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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 »

Can Turkey steer away from catastrophe?

Abukar Arman Sunday’s suicide car bomb in the heart of Turkey’s capital marks the third bombing that Ankara has seen in the past several months. This latest that killed 34 people and wounded over 125 was clearly targeting civilians since it was detonated in a public square. Before any one officially claimed responsibility, Turkish fighter jets were bombing Kurdish rebel ... Read More »

N.Korea launches short-range ballistic missile

JH Ahn Update 1419 Korea : Chosun Ilbo reported that North Korea has launched another projectile, which JCS presumed as another Rodong missile, 22 minutes after the first launch at 5:55 a.m. “Unknown projectile was seen from Sukcheon, South Pyeongan Province from today 6:17 a.m.,” said JCS. “The projectile was lost from the radar at an altitude of 17 kilometers.” Read More »

Russia withdrawing from Syria: US should follow suit

By Phyllis Bennis In a surprise announcement on March 14, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians were withdrawing “most of our military” from Syria beginning immediately. According to the TASS news agency, Putin said he hoped the withdrawal “will become a good motivation for launching negotiations” and “instructed the foreign minister to intensify Russia’s participation in organization of ... Read More »

New variant of anti-tank guided weapon tested in N Korea

By Joost Oliemans and Stijn Mitzer Imagery released by North Korean state media on February 27 shows Kim Jong Un reviewing the testing of an upgraded type of anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) and its effects on a main battle tank, as well as a concrete structure. The new missile is claimed to have increased range, penetrating power and accuracy compared ... Read More »

North Korea and the nuclear question

By Chandra Muzaffar As expected, the North Korean leadership has escalated its rhetoric in the wake of the United Nations Security Council’s (UNSC) new, harsh sanctions on Pyongyang. Whenever the international community speaks or acts against North Korea, it responds with threats of ‘attacks’ against Washington and/or Seoul. This time North Korea, it is alleged, has fired half a dozen ... Read More »

The media are misleading the public on Syria

By Stephen Kinzer Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press. Reporting about carnage in the ancient city of Aleppo is the latest reason why. For three years, violent militants have run Aleppo. Their rule began with a wave of repression. They posted notices warning residents: ... Read More »

North Korea: The country that cried wolf

By Robert Potter The North Korean relationship with the rest of the world appears to be reaching a plateau from which their leader will struggle to escape. The recent rise and decline in tensions between the North and South has essentially been treated as business as usual. The Kaesong Industrial Complex has closed, there are new sanctions incoming and the ... Read More »

Kabul bombing kills 13

At least 13 people, including nine civilians, were killed Monday in a suicide bombing targeting Afghan police which was claimed by Taliban insurgents in a remote area northwest of Kabul, authorities said.The bomber targeted a local police chief, injuring him on the eve of the latest round of quadrilateral talks to be held in Kabul in a bid to revive ... Read More »

Water rationed as India caste protest toll rises

At least 10 people killed as protesters from Jat community cut off water to New Delhi treatment plant, causing shortage. At least 10 people have been killed and 150 injured in protests by India’s agricultural Jat community in support of caste-based quota systems, according to police. The violence in the north Indian state of Haryana on Saturday and Sunday affected ... Read More »

S.Korea challenges North Korea’s UN membership

Ambassador urges robust, comprehensive resolution; but no precedent of expulsion from UN Ha-young Choi South Korea’s delegation at the United Nations has questioned North Korea’s qualifications to be a member state, citing its continuous violations of UN Security Council resolutions at an open meeting this week. Oh Joon, ambassador and permanent representative of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to the ... Read More »

US planes strike IS camp in Libya

US warplanes have carried out attacks on militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) in Libya, killing at least 38 people.The strikes hit an IS camp in Sabratha, around 70km (43 miles) west of Tripoli.US officials said it was “likely” that the strikes had killed senior Tunisian extremist, Noureddine Chouchane.Chouchane has been linked to two attacks that took place in ... Read More »

Turkey blames Syrian Kurds for Ankara attack, vows retaliation

France bomb IS headquarters in Syria

VICE News and Reuters A military convoy has been hit by a bomb in southeast Turkey, killing at least six troops and seriously injuring one more person — escalating tensions in an already febrile atmosphere following a deadly bomb blast in Ankara on Wednesday. The latest explosion happened on Thursday on a highway between the towns of Diyarbakir and Bingol. ... Read More »