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Donald Trump to visit Asia in November, ...

Donald Trump to visit Asia in November, North Korea in spotlight.

Washington: Donald Trump will travel to Asia in November for the first time since becoming president, stopping in Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines on a trip expected to be dominated by the North Korea nuclear threat. Joined by his wife Melania, Trump will travel 3-14 November.... read more »

China says one step forwards, two steps ...

China says one step forwards, two steps back no good for Japan ties.

China’s foreign minister on Thursday said that ties with Japan should not take two steps back for every step forward, after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a rare appearance at an anniversary event for the normalization of diplomatic relations. Speaking on the eve of the 45th anniversary... read more »

Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants kil...

Somalia’s al-Shabaab militants kill 17 in attack

Somalia’s al-Shabaab fighters attacked a military base outside the capital Mogadishu using car bombs and guns, killing 17 soldiers and taking control of the base and a nearby town, the group said on Friday. Residents and officials confirmed the attack, but gave no details on... read more »

Iraq blocks international flights to Kur...

Iraq blocks international flights to Kurdistan in retaliation for independe...

ERBIL, Iraq (Reuters) – International flights to and from Iraq’s Kurdistan region were set to end from 6:00 p.m. (11.00 a.m. ET) on Friday, after the central government imposed a ban in retaliation for the region’s vote for independence. Almost all foreign airlines suspended flights to... read more »

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Desmond Tutu to attend Mandela's funeral

Desmond Tutu to attend Mandela’s funeral

London – South Africa’s Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu will attend the funeral of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela Sunday. “Tutu will be travelling to Qunu early... read more »

Ex-army chief to testify in Mubarak retrial

Ex-army chief to testify in Mubarak retrial

Cairo – Egypt’s former army chief and defence minister Hussein Tantawi appeared in Cairo Criminal Court Saturday ! for testimony in the... read more »

Mandela makes final journey home

Mandela makes final journey home

 On a final journey to his home village where he had wanted to spend his final days, the remains of Nelson Mandela were honored amid pomp and ceremony on... read more »

10 killed in Central African Republic violence

10 killed in Central African Republic violence

Younde (Cameroon) –  At least 10 people were killed in fresh violence which broke out Thursday in Bangui, capital city of the Central African Republic,... read more »

Mandela’s statue to be erected at Presidency

Mandela's statue to be erected at Presidency

Johannesburg – A statue of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away last week at his residence at the age of 95, will be erected at the... read more »

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Yemen thrown into turmoil as its president resigns

SANAA: Yemeni leader Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi has offered to resign following a standoff with a powerful Shiite militia in control of the capital, throwing his country deeper into political turmoil. In... read more »

China mulls 7,000 km bullet train to connect Beiji...

China is planning to build a 7,000 km-long high-speed railway line, costing $250 billion, between Moscow and Beijing through Central Asia to provide... read more »

ISIS executing ‘educated women’ in new wave...

GENEVA: The UN on Tuesday decried numerous executions of civilians in Iraq by the Islamic State group, warning that educated women appeared to be especially at... read more »

Pakistan troops fire at three border posts

Pakistan troops violate ceasefire

Pakistan Rangers resorted to unprovoked firing on the international border here Wednesday. “Pakistan Rangers started firing at three BSF outposts in Arnia... read more »

Sri Lanka: Police raids Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country hom...

Colombo – Embattled former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa’s country home in the southern province has been raided by police who were looking... read more »

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China's economy to be 'smooth and stable' in 2014: PM

China’s economy to be ‘smooth and stable’ in 20...

Beijing – China’s economy will be on a steady path in 2014, Premier Li Keqiang has said. During a trip to Tianjin, Keqiang said that China has the conditions in place to maintain the... read more »

China to strengthen supervision of officials' assets reports

China to strengthen supervision of officials’...

Beijing – China has ordered strict enforcement of a regulation that requires officials to report their assets and their family members’... read more »

China formally allows more couples to have second child

China formally allows more couples to have second child

Beijing – China’s top legislature Saturday made a resolution to allow couples to have two children if either parent is an only child. The Standing... read more »

Beijing may relax birth policy in 2014

Beijing may relax birth policy in 2014

Beijing – Beijing has started to examine a draft to relax the more than 30-year-old one-child policy, authorities said Friday. The standing committee of... read more »

China adds destroyer to its East China Sea fleet

China adds destroyer to its East China Sea fleet

Beijing – A destroyer was commissioned for the East China Sea fleet of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy Thursday, Xinhua reported. The... read more »

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China slams Japan for slandering its air defence zone in international forum

‘Air-defence zone not to affect freedom of overflights̵...

Beijing – China Wednesday said its Air Defence Identification Zone over the East China Sea is not a “no-fly zone” and will not affect the “freedom of overflights”. In a... read more »

Thailand protesters storm army headquarters

Thailand protesters storm army headquarters

Protesters in Thailand stormed into the national Army headquarters on Friday, breaking into their latest high-profile target in a bid to topple Prime... read more »

North Korea n-reactor may be in use again: IAEA

North Korea n-reactor may be in use again: IAEA

Vienna – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Thursday that it has evidence of suspicious activity coming from North Korea’s Yongbyon... read more »

S.Korea joins rash of nations strongly opposing China’s...

S.Korea joins rash of nations strongly opposing China’s new air-defense zone

Islamabad – South Korea has reportedly expressed dissent over China’s new air-defense identification zone over the East China Sea that has concerned... read more »

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote...

Thai PM Yingluck Shinawatra survives no-confidence vote,protests continue

Thailand’s embattled Prime Minister has easily survived a no-confidence vote in parliament. Lawmakers in Bangkok voted 297 to 134 Thursday against unseating... read more »

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Gaza official: Israel Navy arrests Gaza fishermen

An official in the Gaza Strip says the Israeli Navy has arrested four Palestinian fishermen and seized their boat in one of the first instances of friction between the sides since the Gaza war ended... read more »

Egypt ex-President Morsi charged over Qatar files ...

Ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi is being charged with handing over national security documents to Qatar, the state prosecutor... read more »

50 days of war leave Israelis and Palestinians only mor...

JERUSALEM: Only time will tell whether Israel will maintain the quiet it so desperately sought during 50 days of war with Palestinian militants in the Gaza... read more »

IS struggling to control its new-found oil riches: Expe...

DUBAI: Though the dreaded Islamic State is earning over $3 million daily by producing about 80,000 barrels of oil in Iraq and Syria, experts say the group is... read more »

The rise of ISIS: Group of 10,000 fighters now controls...

ISIS now controls territory the size of the UK, is making £600,000 a day from selling oil and ransoming hostages and has a fighting force of 10,000 militants,... read more »

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South Asia

India, Pakistan, Afghanistan can only be friends: Sharif

India, Pakistan, Afghanistan can only be friends: Sharif

Islamabad – Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Friday said India, Afghanistan and Pakistan have no other option but to become good friends. In an interview to a Turkish media house, Sharif... read more »

Musharraf seeks forgiveness, says will not flee country

Musharraf seeks forgiveness, says will not flee co...

Islamabad – Former Pakistani dictator Pervez Musharraf has sought “forgiveness” for any wrongs he may have committed during his... read more »

Setting up special court to try Musharraf challenged

Setting up special court to try Musharraf challenged

Islamabad – An appeal was submitted Tuesday in the Islamabad High Court in Pakistan against the formation of a special court to try former president... read more »

Shahbaz visit must revive India-Pakistan peace: daily

Shahbaz visit must revive India-Pakistan peace: daily

Islamabad – The visit of Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Pakistan’s Punjab province, t! o Indian Punjab earlier this month will be meaningful... read more »

Want to travel? Go to government, Musharraf told

General Pervez Musharraf can be arrested in Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC.) trial, say experts

Islamabad – Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf was Monday advised by the Sindh High Court to approach the government if he desired permission to... read more »

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Same sex weddings expected in Britain next year

Same sex weddings expected in Britain next year

London – The first same sex weddings in Britain are expected to hap! pen from March 29 next year, Women and Equalities Minister Maria Miller said Tuesday. The British parliament approved the... read more »

Police clash with protesters in Ukrainian capital

Police clash with protesters in Ukrainian capital

Security forces clashed with protesters as they began tearing down opposition barricades and tents set up in the centre of the Ukrainian capital... read more »

Jailed Pussy Riot members might be pardoned under new K...

Jailed Pussy Riot members might be pardoned under new Kremlin amnesty bill

London – The jailed members of the Pussy Riot band could be released under a Kremlin amnesty. The Kremlin-friendly daily Izvestia said the amnesty bill... read more »

Costa Concordia Captain abandoned ship leaving almost 3...

Costa Concordia Captain abandoned ship leaving almost 300 people on board

Washington – An Italian court has heard that a coastguard official aboard the doomed cruise liner Costa Concordia had told its captain, Francesco... read more »

Putin creates ‘Ministry of Truth’ news agency to contro...

Putin creates ‘Ministry of Truth’ news agency to control Russian media

Washington – Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the creation of a news agency in a move to further strengthen Kremlin control over the... read more »

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US condemns shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

US condemns shelling of Russian embassy in Damascus

Washington – The Obama administration has denounced the shelling of the Russian embassy Thursday in the Syrian capital of Damascus, calling for all perpetrators to be held... read more »

Syrian chemical weapons disposal plan to be released next week: UN

U.S. plans to destroy Syrian chemical weapons at s...

Washington – The United States is planning to destroy some of Syria’s deadliest chemical weapons in international waters aboard a... read more »

NSA snooped on porn habits of Islamist radicals to disc...

NSA snooped on porn habits of Islamist radicals to discredit them: Report

Washington – The documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have reportedly indicated that the US’ spy agency allegedly spied on the porn... read more »

Obama calls Saudi king over Iran: White House

Obama calls Saudi king over Iran: White House

Washington – US President Barack Obama Wednesday called King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia to discuss the negotiations over Iranian... read more »

CIA recruited Guantanamo Bay suspects to spy on al-Qa’i...

CIA recruited Guantanamo Bay suspects to spy on al-Qa’ida leaders post 9/11

London – The CIA turned some terror suspects, who were rounded up and delivered to the Guantanamo Bay military prison Cuba in the wake of the 9/11... read more »

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We oppose militarisation of South China Sea: Australia’s foreign minister

India has commercial interests in the South China Sea and has been pressing for resolving the dispute as per the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. Prime Minister Narendra... read more »

LoC firing: Pak targets schools in J&K; 217 students, 15 teachers rescued

All schools in Nowshera, Manjakote sectors of Rajouri district is closed for an indefinite periodBraving Pakistani shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC), authorities in Rajouri... read more »

Precedents suggest Mayawati’s resignation likely to be rejected on technical grounds

Her resignation may not be accepted because members quitting Parliament are expected to submit their resignation in a simple format and without conditions Hours after storming out of the... read more »

US ‘concerned’ about India-China border standoff, says ‘both sides shoul...

NEW DELHI: The US said on Wednesday that it’s “concerned” about the India-China border standoff in Doklam that’s now entered its second month. “I know that the... read more »

UAE Behind Hacking of Qatari Media that Begins New Middle-East Cr...

WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of a Qatari government news site in May, planting a false story that was used as a pretext for the current crisis between Qatar and... read more »