A 28-year-old Indian national in the US has pleaded guilty for his role in a multi-million dollar scam in which individuals from call centres located in India impersonated US tax and immigration officials to defraud victims across America.
The US on Thursday said that there are early indications that China is doing a better job than before on enforcing UN Security Council sanctions on North Korea. But at the same time it noted that it was too early to arrive at any conclusion on this issue. “You have seen some early indications of China doing a better job enforcing existing UN sanctions on North Korea. You can see in the Chinese press and in other areas that China is really making a clear effort to communicate to North Korea that its behaviour, its provocative behaviour, the nuclear tests, missile tests can’t be tolerated,” a senior official with the Trump administration said.
Britain would find it difficult to refuse a request for military assistance in Syria from the United States if President Donald Trump decided to take action against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad over chemical weapons use, foreign minister Boris Johnson said.
Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi met with leaders of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Jain communities in the US and discussed increasing incidents of hate crimes against the minority communities in the country. The discussion among other things, also included an overview of Krishnamoorthi’s strong objections to the CNN programme Believer’s wrongful portrayal of Hinduism, his continuing efforts on immigration issues, and his ongoing work to address the national increase in hate crimes.
China on Thursday welcomed an apparently softer tone by the United States on the North Korean nuclear and missile crisis but stressed its opposition to a U.S. missile defence system being deployed in South Korea.
Immigration authorities have detained a gay Russian man infected with HIV who was seeking US asylum in California. Denis Davydov has been held in an immigration detention facility in Miami for more than a month after a trip to the US Virgin Islands. Customs officers clearing passengers out of St Thomas took the 30-year-old man into custody on suspicion he overstayed his visa, despite his pending asylum case.
Ann Coulter has said that she was forced to cancel her speaking event today at the University of California, Berkeley amid concerns of violence, calling it “a dark day for free speech in America.” Police and university officials said they were still preparing for possible violence and protests whether Coulter comes to campus or not. In an email to The Associated Press, Coulter said that despite the event’s cancellation she might decide to turn up anyway.
British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party holds a 16-point lead over the main opposition Labour Party ahead of a national election on June 8, an opinion poll showed on Wednesday, a smaller lead than other polls have suggested. The YouGov poll conducted for The Times newspaper showed support for the Conservatives at 45 percent, down three percentage points from a YouGov poll conducted last week. Labour increased its support by four points to 29 percent, while the smaller Liberal Democrats were down two points at 10 percent and UKIP rose two points to 7 percent, The Times said.
Venezuela has said it was quitting the Organization of American States in anger at pressure from the bloc over the government’s handling of a violent political crisis. Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez yesterday said the government would launch a two-year process to pull out of the Washington-based regional diplomatic grouping.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Turkey’s air strikes on Iraq and Syria were unacceptable and had violated the fundamental principles of intergovernmental relations.