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Conservatives, progressives make case for S.Korean nukes

“It is time to possess a peaceful nuclear program for the right of self-defense.” This declaration came not from North Korean state media, but South Korean lawmaker Won Yoo-cheol of the ruling Saenuri Party on January 7, the day after Pyongyang’s fourth nuclear test. More politicians from the ruling party have echoed this argument, saying “only South Korea is isolated ... Read More »

Russia Claims Turkey Planning Military Invasion Of Syria

Developments on the Turkish-Syrian border give serious grounds to suspect that Ankara is planning a military invasion in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said.“We have serious grounds to suspect intensive preparations by Turkey for a military invasion on the territory of the sovereign state of Syria,” Major General Igor Konashenkov, Defense Ministry spokesman, told journalists.“We are recording more and more ... Read More »

US drone strike kills top Qaeda chief in south Yemen: family

An air strike believed to have been carried out by a US drone in south yemen on Thursday killed a prominent chief of Al-Qaeda’s branch in the war-torn country, a family member said.Jalal Belaidi, alias Abu Hamza, a top commander of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, was killed along with two guards in the air strike on the Maraqesha area ... Read More »

Syria conflict: Sides trade blame over talks’ suspension

Syria’s government and the opposition have blamed each other for the suspension of peace talks in Geneva.UN envoy Staffan de Mistura called a temporary pause, saying the talks would resume on 25 February.But the opposition HNC said they would not return until conditions improved on the ground, accusing government forces of bombing and starving civilians.The government said the opposition caused ... Read More »

Japan Ready to Shoot Down North Korean Missile

Japan put its military on alert on Wednesday to shoot down any North Korean rocket that threatens its territory, while South Korea warned the North it would pay a “severe price” if it goes ahead with a satellite launch that South Korea considers a missile test.Ballistic defense units were deployed by Japan’s Defense Ministry on land and sea after North ... Read More »

Israeli police kills three Palestinian at East Jerusalem

Three Palestinian men have been shot and killed by Israeli police after a shooting incident, which left a female police officer dead and another injured in occupied East Jerusalem.Police said the Palestinians were armed with guns, knives and explosives, and opened fire at Israeli authorities at the Damascus Gate on Wednesday.Two Israeli female police officers were injured during the shooting ... Read More »

Jordan King wants Int’l support to help refugees

The king of Jordan has warned the international community that it must give his country long-term aid to help cope with the huge influx of Syrian refugees, or the “dam is going to burst”.In an interview with the BBC aired on Tuesday ahead of an international donor conference, King Abdullah said the refugee crisis was overloading Jordan’s social services and ... Read More »

South Korea warns North against satellite launch

South Korea has warned the North it will “pay a harsh price” if it goes ahead with its plan to launch a satellite into space.North Korea said on Tuesday it intended to carry out the launch between 8 and 25 February.Critics say it is a cover for a test of ballistic missile technology.Japan’s defence minister said he had issued an ... Read More »

Islamic State bombings kills 71

Bombings claimed by the Islamic State jihadist group killed 71 people and wounded dozens more on Sunday near a revered Shiite shrine outside the Syrian capital Damascus, a monitor said.The blasts, which came as the UN’s Syria envoy struggled to convene fresh peace talks in Geneva from which IS is excluded, tore a massive crater in the road, overturning and ... Read More »

Syria opposition threatens to walk out of Geneva talks

Syria’s main opposition bloc has threatened to pull out of United Nations-sponsored peace talks in Geneva if what it called the “crimes” of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government persisted.Representatives of the Saudi Arabia-based group, known as the High Negotiations Committee (HNC), landed in the Swiss capital late on Saturday, a day after a delegation representing the Assad regime arrived and ... Read More »

Turkey summons Russian ambassador

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry summoned the Russian ambassador in Ankara to protest and condemn what it called a violation of airspace by a Russian warplane.The Foreign Ministry said the Russian SU-34 fighter was warned by Turkish air radar units, in both English and Russian, before it crossed into Turkish airspace from Syria on Friday.The statement went on to warn that violations ... Read More »

Reports CIA Had Plane On Ready To ‘Kidnap’ Snowden

A Danish news website has published documents backing up the allegations that in June 2013 a US plane with a connection to CIA black site programs was on call in Copenhagen ready to snatch NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as he was stranded in Moscow.The story of the private aircraft, a Gulfstream V with registration number N977GA, was first reported by ... Read More »

Japan military on alert for N Korean missile test

Japan has put its military on alert for a possible North Korean ballistic missile launch after indications it is preparing for a test firing, two people with direct knowledge of the order told Reuters on Friday.”Increased activity at North Korea’s missile site suggests that there may be a launch in the next few weeks,” said one of the sources, both ... Read More »

Is Burma’s long peace process coming to a halt?

By C. S. Kuppuswamy “Without a lasting peace with ethnic minority groups, who make up around 40 percent of the population, any future administration will have difficulty ensuring a nationwide buy-in for its reform agenda and providing the political stability needed to manage and develop the country’s resource-rich frontiers, where most ethnic groups are located”. — Murray Hiebert and Phuong ... Read More »

Syria: Preparing The End Game

On January 11, 2016 you could scour the internet to your heart’s content, but nowhere would you find a single reference to the start of ceasefire talks between the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the forces rebelling against him.Yet on December 11, 2015, after nearly five years of war that had killed more than 250,000 people and displaced ... Read More »

Deadly shooting occurred during arrest of US militiamen

An FBI operation to arrest leaders of a militia has ended with one man dead and another wounded on a highway in the US state of Oregon. Seven people from the armed group are now in custody.Ammon Bundy, 40, the leader of the militia that has occupied a national wildlife refuge on federal land for the past three weeks, was ... Read More »

Terror attack on Pakistani university at least 30 killed

At least 30 people are dead and 50 injured after a group of militants stormed a university in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, in an attack that lasted hours.The gunmen used the cover of thick, wintry fog to scale the walls of the Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, before entering buildings and opening fire on students and ... Read More »

N Korea’s propaganda war with Seoul starting to get out of hand

Days after Seoul resumed blasting K-pop and derisive messages about Kim Jong-un’s wife across the DMZ in response to North Korea’s latest nuclear test, Pyongyang escalated the propaganda war by raining leaflets on South Korea that compared President Park Geun-hye to a zombie and threatened to “obliterate” the Kim regime’s enemies.South Korean police retrieved as many as 50,000 propaganda leaflets ... Read More »

The Islamic State’s atrocities in Iraq termed close to genocide

More than 18,000 civilians were killed in Iraq between January 1, 2014, and October 31, 2015, according to the United Nations, which says violence there remains “staggering.”An estimated 3,500 people, mainly women and children, are believed to be held as slaves and 3.2 million people have become internally displaced, it said.A UN report released on Tuesday said the Islamic State ... Read More »

‘I helped create ISIS’ – story of where did ISIS come from?

A former US Marine who served in Iraq in 2003-05 explains how much ISIS is the product of the accumulated wrongs and horrific crimes committed by the US against the Iraqi people during its genocidal military campaign in that country. Vincent Emanuele FOR the last several years, people around the world have asked, ‘Where did ISIS come from?’ Explanations vary ... Read More »

N.Korean speakers broadcasting inward

Some North Korean loudspeakers at the inter-Korean border are pointed toward the North, not the South, a South Korean network reported on Sunday.Recently, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff asked for professional advice from a sound engineering researcher as to why some North Korean loudspeakers are facing Northern direction, SBS reported.The company raised the possibility North Korea may have improvised ... Read More »

Syria – A light to the world

By Mairead Maguire In November 2015 I visited Syria together with an International Peace delegation. This was my third visit to Syria in the last three years. As on previous occasions I was moved by the spirit of resilience and courage of the people of Syria. In spite of the fact that for the last five years their country has ... Read More »

India Muslim couple attacked over rumours of carrying beef

Police in India’s Madhya Pradesh state have arrested some members of a Hindu group for attacking a Muslim couple on suspicion that they were carrying beef. The police said the couple was in a train when members of the Gauraksha Samiti seized a bag from them. The couple told the BBC that they were not carrying any bag containing beef. Read More »

The hidden danger behind N.Korea’s nuke test

Who, if anyone, is coordinating the military, diplomatic plans the regime is carrying out? Andrei Lankov The January 6 North Korean nuclear test is much in the news these days, even though so far the situation seems very much like a re-run of what we have seen three times already: tough talks, promises of retribution, threatening moves and a UN ... Read More »

China too putting sanctions against N.Korea: Seoul

South’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) said Friday that China has expressed intent to participate in the United Nations Security Council’s sanctions against North Korea.China’s agreement reportedly took place in a working-level defense policy meeting with South Korea.“During the meeting held in Seoul, the Chinese Defense Ministry said North Korea’s fourth nuclear test violated UN Security Council resolutions and the ... Read More »

IS link to deadly attack on Indonesian capital Jakarta

By Reuters News Agency Militants launched a gun and bomb assault in the center of the Indonesian capital on Thursday, police said, in an attack that followed a threat by Islamic State fighters to put the country in their “spotlight.” Five suspected attackers were among seven dead, after the bombs went off in a major shopping and business district. One ... Read More »