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Russia Talks Tough On Censuring Moscow Over Poisoning Spy

New Delhi: Diplomatic tug-of-war between the US and Russia continuing since the time of US presidential elections. In a new development, Russia expelled 60 US diplomats on Thursday announcing that it would eject scores from other countries that have joined London and Washington in censuring Moscow over the poisoning of a spy.

The US ambassador was also ordered to shut the consulate in St Petersburg, in Russia's retaliation for the biggest expulsion of diplomats since the Cold War.
The White House said Moscow's decision marked a further deterioration in the US-Russia relationship. "Russia's response was not unanticipated and the United States will deal with it," the White House said in a statement without elaborating.

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Donald Trump Appoints New Veterans Affairs Secretary

NEW DELHI: The Trump administration has nominated White House doctor Ronny Jackson as the new Veterans Affairs Secretary replacing David Shulkin. This change in the US President Donald Trump’s cabinet was announced on Wednesday when he sacked embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin.

"I am pleased to announce that I intend to nominate highly respected Admiral Ronny L. Jackson, MD, as the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs," said Trump, who has also replaced his secretary of state and national security advisor in the last month.

"I am thankful for Dr. David Shulkin's service to our country and to our GREAT VETERANS!" he said on Twitter, adding that Pentagon official Robert Wilkie would serve as interim department chief until Jackson receives Congressional approval.

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US expels 60 Russian intelligence officials; orders closure of Seattle Consulate

New Delhi: In a decision reminiscent of the Cold War era, the US on Monday expelled 60 Russian diplomats, describing them as "intelligence officers" and ordered closure of the country's consulate in Seattle over the use of nerve agent allegedly by Moscow against a former Russian spy in the UK.

A dozen of these expelled diplomats are based at Russia's Permanent Mission to the UN.

"Today President Donald J Trump ordered the expulsion of dozens of Russian intelligence officers from the United States and the closure of the Russian consulate in Seattle due to its proximity to one of our submarine bases and Boeing," the White House Press Secretary, Sarah Sanders, said.

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37 people killed in fire in Kemerovo, Russia

New Delhi: In Russia, at least 37 people, including 11 children, have been killed in a fire at a shopping centre in the Siberian city of Kemerovo, the Russian Investigative Committee has said. State news agency Tass reported that the fire started on an upper floor of the Winter Cherry complex in central Kemerovo. 

The fire, which broke out on yesterday, was finally contained some 12 hours later, after engulfing some 1,600 square meters area. The building sustained severe damage, its roof and floors partially collapsing.

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Earth Hour On 24th March Observed Worldwide

New Delhi: Millions of people around the world observed the annual Earth Hour on Sturday by turning off their lights for one hour to raise awareness about climate change. It is a global initiative of the World Wide Fund for Nature.

In India, as a part of the campaign, various important government buildings and historical monuments dimmed their lights from 8:30 pm to 9:30 pm yesterday. In the national capital, the lights were dimmed at Rashtrapati Bhawan, India Gate, North and South Block of the Central Secretariat. Mumbai also contributed towards saving the electricity as the lights at the Gateway of India were dimmed too.