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         Korean leaders undertake joint excursion to Mt. Paektu    
Seoul: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Thursday undertook a joint excursion to Mount Paektu, a volcanic mountain located on China-North Korea border.

         US-China trade war could last for 20 years: Jack Ma    
HANGZHOU: The founder of Chinese e-commerce giant - Alibaba, Jack Ma, has given a grave warning that the trade war between China and the United States could last as long as 20 years.

         Nepal: Madhesis confident of govt addressing their demands    
KATHMANDU: Anil Kumar Jha, one of the Chairmen of the Rashtriya Janata Party-Nepal (RJP-N), is hopeful that the incumbent Nepal Communist Party-led government will address the demands made by his party regarding the rights of the Madhesi people. In the Himalayan nation's eastern Terai, some people who identify themselves as Madhesis, often allege that they face discrimination in their country. The RJP-N has now become the single largest party after the merging with six Madhes-based political

         Imran Khan govt auctions 70 luxury cars as part of austerity drive    
Islamabad: The cash-strapped Pakistan government on Monday sold 70 cars "above their market price" as it started the process of auctioning 102 luxury vehicles of the PM House under Prime Minister Imran Khan's austerity drive, a senior minister said.

         Germany rolls out world's first hydrogen train    
The Coradia iLint trains can run for around 1,000 kilometres on a single tank of hydrogen, similar to the range of diesel trains.

         British PM 'irritated' by leadership speculation    
LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May said Sunday she was "irritated" by speculation about a leadership contest as she slammed former foreign secretary Boris Johnson, seen as her most likely challenger. The centre-right Conservative Party's leader said she was focused on securing a Brexit deal rather than her own future, in a BBC television interview marking the six-month countdown to Britain's departure from the European Union. May blasted Johnson for using "completely inappropriate

         UN report on Kashmir has no mention of Pak-sponsored terrorism    
GENEVA: Terrorism is the most deplorable violation of human rights and yet surprisingly, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), in its recent report on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, failed to even mention the menace once, said Yoana Barakova, a research analyst with the Amsterdam-based European Foundation for South Asian Studies (EFSAS).

         Trump claims Hurricane Maria death toll rose 'like magic'    
WASHINGTON: As Tropical Storm Florence inundated the Carolinas on Friday, President Donald Trump circled back to his claim that the official death toll from a devastating storm a year earlier in Puerto Rico was inflated and said the number of dead seemed to rise from double digits to 3,000 "like magic."

         Iran orders the closure of a pro-reform newspaper    
TEHRAN: Iranian media are reporting that the country's General Prosecutor has ordered the closure of a reformist newspaper on charges of insulting the Shiite religion.

         Russia says no to US demands on inspections of chemical facilities    
MOSCOW: Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Friday said that Moscow does not intend to unilaterally implement the United States' illegal demands on additional inspections of chemical facilities or even react to them. The US Assistant Secretary of State Manisha Singh had said on Thursday that Russia could evade Washington's new wave of sanctions over the Skripal poisoning affair if Moscow allowed onsite inspections of its chemical facilities. "We certainly do not intend to unilaterally

         ‘Threat becomes reality’: Florence begins days of rain, wind    
WILMINGTON: The big slosh has begun, and the consequences could be disastrous. Hurricane Florence’s leading edge battered the Carolina coast Thursday, bending trees and shooting frothy sea water over streets on the Outer Banks, as the hulking storm closed in with 90 mph (135 kph) winds for a drenching siege that could last all weekend. Tens of thousands were without power. Winds and rain were arriving later in South Carolina, and a few people were still walking on the sand at Myrtle Beach

         Criticising government costing broadcasters in Maldives    
MALE: With Maldives inching closer to polls, airing content criticising the incumbent government helmed by President Yameen Abdul Gayoom is costing the broadcasters of the nation, says South Asia director of Human Rights Watch, Meenakshi Ganguly.

         Suu Kyi says handling of Rohingya could have been better    
HANOI: Myanmar's handling of its Rohingya Muslims, 700,000 of whom have fled to Bangladesh amid a brutal counterinsurgency campaign, could have been handled better, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and leader Aung San Suu Kyi said Thursday. Myanmar is facing international pressure over atrocities allegedly committed by its military in the crackdown that followed August 2017 attacks by Rohingya militants on security forces. The army is accused of committing mass rape, killings and setting fire to tho

         Putin urges 'security guarantees' for NKorea denuclearisation    
Vladivostok: Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said North Korea must be given security guarantees in exchange for steps towards denuclearisation.

         Japan's Abe expresses support for better Trump-Kim ties    
Vladivostok: Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday voiced support for the rapprochement between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, a Japanese diplomat said, as Washington considers the possibility of a new summit with North Korea's leader.

         First ‘red heifer’ born in Israel for 2000 years triggers armageddon fears    
A BIBLE prophecy predicting the End of Days is feared to come true after the first “red heifer in 2000 years” was born in Israel. The Temple Institute in Jerusalem announced the calf’s birth on YouTube, saying it would undergo “extensive examination” to determine if it is red all over. According to The Sun, if the female baby cow is found to be “blemish free”, the Institute will declare that the calf “brings the promise of reinstating Biblical purity to the world”.

         US wants Pakistan to fully cooperate in war against terrorism: NSA    
WASHINGTON: The US has conveyed to Pakistan that it wants Islamabad to cooperate fully in the war against terrorism as it is a matter of "extraordinary importance" to America, President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor John Bolton has said. During his visit to Islamabad last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pressed the new Pakistani government led by Prime Minister Imran Khan "to do more" to rein in terror groups operating from the country's soil. The Trump administra

         Pak court issues arrest warrants against former prime minister    
Lahore: A Pakistan court Monday issued bailable arrest warrants against former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for skipping proceedings in a case seeking action against him for disclosing the minutes of a high-profile security meeting to his party leader Nawaz Sharif.

         UN sees 70% chance of El Nino event this year    
GENEVA: An El Nino event that could disrupt global weather is likely by the end of what has already been a hot year, the UN said Monday. The World Meteorological Organisation forecast "a 70 percent chance of an El Nino developing by the end of this year," a WMO statement said. El Nino is triggered by periodic warming in the eastern Pacific Ocean which can trigger drought in some regions, heavy rain in others. "WMO does not expect the anticipated El Nino to be as powerful as the 2

         North Korea stages huge parade, holds back on advanced missiles    
PYONGYANG: North Korea staged a huge military parade on Sunday to mark its 70th anniversary as a nation but held back its most advanced missiles and devoted nearly half of the parade to civilian efforts to build the domestic economy. The strong emphasis on the economy underscores leader Kim Jong Un's new strategy of putting economic development front and center. Kim attended the morning parade but did not address the assembled crowd, which included the head of the Chinese parliament a

         Six dead in Nepal chopper crash    
KATHMANDU: At least six passengers, including a Japanese national, died after an Altitude Air helicopter, with seven people on board, crashed in central Nepal on Saturday. Chief District Officer of Nuwakot District, Uddab Bahadur Thapa, told ANI that the fatalities were confirmed and a female passenger has been rescued. "The chopper was spotted inside a dense forest in a tilted position. The rescuers had to struggle a lot to reach to the chopper. The weather in the area is still adverse and w

         International Criminal Court to investigate crimes against Rohingyas    
HAGUE: The International Criminal Court (ICC) has the jurisdiction to investigate the crimes that have been committed against the Muslim minority Rohingya community in Myanmar's Rakhine state, the court ruled on Thursday. "The Court has jurisdiction over the crime against humanity of deportation allegedly committed against members of the Rohingya people. The reason is that an element of this crime -- the crossing of a border -- took place on the territory of a State party [Bangladesh]," the

         Pakistan focussed to undermine India's territorial integrity through terrorism: India at UN    
United Nations: Pakistan's focus for decades has been to undermine India's territorial integrity through the "explicit use of terrorism" as a state policy, New Delhi said in a stern response after Islamabad raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN.

         Russia confirms air strikes on Syria's Idlib    
Moscow: The Russian military on Wednesday confirmed air strikes were carried out on Syria's last major rebel stronghold Idlib with warplanes targeting the "terrorist" Al-Nusra Front on Tuesday.

         US likely to slap tariffs on $200 bn of Chinese goods    
WASHINGTON DC: The Donald Trump administration is eyeing another package of tariffs on Chinese products as the trade war between Washington and Beijing showed no signs of abetting. The US is likely to impose tariffs on USD 200 billion of Chinese products on September 7 after the public comment period on taxes closes on September 6. The US sought public comments on the proposed list of products that would be affected by the tariffs. Last month, public hearings were held and American businesses

         India, Bulgaria ink two MoUs    
Sofia [Bulgaria]: India and Bulgaria on Wednesday signed two agreements in an effort to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

         Russian warplanes hit Nusra front positions, confirms Defence Ministry    
Moscow [Russia]: Russian Defence Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov has confirmed that their warplanes have hit two terrorist drones, belonging to Nusra Front, in Syria's Idlib Province. Shedding more light on the attack, the spokesperson said that the strikes were carried out on the identified terrorist targets. "On the 4th of September, at night, the anti-aircraft weapons of Hmeimim Airbase destroyed two terrorist assault UAVs. In total, last month, 47 terrorist unmanne

         India buying Russian missile system not primary focus of 2+2 talks: Pompeo    
Washington: India buying a missile defence system from Russia and oil from Iran would be part of the 2+2 dialogue, but not the talks' primary focus, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said.

         China's Xi to send top official to N Korea anniversary    
Li Zhanshu, a member of the Communist Party's seven-member politburo standing committee or ruling council and the head of the legislature, was invited by the North Korean government and its ruling Workers Party, the official news agency Xinhua said.

         Myanmar defends Suu Kyi's silence over jailed reporters    
YANGON: A global outcry over the jailing of two Reuters journalists in Myanmar has been greeted with silence by civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, a stony response that an official defended Tuesday as a reluctance to criticise the judiciary. Journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, were arrested while reporting on atrocities committed during the violent expulsion by the military of some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims last year. A Yangon court on Monday found them guilty under the Officia

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