99% of the demonetised notes back into the banking system

99% of the demonetised notes back into the banking system

Bengaluru: I-T raids unearth Rs 4.7 crore in new Rs 2,000 currency notes from state govt engineers. In the weeks following demonetisation, ruling politicians at the Centre had claimed that most of the black money was stocked by people in the form of high-value currency notes like Rs 1000 and Rs 500. Read More

Merkel stands by approach to refugee crisis

Merkel stands by approach to refugee crisis

Chancellor Merkel defended her decision to open German borders in 2015, while also urging European Union countries to show solidarity on refugees. Since then, Merkel's government has tightened asylum procedures and implemented other measures, and the influx has receded. Read More

Indonesian Gov't Condemns Violence in Rakhine State

Indonesian Gov't Condemns Violence in Rakhine State

A government spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment. "I call on the Government of Myanmar to follow the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, headed by Kofi Annan, for an integrated and calibrated response to the situation in Rakhine State, to address rather than sacrifice human rights concerns in the interests of maintaining peace and order". Read More

Trump hits Harvey, NAFTA and border wall in wide-ranging morning of tweets

Trump hits Harvey, NAFTA and border wall in wide-ranging morning of tweets

Trump has asked for $1.6 billion to begin border wall construction, but not all congressional Republicans agree about the merits of a fight to spend potentially billions of dollars more on a border barrier as they seek tax cuts. Members of Trump's party criticized the pardon, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who said he disagreed with it, and Sen. 'We are in the NAFTA (worst trade deal ever made) renegotiation process with Mexico & Canada.Both being very hard, may have to ... Read More

United Kingdom warns European Union not to 'drag its feet' on Brexit

Leading the British negotiators is Brexit secretary David Davis , who is hoping to convince Chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier to widen the talks to include the future of ties between the two sides. "We're ready to roll up our sleeves and get down to work once more". Little as yet seems to have been settled on the remit of the European Court of Justice, with EU officials insisting that it is the only way to protect and enforce the rights of EU citizens living in the United Kingdom after ... Read More

UN Secretary-General arrives in Israel for first official visit

UN Secretary-General arrives in Israel for first official visit

Rivlin, in turn, criticized the UN's treatment of Israel in the past. His visit comes amid Israeli accusations of global bias. On his first visit to Israel since his appointment in January, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will examine the situation in the Gaza Strip and try to pressure Israel in order to make it lessen restrictions and provide more facilitation for Palestinians in Gaza. Read More

Seoul: North Korea fires several projectiles to sea

Seoul: North Korea fires several projectiles to sea

The presidential office in Seoul said the US and South Korean militaries will proceed with their ongoing war games "even more thoroughly" in response to the launch. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un guides a target-striking contest of the special operation forces of the Korean People's Army (KPA) to occupy islands in this undated picture provided by KCNA in Pyongyang on August 25, 2017. Read More

German killer nurse suspected of killing 84

German killer nurse suspected of killing 84

The number of actual killings is likely higher because some possible victims were cremated, making it impossible to gather evidence, Kuehme added. In several cases bodies were exhumed. The reports of Police said that those two were not the only who were targeted by him, there may other similar murders. However, as per Germany's judicial system, his jail term would not be amended given that the former nurse is already serving a life sentence, as it does not allow for consecutive sentences. Read More

RT Business: US sanctions against Venezuela won't work, warns Beijing

RT Business: US sanctions against Venezuela won't work, warns Beijing

US President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping new sanctions on Venezuela . Venezuela's display of military might comes in response to US President Donald Trump's threat of military action two weeks ago and new financial sanctions announced on Friday. Read More

U.S. military: North Korea fires short-range missiles

Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose a threat to the USA mainland or to the Pacific territory of Guam. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared Sunday that North Korea's latest missile test was a "provocative act" but said he still hopes to persuade Pyongyang to come to the negotiating table. Read More

JD(U) to move for termination of Rajya Sabha membership of Sharad: Tyagi

JD(U) to move for termination of Rajya Sabha membership of Sharad: Tyagi

The absence of leaders such as Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul apart from Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has taken the sting out of the Opposition's purported show of strength against the BJP . The rebel faction argues that Nitish Kumar , in deciding to dump the " Mahagathbandhan " to align with the BJP, had violated the earlier decisions of the party's national council. Read More

Lebanon, Hezbollah suspend ISIS fight for soldiers' release

Lebanon, Hezbollah suspend ISIS fight for soldiers' release

The zone under ISIL control straddles Lebanon's north-eastern border with Syria, and Hezbollah says it has mostly driven ISIL from its pocket on the Syrian side. Northeastern Lebanon was the scene of one of the worst spillovers of Syria's war into Lebanon in 2014, when Islamic State and Nusra Front militants attacked the town of Arsal. Read More

The Weeds: Where Trump's feud with congressional Republicans could lead

The Weeds: Where Trump's feud with congressional Republicans could lead

On Thursday, President Trump hurled criticism at the very two men he needs to get anything done in Congress. The Treasury Department has been employing emergency measures to delay default. He said McConnell mentioned it again on Wednesday in a statement the Senate leader issued about his "shared goals" with Trump. "We will pass the increase before we hit the debt limit". Read More

Cruises could be kept out of Galveston until Tuesday due to hurricane

Cruises could be kept out of Galveston until Tuesday due to hurricane

Travelers will be able to disembark or wait out the journey back to Galveston, Carnival spokeswoman Jennifer De La Cruz told the Miami Herald . The Carnival Breeze ship still remains in Cozumel, Mexico, and will return to Galveston on Sunday, while the Royal Caribbean's Liberty of Seas cruise ship left Cozumel on Friday and is scheduled to reach Galveston on Sunday. Read More

Deadly clashes erupt in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

Deadly clashes erupt in Myanmar's restive Rakhine state

In its final report , the commission recommended holding the Myanmar Army to account on accusations of human rights abuses, as well accelerating citizenship programs. The statement said that an estimated 150 fighters staged coordinated attacks at around 1am in the northern Maungdaw township. Rohingya and worldwide human rights groups say security forces responded to those attacks by locking down the area and carrying out a far-reaching crackdown, killing hundreds of people and forcing ... Read More

Smuggled Bengal tiger cub confiscated at border crossing

Smuggled Bengal tiger cub confiscated at border crossing

It's not the first time someone has attempted to smuggle the endangered species across the U.S. -Mexico border. When asked if it was a tiger , the passenger claimed it was just a cat. A teenager was caught trying to smuggle a baby tiger into San Diego from Mexico. Valencia was released on a $10,000 surety bond and was ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing on September 5. Read More

Man shot after attacking Brussels troops

Man shot after attacking Brussels troops

A spokeswoman for the prosecution service said: "With the identity that we now have it is a 30-year-old man who is not known for terrorist activities". Associated Press television images showed that police sealed off a main street near the Grand Place, a central square that is a popular tourist site. Read More

Miguel Cabrera to Gary Sanchez: At least fight me face-to-face

Miguel Cabrera to Gary Sanchez: At least fight me face-to-face

In the sixth inning, Kahnle threw a pitch behind Cabrera, which immediately led to the Yankees' reliever and manager Joe Girardi being ejected. He failed to do that. Benches cleared and another brawl ensued. He was not ejected. Detroit reliever Alex Wilson was tossed after hitting NY third baseman Todd Frazier with a pitch in the eighth. Read More

Thailand's deputy PM says unclear if Yingluck has fled country

Thailand's deputy PM says unclear if Yingluck has fled country

Requesting anonymity, the senior source in the Shinawatras' Pheu Thai party said she left Thailand on Wednesday, adding "it's impossible she left without the military green light". The former businesswoman drew hordes of supporters whenever she toured her electoral heartlands, taking endless selfies and being showered with red roses. Read More

New US Sanctions Deliver Financial Blow to the Venezuelan Dictatorship

New US Sanctions Deliver Financial Blow to the Venezuelan Dictatorship

The U.S. Treasury Department issued financial sanctions on individuals in the run-up to, and aftermath of, the election of the National Constituent Assembly, including against Maduro himself. American "will not stand by as Venezuela crumbles ", Pence added. Venezuelan Oil Minister Nelson Martinez will swap roles with the head of the country's state-run oil company Eulogio del Pino in the latest attempt by the socialist administration of President Nicolas Maduro to reverse the ruinous ... Read More