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Nobel peace prize goes to anti-nuclear c...

Nobel peace prize goes to anti-nuclear campaign in rebuke to armed nations.

An influential anti-nuclear campaign group has won the 2017 Nobel peace prize, in a decision that underlines the mounting danger of nuclear conflict amid simmering tensions between the US and North Korea and the increasing vulnerability of the Iran nuclear deal. The chair of the Norwegian Nobel... read more »

India, European Union enhance cooperatio...

India, European Union enhance cooperation: Full text of Narendra Modi’...

India and the European Union on Friday decided to increase cooperation in counter-terrorism and areas of trade after Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the president of the European Council, Donald Franciszek Tusk, and European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker in New Delhi. India pushed the... read more »

Japanese reporter died after 159 hours o...

Japanese reporter died after 159 hours of overtime.

TOKYO: Japan’s public broadcaster has vowed to reform its working practices as it revealed that a young reporter died of heart failure after logging 159 hours of overtime in a month. NHK reporter Miwa Sado, 31, who had been covering political news in Tokyo, was found dead in her bed in July... read more »

Sir Edward Heath ‘would have been ...

Sir Edward Heath ‘would have been questioned’ over abuse claims...

Sir Edward Heath would have been questioned over sex abuse claims if he was alive when they came to light, police have said. Wiltshire Police launched Operation Conifer two years ago after the former Conservative prime minister was accused of historical child sex abuse. He would have been... read more »

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Mandela’s funeral begins with military procession

Rainbow Nation bids adieu to Mandela with song and dance

 A memorial service has begun for former South African President Nelson Mandela at an open-air football stadium in Soweto on Tuesday, with rain falling steadily on the crowd that includes family... read more »

'Mandela needs to be re-invoked'

Over 90 high-profile guests to attend Mandela̵...

Johannesburg – A total of 91 high-profile guests, including heads of state and government and 10 former heads of state, had confirmed by... read more »

South African airspace ready to serve Mandela mourning ...

South African airspace ready to serve Mandela mourning activities

Johannesburg – The South African civil aviation system announced Monday that they are ready to serve Mandela mourning activities. “Measures have... read more »

Upset family seeks to ban Nelson Mandela’s grands...

Upset family seeks to ban Nelson Mandela's grandson from funeral

London – Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s grandson might face a ban on attending his funeral following months-long bitter family... read more »

Nelson Mandela’s daughter saw him losing grip on ...

Nelson Mandela's daughter saw him losing grip on life

London – Former South African President Nelson Mandela’s eldest daughter has said that the doctors already knew his father would die on Thursday... read more »

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US trains Iraqis for house-to-house battle against IS

TAJI BASE, Iraq: A team of camouflage-clad Iraqi soldiers lines up near the door of a one-storey house north of Baghdad with rifles ready, preparing to enter and search it. For now, there are no... read more »

Car bomb kills 37 at Yemen police academy

SANAA: A car bomb tore through dozens of Yemenis lined up at a police academy in Sanaa Wednesday, leaving 37 dead in the latest attack to highlight... read more »

Live: Sri Lanka votes in tightest election in decades

Sri Lankans began voting on Thursday in a tightly fought presidential election, with incumbent Mahinda Rajapakse seeking a record third term in office amid a... read more »

Syria conflict: 76,000 die in deadliest year – ac...

The year 2014 was the deadliest year yet in Syria’s four-year conflict, with over 76,000 killed, activists say. The UK-based Syrian Observatory for... read more »

Sri Lanka’s Rajapaksa regime losing its grip

Manmohan Singh’s letter to me does not address Tamil issue: President Rajapaksa

Delhi: Casino mogul James Packer must wish he could vote in Sri Lanka’s presidential elections next Thursday. Not only is the main challenger... read more »

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China

Air defence zone remarks: China refutes Japanese PM

Air defence zone remarks: China refutes Japanese PM

Beijing – Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Hong Lei has strongly refuted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent remarks on China’s East China Sea Air Defence... read more »

China to strengthen supervision of officials' assets reports

China to safeguard national food security

Beijing –  China will safeguard national food security while continuing to pursue the sustainable development of agriculture, an official... read more »

China asks Japan to halt provocation

China asks Japan to halt provocation

Beijing – China has asked Japan to immediately stop all of its provocative actions over the ownership of Diaoyu Islands. Reacting to a video clip on the... read more »

Chinese reform encouraging, says World Bank chief

Chinese reform encouraging, says World Bank chief

Washington – The recent reform measures announced by the Chinese government are encouraging, and the US Federal Reserve needs to exit the current... read more »

China allegedly withholds residence visas for NYT, Bloo...

China allegedly withholds residence visas for NYT, Bloomberg reporters

Beijing – China has been reportedly withholding residence visas for the New York Times (NYT) and Bloomberg reporters over the agencies’ investigative... read more »

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Far East

Two South Korean firms in Kaesong to close operations

South Korean lawmakers head to Kaesong complex

Seoul – A group of South Korea lawmakers crossed the border line separating North and South Korea into the Kaesong industrial complex to make an on-site inspection during the parliamentary... read more »

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Ex-Thai PM to file lawsuit against public prosecut...

Bangkok – Former prime minister of Thailand Abhisit Vejjajiva Tuesday said he would file a lawsuit against the Office of Attorney General for... read more »

Japan’s NRA urges Tepco to prevent mishaps at crippled ...

Japan ruling-party panel to propose break-of Fukushima operator

Washington – Japanese nuclear regulator has urged Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) to improve working conditions at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant... read more »

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes off Japan’s east...

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes off Japan's east coast: USGS

Tokyo –  A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the east coast of Japan on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported, but no tsunami warning was... read more »

More tsunami advisories issued after strong quake hit o...

More tsunami advisories issued after strong quake hit off NE Japan

TOKYO – More tsunami advisories were issued by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) early Saturday after a 7. 1 magnitude quake hit off Fukushima... read more »

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Middle East

Israel, Gaza violence defies truce ‘deal’

GAZA CITY, Palestinian territories: Israeli jets bombed targets across Gaza on Thursday, retaliating to Palestinian rocket attacks in spiraling violence that left a truce extension teetering on the... read more »

Suicide bomber attacks checkpoint near new Iraq PM...

BAGHDAD: A suicide bomber attacked a checkpoint near the Baghdad home of new Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday, two police sources and... read more »

Gaza truce ends with Israel claim of Hamas rocket fire

The Israeli military claimed renewed rocket fire by Gaza militants after a three-day truce expired on Friday and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal... read more »

Gaza truce ends with Israel claim of Hamas rocket fire

The Israeli military claimed renewed rocket fire by Gaza militants after a three-day truce expired on Friday and negotiations in Cairo on a new border deal... read more »

Arabs see Gaza war stoppage as Hamas victory despite de...

Arab reactions to what seems to be the end of the Gaza war, for now, has been schizophrenic in that there has been widespread condemnation of Israel’s... read more »

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South Asia

Musharraf trial: Court wants security tightened

Musharraf trial: Court wants security tightened

Islamabad – The Islamabad Anti-Terrorist Court Friday granted former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf’s request for exemption from appearing before it in the judges’ detention case, and... read more »

Pakistan president's warning to Taliban

Pakistan president’s warning to Taliban

Islamabad – Pakistan’s President Mamnoon Hussain has warned that other option! s could be used against the Taliban militants if peace... read more »

Bangladesh detains former president Ershad

Hussain Muhammad Ershad

Dhaka – Bangladesh’s former military dictator and Jatiya Party chairman Hussain Muhammad Ershad was detained in Dhaka Thursday night. Ershad was... read more »

War not an option, rival military officials should meet...

Shahbaz visit must revive India-Pakistan peace: daily

New Delhi – Pa! kistan Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif, the younger brother of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has said Islamabad would be... read more »

Khaleda Zia asks India to respect majority’s aspi...

Khaleda Zia asks India to respect majority's aspirations

Dhaka – Opposition Leader Khaleda Zia has asked India to “respect the aspirations of the majority in Bangladesh” and urged the ruling Awami... read more »

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Europe

Coalition deal reached in Germany

Coalition deal reached in Germany

Leaders of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative-led bloc and the Centre-Left Social Democratic Party reached a coalition agreement early Wednesday, negotiators said. The SPD and the... read more »

EU threatens to freeze data sharing with US

EU threatens to freeze data sharing with US

London – The European Union’s (EU) justice and rights commissioner Viviane Reding has threatened to halt data-sharing arrangements with... read more »

Rebekah Brooks once told Colin Montgomerie’s ex-w...

Rebekah Brooks once told Colin Montgomerie's ex-wife 'hacking voicemails easy'

London – Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks once reportedly told Eimear Cook, the ex-wife of golfer Colin Montgomerie, that it was easy to... read more »

Germany, US agree on efforts to rebuild trust

Germany, US agree on efforts to rebuild trust

Berlin – The US and German politicians agreed on efforts to rebuild trust during the visit by a delegation of US lawmakers led by senator Christ Murphy... read more »

Blairs angry and confused over Tony’s affair with Murdo...

Blairs angry and confused over Tony’s affair with Murdoch's ex-wife Wendi Deng claims

London – Former British prime minister Tony Blair’s wife Cherie is fuming over claims that her husband had affair with Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife... read more »

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North America

Merkel hails Greek progress in cutting debt

Merkel hails Greek progress in cutting debt

Berlin – German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday praised the progress Greece has made in cutting debt while meeting her Greek counterpart, but said more could be done in its efforts to overcome... read more »

Population of homeless people in NY City and LA has increased by 27 percent

Population of homeless people in NY City and LA ha...

Federal statistics from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) annual survey of over 3,000 cities and counties show the number... read more »

Kerry blames Muslim Brotherhood for ‘stealing’ Eg...

Kerry blames Muslim Brotherhood for 'stealing’ Egypt revolution

Washington – Secretary of State John Kerry has accused Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood of having ‘stolen’ the revolution that toppled longtime autocrat... read more »

US-Iran nuke dispute might end in six months, says Obam...

Obama defends Iranian nuclear deal against 'tough talk and bluster'

Islamabad – President Barack Obama has said that the United States could diplomatically resolve its nuclear dispute with Iran in the next six... read more »

US can access Britons’ personal data under secret...

US can access Britons' personal data under secret deal

London – The US National Security Agency has stored the personal electronic data of British citizens under a secret deal with London, according to files... read more »

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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... read more »

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,... read more »

Iraq blocks international flights to Kurdistan in retaliation for independence vote

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... read more »

North Korea ‘rogue nation and embarrassment to China’ Trump

US President Donald Trump on Sunday slammed North Korea for carrying out its biggest nuclear test, saying that the actions of the east Asian nation are a threat to the United States. In a... read more »

17-year-old Russian girl, alleged mastermind of Blue Whale challe...

A 17-year-old Russian girl has been arrested for allegedly being the mastermind behind the deadly Blue Whale Challenge, that encouraged players to commit suicide. The teenager, who was not... read more »