27 January 2015 22:55
Pakistan’s military says its aircraft have carried out strikes on areas held by pro-Taliban militants near the border with Afghanistan, killing 53 “terrorists.”
“In precise aerial strikes, 53 terrorists including some foreigners were killed,” the Pakistani military said in a statement on Tuesday.
According to the military, the offensive occurred in a tribal region near the town of Datta Khel, which is...
27 January 2015 19:08
Indonesian officials have halted “large-scale operations” to retrieve the ill-fated AirAsia aircraft due to a failure in lifting the fuselage.
“All of our forces are being pulled out,” said Rear Admiral Widodo, an Indonesian navy official supervising the search and rescue operation, on Tuesday.
Noting that the lifted body of the plane was “torn apart,” military spokesman, Fuad Basya, said, “We can...
27 January 2015 12:07
Russia's Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has slammed Standard & Poor's rating agency for its move to downgrade the country's rating from investment-grade to "junk" status.
Speaking to Russian news agencies on Monday, Siluanov said the decision showed "excessive pessimism. It doesn't take into account a whole series of factors showing the strong side of the Russian economy."
"We see no reason to...
26 January 2015 21:48
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting with new North Korean Ambassador to Tehran Kang Sam Hyon underlined the necessity for the further consolidation of cooperation with Pyongyang against the bullying of certain world powers.
“The sanctions against North Korea have merely harmed the country’s people. We have always condemned the illegal sanctions and pressures and we should resist against those...
26 January 2015 21:09
People in the Indian-administered Kashmir have observed the anniversary of India’s Republic Day as black day, holding a strike to protest rights violations in the disputed Himalayan region.
On Monday, people deserted streets and closed businesses in Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar, situated about 648 kilometers (403 miles) north of the Indian capital, New Delhi, in a complete shutdown called by...
26 January 2015 18:19
The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has denounced the recent beheading of a Japanese hostage by the Takfiri ISIL terrorists.
The 15 members of the security body, in a declaration issued on Sunday, slammed the terror group’s “brutality” after the apparent murder of security contractor Haruna Yukawa.
In a video, which emerged on the internet on Saturday, Japanese freelance journalist Kenji Goto...
26 January 2015 18:06
Tens of people have been killed in clashes between police forces and a the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the troubled southern Philippines.
Security sources said at least six members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and 37 police officers were killed during a gun battle in the town of Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao, on Sunday.
25 January 2015 23:01
Japanese demonstrators have staged a rally in the country’s southernmost prefecture of Okinawa to express their outrage over a controversial plan to relocate a US military base there.
On Sunday, the protesters chanted anti-US slogans and carried placards reading, “No new base.”
They also called for the closure of the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma and demanded that American troops be moved...
25 January 2015 22:54
At least 34 people have died and scores of others have been injured during separate attacks in Bangladesh, amid a fresh wave of political violence gripping the country.
Some 25 people died in arson attacks, eight in clashes with police, and one of injuries from a bomb blast in recent days, Bangladesh police and eyewitnesses said.
At least 50 people were also...
25 January 2015 16:37
US President Barack Obama arrived in India on Sunday for a two-day visit amid anti-American protests and unprecedented security operations.
The US and Indian administrations hope to reach agreements on climate change, taxation and military cooperation during Obama’s visit.
The machinery and weapons parading before Obama on Monday will be mostly Russian-made, a vestige of India's anti-American stance during the Cold War.
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