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World is afraid of nuclear war with North Korea: UN chief

Addressing the high-level debate at the General Assembly, Guterres said millions of people are living in dread as a result of North Korea's provocative nuclear and missile tests.

UN investigators demand 'unfettered' access to Myanmar

"It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations", the head of the UN-backed fact-finding mission, Marzuki Darusman, told the Human Rights Council. "There is a grave humanitarian crisis underway that requires urgent attention", he added, asking for "full and ...

Hurricane Maria wreaks devastation in Dominica

"We have lost all what money can buy and replace," Dominica's premier Roosevelt Skerrit posted on Facebook, saying there were initial reports of "widespread devastation".

Russia unveils statue of AK-47 inventor Kalashnikov

A priest sprinkled holy water on the seven-metre tall statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov gripping his deadly creation, which will now loom over motorists from a traffic island in one of Moscow's central thoroughfares.

Fun's over: China's shared sex dolls snuffed out

China's rentable sex dolls have been yanked off the market and the firm responsible for them has apologised, just days after the "shared girlfriends" began strutting their silicon stuff. Chinese sex-products retailer Touch said in a statement on Monday that it "will actively explore healthier and ...

Panama papers: Nawaz Sharif skips court hearing

Ousted Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif on Tuesday failed to appear before a court hearing corruption cases against him as he was in London to take care of his ailing wife. The court accepted his plea and adjourned the case till September 26.

Japan deploys missile defence to northern island

Japan will on Tuesday deploy an additional missile defence system on its northern island of Hokkaido, a defence ministry spokesman told AFP, days after North Korea launched a missile over the island. Japan has already deployed the Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missile defence system to another part ...

New hurdles as Republicans rush to reverse Obama health law

After falling one vote short this summer, US Republicans have revived efforts to overhaul Barack Obama's landmark health care bill, but skepticism on Monday by some in President Donald Trump's party has imperiled the plan.

More than 40 million people trapped in slavery: New global estimate

The findings mark the first time the groups collaborated on an international estimate and prompted calls for stronger labor rights, improved governance of migrants, action to address root causes of debt bondage, and better victim identification.

The last days of a 'village' in China's Silicon Valley

Surrounded by the sleek hi-tech campuses and luxury condominiums of "Beijing's Silicon Valley", migrants from the countryside recreate village life, cooking in outdoor communal areas, playing cards and showering in the street.

Trump to embrace nationalist tone in his UN speech

US President Donald Trump will take aim at Iran and North Korea and strike a stridently nationalistic tone in his maiden address to the UN General Assembly Tuesday, rejecting the half-century-old drive toward global governance.

London Underground attack suspects from Iraq, Syria

According to reports, one of the suspects was arrested on the basis of a CCTV footage, which showed him carrying a bag that resembled the one used to carry out the attack. UK police have up to 14 days to question the suspects before they have to charge or release them from custody.

In 1st UN speech, Trump lashes out at 'bloated' body

Donald Trump said the UN must hold every level of management accountable, protect whistleblowers and focus on results rather than on process. Ahead of his maiden speech to the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump hosted a short event to boost support for changes to the UN.

China's Communist Party to amend Constitution

Amending the constitution at the 19th CPC National Congress to be held on October 11 on the basis of the new situation and tasks, would promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and party building, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted a statement as saying today.

Trump's childhood home showcase for refugees

President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York had some new occupants over the weekend - refugees who shared their stories as a way to draw attention to the refugee crisis as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week with Trump in attendance.

Top official moves from UK's Brexit ministry to PM office

Theresa May has appointed Britain's top official at its Brexit ministry as her EU adviser to "strengthen cross govt coordination of the next phase of talks with the EU", a spokesperson said. May has been criticised for failing to give clear instructions to her negotiating team in the talks.

Maria may strengthen into major hurricane in 2 days

"Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands," the forecaster said, marked by "rapid strengthening" during the next 48 hours. Maria is approaching the eastern Caribbean less than two weeks after Irma hammered the region before overrunning Florida.

Putin attends military drills that worry West

Putin attended the weeklong war games with Belarus that have demonstrated the Russian military's resurgent might and made neighbors nervous. Some NATO members, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized an alleged lack of transparency about war games and questioned Moscow's intentions.

'Bureaucracy' holding UN back: Donald Trump

"The United Nations was founded on truly noble goals" US President Donald Trump said, adding that while progress has been made "in recent years the United Nations has not reached its full potential, because of bureaucracy and mismanagement."

China's Communist Party to amend Constitution next month

Amending the constitution at the 19th CPC National Congress to be held on October 11 on the basis of the new situation and tasks, would promote the development of socialism with Chinese characteristics and party building, state-run Xinhua news agency quoted a statement as saying today.

73% voting in Nepal's final phase of local polls

Barring some sporadic incidents, the 3rd phase which was postponed twice due to opposition by Madhesi parties, passed off by-and-large peacefully in 136 local units of 8 districts under the province. The local polls are part of the final step in the peace deal that ended a 10-year civil war in 2006.

Trump's childhood home becomes showcase for refugees

President Donald Trump's childhood home in New York had some new occupants over the weekend - refugees who shared their stories as a way to draw attention to the refugee crisis as the United Nations General Assembly convenes this week with Trump in attendance.

Top official moves from UK's Brexit ministry to PM May's office

Theresa May has appointed Britain's top official at its Brexit ministry as her EU adviser to "strengthen cross govt coordination of the next phase of talks with the EU", a spokesperson said. May has been criticised for failing to give clear instructions to her negotiating team in the talks.

Hurricane Maria may strengthen into major hurricane

"Maria is expected to become a major hurricane as it moves through the Leeward Islands," the forecaster said, marked by "rapid strengthening" during the next 48 hours. Maria is approaching the eastern Caribbean less than two weeks after Irma hammered the region before overrunning Florida.

China, Russia begin naval drills near North Korea

China and Russia began naval drills near North Korea on Monday amid continuing tensions over the isolated state's nuclear ambitions and ahead of a United Nations General Assembly meeting this week, where North Korea is likely to loom large.

Rex Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a reporter that "the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement," but when asked how it went said she had not been in the room.

IS hostage Philippine priest smiles as his ordeal ends

A Catholic priest kidnapped by Islamic State supporters when they seized parts of a southern Philippine city nearly four months ago smiled and declared himself "strong" on Monday after escaping.

Rex Tillerson meets Russia's Lavrov ahead of UN assembly

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told a reporter that "the meeting was on cooperation in Syria crisis Middle East issues and Minsk agreement," but when asked how it went said she had not been in the room.

Hamas says ready to end feud with Fatah, hold polls

Hamas said it had agreed to key demands made by Fatah: dissolving the so-called administrative committee, while saying it was ready for elections and negotiations toward a unity government. Hamas chief Ismail Haniya agreed to take such steps in talks with Egyptian officials in Cairo last week, a ...

US warns North Korea will be 'destroyed' if threats continue

Donald Trump's administration ramped up the pressure on North Korea on Sunday ahead of a week of high-stakes diplomacy at the United Nations, warning Pyongyang will be "destroyed" if it refuses to end its "reckless" nuclear and ballistic missile drive.

Top US diplomat: Closing Embassy in Cuba 'under review'

The Trump administration is considering closing down the recently reopened US Embassy in Havana following a string of unexplained incidents harming the health of American diplomats in Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday.

Nikki Haley says UN has exhausted options on North Korea

UN ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Sunday that the UN Security Council has run out of options on containing North Korea's nuclear program and the United States may have to turn the matter over to the Pentagon.

Trump lets loose on 'Rocket Man' Kim, 'Crooked Hillary'

The US leader spoke Saturday night with South Korea's President Moon Jae-In, pledging joint "steps to strengthen deterrence and defense capabilities and to maximize economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea," according to the White House.

Japan's PM considers snap election as early as Oct

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering calling a snap election for as early as next month to take advantage of his improved approval ratings and disarray in the main opposition party, government and ruling party sources said on Sunday.

'Iran would react strongly to any wrong move by US'

"The Iranian nation is standing firm and any wrong move by the domineering regime regarding the will face the reaction of the Islamic Republic," state television quoted Ayatollah Khamenei as saying on Sunday.

Second man arrested over London train attack

A second man has been arrested by police investigating Friday's bomb attack on a London underground train. The 21-year-old man was arrested in the west London suburb of Hounslow just before midnight on Saturday.

Abe mulling snap election as early as October: Report

Shinzo Abe's ratings have recovered to the 50 per cent level in some polls, helped by public jitters over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and chaos in the opposition Democratic Party, struggling with single-digit support and defections.

Myanmar army chief urges unity over Rohingya 'issue'

UN leaders have described the campaign as having all the hallmarks of "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, a stateless group that has endured years of persecution and repression.

Abe mulling snap election as early as October: Report

Shinzo Abe's ratings have recovered to the 50 percent level in some polls, helped by public jitters over North Korea's missile and nuclear tests and chaos in the opposition Democratic Party, struggling with single-digit support and defections.

Paris pact: US says will withdraw if no suitable terms

The White House pushed back on Saturday at a European suggestion it was softening its stance on the Paris climate accord, insisting Washington will withdraw from the agreement unless it can re-enter on more favorable terms.

Bangla PM Sheikh Hasina seeks help for Rohingya crisis

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina headed for the UN General Assembly on Saturday to plead for global help coping with the Rohingya crisis, as the refugee deluge escaping a crackdown in Myanmar topped 400,000.

UN Security Council to meet on enforcing N Korea sanctions

The UN Security Council will on Thursday hold a ministerial-level meeting on the threat from the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction that will focus on enforcing sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said. US called the meeting that will be held during the annual UN General Assembly ...

North Korea seeks military 'equilibrium' with US

North Korea said Saturday it was seeking military "equilibrium" with the United States as leader Kim Jong-Un vowed to complete Pyongyang's nuclear programme. orth Korea successfully fired a Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missile over Japan on Friday, responding to a new round of UN ...

Police, protesters clash in St Louis after ex-cop acquitted of murdering black man

Eight police officers were injured in clashes with demonstrators in St Louis when a largely peaceful protest turned violent in the early hours of Saturday after a Missouri judge acquitted a former white police officer of murder in the 2011 fatal shooting of a black man suspected of dealing drugs.

Trump angers Britain in midst of London attack

President Donald Trump sparked fury in London and yet another pointed rebuke from Prime Minister Theresa May Friday after he claimed "loser terrorists" behind a botched train attack were known to British police.

Norma reaches hurricane strength in Pacific near Mexico: NHC

Tropical Storm Norma surged to hurricane strength late Friday off Mexico's Pacific coast which was pounded just hours earlier by Tropical Storm Max. Norma looked likely to churn toward the Los Cabos resort area, according to the US National Hurricane Center in Miami.

Pakistan's fatal attraction to celebratory gunfire

As Pakistan erupted in ecstasy over a breathtaking cricket win against India this summer, five-year-old Noeen lay dying in the country's northwest, the tiny victim of an often deadly tradition: celebratory gunfire. Unloading a few rounds into the air is a custom to celebrate in turbulent Pakistan.

May hits out on Trump's speculative tweet on blasts

Asked about Trumps' tweet saying that those responsible for the bomb in west London which injured 22 people were "in the sights of Scotland Yard," May said: "I never think it's helpful for anybody to speculate on what is an ongoing investigation."

Pakistan's fatal attraction to celebratory gunfire

As Pakistan erupted in ecstasy over a breathtaking cricket win against India this summer, five-year-old Noeen lay dying in the country's northwest, the tiny victim of an often deadly tradition: celebratory gunfire.

Harvard removes title for Chelsea Manning amid CIA spat

Douglas Elmendorf, the dean of the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government, wrote in a statement posted to the university's website that naming Manning a visiting fellow was a mistake, even though he said the title carries no special honor.