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North Korea official calls US efforts to rid nukes a ‘wild dream’

United Nations: North Korea’s deputy U.N. ambassador said Friday that U.S. efforts to get rid of his country’s nuclear weapons through military threats and sanctions are “a wild dream, reports UNB. Kim In Ryong told The Associated Press that North Korea’s nuclear weapons are never part of “political bargains and economic deals.” “In a nutshell, […]

6.8-magnitude quake strikes the Philippines: USGS

MANILA,  – A 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the Philippines early Saturday, triggering a tsunami warning that was later lifted, Philippine and US authorities said, reports BSS. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake,which shook the southern region of Mindanao just before dawn, Philippine officials said. It struck at a depth […]

N.Korea fires missile, defying US push for new sanctions

SEOUL,  – North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Saturday in apparent defiance of a concerted US push for tougher international sanctions to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons ambitions, reports BSS. The latest launch, which South Korea said was a failure, came just hours after US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned the UN Security Council of “catastrophic […]

Trump’s first 100 days: a chaotic discovery of power

WASHINGTON,  – From his resounding setbacks in Congress to his stunning policy flip-flops, Donald Trump has faced a steep learning curve in his opening months at the White House, reports BSS. Although the new US president has shown a capacity to change both his tone and positions, he has struggled to convey a clearly articulated worldview. […]

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First direct London-China train completes 12,000 km run

BEIJING,  – The first freight train to link China directly to the UK arrived in the eastern Chinese city of Yiwu Saturday after covering over 12,000-kilometres (7,500 miles), making it the second-longest route in the world, reports BSS. The journey is the latest effort in China’s drive to strengthen trade links with western Europe along a […]

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19 killed, 21 injured in bus crash in southeastern Myanmar

YANGON,  — A total of 19 people were killed and 21 others injured in a passenger bus crash on the Asian Highway in Kayin state in southeastern Myanmar, official sources confirmed Saturday, reports BSS. With more than 40 people on board, the air-conditioned bus that ran on the route of Zayatkyi-Taungoo-Myawaddy fell into a 30-meter-deep […]

Brexit: Chancellor Merkel warns UK on scope of talks with EU

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says some British people have “illusions” about discussing the UK’s future ties with the EU at the same time as nailing down the UK’s Brexit terms, reports BBC. The future relationship can only be discussed once the exit issues – such as UK payments to the EU budget – are resolved, […]

Part of THAAD elements deployed in South Korea

SEOUL, -Part of the elements of the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system has been deployed in southeastern South Korea, Seoul’s defense ministry said Wednesday, reports BSS. Without elaborating, the ministry said in a statement that part of the THAAD battery was installed in the site in a bid to secure […]

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Mourning and joy for Egypt’s Christians as Pope visits

CAIRO,  – Egypt’s Christians are still mourning fellow members of the Coptic Orthodox community murdered this month by jihadists, but there is also joy ahead of Pope Francis’s visit this weekend, reports BSS. In a Cairo Church amid wafting incense, strident percussion and prayers,worshippers are looking forward to the Roman Catholic pope’s arrival on Friday, […]

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UK PM May to meet EU’s Juncker, Barnier ahead of key summit

LONDON,  – British Prime Minister Theresa May will on Wednesday hold talks with EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker and chief negotiator Michel Barnier, ahead of a summit to set the bloc’s Brexit “red lines”, reports BSS. In the first such meeting between the three key players, they will discuss the upcoming negotiations on Britain’s withdrawal […]

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China launches first domestically built aircraft carrier: media

BEIJING,  – China has launched its first domestically designed and built aircraft carrier, state media said Wednesday, as the country seeks to transform its navy into a force capable of projecting power onto the high seas, reports BSS. The ship was “transferred from dry dock into the water at a launch ceremony” in the northeastern […]

SK Hynix posts record Q1 profit on mobile chip demand

SEOUL: South Korean chipmaker SK Hynix made record quarterly profits in the first three months of the year, it said Tuesday, with strong demand for memory chips for mobile gadgets pushing up prices, reports BSS. The firm’s first-quarter net profit surged 324 percent from a year ago to 1.89 trillion won ($1.66 billion) while operating […]

Ecnec okays construction of model mosques at Tk 9062.41cr

The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved the construction of 560 model mosques-cum-Islamic Cultural Centres at district and upazila levels involving an estimated cost of Tk 9062.41 crore, reports BSS. The approval came from the weekly Ecnec meeting held at the NEC conference room in the city with Ecnec Chairperson […]

China Attacking Foreign Shipping

26th April, 1927: Following a series of attacks by China on foreign ships approaching Chinese waters, 3 British warships have attacked and disabled a number of Chinese gun batteries thought to be attacking both British and American shipping in the area.

Converting coal would help China’s smog at climate’s expense

Beijing: China’s conversion of coal into natural gas could prevent tens of thousands of premature deaths each year. But there’s a catch: As the country shifts its use of vast coal reserves to send less smog-inducing chemicals into the air, the move threatens to undermine efforts to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, researchers said Tuesday, […]

Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader

France elections: Le Pen steps aside as National Front leader Far-right French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen has announced that she is stepping aside as leader of her National Front (FN) party, reports BBC. The move comes just a day after she reached the second round of the French election, where she will face centrist […]

Turkey hits Kurdish areas in Iraq’s Sinjar, northeast Syria

Ankara: Turkish warplanes carried out airstrikes on Tuesday against suspected Kurdish rebel positions in northern Iraq and in northeastern Syria, the military said, in a bid to prevent militants from smuggling fighters and weapons into Turkey, reports UNB. A Syrian Kurdish militia force said the strikes hit a media center, a local radio station, a […]

UK’s Labour pledges new Brexit strategy if it wins election

London: Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Tuesday that it will tear up the government’s negotiating plan for Brexit and guarantee all European Union citizens in the U.K. the right to stay if it wins the June 8 national election, reports UNB. Prime Minister Theresa May says giving her Conservatives a bigger majority will strengthen Britain’s […]

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US submarine arrives in South Korea

A US submarine has arrived in South Korea, amid worries of another North Korean missile or nuclear test, reports BBC. The missile-armed USS Michigan is set to join an incoming group of warships led by aircraft carrier Carl Vinson. North Korea is celebrating its army’s 85th founding anniversary on Tuesday. It marked the event with […]

Central Chile hit by 6.9-magnitude quake: USGS

SANTIAGO, – A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake rattled central Chile on Monday, US geologists said, reports BSS. The quake, which struck at 6:30 pm (2130 GMT), was centered about 38 kilometers (60 miles) off the coast of the resort city of Valparaiso. It had a depth of 9.8 kilometers (six miles), according to the US Geological […]

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N. Korea marks military anniversary with firing drill

SEOUL, – Nuclear-armed North Korea on Tuesday marked a military anniversary with a conventional firing drill, reports said, as the South announced joint naval exercises with a US aircraft carrier in the flashpoint region, reports BSS. Speculation had mounted that Pyongyang could carry out a sixth nuclear test or another missile launch to mark 85 […]

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