NEW YORK, March 27: The number of U.S. coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000 on Thursday, surpassing the national tallies of China and Italy, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages of supplies, staff and sick beds.

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 24: Washington’s unprecedented threat to cut $1 billion in Afghanistan funding — a response to the refusal of rivals in Kabul to work together to advance peace — comes at a time when the impoverished nation risks being overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

NEW YORK, March 21: Three major American states are locking down their residents in the face of a rapidly advancing virus storm that is already severely straining health systems in parts of Europe.

LONDON, March 8: Five nations sealed their debuts in the revamped Davis Cup Finals in the weekend’s qualifiers while heavyweights Germany, Australia, United States and Croatia also booked their places in Madrid.

WASHINGTON, Feb 14:The Justice Department has added new criminal charges against Chinese tech giant Huawei and several subsidiaries, accusing the company of a brazen scheme to steal trade secrets from competitors in America, federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Commemorating the king

January 20, 2020 08:48 am

Today is a special day in the United States of America but actually this same day should hold a very special importance throughout the world, including Nepal. It is a special occasion because it celebrates Dr Martin Luther King, the civil rights hero who sacrificed his life for freedom, justice and equity for all, especially for those citizens who were the descendants of African slaves, who for centuries, had their basic rights denied and for whom King fought a peaceful battle.

KATHMANDU, Jan 18: Amid misleading news going viral in several online media platforms that its implementation would pave the way for deploying US military personnel in Nepal, the US Embassy in Kathmandu on Friday clarified that Millennium Challenge Compact (MCC) does not have any military component.

WASHINGTON, Jan 17: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts is poised to become a key figure in the political life of President Donald Trump.

WASHINGTON, Jan 16: After weeks of rhetorical fire and fury, a handful of U.S. House members walked quietly across a hushed Capitol on Wednesday to deliver articles of impeachment to the Senate, paving the way for the trial of President Donald Trump.

BEIJING/WASHINGTON, Jan 16: China will boost purchases of U.S. goods and services by $200 billion over two years in exchange for the rolling back of some tariffs under an initial trade deal signed by the world’s two largest economies, defusing an 18-month row that has hit global growth.

KATHMANDU, Jan 9: Nepal Army (NA) has asked its personnel deployed under the United Nations Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) to take necessary security precautions after Iran fired nearly two dozen ballistic missiles in US military bases in Iraq early Wednesday in retaliation for the killing of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani by the US on January 3.

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON/DUBAI, Jan 8: Iranian forces fired missiles at military bases housing U.S. troops in Iraq on Wednesday in retaliation for the U.S. killing of an Iranian general, raising the stakes in its conflict with Washington amid concern of a wider war in the Middle East.

WASHINGTON, Jan 6: President Donald Trump insisted Sunday that Iranian cultural sites were fair game for the U.S. military, dismissing concerns within his own administration that doing so could constitute a war crime under international law. He also warned Iraq that he would levy punishing sanctions if it expelled American troops in retaliation for a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed a top Iranian official.

WASHINGTON, Jan 2: U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts will be a central figure in the ongoing drama of the Donald Trump presidency in coming months. He is due to preside over a Senate impeachment trial, while the Supreme Court he leads will rule on a titanic clash over the president’s attempts to keep his financial records secret.

WASHINGTON, Jan 2: The United States is immediately deploying about 750 soldiers to the Middle East in response to the violent protests at the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday.

It had been 6 weeks since I arrived in the United States from Nepal.The year was 2013. I was scouting Brighten Avenue in Boston in search of a job. I was with my friend, Ritesh, who came to the US two months before my arrival.

BEIJING, Dec 20:  Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng met U.S. special envoy for North Korea Stephen Biegun on Friday, China’s foreign ministry said, Biegun’s second high-level meeting in Beijing in two days amid growing tension on the Korean peninsula.

WASHINGTON, DEC 20: The U.S. is closely watching North Korea for signs of a possible missile launch or nuclear test in the coming days that officials are referring to as a “Christmas surprise.

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 16: A senior U.S. diplomat said Monday that Washington won’t accept a year-end deadline set by North Korea to make concessions in stalled nuclear talks and urged Pyongyang to return to a negotiating table immediately.

SINGAPORE DEC 16: Oil prices on Monday slid off near three-month highs hit last week as investors searched for clarity beyond the initial impact of a trade deal between the United States and China that’s expected to boost flows between the top two global economies.

SEOUL, South Korea DEC 15: North Korea said it successfully performed another “crucial test” at its long-range rocket launch site that will further strengthen its nuclear deterrent.

WASHINGTON, Dec 14: The U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Friday filed a Federal Register notice suspending the 15% U.S. tariffs slated to go into effect on Sunday on Chinese goods worth about $160 billion after reaching a “phase one” trade deal with Beijing.

SEOUL, South Korea, Dec 3: North Korea on Tuesday repeated its assertions that the Trump administration is running out of time to salvage nuclear negotiations, saying it’s entirely up to the United States to choose what “Christmas gift” it gets from the North.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

DUBAI, Dec 2 : Iran is still selling its oil despite U.S. sanctions on Tehran’s exports, the country’s Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri was quoted on Monday as saying by state TV, adding that Washington’s “maximum pressure” on Tehran had failed.

KATHMANDU, Nov 20: Although Nepal earlier wrote to the UN Security Council (UNSC) that 33 North Korean nationals had left the country in compliance with the UN resolutions against North Korea, the US has expressed dissatisfaction that Nepal had not taken effective measures to stop North Korean businesses in Nepal.

Art should provoke emotion: Randy W Berry

November 10, 2019 19:00 pm

Berry was appointed ambassador to Nepal on September 2018 and has been living in Nepal since October, 2018. For him art is deeply emotional and added, “I think art which doesn’t move you or doesn’t leave an impression or make or produce a reaction isn’t something that I’m interested in. In my personal collection, they have a personal resonance to me.”

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Nov 8: China and the United States have agreed to roll back tariffs on each others’ goods in a “phase one” trade deal if it is completed, officials from both sides said on Thursday, sparking division among some advisers to President Donald Trump.

The spirit of 2019

November 3, 2019 02:00 am

PARIS – As in 1848, 1968, 1989, and 2010-2012, a wave of popular protests has taken the world by surprise. Ongoing mass revolts-in Beirut, Santiago, Hong Kong, Algiers, Baghdad, and other cities—are gaining strength and wrong footing governments. But although the temptation to seek historical comparisons is understandable, the 2019 uprisings also have a distinct flavor of their own.

U.S. impeachment process

November 3, 2019 00:00 am

The U.S. Constitution permits Congress to remove a president before his or her term is up if enough senators vote to say that they committed “treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanours.” Article Two, Section 4 of the Constitution gives the House of Representatives the sole power to impeach a federal official, including the president. On October 31 the House voted to approve and proceed with its impeachment inquiry. The resolution, passed on a mostly party-line 232-196 vote, sends a clear signal that a vote to impeach President Donald Trump, and a trial in the Senate, is all but inevitable.

CAIRO, Nov 1: Islamic State confirmed on Thursday that its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was killed in a weekend raid by U.S. special forces in northwestern Syria, and vowed revenge against the United States.

WASHINGTON, Oct 21: The Pentagon on Wednesday released its first images from last weekend’s commando raid in Syria that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and warned the militant group may attempt to stage a “retribution attack.”

What went wrong?

October 27, 2019 01:00 am

Everything might look honky dory from outside, but several challenges stare Nepali politics at the moment, some of them with roots in happenings of a decade back. The first is Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) signed on November, 2016 between the government and warring Maoist. It was probably the first agreement of its kind in the world in which the agreement was signed more with the partners in peace than between the parties in conflict. Parties in conflict at the time were royal palace and Maoists. Agreement should have been between the two. Instead, agreement was signed between the Maoist and the parties which together were in anti-monarchy movement. Nowhere else are agreements signed between the partners in peace. This makes the peace accord fundamentally flawed.

Oct 26: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

October 26, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

MOSCOW, Oct 26: Russia’s defense ministry on Saturday attacked U.S. plans to maintain and boost the American military presence in eastern Syria as “international state banditry” motivated by a desire to protect oil smugglers and not by real security concerns.

BAGHDAD, Oct 22: U.S. forces that crossed into Iraq as part of a pull-out from Syria do not have permission to stay and can only be there in transit, the Iraqi military said on Tuesday.

U.S. troops cross into Iraq from Syria

October 21, 2019 09:05 am

DOHUK, Iraq , Oct 21: United States troops have crossed into Iraq from Syria through the Sahela border crossing in the northern province of Dohuk, Reuters witnesses said on Monday.

DV lottery registration for 2021 opens

October 3, 2019 07:41 am

KATHMANDU, Oct 3:  The Diversity Visa (DV) lottery registration for 2021 opened on Wednesday.

KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Expressing dissatisfaction over recent controversies surrounding some of the US-supported programs in Nepal, US ambassador to Nepal Randy Berry said that he is concerned over the risk of the seven-decade long Nepal-US partnership derailing due to ‘misinformation and suspicion’.

KATHMANDU, Sept 27: Karnali  Province’s Ministry of Social Development (MoSD) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Nepal Mission have entered into a  partnership to increase access to quality health services in the  province on Thursday, in accordance with the bilateral agreement signed between the ministry of finance and the USAID.

KATHMANDU, Sept 26: Ambassador of the United States of America to Nepal, Randy W. Berry, has paid a courtesy call on Nepali Congress President and former Prime Minister, Sher Bahadur Deuba.

WASHINGTON, Sept 21: The Pentagon on Friday announced it will deploy additional U.S. troops and missile defense equipment to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, as President Donald Trump has at least for now put off any immediate military strike on Iran in response to the attack on the Saudi oil industry.

Sept 17: A panel of international air-safety regulators is finishing a report, which is expected to criticize the initial U.S. approval process for Boeing Co’s (BA.N) 737 MAX jets, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the conclusions.

WASHINGTON, Sept 16: U.S. President Donald Trump said on Sunday the United States was “locked and loaded” for a potential response to the attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities, after a senior U.S. administration official said Iran was to blame.

U.S. health officials on Thursday cut the number of lung illnesses linked to e-cigarettes and vaping products under investigation to 380 as states began assessing patients based on a narrower case definition issued late last month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

WASHINGTON, Sept 12: The Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee moved to intensify its investigation of Republican President Donald Trump on Thursday, as lawmakers edged closer to deciding whether to recommend his impeachment.

WASHINGTON/BEIJING, Sept 12: U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday welcomed China’s decision to exempt some U.S. anti-cancer drugs and other goods from its tariffs and announced a short delay to scheduled tariff hikes on billions worth of Chinese goods.

NEW YORK, Sept 11: Americans commemorated 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to “never forget” 18 years after the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

DUBAI, Sept 7: A once-detained Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. appears to be off the coast of Syria, where Tehran reportedly promised the vessel would not go when authorities in Gibraltar agreed to release it several weeks ago, according to satellite images obtained Saturday by The Associated Press.