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US President Donald Trump. Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Nov 09, 2018, 09.03 AM (IST)

United States: Democrats seek hearings on Donald Trump's ouster of Jeff Sessions

Congressional Democrats on Thursday demanded emergency hearings in the US House of Representatives to investigate President Donald Trump's ouster of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, calling the move an effort to undermine a federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

'Dramatic increase' in number of H-1B visas being held up, claims Compete America

Claiming that there has been a "dramatic increase" in the number of H-1B visas being held up, a coalition of American employers representing top IT companies like Google, Facebook and Microsoft have alleged that the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is acting outside of its own regulations.

US imposes new sanctions on Russia for Crimea, investments

The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on two Ukrainians, a Russian officer and nine entities for Moscow`s annexation of Crimea and profiting from the occupation, the US Treasury said.

India to participate in Moscow talks with Taliban at 'non-official level'

India on Thursday said it will participate in the meeting being hosted by Russia on Afghanistan at a "non-official level" in Moscow where representatives of the Taliban will be present.

Fuel prices down again, petrol at Rs 78.06 per litre in Delhi, Rs 83.57 per litre in Mumbai

The prices of diesel were revised to Rs 72.74 per litre in Delhi and Rs 76.22 per litre in Mumbai.