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Magnitude 3.4-quake hits N.Korea; 'caused by suspected explosion'
Pyongyang, Sep 23 (Agencies): A 3.4 magnitude earthquake has been detected in North Korea. China`s earthquake administration suggests that the mild quake was caused by a suspected explosion. The administration said in a statement on its website that the quake, which occurred around 11:30 a.m. (0330 GMT), was recorded at a depth of zero kilometres. The epicenter is roughly the same as that of a previous shallow earthquake on September 3, which turned out to be caused by a North Korean nuclear test, the official Xinhua news agency said. North Korea on Friday had said it might test a hydrogen bomb on the Pacific Ocean after US President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the country, with leader Kim Jong-un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats. In a rare s...
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Bangladesh says Rohingya influx grinds to a halt
Cox`s Bazar, Sep 23 (Agencies): The flood of Rohingya refugees into Bangladesh has come to a virtual halt, Dhaka officials said Saturday, almost a month after violence erupted in Myanmar`s Rakhine State and sent nearly 430,000 people fleeing across the border. Officials gave no reason for the dramatically reduced numbers. But Rohingya Muslim leaders said it could be because villages located near the border in Myanmar`s Rakhine state were now empty. Bangladesh Border Guard commanders said hardly any refugees are now seen crossing on boats coming from Myanmar or trying to get over the land border. In the past two weeks there have been up to 20,000 people a day entering Bangladesh. The UN says 429,000 Rohingya have sought refuge in Bangladesh since attacks by Ronhingya militants in Rakhi...
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Pak fires anti-ship missile into Arabian Sea
KARACHI, Sep 23 (Agencies): Pakistan said it conducted a successful test of the firing of an anti-ship missile from a Sea King helicopter in the northern Arabian Sea on Saturday. Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah witnessed the missile firing demonstration, a press release issued by the navy said. The anti-ship missile successfully hit its target. According to the navy spokesperson, Zakaullah said the successful firing demonstration was a testament to Pakistan Navy's war preparedness and professional capabilities. The naval chief also visited fleet units stationed in the sea and witnessed exercises involving the naval fleet. "I am proud of Pakistan Navy fleet's war preparations," Zakaullah was quoted as saying....
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6 killed, 20 injured in Indian firing: Pak
ISLAMABAD, Sep 22 (Agencies): Pakistan on Friday said that six people, including four women, were killed and 20 injured after Indian forces “resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars targeting civilians” across the border in Sialkot. Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) had said that four people were killed by firing and mortar shelling in the village of Bini Sulariyan in the Charwah sector, reported Dawn News. Deputy Commissioner (DC) Dr Farrukh Naveed told Dawn News that the number of dead had risen to six people, who he identified as Mariam Mahmood, Mariam Ishaq, Nafees Bibi, Khursheed Bibi, Ashraf Mansoor and Imran Ghani. The Pakistan Rangers “befittingly responded on posts targeting civilian population,” ISPR said. In Friday’s statement, Pakistani army spokesman Maj. Gen. Asif G...
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N.Korea may consider Hydrogen bomb test in Pacific, Kim Jon-un calls Trump ''deranged''
Seoul/New York, Sep 22 (Agencies): North Korea said on Friday it might test a hydrogen bomb on the Pacific Ocean after US President Donald Trump vowed to destroy the country, with leader Kim Jong-un promising to make a "mentally deranged" Trump pay dearly for his threats. Kim, who has traded ever-more heightened rhetoric with Trump, did not specify what his response would be. His comments were believed to be the first direct message ever issued by a North Korean leader. North Korea threatens H-bomb detonation in Pacific However, Kim`s foreign minister, Ri Yong Ho, said North Korea could consider a hydrogen bomb test of an unprecedented scale on the Pacific Ocean, South Korea`s Yonhap news agency reported. Ri, who was talking to reporters in New York ahead of a planned address later t...
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Bangladesh calls on UN to find permanent solution to Rohingya crisis
NEW YORK, Sep 22 (Agencies): Raising the issue of the ongoing Rohingya refugee crisis in the region, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday called on the United Nations and the international community to take immediate and effective measures to find out a permanent solution to the issue. She asserted that the Rohingya Muslim, which flew away from Myanmar fearing death, must be able to return to their homeland with respect and dignity. "I call on the United Nations and international community to take immediate and effective measures for a permanent solution to this crisis," she said while addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Condemning all forms of terrorism violent extremism, Hasina said that Bangladesh maintains zero tolerance in this ...
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Iran's President Rouhani vows to strengthen missiles despite US criticism
TEHRAN, Sep 22 (Agencies): President Hassan Rouhani vowed on Friday that Iran would boost its ballistic missile capabilities despite criticism from the United States and also France. "Whether you like it or not, we are going to strengthen our military capabilities which are necessary for deterrence," Rouhani said in a speech marking the anniversary of the outbreak of Iran's devastating 1980-1988 war with Saddam Hussein's Iraq. "We will strengthen not only our missiles but also our air, land and sea forces... When it comes to defending our country, we will ask nobody for their permission." Criticism by the Donald Trump administration of a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and major powers, including the United States, has focused heavily on Tehran's continuing missile programme. Tehran sa...
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Rahul describes Mahatma Gandhi as an NRI, says Cong movement was an NRI movement
NEW YORK, Sep 22 (Agencies): Rahul Gandhi has asserted that original Congress movement was an NRI (non-resident Indian) movement and described prominent freedom fighters, including Mahatma Gandhi as an NRI. While urging the diaspora in the United States to come forward with their ideas for another movement of transforming India, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said, "Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI. Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Patel, Maulana Azad, everyone of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India." Gandhi, who is on a two-week visit to the US, termed the Non-Resident Indians "as the backbone of the country" and said he was keen to involve them in the work of the party to discu...
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China's snub to Pakistan at UN
Won't meddle in Kashmir, solve it with India
BEIJING, Sep 22 (Agencies): Reiterating that the Kashmir issue must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan through talks, China on Friday dismissed calls by a group of Islamic nations for implementation of a UN resolution on the dispute. On Pakistan's request, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) had again recently called for the implementation of a UN resolution on the dispute. Reacting to OIC's call, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally. Lu said, "China has noted the relevant report. China's position on the Kashmir issue is clear-cut." "The Kashmir issue is left over from history. China hopes India and Pakistan can increase dialogue and communication and properly handle relevant issues and jointly safeguard ...
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Myanmar mob tries to block Rohingya aid boat
Naypyidaw, Sep 21 (Agencies): A Buddhist mob in Myanmar threw petrol bombs in a bid to block a boat carrying aid for Rohingya Muslims in conflict-hit Rakhine state before police fired warning shots to disperse them, a media report said. The incident happened on Wednesday when the boat was being loaded with relief supplies from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Rakhine`s capital Sittwe, BBC reported. The aid shipment was bound for Rakhine, where a military campaign sparked by militant attacks had forced hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims to flee the country. The mob, some carrying sticks and metal bars, threw petrol bombs. Policemen were forced to disperse them by shooting into the air. Several arrests were made, officials said. ICRC spokeswoman Graziella...
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Will not sit idle till Masood Azhar is brought to justice: India at UN
NEW YORK, Sep 17 (Agencies): Hoping that the UN would soon designate Masood Azhar as a terrorist, India has said that New Delhi will not sit idle till the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed leader is brought to justice. "If I were to use a term, the matter is what we would call in judicial terms sub-judice. Currently the matter is with a UN committee. We hope that the committee will be able to fulfill its role in designating Masood Azhar who we have tried for quite some time but have not succeeded yet," India's Permanent Representative to the UN Syed Akbaruddin said. "However, we would like to make it very clear, we will pursue Masood Azhar so that the ends of justice are met," he said at Saturday's news conference in response to a question on India's effort towards terrorist designation o...
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