Nepal adopts secular democratic constitution

Nepal adopts secular democratic constitution

KATHMANDU, SEPTEMBER 20 (PTI): Nepal on Sunday adopted its new fully secular and democratic Constitution, achieved after seven years of painstaking deliberations, amid violent protests by minority Madhesi groups over a seven province federal structure. [google_ad_728_90_text] “I announce the presented constitution of Nepal, passed by the Constituent Assembly and authenticated by the chairman of the […]

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

Thai activists plan to defy junta ban with more marches

BANGKOK (Reuters) – A group of pro-democracy activists said on Sunday they plan more marches after staging the largest political demonstration in Thailand’s capital since a military government took power in May 2014.   Another protest would set up a flashpoint with a junta that is considering taking action against the organisers of the hundreds […]

Pope tells U.S. and Cuba to push detente further

Pope tells U.S. and Cuba to push detente further

HAVANA (Reuters) – Pope Francis exhorted Cuba and the United States on Saturday to set an example for the world by deepening the recent rapprochement that he helped secretly broker between the former Cold War foes.   His zucchetto skullcap flying off in the Caribbean breeze at the start of a nine-day tour of Cuba […]

Nepal to adopt democratic charter born of bloodshed, compromise

Nepal to adopt democratic charter born of bloodshed, compromise

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal will adopt its first full democratic charter on Sunday, a historic step for a nation that has seen war, a palace massacre and devastating earthquakes since a campaign to create a modern state began more than 65 years ago. [google_ad_728_90_text] President Ram Baran Yadav will formally promulgate the constitution intended to […]

Hundreds of Thais defy protest ban in anti-junta march

Hundreds of Thais defy protest ban in anti-junta march

BANGKOK (Reuters) – Hundreds of activists defied a ban on protests and marched in Thailand’s capital on Saturday in a rare rally against the hard-line ruling military. [google_ad_728_90_text] Lines of police stood by as a crowds of people chanting “no dictatorship”, some carrying anti-junta banners, marched peacefully on Bangkok’s Democracy Monument, against the orders of […]

Hungary could block Croatia’s Schengen accession – aide to PM

Hungary could block Croatia’s Schengen accession – aide to PM

BUDAPEST (Reuters) – Hungary could block Croatia’s accession to the European Union’s passport-free Schengen zone if it fails to defend the bloc’s external borders, a senior adviser to Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. [google_ad_728_90_text] “If Croatia puts up its hands and says, no, I don’t want to defend the borders, then Hungary can only say […]

For gay Catholics, pope’s U.S. visit a chance to get closer

For gay Catholics, pope’s U.S. visit a chance to get closer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – For months, gay Catholics have laid out plans for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States: They will fly rainbow flags, wear rainbow prayer cloths, carry rainbow rosaries. A Tumblr page is being set up, an online petition will circulate.   More telling, perhaps, is what they won’t do.   Gay […]

28 militants killed in Pakistan

28 militants killed in Pakistan

Islamabad, Sep 19 (IANS) At least 28 terrorists were killed and several injured in Pakistan after fighter jets carried out strikes in different areas of Khyber Agency and North Waziristan. [google_ad_728_90_text] Four hideouts of the terrorists were destroyed during the air strikes, the Nation reported on Saturday.   The jets pounded the hideouts of suspected […]

North Korea could seek concession on resort, missile for reunions

North Korea could seek concession on resort, missile for reunions

SEOUL (Reuters) – If North Korea goes ahead with reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean war it is going to expect rewards from the South in return, perhaps the reopening of a border tourist spot or even tacit acceptance of an expected missile test.   South Korean President Park Geun-hye wants to build […]

Ex-Ukraine PM Tymoshenko’s U.S. racketeering lawsuit dismissed

Ex-Ukraine PM Tymoshenko’s U.S. racketeering lawsuit dismissed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Manhattan federal judge on Friday dismissed former Ukrainian prime minister and presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko’s civil lawsuit accusing her political opponents of running a U.S.-based racketeering enterprise that led to her imprisonment. [google_ad_728_90_text] U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood said Tymoshenko failed to show that the industrialist Dmytro Firtash and other […]

Pope to witness impact of U.S.-Cuba detente he helped spur

Pope to witness impact of U.S.-Cuba detente he helped spur

HAVANA (Reuters) – Pope Francis begins a nine-day tour of Cuba and the United States on Saturday where he will see both the benefits and complexities of a fast-evolving detente between the old Cold War foes that he helped broker. [google_ad_728_90_text] Better sensitized to the issue than predecessors because of his Latin American roots, the […]