,…

Global stock indices edge lower as U.S. government shutdown looms

NEW YORK: World stock markets continued a week-long sell-off on Friday as the threat of a U.S. government shutdown and further hikes in U.S. borrowing costs compounded investor anxiety that global economic growth is slowing. MSCI’s index of global equities fell 0.1 percent, dragged down by broad declines in Europe and Asia. On Wall Street, U.S. stocks moved higher after Commerce Department data showed the U.S. economy is on pace to grow by 3 percent this year. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 351.17 points, or…

US govt still keeps 565 immigrant children in custody

WASHINGTON: The US government continues to hold 565 illegal immigrant children in custody, three weeks after a court deadline to reunite them with parents or guardians, according to reports. That included 24 children five years old or younger being cared for by the Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). ORR reported the parents of 366 of the 565 children were outside of the United States, making reunifications difficult. The parents of 154 of the children indicated they did…

Russian ambassador, Alexey Dedov meets Imran Khan at Bani Gala

ISLAMABAD: Alexey Dedov, Russian ambassador to Pakistan meets to be prime minister of Pakistan Imran Khan on Thursday at his Bani Gala house, his major motivation was to discuss the improvisation steps for enhancing relationship between Pakistan & Russia. According to Dedov, the military exercises between the two countries were productively done in the year 2017 and 2016. He expressed that Moscow desires to progress associations with Pakistan, in order to encourage economic cooperation and people's direct contact…

US warns Americans of terrorism threat at World Cup in Russia

WASHINGTON: The U.S. State Department warned Americans on Friday that terrorists may target World Cup venues in Russia, which is hosting the month-long soccer tournament, but it did not point to any specific threat. “Large-scale international events such as the World Cup present an attractive target for terrorists,” the department said in a travel advisory. “Although security for the World Cup will be extensive, terrorists may seek to attack event locations such as stadiums and Fan Fest viewing areas, tourist sites,…

US government shuts down on first anniversary of Trump presidency

WASHINGTON: The US government officially shut down on Saturday, the first anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, after lawmakers failed to agree on a new budget. Senators were still negotiating on the Senate floor as the clock turned midnight, but Trump's office issued a statement blaming opposition Democrats for the crisis. The last shutdown happened in 2013 and lasted for 16 days, during which many federal employees took a forced leave of absence. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the Democrats'…

US government shutdown looms: Here’s what will happen

WASHINGTON: Hundreds of thousands of bureaucrats could be sent home if the US government shuts down at midnight Friday, but the military and other crucial functions would continue if previous shutdowns are a guide. The US government will run out of money unless Congress either approves a 2018 budget or a short-term funding resolution. Republican leaders were focused Thursday passing a resolution that would continue funding until February 16, allowing more time for negotiations on a 2018 budget. If the measure…

US govt starts quizzing foreign travelers about social media accounts

WASHINGTON: Foreigners travelling to the United States now must be prepared to elucidate information about their social media to the security officials. Such queries will be asked from foreigners under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) to scrutinize their social media info like Facebook, Twitter and more in a move to spot security related threats, reported the CBS News. In June, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed adding an optional question to travel authorization applications. It asked applicants to…