UPDATE 2-Drunken driver injures 28 at New Orleans Mardi Gras parade

Feb 25 A pickup truck driven by a man who appeared to be "highly intoxicated" plowed into a crowd of spectators watching the main Mardi Gras parade in New Orleans on Saturday, sending more than 20 people to the hospital, police said.

10:00am IST

Malaysia declares airport safe for travel after nerve agent attack

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 26 Malaysia on Sunday declared its international airport a "safe zone" after completing a sweep of the terminal where the estranged half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was assaulted with a deadly chemical last week.

9:10am IST

Wary of Trump unpredictability, China ramps up naval abilities

* China navy beneficiary of signficant spending in recent years

6:30am IST

Egypt annoyed as Britain continues suspension of flights

CAIRO, Feb 25 Egypt expressed frustration on Saturday at Britain's refusal to lift a suspension of flights from the United Kingdom to the Red Sea resort of Sharm al-Sheikh, imposed after Islamic State brought down a Russian airliner in 2015.

3:16am IST

Aggressive cuts to Obama-era green rules to start soon -U.S. EPA head

Feb 25 U.S. President Donald Trump's administration will begin rolling back Obama-era environmental regulations in an "aggressive way" as soon as next week, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency said on Saturday - adding he understood why some Americans want to see his agency eliminated completely.

2:28am IST

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India lobbies Trump administration to avert visa threat

NEW DELHI India has stepped up its lobbying effort against moves in the U. S. Congress to impose curbs on visas for skilled workers that threaten the South Asian nation's tech sector, which employs more than 3.5 million people.