US To Stop Complying With Nuclear Pact With Russia As Talks With Moscow To Save It Fails

New Delhi: The United States will stop complying with a landmark nuclear pact with Russia as soon as this weekend after last-ditch talks with Moscow to save it fell flat.

Washington has long accused Russia of flouting the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), alleging that a new Russian missile, the Novator 9M729, called the SSC-8 by NATO, violates the pact, which bans either side from stationing short- and intermediate-range, land-based missiles in Europe.

Russia denies that, saying the missile’s range puts it outside the treaty, and has accused the United States of inventing a false pretext to exit a treaty Washington wants to leave anyway so as to develop new missiles. It has also rejected a US demand to destroy the new missile.


A Life-Threatening Deep Freeze Grips American Midwest As Weather Colder Than Antarctica

New Delhi:  A life-threatening deep freeze gripped the American Midwest as weather colder than Antarctica grounded flights, disrupted travel and brought life to a standstill for tens of millions.

Mail deliveries were suspended, schools and business closed, and residents encouraged to stay home in nearly a dozen states where temperatures overnight sank into the negative double digits, the worst cold to grip the region in a generation with all-time records still under threat.

America’s third city Chicago -- where the morning temperature was -22 degrees Fahrenheit (-30 Celsius), which felt like -50 degrees (-46 Celsius) with wind chill -- was colder than Alaska’s state capital and even colder than parts of Antarctica.


Theresa May Seeks Approval To Return To Brussels To Re-Negotiate Withdrawal Agreement; EU Officials Deny

New Delhi: British Prime Minister Theresa May sought parliamentary approval to return to Brussels to re-negotiate the withdrawal agreement, but EU officials insisted that it is not possible to re-open talks on the controversial ‘backstop’ for Ireland-Northern Ireland.

The House of Commons began a day-long debate on May’s Brexit Plan B after the agreement was voted down earlier this month. She promised to return to parliament with a revised agreement that will be put to vote, likely on February 14.

The House was due to vote on Tuesday evening on a series of amendments to the Plan B, on issues such as ruling out leaving the EU without an agreement, extending Article 50, and an alternative to the ‘backstop’ that has emerged as the main sticking point across parties.


Howard Schultz Says, He Is Considering Running Against Trump In 2020 As An Independent Candidate

New Delhi: Billionaire former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz said that he is looking into running against Donald Trump in 2020 as an independent presidential candidate. “I am seriously thinking of running for president,” Schultz told the CBS news show “60 Minutes” late Sunday.

The self-described “lifelong Democrat” said he “will run as a centrist independent outside of the two-party system.” According to Schultz, 65, “We’re living at a most fragile time.” Not only is Trump “not qualified to be the president,” but Republicans and Democrats “are consistently not doing what’s necessary on behalf of the American people and are engaged, every single day, in revenge politics.” Schultz grew up in a working class neighbourhood in New York City, but made his fortune when he moved to the northwestern state of Washington in the 1980s and built Starbucks into a global coffee shop behemoth.


Indian-Americans Foil Attempt To Disrupt Republic Day Celebrations At Indian Embassy In Washington

New Delhi: Indian-American students, professionals, businessmen and homemakers joined expatriates and officials to outnumber and outstay Sikh separatists who had made a failed attempt to disrupt the Republic Day celebrations at the Indian embassy in Washington.

Ambassador Harsh Shringla unfurled the Tricolour near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside the embassy, surrounded by a large turnout of Indian-Americans and expatriates.

People familiar with developments dismissed a claim by Sikhs For Justice (SFJ), which organised the protest, that its members had burnt an Indian flag outside the embassy as “completely false”. “The photos and videos of the celebrations show no such thing took place. The claim is intended to cover up their flop show,” said a person regarding the claim made on SFJ website.