Texas governor issues last-minute reprieve for son who ordered family killed

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a last-minute reprieve for a death row prisoner who hired a gunman to kill his family after his father, whom he sought to murder, pleaded for his son's life. Thomas Bartlett "Bart" Whitaker, 38, had been one of three men awaiting execution Thursday in three different US states. "Mr Whitaker must spend the remainder of his life behind bars as punishment for this heinous crime," Abbott wrote in a proclamation explaining his decision, shortly before the scheduled execution.

Trump not satisfied with progress in Pak: White House

US President Donald Trump is "not satisfied" with the progress made by Pakistan in its fight against terrorism, the White House said today.The White House also said that for the first time, the US is holding Pakistan accountable for its actions. "I know that we have restored some clarity in our relationship with Pakistan. For the first time we're holding Pakistan accountable for its actions," White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah told reporters during a press conference.

North Korea criticises UN chief over support for sanctions

North Korea sharply criticised U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres today for supporting sanctions to pressure the country into negotiations with the US on denuclearising, saying he appears to be acting as a "henchman" representing the United States.

CM takes on BJP over two Modis, Narendra and Nirav

Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday dubbed the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre as "90% commission government," hitting back at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his recent "10% commission sarkar" jibe against the state government. Replying to a discussion on the motion of thanks to the Governor's address in the Assembly, the chief minister also accused the Centre of turning a blind eye when billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi slipped out of the country, after "stealing" Rs 11,000 crore using his clout. "Nirav Modi ran away with Rs 11,000 crore. Lalith Modi and Vijay Mallya also fled.

Now, BJP launches #SackHaris campaign

The BJP has stepped up its attack on the Congress by launching a campaign seeking the ouster of Shantinagar legislator N A Haris over the incident involving his son Mohammed Nalapad Haris. Through the #SackHaris campaign, the BJP has accused the MLA of interfering in the investigation into his son's alleged assault on a diner at a high-end restaurant in Bengaluru. "Congress is not taking action on MLA Haris by saying they can't punish the father for a crime committed by his son.