South Korea talks tough amid heightened tensions with North

South Korea talks tough amid heightened tensions with North

SEOUL, Aug 24 (Reuters) – South Korean President Park Geun-hye demanded on Monday that North Korea apologise over recent landmine blasts, even as the bitter rivals held marathon talks to defuse tensions that have brought the peninsula back to the brink of armed conflict. [google_ad_728_90_text] Park said anti-North propaganda broadcasts would continue unless Pyongyang took […]

‘Nuclear power Pakistan knows to defend itself’

Islamabad, Aug 24 (IANS) Holding that as a nuclear-armed country, Pakistan knew how to defend itself, Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s advisor on foreign affairs and national security, has accused India of acting like a regional superpower, a media report said on Monday. [google_ad_728_90_text] “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi’s India acts as if they are a […]

Nepal-India pipeline to be finished in 30 months: Minister

Kathmandu, Aug 24 (IANS) India and Nepal on Monday inked an agreement for a 41-km Amlekhgunj-Raxaul petroleum pipeline, with visiting Indian Minister Dharmendra Pradhan saying its construction would be completed within 30 months. [google_ad_728_90_text] Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Pradhan and his Nepalese counterpart Sunil Bahadur Thapa inked the Memorandum of Understanding for the construction […]

Amidst fears of war, Koreas resume talks

Amidst fears of war, Koreas resume talks

PYONGYANG, AUGUST 23 (AP): For the moment, North and South Korea have pulled back from the brink and on Sunday resumed a second round of talks that temporarily pushed aside vows of imminent war on the peninsula. [google_ad_728_90_text] The first round of marathon talks on Saturday came to nothing, and South Korea’s military reported Sunday […]

Ukraine leader urges unity to combat Russian “aggressor”

KIEV, AUGUST 23 (REUTERS): Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on all political forces in the country on Sunday to rally behind his plans for constitutional change aimed at ending a separatist conflict in the east and defeating what he termed the “Russian aggressor”. [google_ad_728_90_text] Poroshenko used a flag-raising ceremony in Kiev on the eve of Independence Day to make […]

Malaysia finds mass graves of 24 suspected human trafficking victims

KUALA LUMPUR, August 23 (Reuters): Malaysian authorities have found mass graves containing the remains of more than 20 people believed to be human trafficking victims near the border with Thailand, police said on Sunday. [google_ad_728_90_text] The heavily forested Thai-Malay border has been a transit point for smugglers bringing people to Southeast Asia by boat from […]

Four months after Nepal quake: Migration issues impact recovery

Kathmandu, August 23 (IANS): Four months after the devastating April 25 earthquake, the delayed return of migrant family members, coupled with low levels of disaster-preparedness, has become a major concern for Nepal’s households with external migrants. [google_ad_728_90_text] Standing next to a precariously propped-up makeshift tent and their damaged stone houses, Lalita Koirala and Kalpana Koirala […]

Hillary Clinton’s triple trouble – Trump, Sanders and emails

Hillary Clinton’s triple trouble – Trump, Sanders and emails

Washington, Aug 23 (IANS) If Republicans are hoping to ride out the tornado that Donald Trump has come to be, Hillary Clinton’s troubles reflected in her falling poll numbers are posing a dilemma for the Democrats too. [google_ad_728_90_text] While the brash real estate mogul’s popularity seems to be growing by the day to the chagrin […]

Rise in CO2 will eradicate glaciers: new study warns

[google_ad_728_90_text] New York, August 22 (IANS): Just as it did at the close of the last Ice Age 11,000 years ago, rise in greenhouse gases will eradicate many of the world’s glaciers by the end of the century, warns a new study. Rise in carbon dioxide – then naturally occurring – was the primary driving […]

25 IS militants killed in air strikes in Iraq

Baghdad, Aug 22 (IANS) At least 25 Islamic State (IS) militants were killed on Saturday in air strikes by Iraqi aircraft in Iraq’s western province of Anbar, the media reported. [google_ad_728_90_text] In one attack, the Iraqi warplanes pounded the IS positions in Albu Haiyat area west of the town of Haditha, leaving 15 IS militants […]