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North Korea: ‘More gift packages’ coming for the US

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North Korea: ‘More gift packages’ coming for the US

Pyongyang’s UN ambassador says its biggest nuclear weapons test yet was a ‘gift’ addressed to the United States. North Korea’s ambassador to the UN Han Tae-song attends the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva [Denis Balibouse/Reuters] North Korea has threatened to send “more gift packages” to the United States, days after testing the biggest nuclear weapon it has […]

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Putin opposes military action against North Korea

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Putin opposes military action against North Korea

Russian president criticises US diplomacy in the crisis, cautioning that tougher sanctions would be counterproductive.   Putin said Russia was prepared to discuss ‘some details’ around the North Korean issue [Reuters] Imposing tougher sanctions on North Korea over its nuclear missile programme would be counterproductive, and threats of military action could trigger “a global catastrophe”, Russian President Vladimir Putin has […]

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Moon turning hawkish toward North Korea

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Moon turning hawkish toward North Korea

President Moon Jae-in is toughening his policy toward North Korea as the Kim Jong-un regime intensifies its provocations. At the same time, U.S. President Donald Trump’s apparent complaints about what his aides call Moon’s “soft” stance are reducing his room to maneuver. Moon’s offers for dialogue have met with Pyongyang’s continuous missile launches and a […]

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Three suicide bombers killed before attack in Salahuddin

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Three suicide bombers killed before attack in Salahuddin

Explosive belt (Representational photo Tikrit (IraqiNews.com) Iraqi paramilitary forces killed three suicide bombers before carrying out an attack in Salahuddin province, a media official was quoted saying on Tuesday. Muhannad al-Ezzawi, media officer at al-Salam Corps said in a statement that the force, assisted by a number of civilians, killed three Islamic State suicide bombers […]

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Russian Contract Soldiers Killed in Daesh Shelling Near Syrian Deir ez-Zor – MoD

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Russian Contract Soldiers Killed in Daesh Shelling Near Syrian Deir ez-Zor – MoD

The Russian Defense Ministry reported on the recent casualties among Russian military in Syria amid the operation to free the city of Deir ez-Zor. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Two Russian contract servicemen have been killed in a mortar shelling by Daesh terrorists in the Syrian province of Deir ez-Zor, the Russian Defense Ministry said Monday. “Contract servicemen accompanied a car convoy […]

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First same-sex overseas adoption takes place in Sweden

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First same-sex overseas adoption takes place in Sweden

File photo of a dad and a child. Photo: Izabelle Nordfjell/TT A couple in Sweden have become parents after the country’s first same-sex international adoption. Sweden changed its legislation to allow for same-sex adoption 14 years ago, but international adoptions have long been as good as impossible because of many other countries’ more restrictive rules. […]

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Bar on int’l aid putting thousands at risk in Rakhine state of Myanmar: Amnesty

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Bar on int’l aid putting thousands at risk in Rakhine state of Myanmar: Amnesty

The World Food Programme has suspended food aid in Myanmar’s violence-scorched Rakhine State, as the humanitarian situation deteriorates with a surging death toll and tens of thousands — both Rohingya Muslims and ethnic Buddhists — on the move. Photo: AF Amnesty International has said the Myanmar authorities’ restrictions on international aid in Rakhine state is putting tens […]

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Far-right nationalists found guilty of inciting serious contempt for Muslims after mock beheading video

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Far-right nationalists found guilty of inciting serious contempt for Muslims after mock beheading video

PHOTO: Blair Cottrell outside court where anti-racism protesters clashed with far-right nationalists. (AAP: James Ross) Three far-right nationalists who staged a mock beheading to protest against the building of a mosque in Bendigo in central Victoria have been found guilty of inciting serious contempt of Muslims. Blair Cottrell, Christopher Shortis and Neil Erikson have each been fined […]

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Russian frigate fires Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Deir ez-Zor – Defense Ministry

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Russian frigate fires Kalibr cruise missiles at ISIS targets in Deir ez-Zor – Defense Ministry

FILE PHOTO © Sputnik A Russian warship in the Mediterranean Sea has fired a salvo of Kalibr cruise missiles at a group of jihadists stationed near the city of Deir ez-Zor in western Syria, the Russian military reported. The targeted militants were mainly from Russia and countries of the CIS. The frigate ‘Admiral Essen’ of the […]

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Philippines eyes counter-terror force with Malaysia, Indonesia

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Philippines eyes counter-terror force with Malaysia, Indonesia

Smoke is seen following a Philippine Army airstrike as government troops continue their assault against insurgents from the Maute group in Marawi city. — Reuters  MANILA — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will discuss with Indonesia and Malaysia the possibility of creating a task force to combat Daesh-inspired militancy, he said on Sunday. Duterte even expressed willingness […]

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