POLITICS

a Donald Trump : White House mood is ‘fantastic’
President Donald Trump says the mood in the White House is "fantastic" despite intense scrutiny of his campaign's alleged dealings with Russia, BBC report. He told Reuters the administration was "functioning beautifully". The president also defended his son, who it has emerged met a Russian lawyer during the election campaign. US media describe the White House as being in chaos over the..
a Juncker calls European Parliament ‘ridiculous’
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has launched a bitter attack on members of the European Parliament for failing to show up, BBC report. Standing up in almost empty chamber in Strasbourg, he denounced the body as "ridiculous, totally ridiculous". Estimating the number of MEPs present at about 30, he said it proved that the parliament was "not serious". Parliament President..
a Trump posts video clip of him ‘beating’ CNN in wrestling
The US President has tweeted a short video clip of him wrestling a person with the CNN logo for a head, according to BBC. The clip is an altered version of Donald Trump's appearance at a WWE wrestling event in 2007, in which he "attacked" franchise owner Vince McMahon in a scripted appearance. The animation appears to have been posted to a pro-Trump internet forum earlier in the week. CNN..
a TV hosts hit back at Trump tirade
Two TV presenters attacked on Twitter by President Donald Trump have accused him of lying and suggested the White House tried to blackmail them, BBC report. The hosts of MSNBC Morning Joe said they were warned a tabloid would run a negative story on them unless they said sorry for their coverage of Mr Trump. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough said Mr Trump's tweets were "vicious" and..
a Nepal local election phase 2 : 6.4 million voters casting their votes
More than 6.4 million eligible voters of 35 districts of Provinces 1, 5 and 7 will cast their votes tomorrow in the second phase of local level polls to elect more than 15,000 local representatives, THT report.   The first phase of local level elections was held on May 14 in 283 local levels of Provinces 3, 4 and 6. Addressing a press meet organised at the Election Commission, Chief..
a Trump travel ban order partly lifted by top US court
US President Donald Trump has welcomed a Supreme Court ruling allowing his travel ban to be partly reinstated as a "victory for our national security", according to BBC. America's highest court also granted a White House request allowing part of its refugee ban to go into effect. The justices said they would consider in October whether the president's policy should be upheld or struck..
a Republican seal victory in key Georgia vote
US Republicans have won a closely contested congressional election in Georgia seen by many as a referendum on Donald Trump's presidency, BBC report. Karen Handel retained the Atlanta seat with 53% of the vote, against 47% for her Democratic rival Jon Ossoff. The vacancy arose when Tom Price left to become health secretary. He had won the seat with a 23 point lead. In South Carolina,..
a France Election 2017 Mourinho accused of tax fraud
Manchester United boss José Mourinho has been accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors investigating his time as Real Madrid's head coach, BBC report. The Portuguese manager is accused of defrauding Spain of €3.3m (£2.9m; $3.6m) in taxes between 2011 and 2012. He has yet to comment on the claim. A prosecutor says he did not declare income from the use of his image rights in order to..
a Nepal local election : Candidates to file nomination today
Chief Election Commissioner Ayodhi Prasad Yadav today appealed to candidates of political parties and independent candidates to take part in the candidates’ nomination process scheduled for today.   Addressing a press conference today, CEC Yadav urged all stakeholders to complete the nomination process peacefully. Yadav assured that the local elections in provinces 1, 5 and 7 would..
a Leo Varadkar becomes Ireland’s new PM
Leo Varadkar has become the Republic of Ireland's new taoiseach (prime minister). A parliamentary vote on Wednesday confirmed the 38-year-old as the country's youngest and first gay leader by 57 votes to 50, with 45 abstentions, BBC report. The former GP, who is the son of an Irish nurse and a doctor from India, won the Fine Gael party leadership earlier this month. He has made his..
a Macron centrist party set for big parliamentary win
The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections, according to BBC. Projections show La République en Marche (Republic on the Move) and its MoDem ally set to win up to 445 seats in the 577-seat National Assembly. The final outcome will be decided at a run-off next Sunday. Mr Macron's..
a UK defence secretary defends DUP government ‘deal’
A Conservative deal with the Democratic Unionist Party would only apply to "big issues" like the economy and security, the defence secretary has said, according to BBC. Sir Michael Fallon said the parties were seeking an agreement - which would not be a formal coalition - to keep a minority Tory government in power. Speaking to Andrew Marr, Sir Michael also distanced himself from the DUP's..
a UK PM’s top two aides quit
Prime Minister Theresa May's two closest advisers have quit after the Conservatives failed to win a majority of MPs in the general election, BBC report. PM was warned she faced a leadership challenge unless she sacked Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill. Mr Timothy said he took responsibility for his role in the "disappointing" result and the widely-criticised manifesto package on social..
a UK PM rejects to resign
People living in Britain are waking up to uncertainty as Prime Minister Theresa May ignored calls to stand down after the ruling Conservative Party lost an overall majority in parliament in a general election on Thursday, BBC report. May had called the snap vote in April to strengthen her mandate ahead of negotiations with the European Union to quit the bloc. "As I said many times during..
House, Senate investigators seek Trump tapes
House and Senate investigators fired off a series of requests after former FBI Director James Comey's testimony, seeking memos of his private discussions with President Donald Trump and any records the White House kept of their discussion -- including audio recordings. The leaders of the House Russia investigation, Reps. Michael Conaway, a Texas Republican, and Adam Schiff, a California..
a May to form a new government with DUP backing
Theresa May has said she will put together a government with the support of the Democratic Unionists that can provide "certainty" for the future, BBC report. Speaking after visiting Buckingham Palace, she said only her party had the "legitimacy" to govern, despite falling eight seats short of a majority. Later, she said she "obviously wanted a different result" and was "sorry" for colleagues..
Supporters of the Federal Alliance wave their respective flags and shout slogans during a protest outside prime minister's office in Kathmandu, on Monday, May 16, 2016. Photo: AP Federal Alliance to announce more protest
The Federal Alliance on Thursday issued a press release stating that it would announce additional protest programmes on Sunday, THT report. The alliance said it would intensify its efforts to form protest mobilisation committees in all rural municipalities and wards and booths of all municipalities and metropolitan cities in the next two days.   The FA had announced protest..
a UK election result : PM May fails to gain majority
Britain's voters have delivered a stunning blow to Prime Minister Theresa May, wiping out her parliamentary majority and prompting calls for her to resign, CNN report. With most results declared, May's party won the most seats -- but not enough to govern without the support of minority parties. It was devastating result for May, who had called the election three years earlier than..
a Nepali Congress leader RC Paudel unsatisfied with PM Deuba
A source close to NC leader Ram Chandra Paudel told this daily that he was not satisfied with the Cabinet. “The Cabinet was formed unilaterally without discussing names of NC leaders who could be inducted in Deuba’s Cabinet,” the source added, THT report. Another NC source said Deuba had sought names of two members from the Paudel faction for the Cabinet but Paudel told Deuba that he..