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3 killed, 3 missing in S. Korean fishing boat collision

3 killed, 3 missing in S. Korean fishing boat collision

SEOUL- Three sailors have been killed and three others missing in a South Korean fishing boat collision with a foreign cargo ship in waters off the country’s southwestern region, Yonhap news agency reported Thursday, reports BSS. The 15-ton 2007 Yeongheung fishing vessel collided with a 498-ton refrigerated cargo ship of Tanzanian nationality at about 00:37 […]


Erdogan, Trump speak about Syria in phone call

ISTANBUL – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and US counterpart Donald Trump discussed the crisis in Syria during a telephone conversation late on Wednesday, officials said, reports BSS. Erdogan and Trump “exchanged views on the latest developments in Syria,” a Turkish presidential source said, without providing further details. The White House later confirmed the call […]


Indian truck crash kills 18 labourers: police

NEW DELHI – At least 18 people were killed when a truck packed with labourers overturned on a winding highway in western India on Tuesday, police said, reports BSS. The truck hit a roadside barrier outside Khandala, a hill resort and popular tourist destination 80 kilometres (50 miles) inland from Mumbai. “The truck was definitely […]


Russia, US headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

UNITED NATIONS, United States – The UN Security Council weighed whether to hold a vote Tuesday on a US proposal to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting up a clash with Russia, which could decide to veto the measure, diplomats said, reports BSS. The United States put forward a draft resolution Monday following alleged […]


‘Russia to take tit-for-tat steps should US strike Syria’

MOSCOW – Russia will take all political, diplomatic and military retaliatory measures if necessary should the United States deliver a strike on Syria, Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) Defense Committee Chairman and former Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Airborne Troops Vladimir Shamanov said on Tuesday, reports BSS. “The politics of double standards have hit […]


Daughter in Salisbury nerve agent poisoning leaves hospital

LONDON – Yulia Skripal, who was poisoned with a nerve agent in the English city of Salisbury along with her Russian ex-spy father, has been discharged from hospital, an official said Tuesday, reports BSS. “This is not the end of her treatment but marks a significant milestone,” Salisbury hospital’s deputy chief executive Christine Blanshard said, […]


Syria blames Israel for deadly strikes on airbase

DAMASCUS – Syria and its Russian ally accused Israel on Monday of carrying out a deadly dawn bombing raid on a military airbase, as global outrage mounted over an alleged poison gas attack outside Damascus, reports BSS. US President Donald Trump and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron had vowed a strong response to the suspected chemical […]


UN chief concerned about alleged chemical weapons use in Syria

UNITED NATIONS – United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed his grave concern about the alleged use of chemical weapons in Syria, reports BSS. Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres, said in a statement that “the secretary-general is deeply concerned about renewed and intensive violence in Douma in Eastern Ghouta over the last 36 […]


Rebels kill dozens of Sudanese troops in Yemen: military sources

ADEN – A rebel ambush in Yemen killed dozens of Sudanese soldiers belonging to a Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of the government, military sources and the insurgents said Saturday, reports BSS. The Iran-backed Huthi rebels hit the Sudanese military convoy in the northern province of Hajjah before dawn on Friday, according to military […]


UN says peacekeeper shot dead in northern Mali

 BAMAKO – A peacekeeper was shot dead by militants in northern Mali on Friday, the UN’s mission to the country said, the latest in a spate of deadly attacks on “Blue Helmets” in the conflict-torn country, reports BSS. “Today at 7:00 pm (1900 GMT) two unidentified gunmen opened fire on a MINUSMA vehicle in Gao […]


14 killed as ice hockey team bus crashes with truck in Canada

OTTAWA – A bus carrying a junior ice hockey team collided with a truck on a rural highway in Canada’s western Saskatchewan province, killing at least 14 people, local media said Saturday citing police, reports BSS. The Saskatoon StarPhoenix said 14 more were injured — including three critically — in Friday’s accident involving the Humboldt […]


BSF doing everything to reach target of zero killing on border: South Bengal Frontier IG

KOLKATA, India – Inspector General of Border Security Force’s (BSF’s) South Bengal Frontier PSR Anjaneyulu today said his force is doing everything possible to reach the target of zero killing along its border with neighboring Bangladesh, reports BSS. “We are following non-lethal weapon strategy. So we are using pump action gun, chilly grenade, stun-grenade instead […]


Trump to host UAE Crown Prince, calls for Gulf unity

WASHINGTON – The White House said Friday that President Donald Trump would host the United Arab Emirates’ Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahayan, but did not specify a date, reports BSS. The news comes after Washington said Trump would host Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on April 10 in an effort to […]


Female suspect dead, three hurt in YouTube shooting

SAN BRUNO, United States – Gunshots erupted at YouTube’s offices in California Tuesday, sparking a panicked escape by employees and a massive police response, before the shooter — a woman — apparently committed suicide, reports BSS. Police said three people had been hospitalized with gunshot injuries following the shooting in the city of San Bruno, […]


Tensions run high ahead of Brazil court’s ruling on Lula prison

BRASILIA – Tensions ran high Tuesday in Brazil ahead of a Supreme Court ruling on whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should start a 12 year prison sentence for corruption, potentially upending this year’s presidential election, reports BSS. The court showdown scheduled for Wednesday has become a focal point for Brazil’s deeply divided […]


Trump proposed White House summit to Putin in March: Kremlin

MOSCOW – US President Donald Trump proposed a White House summit when he called Russian President Vladimir Putin last month, prior to the mass expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US, a top Kremlin aide said Monday, reports BSS. “Trump proposed holding a meeting at the White House in Washington,” Putin’s top foreign policy aide, […]