World skyscraper construction hits record high: Report

World skyscraper construction hits record high: Report

More skyscrapers were built in 2017 than during any other year in history, according to a report released by the Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). A total of 144 buildings measuring 656 feet or taller were completed in the world this year, up on 2016’s record by more than 13 per cent, […]

UN warns of severe health risks from electronic/electrical waste in India

UN warns of severe health risks from electronic/electrical waste in India

The UN has warned about the health and environmental dangers from the processing of e-waste — the discarded electronic and electrical material — by the informal sector in India without proper safeguards. “Severe health impacts and environmental damage are widespread in India, due to the final step of the e-waste processing by the informal sector,” […]

Trump signs defense policy bill worth nearly $700 bn

Trump signs defense policy bill worth nearly $700 bn

US President Donald Trump has signed a nearly $700 billion annual defense policy bill in the White House, which authorizes the US military to add troops, ships, planes and other equipment. The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was passed by the Congress last month, authorizes $626.4 billion for the base defense budget and $65.7 […]

Brexit talks a furious race against time: Donald Tusk

Brexit talks a furious race against time: Donald Tusk

The UK and European Union (EU) face a “furious race against time” to finalise Brexit talks before March 2019, the head of the European Council says. Donald Tusk urged EU leaders to show unity as they try to negotiate what the future relationship will look like and to set up transitional arrangements, BBC reported on […]

World losing battle against global warming: Macron

World losing battle against global warming: Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has warned the international community that it was losing the battle against global warming and called on the world leaders to take concrete action. Macron on Tuesday hosted the One Planet Summit in Paris, an event marking the two-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement on mitigating global warming that brought together […]

Democrats win US senate seat in Alabama

Democrats win US senate seat in Alabama

Democrat Doug Jones knocked off Republican Roy Moore in the race for an Alabama Senate seat “dealing a stunning blow” to US President Donald Trump, who endorsed the latter. Jones defeated Moore on Tuesday, becoming the first Democratic senator to represent Alabama in two decades, further narrowing the Republican’s slim majority in the upper chamber, […]

Russian defence delegation visits N. Korea

Russian defence delegation visits N. Korea

A delegation of the Russian Defence Ministry is visiting North Korea amid efforts “to revise the policy of mutual threat and intimidation”, media reports said. The delegation led by Victor Kalganov, vice director of the Russian National Defence Command Centre, arrived here on Tuesday, the Korean Central News Agency said. The visit came two weeks […]

Trump’s accusers should be heard: Nikki Haley

Trump’s accusers should be heard: Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, has said that the women who have accused President Donald Trump of touching or groping them without their consent “should be heard”, the media reported. Haley’s comments to CBS News on Sunday evening diverged from the White House position on the more than a dozen women who […]

International terror experts gather in Melbourne for conference

International terror experts gather in Melbourne for conference

 Counter terrorism experts from around the world gathered here on Monday to discuss means to combat global extremism, as Australian police warned of increased possibilities of attacks ahead of the holiday season. The International Counter Terrorism Forum, a three-day conference being hosted for the first time outside the US, brings together experts from intelligence agencies, […]

FBI director defends agency amid Trump’s criticism

FBI director defends agency amid Trump’s criticism

 FBI Director Christopher Wray defended his agency on Thursday amid sharp criticism from US President Donald Trump. “There is no finer institution than the FBI,” Wray told a House Judiciary Committee hearing in response to questions over Trump’s attacks on the agency, Xinhua reported. The director’s comments came days after Trump slammed the agency as […]

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