China rolls out military roadmap of “active defence” strategy

Beijing, May 26 (IANS) China issued its first white paper on military strategy on Tuesday, stressing the “active defence” guideline and pledging closer international security cooperation.   The strategy adheres to the unity of strategic defense and operational and tactical offense, according to the white paper “China’s Military Strategy” issued by the State Council Information […]

India simplifies facilitating relief supplies to Nepal

Kathmandu, May 25 (IANS) India has simplified transit procedures for facilitating relief supplies to landlocked Nepal — rocked by a devastating quake last month which claimed more than 8,700 lives and destroyed a large number of buildings and infrastructure in more than half of the Himalayan nation’s 75 districts.   The Indian government on Monday […]

Iraq shrugs off US criticism over fall of city to IS

Baghdad, May 25 (IANS) Iraq on Monday rejected criticism by the US defense secretary that Iraqi security forces lacked the will to fight against the Islamic State (IS) militant group after the fall of the city of Ramadi.   The Iraqi media highlighted the comments of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi who said in an […]

30 killed in Nigeria gunmen attack

Abuja, May 25 (IANS) At least 30 people were killed in an attack by gunmen who invaded a village in Nigeria’s north central state of Benue, police and witnesses said Monday.   The gunmen stormed Iorza village of the state early Sunday, shooting indiscriminately, Austin Ezeani, spokesman of the state police told reporters.   He, […]

Omega-3 boosts brain power among the elderly

Washington, May 24 (IANS) Omega-3 fatty acids — found in fish, nuts and certain seeds like flax seeds — can improve cognitive abilities among the elderly, finds a study.   It found that older adults at risk of late-onset Alzheimer’s disease who consumed more omega-3 fatty acids did better than their peers on tests of […]

Blocked river in Nepal raises fear of flood in UP

Kathmandu, May 24 (IANS) The fear of floods in parts of Uttar Pradesh has emerged with Nepali authorities warning about chances of the bursting of an artificial lake, created after the Kali Gandaki river got blocked by a massive landslide early on Sunday.   Nepali authorities opened the gates of Gandak Barrage, located on the […]

IS kills 400 Syrians in Unesco-listed city

Damascus, May 24 (IANS) Islamic State (IS) militants have killed about 400 people since they stormed the ancient city of Palmyra in central Syria last Wednesday, media reported on Sunday.   Most of those killed in the millennia-old oasis city were women and children, Xinhua news agency reported citing the official Syrian TV.   Last […]

Save migrants: UN

Save migrants: UN

YANGON, May 23 (AP): U.N Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Saturday urged Southeast Asian nations to deal with the causes behind a growing humanitarian crisis that has forced thousands of Rohingya from Myanmar and Bangladeshi migrants to flee by sea, leaving many still stranded in boats.   Ban said he has been discussing the emergency with […]

Hillary Clinton’s 296 emails published

Washington, May 23 (IANS) The US State Department has published online 296 emails from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s account.   The emails were sent and received in the aftermath of the September 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya, which killed four Americans, including an ambassador.   “The emails we […]

Obama repeats commitment to Israel

Washington, May 23 (IANS/EFE) US President Barack Obama repeated on Friday that his commitment to the security of Israel “is and always will be unshakeable”, and that he will not accept a “bad deal” with Iran concerning its nuclear programme.   “No administration has done more to ensure that Israel can protect itself than this […]

Attack on police in Mexico leaves 43 people dead

Mexico City, May 23 (IANS) At least 43 people were killed on Friday in Mexico’s Michoacan state following a clash between an armed group and federal police, authorities said.   Sources from the government’s security cabinet told Xinhua the armed group launched the attack against agents in the township of Tanhuato.   A preliminary police […]

207 giant turtles to be released in the Galapagos

Quito (Equador), May 23 (IANS) Administrators at Ecuador’s Galapagos National Park said 207 giant turtles will be released next month on the island of Santa Fe, where the native tortoises died out more than 150 years ago.   The turtles to be set loose on June 5 by the park directors and the Galapagos Conservancy […]