The White House said on Friday the United States strongly condemned Russia's use of chemical weapons against a former Russian agent in Britain, two days after the U.S. State Department announced sanctions over the move. "The attack against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, United Kingdom, on March 4, 2018, was a reckless display of contempt for the universally held norm against chemical weapons," said a spokesman for the White House National Security Council in an email. Trump has sought to improve relations with Russia despite US intelligence findings that Moscow had meddled in the 2016 US presidential election. European countries and the United States have expelled 100 Russian diplomats since that attack, in the toughest action by Trump against Russia since he came to office. Trump and his advisers have often appeared at odds over how strongly to act against Moscow.

August 10, 2018 15:11 UTC

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Hundreds of firefighters were building barriers and constructing containment lines early on Friday to slow an approaching wildfire threatening to torch thousands of homes in a lakeside community southeast of Los Angeles. Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for the area on Thursday, freeing up additional resources to battle the blaze. Smoke from the western wildfires has reached the East Coast and beyond, the National Weather Service has said. Wildfires across California and the region could be further stoked by strong gusts, low humidity and hot weather on Friday and Saturday, forecasters warned. Two firefighters were injured and 119 homes destroyed by that fire, which now ranks as the largest fire on record in the state.

August 10, 2018 15:00 UTC

Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Nelson Chamisa, filed a Constitutional Court challenge on Friday against President Emmerson Mnangagwa's election victory, he wrote on Twitter. Zimbabwe's opposition faced a midnight deadline on Friday to mount a court challenge to the results of presidential elections marked by allegations of fraud and followed by a government crackdown. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) alleges that President Emmerson Mnangagwa's slender victory in Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe election was rigged. A court clerk told AFP that the MDC had until midnight (2200 GMT), although the court closes at 4:00 pm. The president, the ZANU-PF party and the electoral commission have denied all charges of cheating.

August 10, 2018 14:37 UTC

US President Donald Trump on Friday renewed his attacks on NFL players pushing for criminal justice and other social reforms, as a number of players protested during the league's preseason opening late on Thursday. As games opened on Thursday, several players knelt, refused to stand on the field, or raised fists in protest. Trump, who has urged the NFL to suspend protesting players, again called on the league to act, and said players should find another way to speak out. Representatives for the NFL and the NFL Players Association did not respond to a request for comment. In June, Trump refused to follow White House tradition of inviting league winners for an official visit, saying he would not extend an invitation to this year's NBA champs.

August 10, 2018 14:26 UTC





Jeff Colyer says Secretary of State Kris Kobach's promise to remove himself from further counting in their contested Republican primary race is not enough. Colyer spokesman Kendall Marr on Friday reiterated the governor's demand that Kobach stop advising county election officials on handling perhaps several thousand as-yet uncounted ballots in the governor's race. The secretary of state advises counties, which handle actual counting. Kobach noted that Thursday night on CNN but said he would stay out of further counting because of Colyer's demand in a letter Thursday. But Marr says Colyer wants Kobach to step aside from "his actual" advising role.

August 10, 2018 14:26 UTC

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court restrained former Fortis Healthcare and Ranbaxy promoters Malvinder and Shivinder Singh from operating their bank accounts in India and Singapore while it executes Daiichi Sankyo’s Rs3,500-crore arbitration award against them. The court however didn’t block a key Fortis Healthcare shareholder meeting to vote on the hospital chain’s acquisition by IHH.The Singhs, who were present in court on Friday, were questioned about their accounts and assets in India and overseas. The next hearing will be on September 5.“If they don’t have the money, why don’t they declare themselves insolvent? Their holding companies RHC Holding Pvt Ltd and Oscar Investments Ltd have also been directed to submit bank statements for the period. Malvinder Singh was directed not to finalise any transaction related to his Singapore apartment, for which he had taken a loan from DBS bank.

August 10, 2018 14:23 UTC

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke by phone to Russia's Vladimir Putin about the case of a Ukrainian filmmaker who is on hunger strike in Russian jail, Macron's office said on Friday. Sentsov, 42, was arrested in Crimea after the Ukrainian territory was seized by Russian forces and annexed in 2014. "President Putin committed to respond and to quickly publish information on Mr Sentsov's health," it said. The Kremlin had said on Thursday it had received a letter from the mother of Sentsov asking Putin to pardon her son. Sentsov's health is rapidly declining, his lawyer and a relative said.

August 10, 2018 14:03 UTC

Britain on Friday justified its decision to allow holding of a pro-Khalistan rally in London on August 12 despite India describing it as a "separatists' activity" aimed at impinging on India's territorial integrity. A British High Commission spokesperson said here that people in the UK have a right to protest and to demonstrate their views, provided they act within the law. The UK has already turned down India's request to not allow the rally to take place. Britain's left-wing Green Party has already thrown its support behind the pro-Khalistan rally planned at Trafalgar Square in London on Sunday. India registered its formal opposition to the event through a demarche when news of the rally emerged in July.

August 10, 2018 13:52 UTC

US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had doubled steel and aluminum tariffs on Turkey, adding to pressure on that nation's troubled economy amid a diplomatic row with Washington. "I have just authorised a doubling of Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum with respect to Turkey as their currency, the Turkish Lira, slides rapidly downward against our very strong Dollar!" Washington this month imposed sanctions on senior Turkish officials, angering President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and prompting retaliatory measures by Ankara. "If you have dollars, euros or gold under your pillow, go to banks to exchange them for Turkish lira. Harsher US tariffs were likely to punish Turkey's already faltering steel exports to the United States.

August 10, 2018 13:41 UTC

“Considering the vile comments and threats issued by many on social media regarding Karnatik compositions on Jesus, I announce here that I will be releasing one karnatik song every month on Jesus or Allah,” renowned Carnatic vocalist and Magsaysay awardee TM Krishna tweeted on Thursday. Composers such as Mayavaram Vedanayagam Pillai, D Vedanayagam Shastriar, Abraham Pandithar, Kunankudi Mastan Sahib have all composed in Karnatik ragas. I plan to render their compositions and hopefully newer, contemporary ones too.”Here's what TM Krishna tweeted -Considering the vile comments and threats issued by many on social media regarding Karnatik compositions on Jesus, I announce here that I will be releasing one karnatik song every month on Jesus or Allah. Calling it “criminal misappropriation of rich Hindu heritage,” Coimbatore based head of the RSSS Ramanathan Seetharaman who has threatened to beat up TM Krishna, said: “My organisation has tried to make artistes understand their wrongdoing peacefully but it is not working. Though unasked, he took great pains to underline how his organisation was not linked to the RSS in any way.

August 10, 2018 13:41 UTC

"With the tempo, it might've been a gunshot," he said. "It was sort of like a pop, pop, pop, pop. "He said that about five minutes later he could hear similar sounds near his home. "Doors are locked and everybody's inside," he said, according to CBC. "On behalf of all New Brunswickers, I offer my condolences, thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families.

August 10, 2018 13:41 UTC

The death toll from a huge 6.9 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia's Lombok island has climbed to more than 320, officials said on Friday, even as relief efforts picked up the pace. On Thursday, the death toll from Sunday's quake jumped to 259. A fresh 5.9 magnitude aftershock prompted fresh panic in the north of the popular holiday destination on Thursday. Widodo visited the island after a 6.4 magnitude quake on July 29 killed 17 people and injured dozens more. The quakes have prompted tourists to flee during what is otherwise the peak season for the island destination famous for its beaches.

August 10, 2018 13:30 UTC

Imran Khan will take the oath as Pakistan's Prime Minister on August 18, a senior Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader said on Friday. Senator Faisal Javed also tweeted that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party led by Khan has invited Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the cricketer-turned-politician. "Imran Khan to take oath as Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the 18th Aug 2018 inshALLAH (if God wills)", Javed tweeted. The PTI's parliamentary committee on Monday officially named party chairman Khan as their parliamentary leader and nominee for the next prime minister of Pakistan. There are a total of 70 nominated seats in the National Assembly.

August 10, 2018 13:30 UTC

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