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INDIA -NEPAL WORSENING RELATIONS

Police in Nepal fire at protesters; Indian man killed KATHMANDU: Nepal’s police shot at ethnic protesters who attacked a police station with gasoline bomb and stones on Nepal's southern border, killing an Indian man who was among the attackers, Nepalese officials said on Monday. Police official Raju Bahadur Shrestha said six officers at the police station were injured. “One of our officers was almost burnt to death, we managed to rescue him,”

Shrestha said. Shrestha…


BJP LEADER THREATENS TO BEHEAD KARNATAKA CHEIF MINISTER

BJP LEADER THREATENS TO BEHEAD KARNATAKA CHEIF MINISTER

Beef hysteria in India has gone to such a level that a leader of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has threatened to behead Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah if he “dared to eat beef”. Shivamogga district level leader of the BJP SN Channabasappa also said that he would “play with his (severed) head”. Karnataka…


India's Arundhati Roy returns National Award

India's Arundhati Roy returns National Award

NEW DELHI: Renowned South Asian writer Arundhati Roy on Thursday issued a statement explaining her decision to return the 1989 National Award she received for Best Screenplay, saying, "I want to make it clear that I am not returning this award because I am 'shocked' by what is being called the 'growing intolerance' being fostered by the present government.

" She goes on to clarify her statement: "'Intolerance'…


Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next?

Modi juggernaut brought to halt, what next?

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) suffered crushing defeat in the state elections in Bihar. Almost all estimates forecast a ‘neck-and-neck’ fight between the BJP and the opposition alliance of secular parties. However, the results are a landslide in favor of the opposition, which would probably translate as two-thirds majority in the 244-seat state assembly when the final tally gets known. Bihar is a major state…


TURKEY DOWNS RUSSIAN JET NEAR SYRIA BORDER; PUTIN SLAMS ‘STAB IN THE BACK’; ANKARA CALLS NATO MEETING

TURKEY DOWNS RUSSIAN JET NEAR SYRIA BORDER; PUTIN SLAMS ‘STAB IN THE BACK’; ANKARA CALLS NATO MEETING
ANKARA/MOSCOW (Reuters)
— Turkey shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border on Tuesday, saying it had repeatedly violated its air space, one of the most serious publicly acknowledged clashes between a NATO member country and Russia for half a century.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said the plane had been attacked when it was 1 km (0.62…


India Introduced Nukes to South Asia; Pakisan

India introduced nukes to S. Asia: Pakistan


WASHINGTON: Pakistan reminded the international community on Saturday that it did not introduce nuclear weapons to South Asia, India did.
In a statement issued here, Pakistan Embassy rejected suggestions by the US media that Pakistan was “irresponsibly building its nuclear arsenal”.
“Pakistan was not the first to introduce nuclear weapons in South Asia, India was,” the statement said.
It also…

UAE SENDS MERCENERARIES TO YEMEN

New York Times  reported: The United Arab Emirates dispatched 450 Columbian mercenaries to augment its forces fighting in Yemen.  The Columbian mercenaries are part of a larger Mercenary Brigade currently being trained in Emirates. It has been reliability learnt that 1800 Columbian mercenaries are part of this brigade.   The Columbian mercenaries are part of a larger Mercenary Brigade currently being trained in Emirates. it has been reliability learnt that 1800 Columbian…


India has been struck off the list of safe travel by Russia

India has been struck off the list of safe travel by Russia

The Times of India Report

CALANGUTE: In a second blow to Goa's tourism industry which was already reeling from a reduction in arrivals due to the devaluation of the rouble, India has been struck off the list of safe travel destinations recommended for Russian tourists, according to a report by the Russian news agency INTERFAX.

In a statement on Saturday, the Russian information centre in Goa stated that a…


INDIAN PAKISTANI NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS MEET ISLAMABAD

INDIAN PAKISTANI NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISERS MEET ISLAMABAD:

6 DECEMBER 2015

Pursuant to the recently-held meeting between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Paris climate summit, the National Security Advisers of both countries, accompanied by the Foreign Secretaries, met in Bangkok today. Guided by the vision of the two leaders for a peaceful, stable and prosperous South Asia, discussions were held in a candid, cordial…


PAKISTAN NEW SYRIA POLICY

Syrian crisis: Pakistan against any attempt to topple Bashar al-Assad

Dawn News

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Wednesday stated that it is against any attempt to topple the government of Syrian President Bashar al Assad. "Pakistan is also against foreign military intervention in Syria and fully supports the territorial integrity of the Syrian Arab Republic,” said Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry.

"Pakistan supports all efforts employed at facilitating…


MODI IN PAKISTAN

MODI IN PAKISTAN The Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi has 'dropped by' in Lahore on his way to Delhi from Afghanistan to meet PM Nawaz today.

The premier is the first Indian PM to visit Pakistan in 10 years. This surprise visit comes on PM Nawaz Sharif's birthday, which Modi wished him earlier today via telephone.

However, Modi seems to be getting criticism from his country for this action too. According to NDTV, Congress spokesperson Ajoy Kumar said, "It is…


Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree to Hold Talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan Agree to Hold Talks

Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to hold talks with US and Chinese officials next month aimed at restarting stalled peace talks with the Taliban. The first round of talks in July collapsed amid Taliban infighting. The announcement came after army chief General Raheel Sharif met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah in Kabul on Sunday.

The Taliban are strong yet divided. With the announcement that…


Speaking of training the wrong army.

Speaking of training the wrong army.

In another sign of how bad the security situation in Afghanistan has become, the commander of U.S. and NATO troops there wants to put the brakes on plans to reduce the American troop presence over the next year. The request is a familiar one, as every U.S. commander in Afghanistan for the past 14 years has said that more troops, or more time, are crucial to stabilizing the country.

It’s actually Gen. John Campbell’s second request…


INDIA -PAKISTAN SECY LEVEL TALKS

 INDIA -PAKISTAN SECY LEVEL TALKS

The Paksitan Foreign Office  spokesman elaborated and stated that the foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan during their meeting in Islamabad will finalise a schedule of meetings of various segments of the comprehensive bilateral dialogue in accordance with the joint statement issued on December 9. “Pakistan and India have serious issues and outstanding disputes that need to be resolved through dialogue and diplomacy,” said…


Breakthrough at ‘Heart of Asia’

Breakthrough at ‘Heart of Asia’

In the meeting held between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and India's Swaraj on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' conference earlier in December, the Indian minister had confirmed that the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting Pakistan next year.

Pakistan and India have also agreed to reinitiate a comprehensive dialogue process, Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had said during a joint press conference…


Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation

Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation

January 05, 2016, 2:09 pm/

Foreign Affairs advisor Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan has 'serious concerns' over Saudi-Iran confrontation, Waqt News reported. He was addressing the National Assembly. According to media sources Aziz showed apprehensions over security of Pakistan’s ambassador and staff in Iran. “We want to ensure the security of our embassy staff in Tehran because terrorist elements…


India threatens Sri Lanka for suspending disbursement of loan

India threatens Sri Lanka for suspending disbursement of loan

The Nation January 05, 2016, 5:01 pm

COLOMBO: India has threatened Sri Lanka to refrain from purchasing JF-Thunder air craft’s from Pakistan, otherwise India will stop extending financial assistance to it. A private TV channel while quoting diplomatic sources said that India has mounted immense pressure on Sri Lanka on the issue of purchase of JF-Thunder aircrafts from Pakistan, India has warned Sri Lanka against…


Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir dies

Chief Minister of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir Mufti Muhammad Sayeed dies at 79

The chief minister of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed died in New Delhi, early Thursday morning after complications due to a lung infection (BBC, WSJ). Sayeed was 79 years old. Sayeed was the founder of the predominantly-Muslim People's Democratic Party (PDP) and since last year, led a coalition government with Prime Minister Modi's BJP in Kashmir. His daughter Mehbooba…


Pakistani Consulate Attacked by ISS in Afghanistan

Pakistani Consulate Attacked by ISS in Afghanistan

13-01-2016

JALALABAD, Afghanistan — Islamic State militants in Afghanistan claimed their first attack on a major city on Wednesday, after an assault near the Pakistani Consulate in Jalalabad that killed at least seven members of the Afghan security forces.

The claim, posted on the Telegram channel used by the Islamic State’s central command to announce attacks, was a sign that the main group in Syria and Iraq…


Muslim couple assaulted over beef rumors

Muslim couple assaulted over beef rumors

15/01/2016

A Muslim couple was assaulted on a train by a group of Hindus over suspicions that they were transporting beef (BBC, The Hindu). Several Hindu passengers began searching the train after recovering an unclaimed bag of meat, which later turned out to be buffalo meat. The group physically assaulted Mohammed Hussain and his wife Naseema Bano, who then called family members for help. "Around 10 to 15 people boarded the train…


INDIAN SPY 'RAW officer' arrested in Balochistan

'RAW officer' arrested in Balochistan Syed Ali Shah — Updated about 8 hours ago QUETTA: Security forces in Balochistan on Thursday claimed the arrest of a man who is 'a serving officer in the Indian Navy and deputed to the Indian intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).' The man was arrested during a raid in the province, a security official who declined to be named since he was not authorised to speak to the media told DawnNews, giving no details of the exact…


INDIAN ACCEPTS ARRESTED SPY A FORMER INDIAN NAVAL OFFICER

INDIAN ACCEPTS ARRESTED SPY A FORMER INDIAN NAVAL OFFICER

India accepts ‘spy’ as former navy officer, denies having links ISLAMABAD: The Indian Foreign Office on Friday, while admitting the alleged RAW agent arrested by Pakistani security forces to be its citizen, claimed that the suspect had already taken early retirement from the Indian Navy, DawnNews reported. A statement issued by New Delhi denied having any links with the arrested individual and said “he was no longer…


Seven Indian Military perons die in Maoist attack

Seven Indian Military perons die in Maoist attack Officials in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh confirmed that at least seven paramilitary policemen were killed in a landmine blast on Wednesday, allegedly triggered by Maoist rebels (BBC). The attack near Dantewada district targeted personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force. Chhattisgarh is often hit by Maoist violence. The Maoists claim they are fighting for communist rule and greater rights for tribal people. Last July, bodies…


China agrees to build railway into Nepal

China agrees to build railway into Nepal On Monday, China and Nepal signed ten bilateral agreements including a commitment from China to build rail links to the landlocked country (PTI, Reuters). Nepal has struggled to decrease its dependence on its southern neighbor, India, and last year, as Nepal put in place its first post-monarchy constitution, protesters blocked trucks coming in from India, leading to acute shortages of fuel and medicine. Nepal blamed New Delhi for supporting the protesters.…


‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s offshore holdings

‘Panama Papers’ reveal Sharif family’s offshore holdings The family of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was among the dozens implicated in a massive leak of secret files from a Panamanian law firm that specializes in offshore tax havens (Dawn). According to documents available on the website of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists -- one of the approximately 100 news organizations that worked on mining the data – Nawaz’s children Mariam, Hasan, and…


BJP in tight races in Assam and West Bengal

BJP in tight races in Assam and West Bengal Polling for state legislatures began on Monday in the states of West Bengal and Assam where Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) is in close races with Congress and other regional parties (BBC, Reuters). Opinion polls show the BJP will lose in Assam, further weakening Modi's position in the parliament. Last year, BJP was unsuccessful in Bihar which led to their failure in pushing through Modi's economic reform agenda…


India’s increasing military spending a threat to Pakistan’s efforts to promote peace, says Janjua

India’s increased spending on military and acquisitions of weapons is a threat to Pakistan and its efforts for regional peace said National Security Adviser Lieutenant General (retd) Nasir Khan Janjua on Tuesday. Speaking at a seminar titled ‘Pakistan’s role in promoting global peace and security’ in the capital, Janjua said that Pakistan is a peace-loving country but its efforts to promote regional peace are hindered by Indian desire to acquire military and strategic…


Afghanistan Taliban attack kills dozens, wounds hundreds

Afghanistan Taliban attack kills dozens, wounds hundreds A truck full of explosives detonated on Tuesday on an Afghan government security compound in central Kabul in a Taliban-coordinated attack that killed at least 28 people and wounded 327 others (NYT). A spokesman for the Taliban, Zabihullah Mujahid, issued a statement that claimed responsibility for the attack. The statement said that “a truck full of explosives” was detonated on “Department 10,” a National Directorate…


ndian authorities impose curfew in Srinagar before JKLF leader's funeral

ndian authorities impose curfew in Srinagar before JKLF leader's funeral SRINAGAR: Indian authorities have imposed a curfew and other restrictions in India-held Kashmir's Srinagar in order to prevent people offering funeral prayers in absentia for deceased Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) supreme head Amanullah Khan, Radio Pakistan reported. A heavy contingent of Indian troops and police officials have been deployed in Srinagar to stop people from reaching the Lal Chowk area where…


Religious tolerance deteriorating in India

Religious tolerance deteriorating in India U.S. Report: United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) warned on Monday that India is on a negative trajectory in terms of religious freedom (Forbes, TOI). USCIRF is U.S. government body that monitors religious freedoms in different countries. USCIRF's annual report finds that “In 2015, religious tolerance deteriorated and religious freedom violations increased in India. Minority communities, especially Christians,…


Pakistan and China sign agreements worth $4.2 billion

Pakistan and China sign agreements worth $4.2 billion Pakistan and China agreed to $4.2 billion worth of financing for two road projects along the eastern portion of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) during planning, development, and reform minister Ahsan Iqbal’s visit to China last week (ET). The two new projects are a key part of connecting Beijing and the port city of Gwadar and are arranged through a Chinese concessionary loan of $1.3 billion for the 74.5 mile-long Karakoram…


Indian forces kill protesting Kashmiris

Indian forces kill protesting Kashmiris SRINAGAR: Violent clashes between police and protesters erupted in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday following the killing of three freedom fighters in a gunbattle with Indian troops The gunbattle between freedom fighters and government forces began after troops acting on a tip cordoned Panzgam village early Saturday, said Indian army spokesman Col. Nitin N. Joshi. Later, residents in neighboring Pulwama town threw rocks at police and paramilitary soldiers…


Bangladesh to ban Jamaat-e-Islami

Jamaat-e-Islami, the party accused of committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War, says Bangladesh Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Huq.

“Jamaat-e-Islami is a war criminal party because they opposed the Liberation War as a party. They do not have any right to do politics in the country. There is no alternative way except banning them. Law minister informed me that the bill on banning Jamaat politics will be placed this session. He hoped  the…


UN --DRONES

At UN, Pakistan demands immediate cessation of illegal drone strikes

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan on Saturday demanded an immediate cessation of drone strikes in its territory at United Nation terming it a violation of "territorial integrity and sovereignty of states". Pakistan's Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Dr Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly that the extraterritorial use of armed drones or remotely-piloted aircraft is a violation…


BANGLADESH SIEGE

Bangladesh siege

Twenty people, most of them foreigners, have been killed in an attack on a cafe in Bangladesh claimed by so-called Islamic State.

Gunmen stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery cafe in Dhaka late on Friday before troops entered almost 12 hours later.

Six attackers were also killed and one was arrested, officials said. Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina has declared two days of national mourning.

Nine…


kASHMIR FACEBOOK FREEDOM FIGHTERS

Kashmir´s Facebook freedom fighters

AFP

SRINAGAR: Burhan Wani was part of a new generation of young, educated Kashmiri freedom fighters using social media to spread their demands for independence from Indian rule, turning growing Internet use in the restive region into a powerful recruiting tool.

Wani, whose death in a shoot-out with government forces has triggered deadly clashes with protesters in…


Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

Turkey regains control after deadly anti-Erdogan coup bid

        By AFP

       Ankara. Turkish authorities said they had regained control of the country on Saturday after thwarting a coup attempt by discontented soldiers to seize power from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that claimed more than 250 lives.

 After the bloodiest challenge to his 13-year autocratic rule, Erdogan urged his backers…


KASHMIR and PALESTINE Compared

Noam Chomsky speaks on Kashmir turmoil, compares it with Palestine

By Siddhant Mohan, TwoCircles.net

Boston/Srinagar - In an email conversation with Mehboob Makhdoomi, Expert on Kashmir situation and Socio-Political commentator from Harvard, American linguist and political activist Prof. Noam Chomsky compared the conditions in Kashmir to that of…


India Maoist rebels kill 10 soldiers in Bihar

India Maoist rebels kill 10 soldiers in Bihar

India 19 July 201

 

The Maoist insurgency has been described as India's biggest security threat

 

Ten paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a clash between security forces and Maoist rebels in India's eastern Bihar state, police say.

At least five other soldiers were injured in the battle in Aurangabad district late on Monday.

Maoist rebels have carved out…


Bangladesh Considers Abondoning Islam

Bangladesh considering abandoning Islam

Bangladesh could drop Islam as the country's official religion following a string of extremist attacks against people of other faiths. The supreme court in the South Asia nation has began to hear arguments which challenge Islam's status as the official state religion. It comes after a spate of attacks against people of other religions such as Hindus, Christians, and minorities Shi'ites, which have been…


ASSAM ATTACKED 15 KILLED

ASSAM ATTACKED 15 KILLED

GUWAHATI: Attackers wearing military uniforms shot dead 12 people and wounded 15 on Friday in a busy market area in a town in India’s restive northeastern state of Assam, in an attack blamed by the authorities on a regional separatist group.

Three or four gunmen fired indiscriminately and threw hand grenades at the crowded market in Kokrajhar, a town about 220 km (137 miles) west of the state’s commercial…


HUMAN RIGHT ABUSE IN BANGLADESH

 

HUMAN RIGHT ABUSE IN BANGLADESH

Bangladesh is experiencing the worst human rights crisis. The Indian backed Awami Government has captured more than 70 thoushand innocent civilians, 3000 opposition leaders. Awami Govt.…


INDEPENDENCE MOVEMENT FOR DALITS IN INDIA

Today is India's 70th Independence day. In a historic rally in Una, Gujarat, where 7 dalits were publicly flogged for skinning a dead cow Dalits vowed never to do sanitation work and never to dispose off dead cattle ever again. Perhaps a new era is born in India, or the beginning of a new independence movement for Dalits?


PRESS RELEASE-SEMINAR LISA 25 AUGUST 2016

PRESS RELEASE

London Institute of South Asia (LISA) is holding a seminar on “Religion, Terrorism and Caste Oppression in South Asia” on Thursday, 25 August, 2016.from 5.15 pm to 8.00 pm at Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS) School of Advanced Study, University of London,17 Russell Square, London,WC1B 5DR. You are invited.

DIRECTIONS:- Institute of Advanced Legal Studies is just about 5 minutes walk from the…


PRESS RELEASE

PRESS RELEASE

 

London Institute of South Asia held a seminar on “Religion, terrorism and caste oppression in South Asia” on 25 August 2016 at Institute of Advance Legal Studies, University of London, Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR.

Speakers eloquently put forward the case of Dalits and the seminar was successful in sending a powerful message to all. …


DELHI SUSPENDS INDUS WATER TALKS

Delhi decides to suspend Indus Water Commission talks

27 September 2016

NEW DELHI: India has decided to suspend Indus Water Commission talks until “Pakistan-sponsored terror” in India ends, The Hindu said on Monday.

It quoted sources as saying the decision was taken at a meeting presided over by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on…


UNHC for Human Rights expresses serious concern over rights situation in IHK

UNHC for Human Rights expresses serious concern over rights situation in IHK

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has welcomed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights' Spokesman's statement on Human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir.

The High Commissioner in a statement has expressed his serious concern about the human rights situation in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, as well as the rising tensions between India and Pakistan.


TALIBANS REJECT REPORT SECRET TALK WITH AFGHANISTAN

Taliban reject reports of secret talks with Afghanistan

AFP

The Taliban on Wednesday rejected reports of secret meetings with the Afghan government in a bid to resume long-stalled peace…


INDIA IMPOSES BAN ON NDTV

INDIA IMPOSES BAN ON NDTV

In an unparalleled draconian action Government of India has imposed one day ban, November 9, on the NDTV India for not following the rule 6(1)(p) of cable TV Network Rules 1994, for showing the coverage of the Pathankot attack which has compromised the security and sovereignty of the country. This is a blatant violation of freedom of press and freedom of expression


PAKISTAN PROVIDES EVIDENCE OF INDIAN CEASEFIRE VIOLATION TO UN

Pakistan provides evidence of Indian ceasefire violations to UN

Webdesk -19 November 2016

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan handed over a dossier containing important evidence of Indian violations across the Line of Control to the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), according to the Foreign Office, on Sunday. 

Members of the UNMOGIP met with senior officials at the General Headquarters…


EXCESSES IN KASHMIR

Excesses in Kashmir

AN Indian rights group — the Concerned Citizens Collective — that includes individuals known for taking a position on the most dangerous issues in their country, came up with a strong statement on India-held Kashmir. Coming at the end of a four-day probe, during which group members met some 150 people of various ages and from all walks of life living in the troubled area, the statement read: “The high proportion of injuries…


Trump May Resolve Kashmir Issue, Says Aide

NEW YORK: US president-elect Donald Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and solve problems such as the “intractable” Kashmir issue, vice president-elect Mike Pence said on Sunday.

In remarks on US TV news show ‘Meet The Press’, which are likely to raise hackles in New Delhi, Mr Pence also said the new US administration intended to be “fully engaged” in South Asia and with Pakistan and…


Hundreds killed in Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya:UN

Hundreds  killed in Myanmar crackdown on Rohingya:UN

AFP

Myanmar's four-month military crackdown on Rohingya Muslims has likely killed hundreds of people, the UN said Friday in a report detailing horrific abuses allegedly committed against civilians in Rakhine state.

“The 'area clearance operations'…


POLICEMAN KILLED 15 HOUR FIREFIGHT IN KASHMIR

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Policeman, two 'militants' killed during 15-hour firefight in India-held Kashmir

AFP  

A police officer and two suspected militants were killed in India-held Kashmir during a fierce 15-hour gunfight overnight, an Indian official said Sunday, triggering clashes between…


Muslim man killed by mob for dating Hindu girl in India

Muslim man killed by mob for dating Hindu girl in India

AFP         

NEW DELHI: A Muslim man was beaten to death for dating a Hindu girl in India, police said on Friday, in the latest mob violence…


US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

US drops biggest non-nuclear bomb in Nangarhar, Afghanistan

Trump calls mission ‘very, very successful’; Mother Of All Bombs dropped by MC-130 transport plane; US military declines to immediately provide additional details on strike; General Nicholson terms bomb ‘right munition’ to reduce IS obstacles

WASHINGTON: The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex…


Muslim citizen abused on Delhi Metro, told to 'go back to Pakistan'

Muslim citizen abused on Delhi Metro, told to 'go back to Pakistan'

Two men on Tuesday reportedly hurled abuse at an elderly Muslim man in India who had requested them to vacate a seat for him on a Delhi Metro coach, Hindustan Times - view more


Indian army officer who tied a Kashmiri to jeep awarded

Indian army officer who tied a Kashmiri to jeep awarded

 The Indian army’s Major Nitin Gogoi, who had tied a 26-year-old Kashmiri man to a jeep as human shield, has been praised by the military and awarded a commendation card, reports Indian media.

“Major Gogoi, the officer who tied protester to jeep as human shield in J&K awarded…


Killing the Kashmiri Resistence

Killing the Kashmiri Resistance

Violence erupted once again in the Kashmir valley as the Indian forces clashed with protestors after the killing of another popular militant leader, Sabzar Ahmed Bhat. The episode mirrors the killing of Burhan Wani – reportedly a close friend of Bhat – that sparked a wave of unrest that has persisted until now. If past events are any indication, the valley is in for another period of extended unrest.

It seems India has…


GORKHALAND IN THE OFFING?

GORKHALAND IN THE OFFING?

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjeeon Tuesday said she will never support the division of the state and urged all political parties in the hills to restore peace and normal life in Darjeeling, where the indefinite shutdown entered its 48th day.

“Whatever happens, everyone should remember that I am ready to give up my life but I will never support dividing (the state) into parts. Every district is our asset. People from…


SIKHS DEMAND KHALISTAN

Rally held by Sikhs near UN demanding an independent state “Khalistan”

APP

UNITED NATIONS: Hundreds of Sikh activists from North America staged a rally in front of the UN Headquarters in New York on Tuesday — India’s Independence Day — to demand independence for the Indian Punjab as they raised the “Khalistan” flag.

The Khalistan movement is a Sikh…


India using Afghan soil to promote terror activities in Pakistan

India using Afghan soil to promote terror activities in Pakistan: FO

Islamabad on Sunday accused India of using Afghanistan soil to promote terrorism in Pakistan, Radio…


Win for China and a Humiliating Blow to India

Win  for China and a Humiliating Blow to India

 India has withdrawn troops from a disputed Himalayan border area, ending a tense stand-off lasting weeks.

The foreign ministry in Beijing said it was pleased that "trespassing Indian personnel have all pulled back to the Indian side of the boundary".

India's foreign ministry confirmed troops were "disengaging"…


PAKISTAN AT FOREFRONT OF FIGHTING TERROR

Pakistan at forefront of fighting terrorism, world should recognize its contributions: China

AFP

August 31, 2017

BEIJING: China on Thursday reiterated that Pakistan is at the forefront of fighting terrorism, and for many years has been making positive efforts and great sacrifices on counter-terrorism.

As we have said many times, Pakistan is at the forefront of fighting terrorism, and for many years has been making positive efforts and great sacrifices on counter-terrorism,…


Las Vegas shooting: Bodycam footage shows first response

(CNN)Every detail of this indiscriminate mass murder seemed meticulously planned.

The selection of a hotel room overlooking a music festival, days before the attack. The cache of 23 weapons inside the gunman's Las Vegas suite. And thousands of rounds of ammunition -- plus an ingredient used in explosives -- inside the killer's…

US will try to work with Pakistan ‘one more time’, says Mattis

WASHINGTON: US Defence Secretary James Mattis said on Tuesday Washington would try “one more time” to work with Islamabad on the Afghanistan front before President Donald Trump turned to options to address Pakistan’s alleged support for militant groups. “We need to try one more time to make this strategy work with them, by, with and through the Pakistanis, and if our best efforts fail, the President is prepared to take whatever steps are necessary,” the defence secretary…


Afghanistan pullout would be ‘to our ultimate peril’: Mattis

WASHINGTON: US Def­ence Secretary Jim Mattis warned on Tuesday that an American withdrawal from Afghanistan would be “to our ultimate peril,” as he briefed Congress on plans to increase US troop levels. “Based on intelligence community analysis and my own evaluation, I am convinced we would absent ourselves from this region at our peril,” he said, testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The administration of President Donald Trump recently announced…


Jammu-Pak violates truce; Jawan killed along LoC in Poonch

JAMMU: An Army jawan was killed in ceasefire violation by Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu's Poonch district on Tuesday.

"Pakistani army around 1250hours initiated unprovoked firing on Indian Army posts…


Sources: Vegas killer paid cash for property and privacy

Mesquite, Nevada (CNN)He seemed so ordinary, just another house-hunting retiree, when he strolled with his girlfriend into the sales office of the Sun City development in late 2014. The agents had just what Stephen Craig Paddock was looking for -- a 2,000-square-foot, two-bedroom stucco rambler on a cul-de-sac.

Other houses might offer bigger floor plans, but the one…

US voices concern about stability of Pakistan government

WASHINGTON: US Sec­retary of State Rex Tillerson said after a meeting with Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif on Wednesday that he believed the United States had a reliable partner in Pakistan.

In his brief remarks to the media following the meeting, Sec­retary Tillerson expressed concerns about the future of Pakistan’s government, stressing that Washington wanted a stable government in Islamabad.

While the secretary’s remarks about the future…


Storm Nate: At least 22 dead in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras

Tropical Storm Nate has killed at least 22 people in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras before it moves north towards the US. A state of emergency has been declared in the Central American nations, where more than 20 people are missing. It has caused heavy rains, landslides and floods which are blocking roads, destroying bridges and damaging houses. In Costa Rica, nearly 400,000 people are without running water and thousands are sleeping in shelters. At least eight people have died in the storm…


Pakistan warns India against targeting its N-installations

WASHINGTON: Foreign Minister Khawaja Mohammad Asif warned on Thursday that if India launched a surgical strike on the country’s nuclear installations, nobody should expect restraint from Pakistan either. Indian Air Force chief B.S. Dhanoa said on Wednesday


Trump wins, Congress loses with Iran deal politics

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has a message to Republicans in Congress -- you don't like the Iran nuclear deal, so you deal with it. His expected decision to decertify the agreement would allow him to save face and dent Barack Obama's legacy. And by handing its fate to lawmakers, he would also limit his political…


Trump wall: New proposal ties Dreamer plan to border wall

The White House has tied any new deal on young undocumented immigrants to a clampdown on illegal immigration, including a border wall with Mexico. US President Donald Trump is asking for funding for the wall, speedier deportations and the hiring of thousands of new immigration officials. Last month he ended the Obama-era "Dreamer" programme which had protected some 690,000 immigrants. Leading Democrats in Congress have rejected the latest proposals.

They accused Mr Trump of backtracking…


Former ISI chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar takes early retirement from army

Former Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) chief Lt Gen Rizwan Akhtar on Saturday requested early retirement from the Pakistan Army citing "pressing personal commitments". Gen Akhtar, in a letter, asked for "premature release" starting Oct 9, 2017, after nearly 35 years of active commissioned service in the armed forces. "I want everyone [...] to respect my decision and not succumb or resort to speculation in any domain. I shall be available for any service in the army…


India doing propaganda against CPEC to divert attention from Kashmir: Abbasi

India is unleashing baseless propaganda against China Pakistan Economic Corridor and nothing good is expected from New Delhi, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was quoted as saying by Radio Pakistan. In an interview with Geo News on Sunday night, Abbasi…


Pakistan attempts to restart Afghan peace process

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to restart the quadrilateral peace process for ending the Afghan war and has asked the group members to meet in Muscat, Oman, on Oct 16. Afghanistan, the United States, China and Pakistan are members of the group. Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif told VOA Urdu in Washington last week that Pakistan would play a leading role in this quadrilateral session, aimed at bringing the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table.

The Quadrilateral Cooperation Group first met…


Pak Army recovers five Western hostages

ISLAMABAD:  10 October 2017.Pakistan Army Thursday recovered five Western hostages including one Canadian, his US national wife and their three children from terrorists’ custody. According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement issued here, the hostages were recovered in an intelligence-based operation conducted by Pakistani troops. They were captured by terrorists from Afghanistan during 2012 and kept as hostages there. The US intelligence agencies had been tracking…


Canadian-American family, kidnapped in 2012 in Afghanistan, recovered in army-ISI operation

The Pakistan Army said on Thursday that it had recovered a family of foreign hostages held by a terrorist outfit "safe and sound" after it received and acted on intelligence shared by the United States (US). An Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) statement today said the hostages included a Canadian, his American wife and their three children. The hostages were recovered "through an intelligence-based operation by Pakistani troops and intelligence agencies."

"They…


What Trump's move on Iran means for the US and the world

(CNN)President Donald Trump will not kill the Iran nuclear deal on Friday. But when he declares that it has not been in US interests, he will consign the proudest legacy achievement of President Barack Obama's second term to a deeply uncertain future -- and could even set off a train of consequences that could eventually lead to its collapse. Should that be the case, Trump, or one of his successors in the Oval Office,…


Las Vegas shooting: Worker's account raises fresh questions

A hotel worker has said he alerted staff to report a gunman had opened fire before the suspect shot dead 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival.

Stephen Schuck said he was responding to a jammed fire door on the 32nd floor when he heard gunfire and spotted a colleague who had been shot.

He called dispatchers and told them to call police as the gunman sprayed bullets down the hallway, he said.

His account has intensified questions about why the gunman was not stopped.


Kirkuk: Clashes reported after Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites

Clashes have been reported between Iraqi forces and Iraqi Kurdish fighters after Baghdad sent troops towards Kurdish-held sites in Kirkuk province. State TV report that Iraqi forces have taken control of some areas, including oil fields, "without fighting", but Kurdish officials deny this. An exchange of artillery fire is said to have occurred south of Kirkuk city.

The US government says it is very concerned and urged dialogue "as the best option to defuse tensions".


Iran's hardliners say Trump has done them 'great favors'

Tehran (CNN)Tehran is a city that wears its political colors on its sleeve. The sprawling Iranian capital nestles between barren mountain ranges, its streets packed with high rises, leafy parks and markets. A major boulevard slices through the metropolis, from the working class south to the more affluent north; a journey along this road highlights the many political views of its population.

Vicious…

US urges calm as Kirkuk crisis escalates

The US has called for "calm" after Iraqi government forces seized the northern city of Kirkuk and key installations from Kurdish control. State department spokeswoman Heather Nauert urged all parties to "avoid further clashes". Iraqi soldiers moved into Kirkuk three weeks after the Kurdistan Region held a controversial independence referendum.

They are aiming to retake areas under Kurdish control since Islamic State militants swept through the region. Residents of Kurdish-controlled…


Trump's unlikely Christian covenant

Donald Trump loves evangelical voters, and they love him. That much was clear on Friday, as the president basked in one standing ovation after another during his speech before the Values Voter Summit in Washington, DC. How the thrice-married New Yorker, despite his sometimes salty language, brash demeanour and documented boasts of sexual belligerency, has formed such an unlikely bond with social conservatives is a complicated question.

In the end, it comes down to power. Mr Trump has it…


India: Violation of Adivasis’ land rights in Jharkhand

India: Violation of Adivasis’ land rights in Jharkhand

 


Five reasons Trump's widow story stings

Welcome to day three of the Donald Trump condolence-call story.

It started bad, with the president questioning the way his predecessors dealt with the families of war dead. It's only gotten worse, as the story has morphed into one of an allegedly callous presidential call to a grieving widow of a US soldier killed in Niger. Here are five reasons why this snowballing story is so damaging to the president.

It cuts against a strength

Mr Trump campaigned on being a defender…


What we know and don't know about the deadly Niger attack

Washington (CNN)Defense Secretary James Mattis wants answers regarding the ambush by 50 ISIS-affiliated fighters that left four US soldiers dead and two wounded in Niger two weeks ago, three senior US defense officials told CNN Wednesday. Mattis is dismayed at the lack of detailed information he has received about about the attack, but there is no indication he is trying to unduly hurry the investigation being carried out…


Obama and Bush decry deep US divisions without naming Trump

Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W Bush have voiced concern about the current political climate in the US, in comments seen as a veiled rebuke of Donald Trump's leadership. Mr Obama urged Americans to reject the politics of "division" and "fear", while Mr Bush criticised "bullying and prejudice" in public life. Both were speaking separately; neither mentioned President Trump by name.

Mr Trump, who has been critical of his two predecessors, is…


N. Korea: Nuclear war may break out any moment

Brian Todd reports on a North Korean ambassador's warning, that nuclear war could break out "at any moment."

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Myanmar Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh plea over 'untenable' exodus

Almost a million Rohingya people have fled Myanmar for Bangladesh, placing the country in an "untenable" position, Bangladesh's envoy to the UN says. Violence against Rohingya in Rakhine, northern Myanmar (Burma), continues, Shameem Ahsan said. "Thousands still enter on a daily basis," he added. About 600,000 have crossed the border since August, when militant attacks in Rakhine triggered an army offensive. Mr Ahsan was speaking at a conference in Geneva to raise funds…


Top US general reveals new info on Niger ambush

Washington (CNN)The US troops attacked in Niger were on their way back to their operating base when they were ambushed by 50 ISIS fighters, according to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford, who provided a timeline of the attack on Monday.

Four US and five Nigerien soldiers were killed and two Americans were wounded in the attack that occurred on October 4, but details…

Jeff Flake: Republican senator quits with attack on Donald Trump

A US Republican senator says he will not seek re-election, delivering a fierce attack on President Donald Trump. Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said "reckless, outrageous and undignified behaviour" at the top of the US government was dangerous to democracy.

Mr Trump has previously called Mr Flake "toxic". The US president is already embroiled in a row with another Republican Senator, Bob Corker. Before confirming his decision in a speech to the Senate, Mr Flake told the…


Iraq rejects Kurdish offer to 'freeze' independence

Iraq's prime minister has rejected an offer from the Kurdistan Region to "freeze" the result of last month's independence referendum and hold talks. "We won't accept anything but its cancellation and the respect of the constitution," Haider al-Abadi said. The Arab-led central government insists the vote, in which people decisively backed secession, was illegal.

The Kurdish offer came after Mr Abadi ordered the Iraqi military to retake disputed territory…


Kenya election: Police fire tear gas at protesters in Kisumu

(CNN)Kenyan police fired tear gas and water cannons at opposition protesters in their stronghold of Kisumu as the nation voted for a new president Thursday for the second time in three months.

The main opposition candidate had urged his supporters to boycott the latest…

JFK file release: Mob hits on Castro, a threat on Oswald

Washington (CNN)The CIA mulled mafia hits on Cuban President Fidel Castro. Someone called the FBI threatening to kill Lee Harvey Oswald a day before Oswald's murder. And the US examined sabotaging airplane parts heading to Cuba.

These assertions are some of many unearthed in newly revealed government documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

JFK assassination: Trump declassifies some documents

US President Donald Trump has ordered the release of 2,800 files on President John F Kennedy's assassination. But he blocked the release of other files, citing national security concerns. Senior administration officials did not divulge the contents of the records being shared by the National Archives on Thursday. Conspiracy theories have swirled since President Kennedy was fatally shot in Dallas, Texas, 54 years ago.

A 1992 law passed by Congress required all records related to the…


Mattis: North Korea nuclear threat accelerating

The threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a visit to South Korea. Mr Mattis warned it would face a "massive military response" if it used nuclear weapons. Separately, North Korea released a South Korean fishing boat which it said had been found in North Korean waters illegally. The crew of 10 were released on Friday evening, South Korean officials said.


HMS Vigilant: Nine sailors sacked after failing drugs tests

Nine sailors from a nuclear missile submarine have been dismissed from the Royal Navy after failing drugs tests, the Ministry of Defence has said. They had been serving aboard HMS Vigilant, which carries the Trident nuclear deterrent. The Daily Mail reported that the drug they had taken was cocaine.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon is understood to have ordered all UK submarine…


Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton and Russia inquiry 'witch hunt'

US President Donald Trump has launched a Twitter tirade about the "guilt" of Hillary Clinton and the opposition Democratic Party. His Sunday morning outburst came amid reports that the first arrest in the Russian collusion inquiry would be made this week, possibly as early as Monday. Mr Trump insisted allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia were "phony" and a "witch hunt".

He said Republicans were united behind him, before urging:…


Dread, expectation hang over Washington before Mueller sweep

(CNN)A mood of fateful anticipation is cloaking Washington, with possible arrests imminent after the federal grand jury in the Russia investigation approved its first charges. By taking one or more people into custody, a prospect first reported by CNN Friday, Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller would create a new, perilous reality for the White House, reflecting the gravity of the investigation into Russia's…


North Korea: Fresh test could trigger radioactive leak, South says

A fresh nuclear test at North Korea's mountainous testing site could trigger a leak of radioactive material, South Korea's chief meteorologist has warned. A hollow space of up to 100m in length in the bottom of Mount Mantap could implode, Nam Jae-cheol said. Pyongyang's last nuclear test in early September appeared to have triggered several landslides.

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Pummelling India’s democracy

FEW visiting heads are given the kind of adulation that leaders from China and Singapore get when they come calling, either to address trade meetings or to give speeches to august institutions in New Delhi. That’s when you will hear the upper classes bemoaning the chaotic nature of India’s democracy — it’s not even a “functioning anarchy” as some put it — and openly express their yearning for a strongman who would magically set right the besetting problems…


Pakistan seeks new US deal after returning nine choppers

WASHINGTON: Pakistan is trying to reacquire an unspecified number of helicopters from the United States for anti-narcotics operations after returning nine Huey II helicopters it had acquired in 2002, diplomatic sources said on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan returned five of the nine helicopters it had received almost 15 years ago. The ministry of interior, which was using the aircraft, returned four of these nine rotary-wing helicopters on Oct 15.

Pakistan had received a total…


New York truck attack: Five Argentine friends killed

Five friends from Argentina were among those killed in a truck attack in New York on Tuesday. Eight people were killed and 11 injured when the driver of the truck hit people on a cycle path in Lower Manhattan. A 29-year-old man, reported to be an Uzbek immigrant, was shot and injured by police as he left the vehicle. US President Donald Trump has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to "step up" vetting measures in the wake of the attack. The suspect reportedly shouted "Allahu…


Russian bombers escorted away from US aircraft carrier

Washington (CNN)US Navy F/A-18 fighter jets were dispatched from the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and escorted two Russian TU-95 bombers that were approaching the ship on Sunday, according to two US defense officials.

The interaction -- which occurred as the Russian bombers flew about 80 miles from the US carrier -- was deemed safe and professional, the officials…

Trump's post-attack talk doesn't change terror response

(CNN)Donald Trump just changed the way Presidents talk about terror attacks. But the question now is whether his venting will change how America prosecutes the legal war on terrorism. Instead of channeling grief and offering reassurance and resolve, as his predecessors might have done after the Halloween horror in New York where eight people died, Trump amplified the fury and desire for vengeance stirred by such carnage.


US Navy: 2 deadly summer collisions were 'avoidable'

Washington (CNN)The US Navy has released a report concluding that two fatal collisions that resulted in the deaths of 17 sailors during the summer were "avoidable." The guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald and USS John S. McCain collided with commercial ships in June and August, respectively. In both collisions, the Navy found numerous failures by the crews and commanders of the ships. Those failures included…


North Korea working on advanced version of missile that could reach US, source says Barbara Starr-Profile-Image By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

(CNN)North Korea is working on an advanced version of its existing KN-20 intercontinental ballistic missile that could potentially reach the United States, less than six months after it launched its first ICBM, a US official tells CNN. This newly assessed ICBM is just one part of an accelerated effort by Kim Jong Un's regime to improve every part of its missile and nuclear weapons attack capability as quickly as possible,…


Donald Trump embarks on marathon tour of Asia

US President Donald Trump has embarked on an 11-day trip to Asia during which he will visit Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines. It will be the longest tour of Asia by a US president in 25 years. The trip comes at a time of heightened tensions with North Korea over its nuclear programme and missile tests. Mr Trump is expected to show a united front with South Korea and Japan while pressing China to take a stronger line with Pyongyang. President Trump flew first to the US state…


As Trump lands in Seoul, 3 US carriers prepare for drill

(CNN)US President Donald Trump's arrival in Seoul Tuesday is being accompanied by a major show of force in the Pacific. In coming days, three US aircraft carriers, accompanied by guided-missile destroyers and submarines, will be conducting a mock battle in the waters in the region, according to the US Navy. It's likely the show of power by the US forces will be seen by North Korea as a direct provocation.

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We've entered the post-ISIS phase in the Middle East

(CNN)Out of the blue, from an undisclosed location in the Saudi capital of Riyadh, 47-year old Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri announced his resignation Saturday afternoon. Claiming to have been the target of an assassination plot (which his own security forces deny), he left little doubt as to those responsible…


Trump China visit: US leader strikes warmer tone with Xi Jinping

US President Donald Trump has struck a warmer tone in China, praising leader Xi Jinping on his handling of the North Korean nuclear threat. At the same time, he urged Mr Xi to "work very hard" on persuading North Korea to denuclearise. Mr Trump also surprised many when he said he does "not blame China" for "taking advantage" of the US, in reference to their trade deficit.

The US president was speaking in Beijing while on a state visit. He is in the Chinese…


Trump sends clear warning to North Korea

President Trump called for unity against North Korea and warned Kim Jung Un in a speech to South Korea's National Assembly.

Iraq-Iran earthquake: Deadly tremor hits border region

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing at least 170 people and injuring more than 1,000. At least 164 people died in western Iran's Kermanshah province, officials told state media. Six more were reported dead in Iraq. The death toll is likely to rise. The earthquake sparked panic, with fears of aftershocks sending residents out into the streets.

Mosques in the Iraqi capital Baghdad have been broadcasting prayers through loudspeakers.…


Donald Trump's Asia tour leaves observers perplexed

First Donald Trump insulted North Korea's Kim Jong-un, then, hours later, said he hoped the two could be friends in the future.

It is exactly the kind of contradiction that has typified his five-nation tour of Asia and left many observers scratching their heads. But what can we decipher about the US president's approach?

Donald Trump is likely to return home and say he has had a great trip to Asia.

There are some in the region who…


Zimbabwe crisis: Army says it is 'targeting criminals', not Mugabe

Zimbabwe's military has read out a statement after taking over the national broadcaster, ZBC, saying it has taken action to "target criminals". However, it said this was not "a military takeover of government" and President Robert Mugabe was safe. Heavy gunfire and artillery were heard in northern suburbs of the capital, Harare, early on Wednesday. Zimbabwe's envoy to South Africa, Isaac Moyo, earlier dismissed talk of a coup, saying the government was "intact".


Senate committee questions Trump nuclear authority

For the first time in over 40 years, Congress has examined a US president's authority to launch a nuclear attack. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing was titled Authority to Order the Use of Nuclear Weapons. Some senators expressed concern that the president might irresponsibly order a nuclear strike; others said he must have the authority to act without meddling from lawyers.

The last time Congress debated this issue was in March 1976.


Zimbabwe awaits news on Robert Mugabe future

Zimbabweans are waiting to see what steps the military will take next after seizing control of the country. President Robert Mugabe is said to be under house arrest but the whereabouts of his wife Grace, who was bidding to succeed him as president, are unknown. South African ministers have been in the capital Harare meeting the army and political parties. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc will hold emergency talks on Thursday. President Mugabe, 93, has been in control…


Trump hails China's North Korea envoy as 'big move' but experts doubtful

(CNN)US President Donald Trump has hailed the Chinese government sending an envoy to North Korea Friday as a "big move" in the wake of his five-country trip to Asia. In a Tweet late Thursday, Trump appeared to suggest it could lead to developments in the nuclear standoff on the Korean peninsula. "China is sending an envoy and delegation to North Korea - A big move, we'll see what happens!" Trump…


How North Korea is hacking companies and governments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the FBI issued joint alerts on Tuesday warning about two types of malware, or malicious software, that North Korean hackers are allegedly using against firms across industries such as aviation, finance, telecoms and media.

Related: Russia just gave North Korea's internet a big boost

One of them, known as FALLCHILL, has…