Sunday, 28 May, 2023


US to freeze 100 suspect North Korean accounts

SEOUL: The United States plans to freeze some 100 overseas bank accounts believed linked to illicit North Korean transactions, South Korean media reports said Friday. "The assets in those accounts are likely to be money (leader) Kim Jong-Il needs to operate his regime, so this will deal

Top Chinese negotiator to visit Taiwan

TAIPEI: A top Chinese negotiator is set to visit Taiwan next month, an official said Friday, his first visit since he was mobbed and shoved to the ground by a pro-independence crowd on the island. Zhang Mingqing will attend an academic forum in Taipei and plans to meet his Taiwanese

Venezuela breaks ties with Colombia over rebel row

CARACAS: President Hugo Chavez called an emergency Defense Council meeting overnight Thursday, after cutting ties with Colombia over accusations Venezuela was harboring hundreds of leftist rebels. The "extraordinary" council meeting on national security matters included Vice President

Pakistan PM gives army chief three-year extension

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Thursday gave army chief General Ashfaq Kayani three more years in the top job, saying the country had reached a vital stage in the battle against militants. The premier said that the decision to give the extension to the 58-year-old

N.Korea holds talks with UN Command on sunken ship

SEOUL: North Korea`s military held a second round of talks Friday with the US-led United Nations Command about the sinking of a South Korean warship, a Command spokesman said. The meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom began days after Washington announced plans for new

Protesters overshadow Australian PM`s climate speech

SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was heckled by rowdy protesters on Friday as she delayed action on climate change to consult a "citizens assembly", in a major announcement before elections. Security staff tackled one demonstrator to the ground and led him away in

Asia-Pacific security meet opens with focus on N.Korea

HANOI:  Asia-Pacific`s biggest security dialogue opened in Vietnam on Friday with the United States and South Korea seeking a statement condemning North Korea over the sinking of a South Korean warship in March. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to ask China to do more

69 killed in five days of fighting in Yemen: officials

SANAA:  Fresh clashes between Shiite Huthi rebels and army-backed tribes in north Yemen killed 20 people, a tribal official said Thursday, bringing to at least 69 the death toll in five days of fighting that has rattled a fragile truce. "Violent clashes took place overnight between

North Korea condemns US sanctions, naval drills

HANOI - North Korea on Thursday condemned imminent US-South Korea naval exercises as a threat to global peace as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Vietnam for Asia-Pacific security talks. A spokesman for the North Korean delegation in Hanoi also dismissed fresh US

US resumes ties with Indonesian special forces: Pentagon

JAKARTA - The United States announced Thursday it was resuming military ties with Indonesian special forces after a 12-year pause, during a visit by US Defence Secretary Robert Gates to Jakarta.\\\"We will begin a gradual, measured process of working with Kopassus,\\\" a senior US defence

US Defence Secretary in Indonesia to discuss military cooperation

JAKARTA - US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Jakarta Thursday to discuss the possible resumption of military ties with Indonesian special forces.Gates, who arrived from a visit to Seoul, was due to meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and Defence Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro

Singapore flood response not sufficient: Lee Kuan Yew

SINGAPORE: The Singapore government`s measures to reduce the impact of recent floods on homes and businesses were insufficient, the island`s founding father Lee Kuan Yew said in remarks published Thursday.   Lee, commenting on Wednesday after Singapore suffered three bouts of severe

New US sanctions `violation`of UN statement: NKorea

HANOI: New US sanctions against North Korea will violate a United Nations statement issued after the sinking of a South Korean warship, a spokesman for Pyongyang said Thursday. Ri Tong Il, a spokesman for the North Korean delegation at regional security talks in Vietnam, said the

Two British soldiers shot dead in Afghanistan: ministry

LONDON:  Two British servicemen were shot dead in southern Afghanistan on Wednesday as they went to the aid of a wounded comrade, the Ministry of Defence in London said.   The soldiers were killed by small arms fire as they formed a cordon to evacuate a casualty in a "courageous and

Kosovo`s road to independence

 PRISTINA: Key dates in the history of Kosovo as the International Court of Justice prepares to give a non-binding opinion on the legality of its proclamation of independence from Serbia.   - 12th Century: Kosovo is in the heart of a Serbian empire ruled by the Nemanjic dynasty in a

US national charged with trying to join Somali militants

 WASHINGTON: The US authorities filed terrorism charges Wednesday against a young American accused of trying to join Somalia`s Shebab militant group.   Zachary Adam Chesser, 20, of Fairfax County, Virginia was apprehended by federal agents on July 10 as he tried to board a plane to

Britain`s deputy PM calls Iraq war `illegal`

  LONDON, July: Britain`s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg made a gaffe Wednesday by calling the 2003 Iraq war "illegal" while standing in for Prime Minister David Cameron at the House of Commons for the first time.   Clegg, a long-time opponent of the war, was replacing Cameron at

CIA announces new head of spy service

WASHINGTON: The CIA announced Wednesday it was appointing an experienced spy as the new head of its vast intelligence network, the National Clandestine Service.   John Bennett, who joined the Central Intelligence Agency in 1981 after service in the US Marine Corps, will replace

Iraq car bomb kills 30

BAQUBA: A car bomb killed 30 people and wounded 46 near a mosque in a predominantly Shiite area of the mixed city of Baquba, north of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, on Wednesday, security officials said. The bomb in a car parked near a Shiite mosque in the Abu Sayeeda neighbourhood of the

Clinton announces new US sanctions on North Korea

SEOUL:  The United States Wednesday announced new sanctions on North Korea following the sinking of a South Korean warship and said the attack could be the start of more provocations by the communist state.Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the sanctions were designed to prevent