Trump tells gun lobby it has a friend in the White House (05:56)
Atlanta, April 29 (IANS) US President Donald Trump on Friday told members of the National Rifle Association (NRA), the biggest lobby on behalf of gun ownership in the country, that they have a friend in the White House and promised never to act against the right to bear arms.

North Korea's missile test fails: US official (Lead) (05:42)
Washington/Seoul, April 29 (IANS) North Korea on Saturday launched a ballistic missile that blew up over land, a spokesman for the US Pacific Command said.

North Korea test-fires ballistic missile (04:06)
Washington/Seoul, April 29 (IANS) North Korea on Saturday on Saturday test-fired a ballistic missile, which exploded after lift-off, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

Amazon evaded $141 million in taxes: Italy (03:46)
Rome, April 29 (IANS) Italian authorities on Friday opened an investigation against US online retailing giant Amazon for allegedly evading 130 million euros ($141 million) in taxes between 2011-2015.

Former US President George H.W. Bush discharged from hospital (02:34)
Houstan, April 29 (IANS) Former US President George H.W. Bush was discharged from a local hospital on Friday after being treated for a mild pneumonia and chronic bronchitis, according to a statement released by the President's family spokesman.

Albania elects new President (01:58)
Tirana, April 29 (IANS) The Albanian parliament elected on Friday Ilir Meta as the country's new President with 87 votes in favour and two against.

Trump signs executive order to expand offshore oil drilling (01:18)
Washington, April 29 (IANS) US President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Friday aimed at reversing Obama-era restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling.

Al Sisi lauds Pope's stance on peace, tolerance (23:46)
Cairo, April 28 (IANS/AKI) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi on Friday praised Pope Francis for promoting the values of peace and tolerance, saying he was a spiritual leader for "people of various faiths".

Islam does not condone terrorism: Al-Azhar chief (23:30)
Cairo, April 28 (IANS/AKI) The Muslim faith is not a terrorist religion, Ahmad al-Tayeb, the Grand Imam of Cairo's prestigious Al-Azhar mosque - the highest seat of Sunni learning - said on Friday.

Pope Francis urges end to funding of violent groups (23:28) IANS Photo Service
Cairo, April 28 (IANS/AKI) Pope Francis on Friday called for a stop to the financing of groups that promote violence and urged religious leaders to uphold the sanctity of human life.

Had a very productive visit to Poland, says Ansari (23:00)
by Surender Bhutani IANS Photo Service
Warsaw, April 28 (IANS) Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari, who concluded his three-day state visit to Poland on Thursday, said it was "very productive" and signalled a new stage in bilateral ties.

US economy grows at slower pace in Q1 (21:42)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) The US economy grew 0.7 per cent in the first quarter, sharply lower than the 2.1 per cent growth in the previous quarter, the advance estimate released by the Commerce Department said on Friday.

Pakistan opposition questions Jindal-Sharif meeting (Lead) (21:24) IANS Photo Service
Islamabad, April 28 (IANS) Pakistani opposition parties on Friday questioned the government's silence over Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's meeting with Indian business tycoon Sajjan Jindal.

Pyongyang bids for support from developing countries (21:18)
Pyongyang, April 28 (IANS) North Korea has stepped up diplomatic efforts to win support from developing countries amid tension with the US, the media reported on Friday.

China's Didi completes over $5.5 bn financing round (21:14)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China's leading on-demand mobility platform Didi on Friday said it has completed a new financing round of over $5.5 billion to support global strategy and continued investments in artificial intelligence (AI).

Le Pen's party replacement steps down over Holocaust remarks (21:08)
Paris, April 28 (IANS) Just days after taking over the position from Marine Le Pen, the interim leader of France's far-right National Front (FN) on Friday stepped down after facing criticism for comments he made apparently contesting the use of gas chambers during the Holocaust.

Italy deports two suspected Islamic extremists (20:52)
Rome, April 28 (IANS/AKI) Italian authorities expelled two North Africans accused of supporting jihadist groups and proselytising radical Islam, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Around 100 injured in Macedonian parliament protest (20:46)
Skopje, April 28 (IANS) Around 100 persons were hurt when protests at the Macedonian Parliament turned violent, the Interior Ministry said on Friday.

29 civilians killed in militiamen clashes in DR Congo (20:46)
Kinshasa, April 28 (IANS) At least 29 civilians were killed in clashes between Nyatura militia and National Council for Renewal and Democracy (CNRD) fighters in North Kivu province of DR Congo, the police said on Friday.

Delta passenger kicked off flight after bathroom emergency (20:42)
Washington, April 28 (IANS) A man was removed from a Delta Airlines flight after he used the bathroom against crew instructions while the plane was preparing for takeoff.

France's first-quarter growth at 0.3% (20:28)
Paris, April 28 (IANS) France recorded a slower than expected economic pace of 0.3 per cent GDP growth in first three months of the year due to sluggish household spending and falling exports, a report said on Friday.

China hopes UNSC sends 'positive' signal on Korean n-issue (20:06)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) China hopes the UN Security Council meeting on the Korean peninsula nuclear issue on Friday will send a positive and balanced message to the world.

Democratic means only way to solve world problems: Ansari (20:04) IANS Photo Service
Warsaw, April 28 (IANS) India's visiting Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Friday said peaceful, democratic means are the only way to resolve global problems.

Turkey urges coalition, US to clear IS out of Syria (19:40)
Istanbul, April 28 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday urged coalition forces and the US to clear the Islamic State (IS) militants from Manbij and Raqqa towns in Syria.

2,000-year-old tombs excavated in China (19:40)
Beijing, April 28 (IANS) More than 20 funeral artefacts were unearthed during the excavation of two 2,000-year-old tombs in Hunan province of China, the media reported on Friday.

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