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Saturday,17th November 2018




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Cambodia’s biggest port sees China coveting Japan’s dominant role

Once a tranquil seaside enclave in southwestern Cambodia, Sihanoukville, or Kompong Som, has turned into a paradise for Chinese investors in recent years. Casinos, hotels, restaurants, massage...Full News..

Senate gets FBI Kavanaugh report, with initial vote Friday

The Senate braced for a crucial initial vote Friday on Brett Kavanaugh's tottering Supreme Court nomination after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell set his polarized chamber on a schedule to decide an...Full News..

Kim-Moon will sit in a table on September

Kim Jong Un will meet the South's President Moon Jae-in at a summit in Pyongyang in September to discuss nuclear disarmament, Seoul said Thursday. This would be the third meeting this year between...Full News..

Official defends Suu Kyi’s silence over jailing of reporters

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...Full News..

Cate Blanchett: Nothing prepared me for Rohingya suffering

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Cate Blanchett speaks during a Security Council meeting on the situation in Myanmar, on Tuesday at United Nations...Full News..

Trump asks Pompeo to delay visit to N Korea, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization

President Donald Trump said Friday he has directed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay a planned trip to North Korea, citing insufficient progress on denuclearization. Trump put some blame on...Full News..

Imran is going to Pakistan Prime minister

Pakistani cricket legend Imran Khan yesterday declared victory in a divisive general election, and said he was ready to lead the nuclear-armed nation despite a long delay in ballot counting and...Full News..

‘Unknown substance’ hospitalises two in Salisbury: British police

British police said Wednesday that two people are in a critical condition in a Salisbury hospital after being exposed to an "unknown substance" not far from where former Russian spy Sergei Skripal...Full News..

Saudi Arabia’s ban on women driving ends

Every few meters someone -- a newlywed couple, a group of young girls with balloons -- stops Samar Almogren to cheer her on or flash her a thumbs-up. It's midnight in Riyadh, and she's making her...Full News..

EU will put tariffs on US metals after ‘depressing’ G7 tweets by Donald Trump

Europe will implement counter-measures against U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum just like Canada, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday, voicing regret about President Donald Trump's...Full News..

North Korea summit will be ‘one-time shot’ for Kim : Trump

U.S.President Donald Trump cast his Tuesday summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un as a "one-time shot" for the autocratic leader to ditch his nuclear weapons and enter the community of nations,...Full News..

China hosts Russia, Iran for summit as U.S. tensions rise

China on Saturday opens a two-day regional security summit attended by Russia, Iran and other allies confronting rising tensions with the U.S. over trade and Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian...Full News..

Giuliani says Trump forced N Korean leader Kim to beg for summit

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday boasted that Donald Trump's tough line had forced the North Korean leader to beg to reschedule a high-profile summit after the president abruptly...Full News..

Luxury resort chosen for Trump-Kim Singapore summit

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet at a luxury resort on Sentosa Island for nuclear talks next week in Singapore, the White House said Tuesday. The historic...Full News..

Jordan PM resigned after austerity protests

Jordanian Prime Minister Hani Mulki resigned yesterday after he was summoned by King Abdullah II over growing protests against his government's austerity measures, a government source said. "Prime...Full News..

Taxi driver held for raping Japanese tourist in India

A taxi driver accused of raping and threatening a Japanese vacationer near a prominent Indian tourist destination has been arrested, police said Saturday. The 30-year-old visitor said she had...Full News..

G7 ministers criticise America tariffs and warn of trade war

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin has faced sharp criticism from angry finance ministers of other G7 nations over America's imposition of new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. France's Bruno...Full News..

Death of Ekram: Audio exposes moments of controversial anti-drug crackdown

Teknaf Municipality Councillor Ekramul Haque was shot and killed on May 26 as the government expanded its controversial anti-drug crackdown. His family claims security forces killed Ekram in cold...Full News..

Evacuations urged in Hawaii as lava flow advances

LOS ANGELES- Authorities urged people in Hawaii Wednesday to evacuate an area at risk of being cut off by a flood of lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano. "Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports...Full News..

Police clear out Paris migrants camp

PARIS:  Police cleared an illegal refugee camp in Paris on Wednesday, in the French government's latest attempt to deal with a migrant influx the country has been facing for the past three...Full News..

‘Spiderman’ of Paris: Folk hero fresh off migrant trail

PARIS- Mamoudou Gassama, the young Malian hailed as a hero in France for scaling a multi-storey building to rescue a child hanging from a balcony, is no stranger to danger. The 22-year-old...Full News..

Prince Harry marries Meghan Markle

Prince Harry and his actress bride Meghan Markle married on Saturday in a dazzling ceremony that blended ancient English ritual with African American culture, infusing the 1,000-year-old British...Full News..

Malaysia’s Anwar walks free following pardon

KUALA LUMPUR - Jailed Malaysian politician Anwar Ibrahim walked free on Wednesday after receiving a royal pardon, paving the way for his return to national politics as the presumptive successor to...Full News..

N Korea will never fully give up nuclear weapons: top defector

North Korea will never completely give up its nuclear weapons, a top defector said ahead of leader Kim Jong Un's landmark summit with U.S. President Donald Trump next month. The current whirlwind...Full News..

Trump-Kim summit in Singapore on 12 June

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's trip to Singapore for talks with U.S. President Donald Trump poses logistical challenges that are likely to include using Soviet-era aircraft to carry him and his...Full News..

Giuliani struggles to help Trump with his defense

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump's new attorney, Rudy Giuliani is trying hard to support his client's stance on legal challenges coming from investigations into Russian interference in the 2016...Full News..

Half of caravan asylum seekers in U.S.; Sessions puts judges on border

Members of a caravan of migrants from Central America enter the United States border and customs facility, where they are expected to apply for asylum, in Tijuana, Mexico, on...Full News..

Trump should win the Nobel Peace Prize, says S Korea’s Moon

  SEOUL- South Korean President Moon Jae-in said U.S. President Donald Trump deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the standoff with North Korea over its nuclear weapons...Full News..

McDonald’s torched, 200 arrested in May Day protests in Paris

French anti-capitalist protesters clashed with police in Paris on Tuesday on the sidelines of a march for the annual May Day workers' rally  Photo: AFP PARIS- Nearly 200 anarchist protesters were...Full News..

10 dead, 15 injured after van plows into crowd on Toronto sidewalk

Toronto-   A driver deliberately plowed his white Ryder rental van into a lunch-hour crowd in Toronto on Monday, killing 10 people and injuring 15 along a roughly 1.6-km stretch of sidewalk...Full News..

Trump, Abe discuss N Korea, trade issues

U.S. President Donald Trump greets Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during their bilateral meeting at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla, on Tuesday. Photo: REUTERS/Kevin...Full News..

US, UK, France strike Syria to punish Assad for suspected poison gas use

The United States, British and French forces struck Syria with more than 100 missiles today in the first coordinated Western strikes against the Damascus government, targeting what they called...Full News..

Canada grieves after junior hockey team bus crash leaves 15 dead, 14 injured

Fifteen people were killed when a bus carrying a Canadian junior ice hockey team collided with a truck in Saskatchewan province, police said on Saturday, in one of the worst disasters to strike...Full News..

Malala returns to Pakistan for first time

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai has returned to Pakistan for the first time since being shot by Taliban militants. Ms Yousafzai, now aged 20 and a vocal human rights activist, was shot in...Full News..

68 killed in Venezuelan police station riot and fire

Relatives of inmates held at the General Command of the Carabobo Police react as they wait outside the prison, where a fire occurred in the cells area in Valencia, Venezuela, on...Full News..

53 dead, 16 missing in Siberia shopping mall fire

MOSCOW- At least 53 people were killed when a fire ripped through a busy shopping center in an industrial city in western Siberia, with 16 still reported missing, including children. "At this...Full News..

‘No more’ or we vote you out: Students lead huge U.S. anti-gun rallies

WASHINGTON- Chanting "never again," hundreds of thousands of young Americans and their supporters answered a call to action from survivors of last month's Florida high school massacre and rallied...Full News..

Russian sex instructor arrested : four-day climax course fee £1,000

Thailand's tourism body has said in a statement that it "strongly opposes any form of sex tourism" as it hopes to welcome a record number of holiday-makers this year. Known for its beaches,...Full News..

2018 G7 meetings and summit : Federal budget allocates $600 million

There’ll be no need for fancy fake lakes at the next G7 summit that Canada hosts in picturesque Charlevoix, Quebec, because this year’s global gathering will be nestled in rolling hills that...Full News..

‘Inappropriate’ to ask her about father’s accusers

Ivanka Trump does not believe the women who have accused her father of sexual misconduct, adding that it's "pretty inappropriate" to ask her about the subject. Asked by NBC News if she...Full News..

6 months after attacks began, Rohingya see no end in sight

FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2017 file photo, Rohingya Muslims travel on a raft made with plastic containers on which they crossed over the Naf river from Myanmar into Bangladesh, near Shah Porir Dwip,...Full News..

Trump-linked cohorts hit with new charges

Dramatically escalating the pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday against U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman and his...Full News..

Trump lawyer says he paid $130,000 to porn star linked to president

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer told the New York Times Tuesday he paid $130,000 of his own money to a porn star who once said she had an affair with Trump. The long-time Trump attorney,...Full News..

Russian passenger plane crashes near Moscow; 71 dead

MOSCOW- A Russian passenger plane crashed near Moscow soon after take-off on Sunday, killing all 71 people on board, and investigators said they were looking at all possible causes. Temperatures...Full News..

Egypt says attackers had Islamic State flag as mosque death toll rises

Gunmen who attacked a mosque on Friday in Egypt's North Sinai brandished an Islamic State flag as they opened fire through doorways and windows, killing more than 300 worshippers, including two dozen...Full News..

Climate talks wrap up with progress on Paris rulebook

Global talks on curbing climate change wrapped up Friday, with delegates and observers claiming progress on several key details of the 2015 Paris accord. The two-week negotiations focused on a...Full News..

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi meets Tillerson, U.N. chief on Rohingya crisis

MANILA:Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi faced rising global pressure Tuesday to solve the crisis for her nation's displaced Rohingya Muslim minority, meeting the U.N. chief and America's top diplomat...Full News..

Republican committees investigate Clinton and Obama

Online Desk: Congressional Republicans have announced parallel inquiries into a uranium deal under President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton's emails. One committee will investigate how the...Full News..

Trump aims blow at Iran and nuclear deal

US President Donald Trump has condemned Iran as a "fanatical regime" and refused to continue signing off on a landmark international nuclear deal. In a combative speech on Friday, Mr Trump accused...Full News..

Donald Trump plans to slash refugee admissions

The Trump administration will allow no more than 45,000 refugees into the United States next year, officials said Tuesday, in what would be the lowest admissions level in more than a...Full News..

India cannot mistreat Rohingya refugees: HRW

Human Rights Watch on Monday (Bangladesh time) criticised the government of India for mistreating the Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar military crackdown on them in the Rakhine state. The...Full News..

US-N Korea row ‘like kindergarten fight’

Mr Lavrov said the exchanges were "like when children in a kindergarten start fighting". Russia's foreign minister has likened the war of words between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un to a...Full News..

Myanmar protesters try to block aid shipment to Rohingyas

The shipment, being organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), was bound for the north of the state where insurgent attacks on Aug 25 sparked a military...Full News..

US Senate approves $700bn budget for Pentagon

The US Senate has approved a $700 billion budget bill for the Pentagon, higher than what it had during the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. With 89 votes in favour and eight against,...Full News..

Nawaz Sharif’s wife wins Lahore by-poll

A Pakistani minister says the wife of ousted Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif has won his parliament seat which fell vacant after the country's Supreme Court disqualified him for concealing assets,...Full News..

US denies it will stay in accord

BBC: The US has insisted it will leave the Paris climate accord, despite reports that it may be softening its stance. Officials who met a White House representative on Saturday said afterwards...Full News..

North Korea will reach its nuclear force goal – Kim Jong-un

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has vowed to reach the country's nuclear goals, according to state media. The aim was to establish "equilibrium" of military force with the US, the KCNA news agency...Full News..

Kuala Lumpur school fire kills at least 25

At least 25 students and teachers have died in a fire at a religious school in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. The fire at the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah broke out in the early hours of the...Full News..

176 Rohingya villages now empty after all residents fled: Myanmar

Myanmar presidential office spokesman Zaw Htay has said 176 of 471 ethnic Rohingya villages in three townships are now completely empty and at least 34 others are partially abandoned. He said at...Full News..

UN slams India for seeking deportation of Rohingyas

India came under fire yet again from the UN Human Rights Council over its threat to deport 40,000 Rohingyas, cow vigilantism and the recent murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh. Earlier this year,...Full News..

Eight killed in Texas shooting

Authorities in Texas say that at least eight people are dead, including a gunman, after a shooting at a home in the city of Plano. The shooting occurred on Sunday night during what has been...Full News..

Irma strengthens as it closes on Florida

Hurricane Irma has strengthened to a category four storm as it nears the US state of Florida, with maximum sustained winds of 130mph (209km/h). Wind gusts close to hurricane force are already...Full News..

Powerful Hurricane Irma reaches Cuba

Hurricane Irma is lashing Cuba with strong winds and heavy rain after devastating several Caribbean islands. The category five storm made landfall on the Camaguey Archipelago, off the...Full News..

Devastation after deadly Hurricane Irma

Flooded streets in St Martin Hurricane Irma has caused widespread destruction across the Caribbean, reducing islands to rubble and leaving at least seven people killed. The small island of...Full News..

Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Denounces Terrorists, Silent On Rohingya Exodus

Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday blamed “terrorists” for “a huge iceberg of misinformation” on the violence in Rakhine state but made no mention of the nearly 125,000 Rohingya...Full News..

Kim Jong Un ‘begging for war’: Haley

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Monday that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was "begging for war" as she urged the UN Security Council to adopt the strongest sanctions measures...Full News..

US warns ‘massive’ response to N Korea nuke test

The United States warned Sunday it could launch a “massive military response” to threats from North Korea following Pyongyang’s provocative detonation of what it claimed was a miniaturized...Full News..

North Korea claims missile-ready hydrogen bomb

North Korea said on Sunday that it has developed a hydrogen bomb “with super explosive power” to be mounted on its intercontinental ballistic missile. The North’s official Korean Central...Full News..

More than 100 Rohingya Muslims massacred in Rakhine state: Reports

More than 100 Rohingya Muslims are alleged to have been killed in a massacre by Burmese security forces and Buddhist vigilantes reports, Independent.co.uk. The attack is said to have occurred in...Full News..

17 Rohingyas die after boat capsizes in Naf

At least 17 Rohingyas—women and children—died yesterday (Thursday) at the Naf river in Teknaf after a boat, which was carrying the migrants fleeing persecution in Myanmar, capsized. There were 10...Full News..

UN ‘strongly condemns’ NKorea missile test

The U.N. Security Council strongly condemned North Korea's launch of a ballistic missile over Japan on Tuesday, reiterating demands that Pyongyang halt its ballistic missile and nuclear weapons...Full News..

Japan PM, Trump agree to hike pressure on N. Korea: Abe

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tuesday that he and US President Donald Trump agreed to hike pressure on North Korea after it launched a ballistic missile over Japan, in Pyongyang's most...Full News..

Houston flooding ‘epic, catastrophic’

Up to 2,000 people have been rescued from floods in and around Houston, as Tropical Storm Harvey continues to batter Texas with heavy rains. There are reports of possible deaths in submerged...Full News..

Death toll from South Asia flooding tops 1,000

The death toll from floods sweeping South Asia has climbed above 1,000, officials said Thursday, as rescue teams try to reach millions stranded by the region's worst monsoon disaster in recent...Full News..

Typhoon batters Hong Kong

Typhoon Hato, a maximum category 10 storm, slammed into Hong Kong on Wednesday lashing the Asian financial hub with wind and rain that uprooted trees and forced most businesses to close, while in...Full News..

Trump backs off Afghan withdrawal, lambasts Pakistan

President Donald Trump cleared the way for the deployment of thousands more US troops to Afghanistan Monday, backtracking from his promise to rapidly end America's longest war, while In his first...Full News..

Trump to address new Afghanistan strategy

President Donald Trump will announce his decision on America's strategy in Afghanistan in an address to US troops and the nation Monday night, almost 16 years after the war began. The US leader...Full News..

Steve Bannon fired as Trump White House’s top strategist

White House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of President Donald Trump to leave his post. Press SecretaryWhite House chief strategist Steve Bannon is the latest top aide of...Full News..

13 killed in Barcelona terror attack

Terror returned to the streets of Europe on Thursday when a van ploughed into a crowd of people in Barcelona, killing at least 13 and injuring more than 100 others. Footage of the scene showed...Full News..

Trump’s crisis spurs talk of White House departures

President Donald Trump’s turnabout on the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia has rocked his administration, leading to rising speculation that some top officials may be looking for a way...Full News..

9 dead as UN bases come under twin attack in Mali

Gunmen attacked two United Nations bases in Mali on Monday, killing a peacekeeper, a contractor and seven Malians, the UN said, in the latest attacks on its presence in the country. The Togolese...Full News..

17 dead in Burkina Faso attack

Seventeen people have been killed and eight injured in a "terrorist attack" on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the government said Monday. Witnesses said three gunmen arrived at a Turkish...Full News..

Submit Print Suicide bomber kills 15 in Pakistan

A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a military truck Saturday with a bomb killing eight soldiers and seven civilians in the southwestern city of Quetta, an official and the military...Full News..

China urges US, North Korea to be ‘cautious’, ease tensions

China urged the United States and North Korea yesterday to be “cautious” with their words and actions after the two sides stepped up their bellicose rhetoric over Pyongyang’s weapons programme,...Full News..

North Korea calls Trump’s warning a ‘load of nonsense’

North Korea dismissed as a "load of nonsense" warnings by U.S. President Donald Trump that it would face "fire and fury" if it threatened the United States, and outlined on Thursday detailed plans...Full News..

North Korea says considering missile strike on Guam

North Korea has said it is considering carrying out missile strikes on the US Pacific territory of Guam. The report in state media, quoting an earlier military statement, came hours after...Full News..

Trump warns North Korea of ‘fire and fury’

President Donald Trump issued an apocalyptic warning to North Korea on Tuesday, saying it faces "fire and fury" over its missile program, hours after US media reported Pyongyang has successfully...Full News..

Kenyans to vote in tight, tense elections

Kenyans vote Tuesday in general elections headlined by a too-close-to-call battle between incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta and his rival Raila Odinga, sparking fears of violence in east Africa’s richest...Full News..

50 killed in ‘brutal’ Afghan attack

At least 50 civilians have been killed by militants in northern Afghanistan, officials say.They report that a checkpoint manned by local police was attacked in the Mirzawalang area of Sar-e Pul...Full News..

US to join climate talks despite Paris accord exit

The United States announced Friday it would still take part in international climate change negotiations in order to protect its interests, despite its planned withdrawal from the Paris accord on...Full News..

Trump lashes out over Russia probe, after news of grand jury

Donald Trump described Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election as a "total fabrication" Thursday amid reports that a special prosecutor has impaneled a grand jury to investigate the...Full News..

US issues ban on tourist travel to North Korea

The United States issued a ban on Wednesday prohibiting its citizens traveling to North Korea, a move triggered by the death of a US student imprisoned by Pyongyang during a tourist visit. The...Full News..

Scaramucci out as Trump’s new chief of staff takes reins

Foul-mouthed spin doctor Anthony Scaramucci was axed as White House communications director Monday, just 10 days after being named to the post and hours after Donald Trump installed a new chief of...Full News..

US to cut 755 US diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

President Vladimir Putin on Sunday said the United States would have to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia and warned of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions...Full News..

N Korea: ‘All US within missile range’

North Korea has hailed as a success its latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile describing it as a "stern warning" for the US. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said the test proved...Full News..

Pakistan into uncertainty as PM Nawaz ‘ousted’

Pakistan’s Supreme Court yesterday disqualified Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif from public office over long-running corruption allegations, a decision that ousts him from the premiership for the third...Full News..

Abe apologizes over Inada’s resignation; Kishida to run Defense Ministry

Embattled Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada on Friday said she was resigning, after a series of gaffes, missteps and a cover-up at her ministry that have contributed to a sharp plunge in public...Full News..

Trump’s transgender military ban ‘not worked out yet’

The White House has not yet decided how it will implement the president's ban on transgender people serving in the US military. Mr Trump's surprise Twitter announcement on Wednesday has been met...Full News..

US House votes to slap sanctions on Russia, Iran, North Korea

The US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to impose tough new sanctions on Iran, North Korea and Russia, a move that will antagonize the Kremlin as well as European nations fearing...Full News..

Ram Nath Kovind sworn in as India’s 14th President

Ram Nath Kovind was on Tuesday sworn in as the 14th President of India with Chief Justice JS Khehar administering the oath of office in Parliament's Central Hall. Immediately after the oath taking...Full News..