US: North Korea increased tunneling at nuclear test site

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | AFP | Seoul

North Korea has stepped up tunneling at its main nuclear test site, a US think tank said, even as tensions cool on the peninsula following the resumption of long-stalled inter-Korean dialogue. Satellite images showed increased activity at the Punggye-ri site, with mining carts and personnel frequently visible, and excavation waste...

Heavy snow strands 430 people overnight on train in Japan

Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | AP | Tokyo

About 430 people were stuck on a train overnight in Japan because of heavy snow that blanketed much of the country’s Japan Sea coast, a railway official said on Friday. The train started moving again about 15 hours after it had been forced to stop the previous evening, said Shinichi Seki,...


Saturday, 13 Jan 2018 | Pioneer

pakistan won’t seek denied military aid Islamabad: Pakistan will not seek the resumption of suspended US military aid and feels “betrayed” by the recent critical statements of the American leadership against Islamabad’s fight against terrorism, Army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said. Pak man gets life for stabbing 17 women Islamabad: A...

‘Working with countries like India a good thing’

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

President Donald Trump, who continues to be under unremitting attacks from Democrats over his “cosy” relationship with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, has defended his efforts to improve ties with Moscow. “Working with countries, whether it’s Russia or China or India, or any of the countries that surround this world and encompass...

US Bill moots increase in Green Cards

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

A new Bill, introduced by Republican lawmakers in the US House of Representatives as part of the legislative fix to protect about 8,00,000 young illegal immigrants from deportation, also proposes a substantial increase in allotment of Green Cards for legal immigrants waiting for years for permanent residency. The Bill, if passed,...

EU backs under-fire Iran nuke pact as Trump weighs future

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | AP | Brussels

European Union powers on Thursday urged US President Donald Trump to endorse a key nuclear agreement with Iran insisting that the deal is essential for international security. The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany threw their weight behind the pact limiting Iran's nuclear ambitions and insisted that the Islamic Republic...

Julian Assange denied diplomatic status by UK

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | PTI | London

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who has been holed up in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London to avoid arrest and extradition to the US, was on Thursday denied diplomatic status by the UK Government. The anti-secrecy group's chief has been based at the Ecuador embassy since 2012 after he lost appeals against...

Increase in ICJ work shows greater faith by members: Bhandari

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | PTI | The Hague

The increase in work of the International Court of Justice shows that various countries are reposing much greater confidence in the world court's functioning, Indian ICJ Justice Dalveer Bhandari has said. A reception in honour of Judge Bhandari — who was re- elected as ICJ judge recently for a fresh term...

Globe Trotting

Friday, 12 Jan 2018 | Agencies

Netanyahu hopeful of ties with India Jerusalem: Not disheartened by India's vote against Israel at the UN General Assembly on the issue of Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed hope that bilateral ties would receive a further boost during his milestone visit to the country. Plane makes emergency landing in Poland Warsaw:...

‘Dreamers’: Judge blocks ouster plan

Thursday, 11 Jan 2018 | S Rajagopalan | Washington

A US federal judge has temporarily blocked the Trump Administration from rescinding the Obama-era protection from deportation for about 8,00,000 young illegal immigrants, including some 7,800 Indians, even as the US Congress began negotiations to find an urgent legislative fix to the tangle. Holding that the administration’s decision to end DACA...


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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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