Xi to Trump: There have been ‘positive changes' on Korean peninsula

Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | AFP | BEIJING

Chinese president Xi Jinping told his US counterpart Donald Trump that there have been “positive changes” on the Korean peninsula, state media said Tuesday following a phone call between the two leaders. Trump has pushed Xi to increase economic and political pressure on North Korea in the hopes of convincing it...

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Wednesday, 17 Jan 2018 | Agencies

Lankan Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen Colombo/Rameswaram: At least 16 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their four fishing trawlers seized for allegedly fishing in Sri Lanka’s territorial waters near Katchatheevu islet, the Sri Lankan Navy said on Tuesday in Colombo. 47 injured in school bus crash in Germany Berlin: At least 47...

I’m not racist: Trump

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

Declaring that he is “not a racist”, President Donald Trump has asserted once again that he never made the derogatory comment about Haiti, African migrants at a White House meeting last week as claimed by a senior Democratic Senator. “No, no, I’m not a racist. I am the least racist...

China: General Rawat’s remarks ‘unconstructive’

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | PTI | Beijing

China on Monday hit out at Indian Army chief General Bipin Rawat for calling Dokalam a disputed territory and said that his ‘unconstructive’ comments were not helpful for maintaining peace at the borders. In an angry rebuttal to Gen Rawat’s comments, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said his comments went against...

Pak Taliban claims it killed Benazir Bhutto

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | PTI | Islamabad

The Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007, saying it killed her as she allegedly planned to collaborate with the US against the ‘mujahideen’ if she returned to power, says a book by the banned terror group. “The return of Benazir Bhutto...

Madrid to keep control of Catalonia if Puigdemont tries to govern remotely

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | AFP | Madrid

Spain’s Prime Minister warned on Monday that Madrid would maintain unpopular direct control of Catalonia if the former regional leader Carles Puigdemont tries to govern again from exile in Belgium. Speaking to party members, Rajoy said that Puigdemont had ‘to be physically present’ in Catalonia to take office, and if that...

38 people killed in Baghdad fidayeen attacks: Officials

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | AP | Baghdad

Two suicide bombers blew themselves up at a busy street market in central Baghdad on Monday, in back- to-back explosions that killed at least 38 people, Iraqi health and police officials said. The attackers struck during rush hour in the city’s Tayran Square, which is usually crowded by laborers seeking work. The...

Russia’s Lavrov lashes out at US at annual press conference

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | AFP | Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attacked the US in an annual press conference today, accusing Washington of issuing ultimatums and failing to recognise “the reality of the emerging multipolar world”. Lavrov said the past year had not been easy from a foreign policy perspective as he took questions on Syria, Ukraine,...

UN’s Guterres hails Colombia peace effort as rebels bomb pipeline

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | AP | Mesetas (Colombia)

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has praised the “total commitment” of Colombia’s Government and former FARC rebels to peace- building, as the military blamed a smaller rebel group for bombing an oil pipeline. “A peace-building process is not easy,” Guterres said yesterday during a visit to an area where former fighters of...

Syria says planned ‘border force’ would be ‘traitors’

Tuesday, 16 Jan 2018 | AFP | Damascus

Syria on Monday lambasted the US-led coalition’s plan to create a 30,000-strong border force in the country’s northeast, saying it would consider its members “traitors”. The alliance fighting the ISIS announced yesterday that it was working with Arab and Kurdish fighters to establish a Border Security Force (BSF). The BSF would be...


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Myanmar Army’s admission of killings a ‘positive step’: Suu

14 Jan 2018 | AFP | Yangon

Myanmar’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi has welcomed an unprecedented army admission that security forces carried out extra-judicial killings of Rohingya Muslims as a “positive step”, state-backed media reported on Saturday. After months of staunch denials of abuse, the army on Wednesday said a probe found four members of the security forces helped kill 10 Rohingya militant suspects at Inn Din village on September 2, leaving their bodies in a...

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State in dilemma over SC orders on Padmaavat release

19 Jan 2018 | Staff Reporter | Bhopal

With the decision of the Supreme Court setting aside notification issued by the Madhya Pradesh Government banning the release of Hindi movie ‘Padmaavat’, the State Government is in dilemma.The Government does not know what to do in the new scenario...

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