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China to remain neutral if North Korea attacks first

A Chinese state-run newspaper has suggested Beijing would “stay neutral” if North Korea strikes first in a conflict with the United States, despite a mutual defence pact between the Asian allies. The nationalistic Global Times tabloid said on Friday in an editorial that Washington and Pyongyang were playing a “reckless game” that could lead to “miscalculations and a strategic war”. ... Read More »

N. Korea threatens Guam hit plan within days

North Korea’s Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) on Wednesday repeated threats that the DPRK military was in the final stages of developing a plan to strike the island of Guam. The KPA Strategic Force said it was “seriously examining the plan for an enveloping strike at Guam through a simultaneous fire of four Hwasong-12 intermediate-range strategic ballistic ... Read More »

Celebrating International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

Danielle Nierenberg On the 2017 International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, the United Nations is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Declaration, formally adopted in 2007, is an international human rights instrument that sets a standard for the protection of indigenous rights. Read More »

Iran’s Rouhani nominates female vice presidents

Iran President Hassan Rouhani has appointed three women as vice-presidents and one as a civil rights assistant following criticism of his all-male cabinet. Iran’s 12 vice-presidents run organisations linked to the presidency. There has been only one female cabinet member since Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979. Read More »

11 killed in Nigeria Church gun attack

At least 11 people have been killed in a gun attack on a church in southern Nigeria, police say. Up to 18 other worshippers were wounded in the early morning incident at the church in Ozubulu near the city of Onitsha. There were conflicting reports over whether the attack was carried out by a lone gunman or a group of ... Read More »

Iran says arrested 27 IS-linked militants & foiled attacks

Iran’s intelligence ministry says its forces have detained 27 militants linked to the Islamic State group who planned to carry out terrorist operations in religious cities inside the country. The ministry says Monday in a statement on its website,, that they were identified during an exchange of intelligence with one of the regional services, ahead of President Hassan Rouhani’s ... Read More »

UN imposes tough new sanctions on North Korea

The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved tough new sanctions Saturday to punish North Korea for its escalating nuclear and missile programs including a ban on coal and other exports worth over $1 billion — a huge bite in its total exports, valued at $3 billion last year. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley called the resolution “the single largest economic sanctions package ... Read More »

South Asia could become uninhabitable

It asserts that Beijing will “resolutely protect” the country’s territorial sovereignty and security interests. China’s defence ministry on Thursday stepped up calls for immediate withdrawal of Indian troops from the Doklam plateau. It asserted that Beijing will “resolutely protect” the country’s territorial sovereignty and security interests. Read More »

Myanmar trying to block UN fact-finding mission

The United Nations needs to insist on its ability to carry out a mandated fact-finding mission on Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today, releasing a series of questions and answers on the topic. In March 2017, the UN Human Rights Council established a fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Myanmar. Since then, however, various Myanmar government officials ... Read More »

US not seeking regime change in N Korea: Tillerson

The US government is not seeking a regime change in North Korea, the secretary of state says, amid tensions over Pyongyang’s weapons programme. “We’re not your enemy,” Rex Tillerson said, adding that the US wanted a dialogue at some point. Meanwhile, a senior Republican senator said President Trump considered going to war with North Korea as an option. Read More »

‘Breakthrough’ mosquito trap uses human smell and heat

London – A mosquito trap that uses a person’s smell combined with warm water and a dark cylindrical shape could transform how the insects are caught in developing countries, say its creators. The trap, developed at the University of Greenwich in the United Kingdom, collected many more mosquitoes than so-called human landing catches, where collectors gather mosquitoes from their own ... Read More »

Trump beating an old drup in tying immingrants to crime

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s announcement of the opening of a new office to focus on victims of crimes by immigrants looks for all the world like a cynical ploy to stigmatize a vulnerable class of people to justify inhumane immigration policies. This upside-down approach is emblematic of President Trump’s broader immigration policy. One of his first executive orders, on ... Read More »

Pak PM accused India of undermining Saarc spirit

MALE: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has accused India of “undermining” the spirit of the SAARC by “casting shadows” of bilateral issues on the multilateral forum for regional cooperation. In a joint press conference with Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen here, Sharif yesterday said that the last Islamabad SAARC summit was not the first time that India caused harm to the ... Read More »

How 137 million people’s lives in Asia are at flood risk

Khorsheeda Khatun had been left with nothing — then that too was washed away. The 28-year-old fled her home country of Myanmar in January with her two daughters, escaping the latest outbreak of violence, and was living in the Kutupalang Makeshift Settlement in Bangladesh when cyclone Mora arrived five months later and displaced up to 500,000 people. “My house was ... Read More »

Why the Greens lost and Trump won

When President Trump pulled out of the Paris climate accords, embraced coal, and stacked his administration from people from fossil-fuel producing states, the environmental movement reacted with near-apocalyptic fear and fury. They would have been better off beginning to understand precisely why the country has become so indifferent to their cause, as evidenced by the victory not only of Trump ... Read More »