Trump nominates Jerome Powell as Federal Reserve chief

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has tapped Jerome “Jay” Powell to lead the US central bank, bypassing Janet Yellen for a second term despite praising her excellent management of the world’s largest economy over the past four years. If confirmed, Powell will succeed Yellen, the first woman to oversee monetary policy, in February, when her four-year … Read More

Trump to withdraw from free trade deal with South Korea

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump plans to withdraw from a free trade agreement with close-ally South Korea, a move that could cause a fresh economic rift between the two countries amid heightened tensions over North Korea. Trump yesterday confirmed that he was talking with advisers amid reports that he had instructed aides to prepare to … Read More

Mysterious disease kills 9 children in Bangladesh

DHAKA — At least nine children from an ethnic minority community have died of a mysterious disease in Bangladesh with doctors struggling to diagnose the cause of the deaths. Forty-six others were being treated at a specialized hospital in southeastern Bangladesh. All the children, who have died in four days, belong to the Tripura tribe. … Read More

Country that supports terrorism will pay high price — UN chief

UNITED NATIONS — UN chief Antonio Guterres has warned that any country supporting terrorism will ultimately have to pay a “high price” and offered his good offices to promote cooperation between Pakistan and Afghanistan to jointly fight the menace. The Secretary-General arrived in Kabul yesterday and held bilateral meetings with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and … Read More

Jennifer Lopez is an icon for me — Jenna Dewan Tatum

LOS ANGELES — Jenna Dewan Tatum says she looks up to actress-singer Jennifer Lopez. The 36-year-old actress, who is the host-mentor of dance reality TV show “World of Dance”, says the “Shades of Blue” star inspired her as an artist, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “For me growing up as a dancer and becoming an … Read More

James Bond actor Roger Moore dead at 89

LONDON — British actor Roger Moore, best known for his role as James Bond in films such as “Live and Let Die” and “The Spy Who Loved Me”, passed away on Tuesday in Switzerland after a brief battle with cancer. He was 89. “With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that … Read More

Joanna Lumley to donate her organs after death

LONDON — Veteran actress Joanna Lumley has decided to donate her organs after her death. The 71-year-old actress has pledged to give away her vital organs after she passes away to those in need of transplants. “I’ve got one of those donor forms that says ‘take anything you want’ so I’m not sure what they … Read More

6 dead in floods triggered by ‘Crising’ in Cebu province

CEBU CITY — Six persons were killed by floods caused by tropical depression “Crising” Sunday morning in Danao City and Carmen town in northern Cebu, an official said. Julius Regner, spokesman of the Cebu Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), said five persons were washed away by floodwaters in Carmen town, while one drowned … Read More

Proud of my body: Lady Gaga slams trolls

LOS ANGELES — Pop star Lady Gaga has responded to body shamers by saying she is proud of her body. The 30-year-old music icon took to Instagram, slamming the trolls who had commented on her appearance during her explosive halftime performance during the 51st Super Bowl. “I heard my body is a topic of conversation … Read More

Stay positive to conquer cancer

HIDERABAD — Stay positive and drive away negative thoughts in conquering cancer, Bollywood actress Manisha Koirala, a cancer survivor, said here Sunday. “It was painful and tough journey. If I could do it, you too can do it,” a release quoted her as saying at a debate jointly organised here by FICCI Ladies Organization (FLO), … Read More

It’s not a Muslim ban — Trump

WASHINGTON — Unfazed by growing criticism, US President Donald Trump today defended his controversial immigration order that bans travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries, asserting that it is working “very nicely” even as he maintained that it is not a ban on Muslims. “It’s working out very nicely. You see it at the airports, you see … Read More

Sushmita Sen to judge Miss Universe 2017 pageant

MUMBAI — Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen has confirmed that she is on the judging panel of 65th edition of the pageant here. The 41-year-old model-turned-actress was crowned Miss Universe in Manila in 1994 and she said she is excited as well as overwhelmed to return to the pageant 23 years later. “Getting ready with … Read More

Hollywood stars salute Obama for his achievements

LOS ANGELES — From Leonardo DiCaprio to Tom Hanks, Hollywood A-listers lent their voices to a farewell tribute honoring the outgoing US President Barack Obama. In the video “Yes We Can: Your Most Memorable Moments from the Obama Presidency”, celebrities shared the achievements Obama made during his tenure in the White House, reported People magazine. … Read More

Johnny Depp visits children’s hospital as Jack Sparrow

LONDON — Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp brightened the day of child patients of Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital by dressing up in his “Pirates Of The Caribbean” character Captain Jack Sparrow. The actor chatted up with the young patients in his movie avatar, which is very popular with kids. Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose was successfully treated … Read More