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China urges North Korea to not to go further in 'dangerous direction'

Sept. 22 : Raising concern over the North Korean missile-tests, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that negotiations is the only way to find out the solution and urged the ruling Democratic People's Republic of the Korean Government to not go further in 'dangerous direction'.Wang said that the ...

Trump meets Afghan President Ghani, ignores Pak PM at UNGA

, September 22 : US President Donald Trump on Thursday held a meeting with his Afghan counterpart Ashraf Ghani, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York, while he clearly ignored Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who is also present at the 72nd Session of the UNGA.Trump, ...

No alternative to political, diplomatic ways to resolve issue of Korean peninsula: Russian FM

Sept. 22 : Condemning the Nuclear Missile test by the North Korea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that there is 'no alternative to political and diplomatic ways' to resolve the situation on the Korean peninsula."We condemn nuclear missile adventure of North Korea but hysteria is not ...

Sushma Swaraj meets Japanese PM Shinzo Abe in New York

Sept. 22 : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe here at the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly council.Earlier, Swaraj also chaired the India-Brazil-South Africa Trilateral Foreign Ministers' meeting in which she urged to step up the ...

Banks won't be allowed to do business with both U.S. and North Korea: Mnuchin

NEW YORK - U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Thursday that banks doing business in North Korea would not be allowed to also operate in the United States under a new sanctions order aimed at thwarting Pyongyang's nuclear and missiles program. "No bank in any country should be used to ...

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG - China's central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests. Tensions between the United States and North Korea ...

India tells UN: New Delhi has robust pro-people policies

, Sept 21 : India on Thursday told the United Nations that country has put in place robust socio-eco policies to address needs of people.Addressing the Universal Periodic Review on Thursday, India's permanent representative to UN in Geneva Rajiv K. Chander said, "India has put in place robust ...

Hindu festival Dashain begins in Nepal with sowing of maize, barley

, September 21 : The biggest Hindu festival of Nepal, Dashain, began on Thursday with the sowing of maize and barley in a jar filled with soil and cow dung for the germination of the sowed grains - known as "Jamara" .The priest of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Hanuman Dhoka Durbar Square sowed the ...

Russia test fires 2nd ICBM in 10 days

, September 21 : Russia on Wednesday tested its second Yars inter-continental ballistic missile in last 10 days.The Russian Strategic Missile Force had conducted the previous test of the ICBM last week, the RT news reported.The launch was conducted at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in northwestern Russia ...

Pak PM Abbasi washes hands off deadly blasphemy law

, September 21 : Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has washed his hands off the blasphemy law, saying it is on the parliament to change or amend it.When asked by a Human Rights Watch official, at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, if he would speak out against it, he ...

Musharraf accuses Zardari for Benazir Bhutto's murder

, September 21 : Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Thursday directly accused Pakistan People's Party co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari of being involved in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.In a video message, Musharraf, the former army chief, said, "Asif Ali Zardari ...

PoK leaders demand action against Pak army officials responsible for Neelum Valley incident

, Sep 21 : The leaders of Pakistan occupied Kashmir have strongly condemned the Pakistani army's torture on youngsters in Neelum Valley and demanded strong action against the Pakistani army officials behind the heinous crime.Four young men, who were looking for work at one of the work-sites in the ...

Poll shows popular support for NAFTA as talks head into 3rd round

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON - As negotiators head into the third round of talks to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement, an IPSOS poll published on Thursday showed broad-based support among Americans, Canadians and Mexicans for the 23-year trade pact. Despite repeated attacks against ...

China's c.bank tells banks to stop doing business with North Korea: sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG - China's central bank has told banks to strictly implement United Nations sanctions against North Korea, four sources told Reuters, amid U.S. concerns that Beijing has not been tough enough over Pyongyang's repeated nuclear tests. Tensions between the United States and North Korea ...

Nepal pushes for opening more border points with China

Kathmandu, Sep 21 Nepal is pushing for opening nine more border points with China, beyond the four that the two neighbours have agreed upon, a media report said.Both sides held a meeting here on Wednesday on opening more border points, but it ended inconclusively, the Kathmandu Post ...

North Korea terms Trump's UNGA speech as 'sound of a dog barking'

, September 21 : North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho on Wednesday termed United States President Donald Trump's speech, in which he had bashed Pyongyang for its nuclear tests and said that if U.S. is threatened, "we will totally destroy North Korea," as "sound of a dog barking.""There is a ...

Myanmar mob tries to block Rohingya aid boat

Naypyidaw, Sep 21 A Buddhist mob in Myanmar threw petrol bombs in a bid to block a boat carrying aid for Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state before police fired warning shots to disperse them, a media report said.The incident happened on Wednesday when the boat was being loaded with ...

Compliance with oil output reduction pact 'very good': Kuwait

VIENNA - Kuwaiti Oil Minister Essam al-Marzouq said on Thursday that compliance with OPEC-led oil output cuts was "very good" and above 100 percent. "It is very good, better than last month," he said. He also said that oil ministers were not yet discussing extending a deal which currently calls for ...

India considering $7.7 bln stimulus spending in 2017/18 - govt sources

NEW DELHI, Sept 21 - The Indian government isconsidering a plan to loosen the fiscal deficit target so thatit could spend an additional 500 billion rupees in the financial year ending in March 2018, two governmentsources said on Thursday. Both the officials declined to be named as the plan, aimedat ...

Zardari involved in Benazir Bhutto's assassination: Musharraf

Islamabad, Sep 21 Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf on Thursday accused Peoples Party of Pakistan leader Asif Ali Zardari of "having the most to gain from Benazir Bhutto's murder," in a video posted on his official Facebook page. The video came days after he was accused of being involved in ...

Short-range nuke weapons to counter India's 'Cold Start' doctrine: Pakistan PM

New York: Pakistan has developed short-range nuclear weapons as a counter to the "Cold Start" military doctrine allegedly adopted by the Indian armed forces, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said here.Addressing an event organised by the Council on Foreign Relations, Abbasi, who is currently in ...

WTO says global trade rebounding, protectionism still a risk

GENEVA: Global trade is rebounding strongly but risks remain, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday, with commerce expected to grow by 3.6 percent in 2017, well above last year's 1.3 percent. The forecast marks a sharp upward revision of the WTO's April estimate, when it foresaw growth of ...

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with N.Korea

BEIJING/HONG KONG: China's central bank has told banks to stop providing financial services to new North Korean customers and to wind down existing loans with North Korean customers, according to a document, four sources told Reuters. The document asked banks to fully implement United Nations ...

Pakistan harbours terrorism, says British activist Tommy Robinson

, Sept 21 : British activist Tommy Robinson has accused Pakistan of harbouring and supporting terrorism and said that the latter tries to play two parts-be the friend and support terrorism.Talking to ANI in Geneva, Tommy said, "Pakistan always tries to play two parts -be the nice friend and at the ...

World Sindhi Congress protests against enforced disappearances of activists in Pakistan's Sindh province

, Sept 21 : The World Sindhi Congress held a protest at Broken Chair in front of United Nations in Geneva to highlight the issue of enforced disappearances, extrajudicial killings and targeted killings of political activists in Pakistan's Sindh province.Calling Pakistan a `terror state', the ...

Can cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin survive scrutiny from central banks?

Nafis Alam, University of ReadingThe future of money looks very different in the world of cryptocurrencies. There is a growing consensus among businesses, investors and countries that these alternative forms of online money are going to dominate payments in the next decade. There may be agreement on ...

WTO says global trade rebounding, protectionism still a risk

By Tom Miles GENEVA - Global trade is rebounding strongly but risks remain, the World Trade Organization said on Thursday, with commerce expected to grow by 3.6 percent in 2017, well above last year's 1.3 percent. The forecast marks a sharp upward revision of the WTO's April estimate, when it ...

China's central bank tells banks to stop doing business with N.Korea - sources

BEIJING/HONG KONG - China's central bank has told banks to stop providing financial services to new North Korean customers and to wind down existing loans with North Korean customers, according to a document, four sources told Reuters. The document asked banks to fully implement United Nations ...

G4 nations call for early reforms in U.N. Security Council

, September 21 : Reaffirming the need for early reforms in the United Nations Security Council, the G4 nations have issued a joint statement after a meeting of the foreign ministers of the G4 nations.The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Brazilian Foreign Relations ...

PoK: Four men seeking jobs in Neelum Valley assaulted by Pak Army

, September 20 : Four young men, who were looking for work at one of the work-sites in the Neelum Valley area of the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir , were illegally picked up by the Pakistan Army and were brutally beaten up at the behest of a Pakistani contractor.The army's brutal assaults on the ...

Pak PM Abbasi says military has routed Taliban from Afghan border

, September 21 : The newly-appointed prime minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, has insisted that the Pakistani military forces had uprooted all the sanctuaries used by the Islamic extremists, along its rugged frontier with Afghanistan."We have regained control of the area," Abbasi, said in ...

9 killed as Rohingya relief truck crashes

Dhaka, Sep 21 At least nine people were killed and 10 others injured as a Red Crescent truck carrying relief materials for Rohingyas veered off a road in Bangladesh on Thursday, an official said.The accident took place in Bandarban district, 316 km southeast of Dhaka. The truck went off the road and ...

India U-16 football team gear up for Nepal test

Kathmandu, Sep 21 After an impressive three-nil victory against a strong Palestine in the first match of AFC U-16 Qualifiers, India U-16 will be cautious in their approach when they take on hosts Nepal at the Halchowk Stadium here on Friday.Coach Bibiano Fernandes said: "There's no room for ...

BRIEF-ITI declared as lowest bidder for India's defence ministry project

Sept 21 - Iti Ltd: * Says declared as L1 in the Ascon Phase IV project byMinistry of Defence; contract value of project is about 70billion rupeesSource text: Further company coverage:

Nine killed as Rohingya aid truck crashes in Bangladesh

DHAKA, Sept 21 - A truck carrying relief suppliesfor Rohingya Muslim refugees skidded off a hilly road inBangladesh and plunged into a paddy field on Thursday, killingnine people and injuring 10, police and aid workers said. The accident happened in a district near the Myanmar borderwhere refugees ...

Poem sent over WhatsApp can prove deadly in Pakistan

, Sep 21 : In Pakistan, a poem sent over WhatsApp can prove deadly.According to the Human Rights Watch, a court in Pakistan's Punjab province , had sentenced death, on September 14, to Nadeem James, a 35-year-old Christian, for sending a poem to a friend that was deemed insulting to Islam.However, ...

North Korea dubs Donald Trump's threat a 'dog's bark'

New York: North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said US President Donald Trump's threat to destroy Pyongyang sounded like "a dog barking"."If he was thinking he could scare us with the sound of a dog barking, that's really a dog dream," Ri, who is here for the UN General Assembly, told the media ...

Activists blame Pakistan for harbouring terrorists and targeting minorities

, Sept 21 : Political activists and human rights defenders have blamed Pakistan for crushing voices of dissent and harbouring terrorists.At a side-event titled "Freedom of Expression" at the 36th session of Human Rights Council in Geneva, the activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir, Sindh, ...

China hits back at U.S. over trade, says unilateralism is "unprecedented challenge"

BEIJING - China hit back on Thursday at recent criticism from the United States about its trade practices, saying some countries' unilateralism is an unprecedented challenge to global trade. Ministry of Commerce spokesman Gao Feng also said that foreign and domestic firms are treated equally in ...

Sushma Swaraj meets Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on sidelines of SCO meeting

, Sept 21 : India's External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj on Thursday met her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on the sidelines of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Foreign Minister's meeting.Earlier, Sushma Swaraj held bilateral talks with Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on ...

Divisive politics ruining India's reputation abroad: Rahul Gandhi in US

New York: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi took a strong hit at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government, saying that "divisive politics" was ruining India's reputation of peace and harmony abroad.Speaking at an event on Wednesday here organised by the Indian National Overseas Congress , Gandhi ...

Pakistan risks regional isolation, US aid cut: U.S. Officials

Sept 21 : Highly placed sources in the Trump administration, who advise the US President on policy in the Afghanistan, Pakistan region, have said that instructions have been handed down from the White House to hit pause on American aid flowing to Pakistan till the latter begins to crack down on ...

'You're are our backbone': Rahul Gandhi in US urges NRIs to join hands with Congress

New York: Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called on NRIs to join hands with the grand old party.While addressing a gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, "You have tremendous knowledge and understanding so you need to involve. I want to invite you to work with Congress to ...

Over 200 dead in massive Mexico earthquake, rescue efforts on

Mexico City: The number of confirmed deaths as a result of the magnitude-7.1 earthquake that rocked Mexico on Tuesday stands at over 200, officials said.People affected by Tuesday's temblor are already receiving medical assistance and material support, President Enrique Pena Nieto said during a ...

Pakistan exposed as terror promoting state in Geneva

, Sept 21 : A series of protests and events were held in Geneva by activists from Balochistan, Sindh and Pakistan occupied-Kashmir during the ongoing 36th Session of United Nations Human Rights Council to expose Islamabad as a terror promoting state.The Baloch Republican Party carried out a rally ...

Pak Foreign Minister evades question on terrorism

, Sept 21 : Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, who is in New York to attend the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, on Wednesday refused to answer any question on Islamabad being accused of sponsoring terrorism.The Minister dodged a question on terror asked by an ANI reporter ...

Chinese deals topped U.S. security reviews in 2015: Treasury report

By David Lawder WASHINGTON - Proposed Chinese acquisitions of American companies led U.S. government national security reviews in 2015 for the fourth year in a row, the Treasury Department said in a report released on Wednesday. The Treasury's latest annual report for the Committee on Foreign ...

Mexico earthquake: All Indians are safe, says Swaraj

, Sept 21 : In the wake of high magnitude tremors jolting Mexico yesterday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that that all Indians in Mexico are safe.The earthquake has claimed 200 lives and caused severe infrastructural damage.Swaraj made this announcement after talking to ...

Terrorism can't be justified: Swaraj at SCO meet

, Sept 21 : India's External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that there can't be a justification for any act of terrorism.Swaraj asserted that India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations"India strongly condemns terrorism in all its forms & manifestations. There can ...

G4 countries reaffirm need for an early reform of UNSC

, Sept 21 : The G4 nations comprising of Brazil, Germany, India, and Japan have reaffirmed the need for an early reform of the United Nations Security Council including the expansion of both permanent and non-permanent categories of memberships.Foreign Ministers of the G4 countries met on Wednesday ...