Trump Threatens To Shut Down If Democrats Refuse To Back His Demand For A Wall At Mexican Border

New Delhi: US President Donald Trump said on July 29 that he would allow the federal government to shut down if Democrats refuse to back his demand for a wall at the Mexican border and other major changes to immigration laws his administration wants.

The Republican president has used the threat of a government shutdown several times since taking office in 2017 in a bid to get his priorities in congressional spending bills, especially funding for a wall along the southern US border.

A disruption in federal government operations in the months before November congressional elections could backfire on Trump if voters blame Republicans, who control Congress, for the interruption in services.


Chinese President Wants To Consolidate Closer Development Partnership With India

New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping said on July 26, that his country was willing to consolidate and grow closer development partnership with India. Xi was visiting Johannesburg to attend the 10th summit of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).

Xi made the remarks while meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the BRICS summit. It was their third meeting in three months - after the informal summit in Wuhan and the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Qindao - both in China.

"We have provided a top-level design for bilateral ties in a macroscopic perspective and a timely fashion, which is conducive to mobilizing the positive elements of all sectors in both countries and uniting the wills of the 2.6 billion people of the two countries, so as to form a force that would push bilateral ties into the future," Xinhua quotes Xi as saying.


Jemima Tweets Congratulating Her "Sons' Father" To Become Pakistan's Next PM

New Delhi: Former wife of Imran Khan, chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman which emerged as the single largest party of the country, Jemima Goldsmith on July 26, tweeted congratulating her "sons' father" as he inched closer to becoming Pakistan's next prime minister.

Although the results of the July 25 general elections were still not confirmed with trends showing Khan's party taking a lead over the rest, Jemima, first wife of the thrice-married former cricketer, tweeted in a haste and congratulated the 65-year-old.

British Jemima, daughter of a tycoon, married Khan in 1995 when he was still to enter politics. Jemima was half the age of Khan at the time of marriage and the two got separated in 2004 over reports that she was not being able to cope with Khan's busy political life in Pakistan.


IS Groups Kill Over 220 People In Southern Syria In One Of The Jihadists’ Assaults

New Delhi:  Islamic State groups killed more than 220 people in southern Syria on Wednesday in one of the jihadists’ deadliest ever assaults in the country. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the attacks hit several areas of the largely government-held southern province of Sweida, where IS retains a presence in a northeastern desert region.

The bloodshed came almost a week into a Russia-backed regime campaign to oust IS fighters from a holdout in a neighbouring province of the country’s south.

IS claimed responsibility for the violence, saying “soldiers of the caliphate” attacked Syrian government positions and security outposts in Sweida city, then detonated explosive belts.


Chinese President Xi Jinping Offers $14.7 Billion Investment In South Africa During His Visit

New Delhi: Chinese President Xi Jinping promised $14.7 billion investment in South Africa on Tuesday during his visit tothe country, where President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a mission to kick start economic growth after a decade of stagnation.

The rand firmed more than one percent after Ramaphosa announced China’s investment pledge, which takes the amount overseas economies have committed to invest in South Africa to $35 billion since the start of the month.

Those commitments will help ease worries about the health of the South African economy, which has performed poorly despite investor optimism when Ramaphosa replaced scandal-plagued Jacob Zuma in February.