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French labour dispute: Nuclear power plant workers to join strike

Workers at French nuclear power stations are due to down tools on Thursday amid growing industrial action over controversial labour reforms.The CGT union said staff at 16 of France’s 19 nuclear plants had voted for a one-day strike.The government said on Wednesday it was dipping into strategic oil reserves as strikers blockaded refineries.Unions want the government to reverse controversial labour ... Read More »

S.Korea dismisses North Korea’s military dialogue proposal

Seoul strongly asserts denuclearization first, implying higher standard than the U.S. to start talks Ha-young Choi South Korea’s Ministry of National Defense (MND) on Monday morning replied to North Korea’s request for military talks by reiterating its denuclearization-first policy. The MND emphasized North Korea’s responsibility for increasing tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to its nuclear and missile tests. North ... Read More »

Afghan Taliban leader Mansour ‘killed’ in US air strike?

Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has probably been killed in a US air strike, US officials say. He and another male combatant were targeted as they rode in a vehicle in a remote area of Pakistan close to the Afghan border, the officials said. The Pentagon has confirmed it targeted Mansour in strikes but said they were still assessing ... Read More »

Inactive Bangladesh ‘militants’ trying to get reorganised: Minister

Dhaka – Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal on Saturday said inactive members of different militant groups are trying to be reorganised to carry out subversive acts, aiming to thwart the trial of war criminals, unb news agency reported. “They (militants) are trying to be reorganised, but the government has been able to note their activities,” he said addressing the opening ... Read More »

Arabs demand that UN remove a panel from Israeli exhibition

Arab and Islamic nations are demanding that the United Nations remove a panel from an Israeli exhibition that calls Jerusalem “the spiritual and physical capital of the Jewish people.” A letter from the Palestinian U.N. mission to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and General Assembly President Mogens Lykketoft circulated Thursday evening expressed “vehement rejection” at the description, echoing protests by Arab nations ... Read More »

False N.Korean official execution report backfires on Seoul

Seoul’s political motive possibly behind the false report: South Korean researcher JH Ahn The South Korean government was bashed by local media for releasing a false execution report on North Korean high-ranking official Ri Yong Gil, who was revealed to be alive in a recent edition of North Korean Rodong Sinmun. Seoul’s motive behind the false release has been questioned ... Read More »

Official: Iran won’t attend hajj in Saudi Arabia this year

Iran will not send pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year for the annual hajj pilgrimage, an Iranian official announced Thursday, the latest sign of tensions between the two Mideast powers after a disaster during the event last year killed at least 2,426 people. Iran said Saudi “incompetence” caused the Sept. 24 crush and stampede in the holy city of Mina ... Read More »

3 killed in Turkey bomb attack

Three people were killed Tuesday and 42 others wounded when a car bomb attack blamed on Kurdish militants struck a police vehicle in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir, officials said.The armoured minibus was carrying detainees accused of “terror” crimes when the car bomb exploded in the centre of Diyarbakir, the office of the regional governor said in a statement.The state-run ... Read More »

War and peace and water

Laura Tuck Washington, DC – India is currently facing its worst water crisis in years, with an estimated 330 million people – one-quarter of its population – affected by severe drought. Ethiopia is also dealing with its worst drought in decades, which has already contributed to the failure of many crops, creating food shortages that now affect around a tenth ... Read More »

Journalists beaten in Sarail polling centre

Three journalists were injured in an attack allegedly by the supporters of the Awami League-backed chairman candidate while covering vote rigging at the Chunta AC Academy polling centre in Sarail upazila of Brahmanbaria on Saturday.Witnesses said the supporters of AL-backed chairman candidate Shahjahan Mia stormed the polling centre and started stamping ballot papers, reports UNB.At one stage, they swooped on ... Read More »

Saudis threaten US with economic retaliation if 9/11 bill passed

Saudi Arabia has warned US officials that it will sell off hundreds of billions of dollars of American assets if a new bill is passed that could allow the Saudi government to be held accountable for the 9/11 terror attacks. The New York Times reported that Adal Al Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, had delivered the message personally last month, ... Read More »

Seoul says North Korean missile launch apparently fails

Seoul — A North Korean launch of a missile on the birthday of its revered founder appears to have failed, South Korean and U.S. defense officials said Friday. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency carried an unsourced report that the failed launch was of a powerful new mid-range missile that could one day be capable of reaching far-off U.S. military bases ... Read More »

North Korea deploys missile for possible launch: Yonhap

S.Korean government refuses to confirm or deny details regarding possible launch JH Ahn Pyongyang has deployed one or two Musudan missile(s) (BM-25) near Wonsan, the eastern part of North Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported on Thursday. Unnamed South Korean government sources told the agency the chances of a launch are high as this upcoming Friday is North Korean national founder ... Read More »

N.Korea preparing for next ICBM launch: U.S. intelligence

Former White House advisor says next provocation may take place within two weeks JH Ahn U.S. intelligence satellites spotted possible signs of North Korea’s next Inter Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) launch, CNN has reported. According to the report, two unnamed U.S. officials told the company that Pyongyang’s most likely scenario for its next launch will be the Musudan missile (BM-25), ... Read More »

North Korea claims attack on US would be worse than 9/11

JH Ahn North Korea’s state-run publication DPRK Today said their attacks on the U.S. mainland will do more damage than the September 11 attacks, in an article published on Friday. The editorial claimed that North Korea’s destructive weapons are all aimed at the White House, the Pentagon and all other locations from which Washington can launch a military operation. Read More »

North Korea to decrease national defense proportion this year

Ha-young Choi North Korea unveiled its state budget at the 9th plenary meeting of the 13th Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) on Wednesday, revealing a slight decrease in the share of the budget devoted to defense costs. The Korea Central News Agency (KCNA) reported on Thursday that North Korea spent 15.9 percent of its budget on national defense ... Read More »

Student dies in Ctg Premier University clash

The authorities have closed Premier University in Chittagong for an indefinite period following demonstrations across the port city over the death of a student in a scuffle.Anupam Sen, Vice-Chancellor of the private university, said the decision to close the university was taken after a meeting of the proctorial body on Tuesday.He said the incident was the consequence of a dispute ... Read More »

Egyptian plane hijacked, lands in Cyrus

Nicosia — An EgyptAir plane was hijacked on Tuesday while flying from the Egyptian Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria to the capital, Cairo, and later landed in Cyprus where some of the women and children were allowed to get off the aircraft, according to Egyptian and Cypriot officials. Read More »

Pakistani Taliban cliams responsibility for Lahore bomb attack

Islamabad — A bombing on Easter Sunday killed 65 people in a park in the eastern city of Lahore that was crowded with Christians, including many children. A breakaway Pakistani faction of the militant Taliban group claimed responsibility. Ahsanullah Ahsan, spokesman for Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, told the Associated Press that a suicide bomber with the faction deliberately targeted the Christian community. Read More »

Suicide explosion leaves at least dead at Lahore park

Dhaka – At least 65 people have been killed and many others injured in an explosion at a park in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore, officials say, the BBC reported last evening. It happened in the early evening when the park was crowded with families. Police told the BBC it appeared to be a suicide bomb. No group has ... Read More »

A moral threshold to combat racism in Israel

By A foray of condemnations of the boycott of Israel seems to have fallen on deaf ears. Calls from Western governments, originating from the UK, the US, Canada and others, to criminalize the boycott of Israel have hardly slowed down the momentum of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS). On the contrary, it has accelerated. Read More »

N. Korean leader hails solid-fuel rocket success

Seoul – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un hailed an “historic” advance in the country’s nuclear strike capability, with the successful test of a solid-fuel rocket engine, state media said Thursday. It was the latest in a string of claims by Pyongyang regarding the growing technical sophistication of its nuclear deterrent — accompanied by threats of strikes on the US mainland. Read More »

Three Brussels attackers identified, police hunt fourth

Brussels – Three suicide bombers who struck Brussels airport and a metro train in attacks claimed by the Islamic State were identified Wednesday, as the manhunt for a fourth man whose suitcase bomb failed to detonate intensified. Prosecutors said brothers Ibrahim and Khalid El Bakraoui had carried out attacks at Zaventem airport and Maalbeek metro station, while bomb-making expert Najim ... Read More »

World must confront terrorism: Saudi King Salman

World must confront ‘dangerous scourge’ of terrorism: Saudi King Salman Saudi Arabia’s Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman on Tuesday stressed the need for joint global efforts to eliminate the scourge of terrorism as he condoled with Belgium after the deadly terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels. Read More »

Dozens killed by multiple explosions in Brussels Airport, Subway

Explosions tore through the departure hall of Brussels airport on Tuesday morning killing at least 14 people and injuring another 81. Shortly afterwards, a second blast struck a metro station in the Belgian capital, close to European Union (EU) institutions, which left an estimated 20 dead and more than 100 people wounded. The latest rise in death toll in the ... Read More »