Kim Jong Un hails accord with SKorea as ‘landmark occasion’

Kim Jong Un hails accord with  SKorea as ‘landmark occasion’

SEOUL, August 28 (Reuters): North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called this week’s accord between the rival Koreas “a landmark occasion” paving the way for defused military tension and improved ties, but said it was the strength of its armed forces that made the deal possible.   North and South Korea on Tuesday agreed to […]

71 dead refugees found in truck

Vienna, Aug 28 (IANS) The decomposing bodies of 71 people, including a baby girl, were found in an abandoned truck in Austria close to the border with Hungary, Austrian officials said on Friday.   Hungarian police said the truck driver had been arrested.   Austrian police said of the 71 dead, 59 were men, eight […]

Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution

Nepal says will not let protests derail constitution

KATHMANDU (Reuters) – Nepal’s government has vowed that protests in which 14 people have been killed will not derail a constitutional process that is in the final stretch, even though pressing ahead could further anger ethnic minority groups on the southern plains.   In the most serious incident, nine people were killed this week when […]

Heartbroken Obama calls for gun control, Trump says no

Heartbroken Obama calls for gun control, Trump says no

Washington, Aug 27 (IANS) As a heartbroken President Barack Obama renewed a call for gun control in the wake of the killing of two journalists on live TV, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump instead favoured addressing mental health issues.   “It breaks my heart every time when you read about or hear about these kind of […]

Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

Gunman in Virginia TV shooting had history of workplace issues

By Brendan O’Brien and Letitia Stein   (Reuters) – The gunman in the shooting deaths of two television journalists in Virginia on Wednesday was a veteran anchorman with a history of workplace grievances who had previously sued a Florida station alleging discrimination because he was black.   While authorities said they had not determined a […]

Bomb takes toll on Thai tourism

Bomb takes toll on Thai tourism

BANGKOK, August 26 (Reuters): Thailand’s worst-ever bombing has caused a 17 percent fall in tourist arrivals, putting pressure on revenues vital to the military government’s moves to resuscitate a struggling economy.   Average daily arrivals to Thailand fell from 85,000 before the deadly Aug. 17 attack to 70,000 at present, the tourism ministry said on Wednesday, but officials were […]

‘When China sneezes, the world could catch a cold’

‘When China sneezes, the world could catch a cold’

Beijing, August 26 (IANS): When China sneezes, the world could catch a cold, said a commentary in China’s Xinhua news agency which added that the global economy is closely tied to Chinese performance.   The commentary “China anxiety an unwarranted global malaise” on Wednesday said that after China’s steep fall in stock markets touched off […]

Currency volatility upsets Asian growth plans

Currency volatility upsets Asian growth plans

SINGAPORE, Aug 26 (Reuters) – Faced with falling exports and deflation risks, it suited much of Asia to let their currencies drift lower, until China’s abrupt devaluation triggered a tide of volatility that is upsetting not just their currency management but also their growth strategies. [google_ad_728_90_text] China’s 2 percent devaluation on Aug. 11 added to […]

West and Japan snub China parade but Putin

West and Japan snub China parade but Putin

BEIJING, August 25 (Reuters): Major Western leaders will not attend a military parade in China next week to mark the end of World War Two, leaving President Xi Jinping to stand with leaders and officials from Russia, Sudan, Venezuela and North Korea at his highest-profile event of 2015.   More than 10,000 troops – mostly […]

Up to 3,000 refugees, migrants expected a day in Macedonia – UNHCR

GENEVA, August 25 (Reuters): Up to 3,000 migrants are expected to cross into Macedonia every day in the coming months, most of them refugees fleeing war, particularly from Syria, the United Nations said on Tuesday.   Member states of the European Union must share the burden by establishing “equitable re-distribution” of desperate families seeking asylum […]

North, South Korea reach agreement to ease tensions

North, South Korea reach agreement to ease tensions

SEOUL, Aug 25 (Reuters) – North and South Korea agreed early on Tuesday to end a military standoff that sparked an exchange of artillery fire and had ratcheted up tension on one of the world’s most heavily-fortified borders. [google_ad_728_90_text] Under an accord reached in the early hours, following more than two days of talks, North […]