Sunday, April 22, 2018

World's oldest person Japan's Nabi Tajima dies aged 117
Tokyo | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
The world's oldest person, a 117-year-old Japanese woman, has died, according to a report in the South China Morning Post. Nabi Tajima died of old age on Saturday evening in a hospital in the town of Kikai, southern Japan, according to Susumu Yoshiyuki ... read..

UN chief welcomes DPRK's decision to suspend nuke tests
United Nations | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
UN Secretary-General Antnio Guterres has welcomed the Democratic People's Republic of Korea's decision to suspend nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles. "This positive step forward contributes to building trust and the longe ... read..

Path open to peaceful denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula: UN chief
United Nations | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Following the leader of North Korea's announcement that nuclear and missile tests are to end, the United Nations chief Antnio Guterres has said that the "path is open for the peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula". Kim Jong-un, leader of the ... read..

We need accountability to end crime of chem-weapons use in Syria, says Guterres
United Nations | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
The members of the United Nations Security Council need to find a way to unite and punish anyone found to have used chemical weapons in Syria, in line with international law. That was the message on Saturday from Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speakin ... read..

Blast at election centre in Afghan capital, at least four dead
KABUL | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
An explosion apparently caused by a suicide bomber hit a voter registration centre in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on Sunday, causing casualties, with at least four people known to have been killed, officials said. The attack follows several weeks of relati ... read..

Reporter shot dead during live broadcast in Nicaragua-media
MANAGUA | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
A reporter was shot and killed during a live broadcast from an area of Nicaragua roiled by violent anti-government protests this week, local media reported on Saturday night. The man, identified in Nicaraguan media as Angel Gahona, was reporting live in t ... read..

11 killed in Afghanistan gunfight
Kabul | Sunday, 2018 12:15:04 PM IST
At least 11 people, including 10 Islamic State (IS) militants and a security personnel, have been killed in a gunfight in Afghanistan's Jawzjan province, police said on Sunday. ... read..

Nicaraguan authorities call for peace after deadly protests
Managua | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega has said his government is willing to review the pension reforms that have triggered violent protests since they were were approved on Wednesday, a BBC News report said on Sunday. Mr Ortega has offered talks, but busine ... read..

Armenian leaders face crunch talks after protests
Yerevan | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
The organiser of anti-government protests in Armenia says he will hold talks with Prime Minister Serzh Sargsyan early on Sunday, according to a BBC News report on Sunday. Nikol Pashinyan has been leading calls for Mr Sargsyan to resign over a constitution ... read..

'Avatar' director Cameron says he still hopes to film four sequels
By Lisa Richwine MANHATTAN BEACH | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
"Avatar" director James Cameron said he still aims to make four sequels to the 2009 science-fiction blockbuster and is moving ahead with production while regulators review the proposed sale of 21st Century Fox's film studio to Walt Disney Co. Speaking to ... read..

Underlining alliance, Venezuela's Maduro visits new Cuban leader
HAVANA | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro became on Saturday the first foreign leader to meet with Cuba's Miguel Diaz-Canel since he became president of the communist-run island this week, underscoring the importance of the Venezuelan-Cuban alliance. Diaz-Canel ... read..

Saudi security shoots down recreational drone near royal palace
By Rania El Gamal and Stephen Kalin DUBAI/RIYADH | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Saudi Arabian security forces said they had shot down a recreational drone in the capital on Saturday after online videos showing gunfire in a neighbourhood where royal palaces are located sparked fears of possible political unrest. The Riyadh police spok ... read..

Barcelona thrash Sevilla to win King's Cup again
MADRID | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Unstoppable duo Andres Iniesta and Lionel Messi helped Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 to win the King's Cup final for the fourth consecutive season on Saturday as they close in on a likely domestic double. Luis Suarez struck twice in the first half for the ... read..

Nicaragua's Ortega offers benefits rethink as protest death toll rises
By Oswaldo Rivas MANAGUA | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega said on Saturday he was ready to consider changing an unpopular social security overhaul that has sparked days of deadly protests and one of the biggest crises of his leadership. At least six people have died since Nicar ... read..

Libyan oil pipeline attacked by 'terrorist group' -source
BENGHAZI | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
A Libyan crude pipeline owned by the al-Waha oil company, feeding the port of Es Sider, was set on fire on Saturday causing the loss of between 70,000 barrels per day and 100,000 bpd, state firm NOC said. NOC said on its Twitter feed the cause of the fire ... read..

German minister urges Russia to cooperate in solving Syria crisis
BERLIN | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
-German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Saturday urged Russia to help solve the Syria crisis as he set off for a meeting of foreign ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) major industrialised nations in Toronto. The Syrian conflict has badly damaged alread ... read..

U.S. Treasury chief may visit China as trade tensions simmer
By David Lawder and Leika Kihara WASHINGTON | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he may travel to China, a move that could ease tensions between the world's two largest economies, as international policymakers acknowledged Beijing needs to change its trade practices. The United S ... read..

Romney fails to win GOP nomination for senate, heads to primary in Nov
By Rich McKay Undated | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Mitt Romney's restart of his political career hit a roadblock Saturday. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor failed to win the Utah Republican Party's nomination, which means he must face 11 challengers in a June pr ... read..

Malaysia says will look into bot activity on Twitter, upon complaints
KUALA LUMPUR | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Malaysian regulators will look into the activity of automated accounts on Twitter, known as bots, in the run-up to a general election if they get complaints about them, the communications and multimedia minister said. Reuters reported on Friday that bots ... read..

Two Chinese dragon boats capsize in river, 17 killed
BEIJING | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
Two dragon boats practicing to race on a river in China have overturned and 17 people drowned, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Sunday. Television pictures showed one of the long, narrow boats packed with paddlers going over on Saturday on a st ... read..

Austin Powers movies' Mini-Me, Verne Troyer, dies
By Rich McKay Undated | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
The diminutive actor who starred in the Austin Powers movies' as "Mini Me", Verne Troyer, died Saturday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 49. "It is with great sadness and heavy hearts to write that Verne passed away today," his family posted on his In ... read..

As US, N.Korea plan to meet, Iran warns against Trump deals
By Michelle Nichols NEW YORK | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
A U.S. push to change the Iran nuclear deal was sending a "very dangerous message" that countries should never negotiate with Washington, Iran's foreign minister warned as U.S. and North Korean leaders prepare to meet for denuclearisation talks. Speaking ... read..

Islamic party aims to hold the key in Malaysia's election
By Joseph Sipalan and John Chalmers KOTA BHARU | Sunday, Apr 22 2018 IST
The outcome of next month's election in Malaysia may hinge on the performance of a party that has strived for decades to turn the country into an Islamic state and enforce harsher penalties on Muslims for adultery, theft and drinking alcohol. Parti Islam ... read..

US must stop Pak's Pashtun crackdown: Activist
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
A United States-based advocacy group, the Voice of Karachi, has requested Washington to exert pressure on Pakistan to stop its alleged human rights violations against the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) and other groups representing that nation's ethnic an ... read..

Terror groups flourishing in PoK: Activist
Geneva [Switzerland] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Exiled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) activist Nasir Aziz Khan has claimed that terror groups are flourishing in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). ... read..

Trump refutes report claiming he calls Rod Rosenstein 'Mr. Peepers'
Washington D.C. [U.S.A.] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
United States President Donald Trump on Sunday refused a report which stated that he calls Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as "Mr. Peepers," and Attorney General Jeff Sessions as "Mr. Magoo,". ... read..

Iran defiant to US threats to quit nuke deal
Tehran | Sunday, 2018 7:45:23 AM IST
Iranian officials vowed on Saturday to retaliate the US threats to possibly withdraw from the landmark 2015 international nuclear deal and expressed assurance that that will not hurt the country. ... read..

OPCW experts visit site of alleged chemical attack in Syria
The Hague | Sunday, 2018 7:45:18 AM IST
Experts from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) on Saturday visited one of the sites in Douma, Syria, where a chemical attack allegedly took place on April 7 to collect samples for analysis. ... read..

Iran dismisses US allegations on human rights
Tehran | Sunday, 2018 7:45:09 AM IST
Iranian Foreign Ministry on Saturday rejected recent anti-Iran human rights allegations by the US as "biased" and "politically-motivated". ... read..

May extend state of emergency for 10th time: Erdogan
Ankara | Sunday, 2018 7:45:04 AM IST
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday that Turkey may extend the state of emergency for the 10th time for the peace of the country when necessary. ... read..

Prince Harry, Meghan Markle attend Queen's birthday concert
London [United Kingdom] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The royal couple in the making, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, on Saturday attended a televised concert at London's Royal Albert Hall on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth's 92nd birthday celebration. ... read..

Unscrupulous Pak's rights record degrading: Asia forum
Brussels [Belgium] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Criticizing a European Union (EU) report for turning a blind eye towards Pakistan's unscrupulous human rights record, a senior member of the South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF), has maintained that Islamabad's "kill and dump" policy has reached an even mor ... read..

No bilateral meeting with Pak on sidelines of SCO
New Delhi [India] | April 22, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
There will be no bilateral meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and their Pakistani counterparts on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in China. ... read..

Rome celebrates 2,771st birthday
Rome | Sunday, 2018 2:45:04 AM IST
Celebrations took place across Rome on Saturday as the capital of Italy commemorated its founding 2,771 years ago. ... read..

17 dead after 2 dragon boats overturn
Beijing | Sunday, 2018 1:45:04 AM IST
Seventeen people were confirmed dead after two dragon boats overturned on Saturday in China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, local authorities said. ... read..

U.S. Treasury's Mnuchin considering trip to China to talk trade
WASHINGTON | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Saturday he is considering a trip to China to work on trade issues and has discussed the potential for market openings in China with Beijing's new central bank chief. "A trip is under consideration," Mnuchin ... read..

Russia says kills nine militants plotting attack in Dagestan
MOSCOW | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Russia said on Saturday it had killed nine militants who had been plotting a terrorist act in the volatile Dagestan region in the south of the country. Russia's anti-terrorist committee said on its website it had received information that militants who p ... read..

Russia says not yet served with U.S. Democrats' lawsuit notice
MOSCOW | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Russia has not been officially notified about the U.S. Democratic Party's lawsuit over the results of the 2016 presidential election in the United States, the Foreign Ministry said on Saturday. The Democratic Party sued the Russian government, U.S. Presi ... read..

Chemical weapons watchdog: inspectors have samples from Douma
AMSTERDAM | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
A team of inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) visited a site in Douma, Syria on Saturday to collect samples as it tries to determine whether such weapons were used there on April 7, the agency said. In a statem ... read..

Philippines slams US human rights report
Manila | Saturday, 2018 10:15:04 PM IST
The Philippines on Saturday slammed the US for raising concerns about alleged extrajudicial killings in the country and increase on police impunity in connection with President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. ... read..

Palestinian electrical engineer killed in Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur | Saturday, 2018 10:15:04 PM IST
A 35-year-old Palestinian man was shot dead near his home on Saturday by two unidentified gunmen, police said. ... read..

North Korea freezes missile, nuclear tests; world hails move (Second Lead)
Seoul | Saturday, 2018 9:45:04 PM IST
North Korea on Saturday announced freezing of its missile tests along with shutting down of a nuclear test site, a significant development that received a broad international welcome. ... read..

Indian American teen shot dead for firing on police
Washington | Saturday, 2018 9:45:04 PM IST
An Indian American teenager wanted on a felony firearms possession warrant was killed in police firing after he used firearms on them in California, officials said. ... read..

Buckingham Palace gears up for Queen's birthday
London [UK] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
It is time for celebrations at the United Kingdom's Buckingham Palace as Queen Elizabeth turned 92 on Saturday. ... read..

Pakistan: Pashtuns to hold meet despite no permission
Lahore [Pakistan] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Despite the refusal by Lahore district administration, Pashtun Tahafuz Movement supporters will continue to hold a public meeting at Lahore's Mochi Gate. ... read..

US calls China, Russia, Iran, N.Korea 'morally reprehensible' on rights
By Lesley Wroughton and David Brunnstrom WASHINGTON | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
The United States labeled China, Russia, Iran and North Korea on Friday as "morally reprehensible" governments that it said violated human rights within their borders on a daily basis, making them "forces of instability". In releasing the State Departmen ... read..

Syrian rebels withdraw from enclave northeast of Damascus
By Tom Perry and Suleiman Al-Khalidi BEIRUT/AMMAN | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Syrian rebels began withdrawing from an enclave northeast of Damascus on Saturday and will go to northern Syria, state TV and a rebel official said, in a surrender agreement that marks another victory for President Bashar al-Assad. The withdrawal will re ... read..

Romania split over Israel embassy
Bucharest | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Romania's president has stepped into a row over the location of the country's embassy in Israel, an Euronews report says. The leader of Romania's ruling Social Democrats said the government had approved a memorandum to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Je ... read..

French MPs ban meaty words to describe vegetarian food
Paris | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
'Vegan sausages', 'soya steaks', and 'quorn fillets' will soon be a thing of the past in France. On Thursday, French MPs voted to ban meaty words being used to describe foods that are significantly plant-based. The measure, proposed by MP Jean Baptise Mo ... read..

Nepal: UML and MC to give message of unification
Kathmandu | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
On the occasion of the establishment day of Nepal Communist Party, the top leaders of CPN-UML and CPN Maoist Centre would be giving a message of early unification between the two parties, on Sunday. Although the two parties had made efforts to be unified ... read..

Turkey's Erdogan says emergency rule good for economy as stops terrorism, strikes
ISTANBUL | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Businesses should welcome Turkey's state of emergency because it guards against terrorism and prevents workers from going out on strike, President Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday. Parliament this week voted to extend the state of emergency, introduced fol ... read..

Family of Myanmar policeman who described sting on Reuters reporters evicted-family
By Shoon Naing and Thu Thu Aung YANGON | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
The family of a Myanmar policeman who told a court how police planted secret documents on Reuters reporters to "entrap" them was evicted from police housing in the capital Naypyitaw on Saturday, less than 24 hours after his testimony, family members said. ... read..

One killed, 16 injured as Madagascar police disperse protests
By Lovasoa Rabary ANTANANARIVO | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
One person was killed on Saturday when Madagascar police fired teargas at opposition demonstrators protesting against new electoral laws they say are designed to lock out their candidate from a presidential election due this year. Olivat Rakoto, director ... read..

Germany: North Korea must disclose its nuclear and missile programme
BERLIN | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said North Korea's announcement that it would immediately suspend nuclear and missile tests was a step in the right direction but added that Pyongyang must reveal its nuclear and missile programme. "To enter into a serio ... read..

Excessive use of smartphone leads to anxiety, depression: Study
Washington | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Smartphones, which have become the lifeline of Gen X, is actually one of the main reasons pushing them into the dangerous well of depression and anxiety, a study revealed. A new study conducted on 135 San Francisco State University students and published ... read..

Queen Elizabeth II celebrates 92nd birthday
London | Saturday, 2018 7:15:04 PM IST
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday celebrated her 92nd birthday, an occasion marked with gun salutes across the capital. ... read..

Teen who hacked top US officials gets 2 years jail (Lead)
London | Saturday, 2018 6:45:04 PM IST
A British teenager who hacked into a former US security chief's TV and taunted him by posting a "I own you" message on the screen, besides targeting CIA and FBI officials, has been sentenced two years behind bars on Friday ... read..

Gay rights of no importance in Kenya: Kenyatta
London | Saturday, 2018 6:15:04 PM IST
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has said that his country does not consider gay rights "relevant" as it goes against the cultural beliefs of Kenyans. ... read..

Former Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif accompanies ailing wife Kulsoom
New Delhi [India] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Ousted Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif accompanied his ailing wife Kulsoom Nawaz to her radiotherapy session in London, England, on Saturday. ... read..

China hails North Korea's decision to abandon nuclear missile tests
Beijing [China] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China on Saturday hailed North Korea's decision to abandon its nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. ... read..

Commonwealth Declaration: Strong stance against cybercrime
London | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
In their Declaration, the Commonwealth countries have unanimously committed to take action on cybersecurity between now and 2020. Terming the Declaration as landmark, the Commonwealth Secretariat issued a media release saying that "the 53 leaders agreed t ... read..

Tunisia reopens consulate in Libyan capital Tripoli
TRIPOLI | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Tunisia has reopened its consulate in the Libyan capital, the Libya foreign ministry said on Saturday, the latest mission to return to Tripoli. Most embassies left Tripoli in 2014 when heavy fighting broke out between rival factions and few came back when ... read..

House full show at Saudi's first movie theatre
Riyadh | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Can you imagine people hitting movie theatres for the first time for a commercial film in more than three decades, then welcome to Saudi Arabia! In the Saudi Capital, it was a full house on Friday night at the country's first cinema as the first public sc ... read..

Armenian PM calls for dialogue with opposition protesters
YEREVAN | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Armenian Prime Minister Serzh Sarksyan, appointed this month after 10 years as president, called for immediate dialogue on Saturday with opposition protesters who accuse him of clinging to power and demand he step down. Sarksyan's call coincided with a ni ... read..

Nawaz set to return from UK as court exemption denied
Islamabad | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
An accountability court on Friday granted one-day exemption to former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his daughter Maryam Nawaz from personal appearance in the Avenfield apartments reference, while rejecting their applications seeking exemption till April ... read..

Red Cross officer killed in Yemen shooting
Aden | Saturday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
A member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Yemen's Taiz province on Saturday, a security official said. ... read..

Missouri Governor indicted for misusing charity list
Washington | Saturday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
The governor of the US state of Missouri has been indicted on a felony charge of computer tampering relating to his campaign's alleged procurement of a non-profit donor list without the charity's knowledge. ... read..

Sessions 'threatened to resign' if his deputy fired: Report
Washington | Saturday, 2018 4:15:04 PM IST
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned the White House that he may resign if President Donald Trump fired his deputy Rod J. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. ... read..

Mira Ricardel to be new deputy national security advisor
Washington DC [United States] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
National security advisor (NSA) John Bolton on Friday (local time) named Undersecretary of Commerce Mira Ricardel as his deputy, announced the White House. ... read..

Balochistan budget to be presented on May 9
Quetta (Balochistan) [Pakistan] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
The annual budget of Balochistan for 2018-19 will be presented on May 9, approved the Balochistan cabinet on Friday. ... read..

Here's face of man who lived in Japan about 27k years ago
Tokyo | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
A digitally reconstructed skull of a man who lived in Japan 27,000 years ago shows an unmistakable resemblance to races in southern Asia, offering a crucial clue to the origins of the Japanese people, researchers say, according to a Asahi Shimbun report o ... read..

China welcomes Kim's promise to freeze nuclear tests
Beijing | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
China on Saturday welcomed North Korea's decision to suspend nuclear tests and close a nuclear test site, saying it could help ease tension on the Korean peninsula, a report of the South China Morning Post said on Saturday. Chinese foreign ministry spokes ... read..

Britain hopes North Korean nuclear move will be positive step
LONDON | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Britain said on Saturday that North Korea's plan to cease nuclear tests would be a positive step and that it hoped this was a sign of good faith. "A long term commitment from Kim Jung Un to halt all nuclear tests and ICBM launches would be a positive step ... read..

EU welcomes North Korean move on nuclear tests, urges denuclearisation
BRUSSELS | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
The European Union's foreign affairs chief said on Saturday that North Korea's announcement to stop nuclear tests was a positive step and called for an "irreversible denuclearisation" of the Asian country. The North Korean move "is a positive, long sought ... read..

U.S. President Trump to visit Britain mid-year, possibly July -reports
LONDON | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Britain midway through 2018, possibly in July, British newspapers reported on Saturday, citing government sources in Washington and London. A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Theresa May's office said officials were st ... read..

Madagascar police fire teargas at opposition protests
ANTANANARIVO | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Madagascar police fired teargas at opposition demonstrators protesting against new electoral laws they say are designed to lock out their candidate from a presidential election due later this year. Hundreds of protesters gathered in the centre of the capi ... read..

Azeri parliament names Novruz Mamedov as new prime minister
BAKU | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
The Azeri parliament appointed Novruz Mamedov as the country's new prime minister on Saturday. Mamedov has been a foreign policy assistant to Azerbaijan's President, Ilham Aliyev, since last year. REUTERS SV 1359 ... read..

Stormy Daniels' ex-lawyer drawn into Cohen probe
Washington | Saturday, 2018 3:15:04 PM IST
The former lawyer of two women who were paid to stay silent about thier alleged affair with Donald Trump, has been drawn into the federal probe into the US President's attorney, Michael Cohen. ... read..

Pakistan is China's client state', says US report
Washington D C [United States] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
China's recent decision to provide Pakistan with the military version of Beidou, its hi-tech ballistic missile tracking and monitoring system, has once again certified a well known strategic view that Beijing uses Islamabad as the first choice exporting n ... read..

6 Taliban militants killed in Afghanistan
Kabul [Afghanistan] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
At least six Taliban militants including a local leader of the outfit Qari Amrullah have been killed during a clash with the Afghan forces in the war-torn country's Faryab province. ... read..

North Korea's nuclear test suspension brings new hopes for South Korean economy
Seoul [South Korea] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un's decision to suspend the nuclear tests is likely to improve the geopolitical situation in South Korea as the danger of any impending Korean war upon the latter's economy is said to be alleviated. ... read..

Nawaz Sharif's exemption plea rejected
Islamabad [Pakistan] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
An accountability court in Pakistan rejected country's former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's plea seeking seven-day exemption from personal appearance in the Avenfield case. ... read..

10 killed in Nicaragua protests over pension reforms (Second Lead)
Managua | Saturday, 2018 2:45:04 PM IST
Ten people have been killed in Nicaragua in three days of violent clashes between police and opponents of changes to the pension system, officials said on Saturday. ... read..

Modi to visit Nepal on May 11
Kathmandu | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to visit Kathmandu on May 11, according to the sources here. The media reports said that Modi was also expected to travel to Janakpur, an important religious centre in the Tarai plains and close to the border wit ... read..

Action needed to address double burden of malnutrition in Africa
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Africa's attempts to achieve health for all by 2030 could be threatened unless the continent address the twin challenges of undernutrition and obesity, experts attending a United Nations meeting in Nairobi this week have warned. Undernutrition occurs when ... read..

Cameroon: 'Do not send refugees back to violence they fled from'
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Despite warnings, Nigerian refugees and asylum-seekers who fled Boko Haram violence continue to be returned from Cameroon, the United Nations refugee agency has said, underscoring the need to accord international protection to those in need. "We appeal on ... read..

Bio-based, reuse economy can feed the world: UN agency
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Transforming pineapple skins into product packaging or using potato peels for fuel may sound far-fetched, but such innovations are gaining traction as it becomes clear that an economy based on cultivation and use of biomass can help tackle pollution and c ... read..

INTERVIEW: 'I want to contribute to service of humanity,' says first-time UN PK from Indonesia
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
It is first deployment of Hernawan Rizky Yudhantoro -- the Indonesian police officer -- with an international peacekeeping operation. He is serving with the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID), a region of Sudan where conflic ... read..

'Give peace a chance,' UN peacekeeping official
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
All stakeholders in South Sudan must "engage genuinely and constructively in finding a political solution" to the conflict there, a senior United Nations peacekeeping official has said at the end of her four-day visit. "There is no military solution to th ... read..

Early rains expose risks for Rohingya refugees in B'desh, warns UN agency
United Nations | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
The arrival of pre-monsoon rains in southern Bangladesh has revealed an alarming level of risks for Rohingya refugees, United Nations humanitarian agencies has said, warning that they do not have the funds needed to protect hundreds of thousands of despe ... read..

China navy drills in Pacific as tension with Taiwan rises
SHANGHAI | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Chinese naval forces have passed through waters south of Taiwan and carried out military exercises in the western Pacific, the latest in a series of military drills that self-ruled Taiwan has criticised as amounting to "intimidation". J-15 fighters took o ... read..

Iran vows "expected and unexpected" moves if US exits deal
DUBAI | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal, as U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to do. "Our Atomic Ener ... read..

Syrian state TV: Rebels set to quit enclave NE of Damascus
BEIRUT | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Syrian state TV said on Saturday that rebels had agreed to surrender an enclave northeast of Damascus and go to opposition areas at the border with Turkey, a withdrawal that would clinch another victory for President Bashar al-Assad. There was no immediat ... read..

South Koreans sceptical of North Korea's promises; want to see proof
By Joori Roh and Cynthia Kim SEOUL | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
North Korea's announcement of a halt in its nuclear and missile tests was met with scepticism by many South Koreans on Saturday, highlighting political risk for the South's president as he embarks on the latest push for peace on the peninsula. North Korea ... read..

Iran has "expected and unexpected" reactions if US leaves deal-Rouhani
DUBAI | Saturday, Apr 21 2018 IST
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday Iran's atomic agency was ready with "expected and unexpected" reactions if the United States pulls out of a multinational nuclear deal. "Our Atomic Energy Organization is fully prepared ... for actions tha ... read..

North Korea suspends missile, nuclear tests (Lead)
Seoul | Saturday, 2018 2:15:04 PM IST
North Korea on Saturday announced its suspension of all missile tests and shutting down of nuclear test site, saying its quest for nuclear arms was "complete" and it "no longer needed" to test its weapons capability. ... read..

US, China, Japan welcome N.Korea's decision to suspend n-tests
Washington/Beijing/Tokyo | Saturday, 2018 1:45:05 PM IST
The US, China and Japan have welcomed North Korea's decision to suspended nuclear tests and inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests. ... read..

Harvard alumni, now faculty, vote to form union
Washington | Saturday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST
Harvard University graduates now teaching at the institution have voted to form a labour union to bargain for higher salaries despite opposition from the management. ... read..

Nicaragua accepts dialogue call after protests (Lead)
Managua | Saturday, 2018 1:45:04 PM IST
Nicaragua has accepted a call for dialogue by the private sector to discuss a new set of social security measures, which have led to widespread protests and violence in the country that killed at least five persons and injured around 100 in three days. ... read..

Afghanistan: 5 killed in mine explosion at Nangarhar
Kabul [Afghanistan] | April 21, 2018 12:01:13 AM IST
Five civilians were killed in a mine explosion in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province on Friday. ... read..

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