• Confirmed Donald Trump Cabinet Picks So Far

    Confirmed Donald Trump Cabinet Picks So Far

    US President-elect Donald Trump has added a new name to his cabinet, tapping retired general James Mattis to be his secretary of defense.

    He was the second retired general to be picked for the cabinet after lieutenant general Mike Flynn, Trump’s choice as national security adviser.

    The following is a list of key nominations made by Trump so far:

    Attorney General: Jeff Sessions, 69

    One of Trump’s earliest supporters during the campaign, the anti-immigration senator from Alabama has a much criticized record on race […]

  • African-American community was so great to me in the election, says Donald Trump

    African-American community was so great to me in the election, says Donald Trump

    U.S. President-elect Donald Trump has acknowledged the contributions of the African-Americans to his election, saying they gave him the highest votes they had ever given a Republican nominee in recent times.

    Trump, at a “Thank you tour” of Ohio, said the African-Americans had nothing to lose in his presidency, a correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria reports.

    “Remember when I was making speeches, I said what a hell do you (African-Americans) have to lose?

    “The African-American community was so great to me […]

  • The Rate of HIV infections and deaths has sharply dropped in Nepal

    The Rate of HIV infections and deaths has sharply dropped in Nepal

    The National Centre for AIDS and STD Control of Nepal on Thursday said the Rate of HIV infections and deaths had sharply dropped in Nepal, a report released said.

    A drastic 22-per cent decline of HIV positive was recorded in Nepal over a period of 10 years, said the report unveiled by NCASC on the World AIDS Day.

    The first HIV case was reported in Nepal in 1988.

    HIV is highly prevalent in the 15-49 age group as the number stands for 30,074, […]

  • Russia wants fresh start with US under Trump, says Lavrov

    Russia wants fresh start with US under Trump, says Lavrov

    Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Thursday for a fresh start in relations with the United States under Donald Trump and fired a parting shot at outgoing President Barack Obama.

    “We are confident that the new administration does not want to repeat the errors of the outgoing one, which deliberately destroyed US-Russian relations,” Lavrov was quoted as saying in an interview with Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

    Trump’s election victory and the positive noises he has made towards Moscow have been greeted […]

  • Oil hits six-week high after OPEC deal, bond yields rise

    Oil hits six-week high after OPEC deal, bond yields rise

    Oil prices resumed their rise Thursday and held above the $50 barrier following OPEC’s decision to carry out its first output cut in eight years.

    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries at a meeting in Vienna on Wednesday agreed on specific targets to enact a preliminary deal struck in September designed to ease a global crude supply glut and boost prices.

    Many analysts had expected the producers’ cartel to fail to reach a deal as major players like Iran, Iraq and […]

  • United Kingdom experts give green light to ‘three-parent babies’

    United Kingdom experts give green light to ‘three-parent babies’

    British scientists on Wednesday approved the use of so-called “three-parent baby” fertility treatments, paving the way for the country to become the first in the world to officially introduce the procedures.

    An independent panel of experts tasked with reviewing the safety of mitochondrial gene therapy said the practice should be “cautiously adopted” to prevent certain genetic diseases from being passed on to future generations.

    British MPs voted in February to allow the creation of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies with DNA from three […]

  • Donald Trump will provide creative inspiration for comedians, says movie director

    Donald Trump will provide creative inspiration for comedians, says movie director

    Donald Trump would be the perfect protagonist for a disaster film, said Spanish director Pedro Almodovar, as a retrospective of his movies got underway in New York.

    “I think that Trump is going to provide a lot of creative inspiration, especially for comedians,” said Almodovar at an event late Tuesday marking the launch of the film series at Manhattan’s Museum of Modern Art.

    The MoMA exhibition, encompassing every movie made by Almodovar, coincides with the release of “Julieta,” his 20th feature-length film, […]

  • BoE sees global financial risks after Trump victory

    BoE sees global financial risks after Trump victory

    Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election has increased the threats to the world economy from higher interest rates and less trade, the Bank of England said on Wednesday.

    The BoE also pointed to potential dangers from rapid Chinese credit growth or a disorganized British departure from the European Union in a half-yearly assessment of risks to Britain’s financial system.

    BoE Governor Mark Carney highlighted a big rise in U.S. market interest rates since Trump’s victory, which the Bank said could […]

  • Boris Johnson ‘supports freedom of movement’ as Brexit talks loom

    Boris Johnson ‘supports freedom of movement’ as Brexit talks loom

    The UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has reportedly privately told at least four EU ambassadors that he supports freedom of movement – despite the Government’s hard stance on Brexit.

    The high-ranking diplomats were speaking under the Chatham House rule, which allows their comments to be reported, but not directly attributed.

    One ambassador said: “(Boris Johnson) told us he was personally in favour of it, but he said that Britain had been more affected by free movement of people than other EU member […]

  • Michelle Obama Will Never Run for Office, says President Obama

    Michelle Obama Will Never Run for Office, says President Obama

    For anyone who might like to see Michelle Obama run for president as a Democrat, it’s time to rein in that early enthusiasm. Or so says her husband, President Barack Obama.

    “Michelle will never run for office,” the president said in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine done the day after Donald Trump’s surprise win, and amid some social media swirl urging the first lady to consider throwing her hat in the ring.

    “She is as talented a person as I know. […]

  • Philip Morris: Worlds largest tobacco company says it could stop selling

    Philip Morris: Worlds largest tobacco company says it could stop selling

    Philip Morris International, the world’s largest international tobacco company, could eventually stop selling cigarettes, said its chief executive, Andre Calantzopoulos on Wednesday.

    He disclosed this to newsmen at the launch of its alternative product IQOS in the UK market.

    He said, “The company’s IQOS smokeless cigarette is already on sale in over a dozen markets including Japan, Switzerland and Italy.

    “IQOS smokeless cigarette heats tobacco enough to produce a vapour without burning it and much less harmful than cigarettes.

    “I believe there will come […]