As North plans missile launch, US, S. Korea ready war games

As North plans missile launch, US, S. Korea ready war games

    SEOUL, South Korea, August 11 (AP) — Military officials said Friday they plan to move ahead with large-scale U.S.-South Korea exercises later this month that North Korea, now finalizing plans to launch a salvo of missiles toward Guam, claims are a rehearsal for war.   The exercises are an annual event, but come […]

India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingya

India in talks with Myanmar, Bangladesh to deport 40,000 Rohingya

    NEW DELHI, August 11 (Reuters) – India is in talks with Bangladesh and Myanmar about its plan to deport around 40,000 Rohingya Muslims it says are living in the country illegally, a government spokesman said on Friday, with state governments told to form task forces for the purpose.   Tens of thousands of […]

North Korea missile crisis seen pushing South Korea to gun up

North Korea missile crisis seen pushing South Korea to gun up

    SEOUL, August 11 (Reuters) – The escalating threat arising from nuclear-armed North Korea’s recent series of missile tests is prompting South Korea to beef up its military muscle and experts warn it could spur an arms buildup elsewhere in Northeast Asia.   South Korea and Japan are accustomed to the North’s frequent threats […]

Myanmar sends hundreds of troops to Rakhine as tension rises: sources

    YANGON, August 11 (Reuters) – Myanmar has sent hundreds of soldiers to beef up security in northwestern Rakhine state after a recent spate of killings, military sources said on Friday, fuelling fears of yet more violence and instability in the troubled region.   Muslim-majority northern Rakhine was plunged into violence last October when […]

Wife of ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to seek his parliament seat

Wife of ousted Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif to seek his parliament seat

    LAHORE, Pakistan, August 11 (Reuters) – The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a special election for the parliamentary seat he was forced to vacate last month after the Supreme Court disqualified him from holding office, party officials said.   Kulsoom Nawaz Sharif will be the candidate of the […]

Naidu takes oath as new Vice President

Naidu takes oath as new Vice President

    New Delhi, August 11 (IANS) M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday took oath as the new Vice President at a simple ceremony in Rashtrapati Bhawan’s Durbar Hall here.   President Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath of office to the former Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Hindi.   Naidu, 68, who was hitherto part […]

Ivanka Trump to lead US delegation for summit in India

Ivanka Trump to lead US delegation for summit in India

    Washington, August 11 (IANS) President Donald Trump’s daughter and White House adviser Ivanka Trump will lead the US delegation to India for the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) slated for November, the media reported.   The move was announced on Thursday by the President, reports The Hill magazine.   “(Ivanka Trump) will lead the […]

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippine island of Luzon, jolts buildings

Magnitude 6.2 quake hits Philippine island of Luzon, jolts buildings

  MANILA, August 11 (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the Philippines’ northern island of Luzon on Friday and was felt in the capital Manila, shaking buildings and forcing the evacuation of offices and schools.   There were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries in the quake, which the United States Geological […]

McGregor fight won’t go the distance, says Mayweather

McGregor fight won’t go the distance, says Mayweather

    LAS VEGAS, August 11 (Reuters) – Floyd Mayweather has said he has done his homework on mixed martial artist Conor McGregor and promised their multi-million dollar fight in Las Vegas on Aug. 26 will not go the distance.   Both fighters have now tipped a knockout finish to the hotly-anticipated bout between arguably […]

Venezuela’s Maduro affirms new legislative body as all powerful

Venezuela’s Maduro affirms new legislative body as all powerful

    CARACAS, August 11 (Reuters) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recognized the Socialist Party-dominated constituent assembly as the country’s most powerful institution on Thursday in his first appearance at the highly criticized legislative body that was inaugurated six days ago.   “As head of state I subordinate myself to the powers of this constituent […]