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Trump Pushes Japan to Buy Military Equipment, Hits Out on Trade

President Donald Trump urged Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to purchase U.S. military equipment to create jobs in America after telling leaders that Japan had an unfair advantage on trade.

In a joint press briefing with Abe in Tokyo on Monday, Trump hailed the U.S.-Japan alliance even as he called for a reduction in the trade gap between the countries. Trump reeled off several possibilities, including missile-defence systems, missiles and F-35 fighter jets.

Trump’s H-1B reform may make life hell for firms, immigrants

Donald Trump came into office promising a restrictive new approach to immigration and there has been little question about his intention to follow through – with one seeming exception. Despite its enthusiastic rhetoric about the H-1B programme, which provides temporary visas to high-skilled workers, the administration failed to make significant changes in time to impact the programme’s annual lottery this April, leaving some who had anticipated action fuming. It has also declined to take up any of the legislative proposals for H-1B overhaul.

No dictator should underestimate US resolve, warns Trump

US President Donald Trump warned nations against challenging the US as he rallied American troops in Japan on the first stop of his 11-day tour of Asia. Speaking to US and Japanese military personnel on Sunday at Yokota Air Base in western Tokyo, Trump said he would push for freedom in the region and fair trade in meetings with other leaders. He also exuded confidence in the US military as tensions rise with North Korea.

Trump calls for death penalty for Uzbek man charged in New York attack

US President Donald Trump called for the death penalty on Wednesday for an Uzbek immigrant accused of plowing a truck down a New York City bike path, killing eight people, describing the man as a “terrorist.”

Sayfullo Saipov, 29, who was hospitalised after he was shot by a police officer and arrested, told investigators he had been inspired by watching Islamic State videos and began planning Tuesday’s attack a year ago, according to a criminal complaint filed against him on Wednesday.

Mylan top executive engulfed in alleged price-fixing ring

A large group of US states accused key players in the generic drug industry of a broad price-fixing conspiracy, moving on Tuesday to widen an earlier lawsuit to add many more drugmakers and medicines in an action that sent some company shares tumbling.

Deadly Halloween attack in New York branded terrorism by authorities

An Uzbek immigrant accused of killing eight people in New York City by driving a rental truck down a riverfront bike path on Tuesday appeared to have acted alone, but the Halloween Day attack had all the hallmarks of terrorism, authorities said.

The suspect, who was shot by police and arrested moments after Tuesday’s rampage on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, left a note saying he carried out the attack in the name of the militant Islamic State group, the New York Times and CNN said.

Dhumal is BJP’s CM face for Himachal

With just nine days left for polling to take place in Himachal Pradesh, BJP president Amit Shah on Tuesday announced that 73-year-old veteran leader Professor PK Dhumal will be the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the hill state.

The name of Dhumal, who is just two years short of the party’s unofficial age bar, was announced by Shah at an election rally in the state where the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government is facing massive anti-incumbency sentiment.

200 dead in tunnel accident at N Korea nuclear site

More than 200 people are feared to have died when a tunnel caved in at North Korea’s nuclear test site after its latest detonation, a Japanese news report said Tuesday.

A tunnel collapsed at Punggye-ri in early September, days after North Korea conducted its sixth and largest underground nuclear test on September 3, TV Asahi said, quoting unnamed North Korean sources.

Some 100 workers were involved in an initial collapse. Another cave-in occurred during rescue operations, leaving at least 200 people feared dead in total, the Japanese broadcaster said.

With Chandra at helm, Tata stocks on rising-spree

As the dust settled after the boardroom battle at Bombay House, stocks of Tata group companies have made smart gains as investors have given a thumbs-up to the changes at the top echelons of the multi-billion dollar conglomerate. The group companies have gained in the range of 30-229 per cent since January this year after N Chadrasekaran was designated as the chairman of the 150-year-old group (see table).