Washington, Jan 28 (PTI) Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris has launched her 2020 presidential bid on Sunday with a scathing criticism of President Donald Trump’s policies, saying that the US is at an “inflection point” in the history due to the attack on democracy like never before.

Washington: Democratic presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has alleged that she had become a victim of “religious bigotry” and some media outlets were targeting her and accusing her supporters, who have Hindu names, of being Hindu nationalists.

Washington: The five-week US government shutdown subtracted USD 11 billion from the economy, about twice the amount President Donald Trump sought to fund a border wall, a congressional body said Monday.

Tuesday

Washington: The Trump administration imposed sanctions Monday on the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, a potentially critical economic move aimed at increasing pressure on President Nicolas Maduro to cede power to the opposition.

Washington: The US has charged Chinese telecom giant Huawei with a series of crimes including stealing trade secrets, a move that can escalate hostilities between the world’s biggest economic powers and complicate efforts to negotiate an end to their bruising trade war.

Islamabad/Karachi: Heavily armed suicide bombers attacked the Deputy Inspector General’s office in Pakistan’s restive southwestern Balochistan province Tuesday, killing nine people, including eight policemen.

Wednesday

London/Brussels: British MPs have voted to reject a chaotic ‘no-deal’ Brexit, but backed embattled Prime Minister Theresa May’s bid to renegotiate the divorce agreement already struck with the EU, setting up a new showdown with the powerful bloc which ruled out any more concessions.

Washington: President Donald Trump on Wednesday called US intelligence chiefs “extremely passive and naive” and advised them to go back to school after they contradicted him on threats posed by Iran, North Korea and ISIS during congressional testimony.

Islamabad: Christian woman Aasia Bibi, who was acquitted by Pakistan’s Supreme Court in a blasphemy case, has the right to travel anywhere inside the country or abroad, the Foreign Office said on Wednesday.

Thursday

Washington: In a hate crime, a Hindu temple has been vandalised in the US state of Kentucky by miscreants who sprayed black paint on the deity and wrote repugnant messages on the walls.

Washington: Several foreigners, including from India, face deportation from the US after authorities busted a “pay to stay” visa racket and arrested eight persons on charges of fraudulently facilitating at least 600 immigrants to illegally remain in the country.

United Nations: A day after India proposed that UN member states should seek new ways to further the Security Council reform process, Pakistan criticised the suggestion, saying the “quest by some” nations to gain permanent seats for themselves remains the “primary stumbling block” in achieving progress.

Friday

Washington: US President Donald Trump said he would soon meet his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to try to secure a “great” trade deal between the world’s two largest economies as crucial talks to resolve the tariff war that rattled the global economy ended without any deal.

Washington: US President Donald Trump on Friday announced that the US will withdraw from the landmark nuclear arms control treaty with Russia, alleging that Kremlin violated the Cold War-era pact.

Washington: As many as 129 Indians were among the 130 foreign students arrested for enroling at a fake university allegedly to remain in the US, officials said on Friday, even as immigration attorneys claimed that the youths were not aware of the varsity’s illegitimate operation and criticised authorities for using “troubling” methods to trap them.

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