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12 February 2017 18:48

  North Korea has reportedly fired another ballistic missile, triggering a sharp reaction from its neighboring countries as well as the United States. An author and peace activist believes that it is not good for North Korea to be testing ballistic missiles, but it is doing it in response to the United States’ joint military drills with South Korea. “It is the United States...

12 February 2017 12:09

  North Korea has reportedly fired a ballistic missile, triggering a sharp reaction from South Korea, which detected and reported the launch. The ballistic missile, which appeared to have been of the Rodong medium-range class, was launched by North Korea on Sunday and reached an altitude of about 550 kilometers, said a South Korean military source. South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said...

11 February 2017 11:11

  A powerful earthquake has struck the southern Philippines, claiming the lives of at least 15 people and injuring some 126 others, officials say. The casualties occurred on Friday after a tremor measuring 6.5 on the Richter scale rocked the city of Surigao, the capital of Surigao del Norte province, at a depth of 27 kilometers at 10:00 p.m. local time (1400...

11 February 2017 11:10

  UK Defense Minister Michael Fallon says the government is shutting down a contentious seven-year-old investigation into claims of abuse by British forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Iraq Historic Allegations Team (IHAT), which was set up by the UK government in 2010 to investigate allegations of abuse and torture by British soldiers, will close in the summer, Fallon said Friday. Fallon also...

9 February 2017 22:42

Malaysia says the bodies of six people from a refugee boat that capsized on its way to Indonesia have been found. A coast guard official said Thursday that the bodies, including those of three children, were recovered by Indonesian officials in Indonesian waters. Awil Kamsari, a spokesman for the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, said that two passengers from the boat, which was...

8 February 2017 9:43

  Thousands of people have been displaced after a huge fire ripped through a crowded shantytown in the Philippine capital, Manila. The incident happened on Tuesday night when the blaze, which raged for several hours, destroyed 1,000 homes in the Parola Compound in the Tondo district of Manila. The fire, which likely started due to a faulty power line, forced some 15,000 residents to...

7 February 2017 13:13

  Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Myanmarese government forces have committed “rape and other sexual violence” against women and girls of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority while carrying out their so-called counter-militancy operations in the western province of Rakhine.  The rights group on Monday strongly called on the Southeast Asian country to immediately endorse an independent and international probe into the alleged abuses against the...

6 February 2017 13:00

  An Afghan diplomat has been shot dead in the Afghan Consulate in Pakistan’s southern city of Karachi. The consulate’s third secretary, Zaki Adu, was killed by a private guard, said police official Saqib Ismail on Monday. “The motive behind the killing is not clear yet,” Ismail said, adding that the guard, also an Afghan national, is in police custody. According to Deputy Inspector...

6 February 2017 12:58

  China says it has protested to the US for putting Chinese companies and individuals on a new sanctions list targeting Iran.  Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said on Monday Beijing had "lodged representations" with Washington after Trump's administration imposed sanctions on 25 people and entities on Friday for trade with Iran. "We have consistently opposed any unilateral sanctions," Lu told a regular...

6 February 2017 12:50

  The United Nations (UN) has reported a rise in the civilian casualty toll in Afghanistan, which it says was caused by an increase in different forms of violence in the beleaguered country. The number of the civilians killed and wounded in Afghanistan rose by three percent in 2016 compared to the previous year, according to the UN’s 2016 Annual Report on...

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