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SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation


The United States has tried for years to discourage South Korea from developing longer-range ballistic missiles in keeping with the Missile Technology Control Regime, a voluntary global arms-control pact. Even with China's recent THAAD-related arm-twisting, Chinese President Xi Jinping rates more favorably among South Koreans than Trump . Not included were the 46 South Korean sailors killed by a North Korean torpedo in March of 2010. Read More »

Hundreds of civilians killed, injured in Mosul's Old City


The explosion destroyed another piece of priceless Iraqi cultural heritage but also sent a strong message to USA -led coalition forces and Iraqi troops closing in on the last stronghold of IS, in Mosul's Old City neighborhood. According to Abdelghani al-Assadi, a top commander in the Counter-Terrorism Service that has spearheaded the fighting against IS since 2014, around 8,000 people have managed to flee the Old City since an assault was launched on June 18. Read More »

China, US agree aim of 'complete, irreversible' Korean denuclearization


Their meeting took place against a backdrop of high tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula. Asked whether Trump had lost faith in China's ability to restrain North Korea, Mattis said the president's view represented Americans' "frustration" with Pyongyang's provocations and after seeing "a young man go over there healthy, and with a minor act of mischief, come home dead, basically". Read More »

US Shoots Down Pro-Syrian Drone


In just over a month, US forces have struck Iranian-backed Shia militias in southern Syria three times, and on Sunday a U.S. F/A-18 shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 jet. Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov called the shoot down an "act of aggression". Russian Federation is also suspending its use of the hotline between the US and Russian Federation that was set up to prevent accidents in the Syrian combat zone. Read More »

Parents of man released from NK say he's in coma


After more than 17 months in detention in North Korea (with most of that time allegedly being comatose), Otto Warmbier has landed in the United States . The New York Times quoted a senior USA official as saying Washington recently received intelligence reports that Warmbier had been repeatedly beaten in custody. Read More »

Congress hears sinister tale of Russia election meddling


USA officials believe that Russian intelligence agencies carried out email hacks against the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign and released documents through WikiLeaks and other websites. Mark Warner, vice chairman of the intelligence committee, questioned Wisconsin Elections Commission Administrator Mike Haas about whether Wisconsin was one of the states that had been hacked. Read More »

Rebels say Syrian army, Iranian-backed militias launch offensive in eastern desert

Al-Islam's comments echo those made by General Ramezan Sharif who said the IRGC's missile operation "Laylat al-Qadr" was "only a tiny example of Iran's punitive power over the terrorists and enemies". An IRGC statement on Sunday said the missiles hit "the command headquarters, meeting centers and logistical sites in which suicide vehicle bombs were being assembled" with "pinpoint" accuracy and killed a "large number" of terrorists and destroyed their equipment and weapons. Read More »

N. Korea says it freed U.S. student over humanitarian reasons


The 22-year-old was released from North Korea Tuesday and admitted to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where a rep says he has experienced a " severe neurological injury", reports CNN . A senior American official tells the New York Times that Warmbier was repeatedly beaten while in North Korean custody. The university student, who had been on a tourist trip, was sentenced to 15 years hard labor, a punishment the U.S. Read More »

Ill. Man ID'd as Suspect in GOP Baseball Shooting


Clair County Deputy Richard Wagner. The shooter's widow refused to answer questions about her husband's politics. The 66-year-old ran a home inspection business in IL. But she maintained there was nothing she could have done about it. "There's nothing I could do about it", she said, adding that she felt "horrible, horrible". Read More »

Shiv Sena Agrees to Back Kovind, Opposition Braces For Contest


After landing in Delhi, he met with PM Modi and BJP National President Amit Shah . The numbers now seem to be in favour of Kovind, the NDA nominee for the post of the President of India. "If anybody had reservations about Bhagwat, then we suggested Swaminathan for the benefit of the farmers of the country". Meanwhile, Kovind has resigned from the gubernatorial post following his nomination as the ruling NDA's presidential candidate. Read More »

UAE warns Qatar to accept demands or face 'divorce'

Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said recently that his country would rely on other countries if the blockade continues. Turkey's defence minister rejected suggestions that it should review its military base. efforts to bring about a resolution to the worst Gulf diplomatic crisis in years. New tensions erupted Friday in a feud between Qatar and a group of Arab nations led by Saudi Arabia after the leak of an onerous list of demands to be met by Qatar, including ... Read More »

Darjeeling tense but incident-free; 12-hr Eid relaxation for


The GJM has offered a 12-hour "window" to the schools in the Darjeeling hills to evacuate their students safely to Siliguri and Rongpo. Earlier on Friday, GJM supremo Bimal Gurung had said that there would be no relaxation for Muslims to celebrate Eid, the biggest festival of the community. Read More »

Prince Harry admits doubts about his royal service


Harry even suggested that no one in the royal family is itching to take over for Queen Elizabeth II , even as the duty looms. Seven days after Diana died in a Paris vehicle accident, Harry, William, Prince Charles, their grandfather, Prince Philip, and uncle, Earl Spencer, walked in a procession behind her coffin through the streets of London - an experience, Harry said, no child should experience. Read More »

S. Korean leader observes missile test amid North's threats


Six South Koreans, of whom three are Christian pastors, and ae Canadian also also imprisoned in North Korea . World Taekwondo Federation becomes World Taekwondo. Not anymore as the governing body, based in South Korea, has taken a key decision this week. South Korea's Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan raised the prospect of working with North Korea in an effort to boost friendship. Read More »

India hammer Pakistan 6-1 in Hockey World League classification clash


In the first match between the two sides, the scoreline was 7-1. India: Ramandeep Singh 2, Mandeep Singh 2, Talwinder Singh & Harmanpreet Singh one goal each. In the 51st minute, Ammad Shakeel Butt, perhaps the most impressive Pakistani player in this event, beautifully robbed a defender. Mandeep helped India win their first penalty corner in the sixth minute but Harmanpreet's flick was blocked. Read More »

Modi arrives in US


Indian Ambassador Navtej Sarna and Charge d'Affaires at US Embassy in Delhi MaryKay Loss Carlson received PM Modi at Joint Base Andrews in Washington . The Obama administration had accorded India the status of a "major defence partner". Appreciating the villagers for declining the government aid and constructing the toilets in the village on their own, Modi said that such cases were best examples of clean India (Swatchh Bharat). Read More »

Turkey rejects calls to close Qatar military base

Qatar has described the pressure by its larger neighbours as an "illegal blockade" aimed at curbing its sovereignty, and said that the ultimatum by Saudi Arabia , the United Arab Emirates , Egypt and Bahrain was unreasonable . "If Qatar does not respond to the demands, the alternative is not escalation, but parting", Gargash said at a televised press conference in Dubai. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it would give its official response to Kuwait, which has been acting as a mediator ... Read More »

Surgical strikes prove India can defend itself: Modi

The working dinner that Mr Trump is hosting for Mr Modi is the first of its kind under the present administration. In a briefing before his arrival in the US, the White House said the focus of the meetings would be defense and security, including defense trade, and some new counter-terrorism initiatives. Read More »

Mueller And Comey Not As Close As Trump And Others Suggest

It all started when Trump tweeted : " James Comey better hope that there are no "tapes" of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Comey credited the tweet with his decision to leak his detailed memos of his interactions with the president to a friend, who then gave the information to the New York Times for publication. Read More »

Taliban storm Afghan police compound; 1 police dead


The incident took place at Afghan National Army's (ANA) Shaheen Corps in Mazar-e Sharif city of Balkh province. Seven US military service members were wounded. An Afghan soldier opened fire inside the facility, a spokesman for the Afghan army's 209th Corps said. A coalition official told CNN that some USA military personnel were wounded and evacuated after what appears to be an insider or "green-on-blue" attack by an Afghan soldier. Read More »

Ronaldo sets Portugal on way to Confederations Cup semis


Portugal also advanced from Group A after beating last-place New Zealand 4-0 in St. Petersburg. Mexico will meet the winners of Group B - which will nearly certainly be Chile or Germany - in their last-four encounter in Sochi on Thursday, but Hernandez is not concerned about which team they face. Read More »

Arab states don't seek 'regime change' in Qatar, says UAE official

The question is - will Arab states demand that the USA close its Qatar base? Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told Al-Jazeera: "The US secretary of state recently called upon the blockading nations to produce a list of grievances that was " reasonable and actionable". Read More »

Sean Spicer May Get To Choose His Own Replacement If He Quits


As to whether Trump shares that conclusion, Spicer said, "I have not sat down and asked him about his specific reaction to them". A number of news outlets reported on Monday that the White House is reviewing Spicer's role, in a new position that would mean he would no longer preside over the daily press briefings. Read More »

Lobbyist wounded in GOP baseball shooting leaves hospital


The bill, which won bipartisan support in both the Senate and House, comes after years of stories about chaos inside the VA, including CNN investigations in 2013 and 2014 that found dozens of veterans died or were seriously injured because of long wait times at hospitals across the country. Read More »

'Yet to decide on political foray'


Subramanian Swamy indirectly took a dig at Rajinikanth who recently expressed his intentions to join politics . When asked why he was not answering political questions after he had indicated about entering politics, the actor said "I had not said so". Read More »

Iran fires rockets in 'revenge' at Islamic State in Syria


It was not known what was hit and Iran provided no details. The Islamic State launched two coordinated attacks against Iran's Parliament and tomb of Ayatollah Khomeini on June 7 in Tehran . The conflict quickly descended into a civil war, which has since left at least 400,000 people dead. The Guard said it fired six missiles in total from Kermanshah and also from Iran's Kurdistan province into Syria's Deir el-Zour province, where IS has been trying to fortify its positions in ... Read More »

Erdogan rejects Arab demands; Turkish troops stay in Qatar

Qatar says it is reviewing the ultimatum, which includes demands to shut Al-Jazeera and cut ties with Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood . The most powerful Middle Eastern country to stand with Qatar in the dispute has been Turkey, which has rushed through legislation to send more troops to its base in Doha as a sign of support. Read More »

Pyongyang releases USA student as Rodman kicks off non-official visit


Asked whether the USA wanted to see an Iran-style global embargo to deny exports of petroleum and other products to North Korea , Mr Tillerson said that this would only work if Russian Federation and China co-operated. At the meeting, North Korea agreed that Swedish diplomats could visit all four American detainees. In November 2014, US spy chief James Clapper went to Pyongyang to bring home Matthew Miller, who had ripped up his visa when entering the country and was serving a six-year ... Read More »